Bell Canyon Volunteer Wildland Fire Department

Bell Canyon Volunteer Wildland Fire Department

aka BCVWFD   |   Bell Canyon, CA   |  https://bcvwfd.org/

Mission

The BCVWFD was formed in 2020 with a primary mission to protect Bell Canyon residents and property by supporting and augmenting local fire agencies. Members are trained wildland firefighters certified by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal/State Fire Training program. The BCVWFD is NOT a replacement for 911 emergency resources, but offers specific, limited emergency/medical services. To aid residents with fire prevention, the BCVWFD is also available to advise and assist with pool fire pump installation. The BCVWFD was created in response to a collective experience of the Woolsey Fire of 2018 - most department members stayed to fight the fire, and one even lost his home. Residents wanted a way to have better control over shared community destiny and the BCVWFD was born.

Notes from the nonprofit

We thank you for your interest in the Bell Canyon Volunteer Wildland Fire Department. As a self-funded community volunteer fire department staffed fully by residents, we rely on and appreciate all financial support from our community and beyond in making sure we can the vehicles/equipment/training needed to be successful. The BCVWFD was formed in response to our collective experience in the Woolsey Fire, which destroyed nearly 40 homes in Bell Canyon, and damaged many more. Most of our department members stayed to fight the fire, and one even lost his home. The BCVWFD is committed to fire prevention, supporting its team members, and serving as a valuable resource for the community of Bell Canyon in providing specific, limited emergency/medical services.

Ruling year info

2021

Chief/PIO

Garrett Clancy

Board Director/Donor Development Director

Narine Sukyas

Main address

29 Baymare Rd

Bell Canyon, CA 91307 USA

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EIN

85-3746069

NTEE code info

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

BC Pool Fire Pump Installation Advisement and Assistance

To aid residents with fire prevention, members of the Bell Canyon Volunteer Wildland Fire Department are also available to advise and assist community residents with pool fire pump installation.

Population(s) Served
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Health

Specially trained Bell Canyon Volunteer Wildland Fire Department Members will remove and snakes (rattle and other) from resident properties and homes for relocation.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Family relationships

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

California Office of the State Fire Marshal / State Fire Training program 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the community and residents of Bell Canyon, California.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Private FB page,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We updated our local CERT FB page to include the BCVWFD as well- so residents had a one stop shop for all things emergency preparedness/response related in the community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Bell Canyon Volunteer Wildland Fire Department

Board of directors
as of 4/18/2021
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Board chair

Garrett Clancy

BCVWFD

Term: 2020 -

Garrett Clancy

BCVWFD

Greg McHugh

BCVWFD

Richard Levy

BCVWFD

Narine Sukyas

BCVWFD

Eric Wolf

BCVWFD

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/11/2021

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