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Sheriff grabs control of air rescues in air war with Orange County Fire Authority
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken over the county’s helicopter rescue operations after talks disintegrated with the county fire authority in the turf war over who should conduct air rescues. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said this week that her department has not renewed an agreement that named the Orange County Fire Authority as the primary agency in handling air rescues in remote wilderness and park areas.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 7:19:40 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:19:40 GMT

Signs point toward Victorville reactivating city fire department
San Bernardino County Fire was welcomed this week to submit its second “best and final offer” to the city for handling services beyond June 30, when its contract officially expires. But elected officials were still proceeding with plans to reactivate a city-run department. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Cox was clear to temper Tuesday evening that an absolute decision had not been made, a suggestion that the Council still maintained a collective open mind to renewing a contract with County Fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 7:31:33 PM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:31:33 GMT

Santa Rosa wildfire barricade case folds
A former Santa Rosa man reversed course Thursday after previously insisting he did not break the law when he crossed October wildfire barricades to visit his mother’s destroyed Fountaingrove house. Evan Neumann, 45, of Mill Valley, pleaded no contest to illegally entering a disaster zone, a misdemeanor, in a plea bargain with prosecutors carrying two years’ probation and 40 hours of community service.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 8:48:56 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:48:56 GMT

Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi make generous donation to Redlands Fire Department in wake of Thomas fire
As a thank you for its response to the Thomas fire, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi donated thousands of dollars worth of appliances and gift cards to the Redlands Fire Department. The longtime couple made the donation earlier this month after discovering a crew from Redlands Fire were among responding units that helped protect their home along a stretch of the wildfire’s path.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 6:40:47 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 02:40:47 GMT

Raises, more benefits, for non-firefighter employees approved by Menlo fire board
Fire board President Chuck Bernstein cast the sole vote against a new contract that gives the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's non-firefighter union members 9 percent in raises over three years, plus more generous benefits, when the board met Tuesday night, Jan. 16. The contract for members of the American Federation of State and Local Employees (AFSCME) union also includes a matching clause, a provision that automatically gives the 11 positions it covers increased benefits if the district's non-union employees (management and upper level administration) negotiate better benefits for themselves.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 1:04:31 PM - SOURCE: Menlo Park Almanac
Posted on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:04:31 GMT

San Diego: K-9 Rescue Team Shares Stories from Montecito
Firefighters from San Diego gave first-hand accounts of the devastation left behind by mud and rock slides in Montecito last week. Part of the Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8 received the call last Wednesday to head north with a K-9 team made up of five firefighters and two search dogs.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2018 9:41:07 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:41:07 GMT

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Chief Brian Helmick signs five-year contract
The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board recently approved a five-year contract with Fire Chief Brian Helmick. Helmick will earn $15,750 a month ($189,000 a year) for about the next year and a half, and will be eligible for 5 percent raises each July, beginning 2019, contingent upon him receiving satisfactory performance reviews.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 4:35:08 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:35:08 GMT

State’s top court refuses to restore San Francisco firefighters’ award
The state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate a San Francisco jury’s $3.7 million damage award to 15 firefighters who claimed age discrimination in the city’s scoring of a 2008 exam on promotions to lieutenant. The Superior Court jury agreed with the firefighters in 2013 that the Fire Department’s exam unit had weighed some parts of the test more than others, and ranked the test-takers, in ways that were unrelated to fitness for the promotion, and that had an adverse effect on applicants older than 40.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Fairfield battalion chief named Fire Officer of the Year
Fairfield Battalion Chief Larry Palmer has served his community for nearly 18 years with dedication and without complaint. Earlier this month he was rewarded for his efforts, as he was named his department’s Fire Officer of the Year. “It’s a passion of mine to help people,” he shared Wednesday. A few years out of high school as he searched for a career, the Walnut Creek native indulged his need to help others and became an emergency medical technician.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 9:17:07 PM - SOURCE: Vacaville Reporter
Posted on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:17:07 GMT

Butte County Fire Safe Council scrambling for funding
An important Butte County fire prevention organization is asking the community for help. The Butte County Fire Safe Council is being denied reimbursement for a project that's costing the council more than $100,000. The Butte County Fire Safe Council works on fire safety projects county-wide. The council is concerned about a finished 18-month project that has not been completely reimbursed.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 7:24:32 PM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Posted on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:24:32 GMT

No fire inspection records where 13 Perris children held captive
City officials could find no records that the fire department conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents. In response to a public records request by The Associated Press, Perris Assistant City Clerk Judy Haughney said Wednesday that there were no records of any fire inspections conducted at the home.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 2:33:40 PM - SOURCE: KXTV 10 ABC
Posted on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:33:40 GMT

Bear Fire: Grateful residents make surprise donation to Boulder Creek firefighters
Months after the Bear Fire blazed through 400 acres of the Santa Cruz Mountains, affected residents are replanting, rebuilding and ensuring local firefighters continue to feel their gratitude. Recent rains have helped clear some of the ash-covered landscape and ushered in fresh shoots of grass and redwood starts.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 7:37:39 PM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Thu, 18 Jan 2018 03:37:39 GMT

Rescuers describe early rescues during Montecito mudslides
Rescue crews at the Montecito mudslides described they saw when they first arrived on scene at the Montecito mudslides January 9 during a community meeting Tuesday. Matt Ferris, the Santa Barbara Fire Department Incidents Operations Chief, first arrived in Montecito just after 3 a.m. He drove down the coast, hitting a wall of water on Highway 101.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 7:25:52 AM - SOURCE: KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo
Posted on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:25:52 GMT

