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Fire FAQs

  • Fire Operations

    • Do on-shift firefighters pay for their own food in local stores and restaurants, or does the city pay for their meals?

      Each firefighter pays for his or her own food. 
    • What is the work schedule for firefighters?

      Davis firefighters are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  There are three shifts, each shift is on duty for 48 hours. The shifts begin at 8 in the morning.
    • When responding to a call in the "middle of the night", do the firefighters have to sound the fire engine sirens even though traffic is probably light?

      Yes. State vehicle code mandates that while responding Code Three, an emergency response vehicle must have all emergency lights on and the siren sounding. A Code Three response is initiated when life, property or the environment is in immediate jeopardy (ie. bleeding, breathing problems, fire, etc.).

  • Fire Prevention

    • Where should I submit a fire plan for an address outside of the city limits, but within Yolo County

      All Site, Building, and Tenant Improvement project plans for addresses, including those outside the city limits, but in Yolo County, must be submitted in person directly to the Davis Fire Department Fire Prevention Section via the Community Development & Sustainability counter at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. or mailed to Davis Fire Department Fire Prevention Section, 23 Russell Blvd, Davis, CA 95616.

    • How long does a plan review take?

      The current turn-around time for a plan review is approximately 15 working days.
    • When submitting plans what is required?

      3 sets of plans, cut sheets, and calculations are required.

    • How do I get a Heating/Cooking Permit in Davis?

      Information on the Heating/Cooking Permit can be found under Fire Prevention or by clicking on the link Heating/Cooking Permit Packet
    • Who is required to obtain an authorized Heating/Cooking Permit in Davis?

      Any event that requires heating or cooking of food or liquids.
  • Fire Public Education

    • Should I put a smoke alarm in my garage?

      No, dust, fumes, and changes in temperature and humidity in a garage can cause smoke alarms to erroneously activate. 

    • Where should smoke alarms be placed in my home?

      Smoke alarms should be placed in each bedroom (sleeping area) and in the hallway leading to the bedrooms.  A minimum of one smoke alarm is required on each level of a home, including the basement.  Residential smoke alarms are early warning devices to wake a sleeping person or persons.

    • Does the Fire Department have a ride-along program?

      The City of Davis Fire Department allows interested community members, 18 years of age and older, to participate in the Firefighter Observer Ride-Along Program (FORP), with on-duty emergency crews at our various fire stations. Firefighter Observer Ride-Along Program Overview
    • How do I request a demonstration/station tour with Davis Fire Department?

      Demonstrations, station tours and facility visits are only offered Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., excluding holidays.  Please submit your request at least two weeks prior to the date of the visit.