Offices hours are: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm, Pacific Time
For all non-website related communications, please contact Administrative Headquarters at .
The Headquarters building provides office space for all administrative staff, and is the facility from which the department deals with the public for daily business needs. This is where people seeking information should come or call (see office hours above). It is located on the northbound side of Winchester Boulevard, just south of Highway 85, and north of Lark Avenue.
For additional information about the administration, please click here.
This antique Ben Lomond Hose Company hose cart was on display in the lobby of the Headquarters building for many years.
Prior to moving to its current Headquarters, the department had it's offices on Driftwood Drive in San Jose (1975). This facility is now the offices for the Firefighters Union Local 1165. Historical photos of this building when in use as Headquarters can be seen on that page.
RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Stations)
The Department also maintains two Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS), linked via telephone/satellite to CAD and CAL Fire nets, on Blackberry Hill Rd, Los Gatos (1993), and on Altamont Rd, Los Altos (1997), to monitor weather conditions in the wildland/urban interface areas.
These weather stations, mounted atop 10' (3 M) tripods, gather basic weather information such as temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction. They process this information with historical data to come up with a probability of potential fire severity. County Fire and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) are the only two agencies in the area to use RAWs. The alert level determines what level of response is dispatched to a fire. During high alert conditions, County Fire may request additional resources such as helicopters, and air tankers, which would come in from Hollister and the central valley.
Every hour, computers at the Monte Vista Station in Cupertino acquire data from the two weather stations and run it through a complex program to come up with "ignition component probability" and a "burn index". The ignition component finds the probability of a serious fire starting with the right weather conditions. Weather factors that could increase the probability include lightning storms and high winds. The burn index is a large overview of all weather factors that contribute to fire, including "fuel moisture", defined as how dry the vegetation is.
Fuel moisture is automatically generated by the computer's historical weather data. After an unusually dry spell, fuel moisture is dry, so the probability of a serious fire increases.
The burn index and ignition component probabiity is sent to county firefighters three times a day, and heavily influence staffing and response levels. The computer's recommendation is only one factor, however, and at times will be overridden by human decisions.
partial text source: Los Gatos Daily News
Headquarters sign prior to the department's name change.
The department purchased a number of Ford crew-cab 4x4 pickup trucks (2008-2010) for administrative use. They are used by the department Safety Officer, etc.
One of several utility vans, used for inspections and routine business.
This 1994 Chevrolet Suburban was used by the department's Safety Officer. It formerly served as battalion 3 out of Los Gatos Station.
This 2010 Dodge Caravan SXT minivan is used by the Public Education Unit. Photographed 10 Sep 2010, on it's first day of service.
This Ford minivan was used by the Public Education Unit.