2018 SCCFD Annual Report

Tony BowdenServing as Santa Clara County’s Fire Chief/Fire Marshal is a special privilege. I am proud of this Department and all we have accomplished with the community in 2018, but we have work to do. Our community is growing and changing, and facing new risks, including the growing threat of extreme wildfires. My goal for 2019 is to ensure the men and women of Santa Clara County Fire Department have the tools to do their jobs and provide an exceptional level of service to those we serve.

Please take this opportunity to review our 2018 Annual Report. 
           2019.2.10 SCCFD Annual Report Tony Bowden Signature
             - Tony Bowden, SCCFD Fire Chief

Enhancing Alert & Warning in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Communications Dept

2018 saw the most destructive wildfire season in California history. Dispatch centers throughout California were overwhelmed with 911 calls reporting fast moving fires driven by hot weather and drought-stressed vegetation.

New Communications Center HQRecognizing the demands placed on our local communications center by an expanding population and the growing threat 
of larger, weather driven disasters, County Fire and County Communications began a partnership in 2016 with the goal of providing our community with a state-of-the-art 9-1-1 Communications Center. 

Over the next year, County Fire, the County Office of Emergency Management and County Communications will co-locate to a new headquarters campus, Emergency Operations Center and 9-1-1 Communications Center in southeast San Jose to serve the growing needs of Santa Clara County.

Our Performance in 2018

Calls for Service:

 SCCFD Annual Report Calls for Services Bar Graph

Types of Calls for Service 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
EMS 10,706 10,889 10,986 11,686 11,648 
Customer Service Assistance 4,062 4,217 4,444 4,733 4,469 
Fire Alarm 1,420 1,417 1,521 1,767 1,597 
Fires 618 540 549 659 649 
Hazardous Conditions 393 401 403 474 444 
Rescues 40 31 31  85 62 


Statement of revenues, expenditures and changes in fund balances fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

Revenue in 2018SCCFD Annual Report Revenues Graph
Types of Revenue 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Property Taxes and Assessments $59,106,983 $64,270,557 $69,871,573 $76,130,807 $80,746,076
Charges for Services $26,055,764 $26,821,156 $28,022,279 $29,107,423 $30,469,768
Integovernmental Revenues $3,872,635 $3,977,037 $526,8740 $5,048,211 $5,692,160
Miscellaneous Revenues $1,285,796 $1,062,484 $1,226,663 $1,205,892 $1,035,852
Licenses and Permits $581,096 $703,390 $757,478 $982,482 $1,463,108
Use of Money and Property $195,857 $226,491 $332,237 $490,777 $687,979
Sale of Capital Assets $31,308 $18,124 $14,376 $50,034 $36,023
Total Revenues $91,129,412 $97,079,239 $105,493,346 $113,015,626 $120,130,966
Expenditures for 2018
SCCFD Annual Report Graphics Expenditures
Expenditures 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Salaries and benefits $69,219,911 $73,425,473 $80,798,854 $83,986,906 $91,708,833
Services and supplies $6,620,551 $6,855,553 $80,69,137 $9,002,356 $11,824,197
City-provided services $5,097,597 $5,719,511 $6,138,914 $6,490,240 $7,022,108
Other charges $802,776 $696,781 $1,381,023 $806,855 $910,207
Capital outlay $987,060 $5,499,551 $3,328,706 $843,832 $3,111,046
Total Expenditures $83,176,621 $92,529,719 $100,050,834 $101,464,139 $114,576,391
Excess (Deficiancy) of Revenues    
Over Expendentures $7,952,791 $4,549,520 $5,442,512 $11,501,453 $5,554,575
Fund Balance, Beginning $25,607,061 $35,343,450 $39,892,970 $45,335,482 $56,886,969
Fund Balance, Ending $33,559,852 $39,892,970 $45,335,482 $56,886,969 $62,441,544

Performance Measures:
SCCFD Annual Report Performance Table

Partnerships, Preparedness & Planning in 2019


SCCFireSafe Council Logo

FireSafe Councils play an integral role in wildfire preparedness nationwide, and Santa Clara County is fortunate to have an active council (sccfiresafe.org). As a non-profit organization, largely supported by community volunteers and grant funding, the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council (SCC FireSafe) works alongside local communities and fire departments to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. County Fire is proud to serve on the Board of Advisors of SCC FireSafe and annually contributes $50,000 to support their defensible space chipping program in the Lexington basin.

Wildfire Preparedness:

SCCFD Ready Set GoFollowing several years of increasingly more destructive wildfires, County Fire is adapting to the reality that vegetation in our area has become more receptive to burning. Driven by several years of drought and hotter average temperatures, the likelihood of more fires like the 2016 Loma Fire has increased. In response, in 2019 County Fire will focus on ways to improve our response capability, speed the rate of fuel reduction activities, and implement new technology to ensure we can detect fires in remote areas more quickly and notify residents rapidly. We will host eleven community workshops focused on wildfire preparedness to ensure our residents have the tools and information they need to be ready for wildfire.

