Daily Dispatch: California News
Trump Threatens To Cut California Firefighting Funds Draw Confusion, Brushback
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 21:08:14 -0700
As part of his remarks calling for cuts in federal spending to narrow a deficit ballooned by tax cuts, President Donald Trump threatened to cut funding for fighting California’s wildfires. The president insisted the state has spent too much on fighting wildfires as the state faces longer and more intense fire seasons.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 9:08:14 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
Sonoma County's new fire-detection camera helps pinpoint Geyserville blaze
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:55:56 -0700
A light gray column of smoke rising above the trees in northern Sonoma County Tuesday led a Highway 101 motorist to call 911, reporting smoke near “the ridge of the Geysers,” a Cal Fire official said. Local firefighters who know the roads and ridges well eventually would have found the source of the smoke, but a new fire-detection camera installed two weeks ago on Geyser Peak gave Cal Fire officials an immediate view of the thin column rising in the afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 8:55:56 PM - SOURCE: Sonoma Index-Tribune
Nevada County fire engine in 2 wrecks; no service disruption expected, official says
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 03:11:29 -0700
A fire truck involved in two wrecks this week is out of commission, though officials say its absence won't negatively affect service. A Nevada County Consolidated Fire Protection District engine was involved in a Monday wreck near Banner Lava Cap and Success Cross roads. The second wreck occurred Tuesday on the Dorsey Drive overpass, authorities said.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 3:11:29 AM - SOURCE: Grass Valley Union
Update: Evacuations lifted for 1,400 Bay Point area homes after Chevron pipeline fire
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 04:12:15 -0700
A state agency is investigating a fire that sparked inside a Chevron natural gas pipeline vault Wednesday, forcing the evacuation of about 4,000 people from 1,400 nearby homes until Thursday afternoon, authorities said. It was still unclear later Thursday whether a nearby grass fire ignited by a falling power line also caused the fire in the pipeline vault.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 4:12:15 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Former San Bernardino fire official is Redlands’ new chief
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Redlands has a new fire chief. Nathan Cooke, who started Monday, Oct. 15, was introduced at the Tuesday, Oct. 16, city council meeting. introduced at the Tuesday, Oct. 16, city council meeting. Cooke was hired to replace former Fire Chief Jeff Frazier, who retired in March after 42 years in the firefighting business, nine and a half of those in Redlands.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Press Enterprise
Split Moraga-Orinda Fire District board approves three-year labor contract with firefighters union
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District came within one vote of a near meltdown. A deeply divided MOFD board narrowly approved a three-year labor contract with the firefighters union Oct. 3 and staved off an impasse and a likely unfair labor practice charge filed by the union had the agreement not been passed.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Fire Threatens Natural Gas Pipeline; Thousands Of Bay Point Residents Evacuated
Thu, 18 Oct 2018 07:06:41 -0700
A power vault fire near a major Chevron natural gas pipeline junction Wednesday night triggered the evacuation of thousands in Bay Point and Pittsburg, officials said. Around 4,000 people were forced to flee from 1,400 homes, officials said. Assistant Fire Chief Terence Carey said a small vegetation fire erupted in the area Wednesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 7:06:41 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Steve Swaney named new chief of Heartland Fire and Rescue
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:39:30 -0700
The cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove Wednesday named a firefighting veteran of more than three decades as the fire chief of the jointly-managed Heartland Fire and Rescue. Steve Swaney will replace Colin Stowell as Heartland’s fire chief, effective Oct. 20, according to the city managers from El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 6:39:30 PM - SOURCE: KUSI-TV San Diego
Cal Fire: Firefighter Suicide Death Toll Up
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:49:46 -0700
Cal Fire tells Action News Now that the number of firefighters killed by suicide is higher than those killed in the line of duty. An exact number in Butte County is to be determined, as there remains a stigma against PTSD and suicide. Extended hours and exposure to constant death and destruction can hurt mental wellness.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 6:49:46 PM - SOURCE: KHSL-TV CBS 12 Action News Now
New foundation created in honor of fallen Redding firefighter Jeremy Stoke
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 16:46:50 -0700
A new foundation has been set-up in honor of Jeremy Stoke, the Redding firefighter killed on July 26 while fighting the Carr Fire. The Jeremy Stoke Legacy Fire Foundation was created by several Redding firefighters, and Jeremy's wife, as a way to carry on his legacy and create a foundation for the future of public safety families.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 4:46:50 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
Fire chief dismisses two Moraga-Orinda Fire District employees for unauthorized political activity
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:22:15 -0700
