FVFD joined the world wide web with a site designed and donated by Company 1 member Matt Knowles.

The 1984 Chevrolet R4 was replaced by the 2003 Ford F-550 R4 that provided comfortable seating for 5 and much more storage space for medical and rescue gear.



Company 2 got a new engine, a 2005 Spartan. The old 1977 International/Howe was sold to a private party.



FVFD volunteers start receiving call notifications through text messages on their phones, providing more redundancy with the siren, and pagers.


The Candystick fire, on Sept. 18 was the worst Main Street fire in decades. With mutual aid support from Fortuna, Loleta, Eureka and Cal-Fire, we were able to contain the fire to the Candystick building, and stopped its spread into other historic buildings on Main St. Much of the front facade of the building was saved, and FVFD member Marc Daniels helped restore the building back to its former look. The fire caused a small amount of damage to The Palace, and that gave the owners the opportunity to remove the asbestos siding and restore the gingerbread to its facade as well.

Other major calls during 2008 were a house fire on 5th Street, an RV crash out in Capetown, and a barn fire on Crosby Lane that was suspected to be the work of an arsonist.


In August, Ferndale hosted another CFMA Fire Muster at the fairgrounds.

At the end of the year FVFD broke ground on the new annex building across from the hall, taking over the space where the old Nilsen warehouse stood.