Humboldt Bay Professional Firefighters Local 652 was officially recognized on March 4, 2014. HBF Local 652 was formed from Eureka Firefighters Local 652 and Humboldt Fire District #1 Local 1770 when the parent agencies consolidated to form Humboldt Bay Fire JPA in January 2011.
Eureka Firefighters Local 652 was affiliated on February 26, 1940. There were 11 founding members. Even before the Local was formed, Eureka Firefighters were involved with the community it served. Starting in the Twenty’s firefighter teamed up with the local Salvation Army to give kids in need toys for Christmas. These toys were donated by the community and repaired and restored by firefighters. In 1976 Local 652 members restored the department’s 1904 American LaFrance Steam Fire Engine to celebrate our nation’s 200 Anniversary. Once restore members traveled the state of California competing in musters. HBF 652 members still operate Old Town #2 Steamer for the departments Open House and Special Occasions.
Humboldt Fire District #1 Firefighters Local 1770 was affiliated May 1, 1968. There were 11 founding members. Local 1770 supported the Humboldt Realtors toy drive for many years. During Thanksgiving, Local 1770 help with the Salvation Army’s turkey drive to feed those in need during the holiday seasons
Humboldt Bay Firefighter’s continue supporting the community we serve. HBF 652 still after almost 90 years partners with the Salvation Army collecting toys for our “Share the Magic of Christmas” toy drive. Local 652 organizes “Bark in the Park” fundraiser. This 5K fun Run/Walk is an event for canines and their humans through scenic Sequoia Park. All profits are donated to animal causes throughout Humboldt County.