SIXTY-FOURTH EDITION


CPR and AED Awareness Week is June 1-7!

Share the two simple steps with a neighbor or friend. They could help save a life!

Benevolent Foundation News

This past week, Benevolent Foundation CFO, Kevin O'Meara, met with staff from the Firefighters Burn Institute. They toured our headquarters and talked about the various ways the Benevolent Foundation supports firefighters and their families. 

Kevin also accompanied the Firefighters Burn Institute staff on a tour of Shriner's Hospital for Children - Northern California and visited the Burn Care team. They learned about the collaborative approach the team takes to treatment and the numerous studies underway to advance treatment and improve pediatric burn care. 
Fire Family Weekend

Last month, the families of Sara Thomas and Ryan Mitchell attend the Fire Family Weekend in Boise, Idaho. They were accompanied by Kevin O'Meara, Daryll Pina, Robert Cluff, and CAL FIRE Local 2881 Honor Guard Commander, Chris Bruno and Deputy Commander, Johnny Garcia. The event is hosted by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and enables the families who have lost loved ones to connect and talk to one another.  At the beginning of the weekend the families all shared something special about their loved one with the group and took part in an IC briefing. On Sunday, the families released butterflies and joined the Honor Guard in a walk to the memorial site where their fallen firefighters names have been added. Many families return to the Fire Family Weekend each year to welcome and support the families who have recently lost a loved one. Below are some pictures from Family Fire Weekend 2018.

Sara Thomas's family with the Honor Guard members.
Sara's daughters, niece & nephew with HG member Chris Bruno.

Ryan Mitchell's parents, Will & Leslie, with Ryan's son, Aiden.
Will & Aiden with Smokey Bear.
Honor Guard members.
Lupe & her daughter Daisy with Smokey Bear.

Do you have questions about your retirement?
 
June Educational Opportunities

Webinar

CalPERS will host the 20-minute Retirement Planning Checklist webinar, June 13, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

As you approach retirement, you may face many considerations, both personal and financial. Educating yourself beforehand is key to making good retirement decisions. The Retirement Planning Checklist webinar provides a checklist of steps you should be taking leading up to that all-important date. 

Visit the Member Education page and scroll down to Upcoming Events to register for this event. 

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News Release: CalPERS Benefits Education Event in Riverside

May 24, 2018
Communications & Stakeholder Relations
Contact: Jeanie Esajian, Information Officer
(916) 795-3991 - newsroom@calpers.ca.gov

June 15 & 16 at the Riverside Convention Center
 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - CalPERS is hosting a two-day CalPERS Benefits Education Event (CBEE) in Riverside during June to educate members in a five-county area about programs and benefits available to them. This CBEE will take place at the Convention Center in Riverside on Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, 2018. The same program is offered on each day so attendees can select the day they wish to attend.

There are approximately 160,000 active members in Imperial, Inyo, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties who can benefit from this event. Whether new to CalPERS, in mid-career, or close to retirement, CBEEs offer all CalPERS members a wealth of information about their retirement and health benefits, supplemental savings plans, long-term care coverage, and more. Representatives from CalPERS Regional Offices will be on hand to answer questions.

Open both Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free event features classes specific to both early through mid-career members, and those nearing retirement. Topics to be covered include CalPERS retirement benefits, CalPERS health benefits, and deferred compensation. The deferred compensation class is sponsored by the California Department of Human Resources' Savings Plus program. In addition, sessions on my|CalPERS & Your Retirement Options, and Social Security will be offered.

The CBEE schedule through June 2019 is available at  CalPERS Benefits Education Events. Included on the page is the  "Whats a CBEE?" video, which shows what to expect at one of our events. Members are encouraged to pre-register for their preferred event date to expedite registration check-in, but registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome.

Did you know?


IN THE NEWS
LAKE COUNTYNEWS, 6/1/2018

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. - A South County firefighter injured Monday in the fire that destroyed the Middletown Hardester's Market has been released from the hospital.

Cal Fire firefighter Justin Costa was released from the UC Davis Medical Center burn center in Sacramento on Wednesday afternoon, Cal Fire reported.

Officials said Costa currently is resting at home. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IS LOSING ITS CLOUDS AND THAT'S BAD NEWS FOR FIRE SEASON
BRIAN KAHN, 5/31/2018

June Gloom season is upon Southern California. For as long as anyone can remember, that's meant clouds wrapping the landscape  in a milky white cocoon as cool, moist ocean air known as the marine layer moves inland. But as with everything in our world, this is now changing.

