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The South San Francisco Fire Department is conducting ongoing CERT training for its citizens with classes being offered twice during the year. The Course will consist of five 3-4 hour sessions and two eight-hour sessions, one session per week. The six week course will cover the following topics:
If a property owner does not comply within the time frame outlined on their letter, the South San Francisco Fire Department will send a notice of violation to the property owner. In this case the cost of the work and administrative fees are placed as liens against the property.
Effective May 1, 2006
Properties in violation will be identified due to the presence of “Dead, decayed, diseased or hazardous tress, weeds or other vegetation constituting unsightly appearance, dangerous to public safety and welfare or detrimental to neighboring property or property values.”
Uniform Fire Code, Section 1103.2.4, Municipal Code 8.54.070 (b) (1), Public Resources Code (PRC) 4291, Government Code (GC) 51182.
Creating and maintaining defensible space on your property will significantly increase the chances of your home surviving a vegetation fire. This requires cutting the native brush and native vegetation and removing the dried, cut grass a distance of at least 30-feet or to property line from any structure. For areas of increased vegetation, slope, or aspect, your requirement of defensible space may increase.
If you have any questions or comments please call the South San Francisco Fire Prevention Weed Abatement Hotline at (650) 829-7222 x1111, Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm or by email.
Currently, we have units installed and operating at: Hickey and Hilton, Hickey and Camaritas, El Camino and Costco, El Camino at Westborough, Chestnut at Antoinette, East Grand at Littlefield, South Spruce at North Canal, South Spruce at South Canal, East Grand at Littlefield and South Spruce at Mayfair. Additional units are being installed and nearing completion at El Camino at BART, El Camino at McLellan Drive, McLellan at Mission, and McLellan at Hillside. We are also looking to install units in the Gateway Development response area and the El Camino corridor.
Retired Fire Engineer Jim Hale had been the lead person on the project for the Fire Department and received a Lion’s Club nomination for his efforts on this project in 2000.