Department Info

History | Mission | Funding & Governance | Insurance Rating | Personnel | Equipment

The Forestville Fire Protection District is an independent special fire district established by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in February of 1958 and governed by an elected five-person Board of Directors, each serving four-year terms. 

Service Area

The District is located in the unincorporated area of western Sonoma County California, along the lower Russian River, and encompasses approximately 25 square miles and serves a population of more than 6,500 citizens. District personnel and equipment respond to nearly 700 calls for service each year from a single fire station located in the town of Forestville.

Protection Services

The Forestville Fire District is a "combination" fire department comprised of seven Career and over twenty Volunteer Firefighters, Cadets and Explorers who proudly provide emergency response to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous materials releases, man-made and natural disasters as well as non-emergency response to a wide variety of public requests for assistance.  

Staffing and Operation

The District's station is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year with a minimum of 3 personnel. Our daily staffing consists of one Career Captain, one Career Engineer and one Volunteer Firefighter. This staffing allows the District to consistently initiate a response to emergencies within 60 seconds of the receipt of an alarm from our dispatch center. Every alarm also initiates a response by our off-duty Career and Volunteer firefighters who respond with additional equipment or cover the station to insure a timely response to additional incidents.

Each of our six Career Firefighters is assigned to one of three work shifts.  Each shift works a 48 hour tour. In addition to emergency response, each shift is responsible for one of three essential support service areas: training, apparatus and equipment maintenance, and fire prevention. The three support service areas are overseen by the District’s Fire Chief, who works a 40 hour week and is responsible for implementing policy established by the Board of Directors and for the overall coordination and direction of the District.