3271 Brush Street Cottonwood, CA 96022
Serving the community of Cottonwood since 1930
Cottonwood Fire Department
COTTONWOOD FIRE DISTRICT MAP & HISTORY
Our Fire Station was built in 1913. (103 years old). Its has served it duty for the last 80 years, as the Cottonwood Fire Dept. It was donated to the Cottonwood community in 1936 . Its time to replace this tired old building with a new one. The wood is starting to rot, (and the termites have moved out due to no wood left), wiring is old, no exhaust fans to take out fumes from engines in the building where the fire fighters work and live and breathe. An exhaust system for this building to make it safe for the fire fighters that stay over night or even in the day is $250,000. Why put a quarter of a million dollars in this old building? The other thing, where would we get the money for that, also will this building stand during an earthquake? If it falls, we will not be able to respond due to our engines being under the building, plus a fire fighter or worst-case a fire fighter is dead inside! Shouldn’t a public safety building be the last one to fall?
We work on a shoestring budget of around $450,000; our fire fighters are the lowest paid in Shasta County for doing the same job and more as other depts. Our station is covered 24/7. We have 4 full time employees, 3 seasonal, 2 part time fire fighters for sick and vacations and 15 volunteers. Our district is 36 square miles in size.
The station is located in the middle of town and sometimes hard to get out when special events are going on. Our District has grown over the years we need to be centrally located to give the people a better service and response time.
The new fire station will house all of our engines; we now have engines in 3 separate buildings. The size of the new station will be around 10,000 square feet. The square footage we have now is around 9000 square feet with all the buildings included. We are trying to build what we need in for the future, so it will last another 80 years or longer, which none of us will be around to see.
If we come in under the 4,000,000 dollars the money that we saved may go back to the federal government and we will only have to pay on what we borrowed. Also we have to use prevailing wages to build this station, which means more costs at around 2-3 times the labor cost. This is not unique for just us, it is for all government/public agencies.
The District goes from I-5 north to the church on cottonwood hill.
South to Tehama Co line.
East to Moonbeam Rd
West to Battle Creek Bridge on Gover Rd.
Mission, Vision and Values
The Cottonwood Fire Protection District's mission is to be the leading emergency service organization by meeting the needs of our community in fire prevention, fire suppression and rescue using an all hazards approach.
The Vision of Cottonwood Fire Protection district is to utilize and improve the dedication and skills of our services and operations. We will assist similar organizations upon their request with available resources.
The Cottonwood Fire Protection District has these Values:
Provide a safe, healthful and environmentally friendly emergency response system
Support our Volunteers and paid staff with adequate incentives and awards to achieve superior performance
Attempt to meet or exceed local, state and federal standards for emergency agencies
Use a business model that addresses adequate service levels within available resources
Will actively recruit the best qualified persons without regard to race, sex, color, or creed
grassy pasture for animals. The structures, as a majority, are of wood framed ranch style construction.
The community area is divided by a major Highway "I-5" carrying interstate commerce. It has a main railroad system carrying mainly commercial items from wood to hazardous materials. It also has a major electrical substation distributing power throughout the state and storage areas for propane.
The department supports surrounding local departments including State and Federal departments with automatic and mutual aid for both structure and wildland fires. They also provide Emergency medical services to the local community.
Cottonwood Fire Department originated in the early 1930's when the community of Cottonwood was having more and more structure fires and few people to help fight them. The Ladies Garden Club decided to help raise money with the few Volunteer firemen at that time. These volunteers held dances on the old Cottonwood Creek Bridge to raise money. With the raised funds they managed to purchase their first engine. The engine was a 1930 Dodge Brother's fire engine. Since they had no fire department it was stored at one of the volunteers homes. In 1936 the Volunteer Fire Department moved into their new home, a building that was used as a car dealership. To this day the department is still there.
The department services an area of rural/urban interface of 36 square miles. The terrain is tree covered canyons to flat