The Madera County Fire Department was established September 21st 1928 and is a full service fire department providing emergency services to all 2,153 sq. mi. of the unincorporated areas of Madera County. Today, Madera County Fire strives to be an innovative and progressive organization in order to meet the changing demands of the growing population for which the department provides service.
The primary mission statement of Madera County Fire Department, in cooperation with CAL-FIRE, is to provide a range of programs designed to protect the lives and property of the inhabitants of the County of Madera from adverse effects of fire, medical emergencies, and exposure to hazardous materials or dangerous conditions as an emergency response agency.
The Madera County Fire Department is a public safety agency that provides the highest level of emergency services to the citizens and visitors of Madera County including; fire protection, medical assistance, hazard mitigation, and all other services that preserve life and property. In an effort to minimize emergency and life safety responses, the Department strives to maintain a comprehensive fire prevention program (public education, fire protection planning, fire prevention education, fire law and code enforcement, and fire suppression cost recovery). The Department’s desire is to best serve the citizens is further exemplified by our cooperative efforts through participation in mutual, instant, and automatic aid agreements that allow the Fire Department to receive and deliver emergency services from other emergency response agencies within the City and County areas.
· We are committed to the safety and well-being of the public and our employees.
· We strive for excellence and professionalism
· We maintain a can-do-attitude and humility in the execution of our duties
· We care about each other and our service to others, including cooperators, governing bodies
· We build and maintain cooperative relationships across the county and into surrounding counties to benefit the public we serve.
· We integrate resource management, fire protection, and fire prevention missions on behalf of the County and local communities.
· We strive to ensure a high level of environmental protection in all our programs and operations.
· We value the diversity among our employees and the vital functions they perform to enhance our mission.
· We exhibit calm resilience and performance in the face of emergencies and disasters of any scale.
· We recognize the importance of clear and consistent communication
· We embrace and support innovation.
The department is administered, and career personnel are provided, through a contract with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Clerical and automotive support personnel are provided by County employees. The department assists with fire protection through a mutual aid agreement to the City of Madera, the city of Chowchilla, Merced County Fire and also has a cooperative agreement with Central California Women's Facility for fire protection services in the North end of Madera County.
Madera County Fire is comprised of 14 fire stations, a fleet of 56 apparatus and support vehicles.