The Modesto Regional Fire Authority was formed in 2011 when the City of Modesto Fire, Stanislaus County Fire Wardens Office, and The Salida Fire District entered a Joint Powers Agreement. The department JPA is governed by a Board of Directors (1 representative from each of the participating agencies). The Fire Chief reports to the Board of Directors.
The department currently has 14 Stations (11 Staffed, 1 Airport, and 2 Unstaffed). The Department protects approximately 83 square miles (40 city of Modesto and 43 Salida District) and a population over 240,000 people (220,000 City of Modesto and unincorporated and 24,000 in Salida Fire District). The Department covers the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Dry Creek water ways with 3 cross staffed water rescue boats. The areas of protection range from residential neighborhoods, to commercial buildings, to rural areas covering Highways 99, 132, 108, and 219. Modesto Regional Fire provides reliable and efficient service to 43% of Stanislaus County’s population in 7% of its geography.
Modesto Regional Fire is broken into Four Divisions - Operations, Support, Administrative, and Fire Prevention
Operations Division includes Fire Suppression Personnel and Training
Support Division consists of Special Operations, Fleet Maintenance, OES, Emergencies Services, Emergency Planning, CERT, Radios, and Grant Management.
Administration oversees HR, Risk Management, Accounts Payable/ Receivable, Purchasing, Health and Safety, Inventory Control.
Fire Prevention includes Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Inspectors, Public Education, and Fire Investigations
Office of Emergency Services is responsible for regional emergency coordination and training.includes Deputy Fire Marshal, Fire Inspectors, Public Education, and Fire Investigations