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Darin White named Oakland’s new fire chief
Longtime Oakland firefighter Darin White was named fire chief Thursday, the city’s second choice after a Los Angeles candidate turned down the job over a contract dispute. White, who has spent 20 of his 30-year career in Oakland, will lead a beleaguered department recovering from the Ghost Ship blaze, the deadliest structure fire in modern California history that uncovered failures to properly inspect commercial and multi-unit residential buildings.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 1:47:36 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:47:36 GMT



San Diego's apple pie community makes controversial move to reject firefighting resources
The fire district in San Diego's sweetest tourist destination is rejecting a request to join the County Fire Authority, which some say is a potentially life-threatening decision. Despite repeated recommendations from high-ranking county officials, the tiny apple pie-loving community of Julian has decided to rely on its all-volunteer firefighting crew to respond to any and all emergency medical calls and structure fires within the town.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 7:30:24 PM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 02:30:24 GMT



VIDEO: Hurricane-like ‘Firenado’ may have fueled destructive North Bay Firestorm, flipped cars over
KRON4 is taking a closer look Thursday night on those North Bay Fires and examining how it was they became so destructive so fast. Some experts are saying the blazes acted like a hurricane, but instead of water, it was fire swirling around, causing widespread damage. When the fire hit at Coffey Park, it was whipping around erratically.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 6:06:40 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 01:06:40 GMT



Oakland firefighter improvises to save Wine Country homes, farm animals
Back from fighting a wildfire on the Oregon border and coordinating rescue missions in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, Chris Landry got a 60-hour break from humanitarian disasters before a new one crawled up to his Glen Ellen doorstep. Without a truck or fire hose, the Oakland Fire Department captain used a shovel, water from a nearby creek and two 3,000-gallon tanks, and a tractor — until its hydraulic line melted — to smother the Nuns Fire when it tore through the Sonoma Valley the night of Oct.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Calif. Fires Cause $1 Billion in Damage, Burn 7,000 Buildings
The wildfires that have devastated California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities raised the number of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000. Both numbers were expected to rise as crews continue assessing areas scorched by the blazes that killed 42 people.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 5:50:57 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:50:57 GMT



Moraga-Orinda Fire District to add firefighters, but no full-time ambulance for Orinda
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District accepted a federal grant in September that will allow the district to add four firefighters over three years, but the district will not use the funds to restore a full-time, dedicated ambulance to Fire Station 45 in Orinda. The $1.4 million Staffing for Adequate Firefighter and Emergency Response grant, authored by Interim Fire Chief Jerry Lee, covers 75 percent of the costs for years one and two and 35 percent for year three for the additional firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Posted on Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



First responders in Sonoma County rushed to save lives as their own homes were burning
Assistant Santa Rosa Fire Marshal Paul Lowenthal was in what sounded like a hailstorm of embers and ash that battered his truck as he tried to find a way through the fire burning above the city. He’d been dispatched to St. Helena the night of Oct. 8 to help manage a Napa County wildfire that started near Tubbs Lane just north of Calistoga.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 9:03:10 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat
Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:03:10 GMT



Firefighters lacked water-dropping aircraft in first hours of wildfires in wine country
In the first critical hours of the wildfires that swept through wine country this month, firefighters struggled to defend homes without the help of water-dropping aircraft. Fire officials said there were no helicopters or planes capable of slowing the fast-moving fires the night of Sunday, Oct. 8, as flames swept into Sonoma and Napa county neighborhoods, eventually destroying more than 5,000 structures and killing more than 40 people.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Solano County Supervisors appropriate $1.5M to cover costs incurred in Atlas fire
The Solano County Board of Supervisors unanimously decided Tuesday to ratify a proclamation of local emergency and approved appropriating the use of $1.5 million to cover an estimate in expenses, the result of the Atlas Peak Fire. The fires, particularly the Atlas Peak Fire, started Oct. 8 in Napa County and then spread to Solano County, and remains an active fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 7:48:19 PM - SOURCE: Vacaville Reporter
Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:48:19 GMT



Couple Who Lost Home in North Bay Fires Files Suit Against PG&E
A couple whose Coffey Park home burned down in the deadly North Bay fires said Wednesday they filed the first lawsuit alleging PG&E is responsible for their loss to find out the truth about what happened. The suit, filed by Wayne and Jennifer Harvell late Tuesday, comes as PG&E acknowledged Monday it told regulators about eight equipment failures related to the North Bay fires.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 5:19:36 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:19:36 GMT



Charred body found near scene of Mount Wilson fire
A charred body was discovered on Mount Wilson by a search and rescue team looking for a missing 18-year-old who may have been in the area around the time of the recent fire. The burned body, which has yet to be identified, was found by a Montrose search team on the side of the road around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 9:19:23 AM - SOURCE: ABC 7
Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:19:23 GMT



Santa Cruz Mountains wildfire: Containment doubles, some evacuations lifted
Containment of the 320-acre wildfire burning in the Santa Cruz mountains doubled overnight, from 15 to 30 percent, and firefighters may get additional help late Thursday with rain in the forecast. The overnight improvement announced Thursday morning by Cal Fire also resulted in some evacuation orders being lifted for the Bear Fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 8:10:36 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:10:36 GMT



Sixth firefighter injured battling blaze in Santa Cruz Mountains
A sixth firefighter was injured Wednesday morning while battling a wildfire burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains east of Boulder Creek, which so far has destroyed four structures and threatened about 150 homes. As of Wednesday morning, containment of the Bear Fire doubled from 5 to 10 percent, and Cal Fire officials said they expect that number to increase as the day progresses.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 8:52:26 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:52:26 GMT



