The Los Altos Hills County Fire District (the “District”) was organized on October 23, 1939, with the mission to protect the lives, property and environment of our community from fires, disasters and emergencies through education, prevention and emergency response services.
The District contracts its firefighting personnel, apparatus, and equipment from the Santa Clara County Fire Department. In this way, our community enjoys the benefits of local control and planning with services tailored to our residents’ unique requirements, while simultaneously benefiting from all the advantages offered by the County’s larger resources and organization: direct access to a full roster of professional staff under large-scale day-to-day management, highly specialized equipment, and extensive back-up and mutual aid capabilities as needed.
In addition to direct fire suppression and prevention, the District performs support functions such as Water Mains and Hydrant Operations, in which we provision and maintain our community’s pipeline infrastructure to ensure an adequate and reliable supply of water for use in fire emergencies. The District manages these functions, while contracting with specialized consultants and contractors to perform the physical installation and maintenance of the system, thus minimizing the financial risks and burden of maintaining an in-house capability.
The District also promotes and manages other activities aimed at fire prevention, such as an extensive Fuel Management program that includes Weed & Brush Abatement, Brush Chipping, and Dead Tree Removal. We also provide regular classes in Disaster Preparedness, including a leading CERT program (Community Emergency Response Team).