Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District

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Fire Protection & Emergency Response Services Assessment

Property owners in the Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District and are being asked to vote on a new Benefit Assessment to maintain the Fire District’s current services and operations. You are encouraged participate in the important decision of whether a new assessment should be approved.

Retain our Locally Trained and Experienced Firefighters

This measure will help to ensure adequate staffing 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The Fire District does not currently receive adequate funding to respond to all emergencies with safe staffing levels.

Preserve Response Times for Fire Protection and Medical Emergencies

This proposed assessment would help maintain response times for fire protection and emergency services including Basic Life Support emergency medical services within the Pajaro Valley Community.

Maintain Operational Firefighting Equipment

The funds from this proposed assessment will maintain existing firefighting equipment and apparatus and ensure that they are reliable when responding to residential and commercial structural fires, wildland fires, vehicle accidents, and rescue operations.

Local Control of Funds

Funds from this proposed assessment will benefit only the areas served by the Fire District.

Why is this Funding Needed?

Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District’s current funding includes a small portion of local property taxes and a special tax established in 1996, which has not seen an increase or cost-of-living adjustment in 27 years. To address these challenges, the Fire District is considering a “Fire Protection and Emergency Response Services Assessment.” This proposed annual assessment is intended to provide more sustainable funding for fire protection and emergency response services provided within the Pajaro Valley community.

Please Attend our Community Meetings

  • Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. virtually on | Meeting ID: 857 3793 8901| Passcode: 518269 |
  • Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 p.m. in person at the Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District at 562 Casserly Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076.
  • Saturday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m. in person at the Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds at 2601 East Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076.

Contact the Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District at (831) 728-8290 or Email

Ballots must be received by the March 19, 2024, Deadline.

The Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District serves a rural community of approximately 18,000 people. The District covers approximately 52 square miles (the largest fire district in Santa Cruz County), a large part of which is an unincorporated area surrounding City of Watsonville. The district encompasses both SRA and LRA lands, and has the duty to respond to all fires, medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, and many other hazardous situations. On an average, the district runs 1600 calls per year.

Pajaro Valley Fire District is a one station department housing two type 1 engines, and one type 1 water tender.

Pajaro Valley has automatic and mutual aid agreements with the City of Watsonville, Santa Cruz County Fire in Corralitos, Aromas Tri-County Fire, and South Santa Clara County Fire District. These agreements work in favor of all departments involved.

Mission Statement

The Pajaro Valley Fire Protection District Firefighters protect life, property and the environment through their direct involvement in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education and community service. We operate in a safe and fiscally responsible manner and continuously tailor ourselves to the needs of the community.

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Pajaro Valley Fire Station
562 Casserly Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
Office Tel 831.722.6188
Office Fax 831.722.7333