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 Patrick Purvis

Born and raised in Chico, California I am third generation CDF/CAL FIRE.  My focus in the fire service began at the age of 16 when I signed on as a charter member of the Butte Fire Explorer Post 414, and began taking courses at Butte College towards an AS degree in Fire Science.  During my time as an Explorer I was assigned to some of Butte County’s large campaign fires. There were specific experiences that occurred during these fires that instilled in me the tremendous responsibility a firefighter holds and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  I left these incidents with a much clearer understanding of the value of education, experience and commitment, and I have never looked back.

I began my time as a firefighter in the Tehama Glen Unit, my assignments included Red Bluff, Corning, Paskenta, and Elk Creek Stations.  I started as a seasonal firefighter which gave me the time to also serve as a Volunteer Firefighter with the City of Chico, a member of the Butte County Search and Rescue Team, and a VIP for the Butte County Fire Department.  In 2007 I promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer with the Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit where I became an aerial ladder truck operator, a swift water and technical rescue team member and instructor, I also served as a California Fire Explorer Advisor.

My first term as a Fire Captain was as a Fire Captain B at the Valley View Conservation Camp.  I took a Station Captain position in April of 2014 at TGU’s Red Bank Fire Station during which time I also worked as a Captain in the Training Bureau.  In February of 2016 I was afforded the opportunity to come back to my roots in Butte County as a Station Captain in Durham, overseeing the unit-wide breathing apparatus program.

I promoted into my current position of Battalion Chief overseeing the Training, Safety & EMS Bureau in March, 2017.  Training and education are critical components within the fire service and it is our responsibility to ensure the necessary training opportunities exist and that all personnel continuously meet and maintain the required standards.   

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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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