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 4

Battalion 4 Stations

Meet John Messina, Battalion Chief, Battalion 4


Station 41 13871 Hwy 99, Chico

Station 42 10 Frontier Circle, Chico

Station 44 2334 Fair Street, Chico

Station 45  2367 Campbell Street, Durham


Station 41 is located in the Northern area of Chico and is home to Engine 41 and CAL FIRE Dozer Transport 2142. Nord station is equipped with an automotive shop. When an HFEO is available, they assist with repair and maintenance of fire equipment.  

Station 42 is located a little more centrally in North Chico and is home to Engine 42, Volunteer Company 42, and Fire Explorer Post #414.  Engine 42 responded to over 2800 emergency incidents in 2014.

Station 44 is located in South Chico and is home to Engine 44 and Rescue 44. Station 44 is administratively responsible for Volunteer Company’s 26 and 27. Engine 44 responded to over 1450 emergency incidents in 2014.

Station 45 is located in Durham and is home to Engine 45 and Volunteer Company 45.  Station 45 is responsible for the repair and maintenance of all the Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) for Butte County Fire.  Station 45 is administratively responsible for Volunteer Company #25.  Engine 45 responded to over 550 emergency incidents in 2014.

 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


 Current Incidents

For current incidents call
Butte County Fire

If you reach a recording, there may be no current incidents

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Butte County Air Quality Management Department

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Butte County Fire CALFIRE

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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