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The Corral Canyon Fire Safety Alliance

 
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Corral Canyon

Nearly five hundred residents call Corral Canyon home -- a community which has been tested and united by the devastating wildfires of 2007 and 2018, in which so many of our neighbors lost their homes.

 

Corral Canyon is also home base for our own call firefighter program, LACoFD Engine 271 housed in a temporary station built with donations from our community and staffed by brave volunteers trained and willing to put their lives on the line to save their neighbors homes. Additionally, under the direction and supervision of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Corral Canyon residents join nearly a hundred Arson watch volunteers from Malibu, Topanga, Agoura Hills and Calabasas and patrol over 185 square miles of the Santa Monica Mountains during periods of extreme fire weather conditions. 

The Corral Canyon Fire Safety Alliance

The Corral Canyon Fire Safety Alliance (CCFSA) is a recognized 501(c)(3) corporation that was established in May 2009 as a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation to effectively serve Corral Canyon and its neighboring communities. The CCFSA is a voice for community matters and is dedicated to bringing residents and government agencies together when it comes to public safety concerns in Corral Canyon and the Santa Monica Mountains.

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CCFSA Board of Directors

Dana Clark

President

Carlos Dell’Acqua

Vice President

Melinda Mendel

Secretary

Kelly Kincaid

Treasurer

John Shafai

Susan McMenamin

Steve Breese

Deborah Rubenacker

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Mission

The specific purpose of the CCFSA is to provide support for the Corral Canyon Call Firefighter program and Call Fire Engine 271.

 

The Call Firefighters are first responders to fire and other emergency incidents in and around the Corral Canyon area of Malibu. Working in partnership with the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), the Call Firefighters help fulfill the role as first responders and provide essential support to local fire authorities. The Call Firefighters are an important element in providing fire and emergency safety in Corral Canyon and the surrounding communities they serve and protect.

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History

The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Call Firefighter Program for the Corral Canyon area was established in 2010. As part of the agreement between the LACoFD and the CCFSA, the Corral Canyon Community provides their own community-funded Fire Apparatus and Fire Station Facility. LACoFD then maintains the equipment and provides ongoing training for the Call Firefighters in the program. Under the guidance and leadership of Los Angeles County Fire Chief, P. Michael Freeman, a fulltime Call Firefighter program was established in Corral Canyon in 2010.  After an extensive application and training process, ten Corral Canyon residents have successfully completed The Los Angeles County Fire Department's Call Firefighter Recruit Academy and continue to train under the direction of LACoFD Station 71 every other weekend. Corral Canyon's own Engine 271 is now permanently stationed in the canyon housed in a temporary facility and ready to assist on a 24/7 basis.

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Corral Canyon Working Group Committee

The Corral Canyon Working Group Committee was formed as a direct result of the major fire that occurred in November, 2007, in which more than 50 structures were lost. Under the guidance and leadership of LA County Fire Chief, P. Michael Freeman and in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Third District Office, the City of Malibu and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, nine Corral Canyon Residents were selected to serve on a committee with the goal of improving public safety and 1st response efforts during emergencies both in Corral Canyon and the neighboring canyons in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Committee has made considerable progress over the years and is credited with significant policy changes within the County as well as City with regards to wild fire procedures. In addition, this group was instrumental in improving current road conditions throughout Corral Canyon, increased law enforcement patrols as well as applying necessary pressure on the County to adopt the new parking and Red Flag Code Violations, which prohibits parking and access to the top of Corral Canyon during red flag conditions.

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June 2021

From 2010 until the present, Call Fire Engine 271 has been “housed” in a temporary facility on private property in Corral Canyon. Knowing this is a temporary situation, the CCFSA has been working towards designing and building a permanent Fire Station 271. With community donations, the design and engineering work has been completed.

Fire Station 271 will be located in the upper bowl. It is designed to “house” Fire Engine 271 and (future) Patrol 271. It will also include a small office and areas for firefighter equipment storage. This is a stand-alone Call Firefighter Station supported by the CCFSA and the Corral Canyon Community.

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On June 21, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy awarded the Corral Canyon Fire Safety alliance a $230.000.00 grant to help build the permanent fire station for Engine 271 and Patrol 271. This money is coming from the California Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan which was recently provided by the State of California.

A major fundraising campaign is under way to raise the remainder $200,000.00 needed to purchase the land and finish the building.

With each tax deductible gift received, we will continue to near our goals of eliminating destructive fires and the completion of a permanent building structure for our Fire Station 271.

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As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the CCFSA relies on the generosity of our supporters to continue offering fire safety and prevention resources to our community.

With each tax deductible gift received, we will continue to near our goals of eliminating destructive fires and the completion of a permanent building structure for our Fire Station 271. 

 
To make a donation please make your check paid to:

Corral Canyon Fire Safety Alliance

And mail to:

P.O. Box 84, Malibu, CA 90265