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 John Messina


Congratulations Battalion Chief John Messina

Governor's Gold Medal of Valor Award - 2016

I attended San Diego State University while ultimately receiving a BA in Geography with an emphasis in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Chico State University.

I began my career in the fire service in 1991 with the Bureau of Land Management. During my time with the Bureau of Land Management in Susanville, Ca, I promoted through the ranks of Firefighter to Station Manager/Fire Engine Captain.  In the winter of 1998 I held a short assignment with Bureau of Indian Affairs as an Assistant Fire Prevention Planner.  In 2000 I gained employment with CALFIRE/Butte County Fire as a Firefighter I.  In 2001 I promoted to Fire Apparatus Engine and in 2005 promoted to Fire Captain all in the Butte Unit.  While working in the Butte Unit I worked in the follow programs; Schedule A, Schedule B, Aviation, and Training and Safety.  In 2012, I promoted to Battalion Chief in the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit as the Grass Valley Air Attack Chief.  In 2013, I return to the Butte Unit as a field Battalion Chief responsible for the Chico Battalion. 

I have been a member of CALFIRE IMT 2 since 2009 currently holding the position of Operations Branch Director. I am a qualified Operations Sections Chief, Air Tactical Group Supervisor, and responsible for the department’s Technical Rescue Team.  I am an instructor for CALFIRE’s Incident Management II, Air Attack Management, Aerial Supervision Refresher and spent 7 years as the class coordinator for CNR’s S-339 DIVS/GRP Supervisor course.

Currently I oversee Battalion 4 which includes the Chico urban area, the community of Durham, portions of Butte Valley and the surrounding valley and foothills.  The battalion consists of 4 career staffed stations and 3 volunteer stations with 4 volunteer companies serving the area.  The battalion is currently responsible for the Unit’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) purchasing, servicing and repair program, equipment pump testing and the county’s technical rescue team which is a component of the county wide interagency rescue group.  The Battalion maintains automatic aid agreements with the City of Chico, Tehama County and Hamilton City Fire Department in Glenn County.


 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

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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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