Join Us in San Diego for CSFA’s 100th Anniversary Conference

April 6-8, 2022 | San Diego, CA

The California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) is pleased to invite you to CSFA’s 100th Annual Conference! CSFA is dedicated to ensuring its members a strong and united voice in the evolution of the fire service through unity in leadership, political action, education, training, and quality member services. The Conference provides outstanding educational and networking opportunities for people associated with all aspects of fire safety.

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About the CSFA Centennial Conference

California State Firefighters’ Association is marking 100 years in 2022, and its Centennial Conference will be held at the Humphreys Half Moon Bay Resort in San Diego, April 6 – 8. The Centennial Conference is named in honor of CSFA founder Harry Strasser. Strasser, a San Diego firefighter, served as CSFA’s Secretary-Treasurer (i.e. executive director) for the first 22 years of CSFA existence.

CSFA Centennial Conference Schedule At-A-Glance

April 6-8, 2022

Wednesday
April 6
Day 1

1100 Registration Opens—Entrance to Concert Arena

1100 Resolutions open

1130 Buffet Lunch provided in the Concert Arena Area
“Meet and Greet” Networking Opportunity

1300 Opening Ceremony—Marina Ballroom
          The California Tribal Fire Chiefs Meeting

1400 Keynote Speaker— Brendan McDonough

1500 Break

1515 CSFA Business Meeting—Call for Nominations

1600 Division Caucus Break-Out Sessions
—Candidate Introductions

 

Brendan McDonough

Opening Keynote Speaker
“Who Stands Besides You”

Thursday
April 7
Day 2

0715 Breakfast | Burrito Bar - Upper Deck Restaurant

0830 Morning Keynote—Admiral Walter Davis

1000 Morning Break

1015 Vendor Welcome & NFPA Update

1100 Browse the Vendor Area—Concert Arena Area

1130 Buffet Lunch provided in the Concert Arena Area
         Mingle with the Vendors

1200 Resolutions close at 1200
          Voting (4 seats - 1 Northern, 1 Central, and 2 South)

1300 LEDS Panel Discussion

1500 Afternoon Break—Visit the Vendors

1530 Presentation / Hot Issues in Worker’s Comp
          Linda Brown, Richard Elder, Scott O’Mara, Bob Sherwin

1830 100th Anniversary—Centennial Reception
          Bay Club Hotel (Next door to the Humphrey’s Hotel)
          Commodore Meeting Room

Admiral Walter Davis

Opening Keynote Speaker

Friday
April 8
Day 3

0730 Breakfast On Your Own

0830 Voting – polls open
           Voting (4 seats - 1 Northern, 1 Central, and 2 South)

0830 Presentation-The Reality of PTSD When Children Die, A Firefighter’s Story
           -Captain Patrick Wills

0930 Morning Break

0945 Resolutions debate and voting

1115 Closing Keynote Speaker
         Fire Chief Rick Vogt, Escondido Fire Department, CA

1145 Polls close—Announce results

1200 Installation of Officers

1215 Conference Concludes

1330 CSFA Board of Directors Meeting
          Harborview Room

Fire Chief Rick Vogt

Closing Keynote Speake

“Leadership and Collaboration”

Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

Brendan McDonough
Brendan McDonough

Granite Mountain Hotshots

Opening Keynote Speaker

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Brendan was on the verge of becoming a hopeless, inveterate heroin addict when he, for the sake of his young daughter, decided to turn his life around. He enlisted in the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of elite hotshot firefighters based in Prescott, Arizona. Their superintendent, Eric Marsh, was in a desperate crunch after four hotshots left the crew, and seeing a glimmer of promise in the skinny would-be recruit, he took a chance on the unlikely McDonough, and the chance paid off. Despite the crew’s skepticism, and thanks in large part to Marsh’s firm but loving encouragement, McDonough unlocked a latent drive and dedication, going on to successfully battles a number of blazes and he eventually wins the confidence of the men he came to call his brothers. 

Then, on June 30, 2013, while McDonough–“Donut” as he’d been dubbed by his crew–served as lookout, they confronted a freak, 3,000-degree inferno in nearby Yarnell, Arizona. The relentless firestorm ultimately trapped his hotshot brothers, tragically killing all 19 of them within minutes. Nationwide, it was the greatest loss of firefighter lives since the 9/11 attacks. 