Update: Officials identify firefighter who died in Napa County crash
Napa County officials have identified the victim of a fire-related water tender crash Monday as a volunteer firefighter from Missouri named Garrett Paiz. Paiz, 38, died Monday morning while trying to negotiate winding Oakville Grade into Napa County in the dark of Monday morning. The CHP said he was on his way to refill a large water tanker being used to battle the Nuns fire, which has spread north from Sonoma County into neighboring Napa County.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 4:59:06 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:59:06 GMT



1 dead, 2 critically injured in Oakland house fire
One person has died and two others were critically injured in a house fire that broke out in Oakland Tuesday night. The fire happened at a home in the Lakeshore neighborhood around 11:00 p.m. According to fire officials, four adults and two children lived inside the home on Calmar Avenue. When crews arrived, they found two people suffering from smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 9:16:37 AM - SOURCE: KRON4
Posted on Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:16:37 GMT



Yuba County’s Cascade Fire bore similar hallmarks to Wine Country fires
As Cal Fire continues its investigation into whether the deadly Wine Country fires were caused by downed power lines, another Northern California blaze has similar hallmarks. The Cascade Fire near Marysville in Yuba started the night of Oct. 8 during a high wind event, and fire dispatches and officials indicate wires were toppling around the same time that multiple vegetation fires ignited.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 7:39:40 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Wed, 18 Oct 2017 02:39:40 GMT



Dramatic video captures CHP officers putting out fire at Cuesta Grade
It's not their normal call of duty but when two San Luis Obispo County CHP officers saw a fire on Cuesta Grade getting out of control, they stepped in to fight it. "We jumped out with an extinguisher and shovel and just started trying to do the best we could," CHP officer Jason Butler said. This would sound pretty normal - if these were firefighters - not a couple CHP officers.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 8:02:52 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Wed, 18 Oct 2017 03:02:52 GMT



Fire erupts at Chevron refinery in El Segundo
Firefighters battled massive flames raging near storage tanks at the Chevron refinery in El Segundo, which sent thick black clouds of smoke into the air. With multiple fire agencies responding to the scene, firefighters used massive quantities of water and foam to make quick work of the flames, extinguishing them in less than an hour.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 1:49:11 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:49:11 GMT



Santa Rosa's devastated Coffey Park neighborhood was exempt from fire rules
Coffey Park was built on city streets, not forested country lanes. The Santa Rosa neighborhood was a planned development laid out on a typical grid with sidewalks and landscaped yards. The fire hazard zone shown on city and state maps was to the north and east, on the other side of the 101 Freeway. Yet when the Tubbs fire swept down the mountain, Coffey Park proved defenseless in its path.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Press Democrat
Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



North Bay firefighters report drone interference
Firefighting teams trying to tamp down the still-active fires in the California Wine County have a message for any would-be drone operators hoping to capture video of the disaster from the air: Don’t even think about it. As fire crews continue their battle to contain the blazes, the California Highway Patrol has made it clear that amateur operators pose a serious threat to the firefighting efforts.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 9:06:26 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:06:26 GMT



Pasadena Fire Department Report Concludes: Six of Eight City Fire Stations Do Not Meet Current Building Codes
Six of the Pasadena Fire Department’s eight fire stations in the City do not conform with current California building codes, a preliminary report by the fire department shows. The report is agendized to be presented to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee when it meets Wednesday after a series of cancellations.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 8:15:21 PM - SOURCE: Pasadena Now
Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:15:21 GMT



Crews rescue worker who fell into trench in Ventura
A worker was rescued Monday after falling into a trench in Ventura, authorities said. Crews with the county and city of Ventura fire departments responded to the incident at 4:05 p.m. in the 100 block of South Wells Road. The 38-year-old subcontractor was finishing work at a housing tract under development next to Wells Road when he fell into a 10-feet deep electrical utility trench, according to the city of Ventura Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Authorities search for inmate firefighter who walked away from Canyon Fire 2 assignment
Authorities are searching for a prisoner suspected of walking away from an inmate firefighting crew helping to battle the Canyon Fire 2 near Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange. Armando Castillo, 31, was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Sunday before the group of inmates to which he was assigned returned to Prado Conservation Camp in San Bernardino County, according to Krissi Khokhobashvili of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 8:01:11 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:01:11 GMT



Wildfire burns in Santa Cruz Mountains
A 152-acre wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains was 5 percent contained at 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Cal Fire. The fire is an immediate threat to about 150 homes. All residents have been evacuated successfully from those homes, and no one is trapped behind the fire lines, according to Cal Fire. A fire at a house, which started at about 10:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 9:42:08 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:42:08 GMT



Contract firefighter killed near Napa County wildfire
A contract firefighter who was driving a water tender truck was killed Monday morning when it went off the road and crashed in Napa County near the Nuns Fire, Cal Fire officials said. The truck overturned about 6:50 a.m. on Oakville Grade, about two miles west of Highway 29. The driver was working the 48,000-acre Nuns Fire that's burning in Napa County, Cal Fire Chief David Shew said.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRA
Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Watch as Berkeley firefighters arrived in Santa Rosa, stunned by scope of Tubbs Fire
VIDEO: Berkeley Fire Department received the call for help early Monday morning. They sent an engine north to Santa Rosa to help with what they thought was a "large grass fire." When the strike team, made up of both Berkeley and San Francisco firefighters, arrived in Santa Rosa before sunrise, they were stunned to see the scope of the already massive Tubbs Fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Deputy fire chief sues city of Palo Alto
Catherine Capriles, Palo Alto's deputy fire chief, is suing the city for an unspecified amount of money and seeks a writ of mandate after being suspended in September 2016 by the department for three days for alleged misconduct, according to documents filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court. The dispute stems from an incident in 2016 during which Capriles is alleged to have used a fire engine and crew for personal purposes to check out safety concerns in her Mountain View neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2017 1:00:37 PM - SOURCE: Palo Alto Weekly
Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:00:37 GMT



