The proud men and women of the Oakland Fire Department are committed to providing the highest quality and highest level of courteous and responsive services to the citizens of Oakland

The City of Oakland is developing a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Information on the plan and how you can participate will be available here starting January 15, 2021.

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In alignment with our Planning and Building Department partners, the below listed conditions will be in effect immediately regarding inspection requests moving forward:

Announcement - Fire Code Inspections response to COVID 19 Emergency – (as of April 1st, 2020)

Due to the revised and more stringent Public Health Shelter in Place Order issued on March 31st, 2020 and effective on April 1st at 12:00AM from the Alameda County Public Health Officer. The City of Oakland, Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau, Fire Code Inspection Services will only be

conducting inspections as follows:

1. Projects immediately necessary to the maintenance, operation, or repair of Essential Infrastructure.

2. Projects associated with Healthcare Operations, including creating or expanding Healthcare Operations, provided that such construction is directly related to the COVID19 response.

3. Affordable housing that is or will be income‐restricted, including multi‐unit or mixed‐use developments containing at least 10% incomerestricted units.

4. Public works projects if specifically designated as an Essential Governmental Function by the lead governmental agency.

5. Shelters and temporary housing, but not including hotels or motels.

6. Projects immediately necessary to provide critical noncommercial services to individuals experiencing homelessness, elderly persons, persons who are economically disadvantaged, and persons with special needs.

7. Construction necessary to ensure that existing construction sites that must be shut down under this order are left in a safe and secure manner, but only to the extent necessary to do so.

8. Construction or repair necessary to ensure that residences and buildings containing Essential Businesses are safe, sanitary, or habitable to the extent such construction or repair cannot reasonably be delayed.

To schedule an inspection per the above, please call 510‐238‐3462. For Fire Code Inspection questions, please email

NOTICE - All other inspection types not listed above will not be conducted.

Inspections already scheduled that do not meet the above orders will be screened by Fire

Prevention Bureau Supervisors and Managers during morning calls and emails and will determine if the inspection will be conducted or

cancelled based on the public health orders stated above.

For more information about the Alameda County Public Health Order, please visit:‐officer‐order‐20‐04‐shelter‐in‐place‐20200331.pdf

We apologize for the any inconvenience that this may cause. The health of the public and our employees are of upmost importance.

The CORE Program: New Updates!

Community volunteers taking a group photo after receiving CORE Training
Community volunteers taking a group photo after receiving CORE Training

The Emergency Management Services Division [EMSD] breathes new life into OFD's CORE Program.

As an overarching goal, Oakland’s CORE program strives to be in greater alignment with National standards. One of the challenges with the existing emergency preparedness and training curriculum was that the model was unique to Oakland and it had not undergone significant updates in many years.

Additionally, how we respond to emergencies has changed. In order to make sure that we are employing the most current and best practices, the City of Oakland has decided to expand the existing CORE Program and add additional volunteer training types.

Learn more about CORE!

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Portrait of Melinda Drayton

Melinda Drayton

Interim Fire Chief

Chief Drayton began her fire service career in 1998 and was appointed Interim Chief of the Department on April 4, 2020. She promoted thru the ranks and most recently served as the Deputy Chief in charge of the Support Services Division which encompasses facilities, apparatus, contract compliance, legislative matters, capital improvement projects, fire communications and grant management. During her career, she had the opportunity to be the department’s public information officer for three years on an administrative staff assignment along with managing the dispatch center and served as the liaison for all department technology.

She served as the Incident Commander for the East Bay Incident Management Team deploying to disasters in both California and across the U.S. Also, she held a trustee position for I-women representing the Western Division. She has been involved in labor negotiations and has assisted a variety of departments nationally and internationally with policies and best practices involving pregnancy, fertility issues, family care and birth bonding. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.

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