Rick Parfitt, Secretary and Second Vice President

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New SCFSC Secretary Rick Parfitt looks out from his Summit
Road home. The distant hills are the Sierra Azul Open Space.

SCFSC Welcomes New Secretary
Summit Road resident no stranger to fire fighting
Published in November 2006 SCFSC Newsletter

Rick Parfitt, a resident of the Lexington Lake area, became SCFSC's new Secretary earlier this year, replacing Chris Hughes who has moved into the position of Second Vice President. Rick began attending SCFSC meetings in 2005 so that he could learn more about preventing wildfires in his Santa Cruz mountain community.

SCFSC's new Secretary holds an MS in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Medical Information Science and has used his skills in a variety of ways including research in laser fusion at the Livermore Lab, various hardware and software projects and a significant amount of work in the area of Speech Recognition. The Santa Cruz Mountains have been home for Rick and his family for the past 20 years.

Rick is not a stranger to fire fighting, having served for two years as a volunteer fire fighter in Marin County. His experience as a volunteer fire fighter and his first-hand knowledge of the danger of wildfires prompted him to write an article for a Santa Cruz Mountain community paper, Mountain Network News, about what homeowners can do to make their homes Fire Safe. In addition, Rick is engaging elected officials and other area stakeholders in discussions about wildfire prevention issues, including the development of Community Wildfire Protection Plans in the Lexington Lake area.

SCFSC's new Secretary will not only serve as scribe for the meetings but is already adding his energy and commitment to preventing wildfires in Santa Clara County. Welcome Rick!

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