Daily Dispatch: California News
New Bakersfield City Fire Chief Named
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:54:02 -0700
The City of Bakersfield has named a new chief with the Bakersfield Fire Department. Anthony Galagaza is a 26-year veteran with the Bakersfield Fire Department and most recently served as a battalion chief. He replaces Doug Greener who has served nine years as chief. He will be retiring at the end of this month.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2018 9:54:02 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23
Orange County Fire Authority Rejects Irvine's Demands
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 07:46:42 -0700
With a ticking clock growing ever louder in the background, the Orange County Fire Authority rejected several demands made by Irvine that would keep the city in the fold as a voting member of the regional emergency coalition. “Basically, Irvine was told to pound sand,” said County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who sits on the Fire Authority board of directors.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2018 7:46:42 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Firefighters make dramatic rescue in Santa Cruz Mountains
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:17:52 -0700
Santa Clara County firefighters spent more than two hours Wednesday night rescuing a man whose car plunged down an embankment in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The accident happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Aldercroft Heights Road and Locust Drive in unincorporated Los Gatos. “The vehicle was about 50 feet down an embankment at a near vertical slope,” Santa Clara County Fire Department spokeswoman Luisa Rapport.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 6:17:52 PM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News
City of Shasta Lake Fire Department faces tough decisions after election
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 19:40:32 -0700
Just as wildfire season is getting started, the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District is facing a serious blow. Taxpayers failed to pass a property tax proposal, that would have helped fund the department. Now, Fire Chief, Dennis Beck is facing some very tough choices. "We could run the place into the ground again like we did a few years ago trying to keep folks here," Beck said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 7:40:32 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
PG&E warns of at least $2.5 billion in liabilities from North Bay fires
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 21:01:43 -0700
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. warned investors Thursday it anticipates being held liable for at least $2.5 billion in damages for October’s Northern California wildfires — and could be on the hook for billions more. The San Francisco-based utility said $2.5 billion is the low end of its potential liability based on a growing number of lawsuits — now approaching 200 — filed against the company.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 9:01:43 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Rancho Mirage attic fire causes $3 million in damage
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:58:51 -0700
A fire that broke out in the attic of Rancho Mirage residence caused $3 million in damage, according to Cal Fire. Four firefighters were injured while battling the blaze. The fire was reported at 12:29 p.m. Tuesday on the 10 block of Furman Court, according to April Newman of the Riverside County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 1:58:51 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
Roseville Slashing Fire Department As It Battles $2 Million Deficit
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:18:25 -0700
The Roseville City Council made some tough cuts to its fire department on Wednesday night, cutting two shifts from each rotation. In case of a car crash or house fire, four firefighters are currently dispatched per truck. The city wants to scale back to three. “It will reduce the efficiency of those truck companies by 50 percent,” did George Titus with the firefighter’s union.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 11:18:25 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
'Wall of fire' at Clovis Recycling Center contained by crews
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 23:50:55 -0700
A large industrial fire broke out at the Clovis Recycling Center. The plume of smoke could be seen miles away. Crews continue to work for hours to put out every hot spot and fortunately, every employee inside the building got out safe. Powerful flames caught on camera by Omar Ayad who works next door to the Clovis Recycling Center.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 11:50:55 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Black and Latino firefighters lawsuit calling LAFD an all-white boys club is going forward
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:03:52 -0700
Several Los Angeles Fire Department employees can proceed with their lawsuit against the city, to prove that their ethnicity caused reported discrimination, harassment and retaliation, a judge ruled Wednesday. Reginald Roberts, an attorney for the city, had argued that the case should be dismissed, because he said the plaintiffs had not provided enough details in their complaint to support their allegations.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 3:03:52 PM - SOURCE: Los Angeles Daily News - Metered Site
Third arrest made in Dogz Bar and Grill fire in Long Beach
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 20:19:29 -0700
Long Beach Fire officials said Wednesday that a third juvenile had been arrested in connection to a series of fires in Naples and Belmont Shore, and added that all three teenagers were being charged in the fire last week that destroyed the interior of Dogz Bar and Grill in Belmont Shore. Two 14-year-olds were arrested Saturday afternoon for a series of fires, including one at Naples Elementary School.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 8:19:29 PM - SOURCE: Long Beach Press-Telegram
