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The Board OK’d a contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) for fiscal year 2013/14 for fire protection and prevention, emergency medical, hazardous materials and all hazard incident response, in addition to dispatch services. The contracted CALFIRE agencies are known as the Placer County Fire Department. Cal-Fire’s South Operations Division Chief Scott Lingren says citizen’s may not know it but your Placer County Fire protection is Cal-Fire.
The area subject to the contract covers approximately 475 square miles, or nearly one-third of unincorporated Placer County. The population in the area is 44,400, and service is provided by both full time and volunteer firefighters. The CALFIRE contract pays for the equivalent of 66 full time firefighters operating from eight fire stations that are around the clock. The stations are in in Alta, Colfax, Bowman, North Auburn, Ophir, Lincoln, the Sunset Industrial Area, and Dry Creek. Approximately 100 volunteer firefighters operate out of the paid stations listed above and from six community volunteer stations in Dutch Flat, Fowler, Paige, Thermalands, Dry Creek and Sheridan.
During Fiscal Year (FY) 2011/12, Placer County Fire responded to 5,109 calls for service, including 3,809 calls for medical aid. Of the medical aid calls, 405 involved vehicle accidents with 14 vehicle extrications. Placer County Fire was called to 774 fire-related calls including structure, commercial structure, wildland smoke checks and debris checks. There were 110 hazardous materials calls, 28 investigations and 338 other types of calls including rescues, and public assist calls.