The GM CSD is charged with providing structural fire protection and emergency medical services to the Gold Mountain community. These services are provided through an agreement (annual contract) with the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District (EPRFPD). Eastern Plumas enjoys comprehensive mutual aid agreements among the various special district volunteer fire protection providers to supply mutual aid assistance in the event of a structural fire or medical emergency.
Within our community, the CSD has participated in a number of related initiatives to improve our overall fire safety:
- When GM was developed, only seven fire hydrants were required, all serving commercial uses. Over time the District has added 15 additional hydrants at strategic locations to cover the community. It is important to understand that the fire department uses the hydrants to fill their trucks, not to connect a hose to fight the fire. We work closely with our fire providers to identify the best location for hydrants to strategically cover the entire community and will continue to add additional hydrants as the community grows.
- The CSD maintains two 140,000 gallon water storage tanks to ensure we have adequate water supplies for firefighting. In addition, the CSD partnered with the Nakoma Resort to ensure its new 90,000 gallon recreational pool was equipped with hookups to make that additional water source available in the case of an emergency. Nakoma's golf course also includes a number of large holding ponds as part of its irrigation and landscape plans. Rural fire departments all include suction equipment to ensure such pools are also available as a water source in an emergency.
- The CSD has partnered with the GM Homeowners Association (HOA) to develop a limited quick attack firefighting capability. Using a large pickup equipped with a water tank. Foam generators, and gasoline powered pump, we have created a Quick Attack Vehicle (QAV) to provide an initial response capability in the community. Each year the CSD's Fire Coordinator provide training to a cadre of community volunteers on this system, first aide, and basic wild land firefighting techniques. There have been a number of incidents where community volunteers using the QAV were first on scene to knock down small fires.
- The GM CSD sponsors a highly recognized Firewise Committee that has received accolades at county and state levels for their aggressive and creative approach towards fire safety within the community. Committee holds regular awareness meetings year round, evacuation drills during the fire season, and a pancake breakfast as part of the annual owners meeting.
In conjunction with the Gold Mountain HOA, and in cooperation with the Firewise Committee, the District has been very active in developing and implementing a hazardous fuel treatment (HFT) program at Gold Mountain. Reducing the fuel load is a significant step towards ensuring our resilience to wildfire. Wildland fire protection is provided by the United States Forest Service and all local volunteer fire departments.