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 Curtis Lawrie

I have 25 years experience in the Fire Service. I have 3 years at Cal Poly State University Fire Department in San Luis Obispo, and 20 years experience at Paradise Fire Department progressing through the ranks from Firefighter to Battalion Chief. I currently have held the Battalion Chief position for 2 years now in Paradise jointly with CAL Fire. 

I have a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and a California Chief Officer certification.

I belong to 2 incident teams within CAL Fire/Butte County Fire. The Butte County Interagency Hazardous Materials Team and the Butte County Interagency Critical Incident Stress Management Team.

Battalion 8 serves as the Town of Paradise Fire Department.  During the 2014 there were 4,145 calls for service in Battalion 8. The Battalion 8 Town facilities are Fire Station 81 at 767 Birch Street, Fire Station 82 at 5545 South Libby Road, Fire Station 83 at 1250 Wagstaff Road (currently renting the living quarters and one bay to Butte County EMS), and a training house at Pearson and Pentz Roads.  The Town is also served from CAL FIRE Station 35 at 1464 Forest Service Road.  Town owned Fire Apparatus includes two first out and two reserve Type 1(Structure) Engines, one Type 3 (Wildland) Engine, one Ladder Truck (Quint), one Squad, two Command Vehicles, a Breathing Support trailer, and two utilities. Personnel funded by the Town include one Battalion Chief, five Captains, six Fire Apparatus Engineers, four Firefighter Twos, one part time Administrative Assistant, one part time Fire Prevention Officer, and one Communications Operator.

The Town of Paradise, incorporated in 1979, is nestled in the foothills of Northern California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and sits astride a ridge top with elevations ranging from 2,000 to 2,800 feet above the valley floor. The nearly 27,000 in town residents, the neighbouring com¬munities of Magalia, Paradise Pines, Lovelock, Stirling City, and Inskip, adding nearly another 25,000 residents, and visitors to this 2nd largest city in Butte County; enjoy an array of tall pines and majestic oaks, cooler summertime temperatures, occasional winter snowfalls, and an engaging environment.

Rich in history, innate beauty, and friendly people, Paradise is a fantastic place to raise a family, build a business, or just relax for a weekend in the pines.

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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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