Dear Colleagues and Friends;
I am honored to be the President of CAL FIRE Local 2881.
Our fundamental responsibility of protecting the public has never changed. However, the scope of our mission and our ever increasing role as the largest full-service fire department in California has evolved. In 2014, just two years shy of our fiftieth anniversary, and subsequent to legislation we wrote that changed the name of our department, we find ourselves identifying again how the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Employees Organization should be branded.
It is not the first time that names have been changed to reflect the realities of the era in which we work. In reviewing our CDFEA 1966-1970 25th anniversary yearbook, not only has the organization changed its name three times over the past five decades, but so have particular offices and area titles been replaced, such as Director to President or Region to District. I have no doubt that titles will be reviewed again in the future. It only makes sense to have the name of the rank structure fit the responsibilities.
However, whether we are called CDFEA, CDF Firefighters or CAL FIRE Local 2881, our commitment to defending California during times of crisis is never altered or compromised.
All of us recognize our rich history and are respectful of the value of change. Our strength is that we are a grassroots organization. We move forward at the members’ direction and by listening to them through our resolution process at convention. The decision to change the name from CDFEA to CDF Firefighters and now CAL FIRE Local 2881 has always come from a single idea, presented to the membership, voted on by elected delegates, and placed into action.
Of course, while it is our responsibility to ensure all members have a voice, including active and retiree members, we bear in mind that it is our responsibility that regardless of our name or the colors in our patch, we serve the members of CAL FIRE Local 2881.
CAL FIRE Local 2881