The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade is a group of community members providing dependable fire and emergency services to all of Big Sur with a spirit of teamwork, respect and integrity.
The Big Idea
Big Sur Fire is a group of community volunteers providing dependable fire and emergency services to all of Big Sur. The work
is often described as heroic. What we don’t always see is the stress their work generates, both physically and psychologically. Big Sur Fire’s proposed Health and Wellness Program will financially support the mental and physical health of their volunteer firefighters by providing a fund for services including counseling, training and stress debriefings. With millions of acres of California burned this year, the physical and emotional well-being of firefighters is paramount to the survival of California. As our firefighters go to great lengths to care for those in our community, it is our turn to ensure they are taken care of as well.
Big Sur Fire has been a big part of my life, living as I do in the “back country” of Big Sur, for 26 years. I have counted on them for the first fire that actually came through my property in 2000; to assist up here with a non-responsive person who had to be helicoptered out several years ago; and to the two wildfires in two weeks up here on Plaskett Ridge Road in June of 2020. Recently, they took on another task, and that is to help patrol this back country for illegal campfires on busy holiday weekends, as personnel allows. They are constantly busy down on Highway One with accident-prone tourists. I worry for them and their families in this time of COVID-19, and the added stress of too much traffic, because visitation numbers are increasing exponentially.
- Kate Novoa