State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee Information
Property owners in the unincorporated areas of South Apple Valley, primarily in the Communities of Apple Valley Highlands, Apple Valley Marianas and the Milpas Highlands, have already or will soon receive a bill from the State of California assessing them a fire prevention fee. This fee is a result of a legislative trailer bill, Assembly Bill X1 29. The Fire Districts Association of California (FDAC) has actively opposed the bill on behalf of its fire district members from the beginning, a few years ago, when the idea for the fee was first presented as a way to generate additional revenues for the State.
The Board of Directors of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District want the property owners of its constituency to know the funds collected from this fee will go directly to CALFire, the State’s fire agency. This fee is NOT an assessment from Apple Valley Fire Protection District, and Apple Valley Fire will not receive any of the funds from CALFire for services or fire prevention activities in our communities.
This fire fee is assessed by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CalFire, on all inhabitable structures within State Responsibility Areas (SRAs). It does not matter if the property owner already pays taxes for fire protection services nor does it take into account whether or not CalFire has a presence in the local area. CalFire does not have a presence in Apple Valley.
Since the small community areas noted in the first paragraph are already served by the Apple Valley Fire Protection District, and its property owners pay taxes for fire protection and prevention services, the fee has been reduced by the State from $150 to $115.
As the Fire District’s constituents begin to receive notification and bills for the new “SRA Fee,” the Fire District believes it is important to share its concerns associated with the new “Fire Prevention Fee” with the public, our locally elected officials, and our state legislators.
The Apple Valley Fire Protection District is opposed to the newly implemented State Responsibility Area (SRA) fee, which imposes an additional financial burden on our constituents without providing additional fire services. The Fire District believes this fee is onerous to the residents who will not see any direct benefit from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire), the State’s firefighting agency.
Additionally, the judicious use of special taxes by local agencies such as Apple Valley’s Measure V tax, passed by over two-thirds of the local electorate, allows the funding of programs of interest to local constituents such as fire protection, prevention and paramedic services.
In many cases, the new “Fire Prevention Fee” is double that of any local measure, and is without any scrutiny from the electorate. It is the Fire District’s opinion ill-conceived fees, such as this, skew the relationship between the local agencies and their constituency. Local measures are considered by the electorate that would directly benefit from the measure.
The current economic environment combined with the new “SRA fee” will further strain local resources, ultimately diminishing local agencies’ ability and willingness to respond outside established service areas. The intended and unintended consequences of this legislation will negatively impact fire districts in particular and the fire service in general for years to come — unless this fee is repealed.
In closing, the Fire District believes the “SRA fee” is unwise and unwarrantable. Please consider contacting your State representatives: State Senator Mark Leno, Assembly Member Jared Huffman and Governor Jerry Brown, to submit your position on the legislation.
On November 20, 2012, the Apple Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors adopted Resolution 12-012 which formally opposes the newly implemented “State Responsibility Area” (SRA) fee that imposes an additional financial burden on its constituents without providing additional fire services.
“It has always been the Board’s desire to avoid imposing additional taxes or fees upon the District’s citizens,” said Virgil Barnes, Apple Valley Fire District Board President. “We want to make it clear that this new fee is not imposed by the District, and will not directly benefit the Fire District or its constituency in any way.”
Requests for exemption or clarification should be directed to CalFire and the State Board of Equalization. Their contact information can be found here. You can also call 888-310-6447.
WHAT IS THIS FEE?
The State Responsibility Area (SRA) Fire Prevention Benefit Fee was enacted following the signing of Assembly Bill X1 29 in July 2011. This fee is imposed by the State of California and not by the Apple Valley Fire Protection District.
The law approved the new annual Fire Prevention Fee to pay for fire prevention services within the SRA. The fee is levied at the rate of $150 per habitable structure, which is defined as a building that can be occupied for residential use. Owners of habitable structures who are also within the boundaries of Apple Valley Fire Protection District will receive a reduction of $35 per habitable structure.
CalFire fee bills have been mailed to Apple Valley Fire Protection District property owners. The State Responsibility Area Viewer allows users to search for a specific address to help determine if someone is in or out of SRA.
For additional information please visit the Fire Prevention Fee website, or call 1-888-310-6447. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed a Class Action Lawsuit against the fire tax. Please go to the Fire Tax Protest web page for additional information.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PROPERLY PROTEST THIS FEE?
1) Complete the Petition for Redetermination Form and print.
2) Mail to each address listed below:
Fire Prevention Petitions
P.O. Box 2254
Suisun City, CA 94585
Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
P.O. Box 944246
Sacramento, CA 94244
Board of Equalization
P.O. Box 942879
Sacramento, CA 94279
It is recommended that you pay this fee on time to avoid any possible penalties. It is also recommended that you write “Paid in Protest” on your check and on the bill. Make copies of both of these documents before mailing.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Fire District’s Administrative Offices at (760) 247-7618.
Need CPR Training
CPR and First Aid classes are held on the second Saturday of each month at Fire Station #336, located at 19235 Yucca Loma Road.
All classes are taught by certified Apple Valley Fire Protection District employees.
The First Aid class, offered 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, is a 4-hour class sponsored by the American Heart Association. Students successfully completing the course will receive a 2-year certification card. The cost is $40 per person and includes books and materials.
The Heartsaver CPR class, offered 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, is a 4-hour class sponsored by the American Heart Association. Students successfully completing the course will receive a 2-year certification card. The cost is $40 per person and includes books and materials.
Advanced Healthcare Provider class is held quarterly. The cost for the Healthcare Provider class is $75.
Skills-only testing for American Heart Association Healthcare Provider is provided by appointment only. The cost is $50 per person and the student must show successful completion of the on-line course to the instructor. To schedule your appointment call 760-247-7618.
