Tuolumne County Fire Department (TCFD), through a cooperative fire protection agreement with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), provides for the preservation of life and property through emergency medical response, rescue, extrication, fire control, fire and life safety inspections to over 2,200 square miles and approximately 55,000 residents of Tuolumne County.
Through what’s commonly known as an Amador Agreement, another form of
cooperative fire protection agreement allowed through the Public Resources Code, Tuolumne County contracts with CAL FIRE to provide fire protection for when CAL FIRE is out of declared “fire season.” The County provides funding to staff Twain Harte CAL FIRE Station, and through another agreement with Mariposa County, provides for services at the Blanchard CAL FIRE Station (TCFD Station 64).
For the calendar year 2022, there were 6,431 total incidents within the TCFD jurisdiction, compared to 6,099 in 2021 for a 5.2% increase. This is an increase 35% from ten years ago when TCFD responded to 4,179 incidents. Of those incidents in 2022, there were 4,541 calls for medical assistance, 596 fires, 246 hazardous materials/fire standby, and 1,048 other incidents. .
The TCFD is funded for 50.5 full-time equivalent positions. Forty-six and a half of those through the cooperative fire protection agreement with CAL FIRE (Schedule A and Amador) and other agreements with Mariposa County and Columbia College. Those positions include an Assistant Chief, 2 Training/Safety Captains, 3.5 Emergency Command Center positions, 40 Engine Operations, and 1 Heavy Equipment Mechanic. The four remaining positions are County employees and consist of an Assistant to Department Head and 3 Fire Prevention Division positions which are supervised by the Assistant Chief.