Claudia Fisher hauling cut wood to pile during the Dead Cypress Community Workday. File Photo provided by San Benito Fire Safe Council.


Fire department, residents on high alert as fire season approaches

Resources and tips for all who live in San Benito County.

Hollister Fire Department blocking Fairview Road March 1. Photo by Leila Sadeghian.


Los Banos man killed in collision at Fairview Road

A CHP investigation of the accident is underway.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire on July 2021. Photo by John Chadwell.

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Hollister Fire Department seeking state grants

City Council supports applications amid differing views on procedure.

Hollister Fire Department responding to the Fairview Road fire. Photo by John Chadwell.


Seven small blazes keep local and state firefighters busy

Fairview Road fire could have been ‘substantially bigger’ under different weather conditions, battalion chief says.

HFD Battalion Chief Charlie Bedolla speaking with Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez at the site of an early morning fire on April 2. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Police / Fire

Early morning fire damages homeless camps, communication lines

Cause is under investigation; damage assessment needed for San Juan Road bridge.

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

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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.

SBC Sheriff Deputy Peter O'Day suited up in personal protective equipment. Photo provided by SBC Sheriff's Office.

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First responders speak on coronavirus preparedness

Police, fire and sheriff’s deputies wear personal protection equipment when necessary and limit in-person contact.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Antelope Fire burns near Paicines

Blaze near intersection of Panoche Road and New Idria Road is 95 percent contained as of Tuesday evening.

The aftermath of a house fire on the 900 block of Prune Street in Hollister. Photo provided by the Hollister Police Department.

Police / Fire

Three Hollister residents displaced after early morning house fire

San Benito County Fire Investigation Team looking into cause of fire on Prune Street.

HFD and CalFire hot on the heels of hometown blazes

This year California is seeing an earlier, longer and more destructive wildfire season because of drought conditions, with warmer weather also being a factor. Large fires erupted this summer as the state has seen record-setting temperatures, though fire season has begun to wind down. San Benito County residents have expressed concern about which agency—Hollister Fire Department or

The Hollister Fire Department's downtown station. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Hollister Fire Department to get expedited reimbursements

Department sent crews to five fires out of jurisdiction in 2017 and 2018; seeks grant money for new training facility.

The Hollister Fire Department needs 41 firefighters to cover both cities and the county, according to Fire Chief Bob Martin Del Campo. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

SAFER grant won and likely lost within a week

Acceptance of $2.6 million grant could be hindered by upcoming expiration of shared fire services contract between Hollister, San Juan Bautista and San Benito County.

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VIDEO: National Night Out 2018

Footage from the annual event highlights local law enforcement and fire protection.

HFD Chief O'Connor with figherfighters and a couple AMR medics

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Keeping it Safe at the 2013 SBC Fair

It takes a bunch of volunteers to keep people safe at the SBC Fair