Stay involved, be informed, and participate
We made it! New offices, new staff, new ways of serving you, new initiatives, and we continue to follow our strategic direction.
It wasn't easy. All of the changes we have made are not the work of one, but the work of the Board, staff and our committees. We are elected to serve you. The Board made the changes to meet our tough budgetary constraints, and we are better off for it. CSFA has survived one of the longest recessions, or depressions, depending on who you talk to in the nation's history. We will continue to thrive if we move forward and continue to follow our strategic direction and follow our Thrusts of Developing new business opportunities, Increase operational efficiency, Optimize membership relationships and Enhance external relationships.
We need to continue to build new membership opportunities, update our strategic plan, and continue to partner with other organizations.
CSFA continues to represent you at the Capitol with legislative initiatives, State Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC), Firescope, State Board of Fire Services, State EMS Commission, the L.A County EMS Commission, Governors Medal of Valor Board, National Volunteer Fire Council and our numerous positions at the NFPA.
CSFA is relevant, but we will only continue to be relevant if we continue to compete for our place in the fire service and our place in history. Competition is good and makes us think more; how to better serve, and become stronger for our membership. We received great news that CSFA membership renewals are on the upswing.
I firmly believe each and every member should ask those who serve you what they have done to make CSFA better, what their plan is, what they sacrifice to serve CSFA and why they serve.
This is your organization. "Stay involved, be informed, and participate" which will make CSFA stronger.
The fire service needs leadership to place emphasis on statistics, our end product of saving life and property and look for new business opportunities. We need to emphasize what we saved and not what we lost. A four minute response time is not a luxury, it is a necessity. Four minutes to minimize brain damage, four minutes to mitigate hemorrhage and four minutes to beat flash-over. The science of physics and physiology is what governs our end product. More on that in the future.
In closing, CSFA is governed by our By-Laws, Roberts Rules of Order, and the many laws that control non-profits. We are transparent through our agendas and minutes. You can find them on line in the members section. As approved by the Board,they are the official record of CSFA and show where we have been and where we are going.
Congratulations again to Ronny Coleman, our conference honoree, Scott Clough, our Tom Garner member of the year recipient, and to Jeffrey Loveland, our Fame & Flame recipient.
Until next time stay safe.
Kevin R. Nida, President
California State Firefighters' Association