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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

Lessons Learned From the West Fire & Paradise Fire: Roads Have an Impact on Fire Prevention and Safety

By George Barnett

February 2019 – As someone that has been evacuated four times in 20 years due to fire threat, that experience caused me to jot down “my thoughts” on fire preparedness in Alpine, and to try to draw some comparisons between what has been learned from the West Fire and what has been apparently learned so far from the Paradise Fire.

This is an important matter, and I hope the attached is informative….

Learning from the West Fire & the Paradise Fire

There seems to be no formal reports yet on both fires. But observations are being made by the media. What are the differences between these two fires according to the media?

Wiki records that residential development in wildland-urban interface areas such as Paradise and its vicinity are often located in state responsibility areas, where the State of California provides primary fire prevention and suppression. Paradise was served by a mix of its local fire department and the State’s CalFire.

Alpine is accountable for its fire prevention and firefighting through the Alpine Fire Protection District. Being an unincorporated township, Alpine has fallback support from the San Diego County Fire Authority. By agreement with all its neighboring sister agencies, Alpine Fire is in the process of annexing east Alpine so as to improve service in that rural area of the town.

The Paradise Fire Department webpage records, “By contracting with CAL FIRE the Town of Paradise (sic – double the population of Alpine) is able to staff two fire stations with three-person engine companies, and one station with a two-person engine company.

Alpine Fire Protection District strives to maintain four-person engine companies. The National Fire Protection Association suggests five-person engine companies in critically dangerous areas when weather conditions are severe. Alpine is also served by the County Fire Authority fire station in Harbison Canyon, the US Forest Service fire station on east Alpine Boulevard, Viejas Fire Department, and by the Sycuan Fire Department. And the eight-station Heartland Fire & Rescue Service serving El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove is an important back-up.

The Union Tribune reports, “A Los Angeles Times investigation found that Paradise ignored repeated warnings of the risk its residents faced, crafted no plan to evacuate the area all at once, entrusted public alerts to a system vulnerable to fire, and did not sound citywide orders to flee even as a hail of fire rained down… But interviews and records released by the city and county show the emergency warning system failed on many levels…. Most residents said they relied on word of mouth, emergency vehicles driving down their streets with loudspeakers, or the sight of flames.”

Among other systems, Alpine is served by the County’s “AlertSanDiego” for disaster notification. Based on 9-1-1 data, it has Voice over IP, cellular, and email connectivity. And more recently has as associated App allowing families and friends to network. As with the County Fire Agency, this notification system evolved after Supervisor Diane Jacob observed critical inter-agency communications difficulties during the 2003 Cedar Fire. Alpine Fire also participates in the Heartland Communications Agency which provides sophisticated dispatching of multiple response agencies for firefighting and medical emergency on an East County regional basis.

The Union-Tribune also reports of citizens in Paradise blocked into dead-end roads unable to escape in their vehicles due to traffic congestion on the main connecting roads. This observation applies to Alpine, a linear town flowing west and east with few lateral roadway connections.

The Alpine Sun reported, “President Neville Connell of the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council revealed that research after Alpine’s West Fire on July 6 shows that roads have an impact on fire prevention and safety. The blaze destroyed or damaged 38 homes and 36 other buildings. There was very little damage to buildings on east-west roads in the fire area, but defending structures on roads that “spread out like fingers” was more difficult and those buildings were more prone to damage, Connell said. “It provided us with some very interesting conclusions in how (sic- residential) development should go forward in Alpine,” he said.

How has Alpine responded to that traffic circulation threat? After vigorous discussion at town hall meetings and workshops, this language was approved as a core Policy & Goal for the Alpine Community Plan. “Support the establishment of alternative means of ingress/egress to/from Pal o Verde Ranch and/or other existing neighborhoods.” Further at the last Community Plan workshop, Alpiners reviewed and commented on several proposed lateral roadways, especially across east Alpine. (see below chart)

Despite the Herculean efforts of dedicated, heroic people trying to save Paradise, a town twice the size of Alpine was destroyed. Paradise’s population h ad been basically flat the past quarter century. It would seem that available firefighting resources were limited compare d to those available to Alpine. It would seem that

Emergency alert systems were deficient. It would seem that road and traffic circulation limited emergency egress and ingress.

Alpine is half the size of Paradise, and is growing in population. Firefighting resources available to Alpine are greater, and expansion to the east of Al pine is under way. County emergency communications and East County joint agency dispatch systems are modern and becoming state of the art through wireless smart phone Apps. Still, Alpine took a big hit from the West Fire, and that seems attributable in part to the town’s limited roadway networks. But Alpine recognizes that, and its residents have approved Goals & Policies to improve that limitation a cross the town, and especially in the more rural eastern areas; and they are making plans to improve traffic networks and emergency ingress/egress.

Does that guarantee there will never be another wild fire? Of course not! But the town, its people and its firefighting and emergency service Agencies are planning to improve fire protection and firefighting as the town inevitably grows.