FAQ’s

How do I get a Fire Engine, Ambulance and Firefighters to come to an event ?

You can call EPFD 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday thru Friday to submit your request.

Does the Fire Department give station tours ?

Yes. You can call EPFD 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday thru Friday to arrange a tour.

Does the Fire Department do home safety inspections ?

Yes. If you would like a Fire District representative to conduct a home safety inspection, call 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday to make an appointment.

Prevention FAQ’s

What can I do to protect my home from wildland fires?

To protect your home from wildfires, you must create a “defensible space” or “firebreak” by reducing the amount of dead or dying fuel (vegetation) around your home. This does not necessarily mean all vegetation should be removed. In fact, having fire-resistant plants and trees your home that are properly trimmed and well watered can serve as a firebreak.

How do I create an escape plan for my home or business ?

The four basic steps in creating an escape plan for your home includes: drawing a floor-plan of your home; agreeing on a meeting place; practicing your escape plan; and making sure your exit drill is realistic.

What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy for my home ?

Homeowners should buy an extinguisher that can handle Class A-B-C fires. This type of extinguisher is designed to extinguish fires that usually occur in homes including wood, paper, flammable liquids, and electrical fires.

Do I need to put a smoke detector in every room? How many do I need?

Smoke detectors should be placed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

On floors without bedrooms, detectors should be installed in or near living areas such as dens, living rooms, or family rooms. Remember to test the detectors regularly !

What should I do with HOT fireplace or woodstove ashes ?

Fireplace and woodstove ashes can remain hot for several days. Any ashes removed from your fireplace or woodstove should be placed in a metal can/bucket, taken outside on safe ground, and kept a minimum of 3 feet away from your home. If you are not sure ? Give EPFD a call at 209.795.1646.

If my carbon monoxide detector activates, what should I do ?

Carbon Monoxide (also known as the silent killer) is a colorless/odorless gas that is created by the incomplete combustion of carbon based fuels. It is recommended that you install a Carbon Monoxide Detector on each level of your home and if a detector activates, call 911 and leave your home. EPFD will come and check for any level of Carbon Monoxide that may be present. Always remember, “When in doubt, call us out.”

What is a “Knox Box” and where can I obtain one ?

A Knox Box is a secured box that is placed on the front of a home or business that contains keys to a commercial building or residence. The purpose of a Knox Box is to allow Fire District personnel access to the structure if they have to make entry in the event of an emergency. The Fire District has a secure master key which allows them to unlock the Knox Box to gain access to the building keys.

For more information on purchasing a Knox Box, you can call the Ebbetts Pass Fire District at 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

How often should I change my smoke detector batteries ?

Your batteries should be changed at least once a year. An easy way to remember is to change them when your clocks are changed to and from Daylight Savings Time in the spring and fall. Need help ? Call EPFD at 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday thru Friday for any assistance.

EMS FAQS

How should I plan for a disabled family member during a fire ?

Assure that you have a well-defined escape plan. Make sure that people who are confined to a wheelchair have immediate access to their wheelchair when an emergency occurs.

What is the best thing to do for a burn ?

Cool a burn with water. Do not use ointments, butter, or other substances. For minor burns contact a physician. For serious burns, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

How do I get a copy of a Fire or Medical report ?

You can call EPFD at 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday through Friday to request a report.

Who do I call to find out about learning CPR ?

You can call EPFD 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours of 8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday thru Friday to request more information.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact EPFD at 209.795.1646 during our regular business hours to get them answered.

And remember, “When in doubt, call us out !”

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Community programs

From CPR Classes & LifeJacket Loan Programs to our Vial-of-Life Project, the Ebbetts Pass Fire District offers many beneficial programs for our community.

Fire Prevention

Fire prevention starts with you. Creating a "defensible space", having functioning fire extinguishers & smoke detectors, campfire safety and much more.