Firebaugh Fire Department

1575 Eleventh Street, Firebaugh CA 93622

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Background Information

  • The Firebaugh Fire Department is located in the California Central San Joaquin Valley.   Firebaugh is located approx. 40 miles west of Fresno, and 25 miles south west from Madera, bordering Fresno and Madera County lines.  The City of Firebaugh has a population of approx. 7,500.   
  • The Firebaugh Fire Department, offically organized in 1920, is one of the oldest continuously operating all volunteer fire departments in the San Joaquin Valley.  The department was one of the first volunteer fire departments in the Central California Valley to respond to all medical emergencies, and was the first such non-ambulance operating fire departments to do so, with staffing composed of certified emergency medical technicians.   Currently the FFD has 22 active members, comprised of individuals from the Volunteer Firefighters Association of Firebaugh, with several of those members being cross trained EMT-1's, and other members trained in professional first-aid and CPR. 
  • On Sept. 29, 2002 Fire Chief J. Borboa announced that the FFD put into service, two LP500 Bi-Phasic Automated External Defibrillators.   The acquisition of both AEDs could not have been accomplished without the assistance and perseverance of Ms. Cindy McCoy, Project Coordinator for the Community Hospital's Cardiac Care Project, and the generosity of Mr. Larry Kitahara, President of Kitahara GMC-Pontiac of Fresno.   One AED unit was acquired through the Community Hospitals Cardiac Care Project and the second unit was donated to the FFD by Mr. Kitahara.    Monetary Donations by members of the Firebaugh community were used by the FFD to purchase two AED trainers to provide continued training for members of the FFD.
  • In July 2011, Chief Borboa puts into service S-150, and Sat-150.
  • In Aug, 2011, Chief Borboa replaces the 1978 Ford Van Pelt E-550, with a 1994 Type I WestStates Fire Engine. 

Company 150 motto:

Fire Siren Activations

 The fire sirens throughout town are set-up to alert members of the community, and of the FFD of an emergency requiring an immediate response by the fire dept.   Many times people ask why the fire sirens cycle once,  and other times cycle as many as four times.   Well here is the reason; the number of siren activations (cycles) is based on the nature of the emergency. 

1 Cycle is for an injury motor vehicle accident, aka mva.

2 Cycles are for vegetation fires, or "other" types of fires.

4 Cycles are for possible & or confirmed structure fires,

12 Cycles are for a city wide emergency, with the specifics being advised over the public address (PA) systems of emergency vehicles.

All information pertaining to the emergency call is paged to the fire dept members via alpha numeric pagers.   These pagers advise of the nature, location, and any additional information about the emergency.    For emergency medical calls, the sirens are not activated,  all information  is sent via the pagers, to  reduce the  frequency in usage of the fire sirens.
    The next time you hear the fire sirens, there is an emergency is progress, and the fire dept will be responding with multiple emergency vehicles to the location of the emergency.    All emergency medical calls are paged via the alpha numeric pagers, to help reduce the number of times the fire sirens are activated.    Please remember, as with any emergency vehicle traveling Code-3 (Emergency lights and sirens), please pull over to the right to allow the emergency vehicles to have the right of way, who knows they may be responding to an emergency of a friend or family member.

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Fall Back on Sound Advice: Time to Change Your Clock AND Your Smoke Alarm Batteries


USFA Press Office: (301) 447-1853

Emmitsburg, MD. - As our nation moves back to Standard Time beginning this weekend, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to mark the occasion as a time to test your home smoke alarms and replace the batteries if more than one year old.

Every day in the United States, needless home fire deaths occur. Working smoke alarms significantly increase your chance of surviving a deadly home fire. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert scanning the air for fire and smoke.

In addition to changing your smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the USFA recommends following these simple steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:

  • Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when you change the batteries.
  • Test alarms once a month using the test button.
  • Replace the entire alarm if it's more than 10 years old or doesn't work properly when tested.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
  • For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor alarms.
  • Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound. Interconnected alarms are available at most stores that sell smoke alarms.
  • Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Finally, prepare and practice an escape plan so that you and your loved ones can get out of your home safely should there be a fire. Plan to meet in a place a safe distance from the fire and where first responders can easily see you.

For more information on smoke alarms, fire escape planning, and fire prevention, visit the USFA website at

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