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The Knox Box is a metal box secured to the outside of a building that allows firefighters immediate access to locked buildings, storage rooms, elevators, gates and other secured areas without causing property damage from forced entry procedures. The fire department is the only agency that is authorized to access the Knox-Box. It contains keys, electronic access cards, hazardous materials data and other vital information that firefighters will need when responding to an alarm. Learn more about Knox Box and Emergency Services.
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The City Council has adopted the 2019 California Fire Code. The Department of Emergency Services enforces this Code. The Code primarily affects commercial occupancy and processes, but has some application to individuals.
The Code is intended to reduce the likelihood of building loss/damage or personal injury caused by fire or other hazardous conditions. The Code does this by establishing minimums for construction methods and materials, fire safe practices, and the handling of hazardous substances.
The Department routinely consults with builders, developers, and architects on Code requirements. Call 805-227-7560 if you have any questions about the Code or its applicability to your situation.
The City of Paso Robles has not allowed the burning of trash, debris or vegetation within city limits for more than 10 years. However, if you are outside Paso Robles city limits, in the surrounding communities of Creston, Whitley Gardens, Jardine, Geneseo, Shandon, San Miguel or Templeton, please refer to the information below.
Backyard Burning Provisions, Limitations and Prohibitions: Backyard/Dooryard burning is allowed during the Non-Emergency Response Period (normally from November 15 to April 30), unless a hazardous fire condition exists. The Air Pollution Control District (APCD) regulates backyard burning.
Please call 800-834-2876 for requirements for backyard burning and permissive burn-day status. Burning will be immediately discontinued if the APCD determines the smoke emissions are offensive to occupants of surrounding properties, or if the burning constitutes a hazardous condition. Complaints of individuals violating this regulation can be filed with the APCD at 805-781-5912.
The Paso Robles Municipal Code, 17.04.030 (C) requires the installation of automatic sprinkler system for many commercial structures. For more information on Fire Sprinklers, visit the resources for Business/Developers.
Sprinklers are required in many commercial buildings. Please call the Fire Inspector at 805-227-7560 to establish needs for your particular application. If you have already submitted plans and need to schedule an inspection, please contact the Fire Protection Engineer by phone at 805-227-7221 or email the Fire Marshal.
Yes. You may review the Municipal Code Online Library (Municode). It is easy to search the site by using keywords, such as "abandoned vehicles."
The City of Paso Robles has an active Code Enforcement and Nuisance Abatement program. To meet the goal of keeping our city safe and protecting property values, the Emergency Services and Police departments work together to address the concerns of our citizens.
Please call the Emergency Services Department at 805-227-7560 for the following item:
Please call the Police Department Code Enforcement Office at 227-7540 for the following nuisance abatement items:
The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services provides a variety of public education events to the local schools and general public. In most cases, it is desirable for us to receive your request 30 days prior to the event date. For additional information, please email the Fire Marshal.
Yes, you can participate in the Paso Robles Emergency Services First-in Response Experience (F.I.R.E.) Program. The program will include riding in a fire department vehicle to routine and/or emergency calls.
You must be 16 or older to participate and complete a Ride-Along Request Form (PDF). Persons between 16 and 18 years of age must have this form signed by a parent or guardian prior to any participation. Once filled out and signed, the form should either be faxed to 805-237-4138 or mailed to:City of Paso RoblesEmergency Services Department900 Park StreetPaso Robles, CA 93446
Please email the Fire Marshal and a department representative will contact you about your request.
To request a fire report, please download and complete the Incident Report Request Form (PDF), make a check payable to the City of Paso Robles for $15, and mail to:City of Paso RoblesEmergency Services Department900 Park StreetPaso Robles, CA 93446
Please include the date and time of incident, location of incident, and the name of the involved party. In most cases, we will mail out a copy of the report to you within 3 business days of receiving your request and payment.