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Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department

The Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department is staffed by volunteers, that is, no one receives compensation for serving. The department is managed by a volunteer Fire Chief, an Assistant Chief, and three Captains.

Mailing address:

Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department
111 Trinity Vista Rd.
PO Box 191
Trinity Center, CA 96091

EMERGENCY: 911
Firehouse: 530-266-3420

Trinity Center VFD has its own facebook page!


TCVFD membersThe Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department members left to right: Duke Kneaper, Tom Dinsmore, Dwight Stewart, Junior Firefighter Wyatt Kneaper, Chuck Tibbets, MaryAnn Bunce, Bob Bryant, Martie Mullen, Steve Renten, Chief Ken Rieke, Mike McHugh. Not pictured: Glen Ahmann, Ann Bryant, Jim Heinig. The staff is pictured with the new ambulance.


TCVFD Officers

Chief: Steve Renten

Assistant Chief and Medical Director:
    Bob Bryant

Captain: Mike McHugh

Listen to KQED's interview with Trinity Center and Coffee Creek VFDs as part of KQED's Rural Health in Northern California series. (Click on the arrow "play" button)

KQED's Scott Shafer pays a visit to the Trinity Center VFD to talk with firefighters who serve as the first (and often only) line of defense against fires, injuries and emergency health problems. Guests: Brian Bogdanich, Ken Rieke, and Roger Chatterton

KQED, Trinity Center, Coffee Creek

Listen to the entire "Rural Health" interview series at http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201007222000. The series is very well done.


TCVFD Funding
The Trinity Center VFD is a department of the Trinity Center Community Services District (TCCSD). The TCCSD provides the majority of the department's operations funding. The TCCSD is allocated a percentage of the total secured and unsecured property tax receipts of Trinity County. Approximately 0.46% of the county's tax proceeds is allocated to TCCSD. After state holdbacks amounting to a whopping 25% of TCCSD's revenue allocation, the district receives approximately $55,000 in tax revenue.

In addition to the TCVFD, the TCCSD maintains the district's fire hydrants and street lights. These items consume about $20,000 per year, leaving some $30,000 to $35,000 for the TCVFD's operating budget.

While TCVFD's operating expenses are funded by the district, most capital improvements are funded through fundraising and grants. The North Lake communities are very generous and TCVFD fundraising events are typically very successful. TCVFD events include the biennial Rummage Sale, Firehouse Open Houses, and Pancake Breakfasts. These events are typically put on by the TCVFD Auxiliary. Additionally, fundraising for the TCVFD occurs at the Trinity Lake Fest and other area events.

The Trinity Center VFD Auxiliary plays a major role in fundraising for the department. The Auxiliary is committed to helping provide the equipment and facilities the department needs to operate. See the Auxiliary website.

Following are some of the items that the department has purchased with grants:

  • Engine #1134 ($98,000 of the $141,000 price)
  • mobile radios in vehicles
  • handheld radios and pagers
  • structural turnouts, including jackets, pants, boots, helmets, masks, suspenders, gloves, and face shields
  • wildland turnouts, including jackets, pants, boots, helmets, NOMEX hoods, goggles, and gloves
  • vehicle stabilization equipment
  • SCBA (breathing) units
  • thermal imaging camera

TCVFD ISO PPC Classification - 5/9
The TCVFD has an ISO rating of "5/9" (read "5 slash 9"). Classifications are on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is best and 10 means there is no creditable fire protection. ISO is focused solely on structure fire protection, and in determining the protection classification applicable to a neighborhood, or an isolated structure, they consider any structure further than five road miles from a fire station too far to be saved in the event of a catastrophic fire.

TCVFD's Class 5 rating applies to all properties within five road miles of the Trinity Center fire station and within 1,000 feet of a creditable hydrant or alternate water supply. This includes the Trinity Center subdivision, Trinity Meadows, Northwood Estates, Trinity Knolls and KOA.

Class 9 applies to properties beyond 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant, but within five road miles of the fire station. Properties beyond five road miles from the fire station are Class 10.

The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a commercial company that provides statistical information and other services to the insurance industry. Many years ago, ISO created its Public Protection Classification (PPC) program to provide a rating system for fire departments. Their theory is that insurability of a property is directly related to many factors, one of which is the availability and capability of a local fire department.

ISO sends a comprehensive questionnaire, and schedules a site visit by an auditor, to measure the capabilities of a department. Trinity Center VFD has scored well for many years, providing a Class 5/9 rating to local properties. The most recent audit was conducted in 2011-2012. Click here forthe letter from ISO confirming our classification rating.

For more information about the ISO PPC program, please visit the ISO Mitigation website.


TCVFD Annual Reports
The Department Chief presents the annual VFD report at the January TCCSD meetings. Click below for the PDF files.

  • 2016 Annual Report
  • 2015 Annual Report
  • 2010 Annual Report
  • 2009 Annual Report
  • 2008 Annual Report
  • 2007 Annual Report
  • 2001 Annual Report
  • 2000 Annual Report
  • 1999 Annual Report

  • TCVFD Documents
    Adopted official documents of the Department

  • Constitution
  • By-Laws

  • TCVFD Chiefs

  • Steve Renten, 2015 -
  • Kenny Rieke, 2010 - 2015
  • Roger Chatterton, 2007 - 2010
  • Dick Hamilton, Oct 7, 1966 - 2007
  • John Root, Feb 15, 1966 - Oct 7, 1966
  • J.D. Guice, 1961 - 1966
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    Trinity Center VFD
    Emergency: 911
    Firehouse: 530-266-3420
    Info: 530-598-8956

    Coffee Creek VFD
    Emergency: 911
    Firehouse: 530-266-3955
    Info: 530-266-3410

    Mountain Community Medical Services (Trinity Hospital)
    Weaverville
    Emergency: 911
    Tel: 530-623-5541

    Trinity County Sheriff
    Emergency: 911
    Tel: 530-623-8127

    Trinity Center Mutual Water Company
    Tel: 530-266-3350

    Trinity Knolls Mutual Water Company
    Tel: 530-266-3504

    Coffee Creek Acres Mutual Water Company
    Tel: 530-266-3255

    Seymour Water District
    Tel: 530-266-3805

    Treasure Creek Woods Mutual Water Company
    Tel: 530-266-3286

    Covington Mill Mutual Water Company
    Division A (Covington Mill)
    Tel: 530-286-2624

    Covington Mill Mutual Water Company
    Division B (Lake Forest)
    Tel: 530-286-2232 or
    707-839-4527

    Trinity Public Utility District
    Tel: 800-968-7783

    Trinity County Solid Waste
    Tel: 530-623-1326 x108
    Snow line x199

    TDS Telecom
    Tel: 800-358-3648

    Trinity Center CSD
    Tel: 530-266-3569

    Trinity Center Post Office
    Tel: 530-266-3455

    Trinity Center Library
    Tel: 530-266-3242

    North Trinity Lake Improvement Association
    Tel: 530-266-3807

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