Daily Dispatch: California News
East County fire agency to start charging for some emergency services
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Residents in far East Contra Costa County who receive emergency fire services may see a bill go to their insurance companies to cover the cost as early as next month. The financially strapped East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, which serves 249 square miles east of Antioch and more than 114,000 residents, will join a number of fire districts in the Bay Area and elsewhere that already charge some type of cost recovery fees.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
Wildfire near Placerville jumps Highway 50, prompts evacuations
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:41:15 -0700
A timber fire broke out 10 miles east of Placerville on Thursday afternoon, briefly shutting down Highway 50 and prompting evacuations, officials said. Flames from the 12-acre Meyers Fire leapt across the road, prompting Caltrans officials to close down the highway in both directions at 1:20 p.m. Residents of Camino living on 8-Mile Road are currently under mandatory evacuation.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 5:41:15 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
Beverly Hills Fire Department names deputy fire chief
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:14:13 -0700
Beverly Hills Fire Department veteran Joseph Matsch has been named deputy fire chief for the department, effective immediately. Matsch began his career as a firefighter with the United States Air Force in 1987 and joined Beverly Hills Fire Department in 1995. He has served in a variety of roles during his 23 year tenure including firefighter, engineer, fire inspector, captain, fire marshal and battalion chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:14:13 PM - SOURCE: Park Labrea News and Beverly Press
Los Angeles County deputies rescue father, young son from burning building
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:25:43 -0700
Two Los Angeles County deputies are being hailed as heroes after they saved a father and his young son from a burning building in Lancaster. Deputies received a call about a structure fire at an apartment complex near 16th Street West and Avenue K-8 shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Several apartments were fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:25:43 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Man in critical condition after water rescue near Aquatic Park in San Francisco
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 12:36:22 -0700
A spokesperson at San Francisco General Hospital says one man is in critical condition after being found unconscious and floating in the Bay just before 6 a.m. Two other people, a man and a woman, are also still in the hospital but are expected to be OK. Lt. Jonathan Baxter with the San Francisco Fire Department said they got the call at 5:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:36:22 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Emergency responders undergo rigorous training in Ojai
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:12:31 -0700
Ventura County firefighters in conjunction with California OES Urban Search and Rescue Regional Task Force spent the whole week training their crews for disasters. Near the Matilija Dam in Ojai, intense training is taking place to help save lives -- including an advanced rope rescue technician course.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 8:12:31 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
Los Angeles Firefighters Injured Battling Boyle Heights Commercial Building Fire
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A raging fire destroyed a Boyle Heights import business Wednesday and three firefighters were injured, one critically, when the roof of the sprawling warehouse-type structure collapsed beneath their feet. The fire broke out for unknown reasons around 12:45 p.m. at the Passion Imports building in the 2800 block of East Pico Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
San Luis Obispo fire chief to retire after 6 years marked by success and controversy
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:46:59 -0700
San Luis Obispo Fire Chief Garret Olson — whose six years of leadership have been marked by improvements in safety and technology but also a costly controversy — is retiring after a 30-year firefighting career. Olson, whose last day is set for Oct. 30, updated firefighters’ protective gear and older city facilities, upgraded the radio system and established a fire apparatus replacement program, according to city officials.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 9:46:59 PM - SOURCE: San Luis Obispo County Tribune
As he nears retirement, Anaheim fire chief warns firefighters must adapt to a changing role
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:29:27 -0700
As Anaheim Fire Chief Randy Bruegman’s retirement approaches, he discusses the future of firefighting and allows that if departments fail to change it could mean fewer men and women prepared to battle infernos. Along with more mega wildfires and tornadoes of flame never seen before in modern history, the chief points out that 85 percent of calls are for emergency medical service.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 7:29:27 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Memorial service details released for fallen Chico Fire Captain
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:21:47 -0700
Memorial service information has been released following the passing of Chico Fire Captain, Joe Duran. Captain Duran passed away on September 12 following a battle with job-related cancer. Because of the presumptive nature of the cancer, his passing has been deemed a Line of Duty Death. Captain Duran spent nearly three decades as a firefighter with the City of Chico, rising to the rank of Captain and service as the leader of the Chico Fire Department's Rescue Team.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:21:47 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
