Glendale Fire Department 

Mission: The mission of the Glendale Fire Department is to protect life and property by providing the highest level of service to the community.

Values: Excellence in service, integrity, approachability, respect, communication and professionalism


The Glendale Fire Department slogan, “Community First,” exemplifies the department’s commitment to serving the community and dedication to their profession. Fire Chief Greg Fish has been leading the Glendale Fire Department since September 1, 2015.

Drop off new and unwrapped

toys or sports equipment

at any Glendale Fire Station!!

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ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters are celebrating the 24th year of the Spark of Love Toy Drive. Over the past two decades, the Spark of Love Toy Drive has successfully collected more than nine and a half million toys. The campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens. Toys collected in Glendale are distributed locally.


  1. Drop off your new, unwrapped toys or sports equipment at your local fire station.


  2. Donate online by going to to make a donation via credit card. All proceeds will go to buying toys or sports equipment for the children.



On Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 2:00 a.m., the clocks fall back an hour due to the end of daylight saving time. Adjusting your clock is a great reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. According to the National Fire Protection Association, smoke alarms sounded in half (53%) of the home fires reported to the U.S. Fire Department between 2009 and 2013. Three of every five home deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or inoperable smoke alarms (21%). Amongst the fire incidents in which the smoke alarms were present, but did not operate, almost half (46%) had missing or disconnected batteries.

Here are some tips for the proper installation and maintenance of smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Large homes may need extra smoke detectors.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

The Glendale Fire Department encourages residents to change the batteries in smoke alarms when the time changes.


No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament

The Glendale Fire Department in partnership with Glendale Fire Foundation will be hosting a No Limit Texas Hold'em tournament on November 13, 2016 at the Glendale Elks Lodge. Registration and Taco bar will open at 3:00 p.m. The tournament will start at 4:00 p.m. SHARP! Register early as space is limited ! To register, please call Brandy Villanueva at 818-550-5641 or email

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2016 GFD Awards Luncheon

The Glendale Fire Department and Glendale Sunrise Rotary would like to congratulate 2016 GFD Awards recipients. 

  •  Distinguished Service Awards: Captain Brian Julian, Engineer Karlow Krikor, Firefighter Paramedic Daniel Claridge
  • Ambulance Operator of the Year: Arthur Salazar
  • Service Above Self: Susan Hunt
  • Fire Chief Commendations: Fire Captain Rudolph Woody and Siyona Gharibian
  • Letters of Appreciation: Mrs. Joan Zierhut, Mr. Rafik Aghajani, and Mr. Afshin Bokaei
  • Unit Citations: E21A - Engineer Mark Masto, Firefighter Paramedic Brendan Edwards and Dave Monhiem, BLS29A - Ambulance Operator Jon Manor and Jeff Steele, E21C - Captain Steve Genovese, Engineer Gabe Vaca, Firefighter Paramedic Brendan Edwards and James Rohrig, BLS22C Ambulance Operator Erik Quintana and Jon Turcios, E26B - Captain Chris Stavros, Engineer Tom Bail, Firefighter Greg Blikian and Julian Young, BLS26B - Ambulance Operator Jeff Braun and Jamie Lozano, Glendale Police Department, Glendale Police Officer Frank Martinez and Officer Daniel Lee.

In addition to congratulating the award recipients, the 2016 Glendale Fire Department Awards Luncheon committee would like to thank this year's sponsors.




Household Hazardous Waste Collection 2016 Closure Dates

In observance of upcoming holidays, the Glendale Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be closed on:

November 12, November 26, December 24, and December 31.


Glendale Fire Department Ambulance Operator Class 20

Congratulations to eight new Glendale Fire Department Ambulance Operator trainees who successfully completed the Ambulance Operator Academy.


Back row: Joshua Benedict, Ejmin Mirzakhanian, Ryan Williams, Brenden Kalfus, Hector Sosa

Front Row:Aaron Bess, Matthew Medina, Jason Gonzalez


Glendale Fire Department Hosted a

Promotional Ceremony


The Glendale Fire Department honored newly promoted Battalion Chief Jeffrey Ragusa and Fire Captain Jeffrey Casilli at a promotional ceremony on Monday, July 18, 2016. The ceremony, lead by Fire Chief Fish was held at Fire Station 21 in front of family, friends and city staff. During the ceremony, Chief Ragusa and Captain Casilli received their new rank badge and fire helmet and renewed the Oath of Office.

