County Fire Agencies
Did you know…?
Our county has 21 local fire departments…
Only 7 have a paid chief…
All 21 rely on volunteers…
14 have ONLY volunteers…
19 are special districts and receive tax income…
2 receive no taxes at all: Westport & Whale Gulch.
Only half of Mendocino County is in a fire district. The other half receives emergency services but doesn’t pay for them.
The County government has provided only limited help to fire departments and ambulance services. Most departments rely on federal grants and fundraisers to survive.
Basic firefighting gear costs $1,200 per person. A new fire engine costs $250,000 or more.
Volunteer firefighters spend huge amounts of time in training. Training is expensive.
Volunteer firefighters are usually the first at scene of medical emergencies and traffic accidents.
Your life could depend on how well your fire department is equipped and its firefighters trained.
|Long Valley – Laytonville
PO Box 89
PO Box 191
44700 Little Lake
PO Box 206
10521 Main Street
Potter Valley 95469
Redwood Coast-Point Arena
PO Box 245
Pt. Arena 95468
PO Box 385
Redwood Valley 95470
1500 S. State
PO Box 12
74 E. Commercial, Willits 95490
CAL FIRE (CDF)
Unit Chief George Gonzalez
The video below presented by Colin Wilson, former Anderson Valley Fire Chief, presents some basic information about fire behavior with the goal of helping you think through when and how to evacuate and when to consider sheltering in place. Please watch and consider...
Surviving a wildfire also depends on knowing when one is coming you way as soon in advance as possible. According to the County OES MendoAlert is their primary means of providing notification. You can register to receive MendoAlerts via one or more ways such as text...
Almost all vegetation will burn in severe conditions. But if you take wise actions about the plants around your home, you will greatly improve your property’s chances of surviving. Does this mean cutting down all the trees and bushes near your house? No. Wildfire...
In a large wildfire, firefighters from other counties may be assigned to your area. They will not know you or where your home is. There will not be enough fire engines to defend each home. In these situations firefighters must make quick decisions based on what they...
In a wildfire, everyone may not be able to evacuate the burning area. If there’s only one road in and out for your home or subdivision: • the road will probably be overloaded with traffic trying to evacuate • numerous fire engines, water tankers, and bulldozers will...
Helpful Information for All Properties: Step 1 to Fire Recovery Post Fire Restoration Dos and Donts (pdf) Returning After a Fire Checklist (pdf) After the Fire – Preparing for Winter Preparing for Winter (pdf) Prevent Soil Erosion (pdf) Straw Mulching (pdf)...
Looking for help funding fuels management or other fire preparedness projects? Finding and securing funding is a complicated and ever-changing process. Here are few suggestions: • Organize your neighborhood as a Fire Safe Council, then put together a...
Homes are much more likely to burn due to small flying embers than to contact by large flames. Pushed by wind, embers often get inside attic vents and ignite homes from the inside. Sometimes those fires aren’t visible from outside for hours after the main fire passes....
Invasive Weeds Invasive weeds are non-native plants. These weeds displace native vegetation that wildlife depends on. They also harbor pests, reduce crop yields, and increase soil erosion, fire danger, and flood risks. Californians spend $85 million a year on invasive...
Large Animal Rescue is a method of training used by emergency responders (especially firefighters) to extricate an animal from mechanical or natural entrapment. LAR training teaches how safely work with large, possibly injured animals; and how to keep the animals...
In rural Mendocino County water for fire suppression is often hard to come by. Many homes have thousands of gallons of water stored in tanks that can’t be used by the fire department because they lack the necessary fittings. Property owners involved in building new...
What do native plants have to do with fire safety? Maintaining native plant diversity can promote fire safety in and around the home. Native plants are fire resilient, and native plant landscapes consume less water, which means more is available for suppression if the...
Every year homes are lost to fire because water was not available for firefighters.; firefighters couldn’t access the water because the tanks lacked the correct fittings. Our full-color pamphlet , Developing Water Supplies for Fire Protection, describes how to...
The Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partnership of persons, agencies, and organizations seeking to help people, property, and resources survive and thrive in our wildfire-prone environment.
The Fire Safe Council does not seek to prevent all fires in wildland areas. Instead, it seeks to help persons in wildland areas to prepare for wildfires that are inevitable.
Mendocino County Fire Safe Council
410 Jones Street, Suite C-3
Ukiah, CA 95482