'I was dying for you to get there': Woman reunites with Oakhurst first responders who saved her life
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:19:21 -0700
An Oakhurst woman is sharing her story after surviving the unimaginable. Jessica Woodington, 31, was in a head-on collision two months ago in Oakhurst. The other driver did not survive, but out of tragedy, there's now friendship. Firefighters from Fire Station 12 in Oakhurst responded to a called back on July 24.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 8:19:21 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Ranch fire, which propelled Mendocino Complex into California history, fully contained
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:35:40 -0700
California’s largest-ever wildland fire, a 7-week-old inferno that raged mostly across northern Lake County, scorching hundreds of thousands of acres of national forest, has been declared fully contained, Forest Service officials said Wednesday. The Ranch fire was the giant among a pair of blazes called the Mendocino Complex that erupted an hour apart July 27 in Mendocino County and swept east, spurring evacuation orders affecting thousands of residents across four counties.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 7:35:40 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Former Santa Barbara County Fire Chief to fill in while permanent chief sought
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:42:28 -0700
A former Santa Barbara County Fire Department chief is being brought back to serve as the interim chief until a permanent replacement can be found for Eric Peterson, who is retiring after 31 years of service. Michael W. Dyer, who was the County Fire chief for almost six years until his retirement in 2015, will take over as interim chief Nov.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 5:42:28 PM - SOURCE: Lompoc Record
Body found during fire call at duplex in Modesto
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 21:19:32 -0700
One person is dead after a fire broke out at a duplex in Modesto, Tuesday afternoon. Modesto fire officials say crews were dispatched to the home, located in the 1600 block of Floyd Avenue, around 2 p.m. The fire was burning on one side of the home and that is where firefighters made entry. One victim was found inside the home and confirmed dead at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 9:19:32 PM - SOURCE: ABC 10
HOPE team offers just that for Butte County wildfire victims
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:46:49 -0700
Mental health experts say it can take a long time to get over a life shock, but it’s more than half a year since 2017’s first wildfire. There are residents of the Oroville foothills whose lives are nowhere near normal. Some aren’t on their properties, but feel they’re getting close. Others are stuck in the cleanup process, balancing getting work done with getting government approval.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 6:46:49 PM - SOURCE: Chico Enterprise Record
Twain Harte firefighter to be honored at Sacramento memorial
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:51:14 -0700
Longtime Fire Capt. Paul J. Waite Jr., who died in 2016 of work-related cancer, will be honored Sept. 29 at the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento. His name, along with 36 other fallen firefighters, will be added to the memorial wall. Waite was 64 when he died Aug. 26, 2016 of cancer of the eye.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:51:14 PM - SOURCE: Sonora Union Democrat
La Verne council takes action to limit Councilman Tim Hepburn's role on confidential matters
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:38:28 -0700
Emotions flared Monday night as the four-member majority of the La Verne City Council limited the role of one of its colleagues for reportedly disclosing confidential information. The La Verne City Council accused Councilman Tim Hepburn of disclosing confidential information discussed in closed-door sessions involving a legal dispute with the La Verne Firefighters’ Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 11:38:28 AM - SOURCE: Ontario Inland Valley Bulletin
Flames Take Down 2 Homes Under Construction In South Los Angeles
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:26:54 -0700
Eight people were displaced Tuesday after a fire took down two homes that were under construction in South Los Angeles. Flames broke out in the frames of two homes in the 1100 block of East 95th Street at about 3:30 a.m. Dozens of firefighters had the fire out within 30 minutes, despite downed wires.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:26:54 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Flames Engulf Commercial Building in Los Angeles
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:45:54 -0700
Dark, heavy smoke rose above Glassell Park Monday evening as flames engulfed a commercial building. Some 150 firefighters responded to the two-story, L-shaped structure on 3501 N. San Fernando Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Plumes of smoke were visible for miles as crews hosed down the blaze using ladder pipes.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 6:45:54 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Kern County Fire Department trains for life-saving air rescues
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:06:16 -0700
Firefighters at the Kern County Fire Department (KDFC) Air Operations, are always ready at any moment to jump into action to fight a fire or perform a rescue. A team is on call 24/7, seven days a week. During the Water Fire near the Grapevine, the helicopter crew on Helicopter 408 were fighting the fire, but once they heard the call one of their own was injured, they switched gears.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 12:06:16 AM - SOURCE: KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23

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