Pickup Collides With Fire Truck In Temecula
Two firefighters were hospitalized Monday evening with minor injuries after their fire engine was involved in a crash with a pickup truck in Temecula. The crash was reported just before 10 p.m. in front of Fire Station 92 in the 32000 block of Wolf Valley Road, said April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 12:03:22 PM - SOURCE: Temecula
Posted on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:03:22 GMT

Suit Targets California Utilities Over Deadly Mudslides
Two utilities were sued Tuesday for the widespread destruction from last week’s deadly mudslides that were caused when hillsides ravaged by California’s largest-ever wildfire let loose in heavy rain. An amended negligence lawsuit filed in Santa Barbara County Superior Court added the Montecito Water District to the suit that originally targeted only Southern California Edison.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 9:40:44 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:40:44 GMT

San Diego: Ocean Beach residents voice frustrations to police over arson spree
People attending a town hall meeting Tuesday got fired up over a string of arson in Ocean Beach. Eight fires have been intentionally set since December and more than $100,000 worth of damage has been caused, according to the San Diego Metro Arson Strike Team. Fires have damaged multiple vehicles, a fence, tree and a home.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2018 9:22:01 AM - SOURCE: KSWB-TV Fox 5 San Diego
Posted on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:22:01 GMT

Man Charged With Killing Transgender Woman, Setting House on Fire in Los Angeles
A man was charged with arson and murder in connection with the death of a transgender woman who died after she was stabbed and the home she was inside was set on fire in Pico-Union, authorities said Tuesday. Kevin Ramirez, 29, is accused of killing Victoria Ramos Gutierrez during an attempted first-degree robbery, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2018 4:00:05 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:05 GMT

Novato fire marshal offered chief position
Novato fire officials have extended a tentative job offer to Battalion Chief Bill Tyler to serve as the city’s next fire chief. The offer, which is conditional pending contract negotiations this week with the Novato Fire District Board of Directors, is scheduled for a vote on at a special board meeting at 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2018 7:40:38 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:40:38 GMT

Ex-volunteer firefighter suspected in Hopland fire truck vandalism
It was the banging about 7:30 a.m. Sunday that caught the on-duty engineer’s attention and drew him to a rear window of the Hopland fire station on Feliz Creek Road. Outside, a woman with an aluminum bat was whacking two vehicles in the parking lot, smashing windows, mirrors and lights, and puncturing all the tires.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2018 9:31:06 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:31:06 GMT

Car soars into second floor of Santa Ana building in bizarre crash; 2 hurt
VIDEO - Two people suffered minor injuries in a bizarre crash Sunday morning when a car went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana, officials said. According to the Santa Ana Police Department, the collision was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of 17th and French streets.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2018 1:47:37 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:47:37 GMT

Thousands gather to mourn Montecito mudslide victims as death toll climbs to 20
oon after the sun set over Santa Barbara, Ann Hagan grabbed a marker and wrote a short message to the 20 strangers who died in the devastating Montecito mudslides. “In our hearts,” she wrote before signing her name on a whiteboard put up at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse. Hagan was one of thousands of people who huddled at the courthouse late Sunday evening to take part in a candlelight vigil.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2018 11:20:02 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:20:02 GMT

Commentary: The sound of emergency medical response in East County: silence
Imagine you’re walking in the back yard. Or maybe you are on the fairway of a golf course, or even on a path in a neighborhood park. You feel the sun shining, hear the birds chirping. Life is grand. And then it happens. The pain stabs you hard, it radiates from your chest, out through your left shoulder and arm, and you feel a pressure in your chest, like an elephant just sat on you.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2018 10:30:37 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:30:37 GMT

Lodi Fire Chief: Department handled more calls with fewer resources in 2017
Last year, the Lodi Fire Department responded to more service calls despite having fewer resources. Although the department received 18 percent more calls in 2017 than 2016, Fire Engine One was unavailable for an even greater part last year than the previous year, according to Interim Fire Chief Gene Stoddart.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2018 1:43:31 AM - SOURCE: Lodi News-Sentinel
Posted on Sat, 13 Jan 2018 09:43:31 GMT

What life is like at Station 4, Riverside's busiest fire station
The life of a fireman can be both challenging and rewarding. And for the Riverside Fire Department’s Station 4, very busy. The unit, which consists of three shifts, led the department in 2017 with 3,563 calls, which range from fighting fires to medical emergencies to rescues. “When you work at this station, historically, it’s one of our busiest stations,” said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 6:33:59 AM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:33:59 GMT

Number of people missing in deadly Montecito slide reduced to five, officials say
The number of people still missing in the wake of a deadly mudslide in Montecito now figures at five, officials said Friday morning. Authorities said late Thursday that roughly 43 people were unaccounted for after heavy rains pounded the Thomas fire burn scar earlier this week and unleashed a torrent of mud, boulders and debris that killed 17 and destroyed scores of homes.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 8:57:42 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:57:42 GMT

Napa firefighters responding to encampment fires face unique hazards
A homeless man was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after the shed he was sleeping in caught fire at about 10:53 a.m. Thursday. After extinguishing that fire, city of Napa firefighters were called to another one, this time near the homeless encampment by Gasser Drive. “Homeless encampment fires have, in recent times, been a significant response for us,” Capt.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 7:20:51 AM - SOURCE: Napa Valley Register
Posted on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:20:51 GMT