15 West Los Angeles Residents Decontaminated After Possible Exposure to Asbestos
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:45:25 -0700
Fifteen residents of a West Los Angeles apartment were "formally decontaminated" by firefighters after possibly being exposed to asbestos, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Officials responded to the apartment complex along the 1800 block of Prosser Avenue about 9:50 p.m. Wednesday. While none of the residents of the apartment along Prosser Avenue showed signs of illness or injury, they were decontaminated.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 9:45:25 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Escondido Firefighters Rescue Elderly Woman from Burning Mobile Home
Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:39:11 -0700
Escondido firefighters rescued a woman with a walker who was trying to escape her burning mobile home, department officials said Thursday. The blaze erupted around 8:40 a.m. Wednesday inside the mobile home at 1530 East El Norte Parkway, Escondido Battalion Chief Mike Bertrand said. “The first arriving engine reported a light smoke coming from the mobile home and an elderly female attempting to evacuate with a walker,” Bertrand said.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2018 8:39:11 AM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
Firefighters Put Out Small Brush Fire That Charred Hillside Below Griffith Observatory
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 20:42:10 -0700
A blaze that broke out Tuesday in the hills below Griffith Observatory as dozens were visiting the busy tourist destination has been extinguished, officials said. The flames were first reported at about 7:45 p.m. on a hillside just northwest of the observatory and grew to cover 3 or 4 acres before they were put out two and a half hours later, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 8:42:10 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Anaheim fire chief to retire at end of year; next city manager will pick replacement
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:28:13 -0700
The changing of the guard continues in Anaheim with the upcoming search for a new fire chief to replace Randy Bruegman, who will retire at the end of the year. In March, the City Council named a new city attorney, and officials announced their pick for police chief last week. They’re also on the verge of hiring a new city manager, and that person will choose a fire chief, city spokesman Mike Lyster said.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 5:28:13 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register - Metered Site
Kids Learn What it Takes to Become a Firefighter at Roseville Fire Camp
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:35:55 -0700
Kids are learning firsthand what it's like to be a Roseville firefighter at the Roseville Fire Kids Camp. "I really thought it was an easy job but it's really not," said Grace Meyer, a fire camp trainee. Local firefighters volunteered a week of their time to put 40 students through some of the same exercises they did during their training.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 6:35:55 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
Lodi firefighters fight fire with fire
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:30:28 -0700
Dressed in yellow fire-retardant pants and jackets — lighter and easier to move in than their usual turnout work for urban structure fires — firefighters from two Lodi Fire Department engines and one Liberty Fire District engine conducted their annual wildland fire training behind the Lodi Wine and Business Center on Tuesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/20/2018 10:30:28 AM - SOURCE: Lodi News-Sentinel
Update: Chico Fire Department moves ahead with false fire alarm fees
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:46:52 -0700
The Chico Fire Department will soon begin charging for repeated false fire alarms after the City Council voted in favor of amending city code to address the issue Tuesday. The department has received more than 1,400 calls in two years that turned out to be false fire alarms, accounting for more than 5 percent of total calls received in 2016 and 2017.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 11:46:52 PM - SOURCE: Chico Enterprise Record
Occupants of Modesto Home Rescued from Carbon Monoxide Exposure
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:59:21 -0700
Five Modesto residents were treated at a hospital Tuesday morning after they were exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide inside the Tokay Avenue home where they were sleeping. "Headache and stomachache were the main symptoms," said Johnny Hutson, one of the five who was hospitalized. "And that's exactly what I had when I woke up.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2018 11:59:21 PM - SOURCE: KTXL-TV Fox 40 Sacramento
San Diego paying $440K to helicopter medics to settle overtime lawsuits
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:45:49 -0700
San Diego is paying seven helicopter rescue medics a total of $442,000 because they didn’t receive overtime pay despite regularly working 56-hour weeks. Federal law requires overtime pay of one and a half times the regular wage for all hours worked over 40 in one workweek, but there is an exemption for government workers engaged in fire suppression.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 3:45:49 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune - Metered Site
Evacuations ordered near Coulterville as fires break out throughout the region
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 18:47:21 -0700
Firefighters battled blazes across the region, including one near Coulterville that has prompted mandatory evacuations in the area. The Wheeler fire broke out Monday afternoon near Coulterville, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection. Though initially measuring only 30 acres, the fire is challenging because of dense fuel and steep terrain, CalFire said in a post on Twitter.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 6:47:21 PM - SOURCE: Fresno Bee

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