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Renee

Placerville, CA

#45 Oct 13, 2014
I have been searching for a Forum critical of Cal Fire and looks like I have found it. Cal Fire is very interesting. I would like to see an Audit period. I live in Placer County and I see their trucks at Marriott's all the time and their specialized Ford trucks as opposed to the Dept. of Forestry vehicles makes you wonder. We just had the King Fire which my husband and I drove past Georgetown to a look out tower on Day 2 of the fire. No crews on the north side of the fire until a week or so later.. But they had a awesome base camp at the Fairgrounds with buffets and probably sleep number beds.. No I don't know about that. The fire fighter's families were visiting them after a week of work? Get the job done and stop letting a 10 acres fire grow to 90,000 acres.
EastEndResidentn t

Hemet, CA

#46 Oct 20, 2014
Hemet is making a huge mistake contracting with CDF. The bid submitted by Riverside County CDF is designed to land the contract, then in years 2-5 the price will skyrocket. Just look at what happened to the surrounding contract cities.
Fred

Moreno Valley, CA

#47 Nov 1, 2014
EastEndResidentnt wrote:
Hemet is making a huge mistake contracting with CDF. The bid submitted by Riverside County CDF is designed to land the contract, then in years 2-5 the price will skyrocket. Just look at what happened to the surrounding contract cities.
You don't think Hemet is low balling? Even the Press-Enterprise says that Hemet fire can't stay within budget at the end of the fiscal year most years.
EastEndResidentn t

Hemet, CA

#48 Nov 2, 2014
Fred wrote:
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You don't think Hemet is low balling? Even the Press-Enterprise says that Hemet fire can't stay within budget at the end of the fiscal year most years.
I checked into that and I found that the "City Leaders" went back 8 years to make the fire department numbers seem over budget. The funny thing is the last 2 years were removed because the fire department was way under budget. The only year they were over budget was 05-06, when the fire station on Hemet st opened mid year and had not been budgeted for. This city council and puppet city manager should not be trusted. It's time to run them out of town before they can do any more damage. The city leaders need to manage the fire department, not give up and loose local control.
Fred

Westminster, CA

#49 Nov 5, 2014
EastEndResidentnt wrote:
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I checked into that and I found that the "City Leaders" went back 8 years to make the fire department numbers seem over budget. The funny thing is the last 2 years were removed because the fire department was way under budget. The only year they were over budget was 05-06, when the fire station on Hemet st opened mid year and had not been budgeted for. This city council and puppet city manager should not be trusted. It's time to run them out of town before they can do any more damage. The city leaders need to manage the fire department, not give up and loose local control.
It is always someone else's fault. It is always a conspiracy. It must be nice to have complete access to budgets from the city. Congrats on your win Paul.
EastEndResidentn t

Hemet, CA

#50 Nov 5, 2014
Fred wrote:
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It is always someone else's fault. It is always a conspiracy. It must be nice to have complete access to budgets from the city. Congrats on your win Paul.
Feel free to keep your head in the sand "Fred", and I do believe Mr. Raver will be good for the city. I haven't seen you offer any solutions to the mess in the City of Hemet...
rob

Clovis, CA

#51 Jan 6, 2015
Renee wrote:
I have been searching for a Forum critical of Cal Fire and looks like I have found it. Cal Fire is very interesting. I would like to see an Audit period. I live in Placer County and I see their trucks at Marriott's all the time and their specialized Ford trucks as opposed to the Dept. of Forestry vehicles makes you wonder. We just had the King Fire which my husband and I drove past Georgetown to a look out tower on Day 2 of the fire. No crews on the north side of the fire until a week or so later.. But they had a awesome base camp at the Fairgrounds with buffets and probably sleep number beds.. No I don't know about that. The fire fighter's families were visiting them after a week of work? Get the job done and stop letting a 10 acres fire grow to 90,000 acres.
Really? I was on the King fire. I got my butt handed to me day in and day out hiking for 16 to 20 hours a day during my 24+ hour shift. My wife and kids never came and visited me. There were plenty of people on the northside of the fire when it blew up. A life long friend of mine lost his dozer and nearly lost his life when the fire chased him and a crew out. But I guess you could not see that from your far off lookout tower. Please understand that we do take our job very seriously and all this firefighter hating is taking its toll. I am not here to get rich but to help the people of this state including you while paying for my 1700 sq ft house a few nice things for my wife and hopefully to give my two young girls a bright future. That is what most of us are, just good people trying to do our best to make a difference.
rob

Clovis, CA

#52 Jan 6, 2015
oh yeah and hemet is a hole. hemet should be a place to move from not a place to move to and live in.
MamaBear

Winchester, CA

#53 Jan 9, 2015
Ok, first, you guys really need to check your spelling before submitting comments. I know this generation depends on auto spell check but did they stop teaching that in school? Second, if you are waiting on a machine go use another. Tape them, take a picture, write their names down because all you're going to prove is that they are doing what is required of them. I say Ooh-rah to the individules that grew up, advanced their education, graduated their courses and physical test, became what they dreamt to be, and wear their pride upon their shirts to show those who once did or will ask for help, anywhere from a cat in a tree, to a sucking chest wound because they are first responders, to fighting a fire that a drunk man set by falling asleep with a cigarette. But you're right, they are not entitled to releasing stress by going to the gym even on lunch or on duty. You know what. Who really cares if they're working out. Just because they are wearing their uniform makes you prejudice. You are calling out a group of people that can be recognized by a factor. Stop hating and go back to your meaningless job, mediocre life, and stay content hiding behind your computer because you didn't have the balls to say something to them at the time. You couldn't hack being a firefighter so shut your ungrateful mouth. Man, you just pissed me off
MamaBear

Winchester, CA

#54 Jan 9, 2015
My reply was for Pumping Iron.
Rob Whitey

Menifee, CA

#55 Jan 12, 2015
Whatever happened to having a gym equipment in the station?
So the firefighters by Stanford and Florida go to the SJ Gym to work out?
What happens when they get a call South or South East of their station while their working out in SJ?
Maestro

Ripon, CA

#57 Jun 9, 2016
Regardless what fire department you work for, firefighters are required to work out on-duty daily (since they generally work 24hr. shifts). Not all fire stations are equipped with weights or a gym, causing the need to have a gym membership. It's also another way for them to improve public relations by being seen in the community. They need to have their radios on them in the event they get a call... Some like to scan calls so they can hear what's going on at other stations and others can flip the scan button and only hear a call when they get toned out. It comes down to personal preference, personally I don't like hearing all the extra traffic so I generally don't scan when I'm out in the community. Firefighter's also respond to more than just structure fires... They also have to be equipped and have the training to respond to medical calls w/ the ambulance, traffic accidents/vehicle fires, Wildland fires, cliff side rescues, water rescues, hazardous materials, gas leaks, etc. they are required to train on and know how to do a lot, kinda like an emergency handy man. Most departments are staffed with firefighters who are also EMT's or Paramedics (BLS or ALS). I've seen the good in having both, it all boils down on how much a department trains. In my experience the departments that are staffed w/ full-time EMT's are usually a little more skilled in technical rescues. But with 80% of calls being medical, working at a paramedic staffed department is good too, where they will be a little more skilled on the medical side. Being a EMT or Paramedic will not make you a better firefighter in terms of actually fighting fire. Regardless, it boils down to how often you train...

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