Message from the President of the Board of Directors

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