Training is the cornerstone of safety; see you at Firehouse World
This edition's President's message is dedicated to training. Training is the cornerstone for everything we do. The LAFD's training motto is "Train as if your life depends on it, because it does". It is very appropriate and could be adopted by any Department.
CSFA works hard to develop and keep benefits for our members. I believe one of CSFA's best benefits is our $75 discount to Firehouse World where excellent training and lectures are provided. Everyone is looking to save money and training isn't an exception. CSFA partners with Firehouse World so more members can enjoy this benefit and get a lot out of the training opportunities to better themselves, increase their knowledge and, it is hoped, go home safe after each shift. CSFA will be at Firehouse World this year in our multiple booths to answer questions, provide services and sign up new members. I'll be there as well, and l and I look forward to seeing you again, or possibly meeting you for the first time. I'm always interested in your ideas to make CSFA better and better. Most of CSFA's partnerships, discounts and benefits have come from members who see an opportunity, have an idea, or a need.
CSFA has many internal programs to assist our members in being better informed, and we can always use additional membership on those committees: By-Laws, Volunteers, Education & Training, EMS, Fire & Life Safety, Fire Districts, Fire/Arson Investigation, Health & Wellness, Homeland Security/WMD, Resolutions, Retirement Issues, Valor Awards & Worker's Compensation. All of these committees have direct input to the CSFA Board of Directors who can make things happen with the appropriate group, or through our Legislative Advocate.
The CSFA Historical Society's programs are also very important and can always use more participation. They are Steamer Team, our Scholarship program, Valor Awards and our new Pipes & Drums Team (see related story on page 14).
Let's make 2014 a great year for CSFA and the California Fire Service by participating, contributing and most importantly, learning.
Until next time stay safe.
Kevin R. Nida, President
California State Firefighters' Association