Public Education

Junior Fire Marshal Program

All elementary schools in Burlingame and Hillsborough take part in our Jr. Fire Marshal program. This program invites teachers to select one student per classroom to represent their class for the entire school year. The designated Jr. Fire Marshal assumes leadership of their class and assists the teacher during emergency drills. We reward all Jr. Fire Marshals with a fun BBQ picnic at the end of the school year.

Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program

Central County Fire Department has a Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Program for our community. This program was developed to provide an opportunity for families to work with our fire department and address any concerns with their children and fire. Our program includes conversations with the child and/or family in order to assess risk level and providing a successful educational component.

A question we are often asked is, “What should I do if I catch my child playing with fire/matches?” You should immediately call 9-1-1 if you have an active or spreading fire. If our fire department responds to the fire incident, necessary mandates could require your family to enroll in our program. In any situation where there may not be an active fire, you are strongly encouraged to contact our Fire Prevention bureau at (650) 558-7648 to set up a meeting with your child.

Station Tours

Tours are scheduled for the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month at Station #34, 799 California Drive, Burlingame or the third Tuesday and Thursday of the month at Station #33, 835 Chateau Drive, Hillsborough. You may call Fire Prevention at 650-558-7615 for more information.

Carbon Monoxide detectors

Beginning July 1, 2011, all existing single family homes are to be equipped with a CO detector. All multi-family homes (apartments, condominiums) must be equipped with a CO detector beginning January 1, 2013. The City of Burlingame and Town of Hillsborough Building Departments will enforce these requirements. Click here for more information.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms in the home can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. They are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke will quickly spread throughout the house, making it difficult to see and breathe. A working smoke alarm can give sufficient warning to your family so you can get out quickly.

Smoke alarms are required to be installed in every bedroom, in hallways outside of the bedrooms, and on each level of your home. Batteries should be replaced twice a year and the device should be tested monthly. Two types of smoke alarms should be considered: photoelectric or ionization. Click here for information on each and how to choose one that best fits your household.

School fire drills

Fire drills are an important exercise for all occupants of the school to practice in the event of an emergency requiring the school’s evacuation. Please send your listing of monthly fire drill dates by fax at 650-344-9950, attention Lil Finocchiaro, before your first fire drill in September. We ask that you try to schedule your drills between the hours of 9am and 12pm or 1:30pm and 2:30pm. The Fire Department will make every effort to attend each drill provided our availability from emergency calls or mandatory training.

Fire extinguisher training

Central County Fire Department provides complimentary fire extinguisher training to any business or school within Burlingame or Hillsborough. Requests shall be made at least 2 weeks in advance and will only be approved under specific conditions. Please contact us at 650-558-7648 for more information.

Fire Prevention Month

Every October, Central County Fire Department honors National Fire Prevention Week throughout the entire month. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire – the tragic October 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. Fire Departments all over the United States use this month to teach the community how to be fire safe. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a particular theme. Recent themes have included smoke alarms, prevent kitchen fires, and escape planning. Central County Fire Department schedules visits to all our elementary schools to perform a fire and life safety presentation to the entire student body. Additionally, we offer a fire safety poster contest to all elementary school children. Students are invited to submit a poster which illustrates any fire safety theme. Posters are judged by our very own fire department staff and winners are announced at city council meetings.

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