Reserve Program Reserve Firefighter training program.
The District offers a Reserve Firefighter Program. Reserve Firefighters are required to attend two hour weekly drills each Tuesday evening and to participate in 12 hours per month of ride-a-long training. Training is provided in several aspects of firefighting and emergency medicine as well as participation in regional training opportunities such as the Annual Camp Parks Wildland Training and Bayo Vista Training Burn. Reserve Firefighters are encouraged to participate in local training opportunities such as “Every 15 Minutes” sponsored by the Hercules High School and the Hercules City Wide Disaster Drill. Participation in civic opportunities are encouraged such as the District’s Annual Open House, the Hercules Cultural Fair and the District’s Community Emergency Response Program. Reserves are trained in emergency medicine, ladders, ropes, ventilation, auto extrication and hose evolutions. Applications will be accepted at District Headquarters. Testing includes a written exam, physical agility test, an oral panel interview and Chief’s interview. The District is not hiring at this time – applicants will be informed of future test dates when scheduled. Reserve Firefighters receive minimum wage.
Personnel Application (adobe pdf)
Reserve Firefighter Background (adobe pdf)
Weed Abatement Begin addressing fire hazards in the form of dry, dead weeds, brush, or trees which may develop on your property.
Annually, throughout California, lives, homes and businesses are threatened, damaged or destroyed due to wildfire. Few communities are exempt from this danger, Rodeo-Hercules being no exception. In fact, the potential for major property loss was witnessed on July 10, 1995 when a small fire pushed by a strong wind grew to several acres threatening hundreds of homes on both sides of San Pablo Avenue in Hercules. With these facts in mind, the Fire District is urging you to begin now addressing fire hazards in the form of dry dead weeds, brush or trees which may develop on your property. The monumental task of keeping our community safe from wildfire can only be accomplished with your commitment and cooperation.
As in past years, the Fire District would like to take this opportunity to thank all property owners and homeowner associations for maintaining their property in the best possible manner to minimize the dangers of fire and fire spread. On several occasions in 1995 we experienced grass or brush fires, which could have developed into large damaging fires, had abatement or hazard removal precautions not be executed.
School Programs Learn about our school safety programs.
The Rodeo-Hercules Fire District provides all third graders at Ohlone Elementary, Lupine Elementary, Rodeo Hills Elementary and St. Patrick’s Elementary Schools. Fire and home safety training is provided which includes Stop, Drop and Roll, escape routes, meeting locations, cooking hazards, water safety and bicycle/skateboard safety. The annual training visits conclude with a show and tell of the fire engine.
Blood Pressure Screening Information about our blood pressure screening program.
The District offers blood pressure screening at the Rodeo Senior Citizens Center at 189 Parker Avenue, Rodeo, on the last Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and also at the Hercules Senior Center at 111 Civic Drive, Hercules, on the second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m.
Smoke Detector Programs Guidelines to help you determine if you are eligible for a free smoke detector.
You may be eligible for a free smoke detector plus installation IF:
- You live within the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District
- You do not have a working smoke detector in your home, or:
- Your existing smoke detector is over 10 years old.
For more information, contact the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District by calling
(510) 799-4561, and ask about the Bromstead Memorial Smoke Detector Program.
Bicycle Safety Helmet Program Read about how the Fire District is able to offer bicycle helmets to residents of Rodeo and Hercules for a nominal charge.
Every day in the United States, one child dies and 50 suffer permanent brain injuries from bicycle accidents. The statistics are dismal:
- 99% of kids in the U.S. do not wear helmets when they ride bicycles.
- 85% of head injuries to kids can be avoided if they wear helmets.
- 33% of emergency room visits by children are for head injuries.
The Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection District would like to reduce these statistics. Through the generous donation of a grant from the Rodeo Municipal Advisory Commission, the Fire District is able to offer bicycle helmets to residents of Rodeo and Hercules free to children under 14 years of age. The Fire District will continue its bicycle helmet program at its Open House’s which are held annually in October at the Hercules Fire Station at 1680 Refugio Valley Road in Hercules. Residents must show proof-of-residency and each individual requesting a helmet must appear in person in order to be properly fitted.
Business Inspections Learn about our business inspections program. This is an innovative program designed to assist youth and families in crisis situations.
The District performs annual inspections on all businesses, sprinkler systems, schools and childcare facilities, free of charge within the District. Servicing of fire extinguishers is provided through Vallejo Fire Extinguisher Service. Resident or business owners may bring their extinguishers to the Administrative Offices and the District will facilitate their annual service. Payment will be billed directly from Vallejo Fire Extinguisher Service.
Business Inspection Form (Adobe pdf)
Care Facility Form (Adobe pdf)
Project Safe Place Project Safe Place is an innovative program designed to assist youth and families in crisis situations.
Project Safe Place is an innovative program designed to assist youth and families in crisis situations. The program began in Louisville, Kentucky in 1983 as an outreach effort of the YMCA Center for Youth Alternatives, which is short-term shelter for youth at risk. Its success has prompted the implementation of Project Safe Place in over one hundred cities in the United States.
The program works by creating a network of fire stations that are designated “Safe Places”, and will display the Safe Place logo on their premises. Any youth in trouble knows that he or she can enter a location bearing this sign and request help. A fire fighter will provide the youth with a secure place to wait while the Northern California Family Center is contacted and a CRS volunteer will assess the situation and transport if necessary.
Project Safe Place is not a complex program to implement and the rewards are tremendous. Cities around the country that have adopted this program have found that youth are more likely to ask for help when a Safe Place site is available in their neighborhood. Safe Place has proven to be a viable option for youth that were contemplating leaving home and trying to solve their problems alone.
This program has proven very effective at reaching youth in the early stage of crisis, which gives the youth a much better chance of effecting a lasting resolution to the problem. In 1986, President Reagan recognized Project Safe Place with a Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives. The program was cited as an excellent example of public and non-profit agencies combining efforts to improve the community. The National League of Cities lauded Project Safe Place as The Most Innovative City Program in 1988.
The ultimate goal for Project Safe Place is to establish one uniform sign – the Safe Place sign – which signals help to the youth everywhere.
Crisis Resolution Services and the Northern California Family Center are proud to provide Safe Place services to the following fire districts:
Contra Costa County
Christmas Coalition A community effort to ensure that those who are less fortunate in our community will have Christmas dinner and toys for the Holiday Season.
The Christmas Coalition has merged services with The Salvation Army, 4600 Appian Way, El Sobrante. The Salvation Army will try to reach over 700 people this holiday season with food baskets and family toys. The Fire District will continue to collect new, unwrapped toys and provide collection barrels throughout the community. We provide Santas to numerous holiday events and he always arrives on the fire engine.
Documents Forms, Applications and Permits, Permit Fees
Board of Directors Applications (Adobe .pdf).
Permit Fees (Adobe .pdf)
Fee Schedule Plan Review/Service Fee Schedule and Receipt (Adobe.pdf)
Appeal Form (Adobe .pdf)
Business Inspection Form (Adobe .pdf)
Care Facility Inspection Form (Adobe .pdf)