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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Briceland Fire part of Humboldt Strike Team fighting Northern California wildfires

On August 13, BVFD members operating Engine 5436 joined four other Humboldt County departments to form a strike team to assist Cal Fire in fighting the Wye Fire in Lake County. BVFD members Kai Ostrow, Eric Martin, Shaun Studebaker and Daniel Stein along with Brandon Craig from Shelter Cove Fire all participated in the effort.

Briceland Engine 5436 at the Mill Fire

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We did it! Welcome to Briceland Fire Protection District.

Or, more to the point, YOU, the voters did it! According to this evening’s Times-Standard online, voters approved the formation of the District by over 85%.

Bridgeville also passed a similar measure, while Palo Verde and Fruitland Ridge rejected formation of Districts in those areas.

The new District will help us maintain a stable funding base, enabling us to keep our gear and training in top-notch shape. As volunteers, the satisfaction we get from serving our community is our only “payment”, so this overwhelming show of support lets us know that what we do is appreciated and valued and that you’re there for us as much as we try to be there for you.

Thank you again for such positive support.

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