Mendocino Fire looks back at 2017 and its record number of calls
Mendocino Fire volunteers responded to 353 calls last year — the highest volume of calls in the department’s history. The vast majority of the calls were rescue and medical calls, with hazardous conditions (such as power lines down or smell of gas) a distant second. There were 18 dispatches to structure fires and vegetation fires for the year.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 1:01:03 PM - SOURCE: Mendocino Beacon
Posted on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:01:03 GMT

Garbage Truck plows into town home in Temple City
A trash truck hit a planter, a parked van then crashed into a Temple City town home Thursday morning. Sgt. Tom Harris of the sheriff’s Temple station said the cab of the Athens Services truck ended up inside the residence. He said a couple and their cat were home at the time but were not injured. Firefighters freed the trapped driver and took him to a local hospital as a precaution, according to Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Randall Wright.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 12:39:10 PM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 20:39:10 GMT

Man Whose Car Was Whisked Away in Caught-on-Video Burbank Mudflow Recounts Terrifying Ordeal
A local resident whose vehicle was seen in a widely shared video sliding on top of a wave of mud down a Burbank street spoke out about the incident on Thursday, saying he wasn't sure if he and his girlfriend were going to survive the wild ride. Dallas native Desionne Franklin said he'd never experienced anything like the deluge that hit the home where he is staying in Burbank.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2018 7:07:24 AM - SOURCE: KTLA
Posted on Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:07:24 GMT

With a five-year contract approved, East Contra Costa Fire Chief sees coming change as opportunities
On Monday night, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Directors placed several long term plans in motion, including a five-year contract for Fire Chief Brian Helmick. “The agreement will provide as much stability as possible as the district prepares to transition to our first elected board and will be the next step for providing a solid foundation this board and organization has been building to take the district into the future,” said President Brian Oftedahl.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:41:57 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:41:57 GMT

Search for victims of California mudslides widens as death toll grows
The House of Contentment has vanished, and its elderly owners were confirmed Wednesday to be among the 17 people killed as muddy rainwater and debris swept through Southern California this week. Jim and Alice Mitchell moved into their dream retirement home in the ritzy Montecito area of Santa Barbara County in 1999.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 1:42:17 PM - SOURCE: NBC News
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:42:17 GMT

Related: Rescuers Brave Hidden Dangers In Mud To Search For Montecito Survivors
Hundreds of searchers continued the grueling work Thursday of hunting for survivors and digging up bodies in the sea of mud and wreckage left by flash flooding in this wealthy coastal enclave. Muck-spattered searchers from around the state slogged through knee-deep ooze, poking long poles into the mud to probe for victims.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 7:41:54 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:41:54 GMT

Probe: San Francisco Firefighters Being Investigated for Alleged Drunken Party
NBC Bay Area has learned that San Francisco is investigating complaints of a drunken party at a city fire station that may have left the station’s only on-duty paramedic incapacitated. The probe, which is being conducted by San Francisco’s emergency services agency, focuses on a gathering in September at Station 11 in Noe Valley.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 7:48:05 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 03:48:05 GMT

More than 100 police and firefighters train for active shooter incident in Laguna Beach
For Jonathan Burke, it felt real as he crouched in a corner of the library at Laguna College of Art and Design. “I was really upset,” said Burke, president of the college. “There were a lot of gunshots even though they were blanks. People were screaming and really crying. It was interesting, the emotions that came up were real.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 7:45:05 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 03:45:05 GMT

Body found in structure fire off Seventh Street in Old Town Victorville
Firefighters discovered a body while battling a structure fire in Old Town Victorville early Thursday morning. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman told the Daily Press that the fire was reported at approximately 2:28 a.m. in the 15200 block of Tracy Street. The fire was in a commercial building on the southwest corner of Tracy and Seventh streets that was boarded up and appeared to be abandoned, Bachman said.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2018 10:45:15 AM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:45:15 GMT

'I Thought I Was Dead': Girl Rescued From House Destroyed by Mudslide in Santa Barbara County
A 14-year-old girl was one of several people rescued by firefighters who fanned out across a flood-ravaged Santa Barbara County community after a night of powerful downpours and mudslides. The girl was trapped for hours in the home, destroyed by mud and debris flows that were powerful enough to move boulders, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 2:15:26 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:15:26 GMT

Heated negotiations between Kern County and firefighters coming out of deficit, critical report
The County of Kern will go into negotiations with its fire union in the next few weeks, if not the next few days, and the stakes will be high. On Tuesday Kern County Supervisors received a report from the Center for Public Safety Management that called for major changes in funding, operations, contracts and administration at the Kern County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Los Angeles County Supervisors approve firefighting helicopter maintenance contract
Los Angeles County Supervisors unanimously approved a $4.2 million contract Tuesday as expected to maintain and repair the county’s fleet of five Sikorsky Firehawk helicopters. The contract was approved on consent and was deemed a need for county firefighting personnel. A spokesperson for Kathryn Barger said the helicopters are a critical part of the county’s ability to fight fires, especially during wildfire season.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 5:22:36 PM - SOURCE: Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:22:36 GMT

