Arnold Lions Club Donates Funds for Equipment

Ebbetts Pass Fire District Timeline
2022
April 1, 2022

EPFD Awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant

 EPFD Receives Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) of $15,714.29 to purchase industrial equipment to clean and dry firefighting coats, pants, boots, and gloves.

January 27, 2022

EPFD Purchases New Utility Vehicle

Ebbetts Pass Fire District purchased new pickup truck to replace aging Battalion Chief vehicle.

2021
October 7, 2021

EPFD Installs New storage Area for Life Vests

New storage shed allows for better public access to vests from life vest loan program as well as adding protection to vests to increase their useful life.

July 14, 2021

EPFD Purchases New UTV

New utility vehicle equipped with tracks as well as tires and a larger cab was put to good use during winter storms assisting with rescue calls.

July 1, 2021

EPFD Awarded Community Power Resilience Program Grant

Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $9,000 from Community Power Resilience Program Grant to purchase replacement standby generator for Station 3.

May 1, 2021

EPFD Awarded Office of Traffic Safety Grant

Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $74,000 from Office of Traffic Safety -EMS Grant (OTS) to purchase extrication rescue equipment.

2020
August 7, 2020

EPFD Purchases New Ambulance

Ambulance M435 was purchased using funds raised by Measure A in 2019.

July 1, 2020

EPFD Awarded Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $19,635 grant from Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) to purchase needed radio equipment.

January 1, 2020

EPFD Add Additional Staff

    With funds from Measure A, Ebbetts Pass Fire District was able to hire additional staff to enhance services to our community. The additional hiring of 3 firefighter paramedics augments each shift with one additional person. The additional person works on … Continue reading

    2019
    December 17, 2019

    Board Member Takes Office

    Peter Neal joined board of directors and is still currently serving.

    July 1, 2019

    EPFD Awarded CA Fire Foundation Prevention Grant

    Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $14,666 from California Fire Foundation Prevention Grant to purchase needed radio equipment.

    July 1, 2019

    EPFD Awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant

    Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $74,170 from Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to purchase needed SCBA compressor/fill station.

    May 7, 2019

    Measure A Passes with 84% approval

    Measure A provided the Ebbetts Pass Fire District with needed funding to replace emergency response vehicles and equipment and hire additional staff in order to better serve the community.

    2018
    August 21, 2018

    Board Member Takes Office

    Michael Barr joined board of directors and is still currently serving.

    July 1, 2018

    EPFD Receives Office of Traffic Safety EMS Grant

    Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $100,000 from Office of Traffic Safety -EMS Grant (OTS) to purchase extrication rescue equipment.

    July 1, 2018

    EPFD Receives Assistance to Firefighters Grant

    Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $216,746 from Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to purchase needed SCBA equipment.

    May 1, 2018
    2017
    November 21, 2017

    Board Member Takes Office

      Dennis Clemens joined board of directors and is still currently serving.

      July 1, 2017

      EPFD Receives Firefighter Support Foundation Grant

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $2,700 grant from Firefighter Support Foundation to purchase a gas detector.

      July 1, 2017

      EPFD Receives Off-Highway Vehicle Grant

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $19,000 from Off-Highway Vehicle Grant (OHV) to purchase a utility vehicle and trailer.

      July 1, 2017

      EPFD Receives Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $8,350 grant from Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) to purchase needed radio equipment.

      2016
      July 1, 2016

      EPFD Receives Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives $20,000 grant from Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) to purchase needed pants, coats & boots.

      January 20, 2016

      EPFD Earns ISO Protection Class Rating 2

       Insurance Services Office(ISO)  Public Classification Program (PPC) is important in the underwriting process at insurance companies when calculating fire insurance premiums. This program rates fire risk and how well a community is prepared to combat fires based from 1 to … Continue reading

      2015
      October 2, 2015

      Butte Fire 100% Contained

      The Butte fire burned 70,868 acres. 2 lives were lost, 921 structures destroyed, and 44 structures damaged.

      September 9, 2015

      Butte Fire Starts

      Fire began in Amador County at 2:26 pm burning 1,200 acres and spreading to Calaveras County.

      August 1, 2015

      EPFD Celebrated it’s 50th Anniversary

      Open house celebration was held at Station 1.

      2014
      September 30, 2014

      Fire Chief Retires

      David Baugher retires as fire chief.

      September 8, 2014

      New Fire Chief Appointed

      New Fire Chief Appointed

      Mike Johnson appointed as Fire Chief.

