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Community Services & Organizations


Elk Community Services District

The Elk Community Services District (ECSD) was formed in 1990 to provide a secure legal and financial basis for fire protection and emergency medical services in Elk and the surrounding 57 square mile area.  With strong voter approval, the ECSD took over a role which had informally operated under the umbrella of the Elk County Water District.  As the responsible government entity, the ECSD levies a small "special tax" on property parcels with structures and receives a minor allocation of Mendocino County's ad valorem property taxes to support these essential functions.  If needed, under reciprocal agreements, the ECSD's fire and ambulance services may be dispatched to assist other agencies as occurred in the 2017 Redwood Complex Fire in Mendocino County.  

The skilled and dedicated group of women and men in the Elk Volunteer Fire Department provide these critically important services.  In its oversight and administrative role, the Elk CSD sets policy and rules.  It budgets and manages the public monies, ensures legal compliance, enters into agreements with other agencies, and plans for future needs.  Based on available financial resources, the District provides guidance and funding for public outreach programs, training, maintenance, operational costs, and prioritizes replacement and improvement expenditures.

A shortage of volunteers, insufficient funding, ever more complex requirements, and inadequate physical facilities pose ongoing challenges for the District and the Elk VFD.  The ECSD is actively cooperating with other Fire Districts in seeking operational efficiency improvements and sources of additional funding, including grants, to meet operating and replacement needs for facilities and equipment.   In 2018, these efforts added some $11,200 in direct funding allocations and grants to the District.  

The ECSD is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors.  Each director serves a four-year term without compensation.  The Board meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Firehouse at the Greenwood Community Center located at 6129 S Highway 1.  Agendas are posted at least 72 hours in advance of each meeting at the Community Center, Elk Store, Elk Garage, Post Office and on the ECSD website.  Public participation both welcome and encouraged at all meetings.

More information about the ECSD and Elk VFD, including district documents, maps, histories, photos, meeting agendas and minutes, and emergency preparedness resources can be found at

2019 Board of Directors and Officers
Paul DeVaul, Director
Lucien Long, Director
Ben MacMillan, President
Ed Oliveira, VP/Treasurer
Mike Powers, Director
Rosi Acker, Board Secretary/Clerk
Bob Matson, Fire Chief 

Contact Information
Elk Community Services District
PO Box 1
Elk, CA 95432
President, Ben MacMillan (707) 877-1776,