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Firefighter News - August 2015


Firefighter News - August 2015

Focus on Fire Safety

Fire season in Sonoma County has begun! Please remember to maintain your defensible space around your homes. Defensible space is the area around your home that is properly maintained to slow the advancement of a wildfire. Please visit your local fire station or for more information.

Now that the temperatures are rising and the grasses are starting to dry out, it is becoming easier for wildland type fires to start. Remember to mow high weeds and grasses early and often. The lower temperatures and higher humidities help slow a fire should one start.

Remember to keep hydrated throughout the day on hot days. Dehydration can lead to heat stress or heat stroke and can be contributed to many medical emergencies during extreme heat. Avoid strenuous activities during the afternoons and drink plenty of fluids. While sodas and other beverages are tasty, water is generally the best at helping to stay hydrated .


The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be on August 12th at 6pm at the fire station. We hope you’ll consider attending.


Welcome to Marco Barros, our newly appointed Firefighter/Paramedic.

Beginning in August, Firefighters Lou Stoerzinger, Ryan Hamilton, and Jake Reding will begin the year-long Paramedic Certification Program at Santa Rosa Junior College. Their personal commitments will yield a future higher level of medical proficiency and service to the residents of and visitors to Bodega Bay.

Thanks to all for your support of the annual Bodega Bay Firefighters Association Raffle and Pancake Breakfast. Funds generated will go towards equipment purchases, scholarships, and other community activities that the Association funds. Hope to see you next year!


New Firefighters 

We would like to introduce five new Graton Firefighters – Ben Hedlund, Jonathan Preciado, Cole Fitzpatrick, Devin McBride, and Justin Pearson. Congratulations for completing our 6-month training academy and a special welcome to Justin Pearson, who started as a cadet two years ago and just turned 18. Look for their shiny yellow helmets as they start running calls.

Public Notice 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of the Graton Fire Protection District at its regular meeting of June 9, 2015, adopted a preliminary budget for the fiscal year 2015-2016. Said preliminary budget is posted at 3750 Gravenstein Highway N, Sebastopol, CA for inspection by interested taxpayers.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that at the regular meeting of August 11, 2015 at Graton Fire Protection District, 3750 Gravenstein Highway N, Sebastopol, CA, the Board of Directors will adopt Resolution R-1 2015/2016 setting the 2015-2016 Proposition IV Appropriation Limit in compliance with Article XIIIB of the State Constitution, Government Code Section 7900, et al. The calculation of said appropriation limit is available for inspection during the hours and days set forth above. At the same meeting and place, there will be opening hearings on the 2015-2016 budget and adopting a final budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.