CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation teams up with Spire Motorsports for NASCAR Xfinity Series Race
This weekend, BTU firefighter Joe Tapia and his family were special guests at the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.

Garrett Smithley who is part of the Spire Motorsports team partnered up with the CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation to help raise awareness for the Foundation. Both car #0 on Saturday and car #77 on Sunday driven by Garrett had "TEXT CDFRACECAR to 77453" along the sides as well as the Foundation logo.

Tapia, along with over 45 CAL FIRE Local 2881 members received support from the Benevolent Foundation after the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise. Tapia stated “my family was left homeless and with almost nothing, the immediate support provided by the foundation has come at a crucial time for my family as we rebuild our lives. My family and I will be forever grateful.”

At the start of Production Alliance Group 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday Garrett's dad, RK Smithley, who is a captain for Tanker 10 performed a flyover aboard a Tanker 10 Air Carrier DC-10.

Garrett placed 36th in the Auto Club Speedway 400 Cup on Sunday.

A big thank you to Garrett, the Spire Motorsports team and Tanker 10 for the support and a great weekend of racing!

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I attended the CAL FIRE Local 2881 Representation class the week of February 25 th – March 1 st , 2019. They covered numerous topics and information that was extremely insightful; however, my biggest take away from the week was that I learned 'you don’t know what you don’t know'. The class was one of the best informational classes I have ever attended. It provided leadership & supervisory training, the grievance process, skelly hearings, arbitration, workers compensation and other common issues you face as a union representative. We talked about various situations and the best way to handle them to ensure the employees’ rights are protected and the Firefighter Bill of Rights is upheld.

The training was great for a new rep., but also extremely beneficial for any CAL FIRE Supervisor or Manager. We learned the tools needed to support our members. All employees will benefit from this training regardless of what hat you wear.

Jake White
LNU Chapter Rank & File Representative
Temecula's new fire chief, Jodie Gray, marks milestone for city
Jodie Gray, a 28-year fire service veteran, was appointed fire chief for Temecula, replacing fire Chief Charlie DeHart who retired after three years in the position.

It also marks a couple of firsts for the city of Temecula.

Gray is the city's first female fire chief and with Temecula Police Chief Lisa McConnell in charge of the city's sheriff's deputies since 2017, it is the first time that Temecula has females holding both public safety leadership positions at the same time.

Temecula City Manager Aaron Adams estimated Temecula may be the only city in California that can make that distinction currently, but he was quick to point out that both chiefs are supremely qualified for the positions.

"Gender aside, both of these professionals have earned the positions they hold and are equally qualified to represent the city of Temecula public safety agencies at the top of the ranks," Adams said. "I am very proud of their efforts, their professional development that brought them to these positions in their careers and equally impressed and proud that the city of Temecula may be one of the few municipalities our size that have such qualified female leadership serving at the same time in these important public safety roles."

Firefighter suicides reflect toll of longer fire seasons and increased stress
More than 100 firefighters and first responders in the U.S. died by suicide in 2017 -- more than the total number of those who died in the line of duty that year.

Firefighter Jason McMillan discusses the stress they deal with, often in the wake of personal tragedy.

Thank you for sharing your story brother McMillian!
How to Decontaminate Firefighter Gear After a Brush with Fentanyl
During my career,  reviving unconscious drug users  has unfortunately become as routine as treating hypoglycemic diabetics.

But with the recent spike in overdoses related to fentanyl, a new fear is on the rise; one fueled by  news stories like the police officer who instantly fell unconscious  after brushing a small amount of powdered fentanyl from his uniform.

Many physicians have come out against the  heightened sense of danger  created by this story, believing that  the threat of accidental overdose for first responders  during routine operations is minimal. 

Whatever level the threat may be, fire departments and EMS agencies have a responsibility to train their employees in how to safely decontaminate their gear if they come into contact with fentanyl or other opiates.

The facts are out there, but it is up to the agencies and responders to convert them into practice. So I did some research. Then I reached out to a few of my friends to discuss and demonstrate how we would handle the situation if it were to happen today (special thanks to: Lieutenant Brad Dean, Firefighter Blake Moore and Firefighter Wesley Langston for their assistance). 

The following steps are what we came up with if our firefighter gear was to be contaminated with a small amount of powdered fentanyl.

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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.
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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Every year 1 in 2 families will require the services of an attorney. Every two seconds, someone in the United States becomes a victim of identity theft. Statistics can be alarming, but Meaningful Benefits for Everyday Life are just a phone call away! CSEA has contracted with Legal Club to provide its Affiliates and members of our Association Partner Program (APP) with:
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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.