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Suisun City fire chief to retire after 22 years
Fire Chief Mike O’Brien is hanging up his firefighting gear after 22 years of service. “It has been very interesting and enjoyable,” O’Brien said of his time leading Suisun City’s volunteer firefighters. “I will miss the people most of all,” O’Brien said. “The volunteers and the volunteer spirit.” O’Brien said he is pleased that 25 percent of his volunteers have gone on to paid firefighting jobs and that the Suisun City Fire Department has a good reputation with its training and experience.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 6:13:27 AM - SOURCE: Fairfield Daily Republic
Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:13:27 GMT

Auburn City Firefighter Trent Lindholdt dies at 47
The Auburn City Fire Department announced the passing of active duty Engineer Trent Lindholdt on April 10 at 47 years old. Lindholdt had been fighting stage-four lung cancer since his diagnosis in November. Businesses and community members came together from across Auburn to donate money during his fight with the disease.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 5:41:24 PM - SOURCE: Auburn Journal
Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:41:24 GMT

Update: Man Killed in Fire at Nevada County Airport Hangar
Flight operations at the Nevada County Airport continued uninterrupted after a deadly fire at Sierra Mountain Aviation located right next to the runway. It started at the beginning of the workday at Sierra Mountain Aviation’s maintenance hangar. There were three airplanes inside. The fire call came in as a rescue and flames had subsided by the time fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 8:55:19 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:55:19 GMT

Investigators rule out accidental cause for Santa Maria Fire
The large warehouse fire that started on Monday in Santa Maria at 1298 West Stowell Road still has an unknown origin. The Santa Maria Fire Department said that they ruled out any accidental cause for the warehouse fire, however they are not yet ready to call the fire Arson. There was no gas, power, or hazardous material within the building that could have ignited the flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 4:58:03 PM - SOURCE: KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo
Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:58:03 GMT

At least 5 people displaced after mattress fire in San Jose
No injuries have been reported but at least five people were displaced by a one-alarm fire early Wednesday morning in San Jose, according to fire officials. Firefighters received their first call at 4:28 a.m. and the first crew reported to the home in the 1800 block of Half Pence Way at 4:35 a.m., according to Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 11:24:56 AM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:24:56 GMT

Firefighter In San Diego Confronts The Trauma Of The Job
At 7:30 on a recent morning, Jeremy Forte, a firefighter in Imperial Beach, California, had just wrapped up a 48-hour shift. As the seven-member crew headed home, Forte drove right past a local bar that used to be a favorite haunt. A few years ago, he would have stopped for a drink, or two, or three -- and perhaps stayed on for hours.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 8:51:46 PM - SOURCE: KPBS-TV PBS San Diego
Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:51:46 GMT

Man arrested on suspicion of causing 2013 Silver Fire near Banning
Authorities arrested a homeless man in San Bernardino County who is suspected of causing the 2013 Silver Fire, which burned more than 20,000 acres and destroyed about 60 structures. Stephen Patrick Medlock, 53, was arrested on March 8 after authorities received a warrant by Cal Fire investigators looking into the Silver Fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 8:03:38 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:03:38 GMT

Who Pays When California Burns? Bill Aimed At Reducing Risk Sparks Concerns Over Rising Utility Bills
A bill inspired by last year’s Northern California wildfires is under fire itself. The Wildfire Safety Bill aims to reduce wildfire risk due to downed power lines. But it’s sparking fierce opposition from consumer advocates, worried that we’ll soon pay more on our electric bills. ADVERTISING “It’s automatic rate pre-approval of rate increases,” said Consumer Advocate Mark Toney of TURN, The Utility Reform Network.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 7:48:10 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 02:48:10 GMT

1 Person Rescued After Fire Breaks Out At Nevada County Airport Hangar
VIDEO: A fire broke out in a hangar at the Nevada County Airport this morning, injuring one person. Firefighters were able to rescue one person from the hangar. They were taken to the hospital in unknown condition. Firefighters were quickly able to knock down the flames, according to a statement from Cal Fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 9:22:14 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:22:14 GMT

How one off-duty Cal Fire/Riverside Co. firefighter switched from concertgoer to first responder during Las Vegas shooting
On Oct. 1, 2017, Jason Aldean was starting to sing his hit song, "When She Says Baby," at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when an unfamiliar sound started to fill the venue. Thousands of concertgoers, including Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department firefighter Chris Wetzel, thought the rapid-fire popping sounded like firecrackers.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1
Posted on Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Residents escape Modesto fire, anxiously look for several little dogs
Fire destroyed an occupied travel trailer parked next to a home on Spruce Street just east of downtown Modesto on Tuesday morning. Residents of the trailer and adjacent house evacuated without injury, but then spent many tense minutes trying to ensure that none of the several little dogs on the property were hurt or fled.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 11:33:07 AM - SOURCE: modestoBee
Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:33:07 GMT

15 Injured In San Jose 5-Alarm Apartment Complex Fire
A 5-alarm fire swept through a San Jose apartment complex early Tuesday, sending four residents to the hospital and another 10 were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene, authorities said. Fire crews raced to the scene of the blaze at 2079 McLaughlin Ave. after getting several 911 calls around 5:53 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 7:13:07 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:13:07 GMT

Victorville expands fire department recruitment to captains, engineers, firefighters
Officials have expanded the recruitment of its City Fire Department by releasing applications for captains, engineers and firefighter/paramedics. The move comes less than a month after the city announced the hiring of Greg Benson, a former fire chief in Illinois with more than 30 years of public safety experience, to lead the department.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 10:45:36 AM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:45:36 GMT

