Most frequent questions and answers
Basic information on our current emergency responses is available via PulsePoint. You can even listen to the radio traffic by clicking on the speaker icon. Check out the PulsePoint information section of our website for more information about the PulsePoint app.
During major emergencies, special yellow or red boxes will be posted on the home page with the latest information on the incident and links to related sites. The Public Information Office works with the various local media sources, TV, radio and print, and other first-responder agencies to keep the public fully informed. Our Public Information Line is 805-377-4860 and is available 24 hours a day. Another resource is the VCEmergency website.
A newborn can be safely surrendered at any Ventura County fire station. See https://babysafevc.org/
Fire prevention requirements depend on the type of project, if it is allowed and where it is located. You can start by contacting the “Fire Prevention Counter” at 805-389-9738. The Standards section has the basic requirements. You may also want to visit the Ventura County One-Stop Permitting website https://www.onestoppermits.vcrma.org/.
When you have agricultural materials that need to be burned, a “Burn Permit” is required. Only agricultural materials (no trash) from properties zoned for commercial agriculture may be burned on designated “Burn Days”. A Burn Permit must be obtained from your closest fire station. The Burn Permit may only be used as per the conditions on the permit.
Our Annual Report gives an overview of our activities and achievements during the previous year.
The Ventura County Fire Department employs over 560 men and women in a variety of exciting jobs. There are also volunteer opportunities available. Visit our Join Our Team section for more information.
The Youth Firesetters Intervention Program seeks to reduce playing with fire through education and determining the child’s needs.
Many of our stations and units have designed unique patches that are popular with collectors. We are not able to distribute patches, although the Ventura County Professional Firefighters Association does have some of them available. To view the patches within the fire department, see Patches.
We have many ongoing programs and activities. Throughout the year, special activities or events are scheduled. These will be highlighted on this website and may also be featured in the media. See the Community Education section and the CERT Training Calendar to see what VCFD is up to near you.
Our Community Service Volunteer program allows the public to use their special skills and talents to be of service to the Ventura County Fire Department and their communities. See the Volunteer page for more information.
The large numbering serves a number of purposes. The number indicates which fire station that apparatus is assigned to. It is the means by which commanders and other units identify one another when communicating with them, especially at an emergency when there are multiple units involved. There are large numbers on the roofs so they can be identified from the air. The numbers and striping are made from reflective tape making the apparatus more visible at night for safety. The large reflective chevron design on the rear of fire apparatus is there for visibility and safety.
Depending on the agency, you will see that fire apparatus come in all kinds of colors. We paint our apparatus “Sunshine Yellow” for safety. Yellow is a much more visible color, especially under low light conditions, than the traditional red. Yellow is also an easier color to maintain and stays looking new longer. See our Ask Robby page for more on this subject.
The public is always welcome to visit our fire stations. Throughout the year, there are special “open house” activities scheduled. Remember, the firefighters are always subject to being responded to an emergency. See the Community Education Programs section for more information and for scheduling a fire station tour. So when you see firefighters, give us a wave. We are always happy to see you.