      2012
      November 6, 2012
      2011
      November 28, 2011
      October 1, 2011

      EPFD Crew Participates in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

      Staff dons pink uniform hats and pledged to raise donations for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

      August 18, 2011

      EPFD Acquires New Fire Engine

      EPFD places it’s first ladder fire engine placed in service.

      August 15, 2011

      EPFD Launches Lifejacket Loan Program

      40 life jackets were obtained from the CA Dept of Boating & Waterways and made available for public use at Station 1.

      August 11, 2011

      EPFD Receives Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant

      Ebbett Pass Fire District receives a $4,000 Volunteer Fire Assistance Grant for fire shelters.

      2010
      June 21, 2010

      Fire Prevention Officer Joins EPFD

      Joan Lark joins Ebbetts Pass Fire District as the Fire Prevention Officer.

      February 22, 2010

      EPFD Receives Grant

      Grant awarded provided 40 sets of turnouts to Ebbetts Pass Fire District.

      January 18, 2010

      EPFD Gets Two New Utility Vehicles

      One of these utility vehicles was assigned to the Battalion Chief position allowing the on duty Battalion Chief to respond to incidents more efficiently.

      2009
      June 10, 2009

      EPFD Become a Safe Surrender Baby Site

      EPFD Board approved program participation with Resolution No. 2009-01. The Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Assoc. provided the needed supplies and car seat.

      May 14, 2009

      Founding Board Member Kenneth Emerson Passes

      Founding Board Member Kenneth Emerson Passes

      Kenneth Emerson passed away on May 14, 2009 at the age of 72.

      2008
      July 1, 2008

      New Fire Chief Appointed

      David Baugher appointed Fire Chief.

      March 31, 2008

      Fire Chief Warren Wilkes Retires

       Warren Wilkes retires as fire chief after 21 years of service.

      January 28, 2008

      EPFFA Donates Sign to New Station

      The Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association celebrated the completion of the new station 1 by donating a lighted sign for the building.

      2007
      November 7, 2007

      Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District Dedicate Memorial At New Station 1

      This memorial stands below the flag in front of station 1.

      August 27, 2007

      Board Member Takes Office

      J Scott Mckinney joined board of directors and is still currently serving.

      July 7, 2007

      EPFD Celebrates New Station 1 with Community

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District hosts an open house to share new facility with community and showcase the improvement to services the district will now be able to provide.

      May 23, 2007

      EPFD Moves into New Station 1

      The majority of equipment, utilities, and personnel were moved and operational from the new station.

      March 15, 2007

      New Station 1 is Completed

      New Station 1 is completed and EPFD makes plans to move in.

      2006
      August 28, 2006

      EPFFA Donates Rescue Equipment and Breathing Apparatus

      Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association donates swiftwater rescue gear and 2 SCBA units.

      May 15, 2006

      EPFD Receives Office of Traffic Safety Grant

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District receives grant of $77,000 from the Office of Traffic Safety. These grant funds were used to purchase 2 sets of hydraulic extrication systems, airbags, saw blades, and rope gear. This grant was part of a county … Continue reading

      April 1, 2006

      EPFD Breaks Ground on Construction of New Station 1

      Work begins to clear trees, level the property, and build retaining walls.

      March 20, 2006

      EPFFA Donates Rescue Equipment

      Ebbetts Pass Fire Fighters Association donates an inflatable rescue boat to EPFD.

      February 15, 2006

      EPFFA Donates Funds to Refurbish Fire Engine 436

      The Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association  offered to refurbish EPFD’s Wildland fire engine 436. The refurbishment was secured through a loan which the Association paid for over the next ten years.

      February 9, 2006

      EPFD Purchases Used Ambulance

        Half of the funds used for this purchase were donated by the Ebbetts Pass Fire Fighters Association.

      2005
      September 19, 2005

      EPFD Receives Firefighter Assistance Grant

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District received grant of $5,250 for new radios and radio upgrade from Firefighter Assistance Grant.

      May 16, 2005

      New Assistant Fire Chief Hired

      Brian Dickson hired for Assistant Fire Chief position.

      April 13, 2005

      EPFD Wins Right to Provide Ambulance Services

       Ebbetts Pass Fire District won bid for exclusive rights to provide ambulance services within district boundaries. EMS services would be provided for the citizens in a 208 square mile area.

