Pinole's Fire



July 2, 2019

The Pinole Fire Department wishes you a very happy and safe Fourth of July!
Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for a fun-packed, safe holiday.

July 2, 2019

Preparing for a Public Safety Power Shutoff

APPROVED PSPS Customer Resources Fact Sheet 20190628.pdf

 May 21, 2019

Dear Residents of Pinole:

Your Pinole Fire Department is inviting you to participate in our upcoming Fire Study Community Workshop!

What is it: Information about our Fire Services Delivery Study
When is it: May 29th, 2019
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Where is it: Pinole Youth Center, 635 Tennent Ave
Who is invited: Pinole Residents
Purpose: To share and solicit information to and from the Community about our Fire Service Delivery

Join us at this community meeting as part of the Fire Services Delivery Study. There will be an overview of our current Fire delivery model by Chief Kouns. The consultant will then gather information from the attendees on what we want to see as our Fire services.  There will be an interactive realtime survey, so bring your smart phone.  For those who cannot attend the meeting, you may provide the consultant with your thoughts directly by email.  Please send your ideas to Kurt Latipow at

This meeting is not a Council meeting, and the Council has been encouraged not to attend so that it will be an information gathering of community thoughts and ideas. The meeting will not be televised, as it is an informal session. We hope you can join us! 

May 20, 2019

The Fire Hazard Abatement Day was a success.  We saw a steady stream of residents dropping off their green waste in the form of weeds, tree trimmings, and bushes. This program could not have been as successful without the help of Fire Engineer Mike Crooks, our Public Works Crew (Robert, Jordon, and Nate) and the generous donation of time and recycle bins from Republic.  A big thanks to all of you who participated.  Residents of Pinole, thanks to your efforts we can look forward to a safer fire year!  Because of the success of this program, look forward to another day next year on:
May 17th, 2020


 program is developed to inform and enforce our current Weed “Hazard” Abatement program by encouraging our residents and property owners to remove weeds/brush and trim trees on their property. Signage around Pinole starts May 1st with May 31st as the Deadline for all property owners/residents to remove weeds & brush and trim trees on their property.

The Pinole Fire Department is pursuing our annual fire hazard reduction program, also known as our weed abatement program.  This program intends to greatly reduce the amount of available "fuel" within the community and thus reduce the possibility of a fire spreading from one property to another. Every year, fires threaten homes and properties as a result of unnecessary combustible debris and vegetation. It is every property owner’s ultimate responsibility to meet fire department requirements for managing and eliminating these fire hazards upon their property, regardless of property type; residential, commercial, or parcels of land.

The Pinole Fire Department requires weeds to be removed to within 3” off the ground and brush trimmed to provide a safety buffer of at least thirty (30) feet around any structure and one hundred (100) feet on a slope.  For most properties within the City, this means clearing the entire parcel.  Dead trees and fallen limbs also apply. Tree limbs must be trimmed no lower than 6' from the ground.  

If you have a particularly large parcel, you may provide the required clearance around the outer perimeter of your property (20 feet) as long as you also provide the minimum thirty (30) foot buffer around all other structures.  In many cases, your property lines may extend well past your fence.   This area is required to be abated as well.    Please attempt to determine the extent of your parcel and cooperate with your neighbors to clear areas that will provide mutual benefit.

All vegetation abatement must be completed by May 31st each year. Failure to remove hazardous vegetation puts you and your neighbors at risk!  If you have not cleared your property by the June 15th deadline, formal abatement procedures will be taken to include fees and penalties plus the cost of the abatement.

Thank you for your efforts in making Pinole a fire safe community. If you have any questions concerning fire safety, please call the Main Fire Department Office at (510) 724-8970 or e-mail your comments to the address shown above.

If you do receive a NOTICE OF VIOLATION for a Hazard "Weed" Abatement issue: take a before picture of your property, complete the abatement on your property and then email us before and after pictures of the work completed.  Don't forget to include the property owner’s name, address, and contact number.

Email to:

Lets make it a safe fire season, 

Fire Marshal

Message From Fire Chief Scott Kouns 

Thank you for visiting the Pinole Fire Department (PFD) website.  As a 30-year veteran of the Fire Service, it is an honor to lead such an esteemed fire department and an extraordinary community of over 18,000 residents, its business owners and visitors.  Established in 1903 and celebrating our 116th year in 2019, the Pinole Fire Department is one of the unique fire departments in the United States.

Our Mission:
  To Provide safety and welfare to the public through preservation of life, property, and the environment.

Our Core Values:  Duty, Respect, and Integrity

Today, the Department has 10 Firefighters working at Station 73 on 3 different shifts, A, B, & C.  This results in a minimum of 3 firefighters on-duty each day in the city. We have one Battalion Chief at Station 74 on the B shift.  We are authorized to have 14 total sworn firefighting positions, including the Fire Chief and Battalion Chief.  We are in the process of hiring 2 Firefighter Paramedics.  We have two civilian positions for a total of 16 PFD employees. The two civilian positions are a Management Analyst and a Fire Prevention Inspector.  The staff of the Pinole Fire Department takes great pride in delivering a wide variety of services to residents and visitors of Pinole.

Currently, services are delivered through three Divisions within the Pinole Fire Department:

  1. Administrative services provide for overall Department management, to include: budgeting; short, mid and long-term planning; public and inter-agency relations; policy development; citywide emergency management; support services; and infrastructure management. Additionally, the information services, technical service needs, and fire shop oversight fall within the purview of this division.
  2. Emergency Operations: Emergency Response in Firefighting, EMS, Hazardous Materials, and Rescue. In 2017, our Department responded to more than 2500 calls for service. The majority of these calls were emergency incidents, with 66 of them being fires, resulting in a total of over $3 million in fire loss.  All firefighting equipment and personal protective equipment oversight are managed from this division. 
  3. Fire Prevention Division: Provides fire code enforcement, inspection services, issues fire permits, fire plan checks, and assists with weed abatement and educational outreach program. 

The Pinole Fire Department Administration and Station 73 share the Public Safety Building with the Police Department.  Tours of the facility are given by appointment.

The priority of the Pinole Fire Department is to keep Pinole residents and visitors safe; but we don't just respond to calls in Pinole.  When needed, we respond to calls in the surrounding cities of Hercules, Rodeo, San Pablo, Richmond, El Sobrante, Crockett, Briones Park, and occasionally other areas of the county, and these agencies come into Pinole as well. Pinole is part of a Battalion 7 agreement, which combines Hercules, Rodeo, San Pablo, El Sobrante, and Pinole into one Battalion to cover command and control functions.  

Emergency: Call 911

Fax: 510-724-8972



  • Fire Department 
  • 880 Tennent Ave Pinole, CA 94564 
  • Phone: (510) 724-8974 
  • Fax: (510) 724-8972 
  • Email:
  • Department Head's Name: Scott Kouns, Fire Chief