2009 History

Chiefs

Chief: Tom Grinsell
Asst. Chief: Mike Thomas
Asst. Chief: Dennis DelBiaggio

Fireman of the Year: Byran McWaters

Company 1

  • Capt. Don Bowen
  • Lt. Matt Knowles
  • Ryan Griggs
  • Randy Lorenzo
  • Blake Nilsen
  • Brian Renner
  • John Snyder
  • Andy Titus

Company 2

  • Capt. Leo Basler
  • Lt. Travis Grinsell
  • Tim Cooney
  • Daniel DelBiaggio
  • Daniel DelBiaggio, Jr.
  • Jerry Lema
  • Jason Queen
  • Jack Smith
  • Josh Smith

Company 3

  • Capt. Byran McWaters
  • Lt. Doug Brown
  • Brett Boynton
  • Jif D'Aguanno
  • Tom Ford
  • Brian Morrison
  • John Miller
  • Travis O'Connell
  • Terry O'Reilly

Company 4

  • Capt. Troy Land
  • Lt. Manuel Enos
  • Tyson Boynton
  • Aaron Paine
  • Robert McInroy
  • Justin Moranda
  • Rick Nicholson
  • Nick Twight

Note: All of the galleries here may also be accessed at http://history.ferndalefire.org. At that web site you can order prints, as well as items such as T-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, etc. with your favorite photos. The photos have also been indexed so you can search for photos that feature your favorite firefighter or apparatus.

2/7/2009 - Fortuna Training Burn

Fortuna, Ferndale, Rio Dell and Loleta fire departments all participated in a training burn at a house near the intersection of highways 101 and 36.

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2/15/2009 - Firemen's Games

The annual games on Main Street. In the hose relay, Company 2 beat Company 1 by a 1/10 of a second, Company 4 cooked the hamburgers.

Place Hose Lay Buckets Water Polo
First Co. 2 Co. 3 Co. 3
Second Co. 1 Co. 1 Co. 2
Third Co. 3 Co. 4 Co. 1
Fourth Co. 4 Co. 2 Co. 4
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2/15/2009 - Annual Dinner

Awards for the games were handed out, and the 2008 Fireman of the Year award was presented to Matt Knowles.

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6/27/2009 - Enos Brush Fire

A power line fell off of an insulator and sparked a brush fire at George Enos' property. FVFD and CDF responded.

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8/28/2009 - CFMA Fire Muster

Ferndale hosted another CFMA Fire Muster at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds the weekend of August 28-29.

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12/6/2009 - Putting Lights Up

On a clear, but very cold morning, FVFD put the lights up on America's tallest living Christmas tree.

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11/2009 to 2/2010 - Annex Construction

With the purchase of the Peterbilt Tender 6, FVFD had officially outgrown even the expanded hall. Fortunately with Nilsen's move to the end of town, the lot where their old barn was became available, conveniently located across the street from the 1915 fire hall. Now FVFD dominates both sides of Brown St.

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