About the Fire District
The Greenfield Fire Protection District has provided fire protection service in and around the City of Greenfield since its formation in 1940, 7 years before the City's incorporation. It is the only special district in Monterey County that provides these services within a city's boundaries. The City of Greenfield does not have a fire department and therefore relies on the District to provide these services.
The district has more residents than any other fire protection district in the County, except for the North County and Monterey County Regional FPDs. The district contains almost 46 square miles with a population of approximately 17,000 people. The district provides service through its own station and apparatus. The district is staffed by both full time career and volunteer firefighters.
The District serves homes and businesses as well as rural regions in its service area. The District is estimated at about 18,600 residents and the projected 2025 service population is substantially larger at 42,400 residents. The increase in service population due to new development is approximately 23,800 residents. The District currently serves the entire service area from 1 fire station located in the City of Greenfield. This station was constructed in 1999 with the District amortizing $470,000 of debt. The main station and land was valued at $1,624,000 in 2014.
About our Fire Engines
The District has 4 Type I Engines (2003 Ferrera Inferno, 1977 Ford, 1963 Seagrave and a 1963 Ford) and 1 Type II 1996 Firetech Engine. Other vehicles in the Fleet include a 1970 Ford Patrol Vehicle and a 1991 Chevy Caprice Command Vehicle. Total value of all District vehicles and equipment is $577,800.
The District anticipates needing 1 auxiliary fire station to adequately serve new development. The total cost of the facility, land and building is estimated at $2,032,000. The District anticipates the need for an additional 100 Foot Aerial Apparatus, Heavy Rescue, Water Tender and a Type 1 and Type III Engine estimated to cost $2,300,000. The station is projected to have a wood-built office section and metal, prefabricated vehicle bays. No sleeping quarters are planned at this time. The land cost is an estimate based on current market conditions
Call for Service
The District has changed significantly in the past 15 years. Over this period the number of annual calls received by the District has increased from approximately 200 a year to almost 1,000, excluding calls for mutual and automatic aid. The majority of these calls are medical; some of the increase in medical calls is attributed to the City's discontinuation of training police officers as emergency medical service providers.
While the District had an all-volunteer firefighting force until around 8 years ago, the force now contains 4 full time firefighters and 23 paid call volunteers. All paid staff and around 1 half of the volunteers are certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs). The district maintains an ISO Public Protection Classification of 5 within 5 miles of the station when there is a credible source of water and 9 when there is not a credible source of water.
The District has 2 firefighters on duty 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. One firefighter is on duty at night and on weekends. These firefighters are then supplemented with paid call volunteers. The District responds to approximately two calls a month with only a single firefighter, which the Districts states is adequate for most medical calls. The average District response within the City is under 6 minutes, outside the City it is 7 minutes, 40 seconds. The District participates in mutual aid throughout the County, and maintains automatic aid agreements with the City of Soledad for structure fires, wild land fires, and freeway accidents.