Groveland entered a new era this morning when it comes to fire protection.
As reported last week, Groveland Fire has joined forces with CAL Fire and Tuolumne County Fire as part of a new partnership agreement. The change took effect at 8am this morning.
The Groveland Community Services District started to look for ways to restructure the department after voters shot down a fire tax proposal in June of last year. The Groveland Fire Department serves approximately 15 square miles, including Pine Mountain Lake, Big Oak Flat and Groveland. The district responds to around 500 service calls annually.
The photo, provided by CAL Fire Battalion Chief Barry Rudolph, was taken this morning when the transition took effect. It features (L-R) Gary Mello-General Manager GCSD, John Gray-Tuolumne County Supervisor District 4, Chris Goodnight- Fire Apparatus Engineer, Jacob Rule-Fire Captain and Jon Rock-Fire Captain. Other Groveland Firefighters not pictured, but also now CAL FIRE employees, are Fire Apparatus Engineers Matthew Burton and Joseph Hall.
An open house is being planned for April 16th at the Fire Station.