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Community Alert airs on Tuesday, 11 AM and 9 PM, Wednesdays at 5 AM, and again on Saturday at 1 PM on KZSB-AM 1290 and on newspress.com. Click on the dates below to hear the show for that day.

Funding provided by a grant from the Cooperative Fire Program of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Pacific Southwest Region, through the California Fire Safe Council (14USFS-SFA0010) with additional funding from the Fire Services Training  Institute.

Community Alert is produced by the Wildland Residents Association, Inc., San Marcos Pass Volunteer Fire Department. Any use of these links is for personal use only. Commercial use of these programs or content is prohibited without prior written permission from the WRA.

The views and conclusions contained in this programs are those of the hosts and guests and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the California Fire Safe Council, the U.S. Forest Service or KZSB AM-1290. Any mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the California Fire Safe Council, the U.S. Government or the WRA.

Community Alert Television with retired State Fire Marshals Kate Dargan and Ronny Coleman – “WILDFIRE, Past, Present and Future” here.

CSFA Volunteer Committee DMV “Deemed to Comply” video with retired State Fire Marshal Ronny Coleman and Chief Tim Marrison here.

Voices of Santa Barbara (Nov. 14, 2012) with Mike Williams visits with Red Cross volunteer Judy Dobbins who served two weeks in an evacuation shelter in Tom’s River New Jersey.

Archives: 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

November 6, 2018
Dr. Funk returns to further talk about climate issues confronting all of us. South Ops Predictive Services ~November 18-February 19 Assessment~03 November, 2018 and ElNino_versus_the_Blob

October 30, 2018
Santa Barbara County Fire Marshal Division Chief Steve Oaks talks about local fire codes, fire prevention and annual inspections.

October 23, 2018
Ted and Mike discuss local issues and recent past shows.

October 16, 2018
Santa Barbara County Battalion Chief Rob Hazard provides an update of the CWPP and his recent presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

October 09, 2018
Southern California Edison Local Public Affairs Managers Rondi Guthrie and Rudy Gonzales talk about emergency response and changes in how SCE responds to local fire emergencies. Website

October 2, 2018
Santa Barbara Foundation Chief Strategy Officer Barbara Andersen joins Community Alert’s Anniversary Show. The first show aired with guest Charlie Johnson, Santa Barbara County Fire Department Public Information Officer on September 30th, 2008.

September 25, 2018
Long Beach City Fire Department Chief Michael DuRee talks about the Emergency Medical System (EMS) as well as the long and successful history of utilizing volunteers within Long Beach.

NFPA Training Webinar: Wildfires and insurance: Learn how to be financially prepared on October 10, 2018 3 pm EDT (NOON PST).
https://www.nfpa.org/Training-and-Events/By-type/Webinars/Wildfires-and-insurance-learn-how-to-be-financially-prepared

September 18, 2018
FirstNet – First Responder Network Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor for Region 9 – CONUS Kevin R. Nida talks about what FirstNet is and the future of public safety communications.

September 11, 2018
Recently retired California Deputy State Fire Marshal and cultural anthropology consultant Rodney Slaughter talks about organizational culture and the challenges therein. Website

September 4, 2018
Ted and Mike talk about local events and issues.

August 28, 2018
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Marketing Communications Manager Judith Smith-Meyer talks about the upcoming 25th Hour – A One-Day Conference, September 12, 2018, 9 am – 3:30 pm, Pacifica Graduate Institute. Website

Books promoted on today’s show: William C. Teie, Firefighter Handbook on Wildland Firefighting Strategy, Tactics and Safety, 4th Edition, ISBN: 978-0-87939-676-3. State of California Fire Laws, 2017 Edition, ISBN: 978-1-5221-52620

August 21, 2018
Ted and Mike talk about the anniversary of The Great Fire of 1910 and review of the Santa Barbara Independents article, “Saving Mountain Dwellers from Wildfire,” by Melinda Burns. Reference article: Angora Fire

August 14, 2018
UCSB Climate Hazards Group, Dr. Chris Funk returns to talk further about California temperature changes and their relationship to increased fire behavior. California Temperatures Handout. He also recommends, Ahrens, Meteorology Today, An Introduction to Weather, Climate, and the Environment, (2009/2013), Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-0-8400-5499-9

