1928 - On May 11, 1928, the Ventura County Fire Protection District (VCFPD) is established. Walter Emerick is appointed as the Fire Warden (Fire Chief). Fire headquarters is located at 845 E. Santa Barbara St. in Santa Paula. The building is still in use as the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner's Office.
Chiefs - Ventura County Fire Department
First Fire Stations
1928 - Santa Paula (also headquarters), located at 845 E. Santa Barbara St. in Santa Paula.
1931 - Piru, located on Market St.
1930 - Ventura, a temporary station near Ventura Ave. is established in a Shell Oil facility. In 1932, the permanent station at 113 E. Vince St. (east of Ventura Ave.) outside the Ventura city limits is completed.
1931 - Port Hueneme, a "fire garage" is established at Market St. A permanent station is constructed at 304 Second St. in 1948.
1932 - Thousand Oaks, a fire engine is delivered to a station built at the Lion Farm (later known as Jungleland) that is currently the site of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. In 1942, a temporary station is established at Lake Sherwood. A permanent station is constructed in 1949, along with a new station on Erbes Rd. to replace the Jungleland station.
1935 - Camarillo, the first fire engine in Camarillo is stored in the Knob Hill Garage at 2401 Ventura Blvd. In 1941, Adolfo Camarillo donates the land and building for a permanent station on Ventura Blvd. near Fulton St.
1937 - Simi Valley, a permanent station is constructed south of Los Angeles Ave. at Fourth St. and Pacific Ave.
1938 - Oak View, a Chevrolet flatbed truck with a 300-gallon water tank and a 500 gpm pump is delivered to Oak View. A two-stall station is built on Kunkle St. in 1948.
Today - The Ventura County Fire Protection District staffs 32 full-time fire stations in six cities and rural areas throughout the county.
Yesterday and Today
The 1928 Fire Season
In unincorporated Ventura County:
Fires: 37 - including six structures and 2,820 acres of vegetation.
The 2015 Fire Year
Calls for service: +40,100 - including +1,245 fires, +28,900 emergency medical service, +2,700 rescues.
Budget: $131 million.
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VCFD First Fire Station and Headquarters
Santa Barbara Street in Santa Paula
VCFD Ventura Avenue Fire Station 24
1948 Fire Engine
VCFD First Ladder Truck
Thousand Oaks First Fire Station