Daily Dispatch: California News
La Verne firefighters: Battalion chief secretly photographed, videotaped union members
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:51:41 -0700
A La Verne Fire battalion chief secretly took more than 250 videos, 1,500 photographers and kept a 235-page file of notes, some of which included conversations union members had with their wives, the La Verne Firefighters Association alleges in a new claim filed against the city last week. The association, engaged in a legal battle with the city the last 10 months, alleges Battalion Chief Michael Thompson began his surveillance of union members in the summer of 2017 with the intent to gather evidence for disciplinary action against them.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 4:51:41 PM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Firefighters Find 2 Bodies Inside Orange County Home After Extinguishing Blaze
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:43:19 -0700
Authorities say they recovered two bodies from the scene of a house fire in Garden Grove over the weekend. The fire started just before 8 p.m. Saturday in the 8800 block of Chapman Avenue. When firefighters arrived, there were flames visible through the roof, prompting additional resources to be requested.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 1:43:19 PM - SOURCE: KCAL-TV Los Angeles
Crews Battle 30-Acre Wildfire In East San Jose; 2 Firefighters Injured
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 17:38:44 -0700
Fire crews are at the scene of a growing wildfire burning in the hills of East San Jose early Sunday evening, according to authorities. Cal Fire tweeted about the fire burning at Quimby Road and Borden Drive shortly after 5 p.m. The fire had already burned 25 acres at that point. The fire, being called the Quimby Fire, is drawing a major response from Cal Fire and area fire departments including air support.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 5:38:44 PM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Firefighters: Homeless May Have Caused Fire In Downtown Sacramento Recycling Yard
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 18:25:28 -0700
A fire at a recycling center broke out just before 4 p.m. Sunday at North 10th and B streets in Sacramento. Firefighters said the call came in initially as a tree fire, but due to the fire conditions in Northern California Sunday, the fire spread and moved into the rail yard. The yard was full of recycling piles of plastic and metal, turn into a liquid fuel as they burn, say firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 6:25:28 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
What Ignited Many of California's Worst Wildfires a Mystery
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 16:36:27 -0700
California officials quickly determined an arsonist started last month's huge wildfire southeast of Los Angeles, and that two weeks earlier sparks from a vehicle produced a deadly wildfire in the far northern part of the state. But causes for many of California's worst blazes of the past decade remain a mystery.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 4:36:27 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Carr Fire Community Debriefing allows collaboration between firefighters and the public
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:28:50 -0700
Saturday morning, the Redding Fire Department held a Carr Fire community debriefing offering community members a safe space to share stories and ask questions about the fire in a town-hall style discussion. A panel of firefighters led the meeting answering questions and sharing information to better prepare both sides for another possible disaster.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 6:28:50 PM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
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

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