Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District was created in 1994 through a LAFCO recommended consolidation of two separate fire districts: Salsipuedes Fire Protection District and Freedom Fire Protection District. The district operated for three years on its own, and in 1997 contracted with Cal Fire for its administrative and staffing needs.
The Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District serves a rural community of approximately 18,000 people. The District covers approximately 52 square miles (the largest fire district in Santa Cruz County), a large part of which is an un-incorporated area surrounding City of Watsonville. The district encompasses both SRA and LRA lands, and has the duty to respond to all fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, and many other hazardous situations. On an average, the district runs 750 calls per year.
Pajaro Valley Fire District is a one station department housing one type 1 engine, and one type 1 water tender. The district is supplemented with one volunteer station that houses one type 2 engine.
Pajaro Valley has automatic and mutual aid agreements with the City of Watsonville, Cal Fire Corralitos, Aromas Tri-County Fire, and South Santa Clara County Fire District. These agreements work in favor of all departments involved.
Contract For Service
The Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District contracts with the Watsonville Fire Department to provide emergency services in what is known as the former Freedom Fire District. The areas served under contract are those areas that can be served by a shorter or quicker response than can be provided by the Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District. The District pays the City of Watsonville a flat fee for each response.
Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District is a full time paid department funded and staffed with 10 personnel including one Battalion Chief, two Captains, four Engineers, two firefighters, three dispatchers and one Fire Marshal.
The Fire Engine staffing consists of three personnel every day, all year and provides the community with Basic Life Support emergency medical services, supplemented by Paramedics from AMR (outside private ALS provider).