Wartime Women in Forestry

Research compiled by Elizabeth Groom There is a not very well documented history of women working in suppression for CDF much earlier than the stories of the female pioneers of the 70s. I’ve found several stories of women working for CDF in the 40s, not just as lookouts and dispatchers, and not just as volunteers.…

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Preservation work at the museum

Well, its almost the end of June, and I expected to have news to report about the CDF/CalFire Museum’s 2019 submissions to the State Library film digitization project by now. Although we were able to turn in all our materials in February before the coronavirus shutdowns hit, nothing moved any further in the work chain…

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CDF Model #5 Engine

The CDF Model #5 engine was the workhorse of the fleet for many years. With 4WD capability a 300GPM pump and 85GPM auxiliary pump, it enabled the driver to pump-and-roll either with a firefighting crew on foot, or while seated in the rear crew compartment. Equipped with a 500 gallon tank, a minimum of 1300…

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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

Updated June 2020 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. PLUS we recently received over 100 reels of film and film elements (negatives, soundtrack, A/B roll), both 35mm and 16mm) from the film vaults at Technicolor Labs,…

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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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