President Tim Edwards
Tim started his fire service career as a paid/call firefighter in San Bernardino in 1992. He was then hired as a Firefighter I in the Tulare Unit in 1994. In 1996, he was hired in the San Bernardino Unit as a Firefighter I. In 1999, Tim was promoted to a Firefighter II in the Riverside Unit. Over the next few years, he worked at multiple stations within the Unit.
Tim became the CAL FIRE Local 2881 State Rank and File Director in 2013. He would spend the next six years in this position, supporting our members and fighting for their wages, benefits, and working conditions. In 2019, he was elected President of Local 2881, a position he is proud to hold today.
General Vice President Pete Muñoa
Pete started his career with CAL FIRE in the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit in 1989 as a Firefighter I at the Belmont Station. In August 1991, he was offered an LT FAE position in the Sonoma Unit for a brief assignment. In 1992, he took an LT FAE position in the Lake-Napa Unit where he stayed for 15 years serving in the permanent positions of Firefighter II, Fire Apparatus Engineer, and Fire Captain working primarily in Schedule A programs. In 2007, Pete promoted to Battalion Chief back to where his career began to the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit as the San Mateo County Fire Marshal staying for two years before transferring back to his county of residence in Napa in 2009. Pete continued his duties as Battalion Chief serving as the Napa County Fire Marshal for the next six years. In 2015, he promoted again to the position of Deputy Chief assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Sacramento where he built and managed the Land Use Planning Program until his retirement in December of 2019.
Pete proudly served 31 years in the fire service and has been a union member from the start. He became active in Local 2881 in 1997 when he joined the Serious Accident Investigation Team, today known as a SART. He participated in major investigations such as the Bus Incident in Mendocino in 2001 where CDF Airtankers 87 and 92 collided over Hopland in Mendocino County killing both pilots and the Esperanza Fire in October 2006, where five USFS firefighters were killed in a burnover in Riverside County. In 2009, Pete became a rank and file representative in Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit and in 2013, was elected as the Chapter Director. In 2017, Pete was elected as the District IX Vice President and in 2019 was voted into the position he proudly holds now of General Vice President. Pete continues to be a vocal advocate for better wages, benefits, and working conditions for our union membership.
State Finance Director Paul Van Gerwen
Paul started his career with CAL FIRE in the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit in 1984 and remained there until 1988. He then took an Engineer position in the Fresno-Kings Unit and after one year, he went back to MMU. Over the next two decades, Paul would hold positions in the San Benito-Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, San Mateo-Santa Cruz, and Napa Units. In 2011, he went back to the San Luis Obispo Unit and stayed there until he retired.
Paul served as a Firefighter, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain (16 years), Battalion Chief, and Assistant Chief. He worked in Schedule A and B, Fire Camps, Training bureau, Law Enforcement Bureau, Public Information and Public relations for the nine counties surrounding the Bay Area, and Assistant Chief of Ventura Camp administrating the two contract counties of Santa Barbara and Ventura. Paul was qualified in all operational ICS positions up to Incident Commander and served on Incident Command Team 7. When he first started his career, CAL FIRE would have one 9,000-acre fire in a year, and it was a big deal. When he retired, CAL FIRE had five 45,000-acre fires burning at the same time. This year there were multiple fires burning over 100,000 acres. Paul is confident that we are experiencing a climate impact to which we have not seen the worst yet.
Paul served 36 years in the fire service and has served as the State Finance Director of Local 2881 for the past eight years. Utilizing his business management skills, he has successfully grown Local 2881’s wealth into a financial security with a proven business plan in creating structured saving and investment planning. Paul feels Local 2881 is on the path to becoming financially self-sufficient with time and achieving a priority towards strategic growth to prepare our union for the future challenges ahead. Paul is looking forward to serving the members for two more years. Standing Strong and United!
State Rank & File Director Darren Dow
Darren has been a career firefighter and UNION member since 1991. He started as a Firefighter I with CAL FIRE in the Siskiyou Unit. He worked through the ranks all the way up to his current rank of Battalion Chief. Darren worked in various programs and participated on CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 for 15 years, working on all-hazard assignments.
