Piedmont Fire Department Services

Disaster Preparedness

The Piedmont Fire Department wants you to be prepared for disasters. By preparing for a disaster you can better help yourself, your community, and the Fire Department.

The Piedmont Public Safety Committee is pleased to release the Get Ready, Piedmont Disaster Preparedness Manual. This document will provide comprehensive information on preparation for and response to, earthquakes, fires, landslides, and other emergencies. The manual is 50 pages in length with checklists and illustrations on things like turning off utilities, food and water storage, first aid materials, seismic measures, family communications plans etc.

The Fire Department is committed to training individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses. We can tailor training to meet time constraints, unique needs, routine concerns, or schedule you may have.

If you would like to schedule training or just have a few questions about preparing, please contact the department at (510) 420-3030 and ask for the Captain or Lieutenant on Duty.

Click to Download the American Red Cross brochure entitled Be Red Cross Ready
Click to download a brochure called 10 Ways You Can Be Disaster Prepared

Click Here to View Disaster Preparedness Links»
Note: these links are found at the right-hand side of the page.

Battery Recycling Program

California law now requires that all household batteries must be recycled. They can no longer be thrown in the trash.

To assist residents, the Piedmont Fire Department in conjunction with Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste has a battery recycle program.

Batteries can be brought to the Piedmont Fire Station, 120 Vista Avenue, Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call (510) 420-3030 for after hours drop off.

Bicycle Licensing Program

The Fire Department handles licensing of bikes Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment. Please phone us at (510) 420-3030 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.

There is a $3.00 fee for the license.


CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and First Aid Classes

CPR and First Aid classes are registered online at the Piedmont Recreation Department's Active net web site. Students will need to set up an account with Activenet. Payment is by credit or debit card only. Please check back frequently as we will continually be adding classes. There are two types classes offered; CPR and Basic First Aid. Adults and adolescents 12 and older are invited to participate.

Community CPR - This class is recommended for anyone wishing to learn CPR who is not in the healthcare field. Participants will have basic lifesaving skills (CPR, AED, and care for choking, heart attack and stroke victims). This class is approximately 4 hours in length.

First Aid - Basic and comprehensive course on medical emergencies and what to do until paramedics arrive. This includes but is not limited to basic life saving maneuvers, bleeding control, treatment of shock, bone and muscle injuries, as well as treatment for basic illnesses. This class is approximately 4 hours in length.

Classes are offered for a minimal cost to Piedmont residents of $20.00 per student per class and to non-residents at a fee of $30 per student per class. Textbooks are required, and are included in the fee. To request additional information about CPR or First Aid classes contact: Lieutenant Mike Carlisle or Engineer Alan Grace at (510) 420-3030. E-mail any questions to: CPR@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

Knox Box System

The KNOX-BOX® Rapid Entry System is a secure, rapid entry program specifically developed for the fire department/paramedics to be able to access your home in case of fire or injury. Property owners in Piedmont can store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Boxes mounted near their home entrances. Each KNOX-BOX purchased by the home owner is keyed to a single Knox® Master Key controlled by the Piedmont Fire Department.

With the Knox System there is no forcing the doors open or breaking windows to gain entry. The Knox Rapid Entry System reduces response time, property damage and the liability for lost keys.

Please contact the Fire Department for an Authorization/order form.

You can find additional information of the KNOX-BOX system at www.knoxbox.com.

Safe Surrender Program

What is the Safely Surrendered Baby Law?
California’s Safely Surrendered Baby Law allows parents to give up their baby confidentially. As long as the baby has not been abused or neglected, parents may give up their newborn without fear of arrest or prosecution.

How does it work?
A distressed parent who is unable or unwilling to care for a baby can legally, confidentially and safely give up a baby within three days of birth. The baby must be handed to an employee at a Alameda County emergency room or fire station. As long as the child shows no signs of abuse or neglect, no name or other information is required. In case the parent changes his or her mind at a later date and wants the baby back, workers will use bracelets to help connect them to each other. One bracelet will be placed on the baby, and a matching bracelet will be given to the parent.

What if a parent wants the baby back?
Parents who change their minds can begin the process of reclaiming their newborns within 14 days. These parents should call the Alameda County Department of Children and Family Services (510)780-8600.

Can only a parent bring in the baby?
In most cases, a parent will bring in the baby. The law allows other people to bring in the baby if they have legal custody.

Does the parent have to call before bringing in the baby?
No. A parent can bring in a baby anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so long as the parent gives the baby to someone who works at the hospital or fire station.

Does a parent have to tell anything to the people taking the baby?
No. However, hospital personnel will ask the parent to fill out a questionnaire designed to gather important medical history information, which is very useful in caring for the child. Although encouraged, filling out the questionnaire is not required.

What happens to the baby?
The baby will be examined and given medical treatment, if needed. Then the baby will be placed in a pre-adoptive home.

What happens to the parent?
Once the parent(s) has safely turned over the baby, they are free to go.

Why is California doing this?
The purpose of the Safely Surrendered Baby Law is to protect babies from being abandoned by their parents and potentially being hurt or killed. You may have heard tragic stories of babies left in dumpsters or public bathrooms. The parents who committed these acts may have been under severe emotional distress. The mothers may have hidden their pregnancies, fearful of what would happen if their families found out. Because they were afraid and had nowhere to turn for help, they abandoned their infants. Abandoning a baby puts the child in extreme danger. It is also illegal. Too often, it results in the baby’s death. Because of the Safely Surrendered Baby Law, this tragedy doesn’t ever have to happen in California again.

Station Tours and Birthday Parties

Station tours and birthday party tours are available to Piedmont Residents. To schedule a station tour please contact the fire department at (510) 420-3030 during normal business hours and ask to speak to the officer on duty.

Vial of Life

The Vial of Life is designed to speak for you when you can't speak for yourself. The vial contains important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment.

The decals and forms are available at the Fire Department or on line at www.vialoflife.com.

How to Use the Vial of Life Properly

Follow these 4 simple steps to using your Vial of Life. You can also save and store this information at vialoflife.com for easy future access to change information like Meds, Doctors, Etc.

1. Fill out the Vial of Life form

2. Place the decal on front of a plastic baggie

3. Place the baggie on your refrigerator door

4. Place the second decal on your front door