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Firefighter News -January 2017


Firefighter News - January 2017

Holiday Tree Disposal 

Thirty seconds is all it takes for a dry Christmas tree to be consumed by fire. Many people will leave their trees up through the New Year – but fire doesn’t take a holiday. The Sonoma County Fire Prevention Officers Association urges everyone to dispose of their trees as soon as possible, once it begins to show signs of drying out. According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), one-third of all Christmas tree fires occur in January. The first rule of tree disposal: Never put the tree or branches in a fireplace or wood burning stove! Sonoma County Waste Management has made it easy to recycle with four options:

1. There is no charge for county residents to put trees in your yard waste container and place at the curb on your regular yard waste collection day. 

The tree MUST BE CUT TO FIT inside the container as trees sticking out of the container can interfere with the lifting arm on the truck. Cloverdale, Cotati, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Windsor and unincorporated Sonoma County have whole tree collection. Visit or call 800-243-0291 to confirm the week of pick-up. Place your un-flocked tree beside your yard waste container on your regular collection day.

2. Call (707) 565-3333 for an appointment to have a non-profit pickup your tree.

The pickup dates are January 4, 5, 11, & 12, 2017. Call ahead to schedule a pickup. The suggested donation for this service is $7 for trees less than 6 feet and $10 for larger trees. 

3. Special whole tree collection for Rohnert Park multifamily complexes.

Managers of multifamily complexes in Rohnert Park can arrange to have their tenant’s trees picked up by special arrangement. Contact (707) 586-2283.

4. Free drop-off locations throughout the County. 

There are many locations, dates, & times throughout the County; please confirm before dropping off your tree. Residents may take up to two trees to any of the drop-off locations at no charge.

The longer Christmas trees are in the home, the more they dry out and increasingly become fire hazards. Removing the tree from your home and properly disposing of it as soon as possible will minimize the risk of a treasured holiday season becoming a tragic one.


Happy New Year Everyone. Like you, we are looking for a great new year.

BBFPD recently held its annual holiday celebration at the fire station this past December. The firefighter dinner was followed by a presentation of employee recognition awards and the year in pictures slide show. 

BBFPD awarded the following:

• Supervisor Efren Carrillo was given an award of appreciation for all of his help to the 5th District and BBFPD. 

• Years of Service-For every five years of service, the employee or volunteer is formally recognized and given a pin that indicates 5-10-15-etc. This year Captain Lou Stoerzinger-5 years; Justin Fox-10 years; David Bynum-10 years; Sean Grinnell-25 years.

• Community Member of the Year-This award is given to a member of the Bodega Bay Community who has made Bodega Bay a safer and better place to live. This year’s award was given to Patty Ginochio (and her Husband Paul and daughter Alicia) for their tireless work in the community.

• Firefighter of the Year-This award is given to the one person who continually strives to do their best for the betterment of self, the District, its staff, and its equipment. This year’s award was given to Raymond Hill.

• Lifetime Achievement-This award is given to the person who has not only given to the Fire District, but has also given to the Bodega Bay Firefighters Association and to the Community of Bodega Bay. This year it was given posthumously to Margret Peggy Hill for her fierce dedication and loyalty to Bodega Bay. We recently lost Peggy due to health issues; therefore Husband Ray Hill and daughter Wendy Hill accepted the award on Peggy’s behalf. She is an irreplaceable force in our community and will be sorely missed.


Firefighter of the Year

Congratulations to Michael Pierson for earning Firefighter of the Year. This is Mike’s first Firefighter of the Year since he joined the department in 2008. Mike responded to 31% of alarms in 2016 and 67% of our training drills for the year. We are all thankful for your service to our community Mike.

For a second year in a row, Captain Nick Alberigi responded to the most emergencies and Firefighter Gary Green attended the most training drills. Nick and Gary’s dedication is very much appreciated.

Congratulations to Firefighter Sean Norton for reaching 10 years of Volunteer service, Firefighter Jordan Hansen for reaching 15 years of service and Captain Greg Rasmussen for his 30 years of being a Volunteer and Full-time member of the department. We thank you for your years of service.


Christmas Tree Farm 

Thank you to everyone who came to our fire station to get a Christmas tree and support our volunteers. For the sixth year, we also brought in Noble and Nordman Fir trees from a sustainable farm in Oregon... They were so popular, we sold out! In addition, hundreds of people cut down their own trees as well as sponsored seedlings to help us replant. Kids enjoyed searching the 5,000+ seedlings now planted throughout the farm to find their names from last year. A big “Thank You” to our tree farm manager, Heather O’Dell, her team, and all the volunteer firefighters for all of their hard work getting the tree farm looking so great. Most importantly, we appreciate your support to keep our tree farm sustainable. We look forward to seeing you next season!

Toy Drive... Another Success

The 2016 Toy Drive was a fantastic success, thank you! Graton Fire was able to deliver presents to over 40 children, brightening their holidays. We wish everyone could experience the joy we see when the fire engine pulls up and delivers your presents... once again, thank you. A tremendous thank you also needs to go out to Andy’s Produce, Graton Community Club, Sebastopol Hardware, and Graton Post Office for being toy collection points in addition to cash donations from a number of residents to our toy drive.