After the unfathomable loss of that day, McDonough suffered from seemingly insurmountable bouts of depression, Post-Traumatic Stress, and issues with alcohol. But the light of hope that inspired him to keep living in one of his darkest moments—his family who needed him—inspired the firefighter to fight on against depression, addiction and to inspire others to find their best selves, even if that means often looking beyond the self. Building a sense of brotherhood within communities gives McDonough great joy – because it helps this fighter honor the legacy of his 19 lost, but not forgotten, brothers. 

Patrick Wills
Patrick Wills

Captain/Investigator

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Captain/Investigator Patrick Wills is a 47-year veteran of the California fire service and law enforcement. After graduating from the fire academy in 1975, Captain Wills would end his career in 2014 after 33 years with the Long Beach Fire Department in Los Angeles County. While a member of the Long Beach Fire Department, in 1998 Wills transitioned into law enforcement as the supervising investigator of the elite Long Beach Fire Department ATF Arson Unit. Spanning 17 years, Wills managed firefighter investigators, police detectives and federal agents. Investigating over 2200 fires of all types, including the arrests of hundreds of adult and juvenile arson suspects for arson involving domestic violence, serial arson, complex insurance fraud, murder for hire and murder by arson. Wills has also testified in state and federal courts over 130 times. Wills is a fire service and law enforcement instructor in fire and death investigation procedures for first responders. Continuing his passion for public service, Wills is also a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and law enforcement Peer Support team member. 

In 2021, published his book The Reality of PTSD When Children Die was released. This work is a true story from December 2007 that explores the real-life effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in first responders and others associated with public safety. The book is available on Amazon. 

David Santos
David Santos

Captain, Colton Fire Department

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David Santos is a 21-year veteran of the Fire Service. David began his career with Cal Fire in 2001, where he served for three years in the San Diego Ranger Unit. In 2004 he was hired by the City of Colton where he has worked as a Firefighter, Engineer, and since 2013 has held the rank of Fire Captain. A strong believer of professional development Captain Santos is currently enrolled in a Graduate Program at California Baptist University majoring in Organizational Leadership, he has completed his bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne. Captain Santos is graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Managing Officer Program, Training Program Management from the National Fire Academy, and NFIRS Program Manager Program management from the National Fire Academy. He is a certified DISC personality profile trainer, and Right Path self-development and leadership coach. David is also a Credentialed Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Michael Moore
Michael Moore

Fire Chief, Riverside City FD

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Michael Moore was born in raised in the City of Long Beach and attended elementary and Jr. High School there. He graduated from near-by Bellflower High School in 1979 and then attended Long Beach City and Cerritos College for Fire Science and EMT. His first emergency service job was Bower’s Ambulance in the City of Long Beach in 1980.  

Chief Michael Moore was with the Fire Authority for 32 ½ years.  He started his career with the Orange County Fire Department in 1982 as a Firefighter.  He worked his way through the OCFA ranks serving as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Engineer, Assistant Fire Training Officer, Fire Captain, and Executive Management Administrative Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Division Fire Chief.   

Chief Moore became the 21st Fire Chief and first African American Chief for the City of Riverside Fire Department. He is committed to staying active in specialize training opportunities, strategic planning, and preparing his new city for future challenges. Chief Moore achieved International Accreditation and an ISO Class 1 Rating for the City of Riverside Fire Department in 2019.  His vision for the Riverside City Fire Department is to create a culture of: Family oriented (internally, externally and community), Friendly and Fit firefighters (Mentally, Physically and Spiritually). He is celebrating his 40 years in fire and emergency services!   

Chief Moore is a graduate of California State University Long Beach with Masters Degree in Public Administration, Redlands University with a Bachelors in Management, Long Beach City College with an Associates Degree in Fire Science and Santa Ana College with an Associates Degree in Paramedical Sciences.  Chief Moore is a California State Certified Instructor and Fire Officer.  Chief Moore graduated from the National Fire Academy in Emmittsburg, Maryland completing the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program. He recently completed training to become a California Executive Chief Officer. Chief Moore is active in his fraternity – Sigma Pi Fi. 

