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."

Fire Chief Darren Read
I began my fire service experience in 1983 at the age of 14 as a Fire Explorer with the City of Oroville Fire Department.  In January 1987 I moved on to the Volunteer Firefighter program with the Butte County Fire Department working in the Oroville area.  After graduating High School in June 1987, I worked as a CALFIRE Firefighter 1 in the Butte Unit’s Cohasset and Harts Mill Fire Stations.  In June 1990, I promoted to Firefighter II in the Fresno-Kings Unit working at the Tranquility station. 

In September 1990, I promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer in the Riverside Unit working schedule A in the Mountain Battalion and later the Mead Valley Fire Station in the Perris Battalion. In October 1997, I promoted to Limited Term Fire Captain in the San Bernardino Unit running an adult male inmate fire crew at the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp.  In June 1998, I promoted to permanent Fire Captain in the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit running a California Youth Authority Ward fire crew at Washington Ridge Conservation Camp.  In January 2000, I transfer to the Butte Unit working schedule B at the Feather Falls and Robinson Mill Fire Stations.  In May 2004, I transferred to the Butte Units Fire Protection Planning position in the Fire Prevention Bureau.
In April 2008, I promoted to Battalion Chief Fire Marshal in the Tehama-Glenn Unit.  In November 2008, I transferred to the Training & Safety Bureau in the Butte Unit.  

I am a CALFIRE Peace Officer graduating from the CALFIRE POST academy in 2005. I have been writing grants for the CALFIRE Butte Units Schedule A contract fire departments (Butte County, Gridley & Biggs) since January 2000 and have brought in over 12 million dollars in grant funded equipment, fire apparatus and personnel. I completed the certification process for the State Fire Marshal’s Fire Officer, Fire Investigator 1, Fire Instructor 1 and Fire Prevention Officer Certifications and I have one class left to complete the Chief Officer Certification.

I live in Oroville with my wife Kristine and our two children, Robert and Chad.  I enjoy boating, fishing, camping, hunting and quality time with family and friends.

 Contact Fire

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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Butte County Fire CALFIRE

Darren Read, Fire Chief  
David Hawks, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Chris Haile, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garret Sjolund, Assistant Chief, Butte Fire Center

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