      February 4, 2005

      EPFD Donates to Local ROP Program

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District donates fire engine to Bret Harte High School ROP Fire Technology program. Engine donated was put into service in 1972 and was the first engine staffed with paid personnel in the district.

      2004
      September 1, 2004

      Staff Added to Station 3

      Station 3 in Hathaway Pines became staffed with one full time firefighter and 1 full time firefighter paramedic manning a second fire engine and ambulance.

      August 6, 2004

      Mineral Mountain Fire Started

      Mineral Mountain Fire burned 876 acres. 120 people were evacuated from 80 homes. On 8-9-2004 fire was 85% contained.

      July 1, 2004

      Station 4 Dedicated to Volunteer Fire Captain

      EPFD dedicated station 4 to Volunteer Fire Captain Wade Oswald who served the community for over 20 years.

      June 22, 2004

      Special Tax Approved by Voters

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District appealed to district voters to pass a special tax levied of properties. These funds were used to increase paid staffing 24/7 in station 3 in Hathaway Pines. (Currently the station is staffed at no out of … Continue reading

      June 1, 2004

      EPFD Receives Grant from Assistance to Firefighters Program

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District successfully applied for a $139,000 grant from the Homeland Security Department’s Assistance to Firefighters Program. These funds were used to replace outdated respiratory equipment used by firefighters when responding to fires in the community.

      April 20, 2004

      Board Member Takes Office

      Jon Dashner joined board of directors and is still currently serving.

      April 1, 2004

      EPFD Receives a Donated Statue Carved by a Local Artist

      The wooden statue of a firefighter and child was commissioned by local resident Robert Armstrong and carved by local artist Andrew Anzio. Statue currently resides in  front of Station 1 in Arnold.

      March 15, 2004

      EPFD Acquires New Medical Equipment

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District purchases an automatic CPR device.

      January 20, 2004

      Arnold Lions Club Donates Funds for Equipment

      Donated funds were used to purchase air splints and IV warmers.

      2003
      November 7, 2003

      Calaveras County Approves Permit for New EPFD Station 1

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District takes another step towards building a new station 1.

      July 15, 2003

      Board Member Takes Office

      Ron Andrade joined board of directors and served until 10-17-2017.

      March 19, 2003

      EPFD Board Approves Additional Development of Emergency Transport System (EMS)

      EPFD moves forward to expand the limited EMS services offered and build the foundation of current EMS program serving the community.

      February 18, 2003

      EPFD Receives Donation from Another Fire District

      Menlo Park Fire Protection District donated defibrillators to EPFD.

      January 28, 2003

      EPFD Puts Additional Ambulance into Service

      An additional ambulance was added to the EMS program to meet the growing needs of the community. This ambulance was built in part with $76,000 in funds donated from the Ebbetts Pass Firefighter’s Association in 2001. Jeff German of Autosmith … Continue reading

      January 14, 2003

      EPFD Staff Invites Reporter to Participate in Training Exercise

      Reporter Craig Koscho donned an ice rescue suit and joined the EPFD staff in a day of ice rescue training.

      2001
      October 5, 2001

      Burel Ledbetter Passes Away

      Burel Ledbetter Passes Away

      Burel Ledbetter was the first paid firefighter hired in EPFD in 1970.

      October 1, 2001

      EPFD Purchased Property for New Station 1

      Property on Blagen Rd was purchased to host a new station 1. Plans moved forward to tour other fire departments to get ideas for station design.

      September 16, 2001

      Darby Fire Contained

      14,280 acres were burned costing $20.8 million to fight over 1.5 weeks.

      September 9, 2001

      Some of the Darby Fire Evacuation Restrictions are Removed

      Darby Russell Road area near Hathaway Pines, Sunrise Point subdivision, Canyon View and Commercial Way were lifted at 9 p.m.

      September 7, 2001

      Darby Fire Burns Critical Water Aqueduct

      The fire burned nearly a mile of the flume, a wooden aqueduct which transports water from Arnold to Angels Camp, affecting over 10,000 people.

      September 5, 2001

      Darby Fire Starts

      Fire begins at 5pm.

      August 30, 2001

      EPFFA Donates Used 4WD Ambulance

      EPFD initiates order of ambulance using a 4WD chassis donated through Ebbetts Pass Firefighter Association fundraising efforts.

      July 23, 2001

      EPFD Receives Federal Grant

      EPFD Receives Federal Grant

      EPFD successfully applied for a federal grant for $8,000.

