On this episode, I chat with Steve Aubert, who is the Fire Marshal for the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. We get into fire safety and what a fire marshal actually does. We talk about illegal fireworks, fireworks and how they start fires, a firework Take Back Event Program, zero tolerance on fireworks and how police departments are assisting as well as why East Contra Costa County has so many vegetation fires. Finally, we close out on defensible space and fire prevention tactics.

Episode Overview:

  • 00:50 – We get into Steve Aubert’s bio and his history in fire service
  • 03:20 – What exactly does a fire marshal do?
  • 04:33 – We get into Fire Code and Permitting and what is required.
  • 05:45 – We get into fireworks and how this Firework Take Back Event this weekend. What could happen if caught with fireworks – fines between $500 and $5,000 range.
  • 07:58 – We talk about illegal firework fires and some of the incidents recently
  • 11:25 – Police Departments say “zero tolerance” … why can’t police get a hold of a fireworks issue and how can a fire department be more proactive against illegal fireworks.
  • 14:35 – Why are there so many vegetation fires in East Contra Costa County in Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Oakley and Pittsburg. Aubert highlights vegetation management, some are homeless.
  • 18:00 – Aubert explains the importance of defensible space and why people should take it seriously. 36 properties have already been identified and East Contra Costa Fire are watching for abatement. If owner doesn’t take care of it, they will do it and bill the owner. Importance of tree trimming.
  • 22:50 – What the deal is with all these side yard fires that occur throughout the year.
  • 25:20 – Aubert gives his 4th of July safety advice ahead of the holiday.

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