The primary goals of the Fire Prevention Division are to educate the public about fire prevention and life safety; ensure required firefighter and EMS access is established and maintained; and ensure fire hydrants, standpipes, and other required fire protection systems are installed properly, and maintained.


The division has been integrated into the Permit Center for over 10 years, where Prevention staff works collaboratively with Planning, Building, Code Enforcement, Public Works, and the rest of the Permit Center Staff. The Prevention Staff is responsible for plan checking, permitting construction projects, and inspecting those projects during the construction and final phases of the project.


Fire Marshal/Battalion Chief - Skylar Thornton 

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Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 23rd 

In this live burn, the NFPA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) highlight the fire risks associated with turkey fryers. Turkey fryer use is severely discouraged by the NFPA. 


  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires with more than three times the daily average for such incidents. Christmas Day and Christmas Eve ranked second and third, with both having nearly twice the daily average.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking causes half (53%) of all reported home fires and nearly two of every five (38%) home fire injuries, and it is a leading cause of home fire deaths (18%).
  • On Thanksgiving day alone, an estimated 1,160 home cooking fires were reported to U.S fire departments in 2021, reflecting a 297 percent increase over the daily average.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children. Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button. 

Source: NFPA Research Division

Fire Prevention Week - October 8th- October 14th 

Fire Prevention Week is celebrated throughout North American every October, and is the oldest public health observance on record in the U.S. Entering it’s 101st year, Fire Prevention Week works to educate people about the leading risks to home fires and ways they can better protect themselves and their loved ones. Local fire departments, schools, and community organizations play a key role in bringing Fire Prevention Week to life in their communities each year and spreading basic but critical fire safety messages.

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2023 Open House Details:

Station 1 - 216 West Alisal Street

  • Date: Tuesday, October 10th
  • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Station 3 - 827 Abbott Place 

  • Date: Wednesday, October 11th        
  • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Station 6 - 45 E Bolivar St 

  • Date: Thursday, October 12th
  • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Station 5 -1400 Rider Ave 

  • Date: Friday, Thursday, October 13th
  • Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm  


  • PHONE NUMBER: 831-758-7466
  • 65 W ALISAL ST, SALINAS, CA 93901