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FIRE PREVENTION TEMPORARY BUREAU BUILDING CLOSURE [From Wednesday March 18th - Tuesday April 07th 2020] Return date and services offered are subject to change based on emergency status updates. In alignment with the shelter-in-place guidance issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPH), the Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau customer front counter will be temporarily closed. However, the Oakland Fire Prevention Bureau will be providing fire permits and inspections services deemed to be essential to the public safety of the community during this time. Please submit your request for an essential public safety inspection service via e-mail: We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and eagerly look forward to reengaging with our day to day operations as soon as the current COVID-19 situation stabilizes. Thank you!


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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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