June-and summer as a whole, it turns out-is becoming less cloudy in parts of Southern California. Great for your garden perhaps, but new research shows the trend is also increasing the risk of wildfires, which are on everyone's mind after last year's  record -setting Thomas Fire . The findings could add a key variable for firefighters and meteorologists to look at to gauge how bad fire conditions will get in a given year. READ MORE

EARTHJUSTICE, 5/31/2018

San Francisco, CA,  May 31, 2018 - This Friday is a big day for American consumers - and most don't even realize it. As of June 1, 2018, it is illegal to manufacture or import composite wood products in the United States if they contain excessive amounts of formaldehyde.

This major improvement to consumer safety is the result of a lawsuit filed in October 2017. The Sierra Club and Louisiana-based A Community Voice, represented by Earthjustice, challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Administrator Scott Pruitt's delay of the formaldehyde limits. The plaintiffs watched people become ill from exposure to formaldehyde, a carcinogen that causes respiratory ailments and exacerbates asthma. 
READ MORE

WHAT EVERY FIRE FIGHTER SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PTSD
JENNIFER KOPF, 6/4/2018
 
The fact that your profession is one of the most dangerous and stressful occupations in the world isn't news. Every day, you put yourself in harm's way to help those in need. Exposure to trauma is a natural and unavoidable part of your work.

But many fire fighters and paramedics don't discuss the details of their work with their families when they get home. Some are exposed to traumatic events year after year without any debriefing or counseling. Chances are, you've experienced a major traumatic event or know a coworker who has.  READ MORE

  Richard J. Ernest Scholarships
2018-2019 

There will be eight (8) $1000 scholarship awards given this year to members or their dependents.  Information and application forms can be accessed on our members website at www.calfirelocal2881.org under the "Info - RJ Ernest Scholarship" tab or by calling headquarters at 916-609-8700.

The postmark deadline for all who wish to apply is June 15th for the 2018-2019 Richard J. Ernest Scholarship applications.


  • All-you can eat Picnic at your favorite theme parks!
  • Legoland: Lego City deep sea adventure
  • Get set for Summer with purchasing power
  • Accidental death & disbursement insurance plan
  • Liberty Mutual auto and home insurance

Visit Cal CSEA for more information!

 


June is PTSD Awareness Month!  Learn more

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
IAFF PEP 10TH DISTRICT 
JUNE 19 - 20

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JULY 24 - 26

IAFF  CONVENTION
AUGUST 6 - 10

BUDGET PREP MEETING
AUGUST 21 - 22

IAFF MEMORIAL
SEPTEMBER 15

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
SEPTEMBER 18 - 20

CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
SEPTEMBER 29

NATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
OCTOBER 7 - 8

CDF FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT
 FOUNDATION
Provides funds for immediate life sus taining assistance to firefighters and their families who have suffered debilitating injury or loss of life.

For more information or to donate, visit the website.

CDF Fire Fighters Benevolent Foundation
"Choose Your Prize" Raffle
2018 Raffle Winners
Lake Tahoe - Ballie Howard, Corning, CA
Carlsbad Inn - Anthony Rhoades, Aptos, CA
Bend Oregon Condo - Melissa Frenn, Placerville, CA
Half Moon Bay Golf - June Malm, Woodland, CA
Pig Hunt - Doug Freeman, Red Bluff, CA
Chain Saw - John Sanders, Gardnerville, NV
Brew Tour - Carl Nicolson, Valley Springs, CA

CAL FIRE LOCAL 2881
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND
Proceeds support the Firefighters Cancer Support Network.

For more information, visit the website.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 28, 2018
Half Moon Bay Golf Links

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORSHIP
    • $1,000 Golf Foursome Participation
    • $250 Single Player
    • $35 Adult BBQ Guest
    • $10 Child BBQ Guest
Click  here for more information!

 CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION
 

CAL FIRE Local 2881 partnered up with CSEA which entitles our members to benefits like:
For more information, visit the website .

CAL FIRE Local 2881  likes to stay connected with our membership.  We want to make sure every member has an updated mailing address.

Below is a list of both Active and Retired members that have bad addresses.  If your name is on the list or you have recently moved,  please contact Danielle at (916) 277-9885 or  dkelsch@L2881.org to update your address.







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