Daily Dispatch: California News
Manhattan Beach hires 30-year veteran of emergency services as its new fire chief
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:36:52 -0700
After more than a year, Manhattan Beach has a new fire chief. The city announced the appointment of Daryn Drum, a 30-year veteran of emergency services who will serve as the city’s 13th fire chief, in a statement Tuesday, March 19. Drum most recently served as Division Chief of Administrative Services for Heartland Fire & Rescue, a consolidated fire district near San Diego, according to city officials.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:36:52 PM - SOURCE: Torrance Daily Breeze
Sonoma County leaders approve $4.6 million fire services reorganization
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 09:15:40 -0700
In a move described as “generational change,” Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $4.6 million plan to reorganize volunteer fire departments and boost staffing at four tax-supported fire districts. The approval followed positive comments from a dozen fire agency representatives in the audience, a sharp contrast from an earlier proposal that generated animosity within the fire services network.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 9:15:40 AM - SOURCE: Petaluma360 & Petaluma Argus Courier
Retired Fremont Fire Chief, Daniel T. Lydon, Dies at 77
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
It is with deep sadness and respect that the City of Fremont and the Fremont Fire Department announce the death of Retired Fire Chief and Planning Commissioner Daniel T. Lydon, who passed away on March 18, 2019 at his home in Fremont, California. Chief Lydon was born on October 30, 1941 in Oakland, California.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Patch.com
San Jose still not answering emergency calls fast enough
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 10:44:38 -0700
Despite some improvement in the past couple of years, San Jose’s fire and police departments still aren’t answering emergency calls fast enough. And when they do pick up the phone quickly, it comes at a cost: lots of overtime. That’s according to a recent audit from city auditor Sharon Erickson, who laid out a series of recommendations for improving emergency call answering times in a city grappling with both an increasing volume of reports and job vacancies that have proven tough to fill.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 10:44:38 AM - SOURCE: East Bay Times - Metered Site
Moraga-Orinda Fire District awarded major state wildfire prevention grant
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:48:11 -0700
Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved a multimillion dollar project to reduce fuel loads in the high-risk wildfire areas of north Orinda and along Lafayette Ridge, stemming from a grant application submitted to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection by the Moraga-Orinda Fire District. According to Cal Fire, California experienced the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in its history in 2017 and 2018, killing more than 100 people, destroying nearly 23,000 structures and burning over 1.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 1:48:11 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Torrance Fire Department pledges greater accountability, transparency
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:43:29 -0700
The Torrance Fire Department is holding itself to a higher standard — promising that the bar will keep getting raised year after year — as it moves towards a more data-oriented mindset, focused on increased transparency and accountability. The department handed the 2018 Annual Quality Improvement Update Report to the Torrance City Council on Tuesday, March 19.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 10:43:29 AM - SOURCE: Torrance Daily Breeze
2 Dead In Overnight RV Fire In Dixon
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:01:00 -0700
Two men were killed and two others were seriously burned after a recreational vehicle caught on fire in Dixon early Tuesday morning, according to the Dixon Fire Department. The blaze was first reported at 4:25 a.m. on the grounds of the Dixon May Fair at 655 S. First St., Dixon Fire Chief Greg Lewis said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 7:01:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Veteran firefighter of Merced City Fire Department named chief
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:47:02 -0700
A firefighter who is a veteran of the Merced City Fire Department has been named as the chief, officials said Monday. Interim chief since November, Billy Alcorn started as a firefighter in the Merced department in 2004. His first day as permanent chief is March 25. Merced City Fire Chief Michael Wilkinson suddenly retired in November, according to officials from the city of Merced.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 3:47:02 PM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star
Pomona woman, dog found dead inside apartment
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:19:46 -0700
An investigation is underway after a woman and her dog were found dead inside a senior living home in Pomona on Monday. Just before 6 a.m., Pomona police officers responded to the Serenity Villas in the 150 block of E. Bonita Avenue, where they found the unidentified victim's body and her dog. Authorities said they are calling the incident a suspicious death investigation.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 8:19:46 PM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7
Oakland fire captain claims son's arson conviction in Napa damaged his promotion
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:44:41 -0700
A fire captain claims he was denied a promotion because of his son’s arson conviction in Napa County, alleging in a lawsuit Chief Darin White told him it was because of “what is going on with your son.” Howard Holt, a 27-year Oakland fire veteran, was in the running for acting assistant fire marshal in the fire prevention bureau — a division that faced increased scrutiny following the Ghost Ship warehouse fire amid revelations the building was never inspected before 36 people died in a blaze there.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 12:44:41 PM - SOURCE: Napa Valley Register
