Step Up

Your donations to the Step Up program will be used for collateral items (i.e., T-shirts, backpacks, etc.), venue rental, event food, printing, speakers' fees, awards, materials, and other items associated with Step Up—a movement to encourage youth to participate in extracurricular activities, foster positive associations, and connect to constructive social networks.

Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF)

SPTF envisions a county without suicide and aims to accomplish this by implementing a full range of strategies, starting from prevention and early intervention. Your donations to the SPTF will help increase prevention and early intervention services, and help our community members better understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide risk.

At-Risk Youth (Human Services)

The funds donated to the Human Services At-Risk Youth fund benefit youth who are participating in an employment program and working to make the transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency. This program helps youth in need of emergency monies for necessities such as transportation, work apparel, utilities, medical, dental, and prescription expenses.

Veterans Services

Contributing toward the support of our local veterans through the VSO General Fund is a great opportunity for the members of the community to give back and thank veterans for their services.

Homeless Fund

Donations to the Homeless Fund will help supply toiletries, clothing, identification card/application fees, furnishings, or cooking utensils/appliances, or may fund expenses like a utility bill or car repair for those experiencing, at risk for, or exiting homelessness.

K/T AAA - Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging

The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging helps provide programs and activities for local senior citizens, from arts and crafts to Medicare counseling, line dancing to home-delivered meals. Your donations to the Area Agency on Aging will help us continue to provide a wide range of services and activities to encourage older Americans to remain healthy, active, and involved in the community.

Tulare County Parks–Lily Pond

For more than five decades the Lily Pond was a popular water feature in Mooney Grove Park. Due to the increasing cost of repair and maintenance over time, the Lily Pond is been non-functional for the past 15 years. To avoid demolition and to honor the history of the Lily Pond, the County is seeking donations from the community to help repair and restore the Lily Pond.

Celebrating 15 Years, Fire Department Continues to Answer the Call for Tulare County

The Tulare County Fire Department celebrated its 15th anniversary on July 1, 2022. We have 26 stations throughout the county that are staffed with Tulare County employees and one community-staffed station in Kennedy Meadows. We have applied for the SAFER Grant, which will allow for an additional 12 full-time positions. This will enable us to provide the communities in Tulare County with the prompt and caring service they are accustomed to from our department.

We average 15,000 calls for service per year. As an agency, we respond to all calls within the county of Tulare. This means that we respond not only to fires, but also to medical aids, vehicle accidents, public assistance requests, and hazardous materials incidents. Our Emergency Dispatchers receive calls for several other local agencies and dispatch calls for those agencies in addition to the calls for our department. This year we were able to open the new co-located Tulare County Dispatch Center. The Tulare County Fire Department and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office are now under one roof. This will help communication to flow as seamlessly as possible during emergencies. The Tulare County Dispatch Center is now in the same building as the Emergency Operations Center, as well. This is a huge achievement for the County and will make it much easier to manage large-scale events.

The Fire Department trains employees to respond to Hazardous Materials, Swift Water, Low Angle Rope Rescue (LARRO), and Technical Rescues, in addition to the more “typical” calls that the firefighters see each day. In 2021, the department also received pet oxygen masks for each station so that we may care not only for the people within the county but the family pets, as well. Our department currently has 62 apparatus that it uses to respond to emergencies. We have seven water tenders, two trucks, two rescue units, 16 Type 6 Patrols, and 35 engines.

In addition to responding to the emergency needs of the citizens of Tulare County, our department also focuses on providing public education through a variety of events each year. These events include holding Youth Fire Camps to introduce children to the firefighting career through engaging learning opportunities. We attend school events and teach children what to do in emergencies at their own homes or schools. Our department personnel can be seen in almost every parade held within Tulare County. This makes the communities aware of our presence, and attendees look forward to seeing the lights and hearing the sirens in non-emergency situations. Kids and adults alike love to see the “big red engines” as they light up the parade routes!

Friends of Tulare County accepts donations on behalf of the Fire Department, via its website at:  The Tulare County Fire Department utilizes specialized tools for firefighting, personal protective equipment, and other items to support its mission. Your donation can assist the Fire Department in purchasing essential equipment, as well as providing funds to help with emergency services for both residents and firefighters during fire outbreaks and other disasters the Fire Department assists on, contributing to the safety and well-being of all county residents.

Featured below are fire fighters speaking with children at Rocky Hill Elementary and the Tulare County Dispatch Center Grand Opening at the Fire/Sheriff Department Headquarters on Akers ((l-r): Supervisor Shuklian, Sheriff Boudreaux, Shelby Skrinde (TCSO Dispatch Supervisor), Gloria Simoes (TCFD Dispatch Supervisor), Chief Norman, Board of Supervisors, Chairman Eddie Valero, Supervisor Townsend, CAO Jason Britt, and General Services Agency Director Brooke Sisk. 


              Rocky Hill Elementary                                                                            Tulare County Dispatch Center Grand Opening