"To protect life, property and the environment by providing high quality emergency services, fire prevention and public education to the Grass Valley community in a professional, caring and efficient manner."
The Grass Valley Fire Department provides fire suppression, emergency medical response, hazardous material first response, fire prevention and safety education, fire investigation, fire code inspection, plan review and pre-construction consultation services. The department operates from two fire stations one of which is jointly staffed with the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District (NCCFD) and an administrative office within City Hall.
The department provides services with two frontline and one reserve engine, a 105 foot aerial ladder truck and miscellaneous staff and support vehicles. This fire apparatus is staffed with a minimum of three Grass Valley and one Nevada County Consolidated firefighters each day. To achieve this staffing, the city employs a total of 14 firefighters/EMTs. The career firefighters assigned to the fire engines are supplemented with an intern firefighter assigned to each engine every day. An Interim Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, Deputy Fire Marshal and a part-time administrative assistant provide for the management and fire prevention services of the fire department.
The Grass Valley Fire Department is part of a unique partnership with NCCFD and the Nevada City Fire Department known as the Joint Operating Agreement wherein the departments respond as if they were one agency and in which the key feature is the response of the closest engine to an incident regardless of jurisdiction. In addition The department is an active participant in local and statewide mutual aid and is a host agency a California Emergency Management Agency engine that is routinely dispatched throughout the State to assist with major emergencies.