Lou Paulson is a 20-year fire captain with the Contra Costa
County Fire Department. He currently serves as president of
California Professional Firefighters, representing 30,000
rank-and-ﬁle first responders.
There is a looming retirement crisis in California and around the
country that — if left unattended — will impose untold millions
of dollars in additional costs to state and local government, and
threaten vital services such as police, fire, transportation and