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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.

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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.

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