Congratulation on your promotions Chief Ragusa and Captain Casilli!

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It's Heating Up Outside

Trying to find a way to beat the heat this summer? Los Angeles County has worked with various agencies throughout the county to establish cooling centers. Cooling centers are designated locations that provide respite from the high temperatures and the impacts of heat. The City of Glendale has partnered with Los Angeles County to offer two Cooling Centers within Glendale:

1. Adult Recreation Center: 201 E. Colorado St.

Glendale, CA 91205, 818-548-3775

Facility Hours: M-Th 8a.m. - 8p.m.

Fri/Sat 8a.m. - 5p.m. Open until 7p.m. during heart wave

Sun 9a.m. - 1p.m. Meals Only. Open until 7p.m.during heat wave

2. Sparr Heights Community Center: 1613 Glencoe Way

Glendale, CA 91208, 818-548-2187

Facility Hours: M-Th 8a.m. - 6p.m. Open till 7p.m. during heat wave.

Fri 8a.m. - 3p.m. Open till 7p.m. during heat wave

Sat/Sun 11a.m. - 7p.m.

3. Pacific Community Center: 501 S. Pacific Ave.

Glendale, CA 91204, 818-548-4098

Facility Hours: M-Th 9a.m. - 9p.m.

Fri/Sat 9a.m. - 5p.m. Open till 7p.m. during heat wave

Sun 11a.m. - 7p.m.

If planning on being outside during the hot weather, there are a few safety tips to remember to protect yourself: 

  1. Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids even if not thirsty.
  3. Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
  4. Don't forget about your pets who need plenty of water and shade.

It is also important to know the symptoms of dehydration which include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, get out of the sun, try to increase fluid intake and should the symptoms persist, seek medical attention. 


Verdugo Fire Communications Center

Knowing when to call 9-1-1 for emergency services can possibly save someone’s life. Knowing when NOT to call could also save someone’s life, by not taking precious emergency resources that may be needed for someone with a serious injury or life threatening medical need. The Verdugo Fire Communications Center would like to encourage residents to learn more about calling 9-1-1 by watching the video below.



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GFD has launched a Mobile App

The Glendale Fire Department has created a new free mobile app to assist residents. The free app, developed by Mobile programming, provides the community with an opportunity to learn about the services offered by the Class I Full-Service Glendale Fire Department.

With the free app, you can:

  • Learn and calendar upcoming GFD events 
  • Request a station visit
  • Receive incident updates
  • Provide customer feedback regarding GFD services

 The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Apple App Store                    Google Play 

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The City of Glendale Announces the New GFD Fire Chief


On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the City of Glendale announced the appointment of Greg Fish as its next Fire Chief. Chief Greg Fish replaces Harold Scoggins who left the City of Glendale to become the Fire Chief for the City of Seattle. 

Chief Fish began his career with the Glendale Fire Department in 1987 when he was hired as a Firefighter.  In 1998, he promoted to the position of Fire Captain. In 2004, he was assigned to the Training & Safety Section of the GFD. He has an extensive history of training recruit Firefighters.  In 2007, he promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief where he served in the Operations Section for five years.  In 2013, he served as the manager of the Emergency Medical Services Section. In 2014, he assumed the role of Interim Deputy Fire Chief, receiving the official job title in March 2015.  He began serving as the Interim Fire Chief in April 2015.

In 1999, Chief Fish began teaching Fire Science courses at Glendale Community College and served as an instructor at what is now the Verdugo Fire Academy.

Chief Fish was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from Verdugo Hills High School, he attended Glendale Community College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He is a proud member of the Glendale Kiwanis. He also serves as an associate member on the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. He enjoys his involvement with the Glendale Adventist Medical Center Civic Advisory Board and serves on the Glendale Youth Alliance Board of Directors. He is also an active board member with the Glendale Fire Foundation. Chief Fish enjoys being a guest chef with the GFD Command Staff once a month at Ascencia.

Chief Fish currently lives in Tujunga. He is married to his wife Maureen and they have four daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter.  


GFD Engineer Ara Hoonanian



GFD Engineer Gabe Vaca


GFD Firefighter Paramedic Kevin Ku

GFD Services: Watch the More than 9-1-1 video below to learn about all of the services provided by the Glendale Fire Department.