October 13, 2016  Thirtieth Edition



KINTSUGI: BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN
By Anthony Hoffman

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

Click here to read a personal letter from Anthony Hoffman to our CAL FIRE Local 2881.




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
5/11/1988
Robert A. Lee
6/1/2002
Donald G. Cooper
10/26/2004
Jack Young
3/23/2008
 David G. Lezchuk
5/11/2011
Larry E. Grafft
3/9/2015
Mark A. Domingue
9/13/2015
Barry A. Rezac
9/27/2015
John M. Chun
2/1/2016
Arthur M. Kruckman
4/18/2016


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  1/2  months and is the most expensive wildfire in U.S. history. Wildfire season is year-round, and towering firenadoes are now commonplace.
So far this year, the  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has dealt with 5,340 wildfires covering nearly 150,000 acres, an increase of 27 percent compared to last year. Record high temperatures and  bark beetles have fueled the fire risk.
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. READ FULL STORY

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:
 
Michael Jarske, SCU
 
That retired members have get to-gethers? 
 
Click here for this years schedule.


OCTOBER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

October Webinar

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.

CalPERS Videos


Visit the CalPERSNetwork to view past web events and educational videos on retirement, health benefits, pensions and investments, and more.

CAL FIRE LOCAL 2881
ENDORSEMENTS
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UPCOMING EVENTS

CDF FIREFIGHTERS BENEVOLENT FOUNDATION
4TH ANNUAL  INVITATIONAL
OCTOBER 13

CALIFORNIA PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL
OCTOBER 15

NO ONE LEFT BEHIND
CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
NOVEMBER 13

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING 
DECEMBER 13 - 15
For the full even calendar:

CDF FIREFIGHTERS
BENEVOLENT FOUNDATION
 
We provide funds for immediate life sustaining assistance to firefighters and their families who have suffered debilitating injury or loss of life.

Fore more information or to donate visit our website.
UPCOMING EVENTS:

4th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament
October 13


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

For more information visit our website

UPCOMING EVENTS:

November 13th
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