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President's Message

Opportunities for involvement abound in CSFA

I would like to start this edition of the President's Message on a somber note. Recently, we have had three losses to cancer that have affected members of the CSFA family: the Vern Losh family, the Dennis Frazier family and the Dan Barclay family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. We share in their loss, but are thankful for the prayers and support received from Firefighters for Christ, our chaplaincy and our general membership.

I recently had the honor to attend the first official group meeting for the Pipes and Drums Ad Hoc Committee hosted by Oceanside Fire. Co-Chairs John Keys and Bob Hoffman have done a great job increasing the size of the committee and it is forming up well. CSFA Pipes and Drums will support the CSFA Steamer Team and support many other CSFA events. CSFA Pipes and Drums have several instrument and uniform needs, and donations can be made through the CSFA Historical Society. All donations are tax deductible through the Historical Society's 501 C3 non-profit status.

The 92nd Annual CSFA Conference is coming soon, and is scheduled for September 24-26, 2014 at the Hyatt Orange County in Garden Grove. With that, nominations for the Fame and Flame Award are open and welcome. Please see the advertisement on page 21 of this magazine for nomination criteria and how to nominate. In addition, those considering a run for the CSFA Board of Directors need to submit their candidate's statements by July 1 to ggiacomo@csfa.net, if they want them published prior to the CSFA Conference in the July/August edition of The California Fire Service.

The CSFA Board steers the direction of the association, and all qualified members are encouraged to participate. I have had the privilege of serving as your President for the past 10 years, and due to family and career commitments, I will not be running for another term. However, I will remain active in the association.

I am proud of the evolutionary changes we have made to CSFA, and I want to see CSFA continue to move its strategic direction forward, and most importantly, always place the members needs first.

In closing, the current fire season is challenging and the drought coupled with heavy fuel levels make it even more dangerous. Take time to review your training, and take care of yourselves and your crews. To keep apprised of fires throughout the state use the Cal Fire Incidents link http://cdfdata.fire.ca.gov/incidents/incidents_current

Kevin R. Nida, President
California State Firefighters' Association

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