Daily Dispatch: California News
5 Injured When AMR Ambulance, 2 Cars Collide in Kearny Mesa
Thu, 16 May 2019 16:39:56 -0700
VIDEO: Five people were injured, four of them severely, when an AMR ambulance and two cars collided Thursday on Kearny Villa Road. A San Diego Fire-Rescue spokesperson said four of the victims suffered major trauma in the crash. Investigators say an Infiniti coupe with two male passengers was heading northbound when it crossed into oncoming traffic and hit the ambulance head on.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 4:39:56 PM - SOURCE: KNSD-TV NBC San Diego
Pasadena Honors City’s Fallen First Responders Who Died in the Line of Duty
Fri, 17 May 2019 07:24:13 -0700
VIDEO: Pasadena paid homage to first responders who died in the line of duty Thursday morning at the 2018 Pasadena Police and Fire Memorial in front of City Hall in a solemn and moving tradition. Seven Pasadena police officers and 10 firefighters have lost their lives serving the community. “Today’s memorial is a somber reminder of the daily sacrifice of so many of our police and fire heroes.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 7:24:13 AM - SOURCE: Pasadena Now
'Ceiling started falling': Video shows moments after F-16 fighter crashes into Riverside County warehouse
Thu, 16 May 2019 20:36:42 -0700
A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, military officials said. The pilot was not hurt and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj. Perry Covington, the base's director of public affairs.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 8:36:42 PM - SOURCE: KSBW-TV Salinas
El Cajon: Firefighters Extinguish Fire in Building, Find Hash Oil Extraction Lab Inside
Fri, 17 May 2019 08:46:14 -0700
One man suffered burn injuries in a blaze in El Cajon inside a commercial building, where firefighters discovered laboratory equipment and unknown chemical substances used for the extraction of hash oil, authorities said Friday. Crews responded about 9:15 p.m. Thursday to a report of a commercial fire in the 900 block of El Cajon Boulevard and, on arrival, discovered a two- story warehouse with smoke coming from the structure, Heartland Fire & Rescue spokesman Mark Casey said.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 8:46:14 AM - SOURCE: Times of San Diego
$43M in Cal Fire grants to fund wildfire preparedness projects
Thu, 16 May 2019 07:45:55 -0700
Cal Fire has awarded more than $43 million in fire prevention grants to help local communities prepare for the upcoming fire season. Along the North Coast Cal Fire has coordinated with local communities to identify areas where wildfire preparation is most needed. “In Bridgeville, there are 18 acres that are our top priority for fuel reduction,” said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Savona.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 7:45:55 AM - SOURCE: Eureka Times-Standard
Costa Mesa Fire Department brings on its own chaplain to support firefighters
Thu, 16 May 2019 14:00:40 -0700
Last year the Costa Mesa Fire Department went on the search for its own chaplain to help firefighters as they deal with the traumatic situations they can be exposed to on a daily basis. The day Costa Mesa Canopy Church Pastor Joshua Harrison started, Fire Capt. Mike Kreza was hit by a car on a training ride for an Ironman competition.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 2:00:40 PM - SOURCE: Orange County Register - Metered Site
Cal Fire battalion chief hospitalized after collision on 215 Freeway near Perris
Wed, 15 May 2019 21:48:03 -0700
A Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department battalion chief crashed — possibly because of a medical emergency — off the 215 Freeway near Harley Knox Boulevard near Perris on Wednesday, prompting officials to shut down rail traffic in the area. A CHP officer arriving after the 3:07 p.m. collision said the chief, whose name was not disclosed, was semi-conscious.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 9:48:03 PM - SOURCE: San Bernardino County Sun
Media Investigates: San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responses increase by thousands
Thu, 16 May 2019 07:38:18 -0700
If there’s a dangerous situation unfolding in San Diego the odds are crews with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department are on-scene. Team 10 discovered the number of responses crews make across the City of San Diego are up by tens of thousands from just a few years ago. "What used to be a busy station, looking at nine to 10 calls a day, now that's an average station,” said Chris Webber assistant chief over emergency operations.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 7:38:18 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Moraga-Orinda Fire District makes history with all-female engine company
Wed, 15 May 2019 01:51:18 -0700
