About Loma Rica/Browns Valley Community Services District
The Loma Rica/Browns Valley Community Services District (District) is responsible for providing fire protection, first responder medical aid, and rescue assistance to the communities of Loma Rica and Browns Valley. Currently the Loma Rica/Browns Valley Fire Department has a staff of seven volunteers and is augmented by firefighters from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Together, they provide 24 hour, 7 day a week coverage.
The District has three stations, Station 61, located on Loma Rica Road, and Station 62, located on Browns Valley School Road, as well the new newest addition, Station 63. Station 61 is a bi-agency facility, shared between the District and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). Through the Amador contract, Station 61 is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. In addition to the CDF attack engine, Station 61 houses the District attack engine and one structure engine. Station 62 is not currently staffed and is used to house the District water tender and one structure engine.
In 2019, after years of fiscal management and assistance from Yuba County Building Department, a third station project was successfully bid. Construction was started in early May by Frank Webb Construction. With the addition of this Fire Station the District hopes to provide a more efficient response time and decrease in insurance rates to its citizens living near the fire station.
The History of the District
The County of Yuba does not provide fire service to its residents. All fire departments within the county are independent entities and, except for those agencies in existence prior to the passage of Proposition 13 in the late 1970's, must be funded by a direct assessment imposed on the residents residing within each independent district
CDF has maintained a seasonal fire station in Loma Rica for many years. Into the 1980's, this station was only open during the state's wild land fire season, typically running from late May or early June to late September or early October. Within the community, a small group of volunteers, using antiquated equipment (which they parked at their homes), were the sole providers of fire suppression and medical aid services for those months CDF was absent and for any incidents to which CDF was unable to respond or needed assistance. Funding was provided by charitable contributions, bake sales, etc.