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.
Explorers Program

Butte County Fire Explorers Post 414 has developed a vast amount of experience this past year. Through extensive training the Fire Explorers get first-hand knowledge of what the fire service is all about. They also get involved in many of our special fire prevention programs, including Christmas Preview, Toys 4 Tots, Career Days, Cast for Kids, Red Suspenders Day and Palermo Day. Additionally, The Burn and Benevolent and Company 33’s fundraising Crab Feed is an important event in which the Explorers play a major part. Attending these events allows the Explorers to do their part for our community, and it also brings in donations, which gives them the chance to attend the Fire Academy and helps pay for gear and uniforms.


Currently there are 14 active Butte County Fire Explorers, and no more than 20 are allowed at a time. You must be between the ages of 14 and 21 to be part of the post. Meetings are held the second and fourth Saturdays each month from 1715 to 2030 hours (5:15 to 8:30 pm) at Stations 22 or 42. The different meeting locations gives the Explorers more experience with different types of training.  Explorers go through specialized training including structure fire ventilation techniques, emergency medical procedures, and much more. The Explorers also earn the right to do ride-alongs after completing their required training, allowing them to experience day-to-day fire station activities.


Each year, a limited number of Explorers are chosen to attend the Fire Academy through the California Fire Exploring Association. Different departments throughout the state host the academy. This past year, two fire Explorers were given the opportunity to attend the academy in Downey, near the heart of Los Angeles. This week-long academy consists of 14-19 hour days with live structure fire, wildland, rescue systems, ventilation, auto extrication and basic firefighting skills and training. About a hundred fire personnel from California and Nevada sign up to volunteer their time as teachers. The Butte County Fire Explorers is a great opportunity for young individuals to get their foot in the door with hands-on Fire and EMS training.

For more information about becoming an Explorer please contact:
Shane Cook
Or Email

 Location and Hours

Butte County Fire
176 Nelson Avenue
Oroville CA, 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

 Contact Fire


Butte County Fire

In an Emergency
Dial 9-1-1
Arson Hotline

Headquarters Main Office

Phone:    530.538.7111
Fax:        530.538.7401

David Hawks, Fire Chief  
John Messina, Assistant Chief, North Division 
Jamie Norton, Assistant Chief, South Division 
Bill Reid, Assistant Chief, Administration

Garrett Sjolund, Assistant Chief, BFC

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