The Information and Public Affairs Office mission is to provide accurate and timely information about department programs, services, and emergency incidents to all of our constituents through traditional and digital media in a manner that is professional and responsive.

Our commitment to this mission will mirror our commitment to the Department, our partners, and the communities we serve. If you are a member of the media, and need information or comment, you can call our media line, (408) 341-4444.

COVID-19 Protective Measures

COVID-19 Protective Measures


UPDATE: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Effective Tuesday, March 17, Santa Clara County Fire Department administrative offices (Headquarters and Fire Prevention) will be closed until further notice. All non-essential employees are working remotely from home.

For assistance, please call 408-378-4010 or email We will return your call within one business day.

We ask that the public continues to do their part by following the Santa Clara County Public Health shelter-in-place order.


Published Friday, March 13, 2020

Santa Clara County Fire Department is committed to protecting our most vulnerable populations and to continue to provide for the health and safety of our communities.

We understand that our personnel are the critical first line of response for residents during any crisis, and our goal throughout the emerging novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is to keep our responders healthy so they can continue to respond and support our communities.

In accordance with the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department orders and recommendations, and out of caution for our residents and employees, Santa Clara County Fire Department has implemented the following protective measures:

  • Suspension of all community programs and events until further notice. This includes fire station tours and visits by the public to fire stations.
  • Suspension of all non-mandated and non-essential engine company activities, including some fire and life safety inspections and multi-agency training.
  • Reduction of in-person staff meetings to essential personnel and call-in only.

We ask that the public continues to do their part by following Public Health guidelines to slow the spread of the virus.

For inquiries regarding the status of a scheduled meeting or inspection, please call our headquarters office at 408-378-4010 or email

For more information and guidance regarding novel coronavirus in Santa Clara County, please visit

Fire Agencies Partner for Highway 17 Safety

Fire Agencies Partner for Highway 17 Safety

2018.10 SCCFD Safe on 17 Logo Color

With winter weather and holiday travel beginning, fire departments in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties have partnered to promote a Safe Driving awareness campaign aimed at Highway 17.

With over 66,000 people commuting over the mountain highway each day, Highway 17 provides a vital link between Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. Accidents result in injuries and significant traffic delays. According to the California Highway Patrol, most collisions on Highway 17 are a direct result of unsafe speeds, following too closely and distracted driving. It is imperative drivers Slow Down, Pay Attention, and Watch for Responders. Recognize that speed limits are established for ideal driving conditions, not when the road is wet, congested or dark. Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, and avoid the use of cell phones, and other devices that distract from driving safely. Finally, when accidents do occur, watch for and listen to first responders.

The ‘Safe on 17’ campaign includes a series of three videos to remind the public of the danger of driving Highway 17 too fast, while distracted, and in the presence of first responders. The campaign videos and logos can be found at and are available to be shared.

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Holiday Toy Drive Supports Local Charities

Holiday Toy Drive Supports Local Charities

2019 holiday toy drive

Santa Clara County Fire Department will continue its long standing tradition of supporting local holiday toy programs by collecting new unwrapped toys at all of its Fire Stations and Headquarters office.

 Toys collected will benefit families throughout Santa Clara County by supplying much needed toys to programs including Campbell Community Toy Program, Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, Hope’s Corner, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Santa Paws and the Valley Medical Center Pediatric Unit.

Please join in on the spirit of holiday giving. Collections begin on Saturday, November 23 and toys will be accepted until Monday, December 23. Specific needs this year include toys and items appropriate for teenagers, who tend to be the most underserved in toy drives, but are equally deserving of something to brighten their holiday. Please consider donating sports equipment, balls, and activity-based items such as art supplies. Gift cards and cash donations are also appreciated.

Find the fire station closest to you here.

AlertSCC Focused Test - Friday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m.

AlertSCC Focused Test - Friday, August 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Santa Clara County Fire Department will be conducting a focused test of the AlertSCC system on Friday, August 30th at 10:00 a.m.

With Santa Clara County residents heading to enjoy the Labor Day weekend, many people will be enjoying outdoor recreation in areas susceptible to wildfires. SCCFD will be testing the AlertSCC system and using this opportunity to remind residents of steps they can take to be fire safe.

“Nearly every community served by Santa Clara County Fire Department is at risk for wildfire and needs to be prepared,” said Tony Bowden, SCCFD Fire Chief. “They can do this by registering for AlertSCC ( and visiting our website for wildfire preparedness tips.”


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Historical Fire Apparatus Comes Home to Santa Clara County Fire Department

Historical Fire Apparatus Comes Home to Santa Clara County Fire Department

On Friday, February 23, 2018, Santa Clara County Fire Department took delivery of Squad 1 for the second time in Department history. The squad returns to service, not as a frontline apparatus, but instead as an honored piece of our historical fleet.

Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings 2019

Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings 2019

Help reduce wildfire risk and better prepare your family and our home with our Ready, Set, Go program. Learn more about the things that you could do to increase the survivability of your home in the event of a wildland fire. Attend one of our Wildfire Preparedness Community Meetings.

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