Stacey McNeill

Jun 102021
 
Cordelia Fire District resident firefighters joined Vacaville Fire and other agencies for a prescribed burn training.

Cordelia Fire District is participating in a prescribed training burn with the Vacaville Fire Department and other Bay Area and Solano County agencies. The prescribed burn training was scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, in the hills behind the California Medical Facility (CMF) and on Thursday, June 10, on Callen Hill between Callen Street and Allison Drive.

Some of our resident volunteer firefighters completed training on the methods of backfiring. Backfiring is a tactic where firefighters intentionally set a fire along a fireline’s inner edge, in order to consume fuel in the path of a wildfire or to change the direction it is traveling. Going forward this could be one of the most effective tools we have in fighting a fast-moving fire when resources are scarce. Because resources are scarce this year, this training is critical.

“The purpose for both days will be to educate Solano and Bay Area fire service professionals on firing operations in a controlled dynamic fire environment to satisfy the training requirements,” officials wrote in a news release. “The skills practiced during this training provides the attendees with real world experience in applying tools and techniques to successfully engage in firing operations during wildfire events.”

Cordelia Fire District resident firefighters joined Vacaville Fire and other agencies for a prescribed burn training.
Cordelia Fire District resident firefighters joined Vacaville Fire and other agencies for a prescribed burn training.
May 052021
 

On the evening of Tuesday, May 4, Cordelia Fire Protection District crews responded to reports of a fire on westbound Hwy 80 East of American Canyon. The incident started at about 18:00 as a vehicle fire, but quickly ignited nearby dry grass, causing a vegetation fire. With the hot and windy conditions and the fire growing quickly, two alarms were initially called. The Cordelia Fire crew was first on the scene.

Cordelia Fire District Chief Dave Carpenter reported that their crew of four firefighters did an excellent job fighting the fire, which grew to over 3 acres within just five to ten minutes. The crew split up, putting half the firefighters on the vehicle fire and the others on the vegetation fire. Because multiple crews were able to respond quickly, the fire was contained to just 3.7 acres. Cal Fire, Fairfield Fire, Suisun Fire District, American Canyon, and Vallejo Fire also responded to the incident.

Fire crews say this incident is an example of how fires can quickly spread with the combined dangerous conditions of extremely dry land and hot, windy weather. This is another reminder that fire season is already upon us, and that we all need to be aware of the dangers, remain vigilant, and make fire safety a priority.

May 022021
 

Red Flag Warning. Due to the Red Flag Warning in place into Tuesday, the
CFPD will be staffing both stations 29 and 31 tonight.  We would like to
do this every night, but do not have the staffing and funding to do so. 
We will work to staff whenever possible during these high fire warnings.

If you would like to see full time staffing at both stations all the
time, please reach out to the Solano County Supervisors and encourage
them to provide a regular, on-going funding source to support the
unincorporated districts year round for a higher level of service.  The
CFPD is currently operating without a paid Chief and minimal paid staff
who support and train the resident volunteer fire fighters.  More staff = more
volunteers in place = greater station support.

May 012021
 
Members of Green Valley Fire Safe Council and Cordelia Fire Protection District gathering in front of the new Fire Safety Bulletin Board for a ribbon cutting.

On Wildfire Community Preparedness Day (May 1) Cordelia Fire Protection District (CFPD) and Green Valley Fire Safe Council (GVFSC) gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the newly erected Fire Safety Bulletin Board on Rockville Road and Green Valley Road. The board will be used to post fire prevention and safety updates for Green Valley residents.

Officials from Cal Fire also were also on hand to discuss fire prevention strategies and distribute wildfire action plan information.

GVFSC president Rochelle Sherlock addressed the crowd and thanked the Council members, County officials, CFPD and other agencies involved in the collaborative effort.

The GVFSC also organized a Green Waste event where Green Valley and Rockville Road residents could drop off their green waste. The goal is to encourage residents to reduce wildfire risk and create defensible space around their homes by thinning dense vegetation and removing ladder fuels as well as dead and fallen trees. Creating defensible space gives fire fighters a better chance to protect property when threatened by wildfire.

Additional green waste drop off days are scheduled on May 24 and June 21. Advance registration is required. Learn more and register at gvfsc.org

CFPD Fire Chief Dave Carpenter praised the efforts of the GVFSC for spearheading these events, helping to educate the public about fire safety, and supporting the community with the critical tasks necessary to reduce wildfire risk.

Apr 262021
 

The Green Valley Fire Safety Council (GVFSC) team recently completed the construction of their new bulletin board at the corner of Green Valley Rd and Rockville Rd.  The first posting is the certificate that acknowledges GVFSC was established as a nationally recognized participating site in this program.  Going forward there will be numerous postings to provide you information about home hardening, fire prevention, chipping programs, etc.  This is not a general neighborhood bulletin board, but one dedicated to fire prevention and survival.  It is meant to supplement their website, mailings and meetings to disseminate information to the Green Valley community.  For more information, please visit their site at GVFSC.org.

The Cordelia Fire Protection District strongly supports and participates in their efforts to make Green Valley a safer place to live and enjoy.  

A Fire Safety Bulletin Board was recently installed at the corner of Green Valley Road and Roackville Road.
Feb 112021
 
Cordelia Fire Protection District Crews training in the highlands area of Green Valley in Fairfield, California

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This week crews of resident volunteer fire fighters were training in the Green Valley Highlands.  They were learning how to correctly lay hose from the street to houses some distance from the street.  Not all homes are situated on the street, and some houses have driveways that may not accommodate a fire engine. Some houses have a driveway designed to accommodate an engine, but are situated in an area that makes it difficult to reach with our equipment. This is why we must train our crews to be prepared to haul, connect, and use hoses on a structure fire some distance from the engine, especially on steep driveways.  It’s an important skill to learn as many homes in the District are not easily accessible.  Stopping a structure fire may be crucial to preventing a fire from spreading further.

Chief Carpenter and his skilled team are always working on training to further improve the skills of the volunteers who are here to serve and protect.  They will be back in the field again in the future to continue the training.

We are grateful for the support from neighbors who have volunteered their homes for firefighter training.  That is greatly appreciated. As we are continually training, we are always on the lookout for other training sites. If you own a home in the district that presents unique challenges and would welcome a crew to train on your property, please contact us at 864-0468 or email firechief3100@yahoo.com.