Butte County Fire Department is the largest fire department north of Sacramento, California to Eugene, Oregon. We are a combination of career and citizen volunteer firefighters.

Our Mission: "To provide professional services to protect lives, property, and environment to those residing, working or traveling with in the unincorporated areas of Butte County, the cities of Biggs and Gridley and the Town of Paradise."

Assistant Chief Chris Haile

I began my career in 1985 with the City of Marysville as a Firefighter. I promoted to Engineer in 1993 and Acting Captain in 1995. In November 1997 the City of Marysville entered into a Schedule A agreement with Cal Fire and I became a FAE in the Nevada-Yuba-Placer (NEU) Unit. In April of 1998 I left NEU Station-95 (Marysville) and transferred to NEU Sta-40 (Smartsville) where I was I assigned during the summer and spent the winters at NEU-Station-33 (Alta). In the spring of 2000, I promoted to LT Captain at Columbia Hill, (NEU Sta-42).

In December 2000, I transferred to the Butte Unit as a Fire Captain at Sta-45 (Durham) I spent three years in Durham, overseeing the SCBA project and two Volunteer Companies before transferring to Butte Unit Headquarters (Sta-63) in 2003. In October 2006, I transferred to Palermo (Sta-72) and spent about a year a half there until promoting to Battalion Chief in January 2008. In January 2008 I became the Upper Ridge Battalion Chief and remained in that capacity until January 2014, when I promoted to Division Chief, the position I currently hold.

Currently as the Southern Division Assistant Chief I supervise the Battalion Chiefs that are responsible for the Battalions in the southern area of Butte County, from Richvale in the north to the Yuba/Butte county line in the south, west to the Sacramento river and east to the areas above Berry Creek and Bangor, along with the Relief Battalion and the Training/Safety Bureau. This also encompasses the cities of Gridley and Biggs. I also oversee the Unit’s apparatus committee and I’m the Butte Units CapCom contact for our state fire facilities. I hold certifications and qualifications in Aviation and other department disciplines.
I am a past Haz Mat Specialist and spent many years on Marysville’s Regional Hazmat Team. I am also a Certified Fire Officer and halfway through the classes for Certified Chief Officer.  I am a founding member of the D-10 / Hallwood Community Services District (Established 1985) which contracts with the City of Marysville for fire protection, and have been the Chairman of that board for nine years. In 2006 in cooperation with LGAC, I authored the Local Government Transition Cadre, which assists Local Government employees in making the transition from local government to State Service, which is in use today statewide.

I live in the District Ten area of Yuba County with my wife Lynn. Our two children are grown and live nearby. I enjoy golf, photography, and flying.

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Butte County Fire

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

 Locations and Hours

Butte County Fire
176 Nelson Avenue
Oroville CA, 95965

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


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Darren Read, Fire Chief  
David Hawks, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
John Messina, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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