Update: Suspect allegedly set deadly music studio fire after dispute with victims, LAPD says
As detectives investigated the deadly blaze that ripped through a Studio City recording studio Saturday morning, they made a chilling discovery. Security video from the studio and other nearby businesses showed a man purchasing gasoline at a Chevron station across the street, police said. The man then walked to the studio.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 8:35:34 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018 03:35:34 GMT

Missing man, daughter, son found in Eel River in Mendocino County
Searchers along a northern Mendocino County river recovered the remaining three bodies of a Southern California family that were in a vehicle when it plunged into the South Fork of the Eel River more than week ago, Mendocino County sheriff’s officials said. Recovery divers found Sandeep Thottapilly, 41, and his daughter Saachi, 9, inside the family’s Honda Pilot during a search Sunday, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 9:45:35 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:45:35 GMT

Mock plane crash drill set for Sonoma County airport
Preparing for a plane crash response with dozens of victims, emergency agencies Wednesday will hold a drill at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. The drill, from 10 a.m. to noon, will involve a simulated plane crash with 40-50 victims. Firefighters, paramedics, a hazardous materials team, law enforcement, dispatchers and two helicopters will coordinate how to respond if faced with a real crash and likely many victims.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 10:38:19 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:38:19 GMT

Alhambra blaze injures 1 firefighter and damages 4 homes, 5 garages, 2 cars
A firefighter suffered minor injuries and two residents were displaced when a third-alarm fire damaged four homes, five garages, two cars and several palm trees in Alhambra Monday night. Alhambra Fire Battalion Chief Ed Guerrero estimated the cost of damages at $500,000. He said firefighters haven’t yet determined what started the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 10:45:53 AM - SOURCE: Pasadena Star-News
Posted on Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:45:53 GMT

Studio City fire: Suspect arrested on suspicion of murder after blaze kills 2 at music studio
A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire that left two men dead and two other people gravely injured at a music studio in Studio City, authorities announced. Efrem Demery was taken into custody Saturday evening and booked Sunday morning on suspicion of murder, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson said.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2018 4:48:08 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:48:08 GMT

Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District selects new Fire Chief
The Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District Board of Directors have announced their choice for a new Fire Chief. After a five-month nationwide recruitment and selection process, Chief Aaron Lowe was selected from a field of 31 applicants. As a 24-year veteran of the fire service, Chief Lowe has worked in all operational ranks, from firefighter up to Interim Fire Chief for the City of Chico, California.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 11:48:53 AM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:48:53 GMT

Los Angeles police and firefighters rush to join controversial retirement program
The controversial program that pays veteran Los Angeles police officers and firefighters nearly double for the last five years of their careers received a flood of new enrollees in February, records show. The rush to join the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP program, coincided with a Times investigation in February that found the program, which was created in 2002 to keep veteran officers and firefighters on the job, allows participants to file workers' compensation claims and then take extended injury leaves at nearly twice their usual pay.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2018 8:05:01 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site
Posted on Sun, 15 Apr 2018 15:05:01 GMT

Firefighters mop up vegetation fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa
Firefighters with four fire departments got a vegetation fire at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa under control Sunday afternoon and were mopping up the area to prevent flare ups, officials said. The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. near the BMX track and grew to about five acres, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2018 4:03:14 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:03:14 GMT

Fresno firefighter mourning unexpected death of wife after giving birth to twins
Nick Reeder's life was just coming into focus last week--four years ago, he found Amanda Sawyer. "We met on an online profile, yeah and we had a blind date and were inseparable after that date. It was love at first sight definitely," said Nick Reeder. Nick says she did it all--mother, worker, wife and she loved that he was a firefighter, even decorating their home with fire memorabilia.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 8:15:13 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:15:13 GMT

After gender-equality dispute, San Diego fire department's Girls Empowerment Camp kicks off
After receiving what amounted to a figurative version of CPR from Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 71 girls — and one boy — climbed ladders and hauled hoses as part of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s second annual Girls Empowerment Camp Saturday. Designed originally as a way to encourage girls to join the ranks of fire and rescue, the two-day event was canceled in February after a local attorney said the camp discriminated against boys.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2018 5:04:48 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Sun, 15 Apr 2018 00:04:48 GMT

New Simi fire chief comes from family of firefighters
If the talk around the kitchen table is about vehicle extractions and turnout gear, it might just be dinner in the Spykerman household. John Spykerman, a new Ventura County Fire Department division chief, is from a family of firefighters. His father and uncle were battalion chiefs for VCFD, and his sister and brother-in-law are firefighters for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 7:23:12 AM - SOURCE: Simi Valley Acorn
Posted on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:23:12 GMT

Eight Bakersfield Police Department officers suffer smoke inhalation, man charged with arson
Eight Bakersfield Police Department officers suffered smoke inhalation and one man has been charged with arson after an apartment fire broke out Thursday afternoon. Officers were dispatched to 3535 South H St. after receiving reports of a man who was threatening to set himself on fire. When police arrived they found Bakersfield fire crews already on scene attending to a car fire in the parking lot that ended up being related to the apartment fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 9:35:14 PM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 04:35:14 GMT

Heroic CHP helicopter officers remember North Bay fires
Craig Dziedzic and his dog waited to say thank you again to helicopter officers that rescued them from Napa County's Atlas Peak. But Dziedzic's rescuers perhaps expressed more excitement about meeting someone they helped escape a deadly inferno. "They don't realize how big of a blessing it is for us to meet them," said Dziedzic.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 7:42:03 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 02:42:03 GMT

