Mar 25, 2019
by Vesta Copestakes
Please join your West County fire departments and allied agencies learning how to be ready for the next disaster. This is our third annual fair and great opportunity to prep! Plan on meeting your local healthcare and emergency providers. There will be fire engines and jumpees for the kids… Free coffee from the Red Cross… Free gifts for those who visit the different booths! Last year, over 200 people took advantage of this great opportunity to get prepared.
Graton Fire station
3750 Gravenstein Hwy North
Saturday, 4/6, 10am-2pm
NFPA and State Farm encourage communities to engage in safety activities during Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Plan a project and participate on May 4, 2019
March 20, 2019 – Wildfires across the United States have taken more than 100 lives and cost more than $25 billion in property losses in the last two years. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm are helping communities take steps toward safety with their national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (Preparedness Day) event on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Preparedness Day serves as an opportunity for residents to participate in wildfire safety activities. Thanks to the generous support from State Farm, 150 communities across 27 states will receive project funding awards of $500 each to support activities on Preparedness Day aimed at reducing potential loss of life, property, and natural resources to wildfire.
"Since NFPA and State Farm first partnered together on Preparedness Day, the number of projects has grown tremendously. We are pleased to provide 150 communities with a grant to fund their wildfire risk reduction activities on May 4," said Vickie Hodges, P&C underwriting analyst, State Farm. "For State Farm, the largest home insurer in the U.S., it is important to us to take a leadership role in helping homeowners stay safe and better protect their property."
Recent wildfire events make the need for Preparedness Day more important than ever before. Last year, California wildfires burned nearly one million acres, the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season. Several other states that experienced large fires in 2018 including Nevada, Utah, and Oklahoma, are putting the U.S. on pace to exceed the average acreage burned annually over the past 10 years.
"NFPA and State Farm are pleased to be working together on the Preparedness Day campaign," said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. "Since our initial launch of Prep Day in 2013, participation has continued to grow. We are inspired by the number of residents who feel empowered to take the necessary steps to keep their homes and neighborhoods safer from wildfire."
There is still time to take action and NFPA and State Farm encourage people to get involved by planning a project and participating on May 4. Download a free Getting Started: Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Toolkit.
For more information about national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day including resources, videos, and tip sheets, and to see the list of winning projects and their locations, visit www.wildfireprepday.org.
For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resources, please visit the NFPA press room.
As you might have read in the Press Democrat or maybe you attended the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting on March 19, the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District and many other fire agencies received funding for service level enhancements. Beginning in April, Bodega Bay Fire will add one more Firefighter/Paramedic to daily staffing. This will allow us to keep one firefighter/paramedic in the fire district while the ambulance is transporting to hospitals in Santa Rosa or Petaluma. We are thankful for the efforts of so many for this increase in safety and service to Bodega Bay and the surrounding areas, esp. Supervisor Hopkins, who managed to stay engaged while facing many challenges.
We hope to see you at the Annual Fisherman’s Festival in May (4th and 5th)
Like us on Facebook, and don’t forget to visit us online at www.bbfpd.org
Easter Egg Hunt!
The Forestville Firefighters Association will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on April 13th at 10am at the Forestville Youth Park. For more information call the fire station at (707) 887-2212.
Don't forget to join us on May 5th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Forestville Fire station for 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 for the kids and a spectacular raffle with great prizes. We look forward to seeing you there!
Firefighter of the Year Jason Gray
Most Improved Firefighter Shane Spelman
Most Improved Trainee Jacob Mual
The Graton Fire Board of Directors said thank you last month to our volunteer firefighters for another year of service with our annual awards dinner. This is the one time each year, when we can relax (because Occidental Firefighters 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 – Jason Gray was singled out as Firefighter of the Year by his peers. After joining the department in 2003, Jason has been a tremendous asset to the department. He is a great leader as an Engineer and a positive influence around the station. Jason just landed a career fire position as a dozer operator for CAL-FIRE. We couldn’t be prouder of another Graton Graduate making a career in the fire service. Great job!
Shane Spelman received the award for Most Improved Firefighter. He joined our department at 16 as a cadet. After completing our academy in 2017, Shane began running calls when he turned 18. He completed his EMT certification last year and is currently enrolled in the SRJC Fire Academy. Shane has been a great help; he regularly responds to our community’s emergencies. Congratulations!
This year’s recipient for Most Improved Trainee goes to Jacob Mual. Joining the department as a trainee, he has quickly become a great asset – and not just because of his abilities as a chef! Jacob always has a smile and positive attitude. He is already driving our rescue squad... We are lucky to have him. 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:
Fire Chief Bill Bullard – 20 years
Assistant Chief Robert Sabrowsky – 21 years
Board Secretary Mario Cesaretti – 23 years
Deputy Chief Scott Fisher – 32 years
Board President Bob Maddocks – 35 years
Engineer Lee Walker – 39 years
Over the last several weeks, there have been several significant changes for our department.
Our long-time Firefighter/Paramedic Glenn Rampone retired after almost 38 years serving the Russian River communities. Thank you, Glenn, for your dedication, knowledge and experience which has influenced everyone you have worked with. Best wishes for a long and happy retirement!
We would like to welcome our two newest Firefighter/Paramedics Zach Bandfield and Bryan Rose. Zach comes from the South Bay where he worked for American Medical Response (AMR) in San Mateo. Bryan comes to us from the East Bay where he worked for AMR in Napa County. Both Zach and Bryan have hit the ground running with fires and floods within the first few weeks with us. Over the next 18 months, they will be working hard to learn the area and hone the necessary skills to valued members of our department.
Lastly, we have taken delivery of a new ambulance! Built by Demers Ambulance in Quebec, Canada, it features a heavy-duty truck chassis with four-wheel drive and numerous upgraded safety features to safely handle our unique response area. Over the next few weeks, we will be mounting equipment and outfitting it with the necessary equipment.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors will be on April 10th at 6pm at the fire station. We hope you’ll consider attending.
Visit our new website at www.russianriverfire.org.
Sebastopol FD will host an Open House on Saturday March 30th from 10 till 2pm.
We hope to see you!!!
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