Chief Moore resides in the City of Corona with his wife Robyne of 38 years (his Long Beach 3rd grade sweetheart) they have two adult children Candace 34 (Encore Movie Productions) and Cameron 30 (Los Angeles County Fire Department). Chief Moore is active in church at (Crossword, Riverside/Moreno Valley) in various ministries. Michael Moore’s hobbies are supporting local sports teams (Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Rams), sports shooting, camping, working out at the local gym (walking, running and bicycling), motorcycling and restoring 60’s and 70’s muscle cars.

Jason Hosea
Jason Hosea

Battalion Chief, LBFD

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Jason Hosea is a Battalion Chief with the Long Beach Fire Department currently coordinating the department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program including diversity recruitment efforts. He is also the Chair of the Training and Education Committee for the California State Firefighter’s Association. Chief Hosea is tenured as the Fire Technology Program Coordinator for East Los Angeles College. He currently has 26 years of experience in the fire service. He holds a Master’s Degree from CSU Long Beach in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education.

Ernesto Moreno
Ernesto Moreno

Captain, Hemet FD

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Ernesto Moreno possesses over 30 years of experience in the fire service. His interest in the fire service began at eight years old, watching the show “Emergency” and despite the limited knowledge and discouragement faced, with the assistance of his guidance counselor, he began his lifelong emergency service career.

Ernesto, who is nicknamed Ernie, got his first fire service job with the Compton Fire Department as an EMT. During his tenure, he enrolled and graduated from the Rio Hondo Fire Academy and Long Beach City College, earning his A.S. degree in Fire Science. Shortly thereafter, Ernie became an Auxiliary Firefighter with the Montebello Fire Department. While serving there, Ernie was hired as a Paramedic for the Los Angeles Fire Department, where he successfully completed the Drill Tower and Paramedic Training. Ernie ultimately served fifteen years as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Montebello. Ernie finally was about to fulfill his dream of becoming a Los Angeles County Firefighter, however, he was released from the Training Tower. That forced him to re-start his journey to become a Firefighter. He served as an Ambulance Operator for the Long Beach Fire Department, prior to being hired by the Monrovia Fire Department, where he served for eleven years. He eventually went to serve for the Hemet Fire Department as  a Fire Captain.

Although his career was bumpy, today, he credits that bumpy start for his longstanding career. The lessons and challenges he faced have motivated him to both mentor and guide youth looking to join the industry.

Looking back, Ernie is most proud of graduating from the Los Angeles City Leadership Academy and earning the “Kool-Aid” Award; being the first Firefighter from Southern California to graduate from the Charter Class of Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy; and being awarded the Martin Luther King Drum Major Award.

As he nears the end of his career in fire service, Ernie looks to ensure that the industry he joined 30 years ago is better for those coming after him. He remains committed to servant leadership, and hopes that the industry will continue to welcome young diverse talent. He is excited to sit on this commission and looks forward to making the same contributions to young people that his guidance counselor made to him.

Heather Marques
Heather Marques

Battalion Chief, Alameda County FD

LEDS Panelist

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Alameda County Fire Department BC Heather Marques has sixteen years in the fire service. She has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic/HazMat Specialist, a Fire Captain/Paramedic/Water Rescue Specialist, and now serves as a Battalion Chief. She is a State Certified Instructor and skills evaluator, as well as serving as preceptor and proctor for the department and teaches with the Fire Academy Cadre. She is a member of the East Bay Incident Management Team, and a chairperson for the California State Firefighter’s Association. Marques is the author of the history book, Alameda County Fire Department and serves as the historian for the ACFD. Marques holds an A.S. in Paramedicine, a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and has completed her coursework for the Master of Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Department of Homeland Security in Monterey. Her thesis (in progress) is called Working Fire: Recruitment, Retention and Retirement of Women Firefighters.  Marques is passionate about finding pathways to promote growth and innovation in the California Fire Service.

Fire Chief Rick Vogt
Fire Chief Rick Vogt

Escondido Fire Department, CA

Closing Keynote Speaker

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Escondido Fire Chief and San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association President Rick Vogt will close out the CSFA Leadership conference with a presentation on the value of connection and collaboration and how you can enhance your department’s effectiveness and your personal and professional growth. In addition to sharing concepts and ideas, Chief Vogt will give you examples and practical applications you can use, socialize and implement when you leave the conference.”

