About Us

North Bay Fire matured from its community based volunteer fire departments serving the most remote areas of Sonoma County. 

Over the past century the need for fire services in some of these small communities came to light. In response several small independent volunteer departments were created. Operating used apparatus; bake sales, chicken barbeques and pancakes breakfasts funded the annual budgets of these operations. 

Eventually, under the organization of the County of Sonoma, Sonoma County Fire was established in the late 1980's. This was the creation of County Service Area #40 (CSA40). This underfunded and understaffed County Department contracted with these community based nonprofit volunteer fire departments numbering nearly twenty at that time to provide fire services in unincorporated Sonoma County. 

Over the years some of these communities grew and so did their fire departments. These departments left to became districts on their own or joined other neighbors. The rest of the individual departments began training together, sharing equipment and resources and created another nonprofit agency, the Sonoma County Volunteer Firefighters Association.  

After the devastation unfurled in 2017, all those living in Sonoma County knew the fire service had to be retooled to deal with the new extreme threats of a widland urban interface fire and began the process to reorganize fire departments on a local level.  During this reorganization the small community based departments banded together to form what is now North Bay Fire. After a statewide search, the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District was selected to partner with North Bay Fire to prosper into the future. 

The communities represented are:

  • Bloomfield
  • Bodega
  • Camp Meeker
  • Fort Ross
  • Lakeville
  • Two Rock
  • Valley Ford
  • Wilmar