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- WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATIONS | No So Co Fire
WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS PRESENTATIONS A method to prepare yourself and your neighbors for a wildfire is to work with your neighbors to create a plan to help each other during an emergency, work together on vegetation management, and taking other actions to prepare for an emergency. We can host or attend a neighborhood or community meeting to talk about how neighbors can work together in partnership with the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District. These meetings can be in person or virtual, and are a great way to receive personalized information for your area and have questions answered.
- RESPONSE | No So Co Fire
The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District is a combination fire department, meaning we employ both paid professional firefighters and volunteer firefighters. FIRE APPARATUS 1/3 FIRE STATIONS Geyserville Fire Station 20975 Geyserville Avenue Alexander Valley Fire Station 6571 Highway 128, Healdsburg Dry Creek Valley Fire Station 3697 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville Knights Valley Fire Station 16850 Spencer Lane, Calistoga
- PRE-ATTACK MAPS | No So Co Fire
PRE-ATTACK MAPS The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District has developed pre-attack maps to provide strategic information during an emergency response with the primary use being wildfires. These maps were utilized during the 2019 Kincade Fire and 2020 Lightning Complex and are sought after by assisting agencies. These maps show the location of houses and denote if the house has a water source, road, proposed dozer lines/breaks, fire roads, and potential locations where a wildfire can be stopped or slowed. These maps do not contain confidential information.
- BURN PERMITS | No So Co Fire
BURN PERMITS This information is specific to the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD) which is the air quality jurisdiction for the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District. An air quality permit is required year-round for all types of burning including agriculture and residential pile burning, as well as prescribed burning. Obtain your air quality “Open Burn Permit” at https://nosocoair.org/ . No other permit is needed unless you are located in CAL FIRE jurisdiction and plan to burn between May 1 and the end of declared fire season. CAL FIRE jurisdiction is referred to as State Responsibility Area (SRA). SRA is generally the mountainous terrain and not the valley floors. You can determine if your location is in SRA at https://www.firepreventionfee.org/sra-lookup/ . If you are located in the SRA and plan to burn between May 1 and the end of declared fire season, contact CAL FIRE Healdsburg at (707) 433-2020 to obtain a CAL FIRE Burn Permit. More information is also available at CAL FIRE’s website https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/ . CAL FIRE and the County of Sonoma may implement a “Burn Permit Suspension” which prohibits most types of burning. This Suspension usually occurs during our summer and fall months. Please follow all safe burning guidelines, burn on approved “burn days,” and register your burn. OCTOBER 27, 2021 BURN PERMIT STATUS Current Situation CAL FIRE lifted their burn permit suspension yesterday, October 26, at 8AM for State Responsibility Area (SRA). SRA website: https://calfire-forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=468717e399fa4238ad86861638765ce1 The County of Sonoma ordinance lifts the burn permit suspension on the same date and time for Local Responsibility Area (LRA). County of Sonoma ordinance: https://library.municode.com/ca/sonoma_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CH13SOCOFISAOR_ARTVIIOPBU_S13-72.1SU CAL FIRE has not declared, by proclamation “that the hazardous fire conditions have abated for that year”…..AKA “Fire Season” has not ended What it Means This information is only for the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (NSCAPCD). Air quality jurisdiction website: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Air-Quality/ NSCAPCD “burn” permits are required year-round From May 1 until the end of “hazardous fire conditions,” CAL FIRE burn permits are required for SRA. (The burn permit suspension was CAL FIRE’s discretion to not issue burn permits.) For piles less than 4’x4’, CAL FIRE burn permits can be obtained online at https://burnpermit.fire.ca.gov/apply-for-a-permit/ For piles larger than 4’x4’, the burner needs to call a CAL FIRE facility with enough lead time to allow for a site visit. Local government agencies (Healdsburg City, Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District, and Cloverdale Fire Protection District) may require permits for LRA. Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District does not require permits in addition to NSCAPCD permits. Burners need to contact other agencies for their requirements. Current burn hours are 10AM-4PM. These hours will not change until May 1, 2022. Burn Day Status (Posted by 3PM of each day for the following day): (707) 565-2876 Burning Registration (call morning of burning): (707) 565-2876 AND press 1 to skip recording NSCAPCD Office: (707) 433-5911
- PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST | No So Co Fire
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST Public Records Request- Public records are provided in accordance with the California Public Records Act (Statutes of 1968, Chapter 1473; currently codified as California Government Code §§ 6250 through 6276.48). Records request must be submitted in writing. Please call 707-857-4373 for more information.
