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SCFSC Timeline

Dirk Mattern and Jerry Serpa
Dirk Mattern &
Jerry Serpa

1997

CAL FIRE (Curt Itson) initiates discussions with County Fire (Dirk Mattern) to start a Fire Safe Council in Santa Clara County (November or December, 1997).

1998

First 'official' meeting of the 'Firesafe Council - West Santa Clara County' (1/28/1998).  “Started and chaired by Curt Itson with CDF."

2001

Three 2001 Federal Grants from the USDI Bureau of Land Management (started in October, 2001). See SCFSC Federal Grants List for a list of Federal Grants.

Dave Athey and Pat Congdon
Dave Athey &
Pat Congdon

2002

SCFSC incorporated as Santa Clara Fire Safe Council Inc. (10/21/2002). Dave Athey is leading the CDF initiative now.

SCFSC starts Community Outreach and Education Programs which continue and have been expanded to more Communities at Risk as this history is being written in 2015. 

2003

First Meeting Summary (that we have now). Pat Congdon, the General Manager of Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, is the President (6/11/2003).  SCFSC Meeting Summaries are on the SCFSC Web Site.

IRS letter designating SCFSC as an exempt, non-profit organization effective October 21, 2002 (7/30/2003). 

Jan Cokely
Jan Cokely

2004

Jan Cokely retained as first SCFSC Council Coordinator (later Executive Coordinator and Development Director)

2005

FEMA/Department of Homeland Security Wildfire Prevention and Education Grant.  All other Federal Grants are from the USDI Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the USDA Forest Service.

2006

Development of the Croy Fire Area and East Foothills Community Wildfire Protections Plans (CWPPs) starts.

Jenn Viane Riese and Jerry Serpa
Jenn Viane Riese
& Jerry Serpa

2007

SCFSC starts Chipping Programs to encourage and enable residents to build Defensible Space around their homes and communities. These programs continue and have been expanded to more Communities at Risk as this history is being written in 2015. 

Jenn Viane Riese retained as SCFSC Council Coordinator (later Executive Director) to replace Jan Cokely who moved to Placerville.  Shannon Dinis and Kim Gardner retained as first SCFSC Area Coordinators (later Area Managers).

Development of the Croy Fire Area and East Foothills CWPPs completed.

Jerry Serpa elected as President to replace Pat Congdon who had resigned (11/13/2007).

2008

Development of the Lexington Hills CWPPs starts.

2009

Development of the Palo Alto Foothills Fire Management Plan completed.

Development of the Lexington Hills CWPPs completed.

SCFSC receives first of two grants for Sudden Oak Death tree removals.

SCFSC's first Annual Report

2010

SCFSC 2010 Annual Report - A year of growth and accomplishment

2011

SCFSC celebrates 10-year anniversary.

Second Sudden Oak Death tree removal grant completed.

Summit Road to Wrights Station Shaded Fuel Break completed (see Annual Report).

SCFSC 2011 Annual Report - Celebrating 10 years of community service

2012

Hwy 35/Summit Road Route Roadside Thinning Project completed (see Annual Report)

SCFSC 2012 Annual Report - Wildfire prevention for Santa Clara County

2013

Santa Clara County Fire Chiefs’ Association supports SCFSC.

Five year agreement signed with City of Saratoga to provide Fuel Reduction Programs and Community Outreach and Education Programs for their residents.

Five year agreement signed with City of Palo Alto to implement Palo Alto Foothills Fire Management Plan and provide Fuel Reduction Programs and Community Outreach and Education Programs for their residents.

SCFSC 2013 Annual Report - a pivotal year for the FireSafe Council

2014

Five year agreement signed with Saratoga Fire District to provide Fuel Reduction Programs and Community Outreach and Education Programs for their residents.

Four PG&E Fuel Reduction Projects completed in Santa Clara County and SCFSC is sponsor for three PG&E Fuel Reduction Projects in San Benito County.

Installation and testing started on a Wildfire Detection Camera System funded by PG&E, Santa Clara County and other contributors.

A new initiative to develop a Countywide CWPP, supported by CAL FIRE, started in 2014.

SCFSC 2014 Annual Report - a record year for the FireSafe Council

2015

The Wildfire Detection Camera System funded by PG&E, Santa Clara County and other contributors has been completely installed and tested. Six cameras are installed at strategic locations throughout Santa Clara County. CAL FIRE is operating the system from their headquarters in Morgan Hill. initial problems have been resolved and several improvements have been made to the system. The focus now is on longer term improvements and operating procedures.  A Press Release is expected in early 2016.

In November 2015, a kick-off meeting was held for the Countywide CWPP led by retired CAL FIRE Unit Chief Dan Turner. CAL FIRE has allocated $250,000 for this CWPP.  SWCA Environmental Consultants headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is the consultant for this project. Intterra is the application that will be used for the fire behavior modeling. There will be community workshops in February 2016 in four different areas of the county to get the public involved in the process. The draft CWPP is due in May 2016 and the final version should be completed by July 2016.

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Questions?

Is this an official history of the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council?

No, this is how Judy and I remember it plus the contributions of many past and present SCFSC participants.

Can I contribute?

Yes, your comments are welcome and appreciated. Please use the Comment form at the bottom of each history page or use the Contact form.

Are we done yet?

No, there will be many more pages, photos and contributions.  Hopefully, the history of SCFSC will never be finished.

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