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Welcome to Paradise Fire & Rescue                     

We are an “All-Risk” department, meaning that we respond to all emergencies: fires, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, rescues and public assists. Our mission to protect the community is a cooperative agreement with CAL FIRE. With a headquarters in Oroville, Fire Chief John Messina directs over 400 firefighters at all ranks and experience. The Town is located geographically within the Butte Unit’s Northern Division under the direction of Division Chief Garrett Sjolund. Battalion Chief Jason Morris supervises the day to day operations of the Paradise Battalion and retains his office at Station 81. By contracting with CAL FIRE the Town of Paradise is able to staff two fire stations with three-person engine companies, and one station with a two-person engine company. This allows for a rapid response to all coverage areas and facilitates being able to retain the town-wide Insurance Service Office rating of three.

In addition, to the Town’s resources, CAL FIRE maintains their own stations in Paradise and the neighboring community of Magalia. These resources are available to assist with the Town’s fire protection efforts as necessary.

The Town of Paradise employs a fire prevention inspector, fire marshal, and administrative assistant for the fire department, and all ordinances and municipal codes related to hazard abatement and burning for the Town of Paradise remain in effect.

Residential growth has created a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) that requires greater preparedness than ever before on behalf of emergency staff and residents. The Town of Paradise is located in a defined “very high fire hazard severity zone” pursuant to the California Government Code § 51175 and the California Health and Safety Code § 13108.5. Because of this designation, prevention and preparedness are of utmost importance. Defensible space around all structures is vital to safety, and property owners are asked to do their part in keeping properties clear of overgrown vegetation and other fire hazards. A partnership between the professional firefighters and residents is essential if this foothill environment is to remain a safe and beautiful place to live.


767 Birch Street

Telephone: (530) 872-6264  

Facsimile: (530) 877-5957

Recorded Burn Info: (530) 872-6264

Office Hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday


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  • Records Requests prior to October 2012


5545 S. Libby

Records Request:        CAL FIRE

176 Nelson Avenue, Oroville

(530) 538-7888

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Town Hall

5555 Skyway

Paradise, CA 95969

(530) 872-6291 phone

(530) 877-5059 fax

Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.