The Sonoma Valley Fire District provides all-risk fire, rescue, and paramedic level emergency medical services to the communities of Agua Caliente, Boyes Hot Springs, City of Sonoma, Diamond-A, El Verano, Fetters Hot Springs, Glen Ellen, Mayacamas, Temelec, and Seven Flags.
On February 1, 2002, the City of Sonoma and Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District entered into a Joint Powers Agreement creating a public entity known as the Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority. The purpose of the Authority was to eliminate duplication of equipment, personnel and resources, control costs, and provide higher levels of fire and rescue services to both communities.
On December 19, 2011, the City of Sonoma signed a contract for fire and emergency medical services with the Valley of the Moon Fire Protection District to further eliminate duplication of administrative services. The Fire District served as the employer of both employee groups.
On July 1, 2020, the Sonoma Valley Fire District was formed through a consolidation of the Valley of the Moon and Glen Ellen Fire Districts as well as the Mayacamas Volunteer Fire Company service area. The new District’s formation went through the LAFCO re-organization process that included public hearings and legal requirements. The new consolidated District realizes substantial benefits to the citizens and taxpayers by employing common equipment, resources, and personnel under a single administration and operations. The new Sonoma Valley Fire District is extremely proud of its former Districts’ rich history and community ties and is equally proud to continue to provide exceptional service to all of our Communities that we serve.
The District maintains four career-staffed fire stations and four volunteer-staffed stations, an administrative office, and a maintenance facility. The District staffs six companies: four Paramedic Engine Companies and two ALS Ambulances. The District also staffs an assortment of specialized equipment through the supplemental staffing of 41 dedicated volunteer firefighters. This equipment includes a Ladder Truck, two Rescues, three Water Tenders, and nine additional Fire Engines, including six specialized wildland engines.
The District, including the City, serves an area of approximately 74 square miles with a resident population of approximately 48,000. The District also provides ambulance service to the greater Sonoma Valley, an area of approximately 100 square miles.
Within the boundaries of the District are expansive wildland urban-interface (WUI) areas, large single-family homes, multi-family residential complexes, hotels, a local hospital, and a historic downtown Plaza.
The Sonoma Valley Fire District is an autonomous Special District, as defined under the Fire Protection District Law of 1987, Health and Safety Code, Section 13800, of the State of California. A seven-member Board of Directors, elected at-large by their constituents, and each serving a four-year term, govern the District. The Fire Chief oversees the general operations of the District in accordance with the policy direction prescribed by the Board of Directors.