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It's time again to FILL THE BOOT! 

On the morning of Friday, August 14th at the intersection of W. San Marcos Blvd. and S. Rancho Santa Fe, Firefighters from San Marcos Professional Firefighters Local 4184 will be awaiting your donations to help in the fight against Muscular Dystrophy. 

This Charity is particularly special to the members of Local 4184, as one of our Brothers has a family member that has been battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy for almost 20 years.

The 29th Annual Tailgate Firefighter Chili Cook-off 

Congratulations to Local 4184 for taking first place in this years Chili Cook-off.  Not only did Local 4184 take the "Judges Award", they also won "Best Booth" with their nautical "Tastiest Catch" theme.  Special thanks to Engineer Mike Vasile who was instrumental in making all this come together. 

Fry's Electronics & Local 4184 team up for successful Hot Dog sale 

Once again, Fry's Electronics & Local 4184 teamed up for another successful hot dog sale fundraiser.  For three days, members of Local 4184 volunteered thier time to come out and sell hot dogs and sodas.  On Friday, A shift collected $1316.  On Saturday, B shift collected $1424.  And again, for the second year in a row, retaining the "Top Dog" title, on Sunday, C shift collected $1746.  A huge thank you goes out to Fry's Electronics, the staff and the management.  All supplies, hot dogs, sodas and support is donated by them.  All proceeds from the fundraiser are donated to the Burn Institute.

Local 4184 delivers Christmas Gifts to the Military

Local 4184 delivered toys and a turkey dinner to a family in San Marcos, Vista, two in Oceanside, and one family on Camp Pendleton.
All of the families were military families who's mom or dad was recently deployed or currently deployed oversees.
All of the extra toys were donated to a day care center on Base that desperately needed new toys for the kids.

Open House is a success!

Thank you for all who participated in the recent 2008 Fire Prevention Open House.  All your efforts were a tremendous help and greatly appreciated.  The event was a great success due to the participation of the on and off-duty personnel.  Your contribution upheld the public’s high perception of our department.

This year we distributed over 1,000 plastic fire helmets, 1,200 balloons, and an undetermined number of stickers, coloring books, pencils, and other education materials. Our total public attendance, including staff, was over 2,000.

We had many interactive opportunities for the public.  Fire helmets were given out after a positive contact teaching stop, drop and roll, and crawling low under smoke.    The fire extinguisher demonstrations were professionally presented and provided another interactive opportunity.  Many children were given the opportunity to squirt a fire hose, dress up as a firefighter, explore fire apparatus, shake hands with Sparky, and watch firefighters climb the aerial ladder.  We also had a tremendous opportunity to show off our new equipment including T1471, ALS equipment, and Rescue equipment. These opportunities would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of all participants.

Special thanks to Josh Wilcox for spending many hours organizing and preparing this event.  This year Josh built a second “kids squirt” station that was a big hit. Every year Josh spends the extra time to make this a successful event. A thanks to Tadd Mannino for preparing a department display, Jessica Madson and Mark Baldwin for the fire prevention displays and activities, Frank Reade for again assisting with the ALS display, Warren Johnson for sponsoring a child friendly golf activity and the senior volunteers for helping out before, during, and after the event.

Thank you again for all your help! 

Capt. Matt Wiberg

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Local 4184 takes home 1st place 6/12/08

The "Jerry Lewis Fire Department" staffed with members from Local 4184 takes home 1st Place Judges Choice Award, beating out over 25 other teams.  Honorary "JLFD" Fire Chief Cole Vasile, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was on hand to enjoy the days event, along with "JLFD" Assistant Chief Mike Vasile, Cole's brother and member of Local 4184. 

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San Marcos Firefighters Local 4184 would like to welcome two new members, they are...

Blake Thomas Ford.  He was born September 15th 2008.  He weighed in at 7lbs. 8oz. and was 19in. long.  Congratulations to FFPM Jake Ford and his wife Amber.

Wyatt James Vasile.  He was born on July 28th 2008.  He weighed in at 8lbs. 3oz. and was 19in. long.  Congratulations to Engineer Mike Vasile, his wife Nicki and 'Big Brother' Hayden.

San Marcos Firefighters once again join forces with the MDA for the annual Fill-the-Boot Fundraiser.

Firefighters across the Nation have participated in the Fill-the-Boot campaign event for the past 50 years. This is a well-established event that is widely recognized in communities across the Country. The Fill-the-Boot campaign sponsored by Firefighters has been the cornerstone to provide funding for research against neuromuscular diseases, provide equipment for families and helping patients, with supplies, to make everyday life easier for those that suffer from Muscular Dystrophy.

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San Marcos Firefighters win the 5th annual Stop, Drop and Reel fishing tournament.

On June 2, 2007, San Marcos firefighters Eric Stayton, Mike Korby, and Mike Vasile competed in the 5th annual Stop, Drop and Reel Firefighter Charity Halibut tournament. The event, put on by the Carlsbad Firefighters Association, benefits UCSD Burn Center's Brave Heart Kids charity. Aboard the Semper Fi, San Marcos Firefighters along with friend Jim Miller won the tournament with a 30.5 lb Halibut and took 4th place with a 16.7 pounder.

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The San Marcos Firefighters take the People’s Choice Award in the first annual Firehouse World Chili Bowl Cook-off.

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