Tao Ryce, Briceland Fire Apparatus Engineer

It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of fire apparatus engineer Tao Ryce. Tao passed away, suddenly, on March 23rd, 2021. Tao was a dedicated member of the fire department as well as an amazing father, husband, friend and community member. He lived his life with great intention and focus and truly embodied his name. Tao (in Chinese philosophy) the absolute principle underlying the universe, combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way, or code of behavior, that is in harmony with the natural order. The Southern Humboldt community is hit hard by this loss and will miss Tao so much! Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts as we navigate through this difficult time.

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Agenda, Wednesday January 27, 2021

3:00 pm at Beginnings Octagon

New Business

  • Elect Officers
  • Update from Chief Jim Fulton
  • Renew resolution declaring hardship exemption on District website requirement
  • Department laptop–keep or sell as surplus equipment
  • Reports from County Auditor of available tax revenue
  • Approve warrants to disburse funds, BVFD and Telegraph Ridge
  • Provide authorized signatures to Auditor’s office
  • 2021 COLA adjustment

Old Business

  • Unpaid parcel taxes and outreach for donations?
  • Elk Ridge/Seely Creek road names and address updates.

Public Comment


Reminder: Next meeting will be May 12, 2021

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Briceland Fire Protection District

The Briceland Fire Protection District has a vacancy on their board. District residents interested in serving a four-year term should contact liz.bfpd@gmail.com by December 4.

The next meeting of the District Board will be January 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm either at Beginnings Octagon or via Zoom. Confirmation and Zoom instructions will be posted closer to the date.

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Briceland Fire BBQ Fundraiser Saturday, September 26!

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will be held on the Beginnings Octagon lawn in Briceland at 5:30 pm. Masks and social distancing will be respected.


  • Approve Agenda
  • Approve minutes of May 2020 meeting

Old Business

  • Update on search for board members. Introduce Kathy Weber and Wendy Kornberg.
  • Update on Telegraph Ridge MOU-signed

New Business

  • Review of Conflict of Interest Code
  • Charge list approval; sign warrant for County submission
  • BVFD FY 2020-2021 Budget review
  • Jim Fulton – Update from Chief Fulton
  • Dorn Ranch query on boundaries – review issue and letter

Public Comment


Next Meeting is October 14, 2020

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Buy a Brick! for the Construction of Briceland’s new Fire Station! These bricks will be proudly displayed in the construction and will be a permanent memorial of your support. They can be engraved with the name(s) or message of your choice. Click on the Brick above to order your Brick! BRICELAND FIRE THANKS YOU.

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A Note from your Fire Department re Covid-19

During this public health emergency, the Briceland Volunteer Fire Department would like our community to know that we are here for you.  If emergency services are needed, citizens are asked to inform the 911 dispatcher if they are experiencing, or have been exposed to anyone experiencing, flu-like or respiratory symptoms.  Our crews will be responding with PPE masks and gloves and may ask that others present at emergency response calls, patients or anyone else assisting, also wear a mask, and that bystanders maintain a safe distance.  We hope these practices do not cause alarm as they are meant to ensure that we all stay safe and that your emergency responders can continue to be there for you.

Thank you all for helping limit community spread.  And as always, as fire season approaches, be fire safe. 

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Briceland Fire has a new Chief.

BVFD Jim Fulton Chief

Captain Tony Mengual (right) pins chief’s pin on new BVFD Chief Jim Fulton.

Briceland Fire is honored to announce the election of Jim Fulton as the new Chief of our department. Congratulations Chief Fulton! We are honored by your dedication to service and proud to serve under your leadership!

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In Memoriam, BVFD Chief Tim Olsen.

In the afternoon of March 20th, BVFD Chief Olsen passed away of a heart attack.

The department and the entire community he served for so many years are in mourning at this sudden loss. More details will follow soon. For now, here is what County Supervisor Estelle Fennell had to say on BVFD’s Facebook page.

Thank you, Tim for all you did to follow your dream and make the BVFD one of the best little fire departments ever! We will miss your energy, your heart, your generosity of mind, body and spirit. Your memory will be with us forever and all who knew and loved you will carry the dream forward!

There will be a ceremonial flag raising and lowering at 1800 hours at the station today in his honor.

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Briceland VFD responds to vehicle-in-ditch traffic incident.

Members of BVFD managed traffic on Briceland Road after a van landed in a muddy roadside ditch, partially blocking westbound traffic about 3/4 mile east of Briceland.

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