CBS - Fire Country

Comment from the Cal Fire Director on an upcoming TV series:

From: Executive@CALFIRE
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2022 7:35:11 PM
To: All CalFire Mailboxes
Subject: CBS Series Fire Country

As many of you are aware, last week a new television series on CBS called “Fire Country” began garnering attention on the internet and social media. The drama series relates to inmate firefighters working for a fire agency called CAL FIRE. I want to be clear that CAL FIRE, CDCR, nor CAL FIRE Local 2881, had any involvement with this television series.

This television series is a misrepresentation of the professional all-hazards fire department and resource protection agency that CAL FIRE is. The dramatization of inmate firefighters fighting members of CAL FIRE is a poor reflection of the value of our Camps Program and the incredible work and leadership of our Fire Captains who supervise our handcrews.

While we cannot prevent this television series from airing, I believe it is important for each of you to hear from me directly that the Department was not involved in its creation or support.
Should you receive any media inquiries or requests for comment, please forward requests to our Sacramento Communications Program.

Please know that I am incredibly proud of the work that each of you do every day and look forward to the progress we make together serving the people of California.

Respectfully,
Joe Tyler
Director/Fire Chief
CAL FIRE

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And from L2881

Brothers and Sisters of CAL FIRE,

Yesterday, Chief Tyler sent the following message:

“As many of you are aware, last week a new television series on CBS called “Fire Country” began garnering attention on the internet and social media. The drama series relates to inmate firefighters working for a fire agency called CAL FIRE. I want to be clear that CAL FIRE, CDCR, nor CAL FIRE Local 2881, had any involvement with this television series. This television series is a misrepresentation of the professional all-hazards fire department and resource protection agency that CAL FIRE is. The dramatization of inmate firefighters fighting members of CAL FIRE is a poor reflection of the value of our Camps Program and the incredible work and leadership of our Fire Captains who supervise our handcrews. While we cannot prevent this television series from airing, I believe it is important for each of you to hear from me directly that the Department was not involved in its creation or support.”

I want to emphasize that we were not involved in the creation or production of the show, and we do not endorse the series. This show misrepresents the leadership and bravery of the men and women of CAL FIRE. We have spoken with our legal team, and we cannot prevent the series from airing or using the CAL FIRE name. Our Trademark attorneys are drafting a letter to CBS and the producers of the show. We are hoping to have a disclaimer added to the beginning or end of each episode stating that we had no part in creating this series and do not support the representation of our department in the show.

Stay the course,
Tim Edwards

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Well said. Ill bet it gets canceled after one tv show season.

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Just watched the trailer. Good grief.

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The trailer looks like what would happen if Station 19 and Firestorm were combined to make a show to play during midday on the Hallmark Channel.

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I may be a harsh critic, but of all the things going on in the wildland fire service, this does not pay homage to the struggles any of us are challenged with. You have federal wildland fire employees who can’t make a livable wage. You have an employee recruitment and retention issue amongst every single wildland agency out there. You have mental health struggles amongst all of our agencies regardless of patch. But yet, this is the best way to pay tribute? By fantasizing and dramatizing the hard work WE ALL do and making it into this garbage??? Clearly they didn’t work with agency or labor organizations to help paint that picture. Man…opportunity lost. I realize it’s a work of fiction. But you know how that works. It’s all sunshine and rainbows…CBS tells us so…

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What garbage. Just watched trailer on YouTube and was embarrassed for CBS. If you feel the same let them know @ Show Feedback . I wasnt a huge fan of the Discovery show “Wildfire” but at least that what somewhat based in reality.

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Absolute bunch of garbage.
As if we need people that believe everything they see on tv judging the fire service for a make believe show.

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I showed my GF the trailer. She said she’s in. Said don’t make me start watching Chicago Fire again. FML. 🤦

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FML is what I was thinking too

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Bring back Emergency (Squad 51).
Good old Johnny and Roy.

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