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A Note to the Community and to the Members of Petaluma and Rancho Adobe Fire Departments:


The past few weeks have, without a doubt, been a tremendous challenge for our Department and Public Safety Providers. As part of PG&E strategy to enhance their wildland safety efforts following the 2017 and 2018 wildfires, they instituted Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) plan. In addition, the Kincaid fire stretched our ability to provide a curtain of safety for our local communities and required an “all hands” response to this emergency. Our actions both locally and regionally had a tremendous effect on how we prepare to protect our most vulnerable and support relocation efforts of the surrounding communities. Sonoma County has always been viewed as a blessed and protected natural region: rich in culture, unparalleled beauty, and longstanding history and tradition. Its residents are known for being accepting, generous and philanthropic. That spirit was on display while our local landscape was being ravaged. Seeing the community pull together has been nothing but amazing and inspiring. And that includes the out-pouring of care, concern and goods from outside the area as well. Sonoma County is special; it will recover and the memories that right now seem to be forever lost will return, given time.


I have nothing but overwhelming praise for the members of the Petaluma and Rancho Adobe Fire Departments, as well as our Region 9 partners during this disaster. Much respect goes to each and every member who put their life at risk to protect our communities. It was beyond an “everyone responding” event, sometimes stretching us painfully thin. I am very proud of the manner in which you all conducted yourselves and focused on the community that many of you call home or grew up in. But the collaborative nature in which you all worked together within the County will only strengthen the bonds we have with our Regional neighboring agencies. A lot was experienced; there are, as always, many lessons to be learned. My hope is that we, both as a Department and a County fire service effort, will grow exponentially from this event and use what we’ve learned to become even stronger and smarter. Petaluma and Rancho Adobe Fire Department, I thank you for your dedicated and courageous service.



Leonard C. Thompson

Fire Chief



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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.

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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