The Big Sur River Run has been a fun, community-oriented fundraiser for the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and Big Sur Health Center for 36 years.
These two non-profit organizations provide critical services to the residents and visitors of Big Sur, which is located more than 26 miles from the nearest municipality and hospital.
The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1974 to provide structure fire protection for the residents and businesses in the Big Sur area. Their response area covers 60 miles of coastline, along Highway One, from Hurricane Point on the north end to the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line on the south. For almost 40 years, they have been an all-volunteer Fire Brigade, currently with about 40 members.
The organization now provides both structure and wildland fire protection to the Big Sur community, and also responds to medical aid incidents, vehicle accidents, high angle rescues, coastal and hazardous materials incidents. They also provide management and mutual aid for major incidents such as large wildfires and emergency road closures which can isolate the entire community.
The Health Center plays a vital role in the community by providing both preventative and urgent care, minor surgical procedures, and basic laboratory and pharmaceutical services. During emergencies such as fires, storms, and road closures that isolate Big Sur, the local health center staff is always here to serve you.