CZU FIRE PREVENTION & LAW ENFORCEMENT:
(PRC 4291) Public Resources Code
Effective January 1, 2005, if you live in a wildland area
in California you need to know about changes
in the following laws.
Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law on
September 23, 2004, Senate Bill 1369.
This bill amended both Public Resources Code
(PRC) 4291 and Government Code (GC) 51182
in the following manner:
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Fire Prevention education is key to all fire prevention efforts.
Each year thousands of children as well as adults receive individual and group training/information on fire safety and prevention topics.
The Volunteers In Prevention are an important component in spreading the word about fire safety. Volunteers assist staff in program presentations at schools, fairs, parades and local events. You can become a VIP whether you're a senior or a teenager.
The primary emphasis of the San Mateo/Santa Cruz Unit’s Prevention Bureau/Law Enforcement Officers is to enforce local and state fire laws as they apply to the missions of CAL FIRE, State Fire Marshal and the San Mateo & Santa Cruz County Fire Departments.
Arson and negligently caused fires receive priority for law enforcement action, which typically results in criminal or civil proceedings against the responsible person(s). Such proceedings lead to fines, fire suppression cost collection, probation, jail/prison terms. Law enforcement action is a critical fire prevention tool.
Peace officers from the San Mateo/Santa Cruz Unit are routinely called upon to conduct serial arson investigations, perform security functions for special operations and emergency incidents, conduct fireworks , and fire extinguisher investigations, as well as disposal of explosives. Our Investigators also assist fire and law enforcement agencies with incident investigations. These peace officers are subject to call statewide.
Due to the complexities of the emergency incidents, the unit’s law enforcement component maintains close working relationships with the district attorney’s office, law enforcement agencies of all venues, and working task groups such as gang, juvenile and narcotics task forces. Additionally the unit’s peace officers can be called upon to perform general law enforcement duties statewide during times of disaster and major emergencies
To enforce state fire and forest laws, Cal Fire Law Enforcement officers are trained and certified in accordance with the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The Department's 300 plus officers are busy year round investigating fire causes, interviewing witnesses, issuing citations and setting up surveillance operations. The Office of the State Fire Marshal Arson and Bomb Specialists provide fire and bomb investigation services to state-owned facilities, and provide assistance to local government fire and law agencies. The Department's investigators have a very successful conviction rate.