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Abundant lightning in the western United States last 48 hours
June is Men's Health Month!
Wildfire potential expected to be above normal in many western locations this summer
The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook issued today by the Predictive Services section at the National Interagency Fire Center for June through September indicates that many areas in the western United States will have above normal potential for wildfires. In July the increased fire danger is expected to affect significant portions of California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Arizona.

The wildfire potential in the southern states is predicted to be below normal.

The data from NIFC shown here represents the cumulative forecasts of the ten Geographic Area Predictive Services Units and the National Predictive Services Unit.

Survival swim instructor petitions Governor Newsom to make lessons "essential"
'One Baby at a Time' Foundation works with American Academy of Pediatrics & CAL FIRE.
SAN DIEGO — Sometimes it just takes one persistent person to create change. In this Zevely Zone, I went to Rancho Santa Fe where the pool is open for business.

Certified survival swim instructor Jessica Box remembers how she felt when she heard that COVID-19 was shutting down swim lessons for toddlers.
"My heart just kind of went into my stomach. Drowning is already the number one leading cause of unintentional death in this country for children ages one to four," said Jessica.

She is a single mother of three and founder of the One Baby at a Time Foundation. She took her concern straight to the top; Governor Newsom himself, hoping to prevent toddlers from ending up on the bottom of the pool.

"I had to go back to work and I had to get these kids safe," said Jessica, who sent her petition to Sacramento, imploring the governor to make survival swim lessons from certified instructors "essential".

"It was a very intense 12 days of my life. I was on the phone six to 10 hours some days," said Jessica.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, more kids are at home and in pools. Jessica said in Texas and Florida, drowning rates for toddlers more than doubled in the first four weeks of the pandemic.

CAL FIRE Wellness Unit
The Wellness Unit has been working to launch one of the department’s most exciting wellness opportunities - The BeWELL Program. The BeWELL Program will deliver free, on-site wellness screenings with follow-up health coaching for eligible CAL FIRE Safety employees over the next three fiscal years, eventually reaching every Unit in CAL FIRE. Each wellness screening is Voluntary, Confidential, Individualized and FREE. The screening includes bloodwork and other assessments that will help illustrate how your body is responding to the specific stress of firefighting, allowing you to gauge your current health and track your response throughout your career. Screening specifics can be found on the “ CAL FIRE BeWELL” section of the Wellness Unit Intranet page. Due to the dynamics of COVID 19, The BeWELL program is currently postponed. Our tentative date for the BeWELL Program launch is July 1st . The BeWELL Program is Department sponsored, but fully administered by a 3rd Party Vendor, Wellness Solutions, for maximum confidentiality. Wellness Solutions has over 20 years of success delivering wellness programs to First-Responders and we are excited to have them as our partner in promoting Firefighter Health. 
Completed fitness projects that are currently available include Exercise Video Links , and the Wellness Intranet Page. The Exercise Video Links are new content that has been added to the Wellness Intranet page through the CAL FIRE Wellness YouTube Channel. There are over 116 exercise videos available in 11 exercise categories. These exercises are safe and effective and align with the training principles in the CFTC, Academy curriculum and PT Binder. The Wellness Unit is also available upon request to assist in Unit or Department trainings, workshops, and CPT’s.  

The Wellness Unit also intends to offer 2 grant-funded physical fitness training courses in 2020 for CAL FIRE’s UPFC’s. These training sessions are currently postponed. The Wellness Unit is excited to offer these valuable training courses as soon as it is operationally indicated. We look forward to continuing to receive feedback on how these training principles are working in the field while we build a physical fitness culture across all levels of the Department. 
Finally, CAL FIRE Wellness is working to develop a CAL FIRE Cookbook. You can join the #CALFIREGRUB movement by submitting a recipe to the Wellness Unit. The CAL FIRE Cookbook will be unique with the primary goal to collect and compile recipes from YOU, “ The Department.” We are looking for recipes that can be cooked in bulk for the firehouse family or recipes you can take home to cook in the comfort of your own home for yourself or loved ones. Small changes towards healthier nutritional habits can promote overall well-being while decreasing the risk of disease, chronic illness, depression, anxiety, inflammation, and some cancers. Your input contributes to improving the health and well-being of the department
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How can you be a part of the CAL FIRE Cookbook?
·        Submit your favorite healthy recipe or firehouse recipe to the Wellness Unit. We welcome all recipes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, Appetizers, Desserts!
·        Alternative: submit your favorite recipe for a makeover done by the Wellness Unit. Simple ingredient swaps can add more nutrients to your meal for health maintenance and improvement.
·        Email your recipe to: and inform the Wellness Unit if you would like your recipe to be anonymous or credited with your first and last name.
If you have any questions or comments relating to CAL FIRE’s Wellness Unit and Programs, please contact Ryan Burns, Wellness Unit Manager, at or the Wellness Unit at
Click here to learn more.
It's time for the IAFF Media Awards
Do you have an amazing fire service photo showing you or other CAL FIRE firefighters in action that has been published to social media? Do you have one that has not been published to social media?