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Chief Vogt has been in the fire service for 36 years has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Escondido for five years. His career began as a volunteer firefighter in Palm Desert in 1986. He worked as a seasonal firefighter for CAL FIRE during the summers while completing a Bachelor’s of Arts degree at Point Loma Nazarene University in 1991. Chief Vogt worked as a Firefighter II in Temecula, an Engineer in Desert Hot Springs and Sky Valley, and as a station Captain in San Jacinto and Blythe. In 2000 Chief Vogt held a unique position as a Captain/Training Officer contracted to serve as the Riverside Community College District’s Fire Technology Director at the Ben Clark Regional Training Center. In 2003 Chief Vogt became the Public Affairs Bureau Manager for CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department. In 2005 Chief Vogt promoted to Battalion Chief with the City of San Marcos Fire Department serving as an administrative and field Battalion Chief for ten years. In 2012, he led a newly formed joint Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division that combined Escondido and San Marcos Fire Departments for EMS training, education, purchasing, policy and procedures.

Chief Vogt joined the Escondido Fire Department in 2015 as the Training and EMS Division Chief and promoted to Deputy Chief-Operations in 2016. He was appointed Fire Chief in 2017. Escondido Fire is contracted to provide fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the Rincon Del Diablo Fire Protection District and Chief Vogt is the liaison to District’s Board of Directors. Chief Vogt has been a member of the San Diego County Fire Chiefs Association Executive Board for four years and is currently serving his second term as the association President. Chief Vogt was a member of the command staff on CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6 for more than a decade. He has also served as a member of the San Diego County Emergency Medical Care Committee, the chair of the San Diego Operational Area CICCS Committee, and the President of the California Fire Technology Directors Association.

Chief Vogt holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CSU San Bernardino and he has been married for 29 years. His wife is a middle school teacher and they have four children.

Silvio Lanzas
Silvio Lanzas

Fire Chief, Glendale Fire Department

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Fire Chief Silvio Lanzas started his career in the fire service in 1992 as a Fire Explorer at the Grand Terrace Fire Station in San Bernardino.

Silvio was hired by CALFIRE when he was 18 and spent 22 years of his career with CALFIRE in the San Bernardino and Riverside Units. He has held all ranks from Firefighter to Assistant Chief in the CALFIRE system. Silvio spent 10 of his years with CALFIRE working in their largest contract City, the City of Moreno Valley. He was assigned to Moreno Valley as an Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief. In 2014, he promoted to an Operations Division Chief in the Northwest Division of the Riverside Unit. Silvio served as the Fire Chief’s contact for the Cities of Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley and Rubidoux Community Service District. He also oversaw the Norco Conservation Camp as part of his Division Chief assignment. Silvio has worked on engine and truck companies and in special assignments throughout his career. He has been a member of the California’s Urban Search and Rescue Team, (CA Task Force 6) for 15 years and has held positions as a Plans Manager, Rescue Specialist and Rescue Squad Officer. Silvio was the Riverside Unit’s technical rescue coordinator and US&R coordinator. Silvio is accredited through the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO), he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and two Associates degrees; he is a CA State Certified Chief Officer and Fire Officer. Silvio has also been a member of CALFIRE’s Incident Management Teams for 10 years. He has held positions as a Type 1 Operations Branch Director and Type 1 Operations Section Chief. Silvio is also a qualified Air Tactical Group Supervisor.

In 2017, Silvio accepted a position as a Deputy Fire Chief with the City of Glendale Fire Department. He oversaw the Operations, EMS and Administrative sections of the Department and the Verdugo Fire Communications section which dispatches for 13 agencies across the Los Angeles County. He was appointed as the Interim Fire Chief in 2018 and formally as the Fire Chief of the Glendale Fire Department in February 2019. Silvio was recently promoted to a dual role assignment with the City of Glendale. Effective January of 2022 Silvio serves as the Fire Chief and Deputy City Manager where he oversees multiple City Departments while continuing to lead the Class 1 Fire Department. Silvio has been married to his wife Kara for 23 years, they have two boys, Isaiah (23) who is following his Dad’s footsteps and is an Engineer with CALFIRE and Jakob (11).

 

Eddie Sell
Eddie Sell

Fire Chief, Hemet Fire Department

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Fire Chief Eddie Sell brings more than 30 years of experience in the Fire Service to Hemet Fire Department, CA. He is a proud veteran of the United States Navy, and has worked for the Bureau of Land Management, several units of Cal Fire, and, most recently, the Long Beach Fire Department. Eddie Sell’s diverse background, including his fluency in Spanish, will serve the community well.

