April 25, 2016 Eighteenth Edition

CAL FIRE Local 2881 would like to congratulate our members who received the The Governor's State Employee Medal of Valor.

Firefighters are selfless heroes that serve communities with courage and devotion. Recognition for their heroic acts is well deserved.
Click here for a list of all Medal of Valor recipients and to read their heroic stories.
IN THE NEWS
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HOW FAR SHOULD CalPERS GO TO MAKE PROFITABLE
INVESTMENTS?
SAC BEE , 4/5/2016
 
Booze. Gambling. Smoking. Three words that describe Las Vegas - and some CalPERS' investments.

Holdings in alcohol, casinos and tobacco accounted for $216 million of the fund's $301 billion in assets at the end of fiscal 2014-15, according to its  last investment report. Among its largest "sinvestments": Anheuser Busch, British American Tobacco and Wynn Las Vegas.   READ FULL STORY
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VIDEO URGES BOSTON FIREFIGHTERS TO GUARD AGAINST CANCER
BOSTON GLOBE , 4/12/2016

Firefighters can do more to protect themselves from getting occupational-related cancer, the Boston Fire Department preaches in a new video aimed at raising awareness and curbing deaths.

"We made this a priority," Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said in an interview with the Globe, "because of skyrocketing cancer rates within the department and the need for us to take some proactive steps to try to mitigate some of these cancers."  READ FULL STORY
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SURGE OF CAL FIRE FIREFIGHTERS HIRED TO PREVENT WILDFIRE
EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE, 4/20/2016
 
With spring now taking hold in California, CAL FIRE is already staffing up for fire season, while focusing the efforts of its crews on preventing large and damaging wildfires. Recent rains have been a welcome sight to drought parched California, but CAL FIRE firefighters are not letting their guard down, instead they are training for another potential busy fire season and working hard to prevent wildfires. Across the State, CAL FIRE has already hired a surge of over 400 additional seasonal firefighters, whose focus includes fire prevention, fuel reduction and defensible space programs.   READ FULL STORY
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CONGRESS CONSIDERS ESTABLISHING A FIRE FIGHTER CANCER REGISTRY
IAFF.ORG

In a rare display of bipartisanship, members from both sides of the aisle in Congress have joined ranks to press for the establishment of a national cancer registry specifically for fire fighters. Representatives Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Bill  Pascrell (D-NJ) have introduced H.R. 4625, the  Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, to establish such a registry. Identical legislation, S. 2799, has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Robert  Menendez (D-NJ) and Lisa  Murkowski (R-AK). The new legislation would allow novel research on cancer in fire fighters by providing scientists with new data.   READ FULL STORY

UPCOMING EVENTS

LEADERSHIP/NEW OFFICER TRAINING
April 26 - 28

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
May 10 - 12

MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT/FAMILY LIAISON TRAINING
MAY 17 - 19

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
May 10 - 12

IAFF Convention
AUGUST 15 - 19

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CDF Firefighters
Benevolent Fund
We provide funds for immediate life sustaining assistance to firefighters and their families who have suffered debilitating injury or loss of life.

Fore more information or to donate visit our website.
UPCOMING EVENTS:

4th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament
October 13



CAL FIRE Local 2881
No One Left Behind
Proceeds support the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

For more information visit our website

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Inaugural Santa Clara 5k/10k run
May 22 @ 8am

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