In 1987, Central Fire Protection District was created from the consolidation of the Capitola, Live Oak and Soquel Fire Districts.
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 in excess of 85,000, with a seasonal influx during the summer. The District responds to requests for service for fire, 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.