CSFA President's Message
A new year brings a flurry of activity at CSFA
We start 2018 noting some exciting changes for CSFA and its partners. First of all I would like to thank San Winner for his over four decades of service to CSFA and most recently for his work chairing CSFEWBC. Chief Winner has been involved with our benefits division since its inception. (For more on Sam Winner, please see the Benefits Corner on page 10). The membership benefits that you enjoy today as a CSFA member are a direct result of the work and involvement of Sam Winner and his Board. On behalf of all CSFA members, I want to thank Sam for his hard work and dedication to CSFA over many years.
At the national level, we were heartened to see that Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grants were funded for another year. CSFA has been successful in the past in receiving grants, and has used grant funds to help provide training and other benefits to departments throughout California. We have been quite lucky in the past, and we keep our fingers crossed that we will receive a grant for this year too. As I write this, the application period for 2018 is about to close. Here’s to success for all of the California fire departments who have applied for grants as well.
The few short weeks of 2018 have been busy and productive for CSFA, here are just a few of the items in which we have been involved:
• Paul Stein has been appointed chair of the Education and Training Committee. Paul is a nationally-known fire instructor, and we look forward to his work on leading this vital committee.
• Building upon the successes and activities of 2017, CSFA Political Action Committee will remain engaged and active during this election year. Most recently, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez was named CSFA’s Legislator of the Year for 2017, and awarded a ceremonial fire helmet in mid-January (see related story on page 10).
• Along with our insurance partner California Casualty we have launched a photo contest. With nearly everyone carrying a camera/phone in their pockets, we know there are folks looking to share their firefighting images with others as we celebrate our profession. If you enter you also have a chance of winning cash prizes as well as bragging rights. Visit www.csfa.net for contest rules and other information.
Finally, we are expecting renewed activity from our standing committees in support of our legislative program. I encourage you to scan the committees listed on page 14. If you have an area of expertise, and want to become involved at the statewide level contact the chair. We would welcome your participation.