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Career Firefighters.

In 1953, Arcata Fire District hired its first paid-employee - the Fire Chief.  In 1960 the District opened and staffed the McKinleyville Fire Station with 1 Firefighter on the engine per day. When the Mad River Fire Station was built in 1975, the District hired additional personnel to staff the engine with another Firefighter - bringing the total staffing to 2 Firefighters per day on 2 pieces of apparatus.

The District continued to operate with 1 Firefighter on an engine for 46 years.  In 2006, the residents of the District passed a benefit assessment, allowing Arcata Fire District to hire 6 additional personnel which provided the Mad River & McKinleyville Fire Stations to be staffed by two firefighters each for greater safety for residents and firefighters.  In 2012, a federal grant enabled the District to hire 3 more Firefighters, allowing the Arcata Fire Station to be staffed with career Firefighters for the first time in Arcata Fire District's history.

Today, the residents of the Arcata Fire District are protected each day by 1 Chief officer and 6 Firefighters.  The staffing on the engines housed at the Arcata,  Mad River and McKinleyville stations are 1 Captain and 1 Firefighter.  Volunteer FIrefighters and Firefighter Interns are used to augment staffing.

While this is progress, the District is still under-staffed compared to the national standard of 4 Firefighters on an engine.  We, at the Fire District, continue to appreciate your support. We exist to protect the lives, environment and property of the communities we serve.

Chief Officers

Sean Campbell
A-Shift Battalion Chief Operations
Rick Gomes
B-Shift Battalion Chief Logistics
Curt Watkins
C-Shift Battalion Chief Administration
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Justin McDonald
Fire Chief
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A-Shift

 
Nate Padula
Fire Captain
Jon Finen
Fire Captain
Angie Dernedde
Fire Captain
Brenden Green
Firefighter
Rusell Kadle
Firefighter
Alex Sutter
Firefighter
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B-Shift

Marcus Lillard
Fire Captain
John Evenson
Fire Captain
Luke Walker
Fire Captain
Nick Hurn
Firefighter -Driver/Operator
Evan Gibbs
Firefighter - Driver/Operator
Dimitri Sakkis
Firefighter - Driver/Operator
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C-Shift

Ross McDonald
Fire Captain
Alex Manousos
Fire Captain
Jon Busher
Fire Captain
Scott Gordinier
Firefighter - Driver/Operator
Anthony Benelisha
Firefighter - Driver/Operator
Will Smith
Firefighter
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