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On behalf of the Tulare County Firefighters, we send our deepest condolences to the Perez Family.COVID-19 Claims Life of LAFD Firefighter

It is with profound sadness that the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) announces the death of Firefighter III/Paramedic Jose M. Perez, who passed away at a local hospital from complications of COVID-19 on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

Firefighter/Paramedic Perez had been with the Department for 16-and-a-half years. He was 44 years old. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and the entire Department send their deepest and most sincere condolences to the Perez family.
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On behalf of the Tulare County Firefighters, we send our deepest condolences to the Perez Family.

The “Big C”...

Episode 47 is live with Dr. Kathleen Navarro...

Dr. Kathleen Navarro is a research industrial hygienist at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Her research focuses on characterizing firefighter’s exposure to chemicals from smoke, understand pathways of exposures, and developing practices to reduce exposure. Previously, she worked for the US Forest Service and conducted research quantifying exposure to smoke for the public and wildland firefighters and estimating risk of mortality for lung cancer and cardiovascular disease for wildland firefighters. To complete her research, she became qualified as a wildland firefighter and spent last fire season as a crewmember on the Redmond Hotshots.

Her work can be found here:

Risk assessment study -

Summary of results: Across all exposure scenarios and career durations, the calculated risk for LC and CVD was greater than one, indicating an increased risk of mortality from LC and CVD from PM. Here are interpretations of the risk estimates that were calculated:

Firefighters working a short fire season (48 days) for 5 years have an 8% increase in risk of LC and 16% increase in risk of CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) mortality.

Firefighters working a long fire season for 25 years have an 43% increase in risk of LC and 30% increase in risk of CVD (Cardiovascular Disease) mortality

Oh, how could I forget? All this particulate matter and smoke has a HUGE impact on susceptibility and severity to COVID. Check out the following guidance from the CDC:

These are being updated with a smoke question -

Here is a new link for the FMB guidance regarding COVID from the NWCG -

Additional resources:

To better understand the link between on-the-job exposure to toxicants and cancer, Congress directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)external icon to create the National Firefighter Registry (NFR).

The NFR will be used to track and analyze cancer trends and risk factors among the U.S. fire service to help the public safety community, researchers, scientists and medical professionals find better ways to protect those who protect our communities and environment.

All firefighters—structural and wildland, career and volunteer, active and retired—should consider participating in the NFR. This includes firefighters who have never received a cancer diagnosis, previously had cancer, or currently have cancer. Follow the link below to register:

NIOSH Firefighter Cancer Registry:

Here are some other useful links:

Explanation of Hierarchy of Controls:

NIOSH Instagram: @Nioshusa
CDC Instagram: @CDC

Episode 47 is live! You can listen on all your favorite podcast player apps like; Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Luminary, and on our website at

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Here is a formal update from IAFF Leadership on the ground at the scene of the Navy Ship, USS Bonhomme Richard fire.

Please keep the protectors of our military communities in your thoughts. Tremendous job by Federal Firefighters and the surrounding jurisdictions.


This morning, I spoke to President Ian Piccolo from SD Federal Local F-33. This is the most up to date Sit Report given the fact that: ALL F-33 personnel (including e-board) is either actively on the fireground or actively resting in station, and the fact that it IS a federal instillation and they closely guard info getting out.

Sunday morning 12 June 2020, a fire broke out on the USS Bonhomme Richard. Members of Local F-33 were first on scene, and the incident quickly became a three- alarm incident. Surrounding municipal agencies from San Diego City Local 145, Chula Vista Local 2180 and National City Local 2744 assisted in the fire efforts. Navy SW Region sent resources from Miramar Local F-289, Pendleton Local F-85, Fed Fire Seal Beach, Fed Fire Ventura, and Nassco Fire.

