The Fort Bidwell Fire Protection District (FBFPD) is a California special district for fire protection. The three Commissioners are elected by voters in the district for four year terms. The district is an autonomous, local government under the laws of California, and is not a department of Modoc County. The District was founded in 1946. Operations are conducted by the Fort Bidwell Volunteer Fire Department.
The District has about 214 persons with 149 housing units, 96 occupied, mostly concentrated in the Town and Reservation (2010 Census). See Demographics for more detail.
The District gets about $ 8,000.00 per year as its calculated share of the property taxes on owners within the District. This includes secured, unsecured, supplemental, homeowner's exemption, and timber tax income. This tax money covers Workman's Compensation and Liability insurance, and operational expenses up to the limit of available funds. Any remaining costs are borne by the Fort Bidwell Volunteer Fire Department from the annual Memorial Day Barbeque. Equipment and engines are loaners or used equipment bought with grants. The Fire House is owned by the County. District tax funds are kept and paid-out by the Modoc County Auditor's Office.
Neither the Fire District nor the Fire Department has any paid, compensated, or benefited staff, all are volunteers (California Compensation Report).
The District has no staff, no office, and no phone. Contact us by mail at P O Box 296, Fort Bidwell, California 96112, or by email through the Fire Department at FBVFD@gsmall.us.
The three District Commissioners are elected by the district voters at a County election, each for a term of four years. California Election Code 10515 requires that the County Board of Supervisors appoint the district commissioners if the number of persons declaring candidacy is less than or equal the number of positions to be filled. Such positions are not to be put on the ballot unless 10% of the district or 50 voters have petitioned to do so.