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Message From The Ceres Fire Department

Welcome to the Ceres Fire Department Webpage,

It is an honor and a privilege to be your Fire Chief. I am proud to represent such a fine organization. The Ceres Fire Department operates out of three fire stations that our strategically located throughout the city. We also have one station that was closed in 2018 that serves as our training center. The Ceres Fire Department is a full service fire department providing services ranging from fire prevention and community risk reduction, fire suppression, emergency medical service to technical rescue.

In the near future, we will be working on our strategic plan, which will provide our organization with a roadmap and vision for our future. On a daily basis, I witness the compassion and the dedication of our firefighters to the residents, businesses and the visitors of our city. It is our commitment to assist you in your time of need day or night, with compassion, professionalism, respect and dignity. Over the next few months, we will be updating our website and our public relations program, which will include multiple social media outlets. This new initiative will keep the public informed on the fire department’s programs and emergency incidents. Please feel free to visit one of our stations or contact us with any questions.

Warm regards,

Kevin Wise
Fire Chief

Great American Shake Out 2019

Are You Ready to ShakeOut?

With 317 million people living and working in the United States, a major earthquake could cause unprecedented devastation. What we do now, before a big earthquake, will determine how well we survive and recover.

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills in October 2018 involved more than 62.5 million participants through broad-based outreach programs, media partnerships, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. The drill is held annually on the third Thursday of October. This year, International ShakeOut Day will be at 10:17 am on October 17.

A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.

Not just any drill will accomplish this; it needs to be big. It must inspire communities to come together. It must involve children at school and parents at work, prompting conversations at home. It must allow every organization, city, etc., to make it their own event. We are all in this together.

The 2019 ShakeOut drill will be the largest preparedness event in world history. To participate, go to ShakeOut.org/register and pledge your family, school, business, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and involve others. At the minimum practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" at the specified time, which is 10/17 at 10:17 am this year. It is only a one-minute commitment for something that can save your life.

For more information, visit ShakeOut.org.