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Message from the Fire Chief



Dated: 3/9/2017


Shared Services Agreement with Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District:


     One of Petaluma City Council’s goals in FY 2013-14 was to “evaluate partnerships with Rancho Adobe and other neighboring fire departments for opportunities for shared administration”.  Sonoma County fire agencies have, for many years, sought to achieve more collaboration in order to provide efficient and cost-effective emergency response delivery, especially in our southern portion of the County.


     I am, therefore, pleased to announce that Petaluma Fire and Rancho Adobe Fire Departments have agreed to a shared services agreement.


     Last November, I had the pleasure to meet with personnel from Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District and members of their Board of Directors to discuss options for filling their Fire Chief vacancy due to retirement. In the meeting, the concept of a one-year shared services agreement was proposed whereby Petaluma would provide administrative support to Rancho Adobe with regard to Fire Chief coverage. My role would include, not only continued oversight of Petaluma Fire, but also oversight of Rancho Adobe’s three fire stations, personnel, equipment, apparatus and records. The one-year period would evaluate whether opportunities to improve service to both communities was possible and would provide the time to attempt to identify efficiencies and cost-effective means to work in collaboration in all phases of emergency services. At the end of the one-year contract period, and with the assistance and input of both organizations, an agreeable plan to further integrate both agencies in partnership and shared services would be explored. A newly agreed-upon plan would then be put into place for an extended period.


     The goal in achieving collaboration, while keeping essential parts of the organizations separate, will include exploring combined training opportunities and the sharing of equipment apparatus, staffing, facilities and the like. Having a goal to standardize, elevate and equalize the level of training will provide both departments more flexibility and create a foundation to move forward to initiate quality shared services. The need to drop boundaries and provide the closest resource to emergencies without having to deal with jurisdictional impediments would be a logical progression. Utilizing staff to reduce duplication of effort in both emergency response and administrative responsibilities will better utilize staffing. Having a combined recruit academy will save duplication of effort and will achieve cost savings for both departments, while standardizing expectations in emergency operations.


     This Shared Services Agreement is good for both communities and is the direction that the Fire Service is moving. I’m proud to support this project and am excited to see what positive changes it will bring both agencies. I hope you, as well, will see the benefit of our collaboration!



Leonard C. Thompson

Fire Chief


Mission and Vision of the Petaluma Fire Department


Since 1857, the Petaluma Fire Department has been faithfully committed to protecting our community.  Our Mission is to provide the City and its citizens with outstanding service from our three neighborhood fire stations.


As the new Fire Chief, my vision for the Department is to establish the Petaluma Fire Department as a model for others departments to emulate in the areas of emergency operations, prevention and preparedness and work environment.

On behalf of the men and women of the Petaluma Fire Department, welcome to our website.  If you need help in any way, please stop by one of our stations, give us a call (9-1-1 for emergencies and (707) 778-4390 for non-emergencies) or send us an email to


Leonard C. Thompson
Fire Chief


Archived Messages from Fire Chief


Dated: 7/12/16


All Personnel:


     I wanted to reach out to all of you as a sign of my support in light of the recent happenings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, St. Paul, Minnesota and, especially, in Dallas, Texas.  There is a horrific trend that is occurring more and more frequently: violent attacks on first responders.  Our country seems to have entered a strange and unpredictable time; how social media, politics, gun control, race, religion, civil rights, etc. all play into this extreme dissatisfaction and its resolution is unknown. However, the anger being expressed is palpable and real and affects us all.  While, historically, there has been an undercurrent of distrust or dislike of law enforcement representatives, the tension surrounding police officers has never been higher than right now.  Police departments have suffered great losses as a result of the outgrowth of this tension.  It is my hope that this violence does not trickle down to infiltrate and affect fire department personnel and other unintended members of the public.


     As an organization that displays pride in serving the community under difficult times, we must realize and accept that things are unsettled right now and thus, we must always remain vigilant and aware.  I request that you always remain observant of your surroundings, especially when responding with LAW.  Situational awareness is critical.  We are going thru a transition within this country. We support our brothers and sisters in blue and have their backs.  Much like we have always relied on them to protect us out in the field, more so than ever, we all must band together to safely complete the jobs we have taken oaths to perform.  Please remain watchful of each other. Stay Safe!



Leonard C. Thompson

Fire Chief



Contact Information

Leonard Thompson, Fire Chief

Jessica Power,
Fire Marshal – Fire Prevention & Technical Services Division

Dave Kahn,
Battalion Chief - Fire Administration

Jeff Holden,
Battalion Chief - Support Services Division

Jeff Schach,
Battalion Chief - Operations & Disaster Preparedness

Mike Medeiros,
Battalion Chief - Communications, Technology, Safety & Wellness, Training


Petaluma Fire Department Location:
198 ‘D’ St.
Petaluma, CA 94952
phone: 707.778.4390
alternative emergency phone:
fax: 707.931.0668
Fire Prevention Bureau Location:
22 Bassett Street
Fire Marshal
phone: 707.778.4389
fax: 707.206.6036
mailing address:
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952