The Branciforte Fire Protection District is located within Santa Cruz County, between the City of Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley. The district consists of a heavily wooded Wildland/Urban Interface. We serve approximately 3,000 residents. Within the district there are several vineyards, orchards, farms, as well as an elementary school, a conference center, and a tourist location called The Mystery Spot
The Branciforte Fire Protection District provides fire protection, suppression, and Emergency Medical Services at a Basic Life Support level. All our engines are equipped with AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) and our firefighters are trained to the current Santa Cruz County CPR guidelines. Since 2012, a small number of qualified Branciforte Volunteer Firefighters have been providing Advanced Life Support care while on duty. The availability of this ALS service is dependent on whether a volunteer paramedic is on duty.
Branciforte Fire runs approximately 170 calls on average a year. We respond to various types of emergencies including structure fires, wildland fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, as well as public service calls. Medical emergencies and vehicle accidents make up 75% of our responses. Additionally, we provide mutual aid service throughout Santa Cruz County and California for large Wildland fires.We provide our service through two stations. Station 1 (centrally located within the District), houses the majority of our apparatus and equipment, and is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year. Station 2 (located in the north end of the district) houses one unstaffed engine, and is available for response if needed.The Branciforte Fire Protection District is staffed by 3 full-time Captains, and 34 volunteer firefighters.
Minimum staffing of one person is provided on a rotating 48/96 schedule by the 3 paid Captains. Volunteer firefighters are utilized to supplement the on-duty crews on calls and at the station. Often, volunteer firefighters are available at the station either on duty or completing necessary training. The volunteer firefighters are divided into a rank structure based on experience and qualifications consisting of Captains, Lieutenants, Driver/Operators, Firefighters, and Probationary Firefighters. All volunteers have pagers and are available at any given time. They may respond in their private vehicle to a scene or cover the station to staff an additional engine. Volunteers attend a weekly Drill every Tuesday to maintain the skills necessary to be a successful firefighter.