Chief Message

On behalf of all District personnel I would like to welcome new recruit firefighters Brian Hanson and Andrew O’Shaughnessy! Brian and Andrew started their careers here with the District by completing a comprehensive, one month long “Recruit Orientation Academy” during the month of March 2019. The academy was led by Fire Captain Matt Churchman. Captain Churchman deserves major league KUDO’s for his efforts planning, coordinating and administering the all new academy while re-assigned to a Monday-Friday work week. His leadership and dedication to the department, to the process and to the new recruits has been meritorious and deserves commendation! Assistant Chief Blake Lawson also deserves recognition for coordinating formal “Firefighter Safety & Survival” and “Rapid Intervention Crew Operations” courses during the academy. Additionally, Chief Lawson brought in a “Live Burn Training Simulator” rented from Kelseyville Fire Department to further enhance the academy training experience. Vallejo Fire Department sent several engine companies throughout the day to train with us on the “live burn” day. Finally, I want to congratulate Brian and Andrew for a job very well done during the academy. They worked hard and we are proud of them. In April they embark on their careers with us as they will be assigned to a “shift” (48 hours on – 96 hours off) and will commence their 18 month firefighter qualification training programs. We wish them all the best and hope that they have a long, healthy, and successful careers serving you!

Glen W. 
Probationary Firefighters Andrew O’Shaughnessy and Brian Hanson March 2019 ACFPD Recruit Orientation Academy
Public Education
Probationary Firefighter Robert Rojas and Captain Cordeiro reading to elementary school children at Canyon Oaks for Dr. Seuss Read-a-thon.

In the month of March the District hosted California State Fire Training classes; “Firefighter Survival” and “Rapid Intervention Crew Operations” instructed by Napa City FD Firefighter Mitchell Caldwell. We scheduled these training classes to coincide with the Recruit Orientation Academy primarily, but it was also an opportunity for veteran District firefighters to participate and learn essential fire ground safety and survival skills.  Thank you to the Napa Fire Department for loaning us FF Caldwell and specifically we would like to thank Mitchell Caldwell for his excellent instruction!

A CFPD Personnel Participating in “Rapid Intervention Crew” (Firefighter Rescue) Training; March 2019
“Firefighter Survival” Training March 2019

Training participants:  
Instructor Firefighter Mitchell Caldwell, (Center), from left to right Fire Captain Martin, Fire Captain Churchman, Firefighter Cia, Firefighter Abalos, Firefighter Pilkington, Firefighter Rojas, Fire Captain Diede, and New Recruits Hanson, and O’Shaughnessy