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Fire Report / Incident Report

A fire report or incident report contains information regarding the Merced Fire Department (MFD) response to a specific call. Details included on these reports include, but are not limited to: response times, unit(s) responding, nature of the call, and/or actions taken.

The fastest method for obtaining individual fire reports or incident reports is to email the request to MFD Records. Please be sure to include your contact information, email and/or phone number, in case we need to clarify your request and the email or address to which you would like the report sent.

Alternatively, these records may be obtained by calling the Merced Fire Department Administration at (209) 385-6891 or by sending the request by mail to:

Merced Fire Department
Attn: Janet German, Custodian of Records
99 E. 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340

To help locate the record you are seeking, please include the following information, if available:

  • Business name, if commercial property
  • Date / time of incident
  • Incident number
  • Location of incident including street address and nearest cross street
  • Type of incident

Pre-Hospital Care Report (PCR)

A MFD Pre-Hospital Care Report (PCR) contains information regarding the medical treatment of an individual patient by the Merced Fire Department.

The release of medical records is restricted by the terms of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Individuals may request a copy of their own patient care record. These records may also be obtained by a parent, guardian, conservator, those who have medical decision-making authority for an individual, agencies having a patient-signed consent to release medical information, or by the executor of a decedent’s will.

The MFD Pre-Hospital Care Reports cannot be requested by phone as proof of identity is required to establish eligibility to receive these records under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). If you have questions about accessing these reports or what type of identification meets the HIPAA requirements, please call Fire Administration at (209) 385-6891.

View a copy of the MFD HIPAA Notice.

To request copies of MFD Pre-Hospital Care Reports, please complete the MFD Release of Information Form and send it, along with any required ID / documentation, by email or by mail to:

Merced Fire Department
Attn: Janet German, Custodian of Records
99 E. 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340


Property Reports

The MFD Bureau of Fire Prevention is responsible for a number of fire-related property reports including fire inspection records and hazardous materials information. These records may be requested by mail, phone, fax or email. Contact information is provided below.

Merced Fire Department
Attn: Janet German, Custodian of Records
99 E. 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340

Phone: (209) 385-6982
Fax: (209) 388-7951
Email

To help locate the record or records you are seeking, please include the following information in your request:

  • Address of property
  • The information you are seeking
  • The time frame in which you would like to receive the records
  • Your name and contact information, in case additional information is needed

Please note that the MFD Bureau of Fire Prevention only maintains records that are fire-related. If you are seeking information related to other types of municipal code violations, please contact the Inspection Services/Planning/Buildings Department at (209) 385-6861.


Other Information

To request copies of other existing reports or departmental information under the California Public Records Act, please email or mail your request to:

Merced Fire Department
Attn: Janet German, Custodian of Records
99 E. 16th Street
Merced, CA 95340

Phone: (209) 385-6982
Fax: (209) 388-7951
Email

Please be as specific as possible regarding what information you are seeking and the time frame in which you are interested so that we may identify any records that may pertain to your request. Be sure to include your name and contact information in case additional information is needed.