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.