I remember hearing Ronda Rousey say "There is no history of anything happening, until it does. And then there is."
Stories of victory need conflict. Tales of courage and strength require battles to happen. It seems so easy to say these things, but who really wants to experience the conflict, the fighting and the hurt in order to see the happy ending? It's still going to hurt.
How many would rather protect themselves to avoid the pain and discomfort? Even at the cost of growth. Sometimes you don't get that choice.
Getting off from the night shift on May 3rd, I didn't know that day would write Fort McMurray history; or hurl me into the discomfort of forced growth.
Shortly after 1 p.m. that day, I arrived at fire hall 1 on Tolen Drive. Quickly changing into a uniform in my driver's seat, I watched as a crew raised the bucket of our Bronto truck to start protecting the hall itself from fire, which was ripping through the forest a short stretch of pavement away.
I remember my first assignment: the hospital. Hot embers and smoke were blowing across the highway and the high occupancy building was a priority. A rushed scurry was initiated to evacuate it. I hopped into a pickup truck with a few other firefighters and raced to the hospital. We set up sprinklers around the building as nurses ran around, loading patients onto city buses. I climbed to the roof, opened one of the hallway standpipe systems, flaking out the hose and giving the end a quick tug to start the water flowing. I started soaking the roof with rushed determination as burning flakes rained from the sky. When I first looked up, I nearly dropped the nozzle.CONTINUE READING
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CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
October 15, 2016
The California Fire Foundation invites you to join them in remembering the sacrifice of the fallen heroes at the 14th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony on October 15, 2016 In Sacramento's Capitol Park. Click
HERE for more details.
CAL FIRE Local 2881 has 10 fallen heroes being honored this year:
Patrick L. Carpenter
Robert A. Lee
Donald G. Cooper
David G. Lezchuk
Larry E. Grafft
Mark A. Domingue
Barry A. Rezac
John M. Chun
Arthur M. Kruckman
IN THE NEWS
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WHILE CONGRESS FIDDLES, WILDFIRE RAVAGED CALIFORNIA BURNS
SAC BEE, 10/11/2016
The Soberanes Fire near Big Sur has been burning for 2
months and is the most expensive wildfire in U.S. history. Wildfire season is year-round, and towering firenadoes are now commonplace.
Climate change has made wildfires worse, and this week climate scientists quantified just how much worse. In a paper published in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists at the University of Idaho and Columbia University found that more than half of the increased dryness in Western forests, and of the lengthened fire season, is due to man-made global warming.
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Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article107619502.html#storylink=cpy
DID YOU KNOW?
That CAL FIRE Local 2881 has new a retired member? Please welcome:
CalPERS will host a 20 minute Power of Attorney webinar on Wednesday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m. A CalPERS Special Power of Attorney allows you to designate a representative to perform important duties as it relates to your CalPERS business. In this webinar, we'll cover the reasons a power of attorney is beneficial as well as the duties and limitations your representative may have as it relates to your benefits.
Visit the CalPERSNetwork to view past web events and educational videos on retirement, health benefits, pensions and investments, and more.
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.