Will Ferrell among 4 injured in overturn crash on 5 Freeway in Mission Viejo
Actor Will Ferrell and three other people were transported to a hospital Thursday evening after a freeway crash in Mission Viejo involving an overturned SUV. The collision was reported shortly before 11 p.m. on the northbound 5 Freeway, just south of Alicia Parkway, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 8:50:34 AM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:50:34 GMT

Wildfire lawsuit expands against Fountaingrove senior care home in Santa Rosa
Sonoma County sheriff’s Detective Joey Horsman was off duty when he sped early Oct. 9 to the Fountaingrove senior home that cared for his 92-year-old grandmother, who was inside as flames from the fast-moving Tubbs fire advanced on the Santa Rosa facility. Horsman rescued his grandmother and collected six other residents at Oakmont of Villa Capri, driving them down the hill to safety in a facility van before flames prevented him from returning for more people, according to new claims advanced this week in an amended lawsuit against the care home’s owners and operators.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2018 11:04:32 AM - SOURCE: Petaluma360 & Petaluma Argus Courier
Posted on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:04:32 GMT

Leaking propane on food truck in Chula Vista burned off 'like a Tiki torch'
A food truck with a leaking propane tank prompted evacuations and a hazardous materials response in a Chula Vista neighborhood Tuesday night, with officials eventually deciding to burn off the fuel “like a Tiki torch,” a fire official said. Firefighters were called to a home on Second Avenue near D Street around 8:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 5:59:44 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:59:44 GMT

Menlo fire board: Planning for future is top priority
Ensuring that the Menlo Park Fire Protection District "has the necessary financial, leadership and property resources needed to provide superior services in the future" was unanimously chosen by the district's board as its top priority at the April 3 board meeting. Director Peter Carpenter said he wants to make sure that the board, in addition to keeping the district financially secure, does other things -- including adding to budget reserves and acquiring property -- to ensure that "we don't leave future generations of boards of directors in the hole with respect to not paying our way as we went along.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 1:10:33 PM - SOURCE: Menlo Park Almanac
Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:10:33 GMT

California wildfires linked to heart problems, study shows
Last year’s busy wildfire season was an all-too-close reminder that smoky skies can cause coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing. As it turns out, though, the health issues don’t end there. One of the most comprehensive studies yet on the impacts of wildfire smoke in California, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that heart problems are as much a concern as respiratory problems, perhaps even more so.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Arson suspect in custody after lighting his jacket on fire, locking himself inside Van Nuys Denny's bathroom
An arson suspect was taken into custody Wednesday after he climbed a tree to evade police and then locked himself in a Van Nuys Denny's bathroom, police said. According to Los Angeles police, officers responded to the Airtel Hotel just east of the Van Nuys Airport shortly before 4:30 a.m. regarding an arson suspect.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 11:10:36 AM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:10:36 GMT

Dog, two cats perish in Linda Vista house fire
Two cats and a dog died in a house fire in Linda Vista on Thursday morning, a blaze that good Samaritans tried to douse as firefighters headed to the scene. The fire in the home on Goodwin Street near Wes Drescher Street was reported shortly after 9 a.m., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatch logs.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2018 10:46:06 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Posted on Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:46:06 GMT

Julian Fire District Takes First Step Toward Dissolution
The Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District voted 3-1 to file an application to dissolve Tuesday, marking its first official step in the dissolution process. The board of director's vote comes a little over two months after a 4-1 vote to remain independent was returned in January. Divided on the issue are the district's board members who are wary of its lack of funding support from the county, and its volunteer firefighters and the community they serve who think they will be overlooked and abandoned by the county fire authority.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 6:47:08 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 01:47:08 GMT

Families Rush Out of Burning North Hollywood Apartment After Good Samaritans' Warning
Families and tenants rushed out of an apartment complex early Wednesday after two good Samaritans frantically warned everyone that the structure was on fire. The good Samaritans pounded on front doors at 1:15 a.m. to alert sleeping neighbors of the blaze. A 57-year-old man suffered burn injuries and a 30-year-old woman was hospitalized with smoke inhalation following a raging fire that scorched a two-story North Hollywood apartment.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2018 5:23:25 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:23:25 GMT

Firefighters' union claims staffing cut, Kern County Chief says working to fix
A Facebook post published by the Kern County Firefighters Monday evening stated "Did you know that your Kern County Fire Department may not be able to staff FIRE HANDCREWS this fire season (2018)?" As of Tuesday evening, it was shared more than 550 times. President Derek Robinson shared a screenshot with 23ABC of an email from a battalion chief last Thursday reading "There is no funding for crew 7, 10, 11 and P-79 this summer.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 8:15:06 PM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 03:15:06 GMT

Update: Meadow fire northwest of Lake Mathews fully contained
A small brush fire that ignited Monday night in the hills northwest of Lake Mathews has been fully contained, and firefighters have cleared the location, CalFire officials reported Tuesday morning. The fire consumed nearly 21 acres. Initial multiple reports came in at 6:18 p.m. Monday about a fire burning in light grass south of the 16000 block of Village Meadow Drive.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 5:22:15 PM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:22:15 GMT

ATF re-certifies dozens of arson dogs in San Diego
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is in town re-certifying dozens of its arson dogs in accelerant detection - and one of them works here in San Diego. When fire rips through a property, it takes a special type of law enforcement officer to sniff out what may have started it. "She amazes me every time we work," said San Diego Fire Arson Investigator Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 7:59:46 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018 02:59:46 GMT

