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Firefighter News - May 2016


Firefighter News - May 2016

Prepare for an Early Fire Season

As summer approaches, we are asking residents to prepare early this year in creating a defensible space. Here is what you can do to protect your family, home and community:

Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around all structures

Clear all needles, leaves from roofs, eaves, and rain gutters

Trim branches six feet from the ground

Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants that require little water

Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney

Use trimming, mowing, and powered equipment before 10 am, and not on hot, windy days

Keep woodpiles and flammable items at least 30 feet from the home

For more information on preparing for wildfires and creating a defensible space in Sonoma County, visit or CALFire’s


TThe Bodega Bay Fire District also participated in the 43rd Annual Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival last month. Thank you to everyone that participated and joined in the fun despite the rain and the cold temps. Our team of boat builders did not fare as well as our brothers and sisters from Bodega Vol Fire, but a great time was had by all.

In other news, we are on the ballot in June for that “every four year” Appropriation’s Limit Override election or Measure A this time around. Go to for more information very soon.

Congratulations to Emily Scott and Mike Porter who received their Firefighter I certifications last month. Last but not least, congratulations to Firefighters Ryan Hamilton and Jacob Reding who have finished the classroom (Didactic) portion of the SRJC Paramedic Program and have entered their hospital clinical training phase, with only the internship portion remaining.  Again, thank you to the Palm Drive Health Care Dist and the Sonoma County Advertising Grant Program for their assistance with sending Jacob and Ryan to school. 


The Bodega Volunteer Fire Department participated in the 43rd Annual Bay Fisherman’s Festival last month. We assisted with setup /clean up and provided first aid on site. A team of 4 of our volunteer firefighters (Eric Calley, Christophe Zbinden, Steve Perucchi, Jordan Parks) participated in the boat building challenge and race at the festival. In 3 hours, 20 teams built a wooden boat and competed in heat races in the bay. Our team made it to the final race where we placed 1st to take home the 2016 Trophy. Check out for photos or to get information on entering into the competition next year. 

Please join us at our next fundraiser. Sunday May 15th at McCaughey Hall in downtown Bodega. From 7:30am to Noon we will be serving up the freshest pancakes with Eggs, Sausage, milk, OJ and Coffee. Adults $10 Child $6 Tickets are sold at the door. More Information at or find us on facebook:


Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, May 15 

The 38th annual Graton Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, May 15th. As you know, the Graton community has made our breakfast one of the biggest and best anywhere in Sonoma County. It is our one and only fundraiser to support the volunteers. Last year, over 1,500 people attend the breakfast... this may be a new record! We will have Fire Engines, Police Cars, Ambulances, SWAT Tank, and Helicopters on display for the kids as well as other displays. Thank you to all of the people who have donated raffle prizes in the past; from wine to B&B gift certificates, lawn mowers to jewelry – we had over 200 winners last year.

If you live in our district, you should receive a Graton Fire flyer in your mailbox. The menu includes all you can eat pancakes, sausage (it was a huge hit the last four years), scrambled eggs, Manzana apple juice, orange juice, milk, hot chocolate, tea and coffee. Gluten-free pancakes and sugar-free syrup are available... just ask! Price is $5 adults and $3 kids. The pancake breakfast is from 7am to noon; avoid 9:00 to 10:30, because this is usually the busiest time. We have added more grills and a “pre-sale” line to try and keep up as well. T-shirts, sweatshirts, glasses, and other items will be on sale at the breakfast. Address signs can be made “while-you-eat.” Hope to see you there!


Pancake Breakfast!

Don’t forget to join us on May 1st at the Forestville Fire station for some pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. The price for adults is $7 and $5 for kids and Seniors. We’ll have t-shirts and sweat shirts for sale, the Fire Safety Trailer, Free Book Mobile for the kids and a raffle with great prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!