Hollister PD and Hollister FD have a friendly competition for a food drive for the Community Foodbank of San Benito County. Photo by Juliana Luna.


Hollister firefighters and Police rush to shop for those in need

In a contest at Grocery Outlet, they collect canned foods and nonperishables to donate to the Community FoodBank of San Benito.

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.

Police / Fire

Hollister police honors fallen officers

National Police Week ceremony honors 38 California officers who died in the line of duty in 2021.

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

Police / Fire

Hollister Fire Department seeking state grants

City Council supports applications amid differing views on procedure.

Firefighters from Hollister and around the country tried to save Greenville, but 75% of the mining town was destroyed. Photo courtesy of the Hollister Fire Department.

Police / Fire

Hollister firefighters join others in failed attempt to save gold mining town

Seven local firefighters have never experienced fires as intense and destructive as the Dixie Fire, now the third largest in the state’s history. Sunday a fresh team of three will replace three others who have been on the fire line for over two weeks.

Four Hollister firefighters have joined the fight against the Dixie Fire that has burned over 200,000 acres in Northern California as of July 27. Photo courtesy of Cal Fire.


Hollister firefighters move to fight Dixie blaze

A team of five will be on the front line 14 days in Butte and Plumas counties to help personnel from throughout the state fight the largest fire currently in California.

Hollister Fire Station


Hollister Fire Department put out over 24 fires during holiday weekend

Illegal fireworks accounted for over 30 grass and trash can fires throughout the city.

Photo by Jenny Arbizu.


Hollister Fire swears in 3 new firefighters

Six department members receive promotions.

Firefighters battled two structure fires in downtown Hollister within minutes of each other in the early morning hours of Nov. 2. Photo by John Chadwell.

Police / Fire

Hollister Fire Department ends a trying year

2020 held tough challenges for firefighters with increased call volume and COVID-19 precautions.

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.

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

Police / Fire

July 12 fire in downtown Hollister still under investigation

78 personnel assisted in extinguishing structure fire.

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.

Klamath Fire on June 18. Photos courtesy of John McDonald.

Police / Fire

Arson suspected in recent Hollister fires

Sheriff’s Office arrests man on suspicion of starting June 18 Klamath Fire and is investigating his possible involvement in other blazes.

Hollister City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

Hollister agencies to apply for COVID-19 grant funding

Staff seeks $30K from CARES Act, while the fire department puts in for two FEMA grants.