Monday proclaimed 'Fire Chief Brian Fennessy Day' in honor of 18-year veteran of the San Diego Fire- Rescue Dept.
The City Council proclaimed Monday as "Fire Chief Brian Fennessy Day," in honor of the 18-year veteran of the San Diego Fire- Rescue Department, who is leaving to head up the Orange County Fire Authority. Fennessy served through all ranks of the SDFD before being appointed chief in 2015. In his new job, he'll lead a department that protects more than 1.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 8:05:34 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Posted on Tue, 10 Apr 2018 03:05:34 GMT

Former San Francisco firefighter gets probation after alleged on-duty drunken crash
The long-tangled case against a San Francisco firefighter accused of drunkenly plowing his fire rig into a motorcyclist in the city’s South of Market neighborhood — only to then run to a nearby bar to chug water — ended in a guilty plea on a significantly lesser charge, prosecutors said Monday. Michael Quinn, who resigned from the San Francisco Fire Department after the 2013 crash, pleaded guilty Friday to one misdemeanor count of delaying an arrest and was sentenced to two years probation, bringing an end to an unusual saga.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 6:45:58 PM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Tue, 10 Apr 2018 01:45:58 GMT

Los Angeles County Fire Station 104 apparatus to temporarily relocate to Fire Station 150
Services out of Fire Station 104, which closed Monday, will be temporarily relocated to Fire Station 150 while a permanent Sheriff’s Station is built in the same spot, officials said Monday. Fire Station No. 104 will get a new permanent home on Golden Valley Road and Newhall Avenue, down the road from the old one.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 6:17:48 PM - SOURCE: Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Posted on Tue, 10 Apr 2018 01:17:48 GMT

Hemet’s fire chief back on duty after leave
Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown is back on duty after he was placed on administrative leave March 27. Brown was back at work Monday morning, April 9, but it’s still unclear exactly why he was put on paid leave. Both he and City Manager Allen Parker said he did nothing wrong. “This was not punitive,” Brown said by phone Monday.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 11:46:24 AM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:46:24 GMT

Brush fire burns northwest of Lake Mathews
Riverside County firefighters Monday night worked to contain a brush fire that grew to 20.7 acres in the hills northwest of Lake Mathews, according to Cal Fire. Initial multiple reports came in at 6:18 p.m. Monday about a fire burning in light grass south of the 16000 block of Village Meadow Drive. The fire, dubbed the Meadow fire, was being held by a road and was 60 percent contained by about 10:35 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 7:59:36 PM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:59:36 GMT

San Luis Obispo City firefighters shave heads for local girl fighting cancer
One very special cancer fighter on the Central Coast now has her own squad of firefighters in her corner. Firefighters from San Luis Obispo City Fire engine three are now sporting cool new hairdos in support of Claire Noland. At just six-years-old, Claire is fighting stage four lymphoma. The community has been rallying behind her and her family since she was diagnosed with cancer in February.
- PUB DATE: 4/10/2018 4:54:31 AM - SOURCE: KSBY-TV San Luis Obispo
Posted on Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:54:31 GMT

Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance crashes in Westlake after being stolen in downtown
A Los Angeles Fire Department ambulance was involved in a crash in the Westlake District after it was stolen early Sunday morning, authorities said. Firefighter-paramedics were assisting a patient in downtown about 3:25 a.m. when the unoccupied vehicle was taken, according to the LAFD. The subsequent crash occurred near MacArthur Park, after which the ambulance was located by police, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2018 10:49:25 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 08 Apr 2018 17:49:25 GMT

A Nasty dispute between La Verne firefighters and the city has gotten nastier and costlier
Firefighters best known for passing out candy to children at Christmas are embroiled in a battle with the city of La Verne and their department’s management. The feud is so fierce, it’s resulted in two lawsuits and has prompted the cash-strapped city to spend money on an outside lawyer. La Verne Firefighters’ Association, Local 3624 alleges Fire Chief Peter Jankowski has targeted union members in retaliation for supporting the mayor’s opponent during the 2017 campaign.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2018 4:20:09 PM - SOURCE: Whittier Daily News
Posted on Sat, 07 Apr 2018 23:20:09 GMT

Two people rescued after being stuck at the top of Sky Screamer in San Bernardino County
Two people were rescued after they got stuck at the top of the Sky Screamer ride at Scandia Family Fun Center Sunday evening. Members of the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to the amusement park on Mariposa Road at approximately 9:24 p.m. after a 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy were reported to be stuck at the highest point of the ride.
- PUB DATE: 4/9/2018 9:25:27 AM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:25:27 GMT

4 Injured in Possible Gas Explosion at Torrance Apartment Complex: Fire Officials
Four people were injured in an explosion at an apartment building in Torrance Sunday afternoon, officials said. The incident was reported around 1:15 p.m. on the 23500 block of Anza Avenue, just north of the Pacific Coast Highway, Assistant Torrance Fire Chief Robert Millea said. It appeared it was a gas explosion, but a hazardous materials team was on scene Sunday afternoon working to determine exactly what occurred.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2018 3:44:56 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Posted on Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:44:56 GMT

Weekend camp in Los Angeles attracts teenage girls interested in becoming firefighters
Standing on a stretch of sidewalk just outside of a Los Angeles Fire Department recruit training facility in Panorama City, Italia Lagunas, a certified nurse’s assistant from North Hills, watched as her two daughters did push-ups, jumping jacks and squats in formation with dozens of other teenagers. The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is overwhelmingly male.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2018 5:46:15 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Sun, 08 Apr 2018 00:46:15 GMT