Pickup full of marijuana plows into Penngrove fire station, firefighters' trucks
This story comes straight from the Rancho Adobe Fire District in Penngrove: “You can't make this up...some fine person, while fleeing a police Chase at 2 a.m., crashed his pickup full of stolen weed into the fire station and took out the cars of two guys who are out on the fire line," the district posted Monday on Facebook.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU
Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



10,000 firefighters brave deadly, epic firestorm
Santa Rosa firefighter Brandon Palmer has fought big blazes in his 20 years on the job, but the 81-hour shift he spent fighting the fire storm in his own neighborhood last week was still stunning. "It's crazy to watch your hometown be annihilated by fire," he said, back at his Santa Rosa firehouse. "It just takes your breath away.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star
Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Rescue from above: Firefighters in Wine Country fires save lives, homes from the sky
When the wildfire started on top of Atlas Peak in Napa, several residents found themselves in a harrowing situation — the flames were getting closer, but downed trees and power lines blocked the road and made it impossible for them to escape. That’s when an angel in the form of a Super Huey helicopter came to the rescue.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2017 1:52:30 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Sun, 15 Oct 2017 20:52:30 GMT



Harrowing Stories of Escapes and Defiance Amid Mendocino Fires
Even before the flames came, Jonathan Frei could hear the blistering winds barreling through the hills of Redwood Valley, rousting him from his house on Tomki Road. At 12:43 Monday morning, Frei looked out and saw an orange light begin to peel across Pine Hill. He jumped in his car and drove up and down the road a couple times just to gauge how bad things were.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2017 7:20:58 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Posted on Mon, 16 Oct 2017 02:20:58 GMT



Death toll hits 31; wildfires become deadliest in state’s history
After four days of terrorizing Wine Country and surrounding regions, the Northern California wildfires on Thursday became the deadliest in state history, with 31 confirmed fatalities and more expected. The most destructive of those, the Tubbs fire, killed at least 15 people, and new figures told of its destruction.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



California regulators tell PG&E to preserve fire evidence
California utility regulators have told Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to preserve any evidence that could be connected to this week’s deadly wildfires in the North Bay, including all broken power poles and electrical conductors. State fire officials are investigating whether power poles and electrical lines knocked down by a severe windstorm Sunday night played a role in sparking the fires, which have killed at least 31 people and displaced thousands.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 8:00:18 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:00:18 GMT



San Diego mayor to launch new program to let firefighters give Hep A vaccines
As part of an ongoing regional effort to stop the hepatitis A outbreak by immunizing at-risk individuals, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy and American Medical Response will launch a new program to empower firefighters and paramedics to administer vaccinations. In partnership with the City’s ambulance provider American Medical Response, the new program pairs firefighters with registered nurses to conduct vaccinations in hotspots across the city.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2017 9:28:26 AM - SOURCE: XETV-TV San Diego 6
Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:28:26 GMT



Friendly competition means Sonora police chief will be washing fire chief's SUV
Interim Police Chief Turu VanderWiel will soon be washing Sonora City Fire Chief Aimee New’s SUV as a lighthearted punishment following the conclusion of the battle of the badges blood drive hosted at the American Red Cross Sonora Blood Donation Center. The Fire Department had 50 pledged donors compared to the Police Department’s 40 over the course of the the week-long competition, which began on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 7:26:21 PM - SOURCE: Sonora Union Democrat
Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017 02:26:21 GMT



Canyon Fire 2 Now 65 Percent Contained
The 9,217-acre Canyon Fire 2 in the Anaheim Hills was 65 percent contained as of Friday morning, but fire commanders say full containment, which had been expected Saturday, is now anticipated Tuesday. Strides were made in the earlier part of the weeklong battle, allowing for authorities to lift all evacuation orders by 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2017 9:00:20 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:20 GMT



Death toll rises to 26 in Northern California wildfires; 463 remain missing in Sonoma County
As firefighters make progress containing one of the largest wildfires burning in Northern California, the death toll and number of missing continues to climb. Thursday, authorities announced four more fatalities, two in Mendocino County and two in Sonoma County, bringing the overall death toll related to the wildfires burning in Northern California to 26.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Desperate calls to save those trapped by fire, but emergency alert system failed many
The distress calls crackled over the Napa County sheriff’s dispatch radio in a rapid staccato late Sunday as flames sped toward residents on Atlas Peak Road. “Parents trapped in garage,” an officer called in to the central dispatcher. Then: “The fire is moving quickly through here.” Two minutes later, the dispatcher sent someone to another house on the same road: “Two people trapped.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



State prisoners are a 'valuable resource' on the front lines of Canyon Fire 2
Wearing 60-pound backpacks, a platoon of prisoners marched Wednesday, Oct. 11 along a narrow trail at Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange. Then the dozen or so inched their way up a steep hillside blackened by the devastating Canyon Fire 2. The mission for the minimum-security inmates from the Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp in Valyermo was unglamorous.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2017 8:38:23 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:38:23 GMT