You must pre-register and pay for all classes at the Fire District Administration Offices, located at 22400 Headquarters Drive, Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Payments can be made by check, cash, or debit/credit card.
“I have bees.” What do I do?
If the bees are swarming and are an immediate threat to people or livestock, call 911.
If the bees are not an immediate threat, call any local exterminator/pest control company found in the yellow pages of your phone book.
Do I need a permit to burn weeds?
Yes. Click here for full details.
How do I get a burn permit?
Burn permits may be purchased at the Headquarters Fire Station, 22400 Headquarters Drive, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays).
What am I allowed to burn?
You are allowed to burn weeds/tumbleweeds, grasses, leaves, pine needles, and small tree trimmings.
How do I become a Fire Explorer?
You must be between 14 and 21 years of age.
You must live in Apple Valley.
You must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 (‘C’) or better in school.
You must be willing to learn and be available to actively participate in various drills, fundraisers, and fire training.
You must submit an application. Applications are available at Fire District Headquarters, 22400 Headquarters Drive, Apple Valley. Applications are accepted at any time, but are processed only twice a year. When your application is processed, you will be notified of an interview with a Senior Advisor.
What do Fire Explorers do?
Fire Explorers are the firefighters of tomorrow.
Active Fire Explorers:
Volunteer at many special events, including the Freedom Festival in July, parades, and other District events.
Assist firefighters during flooding and other emergency incidents.
Attend drills twice a month, and continually practice the skills they are learning.
Attend Fire Explorer academies and participate in Explorer musters.
Fire Hazard Complaints
How can I report a house or vacant parcel with hazards?
Please call our 24 hour message number (760)247-3585 and leave your name, address, telephone number, and a description of the hazard and its location.
What if I have a question about an abatement notice?
Please call the 24-hour message number (760)247-3585. Provide your APN (the number located below the date on your notice), your name, a daytime phone number, and brief message about your question. You will normally receive a return phone call within 24-48 hours. You may also e-mail a question to: email@example.com.
What can be done about illegal dumping on vacant land?
If you should observe illegal dumping, please call WeTip 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463). An award of up to $1,000 is possible if an arrest and conviction occurs due to the information you provide. Unfortunately, the property owner will be responsible for cleaning up illegal dumping on their land.
Can Joshua trees be removed?
Joshua trees are protected by law. If you have a Joshua tree on your property that you feel is a hazard, contact the Town of Apple Valley’s Planning Department at (760)240-7000.
Where is the Fire District business office located?
22400 Headquarters Drive, just north of the intersection of Central & Hwy 18
Click here for a map.
What are Fire District business hours?
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
How many fire stations are there in Apple Valley Fire District?
There are seven fire stations. Three of the stations are staffed 24-hours per day, seven days per week, for emergency response. Fire Station 337 is currently staffed Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.
How many square miles does the Fire District provide fire protection services for?
The Fire District provides fire protection for a 206 square mile area.
What are the requirements for house numbers?
House numbers must be located on the house or garage, so that the address is easily seen from the street. The numbers must be a minimum of 4” high and be a contrasting color to the background they are mounted on. In addition, residents are encouraged, but not required, to post address numbers on their mailboxes. Newly built homes in Apple Valley are required to have lighted street addresses and the Fire District encourages lighted street addresses for existing residences also. Please note that the minimum size of 4” applies to residences only; a business will need to contact an inspector for commercial building requirements.
Does the Fire District rescue animals from trees or poles?
Cats will normally come down on their own.
In the case of an animal on power poles, call Southern California Edison.
For other animal-related concerns, call Town of Apple Valley Animal Control at (760)240-7000, Extension 7555; or, if you reside in the unincorporated area of Apple Valley, call San Bernardino County Animal Control at (800)472-5609.
How can I get my fire extinguisher serviced?
There are several companies in Apple Valley and the surrounding area that provide fire extinguisher sales and servicing. Check your phonebook yellow pages under “Fire Extinguishers.”
How can I support my Fire District?
Donations are accepted through the Apple Valley Fire Protection District Public Safety Fund. Donations are used to purchase needed emergency medical and rescue equipment. Please see full information here.
Where can I take my household hazardous waste?
Household hazardous waste can be taken to the Town of Apple Valley Public Works building located at 13450 Nomwacket Road (between Ottawa & Powhattan). It is open every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Household hazardous waste accepted includes television sets, computer monitors, fluorescent tubes, pesticides, batteries, paint, polishes, herbicides, drain cleaners, antifreeze, fertilizers, poisons, household chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, photography supplies, and medications. For further information, call Public Works at (760)240-7000, Extension 7500.
Where can I take my used syringes/sharps?
Apple Valley residents can bring used/unused needles and syringes (sharps) to the Administrative offices. We will accept the containers at the front desk Monday through Friday (except holidays).
1. We can only collect the sharps if they are in an approved* container (no coffee cans, Clorox bottles, etc).
2. If needed an empty sharps container will be given in exchange for the full one.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept prescription medications. Medications can be taken to the Town of Apple Valley Public Works. They are located at 13450 Nomwacket and are open every Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
*FDA-approved sharps disposal containers are made with puncture and leak-resistant plastic. The agency recommends that sharps – like needles, syringes, lancets and other devices used at home to treat diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and other diseases – be immediately placed after use in one of these containers. For more information about safe sharps disposal, visit www.fda.gov/safesharpsdisposal.
Do you offer CPR & First Aid classes?
Yes, we offer Heartsaver CPR (Child, Infant and Adult) and Standard First Aid. The cost is $40 per person, per class. Please see the First Aid & CPR Training Page for more information.
Do you offer fire extinguisher training?
Yes, fire extinguisher training is available for community groups and/or businesses. Please contact our Public Education section by calling (760)247-7618 to arrange training.