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Scotts Valley, California, January 13, 2016 – The Scotts Valley Fire Protection District (SVFPD) Board of Directors honored Captain John J. Crivello with a proclamation recognizing his thirty-five years of dedicated and exceptional service to the Scotts Valley Fire Protection District, the Fire Service and the Community.

Crivello began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter on January 1, 1981, became a paid firefighter on October 1, 1984, promoted to Driver/Operator in 1987 and to Captain in 2001.

Captain Crivello supervises a fire station crew and is a member of the Santa Cruz Hazardous Materials Interagency Team (SCHMIT).

Captain Crivello is the second senior member of the twenty-five career firefighters including thirty-six year veteran Captain Pete Stelling and thirty plus year employees: Battalion Chiefs Jim Delucchi, Tim Theilen and Ron Whittle and Captains Mike Pasquini and Butch Theilen.

SVFPD provides year round fire protection services, including paramedic services, to twenty-two and one-half square mile area from the Santa Cruz city limits to Laurel Curve from Henry Cowell
State Park to Glen Canyon/Vine Hill Roads and includes all of the City of Scotts Valley. The population of the District is approximately eighteen thousand six hundred, including about eleven thousand within the city limits. SVFPD is governed by an elected board of five citizens and responded to 1,924 calls for service in 2015, from its two fire stations.


San Jose, California, November 21, 2015 – The San Jose Firefighters
Burn Foundation presented Scotts Valley Fire Protection District Engineer/Paramedic Garrett Grigg with its American Heroes Service Award at their annual Charity Gala in support of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Regional Burn Center.

Grigg has volunteered at the Burn Foundation’s Burn Camps for
Children, since 1998.

The San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation is committed to being a proactive educational and financial presence for the advancement in treatment and care of burn survivors and their families. The Foundation supports: Burn Survivor Re-entry Programs, Burn Camps for Children, Adult Burn Survivor Support Groups and Retreats, and Financial Support for Burn Families.

The Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has been fortunate to have a Regional Burn Center for many burned patients who are unfortunate enough to require specialized treatment, either as an inpatient and/or as an outpatient.  They provide care for injured adults and children from Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and parts of San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

The Scotts Valley Fire Protection District joins the San Jose Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Regional Burn Center in honoring Garrett Grigg for his outstanding service and dedication for the past seventeen years.


Free Public CPR Training
December 19 , 2015

Scotts Valley Fire Protection District provides complimentary CPR classes to the community. This Bystander CPR course is approved by the Santa Cruz County EMS Agency.

Students will learn how to perform CPR and how to relieve airway obstructions or choking in adults, children and infants, public access AED, and bystander Basic First Aid upon request. The class is geared for non-health care professionals who want to be ready in case of an emergency.

Classes are offered quarterly and held at the Scotts Valley Fire Department, 7 Erba Lane in Scotts Valley. Class schedules are available at

All classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and last for approximately 3 hours.After successful completion of the class, students will receive a Bystander CPR and First Aid Course card.

If you have any questions regarding the CPR program or private CPR training for businesses and/or other community groups, please email

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Forms now only need to be mailed once

Petitions for Redetermination were previously required to be sent to three locations

In past years, Cal Fire required forms be mailed to three locations.  However, as a result of legislation passed last year, you now only need to mail your Petition for Redetermination to Cal Fire or its designee.  Currently Cal Fire is instructing property owners to mail their petition to the agency's Suisun City processing center.

As a result of Assembly Bill 2048, taxpayers are now only required to mail Petitions for Redetermination to Cal Fire: “A petition for redetermination of the application of this chapter shall be in writing and be sent to the department or its designee.”

The address for mailing your Petition for Redetermination is as follows:
Fire Prevention Fee Service Center, Attn: Petitions, P.O. Box 2254, Suisun City, CA 94585

The Scotts Valley Fire District is pleased to name
Dennis Petteys as its Firefighter of the Year

Dennis came to Scotts Valley Fire after a fifteen-year career in the bicycle industry. After many years of extensive travelling to mountain bike races he decided it was time for a change. Following in the footsteps of his father who was a long-time volunteer firefighter in upstate New York and his uncle a smokejumper in Montana, Dennis decided to pursue a career in the fire service.

Having originally studied business administration, Dennis went back to school and received an Associate Degree in Fire Technology from Cabrillo College and became a licensed Paramedic.

He began his fire service career with the SVFD, in April 2005, as a Paid Call Firefighter and was appointed as a Temporary Shift Firefighter, in August 2005, and a Full Time Firefighter, in November 2005. On November 7, 2009, Dennis was promoted to Engineer and currently serves as an Acting Captain and as a Fire Investigator.

Dennis is known for his quiet competence and as the go-to guy for anything mechanical.

In 2014, he completed 160 hours of hazardous materials training to become certified as a Haz-Mat Technician.

SVFD recognizes Engineer/Paramedic Dennis Petteys as its Firefighter of the Year for making a positive difference every day.

SVFD Honors Captain Pete Stelling for 35 Years of Service



Kidde Smoke Alarm Recall

Information Bulletin


Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives. Test Yours Every Month!

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

Smoke Alarm Facts
Child Passenger Safety Program

Learn how to use your child safety seat correctly. As a service to the residents of the Scotts Valley Fire District, we offer free child seat safety inspections. To schedule an inspection, contact Megan Bridges at (831) 438-0211. More info


Cell Phones
Register Your Cell Phone or VoIP home phone For Emergency Notifications in Santa Cruz County. Sign up to have your cell phone and/or VoIP home phone included in the new Emergency Notification system used by Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1 personnel to send important messages to residents and businesses within Santa Cruz County. If you have Comcast, Vonage or any other VoIP phone provider, and you have registered your home address with that provider, your calls to 911 should be routed correctly. However, in order for the reverse 911 system to work for you, you will need to register it with Santa Cruz Regional 9-1-1.

Save a Friend Campaign -   Stroke and Cardiac Disease are the most frequent and deadly medical events in Santa Cruz County. Find out how to recognize early warning signs and increase survivability.

  • The Board of Directors for the Scotts Valley Fire District meet on the second Wednesday of every month. The meetings are held in the Scotts Valley City Council Chambers at 7:00pm.
    Click Here for Monthly Board Agenda and Information Packet

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