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 Shannon Garrett

I have been with CAL FIRE for 23 years.  I started as a seasonal fire fighter in 1991 at the Jarbo Gap fire station. I have worked as a Fire Apparatus Engineer position as relief for Richvale, Durham and South Chico. I spent 12 years as a Fire Captain in the Fire Prevention Bureau. 

I am a Peace Officer, Fire Investigator, and an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
I oversee Fire and Law Enforcement Investigations, Defensible Space Inspection Program, County Weed Abatement Program, Civil Cost Collection, Public Education and Information, and Burn Permit issuance.

The Butte Unit Fire Prevention and Law Enforcement Bureau consist of two Fire Captain Specialists/ Peace Officers, a Fire Prevention Specialist and two office staff.  The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts all complex fire investigations and investigates all crimes against the Fire Department within Butte County.  

The Fire Prevention Bureau manages the defensible space inspection program, county weed abatement and enforcement, Public Records Act requests, Subpoenas, Press Releases and activates the fire information call center when needed.  The Fire Prevention Bureau oversees public education of Fire Safety program at local schools, assists with Toys for Tots, Fire PALS (safety education in schools) and staffs public information booths at the Butte County Fair and Silver Dollar Fair.  

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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