One Person Killed in 'Suspicious' Fire at Los Angeles Area Home
One person was killed in what authorities called a "suspicious" fire at a Pico Union residence on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. At approximately 3:15 a.m., the second story of a triplex building in the 1700 block of New Hampshire Avenue was reportedly engulfed in flames. At least 60 firefighters responded to the blaze, which took nearly an hour to extinguish.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2018 6:28:12 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:28:12 GMT

Follow Up: Report details death of San Diego fire engineer Cory Iverson
Cal Fire released new details Tuesday in the death of a San Diego firefighter who died while battling the Thomas Fire last month in Ventura County. The report says engineer Cory Iverson died on a hillside above Fillmore after being surrounded by spot fires in windy conditions. On December 14, Iverson’s strike team was in an area above an avocado orchard when a mayday call went out around 9:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 6:08:58 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 02:08:58 GMT

Transient pleads guilty to five counts of arson in Riverside
A Riverside area transient pleaded guilty Monday, Jan. 8, to five counts of arson involving local businesses, an apartment complex and a county building damaged over a four-day period last summer, according to a Riverside city Fire Department news release. Daniel John Moreno changed his plea to the felony counts in a plea to the court, according to Riverside County Superior Court records.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 7:09:31 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:09:31 GMT

At least 5 dead as heavy rains trigger flooding, mudflows and freeway closures across Southern California
Heavy rains triggered freeway closures throughout the region Tuesday and unleashed mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires last month, shutting down more than 30 miles of the 101 Freeway and leaving at least five people dead as rescue personnel scrambled through clogged roadways and downed trees, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Cal Fire releases report on Thomas Fire Fatality
CAL FIRE has released a “Green Sheet” preliminary report for the line of duty death of CAL FIRE Fire Apparatus Engineer Cory Iverson of the CAL FIRE San Diego/San Diego County Fire Authority. Engineer Iverson was overrun by fire and killed December 14, 2017 while battling the Thomas Fire in Ventura County north of Fillmore, California.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wildfire Today
Posted on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

East Contra Costa Fire Chief Receives 5-Year Contract Extension
On Monday, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Directors unanimously agreed to extend the contract of fire Chief Brian Helmick. Under the agreement, Helmick will serve as fire chief through July 1, 2022. Helmick was first hired in March of 2016 where he accepted a 1-year contract on an interim basis.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2018 6:38:29 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:38:29 GMT

Clovis Fire plans to fill local need for more paramedics
While fighting fires may be the No. 1 function of the Clovis Fire Department, its ultimate goal is to save lives and as a first responder to thousands of medical calls each year. Fire Chief John Binaski said the survivability of patients in distress increases when paramedics arrive on the scene along with the fire truck, which often gets there before an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 5:00:26 PM - SOURCE: The Clovis Roundup
Posted on Tue, 09 Jan 2018 01:00:26 GMT

Menlo fire board approves $2.5 million in additional spending
Halfway through the 2017-18 budget year, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board granted Chief Harold Schapelhouman the authority to spend $2 million that hadn't been budgeted on improvements the chief says are needed to cope with additional traffic and development on the Bay side of U.S. 101. The board also allocated $500,000 to making improvements on the property the district purchased on Almendral Avenue in Atherton, and announced the district's $6.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 1:06:54 PM - SOURCE: Menlo Park Almanac
Posted on Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:06:54 GMT

Residents try to kill spider with torch lighter, cause apartment fire in Redding
Using a torch lighter to fry a spider is being blamed for a small apartment fire in Redding. According to Redding firefighters, when residents tried to kill a spider with a large torch lighter. They caught the bedding on fire, which spread to the walls of the apartment. When firefighters arrived they could see smoke coming out of the first and second story windows.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 9:38:06 AM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Posted on Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:38:06 GMT

LAFD unveils 'SOBER Unit' aimed at reducing unnecessary emergency room visits
Seeking to crackdown on unnecessary emergency room visits, the Los Angeles Fire Department has launched a new program called the Sobriety Emergency Response — or SOBER — Unit that will transport publicly intoxicated people to a sober center located on skid row in downtown. The one-year pilot program, which has been in operation since November, includes an ambulance crew housed at Los Angeles Fire Station #4 on Temple Street, city officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Novato's next fire chief will be internal hire
The Novato fire district’s next chief will be promoted from within the organization, the board decided at its meeting Wednesday. In preparation for Chief Mark Heine’s retirement on Jan. 26, board members voted 5-0 to expedite the succession and seat a new fire chief by Feb. 1. The board also unanimously voted for a salary range of $200,000 to $215,000 a year, not including benefits.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2018 7:51:02 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Mon, 08 Jan 2018 03:51:02 GMT

Rancho San Diego fire damages home for family of 20
A family awakened by a big blaze early Sunday morning had to rush to get 20 people out of their Rancho San Diego home. The blaze occurred in the 2700 block of Willow Glen Drive - starting near one of their vehicles and then spreading to the home. "Then at 4, I heard this huge explosion," said resident Penny Hauer.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2018 7:20:15 PM - SOURCE: XETV-TV San Diego 6
Posted on Mon, 08 Jan 2018 03:20:15 GMT

Opinion: Tiny Calimesa's firefighter changes should be model for state
California’s cities are running out of cash, as pension expenses gobble up growing portions of their budgets. They’ve cut services, raised taxes and come to Sacramento to implore the pension funds and the Legislature to help out, but city governments don’t have the muscle of the state’s public-sector unions, which fight reform.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2018 1:16:57 PM - SOURCE: Whittier Daily News
Posted on Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:16:57 GMT

