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Fire Suppression Assessment Information

After 50-plus years as a 100% volunteer fire department, it is getting increasingly difficult to handle the daily call volume without the help of some permanent, full-time staffing.  The Rough and Ready Volunteer Fire Department is proposing a Fire Suppression Benefit Assessment which will be paid for by Rough and Ready residents owning property within the fire district boundaries.  Under the proposed assessment, a single-family residence would pay $220.79 per year, or less than $4.25 per week in order to improve our fire response and keep the doors open.

Official Ballots were mailed out to all property owners on Friday, April 12th, 2019.  They must be returned to the fire department by May 30th, 2019A hearing will be on held on the evening of May 30th, 2019 to hear questions, comments, concerns, etc.  At the end of the hearing, the ballots will be counted.  Click on the following links to to find out more about the Fire Suppression Assessment.

Notice Of Public Hearing
Fire Suppression Assessment Engineer's Report

Good article from the San Francisco Chronicle about the Volunteer Firefighter shortage in California
Agenda for Public Hearing


Still have questions?  Call the fire department at (530) 432-1140 or stop by the station.

NEWS FLASH: The hearing concluded at nearly 11:00pm on May 30th and the Assessment Passed!
Here are the results:

Total ballots accepted: 234
Total assessed amount of ballots accepted: $51,499.12
Total ballots in favor: 140
Total assessed amount of ballots in favor: $31,076.16
Total ballots in opposition: 94
Total assessed amount of ballots in opposition: $20,422.96

Using either ballots cast in favor, or assessed amount in favor, it passed by approximately 60% yes to 40% no.

Thank You!
The League Of Women Voters count ballots at the Benefit Assessment Hearing.




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1. Before you burn, do you have a burn permit?

If not, please go online or to your local fire department to get one.
Make sure it is completely filled out before you start your burn.
(put it on your refrigerator or somewhere you can easily access the permit)

2. Before you burn, make sure it is a burn day.

Go online here or call (530) 274-7928 or (530) 268-1023.

3. Please burn in a clear area (with at least a 10' clearance around your pile).

You don't want your pile to spread through your yard and on to the neighbor's property.

4. Have a water source near where you are burning, safety first!

5. Burn proper materials (no lumber or trash) and be safe!

Additional burn day information can be found here.




Due to our recent disasters, we encourage everyone to sign up for CodeRED emergency alerts on the MyNevadaCounty web site.

With the CodeRED system, you will get an alert on your land-line or cell phone in the event of a community-wide emergency.




The Basic Steps to Becoming a Volunteer Firefighter:

1. Make sure you're ready to commit. Making the decision to become a volunteer firefighter should not be taken lightly. It requires hundreds of hours of training and a strong commitment to service. Research Volunteer firefighting by reading articles and expert columns at's Volunteer page.

2. Contact your local fire service agency. Not all departments have volunteers, and depending upon your area, its population and local government, volunteer opportunities may not be available. If your local department doesn't have volunteers, one nearby may. has a directory of contact information and department statistics.

3. Call your local fire station's non-emergency number and ask to speak with the station officer. Tell him or her that you're interested in becoming a volunteer and ask what your next step should be. He or she should be able do direct you to the best resources and people to help you. Often, departments will allow you to ride along on their apparatus to let you make a more informed decision about whether volunteer firefighting is right for you.

4. Once you've identified a department, you will need to complete their application and background check process. Screening process and required qualifications vary by department.

5. After you join, the department will usually enter you in a training program. The length of these programs varies, but all firefighters are required to take a minimum 110-hour NFPA-certified course.




Community Links:

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Fire Safe Council of Nevada County




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   Western Nevada County:
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    Eastern Nevada County:
    (530) 582-1027    

      Western Sierra County:
          (530) 289-3662        

Eastern Sierra County:
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       (530) 832-4528       

    (530) 283-3602      

     (530) 284-6520     


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14506 Rough and Ready Hwy

 Mailing address: PO Box 10 

 Rough and Ready, Ca 95975

Office 530-432-1140

Fax 530-432-9076.


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