Public Education

Central County Fire Department is committed to educating the public in simple ways to stay safe. We offer a variety of programs to educate our communities.  Review the safety tips below for more information on how you can be Fire Smart.  Fire Safety information also available in other languages.

PRESS RELEASE: Smoke Alarm Warning


Monthly Fire Safety Newsletter:  September (click to open newsletter)     

Tips to Promote National Preparedness Month


National Preparedness Month (NPM) is just around the corner, starting September 1. Here are some tips to help kick off your planning for the month of September.

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” We can all take action to prepare. This year’s themes focus on the NPM goal to increase the overall number of individuals, families, and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, business, school, and places of worship.

NPM Theme: “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

2017 Weekly Themes

Week 1:  September 1-9 Make a Plan for Yourself, Family anFriends
Week 2:  September 10-16 Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Week 3:  Septembr 17-23 Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Week 4:  September 24-30 Get Involved! Be a part of Something Larger


  • #NatlPrep
  • #PlanAhead

Get Started: Check out tips and ideas to for preparedness.

While the month focuses on preparing for a disaster, it is also a good time to get the house, yard, etc. for winter.

  • Check emergency supplies: Emergency Supply Checklist
  • Clean gutters
  • Make sure run-off, drains, creek beds, etc. are clear and free of any debris or overgrown vegetation
  • Change any light timers
  • Trim any overgrown bushes that may block windows, doors, flood lights (for security and emergency escapes)

Go to for more detailed information


It’s a fact: if your smoke alarm was installed before June 1, 2007 it needs to be replaced!

— U.S. Fire (USFA) (@usfire) June 1, 2017




Junior Fire Marshal Program

All elementary schools in Burlingame, Millbrae 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 as well as participate in educating their classmates in Fire Safety. We reward all Jr. Fire Marshals with a fun BBQ picnic at the end of the school year.

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.

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 of your local fire station are available upon request.  Station tours last approximately 45 minutes and include viewing the fire engine and fire fighting equipment, as well as talking to the firefighters about their job.  Please fill out the online event request form and submit to Central County Fire Department.

Tour Criteria:

Please allow a minimum of 3 weeks in advance to schedule a tour.

Minimum age for tour participants is 5 years. (exception: preschools)

Group size must be 30 or fewer total participants (including children and chaperones). There must be 1 adult chaperone for every 3 children under the age of 10.

Fire stations remain “in-service” during tours. Fire companies may need to respond to emergencies at any time. If they do, it will be necessary for the tour to end and your group to exit the station. Please keep this in mind when visiting.

Tours are for educational purposes only. We are unable to accommodate any requests for birthday parties or other non-educational events.

Participants should be residents of Burlingame, Millbrae or Hillsborough, or belong to an organization within one of these communities.

Tours are scheduled as follows:

Station #34, 799 California Drive, Burlingame-First Tuesday/Thursday of the month

Station #37, 511 Magnolia Avenue, Millbrae- Second Tuesday/Thursday of the month

Station #33, 835 Chateau Drive, Hillsborough- Third Tuesday/Thursday of the month

Holidays are excluded from the schedule above

Hours for tours are 9:00am – 11:30am and 1:30pm-4:00pm

You may call Fire Prevention at 650-558-7615 for more information.

Station Tour Guidelines

Event Request for Public Education (Please select type of public education on the form)

Fire and Life Safety Presentations

Central County Fire Department (CCFD) is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of its citizens not only by means of rescue, but also by educating our citizens about fire safety.  CCFD is able to do presentations on fire safety, firefighting as a career, or any related topic at the request of the group (i.e. schools, daycares, senior groups, businesses). Groups should be residents of Burlingame, Millbrae or Hillsborough, or belong to an organization within one of these communities.  Please have at least 10 participants in the group. All applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event and have an alternate date ready. If you would like to arrange for a presentation please fill out the online request form and submit.  Scheduling is on a first come first serve basis upon availability.

Some Topics included: basic fire safety information, what a firefighter looks like in bunker  (firefighting) gear (for children presentations), how to safely exit the home in case of fire, smoke alarms, kitchen safety, and electrical safety.

You may call Fire Prevention at 650-558-7615 for more information.

Event Request for Public Education (Please select type of public education on the form)

Fire Prevention Month – Theme for 2017: “Every Second Counts, Plan 2 Ways Out”.

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 Home Fire Safety Inspection Contest to all elementary and junior high school children. Students are invited to participate in conducting a safety inspection of their home.  Completed home inspection reports are submitted and entered into a raffle.  All winners (one winner per grade) as well as grand prize winners are announced for the cities/town of Burlingame, Millbrae, and Hillsborough during October fire safety presentations.  Fire fighters will award the winners with a Jr. Fire Inspector badge and Certificate of Excellence.  The grand prize winners are awarded with a certificate for a personalized station tour with their family, (one winner per city).

Fire extinguisher training

Central County Fire Department provides complimentary fire extinguisher training to any business or school within Burlingame or Hillsborough or Millbrae. Requests shall be made at least 2 weeks in advance and will only be approved under specific conditions. Please contact us at 650-558-7600 for more information.

Event Request for Public Education (Please select correct event name on the form)

Fire Safety Tip Sheets

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke Alarms

Preparing for the Heating Season

Fire Escape Plan Tips

Cooking Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tip Sheets – Foreign Language

Cooking Safety – Chinese

Electrical Safety – Chinese

Escape Planning – Chinese

Smoke Alarms – Chinese

Alarmas de Humo

Incendios por la Electricidad

Incendios de la Cocina

Simulacro de Incendio

Safety Tips for Older Adults and Special Needs Population

Safety Tips for People with Disabilities

Senior Fire Safety Tips

Senior Fall Prevention