EIGHTY-SECOND EDITION
CAL FIRE Firefighter Ryan Smith recognized for his efforts during the Carr Fire
Corning, Calif. - The best of Tehama County's Firefighters and Crimefighters were honored at a dinner in Corning Saturday, February 23rd, 2019.
The Corning Exchange Club hosted about 150 people for their annual Law Enforcement and Fire Personnel Recognition Awards.

Officers and firefighters from 13 different agencies were recognized for outstanding service.

Among them, Cal Fire Firefighter Ryan Smith, who led a team of firefighters that narrowly escaped with their lives after being trapped by flames of the fast moving Carr fire.

Tehama County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Frank was also recognized. He was shot in an exchange of gunfire with a suspect in Los Molinos in July.

Newsom wants to spend $40 million to hire more firefighters. Why some want to double that.
Newsom to boost 2019 Cal Fire budget; lawmakers urge...

California wildfires are killing more people and burning more land than ever, yet Cal Fire has 31 fewer engines than it did in 1975. A group of lawmakers wants to hire more firefighters and buy more engines.

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Good health and good sleep, how firefighters can cope
Strategies for mitigating sleep disorders in the fire house, from caffeine to sleep quarters
"When I was young, I slept like the dead. Nothing bothered me or kept me awake, not barking dogs or loud music or snoring or traffic. One time when I was a kid, our neighbors’ garage caught fire in the middle of the night, and there was a full fire department response. I slept right through it.

This gift of sleep stayed with me when I first became a firefighter. Sleeping in the dorm was no problem – I slept great and sometimes woke up in the morning not entirely sure if we had gone out in the middle of the night. I easily adjusted to all-nighters on the job with only a little more sleep the next day.

Then I became an engineer, and everything changed."

Ben Franklin's lessons for first responders
Here's how to live your best life in the fire service, according to Poor Richard's words of wisdom
By Rom Duckworth
From perhaps America's most beloved of the founding fathers, Ben Franklin's timeless wisdom is as relevant to emergency responders today as when he started publishing “ Poor Richard's Almanack ” more than 280 years ago. While many are aware that Franklin founded the Union Fire Company, America’s first organized fire department, fewer people know that Franklin also cofounded America's first hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.

In his many books and publications, Franklin shared great American common sense that many firefighters and EMS providers will find useful as they work in the professions Franklin himself helped shape.

While it is unlikely that Franklin ever taught bloodborne pathogen lessons, he often gave advice that you might hear in any modern training classroom, "Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation." He also noted that, “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria."

IN THE NEWS
Tampa firefighter brought back to life after being electrocuted and without pulse for 17 minutes
TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa firefighter is back to work after being electrocuted and then brought back to life in December.

Wesley Stevens enjoys wood working as a hobby. He got into a process called fractal burning, which is a technique that electrically burns unique branch like designs into wood.

Stevens says he built a machine with his father and had done the process a few times before, but this time something went wrong. A 2,000 volt electric shock was sent through his body.

"I was pulseless in the driveway and the friend that was with me she began CPR after calling 911,” he said.

FHWorld19 Keynote - California’s Wildfire Reality: It’s Deadly, It’s Destructive and It’s HERE
CAL FIRE Director Chief Thom Porter will deliver the Firehouse World 2019 keynote, titled "California’s Wildfire Reality: It’s Deadly, It’s Destructive and It’s HERE."

CAL FIRE Director Chief Thom Porter will deliver the keynote address this year at Firehouse World on March 26. Porter's presentation, "California’s Wildfire Reality: It’s Deadly, It’s Destructive and It’s HERE," will reflect on the challenges faced by California firefighters during the record-breaking year, and offer the lessons that will shape the California fire service for years to come. Join Chief Porter in Los Angeles on March 26, beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Learn more at  FirehouseWorld.com .
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MEDICARE FOR ACTIVE & RETIRED MEMBERS
Members,

Next week the CalPERS Health Account Management Division is sending an informational letter to approximately 120 retired members between age 64 and 64½ identified as being in a CalPERS Basic health plan when they, or dependents, are enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The intent of this letter is to notify members of their eligibility to enroll in a CalPERS Medicare health plan. CalPERS Medicare health plans have similar coverage and typically lower monthly premiums compared to CalPERS Basic plans. Copies of letters will be uploaded to impacted member’s accounts.
 
They will also be sending an informational letter to approximately 1500 active members where the member or dependent is under age 64.5, is enrolled in a CalPERS Basic health plan when they, or dependents, are enrolled in Medicare Parts A & B with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The intent of this letter is to notify members of their eligibility to enroll in a CalPERS Medicare health plan. CalPERS Medicare health plans have similar coverage and typically lower monthly premiums compared to CalPERS Basic plans. Copies of letters will be uploaded to impacted member’s accounts.
RETIREE INFO
Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

The Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) is a benefit to ensure your value of money at retirement keeps up with the rate of inflation. Typically, this benefit begins the second calendar year of retirement, although the annual rate of inflation and retirement law could affect the onset of your COLA. Under existing retirement law, retirees receive an annual COLA paid in the May 1 warrant each year.

COLA is dependent on three factors: Click here to read more
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UPCOMING EVENTS

NEW OFFICER TRAINING
MARCH 5 - 7

REPRESENTATION CLASS
MARCH 18 - 22

ADVANCED LEADERSHIP / PAC
APRIL 2 - 4

MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT / FAMILY LIAISON / RETIREE
APRIL 22 - 25

CAL FIRE MUSEUM

CHECK OUT NEW AND IMPROVED CAL FIRE MUSEUM WEBSITE CREATED BY JERRY AND THE TEAM. GREAT JOB!

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Provides funds for immediate life sustaining assistance to firefighters and their families who have suffered debilitating injury or loss of life.

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Favorite Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe
10 minute prep, 2 3/4 hour cook time, and it serves 10!

Special Events as your Favorite Theme Parks!
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Universal Studios
March 24, 2019
Company Family Picnic
Valid only on 03/24/2019 - $79.00 per person ages 3 and older - This Special Event ticket includes general admission to Universal Studios Hollywood, free general parking, DJ & All-You-Can-Eat Buffet. Valid only on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Limited tickets available!


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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 as of February 28th. 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.