- JOIN | No So Co Fire
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR APPLICATION WILDLAND FUELS TECHNICIAN Applications for Wildland Fuels Technicians (fuel crew members) will be accepted on a continuous basis with positions filled as necessary. JOB ANNOUNCEMENT WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER Applications for Wildland Firefighter will be accepted on a continuous basis with positions filled as necessary. JOB ANNOUNCEMENT EXPLORER PROGRAM The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District is proud to partner with the Cloverdale Fire Protection District to offer an Explorer Program for youth ages 14 - 17 years old. Please call the Geyserville Fire Station at 707-857-4373 or click the link below. MORE INFO FIREFIGHTER INTERN Applications for Firefighter Intern are due April 29, 2022 . JOB ANNOUNCEMENT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS Are you interested in learning life saving skills and helping the community? Become a Volunteer Firefighter with the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District. Now accepting applications until May 31, 2022. Please contact Captain Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org for all inquiries regarding Volunteer Firefighter. FIREFIGHTER/EMT Applications for Firefighter/EMT are due May 27, 2022 . JOB ANNOUNCEMENT FIRE PREVENTION OFFICER Applications for Fire Prevention Officer are due May 16, 2022 . JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
- LOCKED GATE ENTRY | No So Co Fire
LOCKED GATE ENTRY (KNOX) WHAT IS THE KNOX RAPID ENTRY SYSTEM? The Knox Rapid Entry system is a secure emergency access program developed for property owners and fire departments. When a fire breaks out, or there is any emergency, the Knox Box Rapid Entry System allows firefighters and paramedics immediate entry into buildings and property without forced entry damage or delay. Property owners store keys, access cards, gate keys, etc. in high security Knox-Boxes mounted near building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by a property owner is keyed to a master key controlled by the Fire Department. In addition to key boxes and vaults, Knox Padlocks and key switches operate the same master key. This allows fire department access to gated communities and storage areas using the same Master key. HOW DOES THE KNOX RAPID ENTRY SYSTEM BENEFIT PROPERTY OWNERS? When an emergency occurs, the Knox Rapid Entry System will allow the Fire Department to spend less time and fewer resources gaining access to your building. This faster access will result in a more rapid control of the emergency situation. This could mean faster fire control or more rapid shut off of a sprinkler system, resulting in less water damage. In addition, the Knox Rapid Entry System allows fire department access without damage to the building. Without this system, the fire department will gain access by forcible entry. This generally results in damage to doors or windows and their associated facings. After forcible entry, it is generally difficult to secure a building again after the emergency has been controlled. Repairs made after a s single forcible entry will likely pay for the purchase and installation of a Knox-Box. With the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System, property owners save in two ways; first, with more rapid control of emergencies and second, with less damage caused by fire department entry. WHY IS THE KNOX RAPID ENTRY SYSTEM REQUIRED? DON’T OTHER COMPANIES MAKE SIMILAR PRODUCTS? Other companies do make similar products. However, any system adopted by a Fire Department must be compatible from one installation to another. Only one master key will be carried on the fire apparatus. This key must operate all lock boxes in the Fire District. To maintain master key security, all companies in this business carefully guard the master key codes. They will not release this information to any other manufacturer or supplier. These security concerns require that one supplier be selected for all installations in the Fire District. The Knox Company was selected for several reasons. Their system has proven reliable in thousands of cities across the nation. They have a variety of products that meet rapid entry and access needs. However the primary reason the Knox Company was selected for the Geyserville Fire Protection was Key security. No other company makes a product similar to the Knox Master Key Retention system. Because we were not willing to compromise the reputation of the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District, we chose the Knox Entry system. WHO IS REQUIRED TO INSTALL THE KNOX BOX? Owners of any structure which contains a fire alarm that uses an automatic dialer to notify the Fire Department, or contains an automatic fire suppression system, or a multi-family residential structure, which includes senior apartments/ condo complexes that have