Department Info

History | Mission | Funding & Governance | Insurance Rating | Personnel | Fire-EMS Ambulance

The Russian River Fire Protection District is an independent special fire district and is 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
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the lower Russian River, and encompasses approximately 20 square miles and serves a population of almost 5000 citizens and many more seasonal vacationers. The Fire District personnel and equipment respond to over 1700 calls for service each year from a single fire station located in the town of Guerneville.

Protection Services

The Russian River Fire Protection District is a "combination" fire department comprised of 12 Career Firefighters supplemented by Volunteers and Interns 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.  The District also staffs an Advanced Life Support transport Ambulance.  

Staffing and Operation

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The District's station is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year with a minimum of 4 personnel. Our daily staffing consists of one Career Captain, one Career Engineer one Career Firefighter/Paramedic and one Career Firefighter/EMT. 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. It is our continuing mission to insure a timely response to all incidents within our district.  Our personnel also works closely with and provides mutual aid to our neighboring Districts of Monte Rio and Forestville.

Each of our 12 Career Firefighters is assigned to one of three work shifts.  Each shift works a 48 hour tour. In addition to emergency response, personnel perform a variety of other functions such as training, apparatus and equipment maintenance, and fire prevention. The operation and administration of the District is overseen by  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.