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Visalia Fire Department Information

On July 4, 1869 the Visalia Fire Department was formed. Over 146 years later the Visalia Fire Department serves and protects the lives of approximately 130,700 people who call Visalia and the surrounding area their home.

The Fire Department protects the citizens from six stations located throughout the city. Five of these fire stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by firefighters who are prepared to handle any emergency. Fire suppression efforts are handled by four Pierce fire engines and a 105 foot Pierce aerial truck as the front-line equipment. Each apparatus is staffed with a minimum of three firefighters.

is located in the southern San Joaquin Valley, 40 miles south of Fresno and 72 miles north of Bakersfield, and 5 miles east of Highway 99 on Highway 198. Visalia is fortunate to be known as the Gateway to the Sequoias, with the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains just 50 miles to the east. Having Sequoia Park
within an hour's drive, gives the citizens of Visalia many opportunities for outdoor activities among the beautiful giant sequoia trees.

Visalia Demographics:

Area served: 35 square miles

Population: approx. 130,700

Department Profile:

Uniformed Personnel 76
Non-uniformed Personnel 7
Total on Duty Strength 26


Fire Stations: 6 


Fire Apparatus:

Fire Engines 6
Ladder Trucks 1
Hazardous Materials Response Vehicle 1
Reserve Fire Engines 5
Reserve Ladder Trucks 2


Every Visalia Firefighter is not only trained in fire suppression, but all Firefighters are certified at a minimum as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).  Additionally, all fire units are staffed with at least one paramedic. With the location of our fire stations, firefighters are able to respond to any emergency in the city within minutes.

With all the hazardous materials being transported on today's roadway, it is frightening to imagine an accident involving one of these vehicles. Every day vehicles transport everything from pesticides to pool chemicals. If an accident were to occur in Tulare or Kings Counties, it would be the responsibility of the Visalia Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Response Team to ensure the welfare and safety of those in danger. 

In addition to providing emergency aid to those in need, the Visalia Fire Department is active in the prevention of fires by providing the public with fire prevention education.

It is the goal of the Visalia Fire Department to provide the highest level of service to those whose lives and property we protect.

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