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Agenda 21 exposed in Lake County, CA is proud to bring you this history and picture page of the


Middletown Volunteer Fire Department




From a group of dedicated volunteers grew the third largest fire district in California, providing emergency medical services and fire protection for 12,000 people, 5,200 homes, and 3,300 undeveloped lots over 280 square miles,  with annual emergency response calls exceeding 1,000.  The District, under mutual-aid agreement, even responds into Napa County providing emergency medical services. The District contract with the CAL–FIRE allows the District to provide 24/7 coverage in Middletown, on Cobb, which includes the Geysers, and at Hidden Valley Lake.  They have an annual budget in excess of $1,000,000.00 and are growing.  I am talking about the “Middletown Volunteer Fire Department” known today as the “South Lake County Fire Protection District”.



The Middletown area has had many fires over the years and the town has burned twice.  Probably the most devastating fire was in 1918 which burned much of the business district.  But when the town burned again in 1930 the citizens said “no more”. Unfortunately the area suffered its worst fire ever on September 12th, 2015 the Valley Fire that burned 76,000+ Acres and destroyed 1,958 Structures and was ranked the 3rd most destructive fire in CA history


This page reflects the humble beginnings of what today is a highly trained, professional, fire fighting and medical assistance organization.


Below are some great pictures and newspaper clippings provided by the children of one of Middletown’s finest,

Reed Hardester.


I want to personally thank them for preserving this peek at history and sharing it with all of us.



The first Fireman’s Auction was held in 1931 and was called, The Fireman’s Auction and Frolic.  Its main purpose then was to help raise money for the Fire District and have fun doing it.  An event that grew through the years and was the most looked forward to event of the year for all the













Those Pictured On Stage:

L-R Ken Palmer, John Irwin & Ray Moody Sr.

L-R John Baughman, unk, unk, unk, George Williamson, Orval Brennen & Ray Moody Jr.


These names are for the picture directly below









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Some of the photographs on this site are vintage postcards.  Many old photographs of Lake County were taken by O. E. Meddaugh, who was a resident of Lakeport.  We thank him and his family for helping to preserve history.


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