Gold Ridge Fire Protection District    
 Serving the communities of Hessel, Twin Hills, Freestone, Rural Sebastopol and the Bennett Valley Fire District 

Fire Chief Dan George has been with the district since 1991 and has been in the fire service since 1979.  His duties include apparatus, communication equipment, dispatch, tax reporting and grant reporting.  He is also certified as a Operations Section Chief and participates on a federal incident management team, which responds to major incidents throughout the United States.  Email:


Battalion Chief Adam Schipper has been with the district since 1986.  He joined as a Fire Explorer, became a Volunteer, an Engineer, and was later promoted to Captain, then Battalion Chief.  His duties include engineer training, equipment on apparatus such as medical gear and breathing apparatus, uniforms and safety gear, and new volunteer recruiting.  Email:


Battalion Chief Darrin DeCarli joined the district in 2008.  He comes with many years experience in the local fire community including seven years as a Captain/fire inspector for the Sonoma County Department of Emergency Services and 14 years as a captain for the San Antonio Volunteer Fire Department.  Chief DeCarli has expertise in fire prevention, hazardous materials regulation and response, strike team leader, and fire investigations. Chief DeCarli acts as the District Fire Marshal and can be reached regarding all fire prevention questions.  Email:

Battalion Chief Shepley Schroth-Cary has been with the District since 1994.  He started as a Fire Explorer and has worked his way through the ranks to his current position as a Battalion Chief.  Shepley worked for CAL FIRE for 16 years prior to his permanent position at Gold Ridge.  His areas of responsibility include apparatus, communication equipment, dispatch, tax reporting and facility maintenance.