Chief concerns: What Does Fire & Life Safety Look Like to...

By John R. Hawkins Fire Chief Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Before I offer some ideas on fire and life safety, please understand that I am honored...

Chief’s Corner: Lessons learned from a large fire …

Everyone has followed the struggle in Congress about the budget ceiling, the national budget and the national debt. The California state government is a smaller...

Chief’s Corner: Public service

After the Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in Idyllwild, I was thinking how lucky we are to live on this island in the middle of...

Chief’s Corner: The chief is out …

Editor’s note: In his August column, Chief Walker wrote about his first-hand observations of the Wallow Fire, which occurred in Arizona during May through...

Chief Concerns: Preparedness & Readiness for a Wildfire — Part II

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department In Part I, we discussed Santa Ana Winds and how winds significantly enable wildfire spread. Riverside County clearly witnessed...

Sitting by the Fire: Change happens and will …

In April, I wrote about being prepared for the large fires and potential evacuations. I said at the end of that article I would have more later on survival “in place” for major disasters. Also, last month I talked about changes at IFPD, such as the recruitment of a new fire chief. I will touch on both subjects in this column.

Chief’s Corner: About fall …

I wrote a similar column about this time last year but the message is still very important to your individual safety, your home and...

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