Message From the Chief
The South Placer Fire District is a team of 40+ highly trained and dedicated professionals who are committed to the well being of the community. With the assistance of the Board of Directors, public safety will always be a priority in
the South Placer Fire District.
We currently staff five fire stations in Granite Bay and Loomis. Operations personnel provide Advance Life Support and transportation, Fire Suppression, and Rescue/Special Operations services.
The South Placer Fire District has served the community of Granite Bay and portions of Loomis, Penryn, and Newcastle since 1952. We are proud of our
organization and uncompromising “commitment to community.”
Lawrence Bettencourt, Fire Chief
The District is a tax supported governmental agency that
provides service to the local community and other
surrounding communities under local agreements and the
California Sate Mutual Aid Plan. The District also
supports the state wide mutual aid system by staffing a
State Of California Office Of Emergency Services Engine.
The District is a valuable part of the Placer County
strike team deployment plan. District Administrators
have served as local area coordinators, strike team
leaders, strike team assistants participated on State
organized management teams and have sent emergency
equipment to incidents all over the State of California
and surrounding States.
A five-member Fire District Board of Directors elected to serve four-year terms governs the South Placer Fire District.
Apparatus includes four Type 1 Engines, two Type 3 Wildland
Engines, two Brush Units, Light Rescue Unit, Quint Ladder
Truck, Water Tender, Mobile Air Unit, two Transporting
Ambulances, two Utility Trucks and four Staff Vehicles.
Located in beautiful Northern California, Placer County is just 80 miles northeast of San Francisco and 20 miles west of Reno. The County is made up of three distinct regions, the Gold Country, the High Country, and the Valley.
There are five cities within the County, and over 30 miles of shoreline at Lake Tahoe. South Placer is located in the Valley area, in the southeast corner of unincorporated Placer County, and includes the upscale community of Granite Bay. Located in close proximity to the Sacramento International Airport in the State Capitol, South Placer is at the base of the Sierra Foothills and borders the Folsom Lake State Park.
Two-thirds of the area is relatively flat, and approximately one-third of the area is located on the east side of the Auburn Folsom Road Corridor and borders Folsom Lake. The area transitions from flatlands, sprawling oak trees, rolling foothills and steep inclines, into Folsom Lake State Park.
The community has seen steady population growth in the past 15 years. The District currently serves over 26,100 residents. The population of South Placer is anticipated to be 34,330 at full build-out in this rapidly developing area. The area is evenly divided between suburban and wildland areas, and mostly comprised of large-scale estates and ranch properties with many subdivisions, including wildland interface subdivisions and medium-scale retail shopping areas. The current average home is 6,110 square feet, with several homes over 15,000 square feet.
The commercial building growth has been slower than the residential growth. South Placer has two water treatment plants, five elementary schools, one junior high school, one high school, one regional church, one 90-unit assisted living facility, as well as twelve retail commercial areas.
The Valley area of Placer County offers outstanding opportunities for recreational activities such as boating, water skiing, fishing, horseback riding and camping. Lake Tahoe is a two-hour drive into the High Country, where there are nine world-class ski resorts including Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar-at-Tahoe, offering snowmobiling, snowboarding, ice skating, downhill and cross-country skiing, and sledding in both winter and spring. Mountain biking on the American River Trail as well as back roads, flats and hills and hiking the County’s many Sierra trails and three state parks are also favorite activities for both visitors and residents alike.
Community activities in South Placer and the surrounding areas include: Gold Rush Days in Auburn, the Tahoe International Film Festival in Squaw Valley USA, the Bass Fishing Tournament at Folsom Lake, the Summerfest Microbrew Tasting event in Roseville, the annual Sacramento Jazz Festival and the California State Fair.
One of the most important resources of Placer County is its strong education system, which is provided through a network of public and private schools. The region’s primary and secondary students have regularly outscored or performed to similar California students as a whole. Eureka Union Elementary and Roseville Joint Union High School Districts are noted as among the largest, best and fastest growing school districts in the area. Higher education is available from a variety of institutions throughout the area. Nationally recognized Sierra College offers general education, pre-professional and technical education courses on its 240-acre campus in Rocklin, as well as its 105-acre Sierra Nevada County campus in Grass Valley, and a center in Roseville. In addition to the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento; five community colleges; the University of California, Berkeley; and Stanford University are within a three-hour distance from Placer County.
Placer County is served by three high-quality, comprehensive area hospitals, including Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, and Sutter Roseville Medical Center with a 24-hour Emergency Department and Trauma Center.