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From Chief Nicholes

Welcome to the Ceres Fire Department webpage. I want to thank you for taking the time to visit us and I hope that you find this information helpful. Throughout over 102 years of continuous and dedicated service to the community, Ceres Fire Department remains a vital city department filled with history, tradition and professionalism.

The Fire Department of years past is not the same as the Ceres Fire Department of today. In addition to providing fire protection and emergency medical services (EMS) the Ceres Fire Department also provides specialized services such as fire suppression, emergency medical responses, hazardous materials mitigation, technical rescue fire investigations, public education and fire prevention.

In addition, we support many community activities such as the Tiny Tots Baseball, Community Halloween Safety Fun Festival, and the Ceres Street Faire. The Department also participates in the Muscular Dystrophy Association “Fill the Boot” and the Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

It is my honor to invite you to look through our webpage and I encourage you to please let us know how we may better serve you.

Sincerely,

Bryan G. Nicholes


Ceres Fire Department History

Ceres Fire Department began in 1911 as an all-volunteer agency. Volunteer Firefighters would go about their regular day jobs until the sound of the fire bell brought them all together to respond to emergencies and fight fires in the Ceres community. There were no full-time firefighters at the time and the Volunteers were members of the community with little or no real fire experience. Eventually, Ceres Fire Department hired a full-time Fire Chief and maintained a committed group of volunteers to support the daily functions of a fire department.

In 1987, the Fire Chief left the City, at which time, there was only one paid firefighter and 34 volunteers. The Ceres City Council decided to review the concept of a Public Safety Department comprised of both the Police and Fire Departments. After three months of reviewing the concept, the City Council adopted the Public Safety concept. In early 1989, two Battalion Chief’s, six paid Firefighters and a non-sworn staff member were hired full-time to assist the new Chief (Division Commander) and the growing department.

Today, the all-volunteer group has turned into a cutting edge paid staff team comprised of 7 Firefighters and 12 Fire Captains who report to the three Battalion Chiefs assigned to each shift, as well as a Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal, the Deputy Chief, and one Secretary. Line staff works 24 hours a day out of four stations, still supplemented by valuable Reserve and Intern staff.

The newest of the four stations is Fire Station No. 4, located at 3101 Fowler Road. Fire Station No. 4 is a one-story building of 6,905 square feet, with three administration spaces, two apparatus bays, one rescue boat space, and living quarters for eight Firefighters.

Ceres Fire Department has grown to service nearly 55,000 community members within Ceres and its two surrounding districts within our 15 square mile protection area. The Ceres Fire Protection District, with approximately 1,200 residents, stretches over the southeast portion of the protection area. The Industrial Fire Protection District, with nearly 4,000 residents covers the northern portion of the City along the river. The City population is estimated to be in excess of 40,000 residents. Reaching just over 4,958 calls for service in 2008, Ceres four fire stations respond to not only structure fires, but also a number of medical aid, rescue, public assistance and mutual aid calls as well. Nearly 72 percent of all of calls are medical in nature, requiring all Ceres Firefighters to be trained Emergency Medical Technicians, as well as Office of the State Fire Marshal Certified Firefighters. Station No. 4 3101 Fowler Rd., Ceres, CA 95307 USA Telephone (209) 538-5705 Facsimile: (209) 537-4475 Fire Prevention 2755 Third Street, Ceres, CA 95307 USA Telephone: (209) 538-5703 cy Medical Technicians, as well as Office of the State Fire Marshal Certified Firefighters.

Contacts:
Administrative Head Quarters
2755 Third Street, Ceres, CA 95307 USA
Telephone: (209) 538-5701 Facsimile: (209) 538-5681
Station No. 1
2755 Third Street, Ceres, CA 95307 USA
Telephone: (209) 538-5702
Station No. 2
830 Pecos Avenue, Modesto, CA 95351 USA
Telephone: (209) 538-5724
Station No. 3 & Training Facilities
420 East Service Road, Ceres, CA 95307 USA
Telephone (209) 538-5643 Facsimile: (209) 537-1873
Station No. 4
3101 Fowler Rd., Ceres, CA 95307 USA
Telephone (209) 538-5705 Facsimile: (209) 537-4475
Fire Prevention
2755 Third Street, Ceres, CA 95307 USA Telephone: (209) 538-5703

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