It is the mission of the Butte County Cooperative Fire Agencies to provide professional services to protect lives, property, and environment to those residing, working or traveling within the unincorporated areas of Butte County, the Cities of Biggs and Gridley and the Town of Paradise.
Emergency Command Center

Meet Mike Waters, Battalion Chief, Emergency Command Center

The mission of the BTU Emergency Command Center (ECC) is to provide a consistent, accurate, timely, and coordinated command and control system, support, direction and communications, with our ultimate goal of providing the best service possible to all who depend on our services. Learn more about ECC Operations including:  Staff Depth, Readiness, Telephone Sytem - 911 System, Radio Practices, Statistics, and Expanding ECC Operations. 

The Butte County Fire Department's Emergency Command Center (ECC) is the command and control point for all incidents requiring a fire/rescue response in the county of Butte including the Cities of Gridley,  Biggs, and Paradise. The command center includes several important key components.


Clear policy and protocols regarding actions to be taken by command center personnel.

Staffed by Experienced Fire Officers

Experienced Fire Captains supervise the Command Center day to day operations. Current ECC Captains have an average of fifteen years of fire line experience. 

Clear Authority of Command

Fire Captain supervisors have authority and are expected to make critical decisions prior to the arrival of ground resources. The ECC is in command of all incidents until ground or air resources arrive.

Committed to Incident Support

Once ground or air resources arrive, the ECC transfers command of the incident to the first arriving company officer. The ECC then provides continual support to the incident until it's completion. Large or complex incidents are moved to a dedicated support function. This not only provides the needed attention and support to the major incident or incidents, but allows for continued initial attack operation without distractions from the larger incident. 

Aggressive Response Philosophy

The Command Center practices a "worst case" response philosophy, meaning: if there is any question concerning the nature of circumstances of a 911 report, the ECC will send an assignment to meet the needs of the worst possible situation. This provides the public the best service possible.

 Location and Hours

Butte County Fire
176 Nelson Avenue
Oroville CA, 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

 Contact Fire


Butte County Fire

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Headquarters Main Office

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

David Hawks, Fire Chief  
John Messina, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Bill Reid, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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