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."



Fire PALS is an acronym that stands for “Prevention and Life Safety.” It utilizes characterization, skits and music to introduce and reinforce safety messages on a variety of topics.  The program is presented in a vibrant assembly venue format utilizing music, comedy and characterization to introduce and reinforce life and fire safety messages in a manner that is designed to increase retention and effect behavior changes.

Area life and fire safety agencies such as Oroville Fire Department, Paradise Fire Department,  the Butte County Sheriff’s Department, US Forest Service, and CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department make up the North Valley Fire PALS educational troupe. We do this because we strongly feel that the worst accident is the one that could have been prevented. 

If you would like more information or interested in having Fire PALS come to your school please contact CAL Fire/Butte County Fire Prevention at 530-538-7888.

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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 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
John Messina, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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