Fire Department

The Stockton Fire Department's rich tradition is backed by some of the most talented individuals in the fire service. We value the history of the Stockton Fire Department, built upon the strong shoulders of our past that prepare us for the challenges of the future.

Our firefighters are guided by service to our community and a vision to provide contemporary and dynamic fire and emergency medical services to the citizens of Stockton and the fire districts we serve. Learn more about the fire services and projects that help make Stockton a great place to live and work. 

After 38 years of volunteer service, Stockton established a fully paid professional Fire Department in 1888. The Department is led by a Fire Chief, who reports to the City Manager's Office.

  • 196 sworn fire personnel
  • Supported by 46 civilian employees

The Fire Department consists of six divisions: AdministrationOperationsFire PreventionTrainingCommunications/Dispatch, and Emergency Medical Services.


The Stockton Fire Department is committed to providing excellent emergency and non-emergency customer service – ensuring a safe community through public education, prevention, and aggressive suppression and rescue activities.      


  • Integrity - Do the right thing.
  • Services - Provide service beyond our customer's expectations.
  • Teamwork - Work together to achieve a common goal.
  • Professionalism - Conduct ourselves in a positive manner, representing the City and Fire Service.
  • Pride - Respect and honor the traditions of our organization, community, and profession.
  • Competency and Accountability - Strive to improve our knowledge, skills, and abilities as we take responsibility for our actions.
  • Importance of our members - Value the wellness and safety of each individual.
  • Compassion - Provide service so our community knows "We Care."

Contract Services

Since 1976, the Stockton Fire Department has provided fire protection and emergency medical services to the Lincoln Fire District and the Eastside, adding Tuxedo-Country Club Fire Districts in 1984.

In 1992, the City agreed to also provide contractual service to the Boggs Tract Fire Protection District.  All four districts have boundaries contiguous to the City of Stockton.

  • Total population served: Over 336,000 people 
  • Total area protected: 91.9 square miles

Fire Career

The team atmosphere, the challenging work, service to the community, and opportunities for learning and developing new skills is exciting and rewarding.  A lot of people don’t know what it really takes to be a firefighter – it takes courage and commitment. 

We’ll teach you what you need to know, to develop the knowledge, skills, and techniques. If you’re interested or just curious about fire fighting careers, qualifications, and opportunities, we’d like to work with you.

The Stockton Fire Department is 217 strong. We've been fighting fires in this community since 1850. It doesn’t take brute strength. All that we ask is you stay committed to the process, and we’ll help you with the rest. Members of the Stockton Fire Department are willing to share their experiences with you.

To learn more about becoming a firefighter, stop by your neighborhood fire station or give us a call at (209) 937-5172. We want to hear from you!

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