Class of 16 San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Firefighters Graduating from Paramedic Training
Sixteen SDFD firefighters who spent nearly eight months receiving instruction and performing in classroom, lab, clinical and field internship environments are graduating from the only fire department-based paramedic training institute in California, according to city officials. The first class of the Paramedic Training Institute — created by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department — will graduate 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/8/2018 3:08:18 PM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Posted on Sun, 08 Apr 2018 22:08:18 GMT

Explosive devices detonated at Sam's Club in Ontario; suspect in custody after brief chase
A 49-year-old man was taken into custody after two small explosive devices were detonated Thursday afternoon inside a Sam's Club in Ontario, authorities said. According to an Ontario Police Department spokesperson, the incident was initially reported at 2:08 p.m. as a structure fire after the caller heard a "popping sound" on aisle 4 of the warehouse store in the 900 block of Milliken Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 8:07:58 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 06 Apr 2018 03:07:58 GMT

Hemet Fire Department Measure U funding closing firefighter and rescue services staffing gap
The Hemet Fire Department, with the help of the residents' passage of Measure U, is nearing full staffing at its five fire stations with two captain vacancies being filled in May and five firefighter-paramedics expected to begin their academy training in June, Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown said. Brown and retired Police Chief Dave Brown in continuing reports before the city council have praised the city residents and council for their efforts in getting the Measure U one cent sales tax measure passed and the benefit it continues to bring to residents.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 1:04:17 PM - SOURCE: Temecula Valley News
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:04:17 GMT

Several firefighters, helicopter pilots honored at Valor Ceremony in Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department hosted a Valor Ceremony honoring several firefighters and helicopter pilots for their heroic efforts during the Whittier Fire and the January 9 mudslides in Montecito Thursday. According to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Fire Chief Eric L. Peterson presented two Certificates of Valor and seven Medals of Valor to nine individuals who performed heroically, above and beyond the line of duty.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 7:16:46 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Fri, 06 Apr 2018 02:16:46 GMT

Two-Alarm Fire Damages Historic Building in Woodland
Authorities are investigating the cause of a two-alarm fire at a historic building in Woodland. Around 3:30 a.m. Thursday, fire crews responded to the report of flames at the Lions Clubhouse on Lincoln Avenue. The Lions Clubhouse -- built in the late 1800s -- was often rented out by community members for various events like weddings and birthdays.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 11:46:22 AM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:46:22 GMT

Academy fires up former Rosie’s restaurant location in Yucaipa
Crafton Hills College Fire Academy was burning up an opportunity they haven’t had for a generation this week. For the first time in more than 20 years the class conducted live fire training burns in an acquired structure. Environmental issues and asbestos have made finding buildings for live training rare, but the former location of a restaurant called Rosie’s had just what the academy needed.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 4:33:12 PM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 23:33:12 GMT

Late-night blaze engulfs strip mall in downtown Victorville
Firefighters responded to a late-night blaze that ripped through a single-story commercial building here. San Bernardino County firefighters responded to a fire at approximately 10:50 p.m. Thursday at a vacant, three-unit strip mall in the 14000 block of St. Andrews Drive in Victorville. Two truck companies, four engines, one medic squad and 22 personnel responded to the incident, which was brought under control in approximately 22 minutes, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 7:37:42 AM - SOURCE: Victorville Daily Press
Posted on Fri, 06 Apr 2018 14:37:42 GMT

Fremont firefighters provide gift for elderly man they rescued from well
The Fremont firefighters who rescued a 92-year-old man from a well 10 days ago were back at his house Wednesday. But this time, they came on their day off to help rebuild the century-old pump house where the floor had given way. For one day, these Fremont firefighters put down their hoses and picked up some tools.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 7:50:24 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 02:50:24 GMT

Knowing the location of oil seeps could help Kern County firefighters stop the spread of wildfires
Geologist Gregg Wilkerson has been searching for oil seeps, which he says could prove resourceful for firefighters. "Oil seeps are naturally when oil seeps to the surface either along faults or bedding plains in the rocks. The oil makes its way up those zones of weakness and are exposed to the surface," said Wilkerson.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 7:14:11 PM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 02:14:11 GMT

Ghost Ship defendant attorneys file motion to dismiss; cite destroyed evidence
The attorneys for Ghost Ship defendant Derick Almena filed a motion to dismiss his 36 counts of manslaughter for the deadly 2016 fire, citing that even experts do not know the cause of the fire. “If the origin and cause of the fire is unknown, how can defendants defend themselves?” wrote attorneys Tony Serra and Brian Getz in the motion filed Tuesday .
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 6:27:31 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 01:27:31 GMT

Fresno firefighter claims harassment, was shown whistleblower 'murder' video, suit says
An African American firefighter is suing Fresno Fire Department and several top fire officials on claims of discrimination, retaliation and harassment. David Phillips-Kerley, who has worked for the department since 2004, says in the 45-page lawsuit that he was disciplined for filing a hostile work environment complaint, according to the suit filed last week in U.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Santa Barbara man falls 60-70 feet down abandoned well
Santa Barbara-area fire personnel rescued a man who fell 60 to 70 feet down an abandoned well Wednesday afternoon, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The County Fire Department, Santa Barbara City Fire Department and their Urban Search and Rescue Teams responded to the 2600 block of Puesta Del Sol Road in the Mission Canyon area, near the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, about 3:10 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 6:19:21 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 01:19:21 GMT