SDG&E wants another shot at billing customers $379M for 2007 wildfires
arely more than a month after the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) rejected a request by San Diego Gas & Electric to have ratepayers pick up $379 million in costs related to three deadly wildfires in 2007, the utility is not giving up. Attorneys for SDG&E have filed an application with the CPUC, asking for a rehearing.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2018 11:11:04 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune
Posted on Sun, 07 Jan 2018 19:11:04 GMT

Bakersfield Fire Department recruits prepare for the worst with trench rescue training
Friday, Bakersfield Fire Department recruits went through trench rescue training. They are currently in the middle of a 23-week academy. Fire officials said trenches are extremely dangerous and often kill the victim, as well as people who are not trained and try to help with the rescue. Battalion Chief Bill Ballard said although a trench rescue does not happen often, it is very high-risk.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 11:28:02 PM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Posted on Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:28:02 GMT

LAFD graduates next wave of firefighters, including first woman to snag top recruit honors
Caroline Carpenter of Long Beach became the first woman to earn honors as top recruit and class leader Thursday during graduation ceremonies for 52 Los Angeles Fire Department recruits at the Valley Recruit Training Academy 81. “I’m small,” said Carpenter, 26, “but I got a big heart.” “She stands out,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas to an audience that included Carpenter’s family and friends.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 1:47:44 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:47:44 GMT

Novato firefighter ousted over marijuana gets $200K settlement
The Novato fire district reached a settlement of nearly $200,000 with a firefighter it terminated for failing a drug test and other alleged violations. Kirk Lewis received $150,000 from the district’s insurer under the settlement. The district itself paid another $49,000 to Lewis’ lawyers. The district admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to regard Lewis’ exit as a resignation rather than a termination.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 8:45:09 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 04:45:09 GMT

Crews battle fire near Mission Canyon in Santa Barbara County
Firefighters with the Santa Barbara City and County fire department battled a structure fire in the 2600 block of Montrose Place in the Mission Canyon area of Santa Barbara County Thursday evening. The fire broke out just after 5 p.m. in a reported single-story home. Firefighters on scene reported downed electric wires in the area.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 7:54:37 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 03:54:37 GMT

Hermosa Beach fire now officially part of L.A. County fire after ceremony
In 1916, the Hermosa Beach fire department was staffed with only volunteers. More than 100 years later, the department made one of its biggest transitions in its history when Los Angeles County Fire officially took over last weekend. “We are confident that our residents and business owners will receive protection and service from county fire that is proven to be among the best and most cost effective in the world,” said Mayor Jeff Duclos at a ceremony at the Hermosa Beach Community Theatre on Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/5/2018 2:57:50 AM - SOURCE: Beach Reporter
Posted on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:57:50 GMT

Sacramento: 19-year-old seeks $1 million after paramedic allegedly fondled her while she was strapped to a gurney
A 19-year-old woman has filed a $1 million claim against the city of Sacramento after a paramedic allegedly fondled her breasts while she was unresponsive, strapped to a gurney and being taken to a hospital in an ambulance after suffering a seizure. The woman – whose name is blacked out in her Sept.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 5:32:28 PM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 01:32:28 GMT

Records reveal history of fire code violations at San Luis Rey Downs where 46 horses died
A Team 10 investigation reveals details about the history of fire code violations at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, where 46 horses died and three people were injured in the Lilac Fire. We also have never-before-seen cell phone video of the devastation at San Luis Rey Downs, taken by a source who shared it with us.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 7:42:17 PM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 03:42:17 GMT

Damaged PG&E equipment found near origins of North Bay fires
State regulators have released previously withheld details in reports filed by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. revealing the exact location of damaged transmission equipment found near the ignition points of the wildfires that ravaged Sonoma and Napa counties in October. The documents — including the precise address and specific types of damaged equipment — provide new information about the proximity of PG&E equipment to the origins of the deadly Oct.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press Democrat
Posted on Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Woman found dead in Castaic mobile home fire, arson suspected
Arson investigators have been called to the scene of a fatal fire inside a Castaic mobile home community Wednesday, after the lifeless body of a woman was pulled from a burning mobile home. “There is an arson investigator on his way to the scene,” Inspector Gustavo Medina with the Los Angeles County Fire Department told The Signal shortly after 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 3:33:43 PM - SOURCE: Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Posted on Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:33:43 GMT

Special Laundry Service: Aiming to give firefighters a clean bill of health
Firefighters rely on their equipment to survive, but sometimes it is their equipment that needs to be saved. As dangerous as flames can be, firefighters know it is the smoke that is the real killer. Scott Estrada fought fire for 15-years, but on June 14, 2004, he had to fight for himself after he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 7:06:06 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-AM 760 San Diego
Posted on Thu, 04 Jan 2018 03:06:06 GMT

Pat O'Neil named Acting Bishop Fire Chief
In a joint statement issued by City Administrator Jim Tatum and Rural Fire Commission Chairman Mike Holland, they said “we are pleased to announce that Pat O’Neil has accepted the appointment as Acting Fire Chief to lead our great fire department pending completion of the recruitment of a permanent Chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 5:29:01 PM - SOURCE: Eastern Sierra News
Posted on Thu, 04 Jan 2018 01:29:01 GMT