Eldorado Hotshots 'trick' Atlas Fire from destroying homes
Scores of firefighters have been working around the clock as the first flames kicked up Sunday night. Overnight, teams were out, putting in backfires to try and save as many homes as possible. On Wednesday, KRON4 connected with one team as they looked to work on a strategy to save even more homes. Firefighters were anxiously waiting to see what the fire does next in the area.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2017 7:42:05 PM - SOURCE: KRON TV NBC 4 San Francisco
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017 02:42:05 GMT



Firefighters, police, first responders, educators continue serving after losing homes, family in North Bay fires
A Novato police officer turned the city’s downtown station into a temporary home this week. Retired educators returned to Marin campuses, prepared to teach. And across the county, fundraisers were launched to support coworkers and friends. As deadly wildfires continued their path of destruction this week, many Marin emergency responders and educators found themselves torn between the county they swore to protect and serve and their threatened North Bay homes.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 9:33:32 AM - SOURCE: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:33:32 GMT



Officials begin bicycle medic program at LAX to improve response times
First responders to injured travelers at Los Angeles International Airport are now available to arrive on bicycle from within the complex in an effort to reduce the number of unnecessary ambulance and fire truck calls, airport officials announced Wednesday. The six-month trial program between Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Fire Department was begun because LAFD data show that the majority of emergency medical service incidents at LAX do not result in ambulance transports to the hospital, making the practice of routinely sending fire trucks and rescue ambulances to the airport inefficient.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 10:16:45 AM - SOURCE: KTTV-TV MyFox 11 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:16:45 GMT



At least 21 dead as hundreds reported missing in Northern California fires
Firefighters battling deadly blazes in Northern California face a daunting new challenge Wednesday: Winds are expected to pick back up, threatening to spread wildfires that already have killed 21 people, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced thousands of evacuations. Most of the fires were ignited Sunday, driven by winds of up to 79 mph and dry conditions.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CNN
Posted on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Related: Couple Married 75 Years Dies In Napa County Fire
An elderly couple died in the home where they recently celebrated 75 years of marriage. Several Napa County fires are now burning together, threatening thousands of homes and lives. The combined blazes, known as “The Southern LNU fire,” have destroyed 30,000 acres. Charles and Sara Rippey were trapped in a firestorm inside their home.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 9:07:15 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:07:15 GMT



Los Angeles: Firefighter hospitalized battling Highland Park apartment fire
One firefighter was hospitalized and another was injured while they were battling an apartment fire in Highland Park Tuesday. Firefighters responded to the 200 block of North Avenue 53 in Highland Park on reports of a fire in a single-story apartment. When they arrived, they found the home fully engulfed in flames and that it had spread to a nearby residence.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 1:31:46 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:31:46 GMT



Orange County residents return home after fleeing destructive Canyon Fire 2; blaze 40 percent contained
An 8,000-acre wind-driven brush fire that destroyed several houses and structures through several Orange County cities was 40 percent contained Tuesday night, and thousands of residents forced to flee were relieved to return home. The vegetation fire, dubbed the Canyon Fire 2, prompted the evacuations of more than 5,000 homes in Anaheim Hills, Orange, Orange Park Acres and Tustin on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 7:42:57 PM - SOURCE: abclocal.go
Posted on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:42:57 GMT



Wind-fed Oildale fire destroys homes, cars, kills horses; smoky air persists
About 40 vehicles were destroyed, three homes were burned and five horses died in a fire pushed by gusty winds through a section of Oildale Monday afternoon, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Firefighters received calls at around 1:30 p.m. for a grass fire on the north side of the river, west of Riverview Park.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 7:06:21 PM - SOURCE: Bakersfield.com
Posted on Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:06:21 GMT



Santa Maria firefighter recruitment still high despite recent wildfires
When you become a firefighter in California, you have big shoes to fill. "We can respond to medical calls, fires, rescues, wildland incidents and so because of that there's a big interest in becoming a fire fighter at least here in California," explains Santa Maria Fire Chief Leonard Champion. That interest hasn't slowed down; Chief Champion says there's constantly a waiting list just to get into local fire academies.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 1:46:09 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:46:09 GMT



15 killed and 200 reports of missing people as Northern California fires continue to rage
As the number of people confirmed dead in Northern California fires rose to 15, officials warned Tuesday that the death toll could rise as multiple fires scorched upward of 100,000 acres. Sonoma County alone has received about 200 reports of missing people since Sunday night, and sherriff’s officials have located 45 of those people, said Sonoma County spokeswoman Maggie Fleming.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Santa Rosa fire: How a sudden firestorm devestated a city
The inferno swept up over a wooded ridge, like many California wildfires do, but this one was different. Like a terror in the night, this wall of wind-whipped flames took direct aim for the heart of a city, not just the rural outskirts, not just the homes high in the hills or off the grid. The Tubbs fire — one of 14 wildfires that scarred the people and property of eight Northern California counties late Sunday and early Monday — incinerated dozens of city blocks in Santa Rosa, destroying so many of the trappings of suburban life; from the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country and Fountaingrove Inn to a technology park, from Applebee’s and Arby’s to Kmart and Kohl’s.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2017 7:55:16 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 02:55:16 GMT



