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EMERGENCY INFORMATION: Wildfire Smoke and Face Masks for Protection in Dangerous Conditions

Surgical and dust masks WILL NOT protect you from the dangers of breathing Wildfire smoke… Choose a mask called a “particulate respirator”.

Wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. It can make you cough and wheeze, and can make it hard to breathe. If you have asthma or another lung disease, or heart disease, inhaling wildfire smoke can be especially harmful. If you cannot leave the smoky area, good ways to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke include staying indoors and reducing physical activity.

Wearing a special mask called a “particulate respirator” can also help protect your lungs from wildfire smoke  Respirator masks labeled N95 or N100 provide some protection – they filter ‐ out fine particles but not hazardous gases (such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and acrolein). This type of mask can be found at many hardware and home repair stores and pharmacies and online. Your local health agency may also have these masks.

Choose an N95 or N100 mask that has two straps that go around your head. Don’t choose a one ‐ strap paper dust mask or a surgical mask that hooks around your ears – these don’t protect against the fine particles in smoke. Choose a size that fits over your nose and head and under your chin. It should seal tightly to your face. Please note that these masks don’t come in sizes that fit young children and will not seal well. They also will not seal well on people with beards.

Don’t use bandanas or towels (wet or try) or tissue held over the mouth and nose. These may relieve dryness but they won’t protect your lungs. Using a respirator mask can make it harder to breathe, which may make the existing medical conditions worse as it takes extra effort to breath through them and can make it uncomfortable to use them for very long.

Throw away your mask when breathing through it gets difficult, if it gets damaged or if the inside gets dirty. Use a new mask every day if you can. For more information, search for “wildfire smoke” on www.doh.wa.gov

 

Alpine Fire Protection District Promotes Brian Boggeln and Greg O’Gorman

 

ALPINE –October 26, 2018 –  The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) recently announced the promotions of Brian Boggeln and Greg O’Gorman.  The promotions were effective on October 1, 2018.  Both firefighters participated in a badge pinning ceremony where they were ‘pinned’ by their wives and recognized for their accomplishments by the AFPD Board of Directors at the October 16, 2018 Board meeting.

Division Chief Boggeln is ‘pinned’ by his wife Dottie.

Brian Boggeln has been promoted to Division Chief.  As Division Chief he will oversee the Operations Division of the District.  He will oversee all aspects of the firefighters and when assigned to incidents will assume command of major incidents.  Division Chief Boggeln was hired by the AFPD in 1997 as a cadet firefighter.  He was promoted to Firefighter Paramedic in August 1999.  He was one of the first Paramedics when the District started its Paramedic program in 1999.  In September 2004 Boggeln was promoted to Fire Captain.  As Captain he had many duties, including overseeing training, Emergency Medical Services and technology.  He was very active in the Alpine Firefighters Association, having recently served as President.  Chief Boggeln and his wife Dottie reside in Alpine with their two sons.

Captain O’Gorman is ‘pinned’ by his wife Racheal

Greg O’Gorman was recently promoted to Fire Captain.  As a Fire Captain O’Gorman will lead the crew of four firefighters working on the fire engine.  O’Gorman was hired by the AFPD in October 2007 as a Firefighter Paramedic.  He has taken on many responsibilities in the District, including station supplies, station landscaping and maintenance on firefighter breathing apparatus.  He has also served the Alpine Firefighters Association and currently serves as Vice President.  Captain O’Gorman and his wife Racheal live in Alpine with their daughter and three sons.

Submitted By:
Bill F. Paskle, Fire Chief, Alpine Fire Protection District
1364 Tavern Road
Alpine, CA 91901
619-445-2635
bpaskle@alpinefire.org

 

 

 

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors WAIVES FEES for West Fire Victims

ALPINE –October 26, 2018 – 

The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) Board of Directors approved waiving plan check fees and permits for all victims of the West Fire.  At the October 16, 2018 meeting of the AFPD Board of Directors a resolution was passed with all Directors voting for approval.  The resolution allows all victims rebuilding destroyed or damaged structures to do so without having to pay plan check fees and permits.

“The Board of Directors wanted to help those effected by the West Fire” said Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle.  “The Board realizes that the right thing to do is help where we can.  These victims of the fire are our neighbors and friends and the Board wanted to ensure the rebuilding would be as painless and smooth as we can make it.”

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on July 25, 2018 to waive all county imposed fees for victims of the West Fire.

The West Fire started on July 6, 2018 near the East bound off ramp of the West Willows exit. A total of 504 acres burned in the fire.  A total of 38 residences were destroyed and another 13 damaged.  11 other minor buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Bill F. Paskle, Fire Chief
Alpine Fire Protection District
1364 Tavern Road
Alpine, CA 91901

619-445-2635
bpaskle@alpinefire.org

 

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – October 16, 2018

 

VIEW AGENDA HERE: 1 – ag10162018

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
jjames@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Campaign Statement: Baron T “Barry” Willis for Alpine Fire Protection District Board

October 2018 – Baron T “Barry” Willis for Alpine Fire Protection District Board 

  • I have been an Alpine resident for over a decade
  • Our family history in Alpine goes back more than 20 years

with six of our family members living in homes in the Alpine Country Village Association

  • I have an extensive financial background as an Insurance Broker and Stockbroker

which enables me to understand budgets and financial matters

  • I have been a member of the East County Chamber of Commerce and a Board Member of the  Santee Chamber of Commerce actively involved in planning committees.

