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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About Your Amended Property Tax Bill

A message to property owners from Briceland Fire Protection District Board President Gerald Meyers.
March 2, 2013

Property owners within the newly created Briceland Fire Protection District (BFPD), have now received their amended tax bill for the 2nd Installment of their property taxes for fiscal year 2012-2013. This installment is due April 10th. This revised statement includes a direct charge of $85 from the Briceland Fire Protection District. BFPD was created by the registered voters of the District in a special election held in August, 2012. At that time, District voters also elected a five-member board of District residents to administer this tax.

The $85 charge per Assessor Parcel for the fiscal year was authorized by the voters too late to appear on the normal tax bill, CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE LETTER

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BFPD Board approves BFPD ordinance

For Immediate Publication

At the regularly scheduled public meeting of the Briceland Fire Protection District Board January 15, 2013 at the Beginnings Community Center in Briceland, California The Board passed Ordinance No. 2013-1; TO ADMINISTER THE SPECIAL TAX ON REAL PROPERTY LOCATED WITH THE DISTRICT. The complete draft Ordinance approved at the December 18, 2012 public meeting of the Board was published in the January 1, 2013 issue of the Independent. The final, approved Ordinance contains one change regarding filing the annual report:

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Vehicle over the bank on Briceland Road this morning.

Briceland volunteers responded to a vehicle over the bank one mile east of Briceland. One patient was transported to the hospital.

As of 10:30 am, all Briceland personnel at scene have been released from duty and the scene cleared, but the road will likely remain icy in the shady spots throughout the day.

Our local roads are narrow and curvy year round, but frost during these cold snaps makes them treacherous. Remember, it’s only a painted line between you and oncoming traffic or the edge of the road.

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Single Vehicle vs. Tree on Briceland Road. (The tree won.)

BVFD volunteers, the CHP and Garberville ambulance responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision on Briceland Road on the morning of November 6th. The driver was taken by ambulance with moderate injuries.

BVFD at scene on Briceland Road.

The car was totalled. This is the tree on the right, at the curve after the long straightaway East of Briceland.

The tree was badly bruised, but will recover physically, if not psychologically. It seems to have anger issues because it hits cars right there every couple of years. We’d recommend driving a little slower so as not to provoke it until it can get the help it needs.

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BVFD Fire Fest Benefit this Saturday at Beginnings

Come enjoy local bands, BBQ, libations at the second annual Fire Fest in the Beginnings meadow in Briceland. Festivities start at 4pm. $10 adults, $5 kids.

Directions: From Hwy 101, take the Redway exit. In Redway, turn on Briceland Road, following the signs to Shelter Cove. Go a little over five miles to Briceland and you won’t be able to miss the signs on the right.

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Briceland Fire covering Cal Fire station in Garberville

Multiple wildfires in Northern California have taxed Cal Fire resources, requiring local volunteer departments to staff stations. Currently, our Type III wildland engine E5436 and three BVFD firefighters are staffing the Garberville Cal Fire station. They’ve been busy, responding to a vehicle roll-over in Redway and a vegetation fire in the Meadows Business Park.

Our ability to back up Cal Fire when needed is possible because of the level of training BVFD fire fighters have maintained and the modern quality of our equipment, neither of which is cheap. Having the reliable funding base of the new Briceland Fire Protection District will ensure that we can afford to keep gear and skills up to date, so thanks again to our community for stepping up to the plate for this.

And of course, with resources stretched this thin, it’s more important than usual that everyone be super careful with fire.

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