Canyon Fire 2: Homes Destroyed as Thousands Remain Evacuated in Anaheim, Orange and Tustin
A brush fire that destroyed several homes in the Anaheim Hills area Monday continued to grow overnight, prompting officials to keep evacuation orders in place for thousands of Orange, Tustin and Anaheim residents. The fire, dubbed Canyon Fire 2, has scorched about 7,500 acres and was 5 percent contained, Anaheim Police Department spokesman Daron Wyatt said at a news conference Tuesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA
Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Mill Valley Fire Chief loses home in Santa Rosa wildfire
Tom Welch has been fighting fires for more than 10 years. He's battled blazes as an engineer paramedic, a fire captain, a fire marshal and a battalion chief. But none may have been as challenging as what he's going through this week. Welch, now the fire chief of the Mill Valley Fire Department, is coordinating his department's response to the wildfires blazing through Northern California -- even as the flames have laid waste to his own home.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 9:54:37 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:54:37 GMT



‘Dice was really loaded’ for wildfires exploding in California, experts say
A cascade of extreme weather events fed Northern California’s wildfires that exploded Sunday: Unusually high winds blew flames through unusually dense and dry vegetation, which sprung up following last winter’s heavy rains and then were toasted by months of record hot temperatures. “The dice was really loaded because of the big wet winter,” said Park Williams, a California native and a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2017 10:59:03 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 17:59:03 GMT



Napa County: Raging Wine Country Wildfires Burn Homes; Force Evacuations
Wind-whipped wildfires roared to life Sunday night and early Monday across wine country, burning buildings, forcing hundreds of evacuations including two hospitals and injuring several people. Cal Fire said there were five major fires burning in the region. Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a state of emergency as a result of the fires burning in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2017 6:49:23 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Posted on Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:49:23 GMT



Lengthy Oakland fire chief search continues after top choice backs out
More than two months after the city expected to announce the hiring of a new chief to lead its troubled fire department in the wake of the Ghost Ship disaster, it remains unclear how soon the position will be filled. One of the finalists, Los Angeles Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Butler, told the Bay Area News Group on Friday he was offered the job at the end of August but turned it down because the compensation package would mean a pay cut.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2017 7:35:35 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:35:35 GMT



6 mobile home trailers catch fire in Fresno County
Firefighters have been busy overnight putting out six mobile home trailer fires just outside of Fresno. They broke out just after one o'clock in the area of Central and Fowler. Several power lines were also brought down. Crews are working to find out how the fires started, but we are told flames spread to each of the trailers because of how close they were to each other.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2017 1:47:15 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Posted on Sun, 08 Oct 2017 08:47:15 GMT



Interim Chief Gene Stoddart takes the reins of Lodi Fire
It’s been about a month since Gene Stoddart assumed the role of Interim Lodi Fire Chief, and the former operations chief said he is gradually getting the hang of the new job. “It’s a steep learning curve but the benefit is I have a great group of people I work with in the city and the members of the fire department,” Stoddart said.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2017 1:43:41 AM - SOURCE: Lodi News-Sentinel
Posted on Sun, 08 Oct 2017 08:43:41 GMT



3-Alarm Warehouse Fire Lights Up San Bernardino Night Sky
It took firefighters several hours overnight Friday to knock down a 3-alarm fire that caused significant damage to a San Bernardino commercial building containing mattresses. The fire was reported sometime before 10:30 p.m. Friday near West Mill Street and South Arrowhead Avenue, a few blocks from the 210 Freeway.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2017 9:56:51 AM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Sat, 07 Oct 2017 16:56:51 GMT



Tree Mortality, Dry Fuels Complicating Fire Fight Near West Point in Calaveras County
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating an area of West Point because of an early morning fire. Right now, Cal Fire says the Point Fire is burning about 150 to 200 acres in timber. It ignited near Highway 26 and Higdon Road in an area heavily impacted by tree mortality. That’s where strong winds knocked down several dead trees – at one point – making it difficult for crews to get to the flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2017 7:04:08 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Posted on Mon, 09 Oct 2017 14:04:08 GMT



Board unanimously votes in Brian Helmick as permanent East County fire chief
The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District this week unanimously approved Brian Helmick’s appointment as permanent fire chief. “I am honored and privileged to assume this role, to serve the board and this community, and to lead and work alongside the firefighters and other hardworking professionals who provide fire and emergency response in this District every day and every night,” Helmick stated in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 1:54:44 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:54:44 GMT



What Pasadena firefighters found during a volunteer disaster relief trip to Puerto Rico
A group of three Pasadena firefighters returned home Wednesday after spending a week volunteering in Puerto Rico, providing critical disaster relief to residents of the hurricane-devastated island. Firefighter-paramedic Rich Roldan, Urban Search & Rescue Team member Justin Hester and firefighter O’Brian Malray teamed with the Pasadena-based nonprofit Reach Out WorldWide to bring fresh water, medical aid and whatever help they could to the suffering population of the unincorporated U.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 4:54:56 PM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted on Thu, 05 Oct 2017 23:54:56 GMT



Bakersfield Fire Department reserve firefighter helps victims during the Las Vegas shooting
Bakersfield Fire Department Reserve Firefighter Sean Stevens was in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 1. During that event, when gunfire erupted from a nearby Casino, BFD Reserve Firefighter Stevens immediately fled the area, consistent with law enforcement recommendations for the civilian population, but he did not go alone.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 5:20:37 PM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Posted on Fri, 06 Oct 2017 00:20:37 GMT



FEMA awards $1.38 million grant to California for $236 million Soberanes Fire
Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Administration had made a $1.38 million grant to the California Office of Emergency Services to help reimburse the state agency for the cost of fighting the Soberanes Fire. In a statement, Panetta praised the efforts of Cal OES and local firefighters in fighting the Soberanes Fire during the summer of 2016.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2017 7:34:34 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Posted on Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:34:34 GMT