      April 24, 2001

      EPFD Board Reconsiders Property for Future Station 1

      Board compared pros and cons of current properties vs. available property on Blagen Rd. While the initial consensus was to use property already owned, a comparison highlighted a number of limitations with current properties to host a new station. The … Continue reading

      February 20, 2001

      EPFFA Donates Rescue Equipment

      Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association donates ice rescue suits to the District to match the number of new suits purchased by EPFD.

      January 16, 2001

      EPFFA Donates Training Equipment

      Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association donates a smoke machine to be used during training exercises.

      2000
      December 1, 2000

      EPFFA Donates Lights

      Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association donates lights for fire stations to spread holiday cheer.

      November 22, 2000

      EPFD Receives It’s First AEDs

      EPFD received 3 Automatic defibrillators (AEDs) from Mountain-Valley EMS grant program.

      July 1, 2000

      EPFD Began Providing Part-Time Ambulance Transportation Service

      After much planning and coordination Ebbetts Pass Fire District moves forward with providing ambulance services to the community.

      February 22, 2000

      EPFFA Donates Rescue Equipment to EPFD

      A K-12 FD Rescue Saw was donated to EPFD from Ebbetts Pass Firefighter Association’s annual raffle proceeds.

      1999
      November 16, 1999

      EPFD Board Continues Discussions for Building New Station 1

      With the addition of the new paramedic firefighter staff Board Members and staff needed to face the issue of the limited space available in the current station 1 for the new live-in staff. The staff noted that they would prefer … Continue reading

      September 25, 1999

      EPFD Adds Additional Staff

      Paid staff is increased to 4 full time firefighters on duty 24/7.

      September 20, 1999

      EPFD Offers Advanced Life Support Medical Services (ALS)

      Paramedic Engine Company at EPFD Station 1 began providing ALS to the community.

      July 21, 1999

      EPFFA Donates Equipment to EPFD

       Ebbetts Pass Firefighter Association donated a hose bed liner for engine 434 and two portable foam units to the EPFD from their annual fundraising efforts.

      July 1, 1999

      EPFD Publishes Website

      After seven month in production, EPFD begins internet presence with website www.epfd.org.

      February 16, 1999

      EPFD Adds Additional Staff

       Paid staff is increased to 3 full time firefighters on duty 24/7.

      February 16, 1999

      EPFD Leases It’s First Ambulance

      This ambulance was leased for $1 per year from Tuolumne County and the first use was to transport citizens to the  helicopter landing zone for further transport.

      1998
      November 3, 1998

      EPFD Citizens Approve Special Tax Measures

       Special tax passed Measure B with 69.4% approval to fund paramedic engine company, the first in the Motherlode Region, and Measure C with 63.8% approval to increase district spending limits.

      March 24, 1998

      EPFD Board Considers Future Plans for New Station 1

      Board begins planning process for a new station to meet the growing needs of the community. A civil engineer was hired to evaluate current properties owned to gauge possibilities of building the new station on properties currently owned by the … Continue reading

      1997
      December 1, 1997

      Board Member Takes Office

      Richard Checchi joined board of directors and served until 7-31-2007.

      November 3, 1997

      EPFD Adds Additional Paid Staff

      Paid staff is increased to 2 full time firefighters on duty 24/7 and 1 firefighter on a 40 hour per week shift.

      October 20, 1997

      EPFD Annexes Neighboring Areas

       EPFD annexed 204 sq. Miles of County area previously protected by Calaveras County Fire District.

      March 18, 1997

      EPFFA Donates Rescue Manikin

      Ebbetts Pass Firefighter Association donated a rescue manikin to the EPFD from their annual fundraising efforts.

      1996
      November 2, 1996

      New Station 2 Dedicated to George Schroeder

      The late George Schroder was the District’s oldest volunteer who served as a firefighter, fire captain, and president of the Ebbetts Pass Firefighter Association from 1979 to 1989.

      October 15, 1996

      New Station 2 Becomes Operational

      Equipment and vehicles moved to new facility making Station 2 operational and ready to serve community.

      1995
      December 1, 1995

      Board Member Takes Office

       Thomas Sullivan joined board of directors and served until his passing on 11-9-2019. Mr. Sullivan honored Ebbetts Pass Fire District with his dedicated service for nearly 25 years. He will be missed.

