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
Redwood Coast-Point Arena