Early Hollister Fire Department Hose Company. Photo courtesy of HFD.

History & Profiles

Hollister Fire Department celebrates 145th anniversary

Local powerhouse tends to fires throughout San Benito County and the state.

Cal OES fire engine used by local firefighters. Photo courtesy of HFD.

Police / Fire

Hollister firefighters return from Cal Fire duty

Members of a local strike team assist outside the county.

At 40 feet high, the Hollister Fire Department's new training tower will offer extensive training capabilities. Photos by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister Fire Department gets new training tower

Firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel will get hands-on experience without having to leave San Benito County.

Hollister Fire Department responded to a downtown fire that damaged about four businesses. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Four firefighters injured during downtown Hollister fire

Four businesses affected, cause of fire still unknown.

Holden Renz has two children with his wife Brittany and has been a full-time firefighter in San Benito County since 2014. Photo courtesy of Holden Renz.

San Benito Lifestyle

Father’s Day wisdom and recipes from local firefighters

Vince Grewohl and Holden Renz talk about fatherhood and the importance of cooking at the firehouse.

City Clerk Christine Black swears in new firefighters. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Hollister Fire Department graduates four new firefighters

Three additional staff expected to be hired in the near future.


Police / Fire

Hollister firefighters on front line battling Tubbs fire in Napa County

Hollister fire department part of California Office of Emergency Services task force may be fighting fires in Sonoma and Napa counties for up to 21 days.


Police / Fire

Smartphone app credited with increase in fireworks citations

Fireworks-related calls to dispatch dropped 24 percent, but reports through the app increased more than 573 percent on the Fourth of July

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Police / Fire

Hollister firefighters receive awards from Army, state

Hollister Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo and Captain Carlos Bedolla, Jr. receive awards for service, life-saving efforts


Government / Politics

Resolutions on medical marijuana, motorcycle rally on agenda for Dec. 19 council meeting

Plenty to discuss at the final Hollister City Council meeting of the calendar year

New full time firefighters, left to right:  Jimmy Holguin, Vincent Munoz, Cortney Young, Adolfo Aguilar, Nathan Castro, Stephen Hanson, E. Johnny Amescua, and Michael Dariano.

Government / Politics

City hires eight full-time firefighters

Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo makes the final decision on whom to select from 11 laid-off firefighters and 10 who had been reserves all along


Government / Politics

City Council votes to hire six permanent firefighters, using $505,000 from General Fund

Hollister City Council passes resolution to hire six permanent firefighters and move money from general fund reserves to pay for them in the first fiscal year


Police / Fire

12 firefighters suspended, chief shuffles crews to cover cities and county

As 12 firefighters let go with loss of grant, Chief Bob Martin Del Campo scrambles to save jobs while protecting two cities and county


Police / Fire

Chief says 12 firefighters to be let go if grant to fund them not awarded by Friday

Chief says fire academy suspended, a dozen firefighters will be terminated if money to fund the position doesn't show up by Sept. 30


Government / Politics

Council passes two-month funding to temporarily bring back 11 firefighters

City council agrees to fund the rehiring 11 firefighters in hope that SAFER grant to extend funding will be approved