Chief Sell has volunteered in different capacities to promote the Fire Service and was a member of the California Fire Service Leadership Council and the National Volunteer Fire Council. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter and now holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management. He is a Certified Company Officer of the California State Chief Fire Officers Series, Fire Chief Eddie Sell an EMT-P, and has a culinary school certificate from the U.S. Navy. Eddie is currently the president of the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) which is the only statewide fire service organization that serves the needs of all the state’s firefighters – paid career, paid call, volunteer, municipal, private, and military and from all ranks – from fire science students to fire chiefs.

Reginald Freeman
Reginald Freeman

Fire Chief, City of Oakland FD

LEDS Panel Moderator

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City of Oakland Fire Department

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Chief Reginald Freeman has served as the Fire Chief for the City of Oakland since 2021. Prior to the City of Oakland, he served as the Fire Chief for the City of Hartford from 2016-2021 and was the Fire Chief for Lockheed Martin and served as a civilian Fire Chief in Iraq for the U.S. Department of Defense from 2004-2008. He has worked in several fire service capacities in his career including Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Fire Captain, Fire Service Instructor, Assistant Fire Chief, and Fire Chief. Chief Freeman has a Bachelor’s in Leadership, a Master’s in Executive Fire Service Leadership, and is a Harvard Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers USA Branch and a Chief Fire Officer Designee and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Board of Directors for the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE) and Area 7 Director for the California Fire Chiefs Association. Lastly, Chief Freeman is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Florida teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate programs, respectively. He is married to his wife of 18 years and is a proud father to two daughters.

Scott O'Mara
Scott O'Mara

Law Offices of Scott O'Mara

Workers Comp Presenter

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Scott O’Mara Biography

Mr. O’Mara has engaged in successful litigation that has created new benefit expansion for safety officers in the area of the cancer presumption (Faust case), hernia presumption (Stanley case), and has protected the industrial leave Labor Code §4800.5 benefits (Escobar case). This has generated a substantial enhancement of benefits for all safety officers within the State of California.

Mr. O’Mara is steadfast and dedicated to the expansion and protection of the rights of all injured California workers. He began the practice of law in 1977 and initially worked in defending cases until 1982 at which time he commenced the exclusive representation of California injured workers.

Mr. O’Mara is a graduate of the University of San Diego (1970), the California Military Academy (1972), a commissioned Officer in the United States Army (1972) and a graduate of Cabrillo Pacific School of Law in 1977.

He has served as an adjunct law professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Assistant Professor at San Diego City College, and is the past President of the San Diego County Bar Workers’ Compensation Section. He has been appointed as a Pro-Tempore Workers’ Compensation Judge of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

Richard "Dick" Elder
Richard "Dick" Elder

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In his first 18 months as a trial lawyer for the largest California workers’ comp insurance company, Richard (Dick) Elder learned that his job was NOT to seek justice or to be fair.   His job was to save money for the insurance company and the employer at the expense of the injured worker.   His sympathies were with the injured, especially the injured cops and firefighters, but he was obligated to fight for his client.   

So he changed clients.  Dick switched to representing safety officers and, for more than 50 years, he has counselled and represented thousands of injured firefighters and police officers and their families in workers’ compensation and disability retirement claims.  He takes on cases good and bad, and almost always wins, even cases that other (non-CSFA recommended) lawyers decline. 

Dick attended his first CSFA Conference in 1973. He has analyzed hundreds of workers’ comp and retirement bills, he appeared at the request of CSFA at the Capitol to assist and testify in passage of important laws such as “the Cancer Presumption”.  He taught at CSFA “FIRE” seminars and other educational events and he has written scores of articles for CSFA.   He has taken many cases on appeal and has made some good case law.   

His prime focus is to lead clients through the complex, adversarial and sometimes frightening legal systems, to obtain the greatest financial resolution possible.  Clients are best served with a good but timely settlement, or a winning trial,   He is committed to protecting our protectors.  

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Walter Jackson Davis Jr.
Walter Jackson Davis Jr.