      December 1, 1995

      Board Member Takes Office

      Robert Kress joined board of directors and served until 5-31-2003.

      September 1, 1995

      EPFD Adopts a Mascot

      EPFS adopts Jasper the Firehouse Cat as its mascot.

      June 20, 1995

      Board Approves Building New Station

      EPFD Board voted for final approval to build a new station at 5510 Meko Drive in Camp Connell. This new station will be designated as Station 2.

      March 21, 1995

      Board Member Takes Office

      Joseph Cadorette re-joined board of directors and served until 3-16-2004.

      1994
      November 19, 1994

      John George Passes Away

      John George, the first Fire Chief for EPFD passed away.

      October 15, 1994

      EPFD Celebrates 30th Anniversary

      To celebrate its 30 years of serving the community, EPFD held an open house at Station 1.

      September 15, 1994

      New Fire Station Proposed for Meko Drive

      A special meeting was held to discuss building a new fire station to meet the changing needs of the District.

      April 28, 1994

      Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association Donates Funds

      $20,000 was raised and donated by the Ebbetts Pass Firefighters Association to refurbish District fire engine.

      April 21, 1994

      EPFD Begins New Wave of Business Inspections

      EPFD implements a round of inspections for local businesses to ensure that proprietors are aware of fire ordinance regulations and any steps needed to achieve compliance.

      1993
      December 1, 1993

      Board Member Takes Office

      Dan Leary joined board of directors and served until his passing on 7-4-2018. Mr. Leary honored Ebbetts Pass Fire District with his dedicated service for nearly 25 years. He will be missed.

      August 1, 1993

      Board Member Takes Office

      Art Paymiller joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1997

      1992
      November 17, 1992

      Site of Current Station 2 Acquired

      EPFD completed acquisition of the property on which the district will build the current Station 2 at Meko Drive in Camp Connell.

      August 21, 1992

      Old Gulch Fire Contained

      100% containment declared at 6pm. Gov. Pete Wilson declares a state of emergency in Calaveras County. Fire crews are released to other fires across the state. 18,000 acres have burned. 3,600 firefighters are still on scene.

      August 20, 1992

      Old Gulch Fire Day 5

      A firebreak is maintained at Hathaway Pines. Fire in Lakemont and Meadowmont are quenched. Fire is 80% contained. 17,000 acres have burned. 3,900 firefighters are on scene.

      August 19, 1992

      Old Gulch Fire Day 4

      Fire forks with one fork crossing Hwy 4 and burning 20 homes in Northwood and Mineral Mountain while the other fork burns towards Arnold’s Lakemont and Meadowmont subdivisions. Arnold area is evacuated. 40 miles of Hwy 4 is closed. 4,000 … Continue reading

      August 18, 1992

      Old Gulch Fire Day 3

      Fire headed towards Murphys and Avery. Residents are evacuated. A second evacuation center is opened in Sonora. 11,000 acres have burned and  2,300 firefighters are on scene.

      August 17, 1992

      Old Gulch Fire Day 2

      Fire burned 15,000 acres and 16 buildings. Communities of Sheep Ranch and Cave City are evacuated to Angels Camp. 2,300 firefighters are on the scene.

      August 16, 1992

      Old Gultch Fire Starts

      Wildfire began at approximately 5:03 pm 226 degrees from Blue Mountain. By morning 1,200 acres have burned and more than 1,000 firefighters are on scene.

      June 1, 1992

      EPFD Launches New Training Program

      EPFD Firefighter Intern Program started. The new program was adopted in order to better match contemporary training programs and usages across firefighting organizations. Program began with two Interns and continues to this day with the goal of maintaining six interns … Continue reading

      May 23, 1992

      EPFD Hosts Emergency Services Day

      EPFD organized an event to bring together the public and the County’s emergency responders. The event comprised of lectures, classes, equipment displays and demonstration events from 14 different organizations.

      April 1, 1992

      Fire Prevention Officer Hired

      EPFD hired Becky Hastings to serve part time in order to manage and promote the District’s fire prevention programs.

      1991
      December 1, 1991

      Board Member Takes Office

      Robert Olsen joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1995.

      October 28, 1991

      Calaveras Board of Supervisors Meets with EPFD to Address Growing Issue with Illegal Dumping in the District

       As the county landfill moved from Red Hill near Vallecito to the facility at Milton EPFD began to see a major increase in occurrences of illegal dumping of household, construction, and hazardous waste and especially yard waste. EPFD and other … Continue reading

      October 22, 1991

      New Fire Engine Placed into Service

      EPFD able to acquire 3rd fire engine within a few years.

