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Every year illegal fireworks and improperly used Safe and Sane fireworks cause injuries and fires that threaten peoples' homes and property. City of Petaluma has a ZERO Tolerance policy for the possession, use and sale of illegal fireworks, the fine for which is a minimum of $1000.


This Fourth of July we encourage the public to enjoy fireworks by attending one of the many professional shows that take place around the County. If you do choose to have fireworks for personal use, they must be California State Fire Marshal certified Safe and Sane fireworks. To ensure that these are the fireworks you are using, purchase them from any of the Fire Department permitted booths in the cities of Petaluma, Sebastopol, Rohnert Park or Cloverdale. Assume that any fireworks purchased out-of-state, off the internet or from any non-Fire Department permitted locations are illegal.


The use of all fireworks is illegal in Marin County, unincorporated areas of Sonoma County and in all cities except Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol and Cloverdale. In Petaluma neighborhoods located in the High Fire Hazard Severity Zone, the use of all fireworks is prohibited. Do you live in a High Fire Hazard Severity Zone? See the links below for more detailed information on FIREWORKS SAFETY and have a happy and safe Fourth of July.


4th of July Fireworks Safety (English), CalFire


4th of July Fireworks Safety (Española), CalFire


Fireworks Safety Tips: California State Fire Marshal


California State Fire Marshal, Fireworks Program


New! Watch Petaluma's Emergency Operations Center in action (produced by PCA.TV)


Residential Community Toxics Collection:

Every week there is a toxics collection somewhere in Sonoma County. Bring your ID to prove residency. For details and to make an appointment visit







Department Overview

The Petaluma Fire Department provides fire, rescue and emergency medical services within the Petaluma city limits, Southern Sonoma County and a portion of Marin County. The service area covers 184 square miles and a population of 70,000 people. There are 58 paid personnel on staff; of these, 48 are divided among 3 platoons that work 24-hour rotating shifts. The minimum staffing for each shift is 15 which includes the staffing of two paramedic engine companies, one aerial ladder company and two paramedic advanced life support ambulances.

EMS Response Area Map

Serving and protecting the community of Petaluma is the department's primary goal through public education, through fire prevention and code enforcement, and through emergency response. Read the Welcome Message from the Chief and the Petaluma Fire Department Mission Statement.


Contact Information

Leonard Thompson, Fire Chief

Jeff Schach,
Assistant Chief - Fire Administration, Operations & Disaster Preparedness, EMS Division

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

Dave Kahn,
Battalion Chief

Chad Costa,
Battalion Chief - Communications, Technology

Mike Medeiros,
Battalion Chief - Communications, Technology, Training

Kevin Weaver,
Interim Battalion Chief - Support Services Division, Safety & Wellness


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
City of Petaluma Special Event/Emergency Hotline 781-1283