Foresters & Fire Wardens

Foresters & Fire Wardens The Southern California Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens was formed for the purpose of strengthening inter-agency cooperation and fellowship.
The Board of Directors of the Southern California Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens is committed to the preservation of the Association’s history. Following the publication of “The First Fifty Years,” authored by the late Richard G. Hannum, California Department of Forestry, the Association has strived to keep his work up to date and to include additional information. Since the initial meeting of the Association in 1929, followed by the first conference in 1930, dedicated men and women of the fire fighting agencies of Southern California have supported the organization and have served as officers, directors and members. Through the past eighty-five years, the commitment has remained the same: to provide informative and educational programs at the annual conferences. The “First Fifty Years” was printed in 1980 and I have had the pleasure of revising it in 1990, 2000, 2005, 2010, and now 2015. Maybe this will be the last time I work on the book, as someone else eventually will take over and continue to record our history. However, I have enjoyed working on this publication for the last twenty-five years and I hope you enjoy the long and sometimes humorous history of the Association and the photographs we have included in this edition of our history book. Paul H. Rippens – Life Member & Past President Los Angeles County Fire Department – retired
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The Southern California Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens each year brings together close to two hundred persons from the different fire protection agencies for a two-day wildland training and safety conference. This has proven to be of significant value because it helps to strengthen the bond among all wildland firefighters, regardless of jurisdiction. There have been countless stories about fire suppression personnel from different agencies working together on a fire more effectively because they knew each other from a Foresters and Fire Wardens gathering. This brief historical sketch is dedicated to the founding fathers and all the others who have been instrumental in the success of the Association. It is also dedicated to all wildland firefighters who have done so much to protect the citizens and property in Southern California from the ravages of fire.

Mission: Association Objectives The Association has continually strived to achieve its objectives with great success. The objectives over the years have been to: * Increase mutual understanding of fire control problems among those agencies which participate in Association activities and programs. * Serve as a forum for the discussion of fire control related problems. * Educate Association members in improved equipment, techniques, and methods for the control of wildland fires. * Keep informed of all laws relating to wildland fire protection and to obtain standardization of these laws. * Encourage members to achieve a higher level of efficiency in the operation of the fire services. * Promote fire safety by presenting timely topics and programs to the members attending the annual conference. The success of the Association can be attributed to the hundreds of dedicated persons responsible for steering the course of the Association over the past years, as well as those loyal members who have taken part in the activities.

03/19/2020
Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo
03/19/2020

Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo

03/19/2020

After much consideration, the Board of Directors have voted to cancel the 2020 Wildland Fire Training & Safety Conference, due to concerns around the COVID-19 virus.

Those who have preregistered will be contacted shortly. More info will follow on when the conference will be held.

Thank you for your understanding, support and membership to the Southern California Association of Foresters & Fire Wardens.

Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo
02/22/2020

Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo

The 90th Annual Wildland Fire Training & Safety Conference is shaping up to be amazing two days. Register Now: www.scaff...
02/22/2020

The 90th Annual Wildland Fire Training & Safety Conference is shaping up to be amazing two days. Register Now: www.scaffw.org

There's still time to get in on the 89th Fire Training & Safety Conference May 2-3, register at: SCAFFW.org
04/25/2019

There's still time to get in on the 89th Fire Training & Safety Conference May 2-3, register at: SCAFFW.org

04/10/2019
Register today for the 89th conference

Orange County Fire Authority, Fire Chief, Brian Fennessy supports your Southern California Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens. Don't miss this years 89th conference May 2-3, register today!!!

03/15/2019
Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo
03/15/2019

Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo

03/15/2019
CAL FIRE Riverside Unit, Chief Newman

CAL FIRE Riverside Unit, Chief Newman supports your Southern California Assocaiaton of Foresters and Fire Wardens. Don't miss our 89th conference May 2-3, register today!!!

SCAFFW Board of Directors immediately following the conference at Pilgrim Pines
05/09/2018

SCAFFW Board of Directors immediately following the conference at Pilgrim Pines

Conference started off with LAFD Honor Guard presentation of colors, followed by a moment of silence for our fallen brot...
05/03/2018

Conference started off with LAFD Honor Guard presentation of colors, followed by a moment of silence for our fallen brothers. Keynote speakers Thom Porter, Southern Region Chief, CAL FIRE and Robert Baird, Director of Fire and Aviation Managenent, USFS Region 5, gave a dynamic talk on the power of interagency cooperation, integrated communications and teamwork amongst agencies. Leaders in Wildfire must build trust and relationships before smoke is in the air to ensure we have safe and effective operations to strive to bring everyone home.

Getting setup for the first day on our 88th annual Wildland Fire Training & Safety Conference. There’s still time to reg...
05/03/2018

Getting setup for the first day on our 88th annual Wildland Fire Training & Safety Conference. There’s still time to register and get your raffle tickets!!! Only $150 at the door for the two day conference including lodging and meals.

SCAFFW Board of Directors meeting in progress to fine tune planning for tomorrow’s conference.
05/03/2018

SCAFFW Board of Directors meeting in progress to fine tune planning for tomorrow’s conference.

