In 1986, Aptos Fire District and La Selva Beach Fire District also consolidated, to become the Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District. By 2018, Aptos/La Selva FPD and Central FPD entered into a Shared Services Agreement, combining services with their Administrative and Prevention/ Community Risk Reduction divisions.
In February of 2021, Central Fire Protection District and Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District consolidated into Central Fire District of Santa Cruz County.
Central Fire District serves the communities of Capitola, Live Oak, Soquel, Aptos, Rio Del Mar and La Selva Beach. The resident population is approximately 90,500, with a seasonal influx during the summer, and covers an area of 55 square miles. The District responds to requests for service for fire, water rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous materials calls, and assorted alarms.
The District operates seven fire stations, an Administrative Office, Community Risk Reduction Division, and Fleet Services Facility.
The District has several robust program areas including Community Risk Reduction, Community Education, Emergency Medical Services, Water Rescue, Fire Investigation, Hazardous Materials, Urban Search and Rescue, and Training.
Central Fire District has a publicly elected Board of Directors consisting of five members who are elected to four year, staggered terms.