January 9, 2019 - A recap of state fires and how to prepare for the future will be addressed for the public at a gathering on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. at the Miners Roadhouse located at 5159 Hwy. 140.
With California still reeling from the last few years of catastrophic fires, including two major fires in Mariposa County, people are anxious to learn more about fires: what starts them and what can people do to protect themselves and their property from fires.
Each year more knowledge is acquired about fire behavior and CalFire evaluates and applies the new knowledge to keeping people safe. But there is much you can do to protect your home and lives, and this is an opportunity to learn more in time to get ready for a new fire season.
Assistant Chief Bernie Quinn (pictured) will be addressing the topic. He began his career as a volunteer in 1987 and transitioned into a seasonal fire fighter in 1989. While working for CalFire during the fire season, Quinn attended the California Polytechnic State University (CAL POLY) in San Luis Obispo and graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry with a concentration in Fire Chaparral and Watershed Management. Quinn continued as a firefighter during the fire season and began working as a Forestry Aid for CalFire in 1993, in South Lake Tahoe during the winters. Quinn worked on the Tahoe Regreen projects which dealt with the tree mortality issues in the Tahoe Basin. In 1994 Quinn was promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer in the Amador- Eldorado Unit. Quinn worked as a Fire Apparatus Engineer during fire season and as a Forestry Aid in the winter.
Through several promotions in CalFire Quinn worked in law enforcement, fire prevention and investigation, and eventually became a Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief with the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit overseeing the new Mariposa County CAL FIRE contract, the Mariposa Division and Fire Prevention and Law enforcement for the unit.
Come to learn more about this important subject that impacts our lives and bring your questions. This is a public presentation sponsored by the Mariposa Democratic Club and is open to the public. Anyone wishing to order breakfast for themselves is asked to arrive at 9am. Free coffee and water is provided.
After the public presentation there will be a brief meeting of the club, with the annual election of officers to take place. Annual dues can be paid at this meeting. The Mariposa Democratic Central Committee will meet in the same room after the meeting.