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.
Day 11: Ride Into the Light #ifaaride
“Today was a short and quick day. Cory must have given me a small set of wings, because I felt like I was flying today. I had 20 MPH tailwinds pushing me the whole way into Las Cruces. My uphill speed today was faster than my downhill speed from two days ago. It made for a nice afternoon not having to sit in the saddle for too long. A few miles outside of town at a rest stop, I met up with Firefighter Dwayne Neal from the Las Cruces Fire Department whom I had mentioned yesterday. He had hustled out there to meet me on his day off since I was way ahead of schedule due to the wind. He said that he was having some engines from the area come meet me for a couple pictures. He said the original plan was to have those engines post on top of the overpasses as I came in to give a salute in support of the #ifaa cause in Cory’s memory. That made my heart swell. Remembering all those who saluted Cory on his way home from Ventura was a sight to be seen. The Firefighting Brotherhood is strong out here. Two engines from the Fairacres Fire Department and one engine from Las Cruces Fire Department stopped in to take pictures with the view of the Las Cruces valley in the background. Firefighter Neal has been following this journey from day 1 and sent out an email ahead of time notifying his department of my arrival in support of the #ifaa cause. Everyone was so amazing and listened to Cory, Ashley, Evie and Taylor’s story and everything that has transpired in between. From there I finished biking to the hotel that the IAFF Local 2362 was generous enough to provide me with for the night. They are also pledging a donation to the #ifaa. Firefighter Neal waited for me to get cleaned up and then drove me around in his personal vehicle to a few of the fire stations in his department to meet some of the on-duty personnel. When Firefighter Neal would introduce me, he would explain who I was, what I was doing, where I was going, and the entire nature of the #ifaa. I just sat back and watched the magic happen. It made me so feel so humbled and proud that this gentleman took the time to research and memorize every detail of what this entire trip is about. I almost wanted to bring him along for the rest of the trip to be a spokesperson. Firefighter Neal went above and beyond what I or the #ifaa could ever have asked for. You could tell that this man has a genuine love for helping others. I can’t say enough about that. Not to mention he looks like a spitting image of Will Ferrell in person. Also, to Firefighter Neal’s wife, thank you for sacrificing your time so that he could help promote such a wonderful venture.
One of the Firefighters I met at the headquarters station is the nephew of CAL FIRE Fire Captain John Sena, who I work with back in San Diego. Small world.
Thank you to IAFF Local 2362 and to Fairacres and Las Cruces Fire Departments for your support. Thank you to all of ones who support me and the #ifaa on a daily basis. I also forgot to mention that I am now more than 1/4 of the way across the country. Let’s do this!”
Day 11 donation total: $6720
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