This is a U-T Special report: Cal Fire drawing heated criticism over policies.
Experts cite agency's rigid approach to job.
by Tony Manolatos,Mark Sauer and Jeff Mc Donald
Union-Tribune Staff Writers
Chopter 1 San Diego Fire-Rescue; What they can't understand,however, is why Cal Fire asks them to fly at night to rescue people but say it's too risky for them to fly at night to drop water on wildfires, a far less dangerous job.
There's some common sense that's missing, Said Tony Morris, who founded Wildfire Research Network.
Cal Fire needs to take a hard look at what makes sense.
Interviews with more than a DOZEN fire officials and politicians reveal a growing concern that Cal Fire's approach to firefighting made it harder to protect homes and save lives.
Former San Diego Fire Chief Jeff Bowman, who was in charge during the 2003 Cedar fire,thinks city and county leaders should simply "get rid of Cal Fire"
I'm not knocking the firefighters of Cal Fire. I'm knocking the structure and how it's managed, Bowman said. I truly believe their leadership- there isn't any. It's all POLITICS
The Changes state Assemblyman Todd Spitzer is calling for begin with Cal Fire Director RUBEN GRIJALVA
"RUBEN should go" said Spitzer R-Orange, who thinks a lack of leadership is at the heart of Cal Fire's problems.
What's particularly galling to Cal Fire's critics. State and local agencies reviewed the reports on the 2003 wildfires by a blue ribbon commision set up by Schwarzenegger and former Gov Gray Davis, BUT MOST of the 48 RECOMMENDATIONS WEREN"T FULLY IMPLEMENTED!!!!
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