City of Chico Fire-Rescue, under the command of Fire Chief Steve
Standridge, has 60 full-time personnel, 57 of which are
uniformed. There are currently 8 active volunteer firefighters in
The Department operates four fire stations, a Fire Training
Center and over 30 pieces of the most modern emergency apparatus
in Northern California. A population of 92,464 people in a
33-square mile area are served by the Department. The Department
provides first response to emergencies in the surrounding
unincorporated area through the Chico Urban Area Fire and Rescue
Chico Fire-Rescue fields specialized teams for technical rescues,
drowning accidents, and hazardous materials response. Paramedics
support these teams and serve on the Police SWAT Team.
The Department maintains a Fire Prevention Division led by the
Fire Chief and the Fire Marshal and staffed with Fire Inspectors.
The Division provides fire protection engineering services, Fire
Code enforcement, Life Safety education programs, and determines
origin and cause of fires. The Division is often supported by
university interns and fire prevention volunteers.
All firefighters are comprehensively and vigorously trained.
Certification is achieved through universities, the California
State Board of Fire Services, NorCal Emergency Medical Services,
Inc., the California Specialized Training Institute, the National
Fire Academy, Federal Aviation Administration, and others.
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The Chico Fire Department operates out of four stations. Highly
trained firefighters staff these stations 24 hours a day, 365
days a year. The stations are spread throughout the City in order
to better serve the Chico community.