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Firefighter News - June 2016


Firefighter News - June 2016

With spring in full swing, now is the time for homeowners to get "Ready" for a wildfire by maintaining an adequate Defensible Space and by hardening their home by using fire resistant building materials. Defensible Space is the buffer you create by removing dead plants, grass and weeds. Just a few simple steps can help get you and your home "Ready" for a wildfire.  Visit: 


Hopefully before the end of June, Bodega Bay Fire will be the proud owners of a new water tender, using funds that were 95% FEMA Grant dollars.  This grant is one in a series of grant victories for our grant writer: Volunteer Firefighter/EMT Raymond Hill.  To date, Ray has secured almost $400,000.00 in various grant dollars.  This does not include his time spent assisting me with the Advertising Fund Grant.  In addition to the time spent on grants, Ray also finds enough time to not only train our newest volunteers and driver operators, but he is also plays an important role as the background investigator for all new volunteers, interns, EMT’s and medics.  This makes a certain amount of sense since Ray is a former law enforcement officer.  Ray joined BBFPD in 2004, and as you can tell Ray became very involved in many aspects of the organization.  Ray is a good friend and mentor to both the full time staff and volunteers alike.  On a personal note, they broke the mold after Ray.  I have not met a more professional, conscientious, caring, supportive, hard working, or involved person in my life.  It should come as no surprise that Ray has been awarded the Firefighter of the Year four times now.  On behalf of a grateful District-We Thank You Ray!

In other news: Don’t forget our Pancake Breakfast will be held on July 2nd from 7:30 to 11am.  Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for the Kids-All you can eat!  The Fireworks Show will be later that same night.

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A Pancake Breakfast “Thank You!” – 1,400+ Served

Our 38th annual Graton Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast was a huge success because of you, the community!  Thank you to everyone that used the shuttle to alleviate parking at the new fire station.  We served over 1,400 plates of pancakes, eggs, and sausage along with gallons of Roasters coffee, orange juice, Manzana apple juice, and milk. Everyone enjoyed tours of the REACH and Sheriff helicopters, fire engines, Sheriff’s SWAT armored vehicle, bomb squad truck, prisoner bus, and incident command unit, CHP patrol car, and Book Mobile! Soon, everyone that won a raffle prize will be notified. A huge thank you goes to the local businesses in and around our community for donating over 200 raffle prizes to help support our fundraising cause.  Thank you to all the family, friends, and Boy Scout Troop 20 who came and donated their time to help work at the breakfast.

The funds raised at the breakfast will go to support the firefighters, the new station, and the equipment used by the department.  Being that we are an all-volunteer fire department, we try to create an inviting atmosphere at the new fire house so volunteers are encouraged to hang out; thus improving our response times to the 600 medical aids, vehicle crashes, and fires in our community each year. Thank you again for your continued support and devotion in our endeavor of providing protection to life and property in our community... we couldn’t do it without you! 

Photo Caption: Graton’s newest firefighters serve up breakfast to 1,400 people at annual fundraiser. (picture to be sent separately)

 New Firefighters!

We would like to congratulate our two newest firefighters, Justin McCabe and John Selfridge! Justin recently completely the Santa Rosa Junior College Firefighter I Course and John joins us with years of experience from CALFIRE. Both have completed our in-house training academy and are now responding to emergencies. In addition, thanks to our training instructors for volunteering their time to teach our academy. Interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter? Just give us a call or stop by to learn how you can help your community!


Prepare for an Early Fire Season

In light of the extreme drought conditions, the City of Sebastopol Fire Department is 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 a.m., and not on hot, windy days.
  • Keep woodpiles and matters inflammables at least 30 feet of the home.
  • For more information on preparing for wildfires and creating a defensible space in Sonoma County, visit or CAL

Fire’s If you have further questions, please call the Sebastopol Fire Department at (707) 823-8061.


The Russian River Firefighters Association will be hosting our Annual Firefighters BBQ starting at noon on June 18, 2016. The 70th Annual Stumptown Daze Parade starts at 11am, so get there early to get a good seat. Festivities run until 6pm that day.

The Russian River Fire Protection District is accepting applications for Volunteers. Please inquire within for more information or visit our website a

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be on June 9th at 6pm at the fire station, 14100 Armstrong Woods Rd. We hope you will consider attending.

Sunday, June 5th, 2016
7am - Noon 
Pancake Breakfast
Gold Ridge District: 1690 Watertrough Rd, 
707-823- 5502.

Sunday, June 12th, 2016
7:00am to Noon 
Pancake Breakfast
Hessel Fire Station: 4500 Hessel Rd
707-823- 5502.

June 18 Annual Firefighters BBQ starting at noon. The 70th Annual Stumptown Daze Parade starts at 11am, so get there early to get a good seat. Festivities run until 6pm that day.The Russian River Fire Protection District is accepting applications for Volunteers. Please inquire within for more information or visit our website at

Sunday, June 19, 2016 
8:00 am – 11:00 am
Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast 
Kenwood Fire Station 9045 Sonoma Hwy and Randolph Ave. in Kenwood. 
707-833- 2042

Saturday,  June 25, 2016
6:00pm – Midnight (Dinner starts at 7) 
BBQ and Dance and Silent Auction   
Glen Ellen Fire Station 1 13445 Arnold Drive