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$146,000 Awarded to Various SD County Fire Agencies Including the Alpine Fire Protection District

 

SAN DIEGO, July 24, 2019 – Today, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation (Fire Foundation) announced $51,000 in additional 2019 grants to local fire agencies to further improve the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County.  The Fire Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has donated $5.6 million during those years to make our citizens safer, including $146,000 to date in 2019.

“These grants enable fire departments to obtain needed fire, medical/rescue and communications equipment and training so our firefighters can deliver the highest level of service to all our communities,” said Fire Foundation Chairman Frank Ault.

Today’s grants fund the following equipment and training:

  • Alpine Fire Protection District: Radios and rescue air bags
  • Borrego Springs Fire Protection District: Rope Rescue Equipment
  • North County Fire Protection District: Firefighter Protective Clothing & Training
  • Ramona Fire Department: Physical Training Workout Equipment

$95,000 in grants awarded earlier this year supported the entire region, including mobile data computers for 33 fire engines in rural San Diego County and detailed map books to reduce response times and assist with evacuations.  Joan Jones, Fire Foundation’s Executive Director said, “We want to make San Diego County the safest county in the nation from major disasters; and avoid the wildfires San Diego experienced in 2003 and 2007, and those experienced elsewhere in California the last two years.   This requires a comprehensive regional approach to prevention and suppression”.

The Fire Foundation is proud of having provided over $157,000 to the Alpine Fire Protection District, since our inception, to help make the citizens of Alpine and surrounding communities safer from fires and medical emergencies. “The Alpine community has experienced a number of significant wildfires over the years due to the local terrain and vegetation.  It is critical for our department and those in our region to have excellent communications when working together to fight these fires.  The radios provided by the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation grant will significantly help this communication”, said Bill Paskle, Alpine Fire Protection District Chief.

Contributions from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the San Diego Foundation, Grossmont Healthcare District, and many individuals have made these 2019 grants possible.

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was formed in 1989 with a mission to improve the system of fire and emergency services in San Diego County by providing financial support for first-responder equipment and training, by increasing public awareness, and by facilitating cooperation between cities, fire departments, county agencies, corporations, and other foundations.

 

Submitted By:

Joan Jones – Executive Director  619-814-1352

joanj@sdfoundation.org

www.sdfirefoundation.org

Twitter: @sdfirefdn

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – July 16, 2019

Alpine Fire Protection DistNotice of MEETING of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901.

VIEW AGENDA HERE: 1 – ag7162019_alpine fier board july 2019

Posted By:
Alicea Caccavo SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Alpine Fire Protection District, Finance Officer
acaccavo@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – June 18, 2019

Alpine Fire Protection DistNotice of MEETING of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901.

VIEW AGENDA HERE: 1 – ag06 18 2019 rev2

Posted By:
Alicea Caccavo SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Alpine Fire Protection District, Finance Officer
acaccavo@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Board Approves Plan to Boost Wildfire Resilience – June 4, 2019

The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to implement a pre-fire strategy in its highest-risk areas to reduce wildfire loss.

The Board unanimously approved the plan presented by public safety staff with one modification: to develop a grant program to help residents in the high fire risk communities pay for fire-resistant building improvements to their homes. San Diego County CAL FIRE Division Chief and Fire Authority Chief Tony Mecham told the Board the plan consists of four steps:

  1. Fire Authority will ramp up community education so that more homeowners understand how wildland fires start and behave and how to prevent them. This will be accomplished with community courses and workshops coordinated with Fire Safe Councils and Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT.
  2. Fire personnel will double annual inspections on homes in fire-prone areas and recommend improvements to reduce the fire risk on their homes. Mecham told the board there are 102,000 structures in the unincorporated areas of the County and that County Fire plans to increase annual inspection of homes to 20,000 a year.

Mecham added that while San Diego County’s new construction building and fire codes are already progressive, Fire Authority staff plans to include more ember-resistant vents and eaves, landscaping guidelines and other ways to make exteriors more fire resistant. Fire Authority is also launching a new pilot program to provide ember-resistant vents to homeowners. A Knox Box grant program will also allow County Fire to purchase and install locked boxes with a copy of the house key, allowing them to gain access to homes of at-risk residents without having to resort to breaking doors.

3. Firefighters will do more to safeguard communities by reducing fire fuels such as grasses and brush. The goal is to treat 5,000 acres a year using prescribed burns, chipping and fire crews cutting back brush by hand.

4. Firefighters will help clear overhanging trees and brush over roadways that are primary and alternative evacuation corridors. The initial goal is to treat 40 additional miles of County roads and maintain 40 miles of fire roads and truck trails a year.

Mecham told the Board that County Fire will be focusing its risk reduction efforts on four communities a year. This year they will focus on the communities of Guatay and Crest, followed by Palomar Mountain and Jamul’s Lawson Valley.

