Letter from the Fire Chief

Thank you for visiting our website and the home of Sonoma County’s newest consolidated fire district, The Sonoma County Fire District. Our agency serves the Town of Windsor, Larkfield, Wikiup, Mark West, Mountain, Middle Rincon, Bennett Valley, Bellevue, Graton Casino, Fulton, and the surrounding unincorporated areas. The men and women of the Sonoma County Fire district serve our communities with pride, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to excellence, as they have done for so many years.

We are a modern “all risk”; fire district, meaning we will respond to the needs of the community, regardless of the nature of the incident and begin the process of solving the problem to lead to a positive outcome.

I am honored to have served in the fire service for the past 32 years and I am honored to serve as your Fire Chief. It is an honor to lead this great organization in service to you. Feel free to reach out to me directly with any feedback regarding your experience with our members.  We are always interested in learning how we can improve, and of course we also love to hear when we have exceeded your expectations. Please follow us via our website and social media sites to stay informed about the activities and services the we have to offer you. Let me know how we are doing and how we can better serve you.

~ Chief, Mark Heine

Our Districit

Sonoma County Fire District (SOCO Fire) is comprised of Bennet Valley, Mountain Volunteer, Rincon Valley and the Windsor Fire Protection Districts 

At a glance:

Population served:  70,000

Stations: 8 Locations

Staff, Utilities, Boat:

• 7500 - Fire Chief

• 7502 - Deputy Chief (Administration)

• 7505 - BC-Training

• 7511 -- A-Shift BC

• 7512 - B-Shift BC

• 7513 - C-Shift BC

• 7514-7419 Acting BC

• 7520 - BC Fire Marshall

• 7521 - Captain-Deputy Fire Marshall

• 7523 - Fire Inspector

• 75K9- K-9

• BC7 - On duty BC

• 7540-49 Utilities and Boat

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Fire Department/Fire District/Fire Authority

What’s the difference between a fire “district” and a fire “department”?

Generally, a fire department is part of a city or county government, funded through the town’s, city’s or county’s general fund, with monies derived from sales, property, and other taxes.

A fire district is a “special” district (defined by California Health & Safety Code 13800), usually independent of any town, city or county government, funded by a portion of the ad valorem property tax and a special tax assessment on properties within its district.

Fire districts generally provide service to rural and/or unincorporated areas surrounding a town, city or several cities, although some (like Windsor) provide service within city boundaries as well as to the surrounding unincorporated areas.