FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Eric Dutton, Executive Director
July 16, 2018 916-923-9455
California’s Fire Service Mourns the CAL FIRE Loss of Heavy Equipment Operator
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Executive Board of the California Fire Chiefs Association, on behalf of the California fire service, extends its deepest sorrow for the July 14, 2018 loss of CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit, Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Braden Varney. HEO Varney was engaged in firefighting activities at the Ferguson Fire in the Sierra National Forest. He was a second generation CAL FIRE employee and 10-year veteran of CAL FIRE. HEO Varney is survived by his wife, Jessica, five-year-old daughter, Malhea and three-year-old son, Nolan.
Members of the fire services put their lives on the line while performing their duties and we hope to never endure such a terrible loss. Firefighters are provided with all the training and protective equipment necessary to ensure the safest environment, yet still there are uncontrollable and dangerous conditions that personnel will encounter.
California’s Fire Service extends its condolences to the Varney family and all members of CAL FIRE for this unimaginable loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.