LA’s former assistant fire chief was paid $1.4 million last year, topping city’s list of highest-paid retirees
Former high-level Los Angeles city employees continued to rake in high pension payouts in 2017, with a former assistant fire chief topping the list with his $1.38 million pension earning, according to data released this week by Transparent California. The assistant fire chief, Donald Frazeur, was paid a lump sum of $1,171,994 in addition to his normal $212,730 annual pension because he took advantage of a program known as the deferred retirement option plan, or DROP, according to Transparent California.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 8:00:23 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018 15:00:23 GMT

San Francisco firefighters say Supervisor Peskin “intoxicated” at big North Beach fire
San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin was “clearly out of control” and appeared to be intoxicated the night he ripped into fire officials at the scene of a four-alarm blaze in North Beach, according to internal memos by the commanding officer and others at the scene. On Tuesday, Peskin denied the allegation.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 8:06:27 PM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (
Posted on Wed, 04 Apr 2018 03:06:27 GMT

Agreement Developed For Ventura County To Provide Fire Protection Services For City Of Santa Paula
Ventura County and Santa Paula have come up with a draft proposal for the county to take over fire protection services for the city. The city has been looking at ways to assure the long term viability of fire protection for the city, with city officials concerned about personnel costs and needed infrastructure improvements.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 4:11:27 PM - SOURCE: KCLU-FM & AM California Lutheran University
Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:11:27 GMT

Flames engulf commercial structure in Panorama City
A commercial structure in Panorama City was engulfed in flames on Tuesday. The blaze was reported shortly before 1 p.m. at 13704 Saticoy Street. Flames were seen shooting through the roof of the structure. The Los Angeles Fire Department said the building appeared vacant. Approximately 100 firefighters worked quickly to knock down the inferno within 37 minutes, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7
Posted on Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Hemet fire chief placed on administrative leave
Hemet Fire Chief Scott Brown was reported to have been placed on paid administrative leave after the Hemet City Council meeting Tuesday, March 27, with Battalion Chief Kevin Kuhlman being named as interim chief, according to the Hemet City manager's office. There was no immediate reason given with all references to the report being referred to Hemet City Manager Allan Parker, who was in a closed meeting at the Hemet City Hall early Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 1:46:41 PM - SOURCE: Temecula Valley News
Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018 20:46:41 GMT

Ventura County firefighters start, end careers together
On the same day in June 1980, Phil Hadley and Terry Lamb were hired to work the hand crew of the Ventura County Fire Department. Last week, the two retired together, ending their final shifts at 8 a.m. Thursday in Simi Valley. Both are 55. “It’s a blessing working with your best friend each day,” Hadley said Wednesday, hours before the end of their last shift.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Wed, 04 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters free girls hand that got stuck in Brea Mall escalator
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life and a reciprocating saw on Tuesday, April 3, to free a 5 –year-old girl’s hand that got stuck in an escalator at Brea Mall. Her hand became trapped shortly before 11:15 a.m. in the escalator’s railing outside of Sears, Fullerton-Brea Fire Department Division Chief Kathy Schaefer said.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 4:12:39 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018 23:12:39 GMT

San Bernardino County Fire Department video shows what it's like to battle a house fire
VIDEO: A dramatic body camera video posted on Facebook by the San Bernardino County Fire Department shows a firefighter’s view as he and a partner enter a burning house in Victorville and douse flames as they move through burning rooms. There were no injuries from the March 25 fire at the family home in the 14000 block of Coalinga Road.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 5:20:27 PM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun
Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:20:27 GMT

Follow Up: Inside the frantic search for the 13-year-old boy lost deep in L.A. waterworks
As the hours ticked past, it became less and less likely that the teenage boy would be found alive. On Easter Sunday, Jesse Hernandez, 13, plunged into the maze of sewage pipes beneath Griffith Park and was lost in a toxic area so hazardous that rescuers could not lower themselves down to look for him.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 5:46:56 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018 12:46:56 GMT

Stockton airport's triennial exercise helps prepare local agencies for emergency situations
Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, an armed man walked into the lobby at Stockton Metropolitan Airport and began firing, wounding or killing multiple staff and customers. He then walked into the airport departure terminal and took hostages while wounding or killing several more people. San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded within minutes, storming through the airport to detain the shooter and tend to his victims.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 6:31:17 PM - SOURCE: Stockton Record
Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:31:17 GMT

2 killed when homebuilt plane crashes into storage container near Santa Paula, authorities say
Two people on board a homebuilt plane were killed Saturday afternoon when the aircraft crashed into a storage container in the Santa Paula area, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The incident was reported at 2:11 p.m. on a property in a wooded area in the 17800 block of S. Mountain Road, just outside the city limits of Santa Paula, Ventura County fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 3:06:10 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 22:06:10 GMT

15 year sentence imposed on former Cal Fire firefighter
A former Cal Fire firefighter was sentenced to 15 years and four months in prison Monday on charges of raping an acquaintance. Jake Schlegel, 35, of Sonora, pleaded guilty last month after reaching a plea agreement with the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office. At that hearing, District Attorney Laura Krieg said Schlegel entered a Main Street Jamestown residence and forcibly raped an unconscious female victim, who awoke during the assault.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 8:31:48 PM - SOURCE: Sonora Union Democrat
Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018 03:31:48 GMT

Horse Rescued From Santa Clara County Drainage Ditch ‘Doing Fine’
A horse rescued by multiple fire crews on Sunday night in unincorporated Santa Clara County is doing just fine, the owner told county fire officials. A call to Cal Fire around 6 p.m. from someone at Indian Hills Ranch just outside Milpitas alerted responders that the animal was stuck upside down in a drainage ditch, according to Santa Clara County Fire Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 12:50:16 PM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:50:16 GMT

