Fire Stations

The Palo Alto Fire Department staffs six full time stations located strategically throughout the City with a staff of 114.50 full time positions and 0.55 hourly. To provide coverage in the sparsely developed hillside areas, an additional fire station in the foothills is operated during high fire danger days.


The City of Palo Alto currently operates six different types of apparatus. Each apparatus has its own unique functions and capabilities.

Standards of Cover

The Standards of Coverage and Deployment Plan assess the risk in the community and determine the distribution and concentration of emergency resources in order to ensure proper preparation to respond to potential emergency incidents. It offers an in-depth analysis of the Fire Department's resources and plans for high-level emergency incidents in accordance with the model developed by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

VIEW: PAFD Standards of Cover 2018