CSFA President's Message

Thank you for your support; let’s continue to move forward

I wanted to start this issue’s message with an update regarding our recent in-person CSFA Conference that was held on May 4 and 5 at Cache Creek Resort. I wanted to thank everyone for their support and say that I’m truly humbled and honored to continue serving as the president of CSFA and helping lead our proud trade association into our 100th year and beyond. As a result of the Conference voting we welcome two new Board members to our CSFA leadership team. Representing the Central Division we have Fire Chief Dan Perkins from Kingsburg FD, and representing the Southern Division we have Captain David Santos from Colton FD. On behalf of our CSFA team I want to thank former Directors Richard Reed and Bryan Geiger for their service as directors.

During our Strategic Plan meeting in December of 2020, the Board set several goals and objectives for the coming year and beyond to ensure CSFA was remaining at the forefront of relevant topics that affect our members. I’m proud to say that with a strong vision and collaboration from team members, we are addressing many of our action items and increasing our level of engagement throughout the California fire service. I’m incredibly proud of our engaged committees, including our LEDS Committee (Leadership, Equity, Diversity and Service), and our Training and Education Committee. We have new content on our CSFA Fire and Rescue TV YouTube Channel, and we will soon give members access to our new Mentorship Program.

We will continue to work with our business sponsors and fire service organizations that will provide services to our members and continue to enhance the value of being a CSFA member. Formal education is one of these areas and we’re proud of our partnership with California Coast University and their reduced
tuition for CSFA members. We are also working with the National Fire Academy on getting course information out to our members and also working on pathways to obtain national certifications.

These areas of focus will continue and with your support will increase, and we will add new benefits that truly focus in on our strength of being a strong fire service trade association that has a seat at all levels of the California fire service leadership. Please help us in getting the word out about the exciting new opportunities CSFA has and inspire others to belong to an organization that sees an opportunity to change and evolve with new energy and ideas.

We welcome all of you and truly believe that our inclusion and collaboration will continue to bring in more professionals from all perspectives and disciplines of the California fire service. 

Stay well and stay safe!

Battalion Chief, Eddie Sell
CSFA President

CSFA President
Long Beach Fire Department
Battalion Chief, Eddie Sell