Firefighters are California’s first line of defense against increasingly catastrophic wildfires.

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Firefighters are California’s first line of defense against increasingly catastrophic wildfires. Prop 30 helps and protects the state firefighters who risk their lives for us every day.   

1.  The Los Angeles Times reports that extreme heat waves are putting firefighters in even more danger on the job. 

  • On Wednesday, seven firefighters were hospitalized with heat-related injuries while fighting the Route Fire in Southern California. 
  • On Thursday, officials had to temporarily stop firefighting activity on the ground due to temperatures rising to 110 degrees. 
  • Extreme weather is becoming more frequent: in 2020, 42% of Californians were exposed to the dangerous combination of extreme heat and wildfires. 

2.  Firefighters Battling Wild Blazes Are Suffering From Anxiety, Addiction—and Can’t Find Help

  • In one survey of wildland firefighters, 20% of them report having suicidal thoughts and 57% binge drank in the past month. 
  • Firefighters receive only 6 counseling sessions through the federal government employee assistance program, and there are few additional programs in the works. 
  • As wildfires become more extreme and unpredictable, firefighters face more mental health and addiction concerns, with inadequate support. 

Prop. 30 includes a small 1.75% tax increase on annual income above $2 million in order to help millions more Californians afford an electric vehicle, create a statewide EV charging network, and reduce catastrophic wildfires by funding forest management, more firefighters, and firefighting equipment. 

The Clean Air California coalition supporting Prop 30 has experts on California wildfires, public health, air quality, environmental justice, and climate change available to speak with the press. Contact Deborah Camiel at 818-299-3656 or deborah@50p1.com.

For more on Prop 30, go to YESon30.