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DynCorp International Team Members in CAL Fire Program Donate to Turkey Drive

As part of the Sacramento Food Bank’s Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, DynCorp International team members working in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as CAL FIRE donated more than 20 frozen turkeys to the cause.

Organized by Victoria Susnara, Administrative Assistant Sr., DI employees contributed to the 8,023 full Thanksgiving meals the Sacramento Food Bank will be providing to families for the holiday. There were a total of 6,018 turkeys, 2,000 hams and 5 Tofurkys donated.

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services is a local, non-profit agency committed to serving individuals and families in need. With a staff of 40 employees and a volunteer force of more than 4,000 individuals, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services provides free emergency goods and services to nearly 15,000 duplicated men, women and children each month.

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services offers eight diverse programs and services at no cost to individuals. Programs combat hunger, improve literacy, strengthen families, educate youth, foster technological skills, mentor parents, build self-esteem and provide hope.

Supporters and volunteers make Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services’ work possible. Since 1976, Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services has shown a commitment to bettering the lives of those in the community.

DynCorp International and the CAL FIRE Program

DynCorp International works with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as CAL FIRE, to help suppress and control wild land fires.

“One of our premiere programs is our CAL FIRE program. We provide full fleet management for the California Department of Forestry. We manage the aircraft, we fly them, we help them to put out fires all through California, all during the fire season,” said Catherine Gridley, vice president of Aviation for DynCorp International.

DI has worked with the CAL FIRE program since 2001 and will continue the program through 2014.
“It’s a great program. The men and women who work on this program love what they do and it’s a very important mission. The fires in California are devastating and what we do helps put those fires out and helps prevent them from spreading,” continued Gridley.


The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments.

The department’s firefighters, fire engines, and aircraft respond to an average of more than 5,600 wildland fires each year. Those fires burn more than 172,000 acres annually.

CAL FIRE also addresses more than 350,000 non-fire-related emergencies each year. The department is always ready to respond – medical aids; hazardous material spills; swiftwater rescues; search and rescue missions; civil disturbances; train wrecks; floods, earthquakes and more.

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