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When fire starts, deadly smoke can fill your home within minutes. If there is a fire in your home you have less than three minutes to get out. That's why we want you to plan and practice home fire drills.

  • Have a meeting place outside your home where all family members know to go.
  • Get out and Stay Out! NEVER re-enter the house for anything until the Fire Department tells you it is safe to do so. After you are outside, call 911.
  • Ensure that doors and windows open easily.
  • Crawl low under smoke to get out.
  • Make a fire escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or cane, make sure you can get to it quickly and get out easily.
  • If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, put them next to your bed while you are sleeping so you can grab them quickly as you leave.

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

Dave Kahn,
Battalion Chief - Fire Administration
Interim Fire Marshal Fire Prevention & Technical Services Division

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
City of Petaluma Special Event/Emergency Hotline 781-1283