Who We Are
The Department provides a multitude of emergency and non-emergency services to the community. Services include: fire prevention and suppression, emergency medical assistance, rescue, public assistance, fire menace standby, safety inspections, and review of building plans for compliance with applicable codes and ordinances.
The two City fire stations, located at 317 North Lake and 200 South Schnoor, are staffed 24 hours a day. The Fire Department staffs two fire engines and one mini-pumper. One reserve fire engine is maintained and staffed as needed by the Volunteer Fire Fighters, who protect the City in a team effort along with the paid force. The devotion of these individuals to their twice monthly drills, and responses to emergencies at any time, make them America’s true heroes.
Meet the Chief
Chief Nancy Koerperich began her career in 1983 with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the Tehama-Glenn Unit of Northern California. While working for CDF as a seasonal, she worked year-round with Red Bluff City Fire as a Firefighter/Engineer Reserve. Nancy attended Shasta College in Redding for her Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Technology. During her career she has worked in the Tulare, Santa Clara, and Nevada-Yuba-Placer Units, as a Fire Apparatus Engineer and Fire Captain in both wildland and municipal fire suppression, Fleet maintenance, Training and the Emergency Command Center. In 2000, she promoted to Battalion Chief at the CAL FIRE Academy, in Ione, and held the positions of Basic Fire Control Coordinator, Structure Fire Battalion Chief, and Division Chief, Director of Fire Training. 2008 she transferred to the San Luis Obispo Unit as the Administrative Officer before promoting to Deputy Chief – Command & Control in Sacramento in 2010. In May 2011, Chief Koerperich came to the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit as our Unit Chief. As the Unit Chief, she serves the cities and counties of the Unit as a Fire Chief for several agencies, including The City of Atwater, City of Livingston, County of Merced, County or Madera and our fine city of Madera. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety & Emergency Management.
In her roles of fire suppression and administration Nancy had been assigned as a Deputy Finance Section Chief on CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 8 since 2007 and has worked in numerous positions in the Finance Section for the past 33 fire seasons.