He first became a Union officer in 2003, at the local Chapter level. Darren held many positions in the Siskiyou Chapter, such as Treasurer, Rank and File, Chapter Director, District Vice President, and State Rank and File Director. He has participated in the bargaining team for over six years and is currently the chair. Darren has been involved in many political campaigns, such as the Prop 32 campaign and the CAL FIRE Firefighters in Crisis march at the Capitol. He worked alongside California Professional Firefighters and International Association Fire Fighters in political work, lobbying in both the State Capitol and Washington D.C.
He has fought for worker protections and assisted with legislation furthering employee benefits. Priorities have always been to fight for employee rights and MOU protection. Darren is currently a Commissioner for the California Volunteers Commission.
State Supervisor Director Joe Ten Eyck
Joe has been married for 33 years to his wife Veronica, who teaches 1st Grade at Ready Springs School in Penn Valley, where they both attended during their childhood. They have three adult children. Joanna is finishing her bachelor's in nursing; Joseph was recently discharged as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps and is working as a certified field welder; Joseph and Madeline currently serve in Security Forces in the US Airforce; Madeline is working on her bachelor degree in English.
Joe recently retired with 35 years in CAL FIRE and over 40 in the fire service. He found his calling and fell in love with the fire service young at the age of 14 with Penn Valley Fire District as a Junior Firefighter. He had a break in service, enlisting in the US Marine Corps, and was discharged as a Corporal (his son likes to remind Joe he outranks him!).
Leadership, supervision, and command applied: serving, safeguarding others, a competent response in complex, fluid, and dangerous environments, being an impact player for good in the lives of others, working as a team, being challenged physically and mentally, a lifetime of training and education, is the calling and the best parts of the job. Joe's experience, education, and training enable him to serve our members as a union officer competently, with passion and courage of conviction.
State Retiree Director Ray Snodgrass
Chief Deputy Director, CAL FIRE (Retired)
President CAL FIRE Local 2881 (1981-1982) (Emeritus)
California Professional Firefighters 6th District VP (Emeritus)
Ray Snodgrass entered CAL FIRE service as a Seasonal Firefighter in 1967 at the age of 18, assigned to the Riverside Unit. He promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer in August 1968 assigned to the Orange Unit. In December 1969, Ray transferred back to the Riverside Unit in the Corona Battalion. He then promoted to Fire Captain in May of 1972, still within the Riverside Unit.
In January 1979, he promoted to Battalion Chief in the San Bernardino Unit assigned to the newly formed Needles Battalion. He remained there until September 1980, when he transferred to the ECC Chief position still in San Bernardino.
In May of 1985, he transferred to the Yucaipa Battalion, where he remained for 16 years until May of 2001. After a total of 22 years in the San Bernardino Unit, all as a Battalion Chief, he promoted to Assistant Chief in South Ops (Riverside) as the OCC Chief.
In May of 2003, Ray was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to the Chief Deputy Director position in Sacramento. He remained in this position until July 1, 2004, when he retired. During his tenure as the Chief Deputy Director, he also was assigned as acting California State Fire Marshal for approximately four months until his retirement.
In 1975, Ray held his first elected office in CDFEA, now knows as CAL FIRE Local 2881, as the Riverside Chapter Treasurer. He was also elected to the Region VI Treasurer. In 1978, he was elected to the State Treasurer position and was reelected in 1979 and 1980. At the 1980 convention, Ray was elected President of the Association. He was reelected at the 1981 convention and served through the end of 1982. Ray remained on the Board of Directors, serving as the immediate past president, supervisorial representative, District VIII Vice President and finally, the retiree director through 2013. He was once again elected to the State Retiree Director in April 2020 after the unfortunate passing of our dear brother Sam Davis.
Ray’s service on the Cal Fire Local 2881 Executive Board has spanned a period of over 40 years. During his term as President, the Association affiliated with the California Professional Fire Firefighters and the International Association of Fire Fighters. During his presidency, the first MOU was negotiated between the Union and Management, which was signed in July 1982. He was instrumental in implementing the Joint Apprenticeship Program within CAL FIRE serving 20 years on the CFFJAC State Board from 1983 until 2003. Ray has resided in Yucaipa for over 35 years.