Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department

The Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department has been honored to be a part of this community since 1904. Our volunteer members strive to provide the best possible service to this community by being there whenever an emergency arises, even during the global COVID19 pandemic. The members of the department each bring skills and abilities gained from their professional training and unique fire experiences to their work protecting our community.

The Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department responds from our fire stations in Fortuna, Campton Heights and Hydesville to emergencies in Fortuna, Fernbridge, Palmer Creek, Tompkins Hill, Hydesville, Alton and Metropolitan. Their five Fire Companies answer calls any time of day or night, through rain, sleet or fog, holidays and weekends. The Fire District covers an area of approximately 26 square miles with a population of 15,000. When the fire whistle blows, they answer the call. Firefighters leave meals half-eaten, jump out of bed in the middle of the night, rush out of parties or meetings or whatever activity they happen to be involved in when the fire siren sounds.

The Department participates in nearly every community event in Fortuna. Firefighters volunteer to put up and take down event banners and seasonal decorations. They enter fire trucks in parades and offer free rides on their antique fire engine. During rodeo week they organize water games for kids, as well as entertaining a crowd with a bit of friendly competition among themselves.

The Fire Protection District provides the Department 5 fire engines, 1 ladder truck, 2 water tenders, 3 rescue trucks, 1 utility, 1 brush rig, and 4 command vehicles.

A Board of Commissioners governs the Fire District. Our roster is comprised of one Chief, 3 Division Chiefs, 5 Battalion Chiefs/Captains, 10 Lieutenants, a Chaplain a, District Secretary and 60 firefighters. All personnel are volunteers with the exception of the Fire Chief, Career Division Chief, Fire Prevention Officer, and District Secretary. The four full-time positions are in place to oversee and assure the long-term goal of providing a cost-effective, well trained, and professional volunteer fire agency through the implementation of modern and efficient programs.

Established June 20,1904

To preserve and protect the life, health and property of the residents of the Fortuna Fire Protection District from fire, disaster and emergency incidents through education, training, prevention and preparation.
We are committed to active participation within our community, to serve as role models and to effectively utilize all our available resources to provide the highest level of service possible.

We will strive to maintain our operational readiness and response capabilities to meet the needs of our community both now and into the future.

We value the following guiding principles and believe they establish the foundation upon which our members are able to build an effective emergency services team.

Honesty – Integrity – Respect – Teamwork – Professionalism

Last year our members logged in a total of 3441 hours on emergency response and service calls, 3279 hours of training, and responded to 1776 calls for service. We are currently running a roster of 50 active members, 12 support members, 11 auxiliary members and 11 junior firefighters.

Our Stations


Station 1

320 South Fortuna Blvd
Fortuna, CA 95540


Station 2

3050 School Street
Fortuna, CA 95540


Station 3

3495 California Hwy 36
Hydesville, CA 95547

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