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Fire and Emergency Services

The Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department is comprised of 15 volunteer fire companies, responding to over 1000 calls per year in excess of 600 square miles in the unincorporated area. The Department provides a full range of emergency and non-emergency services for residents and visitors to Sonoma County through five divisions; Administration, Fire Operations and Training, Fire Prevention, Hazardous Materials and Emergency Management.

Administration Division provides the support services that enable all operations of the Department to run smoothly, such as supporting the other divisions and managing the financial, personnel and administrative duties.

Emergency Management Division is the lead agency for the planning, coordination of response, recovery, and mitigation activities related to county-wide emergencies and disasters.

Fire Operations and Training Division provides training, personal protective equipment, and support to over 200 first responder volunteers. In addition, over 75 volunteers serve as Board Members and support staff. These dedicated individuals serve the community where they live to provide public safety services to residents and visitors every day.

Fire Prevention Division provides plan check and inspection services for fire-related code compliance in coordination with the Permit and Resource Management Department, and administers contracts for fire prevention, code enforcement and plan review and actively participates with the countywide Fire Investigation Task Force.

Hazardous Materials Division is responsible for emergency response to hazardous materials incidents throughout most of the County in coordination with local response personnel. The State certified Type 2 Hazardous Materials Response Team consists of volunteer community members as well as Department staff who are trained to respond to any level of hazardous material incident in the county.

Services Affected by Current Fire Conditions

Due to the current severity of the 2015 fire season and the impacts to our staff and resources, it is likely that, at times, our Department will be limited in delivering many of the services we routinely provide.  We may need to reschedule inspections, postpone plan checks, delay returning phone calls and e-mails, or be unavailable for consultation due to our personnel assisting with fire fighting and other emergency response efforts.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this busy time.  We remain committed to providing excellent customer service and as our staffing returns to normal levels, we will respond to your requests and routine business as quickly as possible.

Al Terrell
County Fire Chief/Department Director
County of Sonoma Fire & Emergency Services Department

  • Published on September 16, 2015

    County of Sonoma has just published an interactive map of the 2015 Valley Fire in Northern California.  The map uses data published by Cal Fire and will be automatically updated.

  • Published on September 9, 2015

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Bay Area, including Sonoma County, warning of high temperatures today and through the end of the week. Inland temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and low 100s. Sonoma County Department of Health Services reminds residents that excessive heat poses a significant health risk, particularly to the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases. Heat-related illnesses range from…

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  • Published on November 18, 2015

    Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Al Terrell advises that those possessing current and valid agriculture and residential burn permits in Local Response Area’s (LRA) can now resume burning. Burning may only be conducted on permissible burn days.

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    Published on October 26, 2015
    Permits for open burning within State Responsibility Area and Local Responsibility Areas under contract with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) remain suspended. The suspension of burn permits was implemented on June 29, 2015, in response to the high fire hazard conditions that create extreme fire danger and poor air quality.
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Contact Information

Al Terrell
Fire Chief/Department Director
Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2300 County Center Drive
Suite 220 B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46229, -122.725377

Support Your Local Fire Department


Some or most of these are all Volunteer Fire Stations with no paid staff and operate solely with volunteer firefighters, community support and your donations.

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These events are suited for the whole family and usually offers a variety of entertainment.

Fire Services Project

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Project to seek a more effective, efficient, and sustainable fire service system in the county, particularly the unincorporated areas.


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