UC Davis Fire Department ensures the University's primary
mission of research, teaching, and public service is maintained
by safeguarding lives, property, and the environment against
the injurious effects of accidents or uncontrolled panic,
fire, hazardous materials releases, and natural disasters.
Through a program of testing and inspecting built-in protections
systems, and by maintaining strong and comprehensive fire
prevention, code enforcement, and public education programs,
the department seeks to prevent such uncontrolled hazards
need to provide fire protection for the Davis Campus was first
recognized by the Dean of the College of Agriculture in 1917.
Several hand-drawn hose carts were purchased and strategically
located throughout the small campus, which was then clustered
around the Quad. Groups of students and professors were assigned
to each cart and when a fire broke out, a steam whistle on the
Creamery Building (located where Olson Hall now stands) was
blown to summon the brigade. By 1939, a fire station and three
pieces of motorized fire apparatus served the fire fighting
needs of the campus with students, staff, and faculty making
up the total volunteer department.
Department established its current resident firefighter program
in 1949, and by the mid 50's, began hiring career firefighters.
In 1959, Charles Prather was hired as the department's first
career Fire Chief, replacing volunteer Chief Leonard McKinnon.
By 1974, the potential complexity of emergency problems posed
by the developing research campus had reached a magnitude
requiring a level of training and 24-hour per day commitment
beyond that attainable with volunteer firefighters and this
portion of the staff was disbanded.
the Department has state-of-the-art equipment, rigorous training
and fire prevention programs, and highly qualified staff
capable of mitigating emergencies far beyond the imagination
of the volunteers of 1917. The University has come a long
way since then, and so has the UC Davis Fire Department.
in emergency mitigation is placed on achieving control before
the incident becomes large by shortening discovery and reporting
times, preferably through automatic means, and by attacking
the emergency situation quickly and aggressively with professionally
trained and equipped teams.
Department also enjoys the benefits of an excellent working
relationship with the City of Davis Fire Department as well
as other Yolo and Solano County Fire Departments through
formal automatic aid agreements. This agreement automatically
provides the campus with needed emergency response resources
should we experience a major emergency. In exchange for this
assistance, the University Fire Department routinely responds
off-campus to aid our neighbors with emergencies involving
fire, rescue, medical aid, or hazardous materials.
addition to emergency mitigation and fire prevention activities,
the Department also features a unique Student Resident Firefighter
program that strives to teach firefighting skills to a select
group of UC Davis students while accentuating the Department's
emergency response capabilities.
more information feel free to contact the UC Davis Fire Department
during normal working hours at (530)752-1236.