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Experience

Board Victories 

  • Negotiated a fair labor contract
  • Extended the Fire Chief contract
  • Executed grants to remove dangerous vegetation from becoming a large fire
  • Promoted community awareness for preparation and emergency evacuations
  • Purchased a wood chipper and truck to remove excess vegetation from constituents homes and yards. 
  • Increased MOFD's unrestricted reserve balance to 50% of annual operating budget. 

Fire Experience

  • 30 year firefighter with the Oakland Fire Department
  • On duty for major incidents including the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake and the 1991 Oakland Firestorm. 
  • I received the Certificate of Valor from the Governor for rescuing victims of the Cypress structure collapse in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. 
  • Search Team Manager for FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4. 
  • Committee member to oversee construction of Station 8 in Oakland, under budget and ahead of schedule. 

Volunteer Experience

  • Drove to Louisiana to volunteer for Hurricane Katrina. I brought food, water and assisted with cutting trees etc. 
  • Board member, 14 years with Random Acts Oakland
  • Drove to New York after 9/11 and presented a check for $25,000 from Local 55 to the Widow and Orphans Fund. I also assisted with firefighter funeral services. 
  • Assisted people that lost homes in the Napa / Sonoma Fires 
  • 6 Years on the Orinda Union School District Emergency Preparedness Committee. 
  • Implemented emergency supply containers at Glorietta, Orinda Intermediate Schools.
  • I serve on the newly formed Oakland Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation. 
  • Helped to organize and present seminars in Moraga and Orinda "Getting Organized for an Emergency" to educate our community on disaster preparedness. 

Paid for by the International Association of Firefighters Local 1230 Political Action Committee, FPPC 744488
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