A Unified Command was established and crews rotated in and out utilizing civilian firefighters and shipboard (active military) firefighters. Extreme fire conditions were encountered inside the ship, and fire attack had to be slow and methodical. There were several injuries, but they were all minor in nature. It is understood that no firefighting foam was utilized. Additional resources from Navy South-West Region were sent to San Diego this morning.

Shipboard fires are an extremely unique scenario with many special hazards to firefighters. The fuels, paints, and components that make up a naval vessel add to the hazards they are facing under heavy heat and fire conditions. These scenarios are considered “low frequency-high hazard” incidents. Our federal brothers and sister are performing outstanding. We are grateful to our municipal brothers and sisters who answered to call to assist.

Photos on social media have given the impression that the fire is out, but this has NOT been confirmed. A portion of the ship has been put out, but there is still active fire towards the front of the vessel. A major hazard is the 1,000,000 gallons of fuel in the ship’s tanks. This is why crews are compelled to fight interior to avoid exposing those tanks to fire. There has been 100% accountability of all firefighter and naval personnel.

President Piccolo stated there are no needs from the union, and the men and women are in good spirits and doing “the job”.

IAFF and CPF leadership to include 16th DPV Jim Johnson, 10th DVP Frank Lima, CPF President Brian Rice, CPF 1st DVP Tim Strack, and myself, Charlie Martinez, should be extremely proud of the efforts and collaboration of resources to control an incident that could have resulted in the disastrous loss of life.
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Today we remember the 19 Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters who gave everything June 30th 2013. Please take a moment to remember these sons, fathers and firefighters. ... See MoreSee Less

Today we remember the 19 Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters who gave everything June 30th 2013. Please take a moment to remember these sons, fathers and firefighters.

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Watched the movie about them. Incredible group of men.