 

As your Board Member on the Alpine Fire Protection District I would:

  • Always make Firefighter Safety a top priority
  • Strive to have surpluses in the Alpine Fire Protection District Budgets
  • Work hard to constantly improve firefighter response times for our Alpine residents
  • Make fire prevention a top priority in the District by doing all we can to clear dense brush areas
  • Be very responsive as a Board Member to what you the voter have to say about any issues of concern
  • I would like to hear from you what issues are important to you:  619-985-0752
  • Btwillis4@cox.net
  • Reach me on Facebook at: Barry Willis for Alpine Fire Protection District Board

25th Annual Alpine Fire Protection District Open House – October 13, 2018

FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

Alpine Firefighters Present the 25th Annual Alpine Fire Protection District Open House on Saturday October 13, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at the Alpine Fire Protection District 1364 Tavern Rd. Alpine, CA 91901. We will have food, a raffle, demonstrations, safety information, rock painting and giveaways!Refreshments will be provided by the Alpine Kiwanis Club. For more info please contact Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant at (619) 445-2635 or Email jjames@alpinefire.org

 

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – September 18, 2018

Alpine Fire Protection DistNotice of Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, September 18, 2018 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901.

 

VIEW AGENDA HERE: 1 – ag9182018

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
jjames@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

SDG&E Engages Giant Aircrane Year-Round for ‘New Normal’ Fire Season

SDG&E’s Caroline Winn announces plans for year-round use of the giant Erickson Aircrane. Photo by Chris Jennewein

*Article shared from The Times of San Diego

With San Diego now experiencing a continuous fire season, San Diego Gas & Electric announced Wednesday it has contracted for year-round use of a giant Erickson Aircrane helicopter tanker.

“We are working hard to mitigate the risks associated with this ‘new normal’ of a year-round wildfire season and trying to protect the people and communities we serve,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s chief operating officer, in making the announcement.

The Aircrane can carry 2,650 gallons of water — seven times the capacity of other fire-fighting helicopters — and refill from a lake in 45 seconds. The giant orange craft is flown by Erickson pilots under the direction of Cal Fire.

The utility has engaged an Aircrane during the traditional three-month fire season for the past eight years, but Winn said San Diego County is now in the “year-round grip” of wildfires.

“The SDG&E Aircrane has been and will continue to be a game-changer for Cal Fire,” said San Diego County Fire Chief Tony Mecham. “To have this critical tool available to us during the early stages of a fire has already had a very real impact on fires this year.”

In addition, to year-round use of the Aircrane, Winn also announced that the utility is taking steps to help customers whose power must be cut during a wildfire emergency. She said the utility is installing equipment to reduce the number of circuits affected, and planning for nine centers where residents can go for information, snacks and to charge cellphones.

The utility is making use of remote cameras and weather equipment to track fires, and on Wednesday unveiled a public web page with this information at sdge.com/wildfire-safety.

Winn said increasing use of the giant Aircrane already this year has made the craft something of a local attraction. She announced a Twitter handle for people to follow the craft’s activity at @SkyMaverickSDGE.

The giant Erickson Aircrane dwarfs people at its hanger in El Cajon. Photo by Chris Jennewein

 

Alpine Fire Protection District Board of Directors Meeting – August 21, 2018

Alpine Fire Protection DistNotice of Regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Alpine Fire Protection District. Tuesday, August 21, 2018 – 5pm at  Fire Station #17 (Meeting Room) 1364 Tavern Rd., Alpine, CA. 91901.

 

VIEW AGENDA HERE:  1 – ag8212018

Posted By:
Jenn James – Alpine Fire Protection District, Administrative Assistant
jjames@alpinefire.org
1364 Tavern Road, Alpine CA 91901-3831
(619) 445-2635
fax (619) 445-2634

www.alpinefire.org

Lessons From the West Fire – Presentation By Alpine Fire Marshall Jason Broom – August 30, 2018

Lessons From the West Fire – Presentation By Alpine Fire Marshall Jason Broom on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 5:30pm at the Alpine Library.  Join Alpine Fire Marshal Jason McBroom to discuss what we can learn from experiencing a major wildfire in our community. We will talk about defensible space and why it is required, and how the fire department uses that space. We will also address the HIZ home ignition zones, and talk about what home owners can do right now to increase their chances of surviving a wildfire. The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. For more info please call us at (619) 445-4221 or email albranch1752@gmail.com Visit our website at www.sdcl.org