To implement the plan, the County requested funding for five additional staff positions and additional contracted services through CAL FIRE to provide fire code enforcement, vegetation management, geographic information systems mapping, defensible space inspections and other support.

County of San Diego Ramping Up FIRE SAFETY in Highest-Risk Areas

NEWS ADVISORY – June 3, 2019

Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Jim Desmond – San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Heavier-than-usual backcountry brush and other fuels this year could spark disaster. San Diego County leaders, joined by Cal Fire officials and others, will announce several initiatives to better protect people and property in the most wildfire-prone parts of the county. The improvements will include thousands of additional property inspections and the creation of fire breaks, with a special focus on Crest, Guatay, Palomar Mountain and other communities in the crosshairs of a potential firestorm. The Board of Supervisors is expected to formally sign off on the initiatives at a meeting prior to the media gathering. While the county has invested over $500 million since 2003 on fire protection improvements, there’s broad agreement that more needs to be done to protect the most high-risk communities. Officials also say the thick vegetation this spring, fed by months of rainstorms, has heightened the risk of wildfire.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: County Emergency Operations Center, 5580 Overland Ave., Suite 100, San Diego. Park in the designated “media” spaces outside the entry gate, near the Medical Examiner’s Office.

WHO: Chairwoman Dianne Jacob, Supervisor Jim Desmond, Chief Tony Mecham, Cal Fire/County Fire Authority, Chief Don Butz, President, Fire Safe Council of San Diego County Kandhy Franklin, Crest Fire Safe Council.

Media inquiries: Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108, steve.schmidt@sdcounty.ca.gov

Donna Cleary, 858-805-1395, donna.cleary@sdcounty.ca.gov

 

“Love for Luke” BLOOD DRIVE for Luke Hayworth Andrew Tompkins – June 16, 2019

BLOOD DRIVE – Give blood to help people like 8 year old Luke from Alpine and Andrew Tompkins at the Alpine Fire Station (1364 Tavern Rd. Alpine Ca) on June 16, 2019 from 12pm to 5pm.

This Father’s Day give an amazing gift and pick up a gift for Dad! Come to the Alpine Fire Station Sunday, June 16 noon-5 P and give the gift to honor Andrew and Luke! You can also help “Sock it to Cancer” and get dad the gift of Crazy Socks to wear in honor of Andrew Tompkins, our crazy sock officianato and collector who is waging his battle against metastatic osteosarcoma. All proceeds from sock sales will benefit Andrew and his family AND grab some delicious baked goods and treats to help support Andrew and Luke!

Make an appointment today at mysdbb.org/schedule or call 619-4my-sdbb. *Photo ID required. Please arrive hydrated.

About Luke: Luke Hayworth is an 8-year-old little boy whose energy, sweetness, and silliness bring joy and light to everyone he meets. On December 26th, his family’s world was shattered when he was suddenly diagnosed with Leukemia.

Luke and his family have a long, exhausting road ahead of them. So many have asked me how they can help and I am hoping this page will be a positive and supportive way to provide that help when it is needed and love always.

We will keep you posted from here. we know together as a community we can help him feel the love from his school, friends, and community he is separated from. Luke and his family will not fight alone! Like our facebook page here! https://www.facebook.com/Love-for-Luke-2244457002443858/

 

About Andrewhttps://www.facebook.com/andrewsjourney32/

 

Wildfire Preparedness Event for the Community of Alpine – June 8, 2019

The Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council and Back Country Land Trust is having another great community education event for Wildfire Preparedness on Saturday June 8, 2019 at the Alpine Creek Town Center (In front of Barons & Kahoots) from 10am to 2pm.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about emergency preparation to help you get ready for wildfire and emergencies. Organizations will be on hand to talk about their programs and answer questions. For more info please contact Bonnie J. Burchill, Sunrise Powerlink Fire Mitigation Grants Program at 1-619-722-7512 or email bonnie@sunrisepowerlinkgrants.com

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – May 21, 2019

Alpine Fire Protection DistNotice of MEETING of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901.

VIEW AGENDA HERE: 1 – ag05212019_Alpine Fire May 19

Posted By:
Alicea Caccavo SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Alpine Fire Protection District, Finance Officer
acaccavo@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Special Meeting of the Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors – May 14, 2019

Alpine Fire Protection DistNotice of SPECIAL MEETING of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District.   Monday, May 14, 2019 – 4pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901.

VIEW AGENDA HERE: ag051419 – Special Meeting

Posted By:
Alicea Caccavo SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Alpine Fire Protection District, Finance Officer
acaccavo@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – April 16, 2019

 

VIEW AGENDA HERE: 1 – ag 04-16-2019

Posted By:
Alicea Caccavo SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Alpine Fire Protection District, Finance Officer
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831

(619) 445-2635 x 301

www.alpinefire.org