It is the mission of the Butte County Cooperative Fire Agencies to provide professional services to protect lives, property, and environment to those residing, working or traveling within the unincorporated areas of Butte County, the Cities of Biggs and Gridley and the Town of Paradise.

In 1995 the Butte County Fire Department Vehicle Extrication Group was formed. It's main objective was to increase a crash victims chance of survival by decreasing the amount of time in extricating the patient from the vehicle, thus preserving more time in the "Golden Hour". We believe this has been achieved. The "Golden Hour" concept is that a patient stands the best chance of survival if they can get to the operating room within one hour of the accident. 

In order to do that, the extrication group standardized the equipment being used and standardized the actual vehicle extrication procedures. Three levels of vehicle extrication were identified:

  • Level I : Basic. This covers vehicle anatomy, safety , use of tools and procedures.
  • Level II : Unstable vehicles. This covers vehicles on their sides, on their roofs (nose down/trunk down/pancaked), t-bones, and underides.
  • Level III : Covers school buses.

An I.C.S. Type 3 class has been added recently; designed for wildland engines that carry only hand tools.

These courses were taken to the field and open to all fire departments in the county. The extrication group continues to put on these classes yearly. In addition, the group studies new vehicle construction and design to stay ahead of changes that will affect present extrication procedures. The group also works to develop new techniques and procedures and to advise the department on extrication tool purchases.

 Location 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

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Headquarters Main Office

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401


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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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