Lakehead Strong

On a warm day in late June, a group of Lakehead residents gathered at the local fire station. It was time for the unveiling.

The occasion was the culmination of three years of fundraising, which through a combination of donations and grants garnered $260,000 for major upgrades to the volunteer fire station.

In 2017 the fire station was forced to close due to lack of volunteers. It was without living quarters, which limited its ability to house reserve firefighters. The town of Lakehead is also geographically very vulnerable to wildfire risk. Becoming eligible for the Shasta County Volunteer Reserve Firefighter Program was crucial. 

A Special Project Fund was set up at the Community Foundation, which helped with fundraising efforts. Upgrades included three separate sleeping quarters, a fully functioning kitchen with appliances, including a washer and dryer, a shower room, and remodeled bathroom. Firefighters can now work or volunteer for 24-hour shifts, seven days a week. 

“This facility upgrade project will continue to serve as a legacy showcasing what a community can accomplish when working together on a common goal,” said Todd Yohn, a Lakehead Volunteer Fire Council Board Member. “This will continue to open new doors of opportunity by providing added safety to those who live, work, and recreate in this beautiful area.”