August 7, 2018
Retired Deputy State Fire Marshal Rodney Slaughter returns to continue talking about his research in organizational culture and the California fire service.
Romero Fire, Case Study #6  Ray Ford, The Romero Fire, October 6 – 16, 1971

July 31, 2018
Los Angeles/Oxnard NOAA meteorologist David Gomberg and Eric Boldt talk about current fire weather conditions. Website
Recommended textbook: Ahrens, Meteorology Today, An Introduction to Weather, Climate, and the Environment, (2009/2013), Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-0-8400-5499-9

July 24, 2018
Ted and Mike catch up on local pressing issues.

July 17, 2018
Retired Deputy State Fire Marshal Rodney Slaughter talks about his research in organizational culture and the California fire service.

July 10, 2018
Ted and Mike talk about the recent Holiday Fire (Goleta, CA).

July 3, 2018
Ted and Mike discuss local issues in the news.

June 26, 2018
Ted and Mike talk about local community issues and events.

June 19, 2018
Alertar y Preparar LISTOS Program Manger Liliana Encinas and Aware and Prepare Chair Jim Caesar talk about LISTOS. Alertar y Preparar website

June 12, 2018
Ted and Mike continue to discuss public safety culture and local current events.

June 5, 2018
Ted and Mike discuss local public information challenges and public safety culture.

May 29, 2018
Sun Pacific Solar Electric, Inc., President Cecilia Villasenor Johnson and Wesley Johnson talk about the recent changes in the solar industry and the new solar mandates effective in 2020. Governor Brown’s Executive Order to protect communities from wildfire climate impacts and copy of the Executive Order.

May 22, 2018
Ted and Mike catch up on local issues of interest including new mandatory solar mandates effective in 2020. California Energy Commission website.

May 15, 2018
Ted and Mike talk about current issues confronting the Santa Barbara community.

May 8, 2018
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Chaplin Very Reverend Father Jon-Stephen Hedges talks about first responder mental health and suicide within the public safety community. Suicide in the Fire and Emergency Services, (2012), National Volunteer Fire Council

May 1, 2018
Mike and Ted catch up on local issues.

April 24, 2018
California Fire Safe Council Jerry Davies sits in for Mike as guest host with Ted talking about disaster insurance issues.

April 17, 2018
Santa Barbara County Public Health Deputy Director Susan Klein-Rothschild sits in as guest host for Ted and Mike interviewing several Pubic Health officials about available services.

April 10, 2018
Santa Barbara City Emergency Manager Yoli McGlinchey sits in for Mike as guest host with Ted talking about local after flood issues.

April 3, 2018
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown talks about the recent disasters and his April California Sheriff’s Association article, “When Disaster Strikes Twice.” The book referenced in the show, Michael Kodas, Megafire, (2018), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-547-79208-8.

March 27, 2018
Ted and Mike talk with Santa Barbara City Emergency Manager Yoli McGlinchey about recent evacuations.

March 20, 2018
Ted and Mike catch up local issues.

March 13, 2018
Ted and Mike catch up on local and state issues of interest.

March 6, 2018
Ted and Mike review Christopher Flavelle’s (Bloomberg Businessweek, March 1, 2018), “Why Is California Rebuilding in Fire Country? Because You’re Paying for It.”

February 27, 2018
Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, Assessor and Registrar of Voters Joseph E. Holland talks about various disaster related issues including property reassessments, voting and public document requests. Website

January 30, 2018
Ted and Mike catch up on local fire and flood issues.

February 20, 2018
Ted and Mike review specifics of Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada (Report #242, February 2018) 38/87

February 20, 2018
Ted and Mike review specifics of Fire on the Mountain: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada (Report #242, February 2018) 38/87

January 23, 2018
Santa Barbara County Battalion Chief Rob Hazard provides a front-line report of the Montecito flood and Thomas Fire.

January 9, 2018
Ted and Mike talk about Thomas Fire Montecito flooding and review former Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper’s article, “Bob Roper on Wildfires and What to Do Next.”

January 2, 2018
Local Journalist Ray Ford talks about his observations of the Thomas Fire. The Nature Photographer website