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."

Battalion Chief Bill Reid

I attended Montana State University on a wrestling scholarship and earned my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. I also attended Butte College and earned an AA in Social and Behavioral Science and an AS in Fire Science. 

I began my career in the fire service 1991 as a volunteer firefighter. In 1993, I started with California Department of Forestry (CDF) where I was a seasonal fire fighter in the Lassen-Modoc Unit for 5 years, 3 of which were on a helitack crew out of Bieber. In 1999, I promoted to Limited Term Fire Apparatus Engineer in the Shasta Trinity Unit. Within 5 months of being promoted, I received a permanent job offer with the Yuba City Fire Department and worked for the City fire department for about one year. In 2001, I returned back as Permanent Fire Apparatus Engineer with a newly named CAL FIRE in the Shasta-Trinity Unit. I promoted to Fire Captain in 2003 in the Shasta-Trinity Unit and worked in many different functions within the department. I worked in Schedule A, Schedule B, Training, and Emergency Command Center Operations. I was a Haz-Mat Specialist on the Haz-Mat team along with being an instructor for fire control and rescue system classes and sat on the unit safety committee. I promoted to Battalion Chief in 2012 at Northern Region Headquarters in Redding where I was responsible for mobilizing all CAL FIRE resources including Fire Engines, Fire Hand Crews and Aircraft to major fire incidents. I coordinated rental fire equipment and Emergency dispatch support for large incidents and coordinated instruction for dispatch support in the winter months. In 2014, I transferred to the Butte Unit’s Training and Safety Bureau where I was responsible to make sure the unit’s employees were compliant with mandatory certifications and training. I also coordinated and placed people in elective training to become more efficient and productive fire ground employees. I currently serve as one of Northern Region’s Intermediate Firing (C-234) cadre members and Fire Apparatus Engineer Hiring Coordinator. In 2015, I again moved positions within the unit to the position of Field Battalion Chief for Battalion1.  

Battalion 1 has 4 fire stations that house 6 fire engines and about 35 firefighters in the summer months. There are also 2 fire lookouts that get staffed during potential thunder storms. The Battalion surrounds the Town of Paradise and encompasses three communities. These communities are Stirling City, Paradise Pines (Magalia), and Yankee Hill / Concow areas. These communities are characteristic of an urban interface environment where wild land abruptly adjoins high density housing. While all of these communities have the potential for large devastating fires, the Yankee Hill – Concow area has an extensive history of large wildfires. State Hwy 70 also runs through the battalion up through the Feather River Canyon which is also the route for the Union Pacific Railroad. The Railroad carries many commodities and contributes to the diverse set of incident types that the battalion is faced with.

My current battalion priorities consist of, PRC 4291 compliance inspections; school fire prevention education presentations, community outreach and education at multiple community events, and shaded fuel break projects along with primary community escape routes.  


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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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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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