SIXTIETH EDITION




How to Help a Co-Worker with Addiction

Fire fighting is difficult work. After years on the job, some have found healthy ways to handle the stress of the job, while others have not. If you suspect someone you work with is struggling with addiction, there are ways you can help. By staying mindful of the warning signs of addiction, reaching out, and encouraging them to seek professional help, you can connect your co-worker to the care they deserve without jeopardizing the work they love.

Watch Out for Warning Signs

Addiction manifests in many ways. Some signs and symptoms are subtle, while others are more noticeable. Any of the following may be signs of a substance use disorder:
  • Increased irritability
  • Frequent tardiness to shifts
  • Shirking responsibility around the firehouse
  • Withdrawing from fellow fire fighters
  • Excessive drinking
  • Missing work events
  • Problems at home
  • Extreme weight loss or weight gain
These signs could all indicate problems with excessive substance abuse or withdrawal. If you observe one or more of these signs in a co-worker, it might be time to have an open and honest conversation with them, or to reach out to a professional.  READ MORE
IN THE NEWS
FIRE HOUSE, 2/26/2018

On the morning of Feb. 26, 1993, Michael Macko bundled into his father's gold Nissan Pathfinder and together they set out for lower Manhattan.

Macko, then 29, worked at a special events company. His father William, 57, was a Port Authority mechanic stationed inside the World Trade Center.

The Mackos barely spoke during the ride from New Jersey.

Michael listened to music through his Walkman headphones while his father tuned in to the car radio.   READ MORE

FIRE HOUSE, 2/26/2018

The massive wildfires that burned in California, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia and other parts of North America in 2017 in many cases exhibited a disturbing trend: a marked increase in the amount of area burned.

The Thomas Fire, which consumed 281,893 acres in California's Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in December, was the largest in the state's history. The Nazko Complex Fire in British Columbia burned more than 1 million acres, the largest ever recorded for the province.

That trend will continue in coming decades across the Western U.S. and northwestern Canada, though not uniformly, according to a recent study. UA professor Don Falk and Thomas Kitzberger from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue in Argentina, who started working on the research as a visiting scholar at the UA, were co-investigators on the study that also included Thomas Swetnam from the UA and Leroy Westerling of the University of California, Merced.   READ MORE

DID YOU KNOW?
  
That CAL FIRE Local 2881 is hiring? 

We are looking for a Communications Officer. Click here to find out more!




Planning Your Retirement?

Do you have questions about your CalPERS benefits and the CalPERS retirement process? If so, CalPERS invites them to attend this upcoming webinar on March 14, 2018.

This 90 minute "Planning Your Retirement" webinar will provide a brief overview to help you learn about your CalPERS benefits and the retirement process along with useful tools and resources.

Date: March 14, 2018
Place: Online
Time: 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. (PT)
Registration: Free

To register for the webinar from our Education Center page, select Member Education and scroll down to Upcoming Events to select the webinar of your choice


UPCOMING EVENTS

IAFF LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE
MARCH 4 - 7

REPRESENTATION CLASS
MARCH 19 - 23

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
MARCH 20 - 22

RETIREE WORKSHOP
APRIL 3 -4

PAC  TRAINING
APRIL 10 - 12

MEMBERSHIP SUPPORT/FAMILY LIAISON TRAINING
APRIL 17 - 19

CDF FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT GOLF TOURNAMENT
APRIL 26 - 27

CPF CONVENTION
MARY 2 - 6

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 26 - 27, 2018
Cache Creek Casino Resort
Yocha Dehe Golf Course

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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