Thanks to those helping with fundraiser, commemoration

Thanks to those helping with fundraiser, commemoration

By Karen Herreros

The first thing we want to say is a big thank you to our sponsors and golfers who supported us in our 16th annual fundraiser at Oaks North Golf Course.

Special thanks go out to The Glen, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Nutmeg Bakery, Stanley Steemer and Valley View Casino, and many others for their generous support.

We use the funds from this event to help continue to educate our community about wildfire safety and preparedness.

Our thanks also go to the SRCA for helping us put together the 20 year commemoration of the Cedar Fire. We had a great event at the Community Center with San Diego Fire Department Chief Colin Stowell and San Diego Police Department Capt. Mike Holden who gave us very good information about how things are much better now than 20 years ago.

The first responders have much better communication among all the agencies and additional equipment that wasn’t available to them 20 years ago.

Councilmember Marni von Wilpert also added some very good information regarding how we are all better prepared. SRCA President Bob Ilko filled us all in on a lot of things that went on in 2003 during and after the fire that a lot of people weren’t aware of.

We also held an expo at Hoyt Park a couple of days later with representatives from the Burn Institute, Red Cross, SDG&E and the California Department of Insurance. 

We also had a fire truck and engine from Station 44 with lots of first responders who gave great explanations of their equipment and showed residents how to use fire extinguishers.

We are hoping to have these expos at least twice a year to help to continue to educate our community.

Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council,,, (858) 201-3711.