Winters Fire Protection District
Fire Protection Districts Principle Abling Act §13800 et seq. Health And Safety Code
Special districts can be formed to provide fire protection and other emergency services in that community. Fire protection districts are formed under the Fire Protection District Law of 1987, streamlined by SB 515 from 1987. Powers and Functions: Provide fire protection and other emergency services. Formation: Any territory, whether incorporated or unincorporated, whether contiguous or non-contiguous, may be included. May be 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11 Directors (not to exceed 11), elected by resident voters to 4-year terms or appointed by the Board of Supervisors (and City Council where applicable) to fixed 4-year terms* *7, dependent upon the existence of cities within the district.
The Winters Fire Protection District (WFPD) was formed by resolution and first organized on May 20, 1930, and is an independent district governed by a Board of Commissioners, who meet quarterly to conduct business. The Winters Fire District contracts with the City of Winters for fire services and staffing. This cost-effective partnership eliminates duplication of services and achieves economies of scale. The day-to-day fire services are under the direction of the City of Winters. The employees and all assets of the Fire Department are a department within the City of Winters.
The Fire District meets annually with a subcommittee of the City Council in order to discuss, plan, and participate in the provision of fire services.
Winters Fire District Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Winters Fire District Service Area
The Winters Fire Protection District (WFPD) encompasses 86 square miles with approximately 2,000 residents. The land use is predominantly agricultural and commercial, mostly of scattered farms and ranches.
The western portion of the WFPD proceeds north of SR128 and west to the Monticello Dam at Lake Berryessa. Most of the land here is considered State Responsibility Area (SRA) land, CAL Fire is the State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection which is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) during wildland fires incidents. The northern portion of the WFPD extends from CR89 north to CR28. The eastern portion of the WFPD extends to CR92F and Russell Blvd and north on CR92E to CR28.
The Winters Fire Department provides fire protection services as the first responder under agreement with CAL Fire since we are the closest resource to the SRA land areas. Additionally, all other calls for service including Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are provided by the Winters Fire Department. American Medical Response provides for hospital transport of ill or injured patients within this area of Yolo County.