1st Place SCAFFW Golf Tournament
05/02/2018

1st Place SCAFFW Golf Tournament

2nd Place SCAFFW Golf Tournament- Whitman Whitman Johnson Miller
05/02/2018

2nd Place SCAFFW Golf Tournament- Whitman Whitman Johnson Miller

3rd Place SCAFFW Golf Tournament
05/02/2018

3rd Place SCAFFW Golf Tournament

This years conference costs the same as last year $125 in advance $150 if your late. What a deal for a two day training ...
03/14/2018

This years conference costs the same as last year $125 in advance $150 if your late. What a deal for a two day training that includes meals and lodging!!!

This years SCAFFW's Golf Tournament is May 2nd. Bring your friends and family out for a fun filled day of golf with your...
02/23/2018
Southern California Association of Foresters & Fire Wardens

This years SCAFFW's Golf Tournament is May 2nd. Bring your friends and family out for a fun filled day of golf with your fire family, and win awasome prizes for Only $65 bucks. Register by April 23rd to get in on the action. Go to www.scaffw.org for the full flyer

The Southern California Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens each year brings together close to two hundred persons from the different fire protection agencies for a two-day training and safety conference. Click here to learn more about the 2018 88th Annual Conference. This has proven to be of....

SCAFFW Board Member doing good work. We are proud of you Don!!
10/04/2017
Retired Firefighter Jumps Into Action Amid Vegas Mass Shooting

SCAFFW Board Member doing good work. We are proud of you Don!!

Retired Firefighter Jumps Into Action Amid Vegas Mass Shooting: Don Forsyth, a retired OCFA battalion chief, was among those who helped victims escape from a barrage of gunfire along the Las Vegas.. News video on One News Page on Monday, 2 October 2017

Rest In Peace Brother Gary
09/20/2017

Rest In Peace Brother Gary

Wildland Firefighter Foundation
08/04/2017

Wildland Firefighter Foundation

In Memory of Brent Witham, fallen VG Hotshot you can donate by texting LOLO to 41444 and follow the secure link.

The 87th annual Wildland Fire Training & Safety Conference starts tomorrow at 0900. We have lined up some great speakers...
05/04/2017

The 87th annual Wildland Fire Training & Safety Conference starts tomorrow at 0900. We have lined up some great speakers mixed in some state-of-the-art equipment and top it off with some of the best fire service vendors around. Come out and join in the conversation, but come early Redlands Bicycle Classic will be rolling through tomorrow affecting traffic in the area form 1200 hrs to 1600 hrs

04/24/2017

This years Golf Tournament has unfortunately been cancelled due to lack of pre-registration. Sorry for the inconvenience

Timeline Photos
04/11/2017

Timeline Photos

Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo
04/11/2017

Foresters & Fire Wardens's cover photo

Time to tee up with old friends or make some new ones at our annual Scramble Golf Tournament in Yucaipa.  Grab your slot...
04/11/2017

Time to tee up with old friends or make some new ones at our annual Scramble Golf Tournament in Yucaipa. Grab your slot before there gone, limited to the first 60 golfers. See you on the greens

They are looking for firefighters and Law Enforcement folks ages 21 to 61
01/18/2017

They are looking for firefighters and Law Enforcement folks ages 21 to 61

‪The time is now! Forest Service Tempory Fire positions are now open on usajobs.gov. Hurry though, the announcement clos...
01/13/2017
USAJOBS - The Federal Government's official employment site

‪The time is now! Forest Service Tempory Fire positions are now open on usajobs.gov. Hurry though, the announcement closes TOMORROW at 8:59 PST.‬

Search and apply for federal jobs. Learn about unique hiring paths for veterans, students and graduates, individuals with a disability, and more.

Timeline Photos
01/06/2017

Timeline Photos

Smokey Bear
12/28/2016

Smokey Bear

It's Firefighter Appreciation Month. Please join me in thanking them for the work they do. #ThankAFirefighter

Ventura Co. FD Chief Vaughan Miller leads the So Cal. Assoc. Of Foresters & Fire Wardens first board meeting to plan for...
12/02/2016

Ventura Co. FD Chief Vaughan Miller leads the So Cal. Assoc. Of Foresters & Fire Wardens first board meeting to plan for the 2017 SCAFFW Training & Safety Conference scheduled for May 4 & 5 at Camp Pilgrim Pines. www.scaffw.org

11/28/2016
Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear

As promised, here's that video my friend Dolly Parton made with me reminding everyone that only you can prevent wildfires. Sadly, her beloved Smoky Mountains and the Southeast are experiencing increased wildfire activity.

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25 years ago this week, we lost 14 great wildland firefighters. If we do not want to suffer this tragedy again in the future, we MUST learn from the past. Watch this video, and ensure that 'Everyone Goes Home" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uazsVOxBSn8
2019 is expected to be one our best years yet, for our conference, covering 2017-2018 major fires etc. Come Join Us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTT9BLPjBkI&feature=youtu.be
Save the Date. We will have some great speakers about current topics in emergency management ! More to follow
Come to the Conference and see John N. MacLean talk about the Yarnell Hill Fire
Join us for the Golf Tournament May 2
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