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The Waterloo-Morada Fire District Today

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What is a Special District?
Special districts are local government agencies that provide essential services to millions of Californians. Special districts are formed and governed by local residents to establish or enhance essential services and infrastructure in their communities. Each special district focuses on providing specific types of services. It is this focused service that allows for innovation and long-term planning to meet the community's needs.

What is our legal name?
Waterloo Morada Rural County Fire Protection District is an independent special district.  This means we are  independent from other governments. We are:

  • Directly accountable to the people we serve.
  • A local form of government.
  • Governed by a board of directors elected directly by the voters

How are we funded?
Special districts are funded by local property taxes and fees for service. They keep local dollars focused on local priorities.

  • Financial Stability
  • Infrastructure bonding capacity
  • Non-enterprise service

Special Districts go beyond providing important services to their residents. The partnerships they create with members of their community have ripple effects that positively impact the entire state. 

The Waterloo Morada Fire District responds to an average of 3,000 calls for service annually, protecting an area that is approximately 36 square miles that is home to nearly 12,000 residents.  We are a progressive all risk/all hazard organization committed to a state of readiness at all times.  The Fire District operates out of 2 fire stations. There are three shifts that work a 48/96 shift schedule, comprised of 6 full time personnel per shift. Station 15-1 is staffed with an engine company comprised of a company officer, fire apparatus engineer, and firefighter. Station 15-2 is staffed with an engine company comprised of a company officer and fire apparatus engineer. The shift battalion chief is assigned to station 15-1; overseeing both companies and performs emergency scene management as well as administrative duties. Waterloo Morada Fire District is governed by 5 Board of Directors whom meet monthly, working closely with our Fire Chief and Secretary on district goals and budgetary items.  In the fall of 2014, we began working diligently with neighboring fire districts to form the automatic aid agreement.  Waterloo Morada, Linden Peters and Mokelumne Fire Districts would essentially see what is known as a boundary drop.  In the event an incident should occur above a medical aid e.g. (vehicle accident, structure fire, vegetation fire) the nearest bordering agency  to the incident will be automatically dispatched to augment support for said incident.  The fire service is ever changing, ever evolving, and the Waterloo Morada Fire District is constantly striving to maintain the highest level of emergency protection for a growing community.  We thank you for taking the time to learn about our organization.       

Waterloo Morada Rural County Fire Protection District was formed in 1946 under the California Health and Safety Code, Section 13800. The District provides fire protection, prevention and suppression, hazardous material, water rescue, and emergency medical services. The District’s existing service boundary is approximately 36 square miles and is located to the east of Stockton, south of Live Oak Road, west of Beecher Road, and north of Highway 26. Included within the boundary are the communities of Morada and Waterloo with the majority of the unincorporated land designated for rural residential, industrial uses and agriculture.