Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District was formed in 1993 by a merger of the Cotati Fire Protection District and the Penngrove Fire Protection District. Located 10 miles south of Santa Rosa, CA, the District provides services to the Penngrove, Cotati, and unincorporated areas of Petaluma. We cover an emergency response area of roughly 86 square miles, and serve approximately 28,000 people.
Rancho Adobe protects this large area 24/7, operating from three strategically located stations: Station 1 at 1 East Cotati Avenue, Cotati; Station 2, at 11000 Main Street, Penngrove, and Station 3 at 99 Liberty School Road, Petaluma.
RAFPD is a combination fire district, with a full-time paid staff that is supplemented with part-time firefighters, and volunteer members of the community. Currently, there are 13 full-time Firefighters, Engineers and Captains, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 24 part-time Firefighters, one part-time Fire Chief, and an Administrative Manager.
In the first year after the merger, we received approximately 1,000 calls for service. In 2017, we responded to 2,750 calls for service, an increase of over 5% a year since 1993. The Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District supplements our workforce through automatic and mutual aid agreements with neighboring fire departments.
Over the years, the members of the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District have established themselves among their peers as a dedicated hard-working group of individuals delivering outstanding services to the community.
The district name was derived from the word “Rancho,” from the Rancho Cotati Land Grant in the City of Cotati and “Adobe,” from the Adobe Fort located within the Penngrove community.