Los Angeles firefighters find 13-year-old boy alive after extensive search of sewage pipe
More than 12 hours of painstaking and methodical searching paid off for firefighters today when they found a 13-year-old boy who fell 25 feet into a sewage pipe in Griffith Park “alive and talking.” Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott made the announcement at 5:41 a.m. “We have found Jesse Hernandez,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Embattled Oakland fire marshal criticized over deadly Ghost Ship fire resigns
After more than a year of intense criticism following two deadly fires, Oakland Fire Marshal Miguel Trujillo resigned Friday, marking another major shift at the top of the city’s embattled fire department. Trujillo is leaving to become the fire marshal for the Gilroy Fire Department, city spokeswoman Karen Boyd said Friday.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Injured hiker airlifted from park by Orange County Fire Authority crew
A 20-year-old woman who fell and injured her leg while hiking Sunday with some friends in the Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park was airlifted to a hospital by firefighters, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The rescue on Car Wreck Trail took place about 11 a.m., OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi told City News Service.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 5:21:15 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:21:15 GMT

Palo Alto Deputy Fire Chief Catherine Capriles steps down
After more than two decades of service, Palo Alto Fire Deputy Chief Catherine Capriles concluded her career with the city Friday. Capriles joined the city in 1994 and gradually climbed up the management ladder, becoming a captain in 2007 and a deputy chief in 2012. Over the last two years, she has been embroiled in a legal dispute with the city after Fire Chief Eric Nickel suspended her for taking a department firetruck to Mountain View, where she lives, reportedly without proper authorization.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2018 4:23:03 PM - SOURCE: Palo Alto Weekly
Posted on Sun, 01 Apr 2018 23:23:03 GMT

Imperial County Board of Supervisors Appoint Alfredo Estrada as New Fire Chief
On March 27, 2018, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Alfredo Estrada as the Imperial County Fire Chief / Office of Emergency Services Coordinator. A native of El Centro, Chief Estrada will oversee the safety of approximately 4,600 square miles that incorporate Imperial County including special contracts with Brawley, Holtville, Imperial, Westmorland and Salton Sea Community Service area.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 5:34:20 AM - SOURCE: Imperial County
Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:34:20 GMT

Update: Mendocino County crash that killed Hart family may have been intentional, authorities say
The car crash off a California cliff presumed to have killed all eight members of a family from Washington state — including a teenage boy who gained attention in a viral photo — appears to be no accident, authorities said Sunday. The crash one week ago in Mendocino County may have been intentional based on the absence of skid marks, data from air bag controllers and other information, the California Highway Patrol said.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC News
Posted on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Orange County Fire Authority broke protocol in small, delayed Canyon 2 fire response, probe finds
The Orange County Fire Authority broke department protocols in its response to the Canyon 2 Fire by not deploying enough equipment after receiving early reports of flames, an independent investigation has determined. The report bolsters concerns that a bungled response might have allowed a small blaze to grow into the county’s most destructive wildfire in at least a decade.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Fri, 30 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Paso Robles: New fire chief is a fourth-generation North County resident
The city of Paso Robles announced Thursday that it has a new fire chief. Jonathan Stornetta, a fourth-generation resident of the North County who has served as interim chief since October, will take over as the permanent head of Paso's Emergency Services Department, the city said in a news release. Stornetta joined the Fire Department in 2001 as a firefighter and paramedic, the city said.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2018 6:38:43 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
Posted on Fri, 30 Mar 2018 01:38:43 GMT

Three-alarm fire at San Mateo apartment complex displaces 40 residents
Forty people were displaced from their apartments Thursday night after a three-alarm fire ignited in the four-story complex, according to authorities. About 60 San Mateo firefighters responded to the fire, which was reported at 10 p.m. at the Woodlake apartments, a 36-unit complex at 802 North Delaware Street.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2018 10:37:10 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:37:10 GMT

Update: Inland Empire Man Arrested, Charged With Setting Fire to Joshua Tree Landmark
A Twentynine Palms man accused of setting an arson fire at Joshua Tree National Park in California that damaged a historical landmark was charged in federal court, according to the Department of Justice. George William Graham, 26, appeared in court Wednesday after he was suspected of setting a blaze that damaged the Oasis of Mara.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2018 8:08:44 PM - SOURCE: San Mateo Daily Journal
Posted on Fri, 30 Mar 2018 03:08:44 GMT

Redding Fire Department holds annual awards and recognition ceremony
Several firefighters were honored during the annual Redding Fire Department Awards and Recognition Ceremony, Thursday morning. Firefighters received awards for their years of service, reclassification's, community service, and one very special firefighter was named firefighter of the year. Chosen by his fellow firefighters, Mike Ham was named firefighter of the year for his outstanding commitment to his job and his community.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2018 5:56:45 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:56:45 GMT

Family of eight likely dead in plunge off Mendocino Coast cliff
A deadly crash on the rugged Mendocino Coast this week now appears likely to have killed a family of eight — two Washington state women and their six children, though only three of the youngsters’ bodies had been recovered by Wednesday night. Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said there was still a chance the three siblings escaped the grim scene discovered Monday afternoon on a rocky shoreline north of Westport and were staying with friends or other family.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 8:48:46 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:48:46 GMT

Manhattan Beach fire chief retires amid controversy with union
Three weeks after Manhattan Beach firefighters publicly aired grievances about Fire Chief Robert Espinosa at a City Council meeting, the embattled chief has announced his retirement effective April 28. “A city should never be in a position where the community is asked to choose between its fire chief and their firefighters,” Espinosa wrote in his resignation letter.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 10:27:01 PM - SOURCE: Torrance Daily Breeze
Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2018 05:27:01 GMT

