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Beginning in April, Bodega Bay Fire has added one more Firefighter/Paramedic to daily staffing.
Beginning in April, Bodega Bay Fire has added one more Firefighter/Paramedic to daily staffing.

Firefighter News

May 2019

Apr 26, 2019
by Vesta Copestakes


Gold Ridge Fire District:

The Gold Ridge Firefighter’s Association will be having their annual pancake breakfast on Sunday June 2nd from 7am until noon at the Twin Hills Station (1690 Watertrough Rd).

Annual Pancake BreakfastSunday June 9th

The Hessel Volunteer Firefighter’s Association will be having their annual pancake breakfast on Sunday June 9th from 7:30 am until 11:30 at the Hessel Station (4500 Hessel Rd).

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Graton Fire District:

Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, May 19

The 41th annual Graton Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, May 19th. As you know, the Graton community has made our breakfast one of the biggest and best anywhere in Sonoma County. It is our one and only fundraiser to support the volunteers. Last year, over 1,500 people attend the breakfast... this may be a new record!  We will have Fire Engines, Police Cars, Ambulances, SWAT Tank, and Helicopters on display for the kids as well as other displays. Thank you to all of the people who have donated raffle prizes in the past; from wine to B&B gift certificates, fire pits to jewelry – we had over 200 winners last year.

If you live in our district, you should have received a Graton Fire flyer in your mailbox. If not, additional flyers are next to the front door of the fire station – OR – You can order online using our new website,!  

The menu always includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, Manzana apple juice, orange juice, milk, hot chocolate, tea and coffee. Gluten-free pancakes and sugar-free syrup are available... just ask! Price is still $5 adults and $3 kids. The pancake breakfast is from 7am to noon; avoid 9:00 to 10:30, because this is usually the busiest time. We have added more grills and a “pre-sale” line to try and keep up as well.  T-shirts, sweatshirts, glasses, and other items will be on sale at the breakfast. Address signs can be made “while-you-eat.” Hope to see you there!

Russian River Fire District:

On April 14th, crews responded to a structure fire on Hwy 116 near Tunstall Dr. We arrived within seven minutes to find a rear portion of an unoccupied house involved with heavy fire. We were able to limit the damage to the rear portion of the house containing a laundry area, bedrooms and bathrooms. The remainder of the house received minor water and smoke damage. Thank you to our mutual aid agencies; Forestville, Monte Rio, Graton and Cazadero firefighters for their hard work.

As a reminder, the Russian River Fire Protection District Board of Directors will hold their next meeting on May 10th at 6pm at the fire station at 14100 Armstrong Woods Rd in Guerneville. We hope you’ll consider attending.

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Forestville Fire Protection District:

Thanks to everyone that came out today to the Annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by the Forestville Fire Department. We would like to extend an extra big thank you to the following sponsors: Forestville Pharmacy, Clover Stornetta, Forestville Firefighters Association, The Sonoma County Gazette and to Kirsten Franceschi who did an outstanding job on our prize baskets once again!

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of this year’s Easter coloring contest. What a fantastic job they all did! 

The winners are: Age 4: Emma Eggleston, Age 5: Julia Origer, Age 6: Kayden Comaich, Age 7: Brinley Reha, Age 8: Bristol, Age 9: Evelyn Diaz, Age 10: Maya Lovera, Age 11: Delanie Linke and The Grand Prize Winner was Sophia Gradney Age 8. 

Our new 2019 Yamaha Wave Runner EX Deluxe!Thanks to a Sonoma County TOT grant and the unwavering support of Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, we were able to add this 2019 Yamaha Wave Runner EX Deluxe to our fleet. With the weather warming up and residents and tourists flocking to the river we will certainly be using this new Wave Runner for river rescues, to search for missing people and to provide mutual aid to neighboring departments.

Forestville Firefighter Association Pancake Breakfast- May 5  from 8 AM – 12 PM in the firehouse at 6554 Mirabel Road. Come out and support the Forestville Firefighters Association Annual Pancake Breakfast! We will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage patties, orange juice and coffee. We will also have a raffle and silent auction with items donated by local businesses and wineries! We will have a bouncy house for the children as well! We hope to see you there. Adults $7 children and seniors $5. Come support your local firefighters.

Forestville Firefighter Association Pancake Breakfast.
Bodega Bay Fire Protection District:


BBFPD (Bodega Bay Fire Protection District) is proud for many reasons-

BBFPD is proud to welcome Jonathan Bauer as our most recent full-time FF/Paramedic.

Jonathan was sworn in on Tuesday evening, February 12th, during the regular Board meeting.

Jonathan's family also attended this joyous occasion

BBFPD is equally proud to announce the promotion of Steve Herzberg to Assistant Chief - Administration

BBFPD is proud yet again to announce that Support Volunteer Brendan Cork has completed EMT Basic and will be moving onto the Firefighter 1 training program.

Please come visit the Bodega Bay Firefighters Booth at the Annual Fisherman's Festival on May 4 and 5.

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