restricted access to the living units. It also includes Commercial and industrial buildings identified by Fire Officials as difficult to access during emergencies. It does not require that the owner place keys to individual living units in the Knox Box, but this is allowed at the owner's discretion. It also does not require that a structure having on-site 24 hour security personnel utilize the system. DOES GEYSERVILLE FIRE MAKE ANY MONEY OFF THE SALES OF THE KNOX BOX? NO. The Fire Department has absolutely no financial interest in the sales of the Knox Company. The only purposes in requiring the Key Lock System is to improve Fire Department Access in emergency situations and to reduce property damage caused by forcible entry. HOW MUCH DOES A KNOX BOX COST? Currently, the cost of a Knox Box is about $215, plus freight. This product is adequate for most key only installations, but The Knox Company has many other products to choose from. WHERE SHOULD MY KNOX BOX BE MOUNTED? Key boxes should be mounted near the main entry door to your building. The Fire Department recommends that the box be mounted on the right hand side of the door, between five and seven feet above the ground. We also realize that this may not be possible in all applications, so we would recommend calling the Fire Department for advice in some situations. HOW DO I LOCK MY KEYS IN THE KNOX BOX? I DID NOT RECEIVE A KEY? Property owners do not receive keys that will open their Knox Box. Any key that will open your Knox Box will also open other Knox Boxes in the Fire District.. For that reason, only the Fire Department has the master key. When your box is mounted and ready to install keys, call the non emergency number at the Fire Department and advise them that you are ready to place keys in your box. An officer from the Fire department will come and place the keys securely in your box. WHAT KEYS NEED TO BE INSTALLED IN MY KNOX BOX? The Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District can assist you with that information. Keys required will vary from one business to another. Usually keys for the exterior doors, and all interior doors which control access to shared systems such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), Sprinkler systems, Alarm and electrical panels. HOW DO I ORDER A KNOX BOX? It is very simple. Visit Knox Box online and purchase with a credit card. Please note that the Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District will not show up as a listed agency. Sonoma County Department of Emergency Service is the agency you choose. Please see our Knox Box Odering bulletin for additional information.
- BOARD OF DIRECTORS | No So Co Fire
SERVICE AREA MAP MISSION & VALUES HISTORY STAFF BOARD BOARD OF DIRECTORS 1/2 Current Board of Directors: Paul Bernier, Scott Newman, Tatsuo Okaya, Fred Peterson, Rob Stewart As a fire protection district, Northern Sonoma County Fire is governed by an elected five-person Board of Directors. Anyone residing within the fire district boundaries, and who meets other legal requirements to hold public office, can run for a position on the Board. Elections are conducted every two years; each director serves a four-year term. If you are interested in being a candidate for the Northern Sonoma County Fire Board of Directors, contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters. The Board of Directors conducts regular public meetings, in compliance with the Brown Act, on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. In addition, the Board occasionally calls for a special meeting. Anyone who is interested in how the business of the fire district is conducted is welcome to attend and to comment on any item on the agenda. Members of the public are welcome to address the Board about any item not on the agenda in the ‘public comment’ portion of each meeting’s agenda. All presentations made under public appearance are normally restricted to three (3) minutes in length per meeting unless the board President specifically authorizes additional time. Reasonable accommodation will be made at the meeting for anyone having special needs due to disabilities. We request such person contact the Clerk of the Board at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Each meeting’s agenda is posted in two locations on the Monday before the regular Board meeting: at Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District, Geyserville Fire Station, 20975 Geyserville Ave and on this this website on the Board Agendas page. Prior to each meeting, a Board packet is assembled, containing documents pertinent to agenda actions items along with copies of the District’s accounts payables, correspondence, and other items of general information for the Board. The Board packet is available for public viewing at Northern Sonoma County Fire Protection District, Geyserville Fire Station, at 20975 Geyserville Ave by 7 p.m. on the Monday before the Board meeting.