Our mission is to prevent or reduce damage to property from fire, storms or other hazardous conditions, to provide comfort and aid to those who are injured, ill, or at risk, and to prevent or limit damage to the environment resulting from hazardous materials spills and other events.
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HISTORY AND OVERVIEW
Founded in 1955, the Anderson Valley Fire Department is operated by the Anderson Valley Community Services District and provides fire prevention and suppression, rescue, ” first responder ” emergency medical care and other services to the District, including the communities of Boonville, Philo, Navarro and Yorkville. The District begins at the Mendocino/Sonoma County line on Highway 128 and stretches approximately 40 miles to Flynn Creek Road in the redwoods. We provide services to approximately 200 square miles of coastal mountains and valleys.
You may be surprised to know that more than half the firefighters in the United States are volunteers. In rural areas like Mendocino County the proportion of volunteers to paid firefighters is even greater. Of the approximately 565 firefighters in Mendocino County, 535 are volunteers. This means that the safety and security of our community is almost entirely dependent on the generous contributions of the time and energy of our volunteer fire department.
You might also be surprised to know that the firefighters do more than put out fires. In fact, more than 75% of the Valley’s fire calls are for non-fire emergencies. Our Department, like those around the country, responds to the following emergencies (among others):
Structure Fires Wildland Fires Vehicle Fires
Traffic Accidents Medical Aids Search and Rescue
Hazardous Materials Spills Mutual Aid to Other Departments