FIFTY-SEVENTH EDITION



Brothers, Sister, Families and Friends,
 
I look back this year on our accomplishments for our union and can't stop to think about all that took place.  Our contract in which we ratified in the early spring was a major accomplishment, SB 334 (EIDL) protects our members when injured, Battalion Chiefs List reinstatement and settlement of work hours at the CAL FIRE Academy just to list a few.
 
I can't be more proud of our executive board, district and chapter officers, members, families, friends, department personnel and our local government cooperators for all the sacrifices everyone has made for the citizens we protect.
 
With all the hard work, it did not come without many sacrifices from our families, CAL FIRE Local 2881 and California Association of Highway Patrolmen lost two very dedicated members protecting the citizens of California just this month. We also lost members to job related injuries consisting of cancer, PTSI and other medical illnesses that are directly related to our work.

All left loving families for the greater good of our communities.  As we open this next year's chapter, please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers.
 
As we look into 2018, there will be many more challenges CAL FIRE Local 2881 will face.  Let's work collectively to solve these issues.
 
I look forward to seeing many of you at this year's convention in Sacramento to set our union priorities. May you and your family be blessed with Health, Happiness and Prosperity throughout the coming year!
 
In Solidarity;



Mike Lopez
President
CAL FIRE Local 2881
IN THE NEWS
ATTENTION UNION REPRESENTATIVES

The New Officer training class scheduled for January 9 - 11, 2018 has been cancelled. At this point there are no plans to reschedule.

Click here to see the a list of all classes ( you must log-in to the website).


CAL FIRE Local 2881  has been recognized for several IAFF media awards.

Second place:
DID YOU  KNOW?
 
That  CAL FIRE Local 2881 has new retired members? Please welcome:
 
Frank Davis, TUU
Jeff Goularte, TUU
George Haines, BEU

THE WASHINGTON POST, 12/28/2017

After a 24-year career in the fire service, Eric Fessenden has a memory bank of the grisly calls he answered. He's pulled bloated bodies out of rivers, treated victims of the D.C.-area Beltway Sniper attacks, and extracted the dead and the mangled from car wrecks.

Staying busy at work allowed the Montgomery County firefighter to put aside the emotional burdens of his job, but after an injury forced him to retire, he often found himself inexplicably anxious and angry. He woke up shaking in the middle of the night soaked in sweat. And the hikes he looked forward to each week with family members would end miserably when he inevitably snapped at them during the outings.  READ MORE


The lack of precipitation this fall, along with a prolonged period of warm, dry, and occasional windy weather has caused fuels to be extremely dry across portions of Southern and Central California.

Welcome to what may become the new normal - for a Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory to be issued for an area in the Western United States hours before New Years Eve. The Predictive Services office in the Southern California Geographic Coordination Center issued one on Friday for the following areas:
  • Southern Sierra
  • Central Coast Interio
  • Central Coast
  • South Coast
  • Western Mountain
  • Eastern Mountain, and,
  • Southern Mountains
A similar Advisory that was issued two weeks ago reached its expiration date so it was reupped for another 14 days.

UPCOMING EVENTS

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
JANUARY 15 - 17

52ND LOCAL 2881  CONVENTION
JANUARY 18 - 21

IAFF ALTS CONFERENCE
JANUARY 8 - 9

FINANCE DIRECTOR TRAINING
FEBRUARY 8 - 9

REPRESENTATION TRAINING / ADVANCED WORKSHOP
FEBRUARY 20 - 22

IAFF LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
MARCH 4 - 7

REPRESENTATION CLASS
MARCH 19 - 23

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
MARCH 20 - 23

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.

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

For more information, visit the website.

 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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