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.
Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department
111 Trinity Vista Rd.
PO Box 191
Trinity Center, CA 96091
Trinity Center VFD has its own facebook page!
The 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.
Chief: Steve Renten
Assistant Chief and Medical Director:
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
Listen to the entire "Rural Health" interview series at
http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201007222000. The series is very well done.
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
Adopted official documents of the Department
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