Santa Barbara County bracing for potential new disaster from Thomas fire: ‘Catastrophic’ flooding with ‘toxic soup’ possible
Residential and commercial areas below hillsides charred by the Thomas fire are facing a new threat of potentially “catastrophic” flooding, if not from the first mild storm of 2018 that rolled in Wednesday then from future storms that could be more potent, according to reports from county officials. Any floodwaters that flow before fire cleanup is completed could also contain a “toxic soup” of hazardous wastes picked up by runoff through damaged and destroyed structures within the burned areas, officials said Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 2:43:27 AM - SOURCE: Santa Maria Times
Posted on Thu, 04 Jan 2018 10:43:27 GMT

Child killed, 2 injured in storage unit fire in East Bakersfield
A deadly fire in East Bakersfield took the life of a young child around four or five years old, and injured two others, according to Kern County Fire Department. The child was part of a family of five which appeared to be living in a storage unit on Sterling Road. When flames broke out around 12:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 6:34:33 AM - SOURCE: KGET-TV NBC 17
Posted on Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:34:33 GMT

Pay cuts imminent for Oroville police and fire
More than $70,000 is estimated in salary savings after a major pay cut for public safety employees in Oroville. These are major cuts for an already financially struggling community. The move comes after the city council agreed to 10% salary cuts for the Oroville Police Officers Association's sworn and non-sworn officers in August.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 7:17:02 PM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
Posted on Wed, 03 Jan 2018 03:17:02 GMT

Trump approves federal aid for Los Angeles County, other fire-ravaged Southland regions
President Donald Trump Tuesday approved California’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration in response to recent wildfires in the state, including those in Los Angeles, San Diego, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Gov. Jerry Brown sent Trump a letter last month requesting the declaration to aid in recovery efforts.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 7:52:03 PM - SOURCE:
Posted on Wed, 03 Jan 2018 03:52:03 GMT

Los Angeles: Man Killed in Fire at Senior-Living Apartment Building in Koreatown
A 74-year-old man has died after being rescued from a Koreatown apartment building that caught fire in Koreatown late Monday night. The fire was reported at the 16-story senior-living apartment located in the 600 block of South Normandie Avenue just before 11 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 10:34:15 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:34:15 GMT

Crews extinguish brush fire possibly sparked by transient in La Mesa
A fire possibly sparked by a transient blackened about an acre on Tuesday on a brushy hillside near the junction of state Route 94 and SR-125. The non-injury blaze began spreading off Grove and High streets in La Mesa shortly before 1:30 p.m., said Sonny Saghera, spokesman for Heartland Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 5:54:56 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-AM 760 San Diego
Posted on Wed, 03 Jan 2018 01:54:56 GMT

Fire knocked down at cardboard factory in Santa Clara
A fire burning at a cardboard manufacturing plant in Santa Clara this morning has been knocked down. Firefighters are evaluating their progress to see what their next steps will be. They are also checking out some liquid propane tanks to make sure they weren't damaged. The fire call came just after 1:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 2:56:07 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 03 Jan 2018 10:56:07 GMT

Citrus Heights man allegedly tried to stab firefighter as he was being rescued from flames, police say
California authorities say a man allegedly tried to stab a firefighter who was trying to save him from a house fire near Sacramento. The Sacramento Bee reports police previously responded Sunday to the home in Citrus Heights for a welfare check, but the man inside refused to talk to officers. Police Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2018 11:45:00 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:45:00 GMT

San Diego adding roving fire engines to shrink response times
San Diego will try something new in its uphill battle to shrink emergency response times in the sprawling and increasingly congested city: roving “peak-hour” fire engines not connected to any station and deployed at busy times in busy areas. City officials say they plan to add six peak-hour engines – three in July 2019 and another three in July 2020 – to help meet a goal of having emergency crews arrive at the scene within seven and a half minutes 90% of the time.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2017 6:00:12 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Sun, 31 Dec 2017 14:00:12 GMT

‘He’s going to do a fabulous job:’ changing of the guard for Burbank fire
When Eric Garcia first joined the Burbank Fire Department, he didn’t think this moment would happen. Back when he was starting out as a recruit in 1994, he was content with becoming a paramedic engineer. The 46-year-old said he always wanted to become a paramedic and was pretty adept at being a mechanic.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2017 5:22:36 AM - SOURCE: Burbank Leader
Posted on Sat, 30 Dec 2017 13:22:36 GMT

A decade in the making: Temecula to unveil fifth fire station in upcoming ceremony
The Roripaugh Ranch Fire Station is set to finally open more than a decade after it was built. Temecula’s fifth fire station will begin operating on New Year’s Day. A public unveiling will follow on Saturday, Jan. 6. The station was finished in 2006 but never opened in part because the original Roripaugh Ranch housing developer abandoned the project during the economic recession.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2017 4:47:11 AM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:47:11 GMT