      1990
      July 1, 1990

      EPFD Adopts New Patch Design

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District adopts a patch which was felt to better represent the district.

      June 29, 1990

      Ebbetts Pass Fire Fighter Association Donates Funds

      EPFD was able to purchase needed equipment and a support vehicle to better serve the community.

      April 4, 1990

      EPFD Participates in Special Training Drill

      15 fire departments and 120 firefighters took part in a special drill to practice fighting a liquid petroleum gas fire.

      1989
      December 7, 1989

      Ebbetts Pass Fire District Turns 25

      EPFD Celebrates It’s 25th Anniversary with a dinner dedicated to the men and women who served the Ebbetts Pass Fire District over the past 25 years.

      December 1, 1989

      Board Member Takes Office

      Lloyd McFarland joined board of directors and served until 7-31-1993.

      October 17, 1989

      EPFD Board of Directors Considered Possibility of Merger with Murphys Fire District

      The possibility of combining the fire districts was researched and seriously debated over the course of the next few years. The proposed merger failed to gain the necessary support to be completed and the project was abandoned in 1991.

      September 19, 1989

      EPFD Initiated Unimproved Lot Inspection and Enforcement Program

      Program allowed District to inspect and issue citations for properties who failed to meet local fire protection standards.

      June 20, 1989

      New Fire Chief is Appointed

      New Fire Chief is Appointed

      Warren Wilkes is formally appointed as Fire Chief.

      March 21, 1989

      Board Member Takes Office

      Joseph Cadorette joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1993.

      1988
      December 15, 1988

      EPFD Fire Chief Resigns and an Acting Fire Chief is Appointed

      Jim Rosbrook resigns as Fire Chief and Assistant Chief Warren Wilkes was appointed as Acting fire Chief.

      December 12, 1988
      November 1, 1988

      EPFD Board Implements New Employee Policy

      EPFD Board implemented new requirement that all paid firefighters become California certified fire officers.

      September 4, 1988

      Ebbetts Pass Firefighter’s Association Hold First Annual Raffle Fundraiser

      The Ebbetts Pass Firefighter’s Association decided to begin an annual fundraising raffle event.

      July 19, 1988

      Railroad Flat Fire

      This arson fire began on July 19, 1988 and burned 10,850 acres.

      1987
      December 1, 1987

      Board Member Takes Office

       Ehling Carlsen joined board of directors and served until 1-31-1995.

      December 1, 1987

      Board Member Takes Office

       Leonard Belben joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1991.

      January 1, 1987

      Board Member Takes Office

      Ward Redmond joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1987.

      1986
      August 19, 1986

      EPFD Considers Providing Ambulance Services

      The private ambulance company servicing the Ebbetts Pass area was having trouble meeting the requirements posed by a change in the Calaveras County ambulance ordinance. EPFD explored the possibility of providing ambulance services to the community. However, after a review … Continue reading

      August 14, 1986

      Ebbetts Pass Search and Rescue is No Longer Part of EPFD

      In order to provide better emergency services with greater efficiency and coordination, the Calaveras Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR), the Ebbetts Pass Fire Department SAR, and the Blue Mountain SAR were combined into a new organization called Calaveras County Search … Continue reading

      July 1, 1986

      EPFD Hires Assistant Fire Chief

      Warren Wilkes is hired as Assistant Fire Chief. Warren had been a dedicated volunteer firefighter since the early 1970’s.

      1985
      December 1, 1985

      Board Member Takes Office

      Mary Cunnington Joined board of directors and served until 12-31-1988.

      1983
      December 1, 1983

      Board Member Takes Office

      Robert D Harris joined board of directors and served until 12-31-1986.

      July 1, 1983

      EPFD Purchases New Engine

      EPFD Purchases Wildland Fire Response Fire Engine

      1982
      November 16, 1982

      EPFD Begins Developing 9-1-1 Response Program

      EPFD planned to cooperate with the CA Dept. of Forestry Service (CDF)  to handle receiving and routing emergency calls.

      July 1, 1982

      Additional Staff Added

      A second full-time firefighter was added to staff to improve service coverage.

