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Ebbetts Pass Fire District Timeline
2009
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.

2001
October 5, 2001

Burel Ledbetter Passes Away

Burel Ledbetter Passes Away

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

1991
December 1, 1991

Board Member Appointed

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

1989
December 1, 1989

Board Member Appointed

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.

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 Appointed

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 Appointed

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

December 1, 1987

Board Member Appointed

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

January 1, 1987

Board Member Appointed

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 Appoints 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 Appointed

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

1983
December 1, 1983

Board Member Appointed

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 Appointed

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

August 1, 1981

Board Member Appointed

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

July 1, 1981

EPFD Appoints 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 Appointed

 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 Appointed

    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 Appointed

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

    1979
    December 1, 1979

    Board Member Appointed

    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 Appointed

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

    January 3, 1978

    Board Member Appointed

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

    January 3, 1978

    Board Member Appointed

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

    1977
    December 1, 1977

    Board Member Appointed

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

    May 12, 1977

    Board Member Appointed

     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 Appointed

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

    December 1, 1975

    Board Member Appointed

    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 Appointed

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

    December 1, 1973

    Board Member Appointed

    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 Appointed

      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 Appointed

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

    July 1, 1972
    May 26, 1972

    Board Member Appointed

     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 Appointed

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

    September 14, 1971

    Board Member Appointed

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

    August 16, 1971
    April 10, 1971

    Board Member Appointed

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

    January 1, 1971

    Board Member Appointed

    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 Appointed

    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 Appointed

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

      August 16, 1969
      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 Appointed

      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 served 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 A50 gallon drum with an attached outboard motor and a simple garden hose to direct water into the blaze.