Two Moraga-Orinda Fire District aides acted without authorization or approval by looking up the addresses of candidates running for seats on the district board and conducting exterior hazard abatement inspections on their property. On Sept. 26, at the Orinda home owned by Division 4 independent candidate Lucy Talbot, the aides posted a 30-day notice to abate fire hazards, which required a large-scale removal of trees.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 3:22:15 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Oceanside Fire Department Welcomes 17 Babies in One Year
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 14:13:26 -0700
PHOTO - The Oceanside Fire Department set a record with 17 babies born to wives of firefighters from July 2017 to July 2018. "This is the most babies at one time we've ever had," said Fire Captain Tim Scott of the Oceanside Fire Department on Wednesday. Scott said after a different fire department posted about the number of babies born to them that year, Oceanside decided to count their numbers.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 2:13:26 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Palo Alto firefighters, police brass get raises in new contracts
Wed, 17 Oct 2018 01:43:11 -0700
Palo Alto's firefighters will receive significant salary increases between now and 2020 as part of a new three-year contract agreement that will also require them to contribute more toward their pension and health care costs. The new contract, which the City Council approved on Oct. 1, grants three separate 3 percent salary raises to the 88 employees who are represented by the city's main firefighter union, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1313 (IAFF).
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2018 1:43:11 AM - SOURCE: Palo Alto Weekly
Fate of Julian volunteer fire department comes down to 24 signatures
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:18:07 -0700
Whether the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District will dissolve and be taken over by the county comes down to a couple dozen signatures. On Tuesday morning, 615 signatures of registered voters who live in the district were submitted during a rare “protest hearing” at a meeting of the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 5:18:07 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
Retiring firefighter praised for service in Mill Valley
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:54:12 -0700
Michael St. John, a battalion chief with the Mill Valley Fire Department, is set to retire this month after more than three decades fighting fires. Colleagues on Monday recognized St. John for his dedication to the community, noting that he has served as commander of the hazardous materials team, director of Mill Valley’s community emergency response team and a volunteer unit leader for Marin Search and Rescue.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 5:54:12 PM - SOURCE: Marin Independent Journal
Sprinkler system gives firefighters a big leg up on blaze at Modesto cabinet company
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:32:09 -0700
A fire-suppression system worked well Tuesday morning at a business off Yosemite Boulevard and Mitchell Road, likely saving firefighters a lot of work and the building a lot of damage. The fire was in a dust-collection hopper on the exterior of Sierra Casework, on the 200 block of Spenker Avenue. The company is less than half a mile from Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District Station 31 on Mitchell Road.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 5:32:09 PM - SOURCE: Modesto Bee
2 Injured—1 Seriously—in Mission Beach Ice-Cream Shop Blaze
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 17:03:01 -0700
A fire engulfed second-floor residential units above a Mission Beach ice cream shop at dawn Tuesday, injuring two people — one seriously — while causing an estimated $600,000 worth of property losses. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons about 6:50 a.m. in a rooftop storage area on the mixed-use building in the 700 block of Ventura Place, near Belmont Park, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 5:03:01 PM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Cal Fire cadets fired for drinking will get their jobs back
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Most of the California state firefighters who were fired last year because they drank alcohol during a training academy will return to work in 2018, according to Cal Fire and their union. Cal Fire in April announced that 17 firefighters would be dismissed from state service because they violated a code of conduct during their seven-week academy by drinking alcohol after hours.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sacramento Bee
Firefighters Sue California Gas Company Over Massive Leak
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:47:14 -0700
Firefighters who worked in and around the site of a massive natural gas leak sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Monday, saying the utility knowingly let them be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. A blowout in a well at the underground Aliso Canyon storage field about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Los Angeles was discovered on Oct.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2018 9:47:14 PM - SOURCE: NBC Los Angeles
Firefighters Rescue Man Who Fell Down Empty Elevator Shaft in Downtown Los Angeles
Mon, 15 Oct 2018 21:18:41 -0700
Rescuers were able to hoist a man who fell down an empty elevator shaft at an apartment building under construction in downtown Los Angeles Monday night, officials said. The man, who had plunged as many as 30 feet down the shaft, was taken to the hospital for treatment of facial trauma that was not life-threatening, the L.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2018 9:18:41 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

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