• Pasadena Fire Department

Pasadena Fire Department

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Commercial Fire Safety Inspections

    Where are fire extinguishers placed in a commercial building?  

    The California Fire Code, regulating fire extinguisher requirements varies with the different type of hazard classification of the building. A general rule for a commercial building, with no special hazard classification, is an extinguisher with a 2A:10BC rating placed within 75 feet travel distance to all areas.

    How can I get my business' fire extinguisher serviced?  

    Businesses may contact a fire extinguisher maintenance company to make arrangements for servicing.

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    Home Fire Safety

    Where should smoke detectors be placed in my home?  

    Residential smoke detectors are early warning devices to wake a sleeping person or persons. Smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom (sleeping area) and in the hallway leading to the bedrooms.

    Should I put a smoke detector in my garage?  

    No, a residential smoke detector is an early warning device to wake sleeping people.

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    Incident / Medical Reports

    How do I get a copy of a fire incident report?  

    Call the fire department at (626) 744-4668 or stop by the Administration office at 215 N. Marengo Avenue, Suite 195 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Reports can typically be available three business days after your request. It can be picked up at the office or mailed upon receipt of check. There is a $20.00 fee.

    How do I obtain a copy of a medical patient report?  

    Call the fire department at (626) 744-4112 or drop by the Administration office at 215 N. Marengo Avenue, Suite 195 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.. Medical reports are confidential and can only be provided to the patient with proper ID or to a representative of the patient with a signed release. The fee is ranging from $15 - $22 dollars.

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    Can I obtain or purchase patches from your fire department?  

    Sorry, we are no longer giving out patches to the public; they are for official department use only.

    Does the Fire Department offer CPR classes?  

    The department does not offer CPR classes. We suggest you contact the local Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/.

    Are fireworks legal to use in the city?  

    Use of any fireworks within the City of Pasadena is prohibited.

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    Operating Procedure

    Do you rescue cats from trees?  

    We are called to assist the public with many different situations. These include but are not restricted to assisting with flooding, helping the elderly or infirm back into bed, and investigating unusual situations (electrical/smoke/possible hazardous conditions). We typically do not rescue cats from trees.

    When I call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency, why does the fire department show up?  

    The firefighters are the first responders for all medical emergencies. The eight fire stations are strategically located throughout Pasadena, so our response times can have a positive effect on medical emergencies. All of the firefighters in Pasadena are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-P) and EMT-D (defibrillation certified to help those who have cardiac related emergencies that should be defibrillated as soon as possible). All Pasadena apparatus have advance life support capability.

    When responding to a call in the "middle of the night" do the firefighters have to sound the fire engine sirens even though traffic is probably light?  

    Yes, state vehicle code mandates that while responding Code Three, an emergency response vehicle must have all emergency lights on and the siren sounding. A Code Three response is initiated when life, property or the environment is in immediate jeopardy (ie. bleeding, breathing problems, fire, hazardous materials going down a storm drain).

    Why are there are so many firefighters at medical emergencies and at fire safety inspections?  

    Everything that we do requires us to work as a team, whatever the emergency. To arrive very quickly, we must stay together and close to our fire apparatus (vehicles). Your safety and ours depends on the team being together and ready to respond to aggressively mitigate the emergency to which we have been called.

    What is the work schedule for firefighters?  

    There are firefighters on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Pasadena. We work 24 hour shifts from 7 a.m. to 7 a.m. the next morning. This means that we work 17 hours one day and 7 hours the next. We have three different shifts each working 56 hours a week.

    Firefighters wear a lot of gear; is it fireproof and how much does it weigh?  

    The gear we wear weighs about 56 pounds. The clothes are called "turn-outs" or "bunker" gear as they originally were turned inside out and kept next to bunks to facilitate a quick change at night. The turnouts are made of a material called Nomex which is fire retardant but not fireproof, so it will burn. We must be able to put our turnouts on in less than a minute. And yes, it does get rather warm in the summer as we must wear these clothes when we respond to structure fires, hazardous materials incidents, and traffic accidents.

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    Tours Program

    How do I schedule a station tour or a presentation to my group?  

    Call the fire department Administration office at (626) 744-4675 to schedule tours of the fire stations or to schedule a presentation at your facility.

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