Rams welcome Ventura County police and fire for Thomas Fire bravery
Tom Lanski had been to NFL games in Chicago and New Orleans. Last year, the Ventura fire captain caught one of the Rams' home games at the Coliseum in their first season back in Los Angeles. But Sunday was different for Lanksi and more than 100 members of the Ventura County Fire Department and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, who were VIP guests of the Rams’ during their regular-season finale against San Francisco.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Alarming failures left many in path of California wildfires vulnerable and without warning
The Sonoma ridgeline was a sunrise of flame as Sgt. Brandon Cutting led deputies up country roads to pound on doors, hollering “Sheriff’s Office!” Thirty minutes later, with Cutting huffing from exertion and choking in thick smoke, the evacuation of Redwood Hill was still playing out one door at a time.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Firefighters rescue car-wash employee stuck in mechanical drive track in Yorba Linda
A car-wash employee was removed by firefighters from a mechanical track that pulls vehicles along that he had gotten stuck in on Thursday, Dec. 28. The employee got stuck shortly before 1 p.m. at the car wash on La Palma Avenue near Yorba Linda Boulevard. “Looks like the front of the track pulled him from the ankle down,” said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Orange County Register
Posted on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Cases could open door to pension cuts for state workers
For decades in California, a sacrosanct rule has governed public employees' pensions: Benefits promised can never be taken away. But cases before the state Supreme Court threaten to reverse that premise and open the door to benefit cuts for workers still on the job. The lawsuits have enormous implications for California cities, counties, schools, fire districts and other local bodies facing a sharp rise in their pension costs.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 2:42:20 AM - SOURCE: Lompoc Record
Posted on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:42:20 GMT

Public outraged at council meeting over dismissal of California City fire chief
Thursday, residents in California City pleading for the return of former fire chief Justin Vincent at a special city council meeting. Some adding that they want to see interim City Manager Robert Stockwell, the man who fired him, gone. Dozens of residents lined up for the public comment portion of the meeting, offering their support for Vincent who was terminated last week.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 6:17:43 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:17:43 GMT

Lone female cadet leads Crafton Hills College Fire Academy to graduation
Hard pressed to find anything difficult about the 15-week intensive Fire Academy at Crafton Hills College, Deandra Van Houten is clearly meant to be a leader. In fact, she was selected to lead the 87th Fire Academy class by her fellow cadets, all of whom are fellows by the way. Van Houten is only the second female academy leader in the 35 year history of the program.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 4:23:08 AM - SOURCE: Highland Community News
Posted on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 12:23:08 GMT

Documentary focuses on health of San Diego firefighters
Firefighters deal with difficult life-or-death situations every day, and a new documentary is shining a light on how they handle the aftermath. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has produced a film that focuses on San Diego firefighters and how the department look out for their well-being.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 12:00:35 AM - SOURCE: KFMB-AM 760 San Diego
Posted on Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:00:35 GMT

California’s Deadliest, Most Destructive Wildfire Season on Record Drives Firefighting Costs to New Highs
State and federal firefighting costs soared to record levels this year as wildfires scorched more than 9.5 million acres across the country, continuing a trend that is playing havoc with the U.S. Forest Service budget. The agency spent $2.4 billion battling wildfires in federal fiscal year 2017, which ended Sept.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 9:05:27 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:05:27 GMT

Related: $81 billion for victims of hurricanes and California wildfires is being held up in the Senate
Four days before Christmas, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an $81 billion disaster-relief bill to help California wildfire victims and those affected by recent hurricanes. But the idea of Congress playing Santa Claus to those victimized by 2017 natural disasters died in the Senate, where the bill stalled and won’t be acted on until January at the earliest.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 2:29:06 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:29:06 GMT

Redlands Fire Captain Welsh receives state Life Saving Medal
Redlands Fire Capt. Terry Welsh received the California Emergency Medical Services Authority’s Life Saving Medal, one of 24 Californians honored this year for their heroic acts and extraordinary contributions to emergency medical services. Initiated in 2007, the annual California Emergency Medical Services Awards honor and recognize exceptional acts and service by individuals working or volunteering as EMS certified or licensed personnel, administrators, educators, volunteers or civilians within California’s emergency medical system.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 1:40:59 PM - SOURCE: Inland Empire Community Newspapers
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 21:40:59 GMT

Chula Vista considers sales tax hike to boost public safety staffing
In response to chronic low staffing levels in the city’s police and fire departments, Chula Vista residents may be asked to vote next year on a measure that would increase the sales tax to fund additional positions. Over the years, the number of personnel in each agency has not kept pace with the city’s growing population.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune
Posted on Thu, 28 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Vacaville public safety dispatcher hangs up mic after 25 years
For 25 years, Donna Weaver has put her heart and soul into serving with the Vacaville Police Department. Today, the communications center supervisor permanently hangs up her mic — though her words of wisdom will likely be felt long after her retirement. “It’s going to be impossible to fill Donna’s shoes,” said Melissa Costigan, the lead public safety dispatcher appointed to fill Weaver’s position in an interim capacity.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 7:52:26 PM - SOURCE: The Reporter News
Posted on Thu, 28 Dec 2017 03:52:26 GMT

Hazmat crews respond to carbon monoxide leak at San Diego senior living center
Dozens of elderly residents were evacuated from a skilled care facility on Wednesday because of toxic fumes. A natural gas leak was reported just before 11 a.m. at the facility on Meadow Lark Drive. From the air, Chopper 8 showed the evacuees outside the Life House Skilled Nursing Facility. Many were in wheelchairs and on beds that were rolled outside once an employee smelled gas.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 6:05:55 PM - SOURCE: XETV-TV San Diego 6
Posted on Thu, 28 Dec 2017 02:05:55 GMT

