The Sonora Fire Department provides all risk/all hazard emergency services to the City of Sonora and surrounding areas of Tuolumne County. Sonora has one fire station centrally located within the community. The department is staffed with two full-time personnel and two Volunteer Intern Firefighters when positions are filled. We rely on participation of Volunteers, off duty full-time personnel and County resources to handle large emergency events.

Sonora is a wildland urban interface area; it is heavily wooded and has steep terrain causing a high fire risk to the City.
Sonora is located in the foothills of the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is approximately 3.5 square miles. The resident population of 4,818, however as the County Seat and commercial center for the County of Tuolumne, our City’s daily population can exceed 20,000 throughout the day.

Known as the “Queen of the Southern Mines”, Sonora City still holds on to its historic charm with many of its existing buildings dating back to the 1800’s. Incorporated in 1851, Sonora quickly evolved into the commercial, government and cultural center for the region.

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City Defensible Space Handout

Fire Extinguisher Servicing Information

Green Waste Disposal Days Flyer (2021)

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Sonora Fire Department

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OTS Grant – Extrication Equipment
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The Sonora Fire Department is located at 201 South Shepherd Street. The station is centrally located to better provide emergency services to the citizens of the City of Sonora. In addition to emergency service, the fire department also provides fire prevention, public education, non-emergency public services and cooperative services with other emergency and non- emergency agencies throughout the County.

Eureka Engine Company No. 1 and Independent Hose Company No. 2

Today’s volunteer companies that made up the Sonora Fire Department, now social organizations, help maintain the fire department’s antique apparatus, including the 130+ year old hand pumper and the motorized fire engines. Volunteer members give tours of the City’s Fire Museum as well as collect historical items and data. Both companies meet jointly on the second Thursday of the month at the Fire Museum located across from City Hall. The Fire Museum has a large collection of fire department memorabilia and the 1876 Button and Son “hand pumper” and 1923 Morlin on display.

Contact:
The Sonora Fire Department
201 S. Shepherd Street
Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: (209) 532-7432
Fax: (209) 532-5936

Department Staff:
Aimee New, Fire Chief

Fire Captain, Kurt Rhoades

Fire Captain, Brittan Gregory

Fire Captain, Jon Rock

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