San Diego Fire-Rescue Department starts Fire Prevention Week with fundraiser for new equipment
A huge fundraiser for the San Diego Fire and Rescue Foundation will kick off the festivities of Fire Prevention Week in San Diego. Saturday, the Foundation will host a Fire Safety Expo, which includes a 5K and kids run and a pancake breakfast. The money raised will help buy personal escape systems for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2017 9:17:00 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Posted on Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:17:00 GMT



Chula Vista firefighter, two residents injured when house goes up in flames
A Chula Vista home was destroyed Friday morning in a blaze that injured three people, including a firefighter who sustained a mild facial burn while conducting a risky search for a baby who was later discovered to already be outside the fully engulfed house, authorities said. The fire broke out about 4:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2017 7:56:38 AM - SOURCE: KUSI-TV San Diego
Posted on Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:56:38 GMT



Costa Mesa council close to approving first pay raise for firefighters in eight years
Costa Mesa firefighters could receive their first pay raise in 8 years and contribute more toward retirement under a new agreement between the city and their union. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday, Oct. 3, to move forward with the proposed 4-year contract with the Costa Mesa Firefighters Association, which expires June 30, 2021, at the first of 2 public hearings.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 5:58:08 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:58:08 GMT



Overtime costing Salinas millions, as salaries are already high
"Maybe $75,000 a year." "Yearly salary around 60k." "Oh, probably around $60,000 to 70,000." Most people have no idea how much public employees make, or how their tax dollars are being spent on those positions. "Would you be surprised to know they make about 100k? Yeah, that's a lot." But, if learning how much a Salinas police officer is earning doesn't surprise you, maybe finding out how much many of our public employees make in overtime might.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 7:48:47 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Thu, 05 Oct 2017 02:48:47 GMT



Off-duty San Diego firefighter hurt in Las Vegas mass shooting
An off-duty San Diego firefighter was one of hundreds injured in a mass shooting that claimed the lives of at least 59 people at a Las Vegas country music festival Sunday night, a fire official confirmed. No details were released about the firefighter’s injury, except that it was minor. San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said seven off-duty firefighters were in Las Vegas when the shooting occurred, but she did not specify whether they were all at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 4:54:27 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:54:27 GMT



Five Eureka firefighters added to Sacramento memorial wall
It took months to make it happen, and now five firefighters who died in service of our community have been recognized by the state. Members of the Humboldt Bay Honor Guard looked on as the names of Leonard Winslow, Captain George Davis, Ray Somma, Adolph Oss, and Robert McGillivray were revealed on the California Fire Foundation Firefighter’s Memorial in Sacramento last Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 4:35:38 PM - SOURCE: KIEM-TV NBC 3 Eureka
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 23:35:38 GMT



Brush Fire Erupts In Santa Clarita
Firefighters made good progress on a three-alarm brush fire that broke out near Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita Wednesday afternoon. The Golden Fire was reported before 12:30 p.m. in the area of Robert C. Lee Parkway and Golden Valley Road, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department. By 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 1:19:37 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:19:37 GMT



Workers at Delano food processing facility experience illness during ammonia leak
Four workers had difficulty breathing late Wednesday night during an ammonia leak at a cold storage and food processing facility off Pond Road in Delano, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Firefighters in specialized suits were able to stop the leak. Three of the workers were taken to a hospital.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 9:26:33 AM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Posted on Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:26:33 GMT



Salinas Fire Chief accepts job in Alameda
The Salinas Fire Chief is leaving his post for a new job in the East Bay. According to Chief Edmond Rodriguez, he will be the new fire chief of the city of Alameda. Tuesday he notified city and staff about his resignation. He just celebrated his five-year anniversary with Salinas Fire. Advertisement "It's a great department, I love this community.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2017 5:18:08 PM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:18:08 GMT



Sonoma County cuts tourism bureau budget, shifts funds to emergency services
Sonoma County supervisors decided Tuesday to cut by about $1 million the amount of money they will send the local tourism marketing organization through taxes levied on overnight hotel stays, choosing instead to make more funds available for emergency responders who say they face a heavy burden from increased visitation to the region.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 10:15:20 AM - SOURCE: Petaluma360 & Petaluma Argus Courier
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:15:20 GMT



Chico: Local first responders give tips on active shooter situations
In many ways, it's nearly impossible to prepare for an active shooter situation, but in the unfortunate event that there is one Chico Fire Rescue said there are specific ways to respond. Andrew Oberg is a Chico firefighter and former SWAT medic. He said the first thing to do after shots are fired is run and keep running until you're as far away as possible.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2017 7:33:50 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 02:33:50 GMT



Cal Fire extinguishes fire at Pebble Beach Lodge
A fire at Pebble Beach Lodge caused $150,000 in damages Tuesday. According to the Pebble Beach Community Services District Cal Fire, crews responded to a structure fire at 1500 Cypress Drive, just before noon. Upon arrival, fire crews could see smoke coming from the second floor of the 20,000 square foot lodge.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 10:32:03 AM - SOURCE: KION-TV CBS 46
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:32:03 GMT



Trails could close because of wildfire in Sequoia National Forest
A wildfire ignited a week ago by lightning might force trail closures in the Sequoia National Forest. The Lion Fire is about 3,500 acres and burning north of Lion Meadow in the Golden Trout Wilderness. “This fire is spreading mostly through ground fuels in this remote part of the Wilderness,” District Ranger Eric LaPrice said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 10:34:14 AM - SOURCE: KBAK-TV & KBFX-TV Bakersfield Now
Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:34:14 GMT