2 injured when car hits fire truck in downtown Los Angeles
Two people were injured after a car collided with a parked fire truck in downtown Los Angeles, officials said. The incident happened around 4:20 p.m. in the 500 block of East 7th Street. The fire truck was parked at an incident when a vehicle crashed into it, officials said. A man and woman, both in their 40s, were injured and transported to a local hospital.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 5:23:25 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:23:25 GMT

Menlo Park firefighters test mask that lets them see through smoke
Firefighters at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District have been testing a high tech tool that could help them, and the people they rescue, get out of a burning building more quickly. Like something straight out of an action movie, it's a firefighting mask with two green glowing eyes that one firefighter said turns heroes into superheroes -- by letting them see through thick smoke to find and rescue victims more quickly.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 8:57:58 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2018 03:57:58 GMT

San Diego County to fund Palomar Mountain Fire Station $1.8 million remodel
Palomar Mountain Fire Station will soon be getting a $1.8 million remodel that will include permanent living quarters to house four to six firefighters and other improvements. San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to amend a 50-year lease with the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department to allow for construction, demolition and reconfiguring of the property, and then send the project out to bid.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2018 2:30:51 AM - SOURCE: Ramona Sentinel
Posted on Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:30:51 GMT

Riverside firefighters knock down house fire after struggling to reach it
After some difficulty reaching it, Riverside firefighters put out a fire that mostly destroyed the interior of a single-family home and left an adult resident and a dog displaced, the Fire Department said Wednesday, March 28. The fire was reported just before 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, in the area of Jones and Arlington avenues.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 12:55:31 PM - SOURCE: Riverside Press-Enterprise
Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:55:31 GMT

Blaze on Santa Cruz Island grows to 250 acres
A wildfire burning on Santa Cruz Island had consumed 250 acres as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to National Parks Service spokeswoman Yvonne Menard. The wind-driven incident was first reported around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and spread about 100 acres in a matter of hours. Menard said the blaze was primarily burning vegetation as of Wednesday morning and was threatening no structures.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 9:26:17 PM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:26:17 GMT

Cal Fire trains Monterey County agencies in new firefighting technique
Hazards post a problem for firefighters. Mountainous terrain stops trucks from getting close, and California's drought is a challenge, more than just dry conditions. "Generally the helicopter is going to use a water source, like a pond, to pull out of, but due to drought conditions, water supply is limited.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 6:55:05 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 01:55:05 GMT

Dirty bomb 'hits' Sacramento Sleep Train Arena for training exercise
Victims of a terrorist attack call for help while they wait in the radioactive Sleep Train Arena, former home of the Sacramento Kings. The victims were those who lost their homes and were being sheltered after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the city. It wasn’t real. But it might have been. At least that was the premise of the simulated, disaster training exercise.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 7:44:00 PM - SOURCE: Vacaville Reporter
Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 02:44:00 GMT

AlertTahoe fire cameras stopped 50 fires in Lake Tahoe
In recent years, a program combining innovative technology with on the ground firefighting efforts has helped prevent more than 50 fires. Known as AlertTahoe, the program consists of a system of networked sensors designed to protect the Lake Tahoe Basin from catastrophic wildfires, earthquake and other natural hazards.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 6:41:49 AM - SOURCE: Tahoe Daily Tribune
Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:41:49 GMT

Suspected arson fire damages landmark at Joshua Tree
A suspected arson fire at Joshua Tree National Park in California has damaged a historical landmark. The fire that broke out late Monday damaged the Oasis of Mara, a site settled by Native Americans who planted the 29 palm trees that inspired the name of the nearby city Twentynine Palms, according to the National Park Service.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 4:47:48 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Tue, 27 Mar 2018 23:47:48 GMT

Fire Chief: East Contra Costa Fires Critical Infrastructure Update and Next Steps
Over the past year, the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) has worked on assuring that we are sustainable, operationally sound, and living within our means. Today, approximately one year into the District’s reorganization, we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor. We have been able to stabilize the District’s staff retention challenges and have started to define better administrative and operational processes.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 6:44:11 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 13:44:11 GMT

1 Dead After Motor Home Goes Up in Flames in Oceanside Walmart Parking Lot
Firefighters are working to determine what caused a deadly motor home fire at a parking lot in Oceanside overnight. The fire erupted at about 1:10 a.m. in the parking lot of a Walmart store on Marron Road, just south of State Route 78, Oceanside Fire Department (OFD) Battalion Chief Greg deAvila said.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 6:57:52 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Posted on Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:57:52 GMT

Comptche Fire Chief Larry Tunzi retires
Way back in 1980, the year Ronald Reagan was first elected U.S. president, a young man named Larry Tunzi joined the Comptche Volunteer Fire Department. Just 21 years old at the time, Tunzi has served in the department continuously since then, working his way up through the ranks as a firefighter, EMT, department secretary and first assistant chief.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2018 3:57:08 PM - SOURCE: Ukiah Daily Journal
Posted on Mon, 26 Mar 2018 22:57:08 GMT

San Diego adding wildfire prevention policies to development blueprint
San Diego is adding policies aimed at preventing massive wildfires to the city’s blueprint for future development, which is referred to as a general plan. The policies, which will constitute a new wildfire planning section of the plan, cover everything from brush management guidelines to the use of fire-resistant building materials in dangerous areas.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2018 5:20:16 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:20:16 GMT



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