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Sonoma County Fire Fighter News and Events

Mar 24, 2017



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

The next meeting of the Board of Directors will be on April 12th at 6pm at the fire station, 14100 Armstrong Woods Rd. We hope you will consider attending.

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The Bodega Bay Fire Protection District is proud to Commend the actions of the following individuals and agencies: Captain Louis Stoerzinger, FF/Medic Marco Barros, FF/Medic Jacob Reding, FF/Medic Josh Menzies, FF/Medic Urban Anderson, FF/EMT Nate Buck, FF/EMT Michael Porter, FF/EMT Emily Scott, State Park Ranger Alexis L. Jones, Bodega Volunteer Fire Department, and the Monte Rio Fire Protection District. These commendations stem from a vehicle accident with fire. The vehicle plunged about 60 feet down a cliff off Highway One and caught fire upon impact. The victim was successfully removed from the beach using a rope rescue system and transported to the Hospital.

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Firefighter Awards

Firefighter of the Year - Taylor Marshall

Above and Beyond the Call - Lindsay Cruckshank

Most Improved Firefighter - Devin McBride

Most Improved Trainee - Justin McCabe

 The Graton Fire Board of Directors said thank you this month to the volunteer firefighters for another year of service with our annual awards dinner at the Union Hotel in Occidental. This is the one time each year, when we can relax (because Sebastopol Fire Department provided station coverage) and socialize with our spouses and significant others. We often forget the sacrifices our families and friends make so that we can serve the community... this is a night to thank them as well.

It is also time to recognize those individuals that went above and beyond the call of duty – Taylor Marshall was singled out as Firefighter of the Year. After joining the department in 2011, Taylor has been a tremendous asset to the department. He regularly responds to calls, participating in training both internal and external, completes station projects, and was recently promoted to engineer. Great job!

There are certain people that you can rely on to always be there when you need them. Whether it is leaving work to run calls, handling additional station projects, or running the firefighter association – Lindsay Cruckshank is always going Above and Beyond the Call. This year, we recognize Lindsay for his outstanding service to the department since 2010. Thank you!

Devin McBride received the award for Most Improved Firefighter. In addition to completing our academy in 2015, he also graduated from the SRJC Fire Academy. Devin has been a great help. He continues to take fire classes to improve and is an intern with Gold Ridge Fire. Congratulations!

This year’s recipient for Most Improved Trainee goes to Justin McCabe. Joining the department as a trainee, he has quickly become a great asset... We are lucky to have him. Justin currently manages our chain saws – including standardizing them. Thank you for your hard work in training and we look forward to your participation for years to come! Congratulations to all of the recipients and a BIG thank you to all of our volunteers and their families.

We also recognized all firefighters and board directors for their years of service – Those with over 20 years include:

Board Secretary Mario Cesaretti – 21 years

Deputy Chief Scott Fisher – 30 years

Board President Bob Maddocks – 33 years

Engineer Lee Walker – 37 years


Pancake Breakfast!

Don’t forget to join us on May 7th 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!

Smoking and Fire Safety


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