Los Angeles firefighter in Las Vegas: 'With 30,000 people ... it was kind of like shooting goldfish'
Firefighters in Los Angeles see a range of human tragedy in their work, from victims of horrible accidents and crimes to casualties of natural disasters. But the violence that unfolded at a country music festival in the shadow of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night was like war, said firefighter Robert Hayes.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Cigarette to blame for Petaluma grass fire
A Petaluma grass fire along Highway 101 at the start of Monday afternoon’s commute that tied up traffic in both directions started with a cigarette, a Petaluma fire official said Tuesday. A woman called for help about 3:20 p.m. saying her cigarette had sparked a fire she couldn’t put out, said Petaluma fire Battalion Chief Jeff Schach.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 5:57:10 PM - SOURCE: Petaluma360 & Petaluma Argus Courier
Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:57:10 GMT



Fire destroys Anaheim flooring manufacturing building
The building of an Anaheim floor manufacturing and production company was a destroyed by a fire that broke out early Tuesday morning, Oct. 3. Firefighters were called to a commercial structure fire on South Anaheim Boulevard off Anaheim Way at 12:47 a.m. where they found a fully involved building with heavy smoke and flames, said Daron Wyatt, spokesman for Anaheim Fire & Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2017 8:59:11 AM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:59:11 GMT



Firefighters Save Antioch Home After Suspected Electrical Fire Ignites Yard Fire
At 9:48 pm Monday, firefighters responded to a report of a fence fire in the 300 block of Roelling Lane off Marie in the City of Antioch. Upon arrival, firefighters located a PG&E utility pole on fire, a fence on fire, tree on fire and the exterior of a home on fire—this all while Contra Costa Fire Protection District units were battling another fire on A Street a few blocks away.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2017 9:42:56 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 16:42:56 GMT



Firefighters douse 'smoldering deep-seated' fire in West Menlo Park apartment complex
Firefighters extinguished a "smoldering deep-seated" fire Friday after tearing open a wall in a first-floor garage of a three-story, 14-unit apartment complex in West Menlo Park. The fire, reported at 6:54 p.m. at 3618 Alameda de las Pulgas, was out by 7:10 p.m., according to Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Almanac News
Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Fire truck, ambulance, car all collide in Vallejo
Two emergency response vehicles collided with a car at Florida Street and Sonoma Boulevard on Saturday morning, sending the first-responders on board to the hospital and closing the intersection for an investigation, a spokesperson for the fire department said. At approximately 9:48 a.m., an ambulance and a fire department Ford Explorer both responding to different “code 3” emergencies with lights and sirens flashing collided and also hit a Nissan Altima, the spokesperson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2017 10:44:48 PM - SOURCE: Times Herald Online
Posted on Sun, 01 Oct 2017 05:44:48 GMT



Southern California police, deputies and firefighters among the wounded in Las Vegas
Multiple police officers, both on and off duty, were among those killed or injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, officials said. One off-duty officer from the Las Vegas area died, while two others who were on duty were wounded by gunfire, said Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
Posted on Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Related: Off-duty San Bernardino County Fire personnel provide aid, evacuate injured during Las Vegas shooting
Several off-duty San Bernardino County Fire personnel at a three-day country music festival rendered aid and helped evacuate the injured immediately following the deadly Las Vegas shooting that killed 50 people and wounded more than 100 late Sunday night. “We couldn’t be be more proud of their efforts!” posted Deputy Chief John Chamberlin on Facebook soon after reports of the shooting began to surface.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 8:20:32 AM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted on Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:20:32 GMT



Deputy Chief of the San Diego Fire Department leading rescue team in Puerto Rico
Millions of Americans in Puerto Rico are still feeling the severe impact of Hurricane Maria. Power is still out and running water is hard to find for many of the island's residents. One local deputy fire chief is currently in Puerto Rico and is doing everything he can to help the victims of Maria. His name is Kelly Zombro and he’s the Deputy Chief of the San Diego Fire Department where he works as an Incident Commander of the Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2017 12:58:04 PM - SOURCE: KFMB-TV CBS 8 San Diego
Posted on Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:58:04 GMT



Julian fire district rejects county, opts to go it alone
The directors of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District have again opted not to join the San Diego County Fire Authority — a move that will lessen their ability to respond to medical emergencies and structure fires in the area. Citing a desire to retain local control, a distrust of the county, and pinning their hopes on a probable bond measure next year in which they will ask the approximately 2,500 residents of the area to triple a fire benefit fee, the board recently voted 4-1 to remain independent.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Diego Union Tribune
Posted on Mon, 02 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Marin firefighter injured after engine crashes into tree on Mt. Tam
A Marin County firefighter was taken to the hospital with “non-critical” facial injuries after the fire engine he was taking to a vehicle accident crashed into a fir tree on Mount Tamalpais on Saturday, authorities said. Engine 1585, from out of the Throckmorton Ridge Fire Station, was responding to a vehicle collision involving a motorcycle on Panoramic Highway just after 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2017 12:38:01 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Posted on Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:38:01 GMT



Canyon fire is 75 percent contained; flames burn into Cleveland National Forest
The Canyon Fire is 75 percent contained, Orange County Fire Authority officials announced Friday morning, with full containment expected Sunday. “Fire activity is minimal,” a statement from the fire agency said. “Firefighters continue to build and reinforce fire line, mop up hot spots and patrol the fire perimeter.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2017 9:23:46 AM - SOURCE: Redlands Daily Facts
Posted on Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:23:46 GMT



