Fire Chief's Message

The Hayward Fire Department is fully engaged in providing the highest level of fire protection and emergency services today, while working relentlessly to innovate new ways to better serve the community in the future. The landscape of the fire service is ever changing, and we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of that change...

Fire Chief Garrett ContrerasI want to take this opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the Department and its members in 2015. The landscape of the fire service is ever changing, and the Hayward Fire Department is at the forefront of that change. This year, the Department continued to expand its scope of emergency response services by adding a water rescue program, and also continued to fortify and strengthen other high-quality programs, such as the Community Emergency Response Team and disaster preparedness.

Our commitment to the community continues to be a strong point to our services. For one, we have been successful in our efforts to continue to nurture and grow the grant-funded defensible space and chipping program. Since the department received its first grant for this program in 2012, we have treated over 410 acres of land in fire-prone areas in the Hayward Hills and provided consultation and advice to 55 residents on how to better protect their properties through the use of defensible space. Besides the chipping program, we are also active partners in the community through such programs as smoke detector replacements and CPR classes.

While the Department is fully engaged in providing the highest level of fire protection and emergency services today, it also has an eye towards the future as well. Our growing partnership with the local Regional Occupational Program will expose interested youth to basic firefighting principals and techniques, which will potentially lead them down the path of becoming the next generation of firefighters in the City.

As noted above, there is much to be proud of this past year. Our accomplishments and aggressive efforts towards seeking out and incorporating the latest firefighting techniques and programs into our already strong knowledge base has allowed us to live up to our mission statement, which is “to protect lives and property by providing superior fire suppression and emergency medical services, supported by prevention through responsible and innovative regulatory and educational programs.” We have been proudly serving this community since 1876 and look forward to providing an even higher level of service in 2016 and beyond.

Sincerely,

Garrett Contreras, Fire Chief