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Firefighter News - November 2014


Firefighter News - November 2014

SEE Fire Dept. Fundraisers BELOW

Community Comes Out To Fight Fire With Ice Cream

On Sunday, October 5, IScream Café (located at 8252 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati) held a benefit, dubbed Fight Fires with Ice Cream, for the Rancho Adobe Firefighter’s Association. Rancho Adobe firefighters were on hand to take orders and scoop ice cream throughout the afternoon. Their antique fire engine was parked in front of the store adding to the festivities. Young fans were able to “drive” the engine and try on hats and jackets the firefighters wear while fighting fires. In all, nearly $300 was raised in an afternoon of scooping ice cream and enjoying delicious melts and hot dogs.  

If you would like to support the Rancho Adobe Firefighter’s Association, you can make an online donation or purchase t-shirts at


The Forestville Firefighters Association will be hosting the Annual Halloween Haunted Hallway at the Forestville Fire Station from 5pm to 8pm on Halloween night. Children and adults of all ages are welcome. The Association will also be handing out glow stick necklaces to make your Halloween night a safe one.

Chimney Safety

The fall/winter season is fast approaching and we will soon see smoke plumes rising from chimneys. Each year your local fire department responds to several chimney fires that could have been prevented. Do you know the last time your chimney was cleaned? How much wood has been burned since then? What is the general condition of the chimney? Looking up the flue isn’t enough; have a trained professional take care of it. The cost to have your chimney cleaned and inspected is minimal compared to the damage done by a chimney fire and efforts by your local fire department to control it.

Just a heads up!

The Forestville Firefighters will be accepting Toys for Tots this year starting after Thanksgiving. Your generous donations can be dropped off at the fire station.

Burn Permits

As the fire season winds down, check with your local fire department to find out when open burning will again be allowed. You can also check with your local air pollution control district that you live within to confirm the lifting of the burning ban. You must have a current burn permit in your possession during the burn and it must be a burn day. The name of the property owner or occupant and the address of the property where the burn is located must be on the permit. In other words, burn permits are specific to the property of the burn and the individual conducting the burn. Applications for burn permits can be obtained at the Forestville fire station during business hours.


Graton Fire Christmas Tree Farm Opens 11/28

We are celebrating our 9th year of serving the community in a different way… selling Christmas trees. As many of you know, we purchased the Del Davis Tree Farm on Highway 116, just below Green Valley Road, to be the location of our new fire station. For the fourth year, we will feature pre-cut Noble and Nordmann trees from a certified, sustainably-grown tree farm. They are kept in water so they will last significantly longer and be safer in your homes. We will be open Thursday-Sunday from 9am to 5pm after Thanksgiving Day. We invite you to come and enjoy homemade apple cider as you wander through our natural tree farm. Did you sponsor a tree seedling in the past? Come find your tag in the nursery or out in the plantation. Did you know that each acre of Christmas trees generates enough oxygen for 18 people? 

We realize several long-standing tree farms have retired and with them the traditions of family togetherness, holiday smells, and all the “little” things that make a fresh tree and Christmas so special. We look forward to continuing to give our community 

these special times and our volunteer firefighters enjoy the opportunity of seeing each of you, year after year. Please come and say hello to Heather O’Dell, our tree farm manager, who continues to nurture and maintain the trees on our behalf. With her efforts, our firefighters, and the support of our community, we anticipate another great season! Always remember to breathe deeply... 


Thank you to everyone who attended our annual fire prevention “Night at the Firehouse”.  All had a great time.

The Board of Supervisors approved our Advertising Fund Grant request for $45,000.00 to be used for the Purchase of a New Ambulance.  A huge “Thank You!” to Supervisors Carrillo and McGuire, and host of County (and BBFPD) staff members who made this possible.

The BBFPD Board of Directors approved the purchase of a 2013 Horton Terrastar 623, Demo Stock ,Medium Duty Ambulance for $179,601.17.  The Demo staus of the unit saved us $24,000.00.  Remaining Advertising Fund Grant dollars (13/14), plus this year’s request (see above), plus $10,000.00 from the Bodega Bay Firefighters Association, and community donations-including several Chanslor Ranch Events.  All totaled: $105,000.00 in donations have reduced our loan liability to $74,600.00.   Thank you Everyone…!!!

On a bittersweet note: Two longtime employees: Firefighter Paramedics Tom Goss and Bryan Tarrant have left us for new jobs with the Contra Costa Fire District.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Fire Dept. Fundraisers

Holiday Season has our fire departments focusing on collecting toy for children. Please contact you local fire department to see what they need and what rules they have for donations. THANK YOU

Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
510 Highway One, Bodega bay
INFO: (707) 875-3700 Administration 

Bodega Volunteer Fire Department
17240 Bodega Hwy, Bodega
INFO: 707-876-9438

Camp Meeker Volunteer Fire Department 
INFO: 707-874-3660

Cloverdale Cloverdale Volunteer Firefighters Association
INFO: 707-894-3545.

Forestville Firefighters Association
6554 Mirabel Rd Forestville 
INFO: (707) 887-2212

Geyserville Volunteer Firefighters Association
20975 Geyserville Ave, Geyserville
INFO: 707-857-3535

Glen Ellen Fire Department
13445 Arnold Drive 

Gold Ridge District FPDTwin Hill Fire Station
1690 Watertrough Rd, Sebastopol
INFO: 707- 823-5502

Graton Firefighters Association

Healdsburg Fire Department
601 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg
(707) 431-3360
INFO: 823-7939

Kenwood Firemen’s Association
9045 Sonoma Hwy and Randolph Ave.
INFO: 707-833-2042 

Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department
INFO: 762-2005

Penngrove Rancho Adobe Firefighters Association 
into 795-6011

Rincon Valley Firefighters’ Association Serving Larkfield, Wikiup, Fulton, Bellevue and Rincon Valley
INFO: 707- 838-1170 

Russian River Firefighters Association
INFO:  707-869-0553 

Santa Rosa Fire Fighters Local 1401 
Annual Pancake Breakfast is being scheduled for the beginning of December. This annual event kicks off their nonprofit “Toys for Kids” drive. INFO: 707-543-3500

Sebastopol Volunteer Fire Department
7425 Bodega Ave. Sebastopol|
INFO: 707-823-8061 

Wilmar Volunteer Fire Department 
INFO: 707-765-1995

Windsor Fire Protection Association
8200 Old Redwood Hwy, Windsor
INFO: 707-838-1170