New technology aids Redlands Fire Department in respiratory arrest calls
The Redlands Fire Department has deployed eight new laryngoscopes with fiber optic cameras, allowing them to deliver state of the art, cutting edge service to the Redlands community. Laryngoscopes are on every frontline fire company and can be used on all adult respiratory arrest responses. This pioneering technology gives medics direct visualization of the patient’s vocal cords and records the intubation process so that it may be attached to the Electronic Patient Record.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2017 4:11:24 AM - SOURCE: Highland Community News
Posted on Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:11:24 GMT



San Diego: Hot Dog Cart Fire May Be Last Straw for Owner
An arson investigation has been launched into a fire that damaged a hot dog cart in the heart of downtown. The owner of the cart blames the growing homeless problem for the damage. San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said an investigation is ongoing into what caused a fire that damaged the Brooklyn Dogs hot dog cart on Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 3:34:18 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:34:18 GMT



Sacramento firefighter jumped at chance to help victims of Mexico City earthquake
At age 9, he lived through the 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people. So when Sacramento firefighter Roberto Padilla saw the devastating temblor hit earlier this month, “I knew what was coming.” Within 48 hours, he was on the ground in Mexico City helping with rescue and recovery efforts.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 2:23:01 PM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017 21:23:01 GMT



Klamath TREX planned to help advance firefighters skills and reduce fire danger
This wildfire season has burned hundreds of thousands of acres in Northern California alone. Now, there’s a plan in place for preventing future flames. The Klamath Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (Klamath TREX) is an annual two-week training in the use of controlled burning in the Western Klamath Mountains to reduce the future danger of wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 6:05:32 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Posted on Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:05:32 GMT



Suspect Sought for Intentionally Setting Fires at 2 Carmel Valley Schools
Investigators are searching for the suspect or suspects responsible for intentionally setting fires at two elementary schools in the Carmel Valley area – both inside storage containers near school buildings. The fires happened within four days of one another, the first on Aug. 9 just after 9:50 p.m. at Ocean Air Elementary School on Canter Heights Drive, and the second just after 10:20 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 3:34:18 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017 22:34:18 GMT



Two people killed in San Leandro mobile home fire
Two people were killed Thursday morning in a mobile home fire in San Leandro, Alameda County firefighters said. Neighbors said they believe the victims are an elderly couple who live in a mobile home park on Santa Susana. Resident Dan Walsh said he saw the flames and it "went really quick." The fire started just before 5:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 7:41:39 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:41:39 GMT



Oakland: 2 defendants in deadly Ghost Ship fire plead not guilty to 36 counts
Two men charged in a deadly blaze that broke out during an underground music event at Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse pleaded not guilty Wednesday to 36 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter, paving the way for a preliminary hearing of the evidence in the case. The defendants, Derick Almena, 47, and Max Harris, 27, briefly appeared in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland to enter their pleas.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: SF Gate
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT



Cathedral City fire chief on FEMA grant: 'This will make a big difference in the safety of the community.'
A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Association could help buoy Cathedral City’s perennially cash strapped fire department, increasing the number of firefighters on department trucks starting early next year. The almost $1.4 million, three-year grant will allow the city to hire six additional firefighter paramedics, bringing the department up to a staff of 40, Fire Chief Paul Wilson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2017 5:56:01 PM - SOURCE: Palm Springs Desert Sun
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:56:01 GMT



Canyon fire evacuee returns to his Corona home in disrepair
Carson Richert was home alone Monday. His wife was visiting her daughter and with a day all to himself, he decided he would work on his Corona home’s manicured lawn. He was busy toiling away when he suddenly realized he was in trouble. Less than a few hundred yards from his home, the Canyon Fire had burned its way over the hillside near San Ramon Drive and was ready to pounce on the homes in the exclusive Corona community.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2017 6:29:57 PM - SOURCE: markets.pe
Posted on Thu, 28 Sep 2017 01:29:57 GMT



San Diego Gas & Electric announces $100,000 grant for improved firefighting equipment
To help protect the San Diego area from wildfires, San Diego Gas & Electric announced a $100,000 grant Wednesday that will allow local emergency-services providers to purchase an array of essential equipment. "By collaborating with fire agencies to help provide critical equipment they need and continuing to improve our electric system, we are making our region more prepared today than it was yesterday,'' said Dave Geier, the utility's senior vice president of electric operations.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2017 4:04:44 PM - SOURCE: KUSI-TV San Diego
Posted on Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:04:44 GMT



Corona: Aggressive firefighters protect Southern California suburbs
Southern California firefighters saved nearly 2,000 homes from a powerful wildfire that burned up to the edges of suburban canyon neighborhoods. Crews hosed down blazing trees within a few feet of homes and one residence was damaged shifting winds sent flames away from neighborhoods in and around the city of Corona, which is southeast of Los Angeles.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2017 8:03:25 AM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Posted on Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:03:25 GMT



Ventura community rallies behind former Fire Captain diagnosed with ALS
The Ventura community is rallying support for recently retired Ventura City Fire Captain John Van Mannekes. Van Mannekes was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gherig’s disease, in July of 2016. He retired from the Ventura City Fire Department in August due to his illness. After 21 years serving as a Ventura City firefighter, the community is now giving back to him.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2017 3:48:44 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Posted on Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:48:44 GMT



 

 

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