Community Education

Our staff is committed to raising the level of awareness about fire safety and emergency preparedness in our community by offering a variety of educational materials and services for residents. Whether you are a young student or senior citizen, you will find the services and information we provide very useful.

Fire Safety Presentations

The Fire Department instructs the community on all types of skills necessary to protect themselves and their families by responding promptly and effectively when confronted with a fire or life safety hazards.  We are available to teach valuable fire safety and preparedness tips, or conduct an equipment show and tell or demonstration for your school, community group or organization (8 person minimum).

For more information about these two programs, or if you would like to schedule an appointment please click here or call our Public Education Line at 760-633-2815. 

Fired Up! Senior Program

Encinitas Fire Department is pleased to offer interactive educational presentations for Senior Communities. The National Fire Protection Administration (NFPA) considers seniors to be most vulnerable to home fires. Adults age 75 and older are three times more likely than the general population to die in home fires. By age 85, the rate is four times greater. Recognizing the need to educate seniors the Department provides seniors with fire safety tips and educational brochures on smoke detectors, home fire evacuation drills and portable fire extinguisher use. To obtain more information or to schedule a presentation, please call 760-633-2815.

Safely Surrendered Baby Program

The County of San Diego has designated all Hospital Emergency Rooms and designated Fire Stations as the location where newborns can safely be surrendered to care without prosecution of the parent.

In December 2007 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing fire stations that are staffed full time to be designated as Safe Haven Sites. In 2007, the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association voted unanimously to make all fire stations that are staffed full time Safe Haven Sites under the Safely Surrendered Baby Law. This law is intended to prevent the abandonment of unwanted babies, which can result in harm to the child or even death. The County Board of Supervisors approved designating fire stations that are staffed 24/7.

All Encinitas Fire Stations and Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas have been designated as Safely Surrender sites. The Fire Stations display the Safe Haven Site sign and a smaller sign with instructions in case the firefighters are not in quarters.

To learn more about the safe surrendered baby program in San Diego County, visit Safe4Baby.

Station Tours

For those who are interested in viewing fire station apparatus and equipment, the Encinitas Fire Department offers station tours.  Fire station tours typically include fire safety presentations as well as preparedness tips. If you would like to schedule a tour of one of our fire stations, please click here or call 633-2815.

Car Seat Safety Checks

Free car seat safety checks are available once a month at the Encinitas Community Center parking lot located at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. This service is offered the 1st Monday of every month from 9:30am-12:00pm, unless there is a holiday.  If you have any questions about the event, please call (858) 449-5174.

CPR Information

The Encinitas Fire Department is offering classes on performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Classes will be held between 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Fire Station #5 at 540 Balour Drive (across from the Community/Senior Center) in Encinitas.  The classes are offered to Encinitas residents only and you must be 11 years of age or older to participate.

Class Dates:

*All remaining classes for 2017 have been filled. the 2018 class schedule will be posted in January.

March 13, 2017 - Monday
May 16, 2017 - Tuesday
July 3, 2017 - Monday
September 26, 2017 - Tuesday - FULL
November 13, 2017 - Monday - FULL

There is an administrative fee of $18.00 (cash) per student to cover the cost of the CPR certification card. Classes are limited to 10 students each and students must register prior to the start of each class.  To register, please click here or call the Encinitas Fire Department at (760) 633-2815.

For information on CPR classes offered by the American Red Cross, please call (760) 757-5403.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The CERT program teaches citizens basic emergency skills and educates them so that they can effectively respond to disasters as a part of a team. The program is modeled after the Los Angeles Fire Department's program, which has been established in various communities nationwide. The Encinitas CERT program began in the Fall of 2004. People who participate in CERT training have a better understanding of potential disaster threats to their home, workplace and community. If a disaster occurs that overwhelms local emergency response capabilities, trained CERT members can apply their training to give critical support to family, neighbors and co-workers until professional help arrives. The program includes special training for basic fire suppression and medical care. Volunteers will also learn how to size-up search and rescue situations, such as a collapsed building, for example, to determine whether it is safe to go in. Classes are taught by Encinitas firefighters. Currently, the City of Encinitas has trained 171 CERT members. Classes are held in the Spring and Fall of each year and are open to Encinitas residents over the age of 18. During the 2007 Firestorm, Encinitas CERT members helped their community by volunteering at the city’s evacuation center. Click here if you would like to contact CERT for more information or would like to register for the next CERT academy. To visit the Encinitas CERT homepage, click here.

* The 2017 Fall CERT Academy has been CANCELED