Fire Protection Services


  • The majority of fire departments in Humboldt County are associated with a special district (such as fire protection districts and community services districts), which were formed to provide services within a specific jurisdictional boundary. These districts are supported by revenue from a combination of taxes, fees, and fundraising. 
  • Areas outside the boundaries of a special district receive (but are not taxed for) fire protection services from either Volunteer Fire Companies, which do not receive tax revenue but rather support themselves through fundraising, community donations, and grants, or “goodwill service” provided by firefighter resources from a nearby district. Fire departments do not receive compensation for these services, other than donations, and this practice can put a strain on already limited resources. 
  • Almost ALL fire departments in Humboldt—even those associated with a special district—rely on volunteers. In fact, many of them have ONLY volunteers, without any paid staff members.
  • Volunteer firefighters are usually the first on the scene of medical emergencies and traffic accidents.
  • Volunteer firefighters spend huge amounts of time in training.  
  • Firefighter training is expensive.
  • Firefighting resources are NOT cheap, and most departments rely on grants and fundraisers to survive. Here are some reasons why…
    • Basic firefighting gear costs $1,200 per person
    • A new fire engine costs $250,000 or more

There are many ways you can support your local fire department! 

  • Make a monthly, yearly, or one-time donation.
  • Donate your time and abilities! Fire departments need volunteers for more than just firefighting. You can assist in fundraising efforts, administration tasks, and maintenance activities. 
  • Volunteer as a Firefighter! Fire departments are always seeking new recruits! 
  • Use the Annual Report as a directory to find a local fire department near you and find out how you can help. Annual Reports from past years can be found in the Archive Center.

Fire Chiefs' Association Publications

Strategic Plan 2019-2024

HCFSC Strategic Plan 2019-2024 Cover Page

Annual Report 2018

Cover Page of the 2018 Fire Chiefs' Association Annual Report