The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District (formerly four agencies) was established in 1995 as a measure to help reduce costs within each district as well as consolidate equipment and staffing under one management staff. The Fire District has 51 career employees, approximately 10 volunteers and 6 fire stations with an annual operating budget of $8.2 million.
The Fire District has areas of state responsibility and works closely with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire).
The Fire District is governed by a five member Board of Directors.The District handled over 4,300 calls last year, ranging from medical aids, structural fires, hazardous materials responses, wildland and miscellaneous calls such as car fires, trash fires, etc.
The county of Stanislaus is a small diversified community with interspersed industrial and agricultural areas. It is centrally located, ninety minutes from San Francisco and Sacramento, and is the gateway to the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite National Park. The community embodies a spirit of progress and innovation while maintaining a small-town ambiance. The Fire District serves approximately 217 square miles of unincorporated area including the cities of Waterford and Riverbank, and the communities of Empire, Hickman and LaGrange.