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 15000. 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, two Division Chiefs, 5 Battalion Chiefs/Captains, a staffing Captain, 10 Lieutenants, a Chaplain a, District Secretary and 60 firefighters. All personnel are volunteers with the exception of the Fire Chief, Staffing/Wildland Chief, and District Secretary. The three 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.