      1981
      December 1, 1981

      EPFD Awarded ISO Rating of 5

      After an evaluation, the Insurance Services Office (ISO), the Ebbetts Pass Fire District was awarded a score of 5, which was the best score ever awarded to rural counties at the time

      December 1, 1981

      Board Member Takes Office

      Gene Spencer joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1995.

      August 1, 1981

      Board Member Takes Office

      Pete Daniels joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1989.

      July 1, 1981

      EPFD Hires a New Fire Chief

      Jim Rosbrook hired as Fire Chief.

      July 1, 1981

      Community Fire Prevention Programs Started in 1979 are Beginning to Show Results

      In the late 1970’s,  EPFD in conjunction with the CA Dept. of Forestry, began community programs aimed at educating our community regarding fire safety within the home as well as in regards to living in a forested area.

      June 17, 1981

      Board Member Takes Office

       Herb Scales joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1983.

      March 1, 1981

      Community Recognizes EPFD Staff and Volunteers

      An article was published in the local newspaper Sierra Sentinel News in March of 1981 celebrating the dedication of Ebbetts Pass firefighters to the community. Meet the 1981 staff, volunteers, and cadets.

      1980
      October 1, 1980

      Board Member Takes Office

        Paul Cyr joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1985.

        April 1, 1980

        Burn Permits are Available at EPFD for the First Time

        Burn permits were first required in 1965 according to Public Resource Code 4423. In 1980 EPFD partnered with the California Department of Forestry to offer another resource for residents to obtain burn permits.

        March 18, 1980

        Board Member Takes Office

         Robert Hash joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1981.

        1979
        December 1, 1979

        Board Member Takes Office

        Arthur E Schroeder joined the board of directors and served until 11-30-1987.

        July 1, 1979

        EPFD Appoints New Fire Chief

        William Driscoll hired as Fire Chief.

        July 1, 1979

        EPFD Appoints an Assistant Fire Chief

        Jim Rosbrook Hired as Assistant Fire Chief.

        July 1, 1979

        EPFD Began 24/7 Coverage for the Area

        Complete coverage for the fire district, 24 hour a day, seven day a week, began with one full-time firefighter stationed at Station 1 in Arnold.

        January 1, 1979

        EPFD Appoints an Interim Fire Chief

        Arthur Schroeder appointed Interim Fire Chief.

        1978
        December 1, 1978
        October 1, 1978

        Calaveras County Places Ambulance with EPFD

        California Department of Traffic Safety provided a free ambulance to Calaveras County as a grant for a portion of the year. After some debate the County placed the ambulance as a backup to private services available in the area as … Continue reading

        January 3, 1978

        Board Member Takes Office

        Neil Clark joined board of directors and served until 1-10-1980.

        January 3, 1978

        Board Member Takes Office

        Jack Kennedy joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1979.

        January 3, 1978

        Board Member Takes Office

        Ken Blitzer joined board of directors and served until 5-31-1981.

        1977
        December 1, 1977

        Board Member Takes Office

        Robert A Wagner joined board of directors and served until 08-19-1980.

        May 12, 1977

        Board Member Takes Office

         Blair White joined board of directors and served until 10-11-1977.

        1976
        July 6, 1976

        “Resusci-Anne” Gifted to EPFD from Auxiliary

        Women’s Auxiliary raised $300 to purchase a life size artificial respiration training dummy, “Resusi-Anne.” Prior to the donation, the district was required to borrow dummy from other agencies.  

        1975
        December 1, 1975

        Board Member Takes Office

         Keith Nutting joined board of directors and served until 4-12-1977.

        December 1, 1975

        Board Member Takes Office

        Larry Muetterties joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1977.

        January 1, 1975

        EPFD Appoints Interim Fire Chief

        Joe Roguski was appointed Interim Fire Chief.

        1974
        December 4, 1974
        June 1, 1974
        May 31, 1974
        1973
        December 1, 1973

        Board Member Takes Office

         Robert Kovacs joined board of directors and served until 6-30-1981.

        December 1, 1973

        Board Member Takes Office

        Harold Mosbaugh joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1977.

        November 15, 1973

        EPFD Appoints New Assistant Fire Chief

        Joe Roguski was hired as Assistant Fire Chief.

        January 1, 1973

        Board Member Takes Office

          Lawrence Campodonico joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1975.

        January 1, 1973

        EPFD Launches Cadet Program

        The Cadet Program, headed by Kelly Seitz, was created to promote fire service careers for high school students aged 14 to18.

