GVFD operates out of Fire Station 1 & Fire
Station 2 (Grass Valley) & Fire
Station 5 (Nevada City)
To ensure the Fire Department continues to provide the highest
level of emergency response services to our community, in
September 2021 City Council approved our proposal to enhance
staffing by adding 2 Battalion Chief positions. Battalion Chiefs
are an integral position within the Fire Department. In addition
to making important strategical and tactical decisions on
incidents, they manage a variety of daily operations and
personnel matters within the fire station.
GVFD maintains three shifts, each managed by one of our Battalion
Chiefs: Gary Dunne, Chris Armstrong, and Orion Clemens.
Individually, and collaboratively, each BC oversees increasingly
complex incidents, manages multi-jurisdictional emergency
response, and plans for increased fire threats to the community,
including evacuation prep.
Due to the location of our fire stations, we play a crucial role
in the fire service and emergency response throughout Western
Nevada County. The response services we provide to the
unincorporated areas of Nevada County are part of the boundary
drop agreement we’ve maintained with Nevada County Consolidated
Fire District (NCCFD) for more than 20 years. We also have a
Mutual Threat Zone agreement with Cal Fire. All of these
partnerships guarantee that any wildland fire incidents within
the City leverage the full weight of response from GVFD, NCCFD,
and Cal Fire.
The Fire Department operates 3 front line fire engines, one from
each fire station, cross staffs a 105 Truck Company (the
only truck of its kind in Western Nevada County), along with
a Type III engine and an Office of Emergency Services Type 1 and
Type 6 fire engine. Grass Valley Firefighters protect more than
17,000 permanent residents (both Cities) a day time population of
GVFD responded to more than 5,540 calls for service in
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.