Welcome to the Fig Garden Fire Protection District
The Fig Garden Fire Station is located at 4537 N. Wishon and has been in operation for over 72 years. It is currently staffed with 3 professional firefighters 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, utilizing Engine 20.
These firefighters are also Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and respond to medical emergencies. It’s important to understand that E20 (firefighters) responds with American Ambulance because a minimum of four personnel are needed to mitigate medical emergencies with the highest probability of a positive outcome.
Additionally, the Fig Garden Fire Protection District (FGFPD) was recently evaluated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). ISO provides fire Class ratings to insurance companies who set the rates for residential and commercial properties. Based on the current Fig Garden Fire Station and Adjacent Fresno City Fire stations (and agreements), the FGFPD improved its Class rating from a Class 3 to a Class 2 Fire District.
Fire Chief’s Message
Kerri L. Donis, Fire Chief Fresno Fire Department
The Fig Garden area has a long history of community and pride with a 73-year history of its local fire station (located at 4537 N. Wishon.) The station is currently staffed with three professional firefighters 365 days-a-year/14 hours-a-day utilizing Engine 20 (E20).
These firefighters are also Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and respond to medical emergencies. It’s important to understand that the fire fighters of E20 respond with American Ambulance because a minimum of four personnel are needed to mitigate medical emergencies with the highest probability of a positive outcome.
Additionally, the Fig Garden Fire Protection District (FGFPD) was recently evaluated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) which provides first-class ratings to insurance companies; in turn, these insurance companies set the rates for residential and commercial properties. Based on the current Fig Garden Fire Station, and adjacent Fresno City Fire Stations (and agreements), the FGFPD improved its class rating from a Class 3 to a Class 2 Fire District.
I am proud to serve as the Fire Chief and lead the firefighters who stand ready to assist the Fig Garden community and all those who require emergency response.
Kerri L. Donis, Fire Chief
About the District
The District fire station houses a 2003 Smeal fire engine. The Smeal is equipped with a 1500 gallon per minute Hale pump and a 720 gallon water tank.
The apparatus bay door has been rewired to include an emergency generator used during power outages to the area. The door is very heavy and it takes an unacceptable length of time to open manually. In order to maintain response time objectives, the door can now be opened by use of the generator.
The station living quarters continue to undergo remodeling and renovation work. A washer / dryer has been installed in the exercise area behind the apparatus bay allowing the firefighters the ability to launder their day uniforms, bed linens, and towels on site. Bunker gear is sent to fire station 11 at Fresno and Wrenwood for laundering/extraction. The bunker gear storage area will be outfitted with Gear Grid storage systems
The exercise area has received a rubberized sports floor to better accommodate the exercise machines and free weights. The Captain’s bathroom has been expanded to make room for a new shower, lav, and sink with vanity.
The last round of renovations included handicap accessibility to the station office and meeting room. The plans for the remodel work were contracted through Dale Rutherford, A.I.A. Architecture & Planning.
Fire Protection District History
The Fig Garden Fire Protection District was formed in 1942 to provide needed structural fire protection to an almost fully developed residential area comprised primarily of the Forkner Tract. The District, approximately one square mile in size, is bounded, generally, by Shaw Avenue on the north, Maroa on the east, the Herndon Canal on the south, and Palm Avenue on the west. A three-member Board of Directors governs the District. The current directors are Louis Linney, Larry Fortune, and a currently vacant seat.
During 1942, a fire station was built at its present location of 4537 N. Wishon. That station consisted of one room living quarters and a garage with a gravel floor and driveway. In the beginning, the District was completely staffed by volunteers.
In the early 1950’s the district hired a full-time professional staff and relied decreasingly on volunteers. By 1956, the district had evolved to a current two-crew operation. Along the way, improvements were made to the station, often by the crews who worked there. A larger garage was built in front of the original garage (now the hose room), separate barracks for A and B shifts were built on either side of the garage, and a chief’s residence was built on the southeastern portion of the property.
Calls for Service Yearly
Our Board MembersAnd Other Contacts
My wife Tracy and I moved to Fig Garden almost 24 years ago. We closed escrow on our house the day our eldest child Jared was born; December 15th, 1992. Through my involvement with FGFPD I have had the opportunity to meet more people and become more involved with the Fig Garden neighborhood than ever before and I have enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Bio coming soon.
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