Big-Rig Fire Leads To Nightmare Commute On Altamont Pass
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:44:04 -0700
A severe traffic alert has been issued for Interstate 580 at the Altamont Pass Tuesday morning after a big-rig caught fire, prompting lane closures. According to authorities, the tractor-trailer caught fire on westbound 580 near North Flynn Road near Livermore shortly before 4 a.m. Officials said the driver was able to get out of the big-rig and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 7:44:04 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Burning Trash Truck Rolls Down a Hill and Crashes Into Monterey Park Home's Front Yard
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:03:42 -0700
A trash truck caught fire, rolled down a hill and crashed into the front yard of a home in Monterey Park Monday. No one was hurt in the incident that was reported about 10:40 a.m. near South Abajo Drive and West Verde Vista Drive, a Verdugo fire dispatcher said. The truck was engulfed in flames and stopped on the road, before it rolled down a hill, hit a car parked on the street and crashed into the front yard of a home, a witness said.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 8:03:42 AM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Crews Clean up South Los Angeles Neighborhood Where Tanker Exploded and Left 2 Injured
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: The Environmental Protection Agency worked Monday to clean up the mess left behind by the 9,000-gallon tanker that leaked gasoline and triggered an explosion in South Los Angeles over the weekend. "Up until this point we still had a lot of fuel out in the open, so a lot of that has been mitigated," EPA's Robert Wise said early Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Los Angeles Fire Department: Body Found in Fire-Damaged Room of Del Rey Home Prompts Arson Investigation
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:40:41 -0700
Arson investigators are headed to the scene of a house fire in Del Rey after a body was found inside the damaged residence on Monday morning, authorities said. The structure fire was reported in the 11900 block of Weir Street just before 9:45 a.m., according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. Responding firefighters entered the home where they found the deceased individual in a fire-damaged room, the alert stated.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 10:40:41 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
Firefighters Rescue Two People Who Were Swept Down Los Angeles River Channel
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 07:39:29 -0700
VIDEO: A 21-year-old man and 18-year-old woman were rescued early Monday from fast-moving water in the Pacoima Wash, a tributary of the Los Angeles River, authorities said. The two entered the wash near Foothill Boulevard and were swept miles down the wash at about 20 mph, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 7:39:29 AM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Fire erupts at Chula Vista mobile home park
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:36:32 -0700
PHOTO: A fire at a Chula Vista mobile home park destroyed two homes Monday morning, forcing several people to be evacuated. The fire was reported at around 6:30 a.m. at a mobile home park at 288 Broadway, officials said. The blaze erupted for unknown reasons at one mobile home and quickly spread to a nearby home and some trees.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 8:36:32 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Menlo Park firefighters rescue kitten trapped in drainage pipe
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:14:57 -0700
Firefighters can still be counted on to rescue a cat in distress, at least in one San Mateo County town. It wasn't a cat stuck in a tree but a black kitten trapped in a water drainage pipe that summoned Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters to Selby Lane in Atherton around 4:30 p.m. Friday.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 3:14:57 PM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area
Portion of I-15 Dedicated to Fallen Escondido Firefighter
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 21:22:54 -0700
A portion of Interstate 15 has officially been named after a local firefighter killed after battling one of the largest fires in state history. Cory Iverson was part of a strike team with Cal Fire San Diego on the front lines of the Thomas Fire in Fillmore, California, that ultimately covered nearly 282,000 acres.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 9:22:54 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Bethel Island Homes Destroyed By Fire; Were Budget Cuts To Blame?
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 23:47:49 -0700
VIDEO: Three homes were destroyed in a fire on Bethel Island in East Contra Costa County Thursday evening. Firefighters said two homes on the 1200 block of Taylor Road burned to the ground. A third was still standing but was considered a complete loss. No one was injured. Firefighters said it took between 12 and 15 minutes to reach the fire because there is no fire station on Bethel Island.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 11:47:49 PM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Environmental group questions use of bulldozers to fight California wildfires
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 19:58:13 -0700
Bulldozer drivers cut 305 miles of fire lines through scenic forest land last year in a desperate bid to stop a massive wildfire's advance on a Northern California city, an effort an environmentalist group said Thursday was largely ineffective. The Oregon-based Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics & Ecology organization released a report detailing bulldozer use during the July wildfire that killed eight people and destroyed 1,000 homes in and around Redding.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 7:58:13 PM - SOURCE: Ventura County Star

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