Strategic Planning:

Commision on Fire Accreditation International logoCounty Fire has been continually accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence since 2005, and is one of twenty accredited fire departments in the State of California. Accreditation provides a process by which we continually monitor and evaluate our performance for self-improvement. In 2019 we will begin the process of re-accreditation which will involve significant community engagement to ensure we are meeting the changing needs of the growing communities we serve. Community feedback and performance assessment will provide valuable insight as we build the next Business and Strategic Plans to guide organizational decision making.


Click here to download the PDF version of the 2018 Annual Report.

Preparing Residents for Home Emergencies

The focus of this class is to prepare residents for home emergencies. 

Program topics include:

  • Home Fire Safety
    Kitchen & Cooking Safety
    Heating & Electrical Safety
    Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms
    Home fire escape plan
  •  9-1-1 Dispatch Centers & Phone Technology
    Learn about 9-1-1 dispatch centers, also known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)
    Learn about the difference between VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), landline and cell phone calls

  •  Reporting Emergencies
    Be prepared for the questions the 9-1-1 dispatchers will ask
    Learn how to prepare for the arrival of emergency responders
    Learn how to safely respond to emergency vehicles lights and sirens

  • Disaster Preparedness
    Make a Plan
    Get a Kit
    Stay Informed

  • Preparedness Training & Community Resources
    AlertSCC, ReadySCC, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS)
    Emergency Preparedness Training: CERT & PEP
    CPR certification classes
    Home Inventory Checklist
    Local Emergency & Non-Emergency Dispatch Center Phone Numbers

  • Fire Engine & Crew Visit - if available

This program lasts approximately 1 hour.

To schedule this program,
< Request Preparing Residents for Emergencies Program  (select Guest Speaker Request)

Preparing Caregivers for Medical Emergencies

This class provides you with the knowledge and tools needed to help you and your client(s) prepare for a medical emergency. AmbulanceGurneyphoto

Program topics include:

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Overiew
    Understanbd how ambulance & fire servcies are organized within Santa Clara County

  • Responding to Emergncy Vehicles Lights & Sirens
    Learn how to safely respond to emergency vehicles lights and sirens

  • 9-1-1 Disptach Centers
    Learn about Dispatch Centers,  known as Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)
    Learn the differences when calling 9-1-1 from a landline, VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol), and cell phones

  • Medical Emergencies
    Identify types of medical conditions that can become life threatening
    Learn how to quickly and appropriately react to a medical emergencies 

  • Calling 9-1-1 in an Emergency
    Learn about and be preapred for the questions the 9-1-1 dispatchers will ask
    Be prepare for emergency responders arrival
  • Be Prepared...Be Ready! 
    Obtain current medical information (LIFE File/DNR/POLST)
    Create an emergency contact list
    Learn about where you can register to become CPR and First Aid certified
  • Community Resources
    Santa Clara County Senior Centers


  • Fire Engine & Crew Visit - if available


 This program lasts approximately 1 hour.

To schedule this program,
 < Request Preparing Caregivers for Emergencies  (select Guest Speaker Request)

Senior Fire & Fall Prevention Program

This class focuses on fire and fall prevention, while emphasizing health and wellness.

FLSafetySeniorSafetyProgram1Program topics include:

  • 9-1-1
  • Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm information
  • Cooking safety
  • Heating and electrical safety
  • Home escape planning
  • Fall prevention
  • Medication and sharps disposal information
  • Community Resources

FLSafetySeniorSafetyProgram2This safety program also includes a question/answer session with local firefighters and a tour of a fire engine if so desired.

This program lasts approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours.

Senior Fire & Fall Prevention Program Flyer

To schedule this program,
< Request a Senior Fire & Fall Prevention Program 
 (select Guest Speaker Request)

FLSafetySeniorSafetyProgram3   FLSafetySeniorSafetyProgram4

Be Ready: Seniors Prepared!

For more information and program description, visit the Emergency Preparedness section. 


Below are links to open Request for Proposals (RFP's) along with links to answered questions.  Please see the content of each proposal for directions and guidence.

RFP Description
Invitation to Bid for:

Final Filing Date

Request for Proposals
For Design Professional Services for Los Gatos Fire Station and Los Altos Fire Station Kitchen Remodels and Seven Springs Fire Station Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel Project RFP FY 17/18-01TS

No later than 3:00pm PST on

Request for Proposals for Design Professional Services for Washer, Dryer, & Extractor MEP for Various Fire Stations RFP FY 18/19-01TS

No later than
3:00pm on

The page is under development. Thank you for your patience.


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Santa Clara County Fire Department proudly participates in various community and program events as well as offers station tours in all 15 fire stations.

Please complete this form to schedule a fire station tour or for Santa Clara County Fire Department to attend an event.

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  • Santa Clara County Fire Department participation is limited to safety, community events and 503(c) nonprofits.
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