Think it will beat out other fire service photos from across the US and Canada?

Let your Communications Officer, DeeDee Garcia, know and she can help you submit it: or (916) 202-0553
Be a part of L2881 Father's Day!
We are looking for short video clips from you wishing your dad a " Happy Father’s Day" . The video should be no more than  ten seconds . Get creative! Be in uniform in front of the engine, cooking, cleaning, in turnouts, with your BA, on the training grounds, from the top of the ladder, just make sure we can  clearly hear you . Bonus points if you  turn your camera   horizontally  to record them.
As far as what to say... say something like “Happy Father’s Day dad”, “Happy Father’s Day”, or “I want to wish my dad a happy Father’s Day”. Don't be afraid to get your kids involved saying "Happy Fathers Day" to their fire service Dads.  

Photos of you with your kids or dads would be appreciated too. Please use the link below to upload the photos and videos:
Please share this request with any member you think would be interested. The sooner we can get the content from you the better, and don't forget Father’s Day is here on June 21, 2020!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

DeeDee Garcia
Communications Officer 
(916) 202-0553 or
What do you think about the single-layer pant? Share your thoughts with us via the survey link below.

Special offer from PHI Air Medical
PHI Air Medical works with the local first responders. When there is an emergency, you are always there for us. Because of this, PHI Air Medical offers first responders a special rate to join the National Air Ambulance program to take care of Firefighters and their families for just $35 a year per household.
Questions? Reach out to Jillian Manley by email or phone (209) 768-4160.

Deadline approaching for the Richard J. Ernest Scholarship
Do you have a child headed to college? Are you headed back to school for higher education? There will be eight (8) $1,000 scholarship awards given this year to members of CAL FIRE Local 2881 or their dependents. 

Information and application forms can be accessed on our members website at under the “Info – RJ Ernest Scholarship” tab.

The postmark deadline for all who wish to apply is June 15th  for the 2020-2021 Richard J. Ernest Scholarship applications.
Remote Learning Program: Live Training
Join ICISF Faculty as they present live training. Each course includes content of traditional in-person classroom training via Zoom technology.
  • Real-time presentations
  • Faculty Interaction
  • Small group breakouts
  • Live Q & A
Courses currently scheduled:
Resilience in Healthcare: Performance, Meaning and Connection Special COVID-19 version ( Click here for course description )
June 25 & 26, 2020, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm EST both days

Understanding the First Responder Cultures: For Mental Health Staff ( Click here for course description )
July 2, 2020, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST

Workplace Violence ( Click here for course description )
July 10, 2020, 8:30 am-4:30 pm EST

Treatment of Complex PTSD ( Click here for course description )
August 7, 2020

Resilience Training: Psychological Survival Skills for Before, During & After Crises ( Click here for course description )
July 23 – 24, 2020
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AAA is now offering free roadside assistance* to those heroes on the frontlines of helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic, whether they’re a AAA Member or not. 

All first responders and healthcare workers—including those that may not be AAA Members—can call   1-800-AAA-HELP   (1-800-222-4357) if and when they need roadside service. Simply identify yourself as such, and answer the brief health pre-screener questions, so that our service can roll out to help.
AAA Roadside Assistance operates as an essential service during shelter-in-place orders, and is available 24/7.
With  Personal Exposure Reporting from California Professional Firefighters, firefighters can document exposures to toxins that can produce job-related illness.
Don't forget Father's Day is a few weeks away! June 21
Wondering what to get your dad or spouse to celebrate him for Father's Day?

Here are a few links to give you some gift ideas:
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NBC Nightly News for Kids!
New Episodes Every Tuesday & Thursday
Lester Holt discusses hard news with a softer touch.

The “ NBC Nightly News”  anchor will lead an experimental version of NBC’s flagship newscast aimed specifically at children and teens. The first edition of  “Nightly News Kids Edition ” streams on YouTube and the show, and viewed as a test within  NBC News , is likely to appear at least twice per week and potentially with greater frequency.
5 ways firefighters can manage heat stress
E very structural firefighter knows from experience that fire suppression operations are hot, exhausting and dangerous, and this is amplified when the ambient temperatures and humidity outside climb. But did you know that heat stress is more than just uncomfortable – it can kill you?

Conventional wisdom says that heat stress puts firefighters at greater risk of developing heat-related illness (e.g., heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke). However, current research is showing that heat stress also puts an extraordinary burden on a firefighter’s cardiovascular system, with the worst outcome being a sudden cardiac event (SCE) like a stroke or heart attack.


Denise Smith, Ph.D., is the principal investigator for the  SMARTER Project  (Science Medicine and Research & Technology for Emergency Responders) and she’s the director for the  First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory  on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her research includes the paper “ Effect of Heat Stress and Dehydration on Cardiovascular Function.

In that paper, Dr. Smith and her research team wrote: “Firefighters are exposed to numerous life-threatening dangers, including high temperatures, flames, smoke, hazardous chemicals, and unstable structures. Despite these dangers, the physiological strain, specifically cardiovascular strain, associated with firefighting poses the greatest threat to the life and health of a firefighter.”

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