CAL FIRE Firefighters Local #2881 – Serving the Professional Firefighters in San Diego County
The 10th District of CAL FIRE Firefighters of Local #2881 is made up of nearly 500 firefighting members operating out of over 45 Fire Stations and facilities. Our members staff CAL FIRE All Risk Fire Engines, Municipal Paramedic Engines, Ladder Trucks, Command and Support Vehicles, Paramedic Transport Ambulances, Fire Rescue Helicopters, Urban Search and Heavy Rescue Units, Water Rescue Units, Brush Patrols, Water Tenders, Fire Crew Carrying Vehicles and Air Coordination Aircraft. Every aspect of the County Fire Operation in San Diego has members from Local #2881 involved, providing professional service. We are the Firefighters of San Diego County Fire, the Deer Springs Fire Protection District, the Ramona Fire Department and the Yuima Municipal Water District.
Local #2881 – 10th District officers work hard everyday to ensure that we protect our members wages, working conditions and benefits. In addition, we stay active in local politics that deal with fire protection in San Diego County. We ensure that our members are represented as the world class firefighters they are. The County has seen tremendous growth in Fire Protection Services and has invested over $450 Million Dollars over the last 10 years. This dramatic increase in funding, infrastructure and staffing has been balanced with an open door relationship with our CAL FIRE San Diego County Fire Management Team, ensuring #1 that the needs of those we service comes first.
Jeff Griffith is a respected firefighter and shown his commitment to the community in many ways. From his involvement in the Palomar Pomerado Healthcare District to his determination to seek an an answer to the behavioral health epidemic plaguing first responders.
For these reasons and many more...
CAL FIRE San Diego County Firefighters of Local #2881 proudly support Jeff Griffith for State Senate!
Regardless of party, I vote for who will do the best for firefighters and their families. This is a man who’s been there for me and the Mitchell family. He’s stepped up in many ways and has kept his word to fight the behavioral health fight.
Again, it was my honor to be asked to photograph the Celebration of Life for a fellow firefighter. FFII Jason Pollard lost his battle with cancer but will forever life on in the hearts of those who loved him. Here is a small preview of the day. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations on the county supervisor’s unanimous vote yesterday to proceed with the LAFCO process and dissolve the JCFPD into the CFA.
I implore everyone to make sure that they take the time to understand what is happening with regard to JCFPD and to learn the FACTS, not the emotionally-charged rhetoric from the anti-dissolution crowd. Please go to www.sdlafco.org (or email me at email@example.com and I will send you the PDF) and read the Supplemental Document (Post-July 17th Comment Letters). Read the report on budgets and lack of funding, read the report on buildings that need repair, and read about equipment issues. More importantly, read that JCFPD does not budget for any capital equipment, building repair or maintenance. Better yet, you can watch the video of the most recent LAFCO meeting and watch professionals discussing facts as opposed to the “public” speakers talking emotion and spin. Listen to all the benefits in service and security Julian will get ($1.7 million) for a $50 DROP in our taxes. The facts speak for themselves and dissolution makes sense on every level. But you need to read or listen to the facts so that you can come to your own conclusions.
One thing that is clearly obvious it that JCFPD is a welfare baby, having gone hat-in-hand time and time again looking for money and support from the County. JCFPD has been subsidized by the County since 2007 and last year JCFPD was subsidized to the tune of $1.55 million. All this talk of “independence” is a complete load of nonsense. JCFPD has never been financially independent, and if these “confident idiots” KEL (Kramer-Everett-Landis) get their way, none of us will get to vote on anything, they will take over the board, end the dissolution and then run JCFPD into bankruptcy, even IF (and that is a big if) they buffalo people into voting to increase our taxes (regarding “confident idiots” Google David Dunning).
Another thing that is clear is that JCFPD has a problem with money matters and business acumen. When you read through the history of JCFPD it becomes clear time and time again that they were given opportunities to act – to raise taxes and shore up their balance sheet and income statement, but instead did nothing. Just as KEL has done over the past two years by not getting their tax increase measure on the ballot and instead waiting until the 11th hour (really more like the 75th hour) after funds are nearly depleted. And these people will run JCFPD better when they take over? Highly doubtful, as their lack of business skills, lack of ethics, and failed track record shows. I fear we are all going to end up being the butt of their sad joke.
Most telling is just how morally bankrupt and totally inept these folks are. Last fiscal year JCFPD budgeted $30,000 for legal/audit and spent over $96,000. This year, director Kramer prepared a budget of $40,000 for legal/audit, knowing full well that his Fire Plugs and anti-dissolution crowd where running up the legal tab for JCFPD. How’s that work? An organization goes 200% over budget last year, so let’s raise next year’s budget by a measly 33% knowing full well that there will be more litigation this year than last? Kramer suffers from (1) a lack of math skills, (2) a lack of any business/finance skills, or (3) is completely disingenuous in doing his fiduciary duty to JCFPD because he is so conflicted by being on the board of the Fire Plugs. No matter the answer to the question, do we really want to leave JCFPD in the hands of these “confident idiots?”
Finally, I’ve had several people ask me if I am not worried about writing all these letters, and when I ask why, they say something about maybe the fire department won’t show up if I need them. Huh? The volunteer fire fighters are great. I do not question their ability, dedication or loyalty in any way as I fully “support the troops.” My concern is the leadership, this KEL group that has an agenda that has nothing whatsoever to do with what is good for the people of Julian. They are on an ego-driven mission, the classic desire to remain big fish in a tiny pond. They tell us to let Julian have a vote while they file court orders and lawsuits to try and shut the vote down. They will be knocking on your door to get you to sign a protest letter in order to end the LAFCO process and stop us from voting. They are also planning on taking over the JCFPD board and trying to stop any LAFCO proceeding no matter what is good for Julian or what Julian voters want.
Again, I ask that everyone get on the LAFCO site and read the FACTS for themselves. Do not be pressured by these “win at all cost” people with their emotional, repetitive pleas that CalFire won’t be able to find your house, their defamatory and criminal lies and actions, their song that “we can’t trust the County,” and their other highly questionable “facts.” Let’s let LAFCO do their job and let us all understand ALL the facts and get KEL out of the way with their attempts to end the process. I don’t know about you, but lower taxes and $1.7 million in fire support from the CFA is a bird in the hand versus a pipe dream fantasy of the “confident idiots.”
The issue in Julian continues even after the 7-0 vote by the Local Agency Formation Commission supporting Julian Volunteer Fire Department coming into County Fire, receiving full time staffing and allowing volunteers who meet the minimum standard to remain.
Here’s the basics...
County Plan: $50 Annually and Fulltime Staffing
Volunteer Supporter Plan: $200 Annually and NO FULL TIME STAFFING.PLEASE READ, LIKE AND SHARE
This flier that is being circulated is packed full of lies and deceitful information. There is no cost per call charge by County Fire/CAL FIRE.
The absolute truth is by going with the county annul costs are $50 per parcel, what’s the oppositions plan? INCREASE IT TO $200 a year,
This whole propaganda is made up by individuals trying to push their agenda forward, the same folks who raise a ruckus at all of the meetings, the same folks who make slanderous accusations about our CALFIRE/County Fire Personnel, the same folks who created a fake CAL FIRE Union Facebook Page in hopes of spreading additional lies, and on and on. If it is embarrassing and ridiculous as well as completely false when it comes from this group. The info is completely false, here is something that isnt....
The County Local Agency Formation Commission after reviewing the facts votes 7-0 in favor of JCFPD coming into the County Fire System. This is a last ditch effort of this anti-establishment group to keep his from happening.