Posts by Elizabeth Groom

In response to recent events…

Due to limited staff, and our concern for the health and well being of both the first responders who serve us, their families and the general public, the museum facility at the San Bernardino offices will be closed to the pubic until further notice. We will continue to update this website, our newsletter and other…

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Beginnings

Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get here? In 1980, the CDF produced a 20 minute training and orientation slide sync program describing the basic functions and responsibilities of the California Department of Forestry. Prior to the creation of the State’s JAC apprenticeship program, most Department training was hands-on, individually…

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Snippets of History – Air Program beginnings

Unearthed at the museum today: from the October Activities section, 1956 State newsletter mentioning “recent” developments in the State’s air program:   “Following intensive use of seven “aerial tankers” (converted agricultural crop-dusting aircraft) on fires during this season, a three-day conference was held at Willows airport for evaluation purposes. This is a joint project with…

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Old Fire and Forestry Films

The Museum collection of motion picture film includes about 850 reels (and counting) of Department produced or related 16mm films for training or public display. With content ranging from early Haz Mat, Law Enforcement and EMS training films like “BLEVE” and “Rescue Breathing” to conservation education films from the 70s and kids safety programs like…

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Documents at the Museum

UPDATED list Mar 2020 This is an introductory list of the books and documents that have been cataloged so far at the CDF/Cal Fire Museum. So many generous donations of this historical reference material has come in from a variety of donors over the years, we have not been able to inventory and assemble them…

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Last week at the Museum…

Memorial Wall Update: We received new plaques to update our memorial wall, and online listings. Wish we never had to add another name. That’s a lot of History! Working to inventory and organize our collection of Departmental annual reports and statistics, over the years, from a variety of donors going back to 1887. We hope…

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1924 – Instructions to State District Fire Rangers

A downloadable Document from the CDF Museum… written and distributed by State Forester, Merritt B. Pratt dated April 1924 describes his expectations for the duties of a State Forest Ranger. Topics range from dealing with the public (“District Rangers should always bear in mind that they are serving the public and that co-operation is the…

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District VI / SAO / South Ops

In the last few weeks, we have been working with staff at the Mulberry street offices to help clean out their attic of historical documents and other items in preparation for their big move to the new South Ops site. (Hopefully later this Spring). Many thanks to Shane Porter, Jan Newman, and Shayne Canady for…

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