Chief’s Welcome

Chief Zane

Welcome to the City of Woodland Fire Department (WFD) website!

 The WFD has a rich history build on more than 150 years of dedicated service to our community.  The Woodland Fire Department was founded in 1870, a year before the City itself was incorporated.  The Department started as a grass roots effort, as the citizens saw a need to protect their homes and businesses from the risk of fire.  

Although to this day we honor our rich history, we are also dedicated to keeping up with current trends, as we strive to provide service delivery that meets the needs of our growing community.

The Mission of the Woodland Fire Department is to preserve and improve the safety and welfare for all by:

  • Providing quality fire prevention and emergency services at a level defined and supported by the community.
  • Promoting community involvement on an individual and organizational level.
  • Providing an emphasis on partnerships for training, education and service delivery.
  • Planning for the City’s future emergency service needs.

The WFD is an “all risk” fire department, responding with a solution-oriented team of trained professionals equipped to meet a wide variety of challenges.  Our personnel are technically proficient in firefighting, emergency medical services, confined space, hazardous materials, technical rescues, and more.  With our ever-changing community needs, our personnel are now trained and equipped to respond with law enforcement into mass shooting events in order to quickly extricate victims, so they may be transported to hospitals for treatment.  The WFD is also expanding our use of technology, utilizing GIS to hone our response practices, and we are beginning to fly drones during incident response to gain intelligence, and provide scene management. 

Our personnel are committed to following the mission, vision, and values of the Woodland Fire Department to best serve our community.  Because our people are the Fire Department’s most important asset, we actively mentor and develop our personnel into leaders.  To assist in the training and development of our personnel we belong to the West Valley Regional Fire Training Consortium, a regional training group designed to enhance our partnerships through standardized training and operating guidelines.

In addition to providing a robust operational response, the Woodland Fire Department is responsible for conducting fire and life safety inspection in our businesses and schools, as well as reviewing plans for new construction in our community.  We take pride in working closely with our business owners and developers during the planning and inspection phases, working to ensure the Uniform Fire Code is followed, while taking into considerations aesthetics and costs of the project(s).  The Woodland Fire Department is also responsible for Emergency Management in our City.  Be it a large fire, earthquake, civil unrest, chemical release or a pandemic, our Department is responsible for the ongoing training and oversite of the City Emergency Operations Center, hazard mitigation, continuity of operations, and disaster recovery while working closely with the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services.  If you are not signed up to receive important emergency notifications please sign up at Yolo Alert.

It is an honor and privilege to serve our community as your Fire Chief, I am truly humbled by the opportunity.

Eric Zane, Fire Chief