Nearly 2,000 pay tribute to fallen CalFire firefighter Cory Iverson: "He left as a superhero."
Friends, family and fellow firefighters bade an emotional farewell Saturday to Cory Iverson, the 32-year-old San Diego County fireman who died battling the massive Thomas fire nine days ago near Fillmore. About 1,800 filled the Rock Church in Point Loma to hear eulogies, highlighted by a promise from his widow, Ashley.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Women fight California wildfires with equipment made for men
Kelley Whitelens hiked a steep hill toward the backyard of a home on Coyote Road in Santa Barbara, one hand wiping the sweat from her face, the other pulling up her sagging pants. Whitelens is the only female firefighter in a 19-person team from South Dakota fighting the fierce Thomas fire across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, California’s largest wildfire on record.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald Net
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

River fire captains will share chief duties
Following the resignation of Russian River Fire Protection District (RRFPD) chief Max Ming two weeks ago, its directors have announced the district’s three captains will share the job of fire chief. The captains, Rob Cassady, Ryan Lantz and Travis Wood, will share the chief’s role an interim basis while the district makes plans for permanent leadership, said board president Chuck Limbert.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 4:27:20 AM - SOURCE: Sonoma West Times & News
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 12:27:20 GMT

Thomas Fire containment at 89%
The Thomas Fire has very little active fire at this time. Visitors are encouraged to make plans to enjoy Santa Barbara, Ventura, and surrounding areas during the upcoming holiday weekend. Businesses are open and eager to serve the public. Be aware some sections of Los Padres National Forest remain closed for public safety.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 2:58:10 AM - SOURCE: KEYT
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:58:10 GMT

Thomas Fire Brings Huge Void For Firefighters As Well
At its most dangerous the Thomas fire was tearing through neighborhoods in two counties. Leaving hundreds without a home this Christmas. Every firefighter CBS2’s Greg Mills spoke with feels for those who lost their homes. “I feel sorry for all of the folks without a home,” Thomas Fire incident commander, Mark von Tillow said.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCAL
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

New year brings new fire department to Calimesa, first in exactly three decades
As 2018 arrives, so will the Calimesa Fire Department. Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department will be replaced by the new Calimesa Fire Department when 2018 gets underway in a move, the city says, will save money by bringing fire services in-house. “Everybody said ‘that’s impossible, it’s too expensive, you can’t do it,'” said Mayor Jeff Hewitt, who credits the city leadership in building the department.
- PUB DATE: 12/27/2017 1:41:33 AM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:41:33 GMT

Panholzer to remain Monterey’s fire chief
In a 180-degree turn, the city of Monterey has rescinded the decision to fire Gaudenz Panholzer and asked him to remain as Monterey’s fire chief with Panholzer agreeing to do so. “I can say, yes, yesterday (acting City Manager Hans Uslar) had a conversation with me and said he wanted to rescind the decision and asked me if I’d stay on and I said yes,” said Panholzer on Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 5:11:45 PM - SOURCE: Monterey County Herald
Posted on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 01:11:45 GMT

Auburn firefighter battling stage 4 cancer
After 27 years as a firefighter protecting lives and property, Trent Lindholdt, father, son, brother, and soon-to-be husband has been diagnosed with stage 4 malignant epithelial neoplasm cancer. Lindholdt, 47, started his firefighting career with the United States Fire Service,at the age of 20. Leaving the USFS, he worked in the communities of Lincoln and Rocklin.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 2:59:28 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Journal
Posted on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:59:28 GMT

Southern California waiting on Trump to declare ‘major disaster’ after ‘catastrophic’ fire season
Southern California officials were awaiting a response today from President Donald Trump to Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for a presidential major disaster declaration that would bolster recovery efforts from wildfires that have burned across the region. “I respectfully request you declare a major disaster in the state of California as a result of the devastating wildfires burning in Southern California for weeks,” Brown wrote Wednesday in a letter requesting the disaster declaration.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2017 1:48:52 AM - SOURCE: Ontario Inland Valley Bulletin
Posted on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:48:52 GMT

Fire Quickly Spreading Toward Homes in Riverside, 2 Damaged
A wildfire that broke out Thursday in the Santa Ana River bottom near downtown Riverside blackened 50 acres and spawned multiple spot fires amid high winds before being partially contained. The blaze was reported about 11:10 a.m. on the perimeter of a Boy Scout camp, in the area of Mission Inn Boulevard and Indian Hill Road.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Man dies in early morning house fire in Northwest Fresno
A man lost his life in an early morning house fire in Northwest Fresno. It broke out around 12:30 Thursday morning at a home on Rialto near Marks. It started with Fresno Police answering an unknown emergency call. Officers said the caller was coughing and not speaking very clear. When officers arrived, they saw the flames and called the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2017 2:51:02 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:51:02 GMT

Fire Official: String of Antioch fires likely arson
Fire officials are investigating a string of fires Thursday night in Antioch as arson. Just before 10:00 p.m., the fire department received reports of a structure fire, according to Robert Marshall of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. While on their way to this fire, firefighters got reports of several more fires all within a few blocks of the same area of A and Midill streets.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2017 5:27:35 AM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:27:35 GMT

Spannaus retires from service as Corning fire chief
It was a crowded Fire Hall the evening of Dec. 8, as family, coworkers, firefighters, friends and community members gathered to say their so-longs and thanks to Corning Fire Chief Martin Spannaus during his retirement dinner. Spannaus started working for the city of Corning in the public works department in 1997.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 2:52:48 AM - SOURCE: Corning Observer
Posted on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:52:48 GMT



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