Under the supervision of Fire Chief Mark Buttron and one
Batallion Chief per shift, 14 sworn employees operate out of two
strategically placed firehouses. Grass Valley Firefighters
protect more than 12,000 permanent residents, a day time
population of 20,000 and respond to more than 4500 calls for
service per year. Station 1 is staffed with a minimum of one
company officer and one engineer or firefighter/operator 24/7.
Station 2 is staffed with a minimum of a Captain, Engineer and
firefighter 24/7. Interns supplement the career staffing and the
crews operate off of Type 1 fire engines. Additional equipment is
placed at both stations that crews can utilize for calls for
service such as our 105 foot ladder truck and a Governors Office
of Emergency Services (OES) engine. The Grass Valley Fire
Department is a part of the Nevada County JOA (Joint Operational
Area) which is comprised of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire
District, the City of Nevada City Fire Department and the City of
Grass Valley Fire Department. All three agencies work and train
together to provide high quality service to the community. Many
of the engines within the JOA are outfitted with similar
equipment to allow for a smooth interagency operation.
Truck 2 is located at Station 2 and is cross staffed by the crew
there. This is the only truck in western Nevada County and is
often requested to assist with incidents outside of the city. It
is a 2009 Smeal 105ft. ladder truck with a 2000GPM pump and 480
gallons of water. It carries a full set of extrication equipment
(Jaws of Life), high and low angle rope rescue equipment, and
confined space equipment in addition to firefighting and medical
Engine 1 responds out of Station 1 and is staffed by a minimum of
2 firefighters 24/7 and is often supplemented by an intern.
Station 1 is a joint staffed station meaning there is one Grass
Valley City employee and one Nevada County employee on shift each
day. Engine 1 carries a full set of vehicle extrication equipment
(Jaws of Life), low angle rope rescue equipment and a small
compliment of swift water equipment in addition to firefighting
and medical equipment. Engine 1 is a 2016 KME Servere Service
Type 1 fire engine with a 1500GPM pump and 500 gallons of water.
Engine 2 responds out of station 2 and is staffed by a minimum of
2 firefighters 24/7, but often times has three or four Grass
Valley Firefighters as well as an intern. It carries a full set
of vehicle extrication equipment (Jaws of Life), and low angle
rope rescue equipment in addition to firefighting and medical
equipment. Engine 2 is a 2015 KME Severe Service type 1 pumper
with a 1500GPM pump and 500 gallons of water.
Engine 2B is in reserve status and located at Station 2. When the
first out engine needs maintenence the crews will respond on this
piece of equipment. Engine 2B is a 2003 Ferrara type 1 fire
engine with a 1500GPM pump and 500 gallons of water.
The Grass Valley Fire Department staffs and maintains a
California OES fire engine. Our OES 334 engine is located at
station 1 and can be called at any time to assist anywhere in the
state through the state mutual aid system. This engine is often
called to assist on large wildfires during the summer months and
used at home as a reserve engine when needed.