SACRAMENTO - Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) is co-sponsoring a bipartisan budget proposal with Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) to increase the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) staff in order to meet the national standard of three firefighters per engine.
"We are in a pivotal time when it comes to preparing for wildfire season and that includes addressing the CAL FIRE staffing shortage,” said Senator Shannon Grove. “This legislation will serve as a critical down payment to support our firefighters while they protect life, property, and natural resources for all Californians.”
The Fight for Firefighters’ budget proposal would increase staffing by hiring an additional 1,124 firefighters, including 356 full-time firefighters, and 16 additional seasonal hand crews. The bipartisan coalition will also be moving forward with a mandated CAL FIRE staffing study that would be submitted to the Legislature and the Governor.
Senator Shannon Grove represents California's 16th Senate District which encompasses large portions of Kern, Tulare and San Bernardino counties and including the cities of Bakersfield, Barstow, California City, Exeter, Frazier Mountain, Joshua Tree, Mojave, Needles, Ridgecrest, Rosamond, Taft, Tehachapi, Twentynine Palms, Tulare, Visalia, Yucca Valley and portions of the Kern River Valley. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.