It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I get to serve as the 34th Fire Chief of this great department and I get the honor of leading the men and women of the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department. The Fortuna Fire Department consists of 60 volunteers, 20 support members, a Junior Firefighter program, and 3 paid staff that our citizens, visitors and community partners can be proud of and share in the accomplishments of our fire district.

It is important to remember that our volunteers take valuable time away from their family and friends to ensure that they are prepared to respond to the next alarm. This could even be their own house or their neighbor’s, their favorite family market, or restaurant and so on. This tradition of serving the community in which you live as a volunteer firefighter, is fast going to the wayside. It is my distinct honor to lead your community-oriented volunteers on a daily basis. I am proud of their accomplishments and dedication each and every day.

The Fortuna Fire Department is an “All Risk” department, meaning that we will respond to the needs of the community, regardless of the nature of the incident and begin the process of solving the problem while working towards a positive outcome.

As Fire Chief, I will continue to embody the core values that has built this organization, dedicated to superior customer service and excellence in all we do. I am committed to our members, the residents, visitors and business owners of our community. As Fire Chief, I welcome residents to stop by the fire station and meet the men and women of our department.

In closing, it is my promise to the residents, visitors and business owners of the City of Fortuna and surrounding communities, to provide them a department that is committed to stand ready to assist you in your time of need, day or night, with compassion, professionalism, respect and dignity.

Rus Brown