Message from the Chief

Welcome to the Sunnyside of the San Joaquin Valley. The Coalinga Fire Department is proud to serve this community. The members of the Coalinga Fire and EMS are highly dedicated, extremely motivated, and loyal to the residents we serve.

Our department has been serving this community since 1903. The men and women that wear our badge have done so proudly during extremely difficult times. This community has experienced growth, economic hardship, a devastating earthquake, recovery and all the while providing a high level of Fire and EMS service to not only the citizens of the city, but to those who reside in the area around us. I joined this group of devoted public servants on May 1, 2012 and am proud to be given the opportunity to lead the Coalinga Fire Department to even newer heights.

The Coalinga Fire Department website is meant to provide the public to an inside look at what is going on within our department and to share our mission of continuing to make the City of Coalinga a safe place to live and raise a family. Please don’t hesitate to let me know how we can be of better service to you.

Mission Statement

The City of Coalinga Fire Department is dedicated to providing effective emergency services and education to ensure community safety and enhance quality of life to our citizens

Coalinga Fire Department

The Coalinga Fire Department (CFD) was established in 1903. The CFD was all volunteered until 1906, when the city hired a full time Fire Chief. Today, the CFD is a combination department, with 20 full-time and 6 reserve personnel.

The Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression, paramedic level ambulance transport, public education and community service.

The CFD personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We cover the City of Coalinga; we are also the ambulance provider for almost 1200 square miles of the west side of Fresno County.

In 2011, Coalinga Fire Department responded to over 2500 requests for service. CFD had recently entered into an Automatic Aid Agreement with Fresno Country Fire Protection to provide better service to the City of Coalinga and the surrounding area. Preparing for future growth of the city, the department has purchased a new fire engine and a second station is in the planning stage.

The CFD runs a 3 Platoon schedule. At this time, it is a 48/96 schedule. There are 18 full-time firefighters and 2 administrative staff, the Chief and Office Assistant. Each shift has 1 Captain, 1 Engineer, 3 Firefighter/Paramedics, and 1 Firefighter/EMT. This level of staffing allows for a two man engine company, two permanently staffed ambulances, and by calling back off-duty personnel, a third or fourth ambulance.

The Coalinga Fire Department

300 W. Elm Ave Coalinga, CA 93210

Phone: (559) 935-1652

Fax: (559) 935-1638

History of the Coalinga Fire Department

The Beginning (1887 – 1900)

With Southern Pacific Railroad coming to the area in 1887, coal was mined and exported for the fuel used on steam engines. They had three coaling stations.... Read More

The Need for Fire Suppression (1900 – 1903)

In 1900, there were over two dozen framed buildings, mostly saloons among shanties and tents. 1903 brought the erection of Coalinga’s first brick building.... Read More

OOPS…. (1903 – 1906)

In 1903, Chief Boyd and his crew kept house next door to the Opera House. In a testimonial to their effectiveness, they celebrated their first year as an.... Read More

First Fire Truck (1915)

April 8, 1915, the City of Coalinga took delivery of their first motorized fire apparatus, an American La France Type 20-combination chemical engine.... Read More

Continuing Problems & Second Fire Truck (1916-1921)

Fire after fire continued with disastrous results because of no water. The water system of that time was always breaking down; leaks and pump failures.... Read More

First Pumper (1925)

On January 30, 1925, Coalinga received their first pumper, Engine No. 1. It was a 1924 American La France Type 75 triple combination.... Read More

Group Picture (1925)

With the advent of the machine age came improvement and modernization of Coalinga’s fire defenses. Three fire engines replace the colorful but.... Read More