Vice Admiral (retired), United States Navy

Day 2 Morning Keynote

Martin Serna
Martin Serna

Fire Chief, Torrance Fire Department

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Fire Chief Martin Serna was born in Pomona raised in Norwalk and graduated from John Glenn High School.  After graduating, he attended Mount San Antonio College where he completed course work for an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and graduated from the fire academy.  After graduating from Mount San Antonio College, he was hired by the MCAS El Toro Fire Department.  He served on the department from 1991 to 1993.  On March 01, 1993 he was hired by the Torrance Fire

Department, where he has served through the ranks as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, and now Fire Chief.  He has provided management oversight for the department’s Hazardous Materials Emergency, Specialized Community Response, and Direction & Control and Communications programs.  He previously served as the department’s Assistant Fire Chief for Administration, and provided oversight of the Community Risk Reduction Division).  Chief Serna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science (Cum Laude) from Columbia Southern University and attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chief Serna is married to his wife Maria and they have 4 children.

Chief Serna supports various local civic and community groups including: The Knights of Columbus, Torrance Kiwanis Club of Torrance, South Bay Salvation Army, Torrance YMCA, The Pediatric Therapy Network, and is a board member for the Torrance Community Credit Union. Chief Serna served as president of Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association for two years and the So Bay Chiefs Association for four years. He is currently the president of the South Bay Police and Fire Memorial Foundation.

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Nicole McCall
Nicole McCall

Lieutenant, Oakland FD

LEDS Panelist

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Nicole McCall is a new to the CSFA LEDS Committee Chair and a Lieutenant of the Oakland Fire Department. Prior to being promoted, LT McCall served as a Firefighter and Engineer as well as volunteered countless hours towards department working groups and committee. LT McCall is ARFF, Rescue Team, Engine Boss qualified and assists with driver operator and wildland department training programs. She is also a founding member of The Oakland Women’s and Non-binary Firefighters (TOWNFF) Association of the Oakland Fire Department. Prior to working for OFD, LT McCall worked for the California Fire and Rescue Training Authority (CRFTA) JPA out of Sacramento CA as a Logistics Specialist coordinating with CALOES to supply logistical needs for various SFT classes as well as USAR TF7 and local SMFD and SFD FF1 academies. During this time she also worked for Cal Fire AEU, Cameron Park Fire Department. LT McCall holds a B.S. Degree from University of Sacramento in Business Administration and Marketing.

Karen Rindone
Karen Rindone

Battalion Chief, Long Beach FD

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Battalion Chief Karen Rindone was hired with the Long Beach Fire Department in September of 2004. During the course of her career, she spent six years as a firefighter where she worked at fire stations 11, 2 and 19. In 2019, the Long Beach Fire Department promoted Chief Rindone as the first female Battalion Chief since the department’s establishment in 1897
In January of 2010, Chief Rindone became the first female promoted to the rank of Engineer. In that position, she was responsible for the safe and efficient operation of the fire apparatus to which she was assigned, another first for the fire department. Her primary assignment as an engineer was at fire station 9 in Bixby Knolls.

In January of 2015, Chief Rindone attained the rank of Fire Captain. During her tenure as a Fire Captain, she was assigned to fire stations 7, 9 and 4. “I feel very fortunate to work alongside an elite group of men and women that serve in the Long Beach Fire Department,” said Chief Rindone.

Battalion Chief Rindone has been an active member of the department and has made significant contributions during her career. She has served on many working groups and has actively participated in several projects where her leadership, knowledge, and experience played a major role. Examples of those efforts include: assisting with the development of the Driver/Operator department training program and assisting with the certification of the Long Beach Fire Department Regional Training Center facility as it became a state certified training facility where new recruits can be tested during physical agility performances. Chief Rindone has been a member of the Urban Search and Rescue program for 13 years as well.

Linda Brown
Linda Brown

Brown & Delzell, LLP

Presenter/Sponsor

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Linda Joanne Brown received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Immediately after law school, she had the privilege of clerking for the California Court of Appeal, First District, Division One, with Justices Molinari, Elkington and Sims. At the court she worked first as a Writ Clerk and then as an Appellate Clerk. During the two years with the court, she also taught legal research and writing at Hastings.

She began representing injured workers in Northern California in 1976.

She received her workers’ compensation Certificate of Specialization on April 12, 1983 and thereafter served for the State Bar on the Board of Legal Specialization as Chair and member of the Worker’s Compensation Law Advisory Commission from October 1, 1989 to October 10, 1993.

