Daily Dispatch: California News
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
At Least 18 Animals Die in San Bernardino County Reptile Museum Fire
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:45:05 -0700
VIDEO: At least 18 animals died and 14 others were rescued in a fire that erupted at a reptile museum in San Bernardino County on Thursday, officials said. The dramatic rescue took place at noon at the Mountain Town Reptile Museum in Oak Glen, "apple country." Among the animals rescued were two geese and six water turtles.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 8:45:05 PM - SOURCE: KNBC-TV NBC 4 Los Angeles
Six Rivers fire crew trains at Samoa Drag strip in Eureka
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 02:25:18 -0700
The Samoa Dragstrip area was transformed this morning into an emergency vehicle training course for Six Rivers National Forest fire management employees. Tom Stokesberry, Engine 341 captain, said the course was a follow up to classroom discussions about emergency vehicle operation. “We provide our students the opportunity to get behind the wheel and run code three, red lights and sirens, so when they do get into the real world and we’re responding to an incident, they have those memories and ‘slides’ in their heads of how that works,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 2:25:18 AM - SOURCE: Eureka Times-Standard
2 ex-Orange County Fire Authority employees say they were wrongly dismissed following criticism of the agency
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 15:17:04 -0700
Two former Orange County Fire Authority employees have filed a lawsuit against the department alleging they were wrongfully dismissed following one’s criticism of the Canyon 2 fire response and the questions both raised regarding a change in emergency-dispatcher scheduling. Megan Soman, who joined the department as a reserve firefighter in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become a fire communication supervisor, and Travis Fader, who joined as a fire communication dispatcher in 2017, both say they were targeted by department higher-ups and unfairly fired.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 3:17:04 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register
Serial arsonist accused of setting 4 laundry units on fire in Central Fresno
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 05:30:21 -0700
Fire investigators need help catching a serial arsonist before he strikes again. The suspect has torched at least four laundry rooms inside a Central Fresno apartment. At Hunter Place apartments, neighbors are fixating on unfamiliar faces, looking for the man caught in a surveillance video that recorded the man.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2019 5:30:21 AM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
Lewis Broschard III Appointed as Next Contra Costa County Fire Chief
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 06:41:02 -0700
On Tuesday, the Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Directors appointed Lewis T. Broschard III to the position of Fire Chief of the Contra Costa Fire Protection District. The move came after Fire Chief Jeff Carman announced he would be retiring in March. The fire board, comprised of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, unanimously voted in favor of Broschard III in a 4-0 vote.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 6:41:02 AM - SOURCE: East County Today
1 Dead After Two Small Planes Collide At Compton Airport
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 06:46:57 -0700
Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be at the Compton/Woodley Airport Thursday morning to try to determine what caused two planes to collide on the ground, killing one person and injuring another. The collision was reported about 6:55 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 6:46:57 AM - SOURCE: MyNewsLA.com
Erik Newman will remain Stockton’s fire chief
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:44:18 -0700
Stockton’s top fire official is staying put. Fire Chief Erik Newman was not selected for the top post within the San Francisco Fire Department this week. Newman was one of three candidates considered by San Francisco Mayor London Breed to replace Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, who announced her retirement in October after more than 15 years in the post.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 12:44:18 PM - SOURCE: Stockton Record
Report: Power lines sparked massive Southern California fire
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:27:06 -0700
One of the largest fires in California history was sparked by Southern California Edison power lines that came into contact during high winds, investigators said Wednesday. The resulting arc ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017, starting the blaze in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties that resulted in two deaths and blackened more than 440 square miles (1,139 square kilometers), according to the investigation headed by the Ventura County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 5:27:06 PM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com)
San Diego County conservation agency awarded $1.5 million for wildfire preparedness
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 20:01:40 -0700
A San Diego-area conservation organization has been awarded $1.5 million by the state to augment efforts to reduce local wildfire threats and impacts, the agency announced Wednesday. The funding for the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County is part of $20 million in block grants allocated to eight bodies throughout the state by the Department of Conservation and the California Natural Resources Agency through the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 8:01:40 PM - SOURCE: San Diego Union-Tribune
Shasta College unveils new Regional Public Safety Training Center
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Firefighters from all over California and the west will get the opportunity to learn and take their skills to a new level on the Shasta College Redding campus with their new Regional Public Safety Training Center. Finishing touches were being made to the facility a few weeks ago as they had originally planned to unveil the facility in February but due to weather conditions, the unveiling had to be rescheduled to Thursday, March 14.
- PUB DATE: 3/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7
Mayor Breed Makes Historic Selection For New San Francisco Fire Chief
Wed, 13 Mar 2019 10:45:21 -0700
Mayor London Breed announced Wednesday that San Francisco Fire Deputy Chief Jeanine Nicholson would take over the duties as the new chief, the first member of the LGBT community to head the department. Nicholson, a 25-year veteran of the department, replaces retiring Joanne Hayes-White and becomes the second woman to hold the top post.
- PUB DATE: 3/13/2019 10:45:21 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco
Merced City firefighters look to improve paramedic services
Tue, 12 Mar 2019 18:31:18 -0700
In an emergency, seconds matter. That's why the Merced City firefighters are looking into new ways they can help save lives. "We want to provide the highest level of service to the citizens of Merced," said Merced Fire Chief Billy Alcorn. Alcorn says the plan is still in the early stages, but they're looking into possibly getting more certified paramedics into the department.
- PUB DATE: 3/12/2019 6:31:18 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
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