        1972
        July 11, 1972

        Board Member Takes Office

        W. Robert Howard joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1973.

        July 1, 1972
        May 26, 1972

        Board Member Takes Office

         Larry Swanson and joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1979.

        May 1, 1972
        March 24, 1972
        1971
        September 14, 1971

        Board Member Takes Office

        Harold Herrick joined the board of directors and served until 5-16-1972.

        August 16, 1971
        April 10, 1971

        Board Member Takes Office

        Robert Jenkins joined board of directors and served until 12-1-1971.

        January 1, 1971

        Board Member Takes Office

        Joe Yonkers joined board of directors and served until 1972.

        1970
        December 8, 1970

        Fire Chief John George Retires, New Fire Chief Appointed

        John George retires as fire chief on December 8, 1970. Don Masters was then appointed Fire Chief.

        July 14, 1970

        Board Member Takes Office

        Frank Bennett joined board of directors and served until 11-30-1973.

        July 1, 1970

        First Paid Firefighter Was Hired

          Burel Ledbetter was hired as the first full-time paid fire fighter in the district.

          1969
          October 14, 1969

          Board Member Takes Office

          Robert Livingstone joined board of directors and served until 12-12-1972

          July 1, 1969
          April 13, 1969
          January 10, 1969
          1968
          December 1, 1968

          Original Station 2 Opened

          Original Station 2 opened near the Camp Connell Store

          September 15, 1968
          July 1, 1968

          Fire Chief becomes a Paid Position

          Fire Chief becomes a Paid Position

          John George Appointed as Fire Chief as a paid position.

          January 1, 1968

          Emergency Phone Number Established for EPFD

          Emergency Phone Number Established for EPFD

          Before the 911 emergency program began the Ebbetts Pass Fire District had a dedicated number to report emergencies. The phone number indicated in this article for non-emergency calls , 209-795-1646, has remained the main office phone number ever since.

          1967
          May 9, 1967
          May 1, 1967
          March 1, 1967
          1966
          December 31, 1966
          August 1, 1966
          June 12, 1966
          April 26, 1966

          Russell Beaty Appointed as Assistant Fire Chief

          Russell Beaty becomes EPFD’s Assistant Fire Chief and the first paid employee of the district.

          April 12, 1966

          Board Member Takes Office

          Len Rice joined board of directors and served until 7-11-1972.

          March 25, 1966
          1965
          November 23, 1965

          Julius Wixon Resigns as Fire Chief

          Julius Wixon Resigns as Fire Chief

          Julius Wixon resigns as Fire Chief. John George appointed Ebbetts Pass Fire District Fire Chief.

          November 9, 1965

          EPFD Began Operations

          EPFD was certified by the State of California and began providing Emergency Services so with an all volunteer staff and a used 1950 Ford F6 purchased for $750 from CalFire, the first Ebbetts Pass Fire District fire station was opened … Continue reading

          October 26, 1965

          Fire Chief & Assistant Fire Chief Appointed

          Fire Chief & Assistant Fire Chief Appointed

          Julius Wixon was appointed as the first EPFD Fire Chief. John George was appointed as the first Assistant Fire Chief. Original patch used by EPFD.

          July 26, 1965

          Ebbetts Pass Fire District becomes a Legal Entity

          Ebbetts Pass Fire District becomes a Legal Entity

          The new district was to serve 26 square miles from one mile above Murphys, CA to Meko Drive in Camp Connell, CA.

          January 20, 1965

          First Board of Directors was Appointed

            Hugh Preston served until 2-10-1970 Pete Bowman served until 3-25-1969 Ken Emerson served until 12-8-1970 Henry Gustafson until 11-30-1971   and Fred Kern served until 4-1-1966

            1964
            December 7, 1964

            Formation of Fire District

            Voters pass ballot measure to form Ebbetts Pass Fire Protection District.

            1950
            January 1, 1950

            Firefighting prior to EPFD 1950 to 1965

            Firefighting prior to EPFD 1950 to 1965

            After 1950 a fire engine was available in the area, however the engine was stored on a floating basis at various volunteers’ homes. Phone calls would need to be made to the individual volunteers in order to find out where … Continue reading

            1948
            January 1, 1948

            Firefighting prior to EPFD 1947 to 1948

            During this time period, six volunteers would respond to fires in the community with a 50 gallon drum with an attached outboard motor and a simple garden hose to direct water into the blaze.