In 2013, Linda was honored to receive the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association, San Francisco Chapter, Attorney of the Year Award.

In 2018, she received the Applicant Attorney of the Year Award from the California Lawyers Association.

Linda currently enjoys working with her partner, Karina Delzell, an attorney who shares her passion for representing the First Responders of our state, at Brown & Delzell, LLP in San Rafael.

Our firm feels blessed to be able to represent the California State Firefighter Association and their brave members. We look forward to the coming years and will continue to vigorously defend your rights.

LEDS Panel

This important session will be addressing Leadership, Equity, Diversity & Service (LEDS.)  This highly engaging and interactive workshop session will focus on the mission the of bringing together a team of fire service leaders who understand the importance of creating dialogue that focuses and addresses all aspects of Leadership, Equity, Diversity, and Service. The panelists have been selected based on their beliefs and are willing to share their personal experience, their diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to help establish an inclusive California Fire Service that serves everyone without bias or prejudgment.

LEDS Panel Moderator:

Reginald Freeman, Fire Chief, City of Oakland Fire Department (LEDS Panel Moderator)

LEDS Panelists:

Jason Hosea, Battalion Chief, Long Beach Fire Department

Nicole McCall, Lieutenant, Oakland Fire Department

Heather Marques, Battalion Chief, Alameda County Fire Department

Michael Moore, Fire Chief, Riverside Fire Department

Ernie Moreno, Captain, Hemet Fire Department

Silvio Lanzas, Fire Chief, City of Glendale Fire Department

Karen Rindone, Battalion Chief, Long Beach Fire Department

David Santos, Captain, Colton Fire Department

Eddie Sell, Fire Chief, Hemet Fire Department

Martin Serna, Fire Chief, City of Torrance

Remembering our History

Harry E. Strasser (1889 – 1944) Founding Father of CSFA

Harry E. Strasser joined the San Diego Fire Department in 1910 at age 22 as a probationary firefighter. Horse-drawn apparatus was still the norm during his probation, and by 1914 he was Captain Strasser, and he then promoted to battalion chief in 1928. He retired from the fire service in 1935. He was also the Secretary of San Diego Firefighters from 1913 until 1935.

In November, 1922, he helped to found CSFA at a meeting of about 40 men held in Fresno. Those founding CSFA members composed a letter and mailed it to every fire department in the state appealing to help organize and establish a statewide firemen’s organization. By the time of the 1923 CSFA Conference in Oakland, CSFA membership topped 900!

Through a succession of 12 CSFA Presidents, Harry Strasser was unanimously re-nominated by the CSFA Board of Di-rectors annually to fulfil the duties of Secretary-Treasurer (i.e. today’s Executive Director) serving for the first 22 years of CSFA’s existence, until his death Dec. 15, 1944, at the age of 55.

Where It’s At

Humphreys Half Moon Inn
2303 Shelter Island Dr, California 92106
Phone: 619-224-3411

We have secured a special CSFA Centennial Conference rate of $139.00 per night (excluding taxes and fees) for the nights of April 5, 6 or 7. You can book your room online by following this link https://tinyurl.com/CSFACentennial

If you wish to arrive earlier than April 5 or stay after April 7 or purchase a room upgrade (view room or suite) please call the Humphreys Half Moon Resort reservations department directly at 800-542-7400 and mention the CSFA Centennial Conference.

 

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REGISTRATION

Online conference registration will be available soon. Registration will be $299.00 before Feb. 15 and will include two lunches. After Feb. 15 registration will be $350. A Student registration rate will also be offered.

A special Thursday evening Centennial event is also being planned, and it will be ticketed separately.

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Opportunities

CSFA values our vendors and sponsors and greatly appreciates their contributions to the success of our Annual Conference. We look forward to working with you to ensure a successful exhibitions experience.

We Appreciate Our Sponsors

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Be part of the memorable 100th Anniversary Conference.

Online conference registration will be available soon. Registration will be $299.00 before Feb. 15 and will include two lunches. After Feb. 15 registration will be $350. A Student registration rate will also be offered.

A special Thursday evening Centennial event is also being planned, and it will be ticketed separately.

Full Conference

$299

Before February 15

$350

February 16—April 6

Thursday Only

$105

Before February 15

$145

February 16—April 6

Student Registration

(Wed. & Thurs. Only)

$95

Before February 15

$105

February 16—April 6