Jim Ordons, Second Vice President

Ed6 JimMeet Jim Ordons - SCFSC's New Second Vice President
CLVFA volunteer uniquely qualified
Published in August 2005 SCFSC Newsletter

Jim Ordons' expertise as a Certified Engineering Geologist, his passion for the "great outdoors" and his perspective as both a resident of the Wildland Urban Interface and volunteer with the Casa Loma Volunteer Fire Association uniquely qualify him to become the new SCFSC Second Vice President. In June, Jim was elected to the position held by Allan Thompson who has transitioned into the Treasurer's position. Former Treasurer, Dave Athey, will remain on the SCFSC Board of Directors.

Jim's personal and professional histories are interesting. A native of Ambridge, PA – a steel mill town named after the American Bridge Corporation – Jim graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Between 1996 and 2001 he rambled around; from Idaho, where he worked as a forest surveyor, to Alaska where he enjoyed some great fishing and then down-under to Australia where he took an extended holiday. At the end of this journey, Jim settled in the Casa Loma area of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was at that point that he answered the call to serve as a volunteer with the Casa Loma Volunteer Fire Association. Of this decision Jim states, "Local tradition dictates that all able bodied men and women in the community participate to provide first response services for medical emergencies and fire protection needs."

In his role as a CLVFA member, Jim has been active in protecting the Wildland Urban Interface. Since 2003, he has worked cooperatively with the CDF to maintain a ridge top fire break in an effort to reduce unwanted sedimentation runoff to the local reservoirs per Santa Clara Valley Water District criteria. He recalls, "I acted as a liaison between the owners, the contractor in charge of chipping, and CDF field crews. Upon completion, we met with CDF management personnel to review the project in an attempt to develop more effective procedures that may be implemented in future projects."

Jim says that he feels it is imperative that SCFSC continue its education programs for the public regarding fire danger and the associated preventive measures. His own experience with the 25-acre Loma Fire in 2002 convinced him of the merits of the SCFSC Community Outreach and Education program; especially as it relates to creating Defensible Space. He related that the Defensible Space maintained by a nearby property owner was instrumental in preventing the spread of this blaze. "These elements saved my residence and prevented this fire from becoming a large conflagration such as the September 2002 Croy Fire."

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