The Novato Fire District — Origins

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The Novato Fire District — Origins


The Novato Fire Protection District is a separate governmental unit        established on July 6, 1926, as an independent Special District of the State of California. The purpose of the District is to provide all-risk emergency and non-emergency services to the City of Novato and the surrounding unincorporated area.



The City of Novato and surrounding unincorporated area is approximately 71 square miles with an estimated population of 65,000. A five-person Board of Directors elected by the citizens for four-year terms governs the District.

Station 1, circa 1962








The District’s legal authority and responsibilities are contained in the State of California Health and Safety Code under    the “Fire Protection District Law of 1987.”

The Novato Fire District authorizing statute information can be found here: CA Health and Safety Code 13800.

Novato Fire District Authorizing Statute document

District Map 

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