The October fires in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino counties were one of the most significant events ever to affect the fire service in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Of the 391 Local 1775 IAFF members, more than 200 live in zip codes impacted by the fires. Local 1775 members lost homes and loved ones.
Your union, L1775, recognizes that every member made sacrifices and contributed to the effort to fight these fires, on the line or in Marin. For that, we thank you.
It is important that our members know what your union, the IAFF, through our Local 1775, CPF, and the International in Washington DC, provided to our memebrs and the community over the last month.
The Local 1775 Executive Board began communicating just before midnight October 8 when evacuation orders first went out. President Briare, Treasurer Larkin, and Political Director Ken Martin (60% of the principal officers) lived in the path of the fires and were evacuated. Marin residents, VP John Bagala and Secretary Todd Lando, recognizing that a large number of L1775 members lived in the path of the fires, began operations early on the morning of the 9th, making contact with Santa Rosa Local 1401 and generating a GIS map and list of members and families potentially affected. By Monday afternoon, they opened and organized what would become the IAFF Operations Center, 12 hours after the fires began, initially operating out of Santa Rosa fire station 10.
By Tuesday morning, the IAFF Operations Center had been organized with a command structure, with Bagala as Operations Section Chief, and volunteers from nearly every Bay Area IAFF Local arrived to provide assistance to firefighters displaced and affected by the fires. Rick Swan, IAFF Director of Wildland Fire Safety and Training, arrived early to provide direct access to Washington DC and the full resources of the IAFF. The Operations Center functioned for 2 weeks.
IAFF Operations Center
Here’s a synopsis of the services and support provided by your union through the Operations Center, managed jointly by Local 1775 and 1401 (Santa Rosa Firefighters) at the L1401 Union Hall in downtown Santa Rosa from October 9-23 (click below to read more):