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Today we remember the 19 Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters who gave everything June 30th 2013. Please take a moment to remember these sons, fathers and firefighters.
Today when Engine 20, in Doyle Colony, returned from a call the crew found something different. We found a wonderful and thoughtful gift. We appreciate the gifts and the thought that went in to it so much. The West Olive and all Porterville City fire stations were visited as well. Thank you to the families who " Dusted " us with these nice gifts. And yes, we will put the fairy wings to good use.
This past week our department family suffered what could have been a tragic loss. One of our Extra Help Firefighters Ryan Martinez found one of his sons floating in a backyard pool. Due to his quick thinking and experience as a firefighter he was able to perform CPR and his son is in good condition at Valley Children’s Hospital. It is with a happy heart not just from our family, but from the community as a whole that Mateo will be coming home soon to finish recovering from this near tragic event. There will be a welcome home parade for Wednesday the 29th at 10 am in Visalia. We will be gathering at the COS parking lot on Woodland and Tulare at 9:15 am Wednesday morning. #MATEOSTRONG #ONEBIGFAMILY #CPRSAVESLIVES
Thank you to all our sisters.
Tulare County Professional Firefighters proudly support Amy Shuklian for District 3 Supervisor.
The job wasn't done until they replaced their smoke detector battery. #couldsaveyourlife
Your phone may "fall back" by itself but your smoke detector needs you to put in a new battery. #couldsaveyourlife
Local 4757 is selling a breast cancer awareness shirt this month. Tulare County Firefighters will be wearing this shirt on duty this month. Proceeds will go to the Kawea Delta Foundation Lost Girls Mammogram Fund. This fund helps uninsured or under insured women receive a Mammogram. Many insurance companies won't pay For a mammogram when the patient is under 40, regardless of history.
join us at Compadres!
Congratulations to the new members of North Central Fire. Several past and present members of L4757 made the jump to help this agency re-form. It's been 12 years since many of us took a similar picture in our baby blues. Best of luck and continued success as your organization grows.
Stop by Olive and Westwood in Porterville to help kids with muscular dystrophy go to summer camp.
Terra Bella filling the boot to fight muscle disease.
Today our Fire Apparatus Engineer recruits have taken their oath to serve the public and will join us in our stations. These Fire Apparatus Engineers will allow us to increase staffing from 1 to 2 firefighters in one station.
This Friday we will be fighting muscle disease in Tulare County. Come join us in the fight. You can help buy donating to clinics, new therapies and "The best week ever" summer camp.
Our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with The Hernandez family and our brothers and sisters of the Kings County Fire Department in this very difficult time. KCFD FAE Keith Hernandez lost his battle with cancer February 23, 2019.
Thank you to our partners in law enforcement. Today we say thank you, everyday you have our respect.
Thank you to Supervisor Kuyler Crocker for joining us.
Exeter is helping local kids with Muscular Dystrophy go to camp where every kid has the opportunity to do everything the camp offers.
STOP by Ave 400 and Road 56 and Fill the Boot.
We are fighting muscle disease at Betty Drive and Road 67.
Elizondo family.
Father and sons
Chief Norman and Captain Elizondo
We were out raising money for the Lost Girls Mammogram Fund. Get your Pink Shirt here:
Thank you to Tulare County Board of Supervisors for supporting the fight against breast cancer! We are selling Pink Shirts that we will be wearing the month of October. Funds help local women in the fight to beat breast cancer. Please go to:
Eleven years ago today the Cal Fire contract ended. Tulare County Fire Department began to provide fire protection for the people who live, work and travel in Tulare County. With the new Fire Department came a new dispatch center, Firecomm. Station 11 responded to the first call of the new Tulare County Fire Department.
Have a good flag day.
Come support the Muscular Dystrophy Association and let Tulare County Professional Firefighters fix you a drink. We take over the bar at 5:00 to 7:00.
Great training opportunity.
Thank you Veterans for defending our country. Welcome home, job well done.
Thank you to the staff at Tulare County Federal Credit Union for counting all the money for MDA Fill The Boot.
Help fight muscle disease in Ivanhoe
Please come out and support MDA on Friday October 27th.
Go to for information on preparing for wildfires and other disasters.
Come join us at a Visalia Rawhide game. Chief Norman will be throwing out the first pitch. This game was rescheduled due to the of the large response to the flooding on the Kings River.
Today ten years ago Tulare County Fire Department was reborn. The 80+ year Cal Fire contract was ended and Tulare County staffed their own professional fire department. Over the years our members have continued to raise the bar on customer service and emergency operations.
Crews from Battalion 2 B shift took Battalion Chief Hicks out to dinner on his final night of service before he officially retired. Chief Hicks served the last 10 years of his 40+ year career as a Battalion Chief serving the citizens of Tulare County. Congratulations Chief Hicks. Enjoy your very well deserved retirement.
Tulare County IAFF Local 4757 and Tule River Fire Department members at boot camp with the Olvera Family ready to end muscle disease. #filltheboot #mda
Daylight Saving Time starts tonight at 0200. If you change your clock correctly you will be on time. When you change your smoke detector battery you could save your family's life. Which one will you change first?
Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family and friends of Whittier Police Department Officer Keith Wayne Boyer. #EOW 02/20/17, Rest In Peace brother. #L4757
Chief Norman shared some sad news this morning. Rest in peace Chief Sunderland. Colleagues, It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the following information. Our first Tulare County Fire Chief Steve Sunderland passed away suddenly last night at his home in Dinuba. Chief Sunderland served as our Chief from 2006 to 2011 after a distinguished career with CAL Fire. During his retirement he was very active in the community and enjoyed golfing on a very frequent basis. His loss in the fire service community will leave a huge void. Funeral arrangements are pending and I will pass along service information in the very near future. Please keep the Sunderland Family in your thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Charlie Norman, Fire Chief Tulare County Fire Department
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The IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery is a one-of-a-kind addiction treatment facility specializing in PTSD for IAFF members – and IAFF members only – who are struggling with addiction, PTSD other related behavioral health challenges to receive the help they need in taking the first steps toward recovery. It is a safe haven for members to talk with other members who have faced or overcome similar challenges.

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