Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

The purpose of the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department is to facilitate neighbors helping one another and to provide emergency fire, medical aid and rescue services to all who live, work or visit our area.

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Message from the President of the Board of Directors
November 21, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

It has been just over a month since I last wrote and we were recognizing the somber anniversary of the October 2017 fires. Now we are in the midst of more devastating fires in our region. The heavy and lingering smoke from the Butte County Camp Fire is a reminder of the vulnerability of this community to the impact of wild fires both near and far.

The elected governing bodies of Windsor, Rincon, Bennett Valley, and Sonoma County CSA-40 Mountain Station (the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors are the elected governing body of MVFD) all voted to move forward with the annexation by Windsor. The merger of all four entities will occur if Windsor Chief Mark Heine can get the funding required to properly support our station. We should know more about this outcome in mid-December. If everything goes smoothly, we will be part of the new Sonoma County Fire District - Mountain Station by April 2019.

In the meantime, the MVFD board will continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM at the firehouse. You are welcome to attend these board meetings. Also, the firefighters from Windsor, Rincon, and Bennett Valley train together every Wednesday. See the article in this newsletter for more details.

Since our last newsletter we have completed two improvements to our facility. Under board member Mark Skinner’s leadership, we have installed a new drainage system around the firehouse and replaced the base and asphalt driveway. We have also installed a generator fueled by propane. The firehouse can now function during our increasingly frequent power outages. The County is paying for more than half the total cost of these two projects.

We hope to see all of you at the Holiday Party and Fundraiser at the Triple S Ranch on December 15th. This event is being organized by the MVFD firefighters and a flyer is included in this newsletter. It is still vitally important to support the department financially with contributions towards upgrading our wild land fire fighting equipment for our volunteers.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and peace and health in the New Year,

Steve Heller
President, Board of Directors of the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department
Training & Firefighting Updates
MVFD currently trains every Wednesday with Windsor, Rincon and Bennet Valley fire departments. They train on structure fires, wild land fires, medical, and vehicle extrication. There are more than 30 volunteers and paid staff involved in these trainings. They are sometimes in the Mountain district as well as Windsor and Rincon Valley. This is an increase in training which was previously twice monthly.
Mountain VFD firefighter Keith Hawkins has just returned home after 13 days battling the Camp Fire. Kieth Hawkins was part of a strike team that was pre-assembled with Rincon Valley Fire due to the red flag conditions during November 8th when the fire started.

Due to the town of Paradise being threatened their strike team was deployed directly to the Camp Fire. They saved numerous structures and helped to protect the hospital.  Their team worked 24 hour shifts. Welcome home Keith and thank you for everything you do.
Holiday Party and Fundraiser
December 15, 2018
4:00 - 9:00 PM
Triple S Ranch

Tickets $30 per person

Message from MVFD Volunteers
November 21, 2018
We, the volunteers, would like to take the opportunity to once again serve our Mountain community by inviting you and your family to our Holiday Party and Fundraiser at Triple S Ranch.

In addition to mingling with friends and neighbors in a beautiful venue there will be live bands, dancing, and some excellent food, beer, and wine options from local purveyors, winemakers, and brewers.

There will also be an assortment of raffle items, a locally handcrafted door prize, and some other surprises throughout the night.

So bring your appetite, holiday attire, and dancing shoes and come on out for a fun and festive community event!

In order for us to serve everyone please RSVP and purchase your tickets now .
(includes food and unlimited drinks!).

Thank you so much for your continued support throughout the years! If you are unable to attend our event on December 15th but would like to contribute to Mountain Volunteer Fire, donations can be mailed directly to the firehouse (Tax I.D. #94-2453025) or by Clicking Here to Donate On MVFD Website .

All donations received from this event will be used to purchase much needed updated wild land firefighting equipment in order to better serve our citizens and guests in the future.

We hope to see you on December 15th!

With Sincere Gratitude,

The Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Active Volunteers :
Chief Loren Davis, Assistant Chiefs Jeff Lemelin and Don Fowler
Captain Tony Riedell
Firefighters: Keith Hawkins, Jesse Figoni, Caroline Upton, Jen Lemelin, Tony Albright, Jacqi Almond, Henrick Jeberg
For information on Fire Prevention please visit the CalFire website
Thank You for your continued support!