For the first time in the 22-year history of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, an all-female crew was assigned to a shift, with acting Capt. Janet Brandi-Routt partnering with acting engineer Julie Murphy and firefighter-paramedic Katy Himsl. The landmark engine company worked out of Fire Station 42 in Moraga on May 8.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 1:51:18 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Follow-up: Cal Fire says Camp Fire, California's deadliest wildfire, started by PG&E equipment
Wed, 15 May 2019 19:51:31 -0700
VIDEO: PG&E power lines sparked the Camp Fire in Butte County that killed 85 people last year, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century, Cal Fire said. Cal Fire said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility started the Nov. 8 fire that nearly destroyed the town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 7:51:31 PM - SOURCE: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
Former FireWhat CEO charged with FEMA fraud for funds administered for Siskiyou, Shasta county fire chiefs associations
Wed, 15 May 2019 13:44:22 -0700
The CEO of the now-closed Dunsmuir company FireWhat has agreed to plead guilty to seven counts of major fraud relating to FEMA grant funds he administered for the Siskiyou and Shasta county fire chiefs associations. Sam Lanier, age 40 of Dunsmuir, faces 10 years in prison and a $10 million fine, according to information released today by the US Attorney’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 1:44:22 PM - SOURCE: Siskiyou Daily News
Oakland Fire Chief Defends Response To Deadly Ghost Ship Fire
Wed, 15 May 2019 21:43:17 -0700
An Oakland fire battalion chief whose crew was the first to arrive at the scene of the fire at the Ghost Ship warehouse in 2016 that claimed 36 lives tearfully said on Wednesday that she and her crew did the best they could under difficult circumstances. When attorneys for Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena, 49, and Ghost Ship creative director Max Harris, 29, accused her of not caring about the victims and leaving them to die, Heather Mozdean said, "I cannot think how we could have done anything any better.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 9:43:17 PM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com)
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District deputy fire chief appointed
Wed, 15 May 2019 01:51:17 -0700
When former Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman departed in March, he praised his relationship with Deputy Chief Lewis Broschard, who succeeded Carman as fire chief. "I hope he gets a deputy chief that he can count on as much as I have," Carman said at his retirement ceremony.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 1:51:17 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
Body-cam video: San Diego shoot-out after firefighters force door alongside police
Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: San Diego Police officers who fired shots at a man in Rolando last year were justified in their use of deadly force, the San Diego District Attorney’s office announced Monday. Body camera video recorded by San Diego Police shows the officers engaged in gunfire with Joe Darwish on June 23, 2018.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
A new beer will help open a museum in Bakersfield with local firefighter artifacts
Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700
The Bakersfield Firefighter Historical Society is looking to open a brand new museum, and now they're getting some help. The historical society and Lengthwise Brewing Company are teaming up to raise money. A building on 20th and G Street has plans to become a museum, it would display BFD artifacts and equipment.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bakersfield Now
Los Angeles: Equine pulled out of deep mud near Hansen Dam
Wed, 15 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: A horse that was stuck neck-deep in mud near Hansen Dam is safe after a harrowing rescue by firefighters Tuesday evening. The horse was enveloped in mud and his rider was also stuck for a time. After freeing herself, she stayed by his side, trying to comfort him as they waited for help. The incident was reported around 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles
Fire Captain Says Derick Almena Told Him No One Lived at Ghost Ship Warehouse
Tue, 14 May 2019 20:12:44 -0700
An Oakland fire captain said on Tuesday that Ghost Ship warehouse master tenant Derick Almena told him in September 2014 that no one was living at the structure in Oakland's Fruitvale district where 36 people perished in a fire in 2016. Testifying in the trial of Almena, 49, and Ghost Ship creative director Max Harris, 29, who face 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the Dec.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 8:12:44 PM - SOURCE: KNTV-TV NBC 11 Bay Area
Fresno Firefighters honored with Lifesaving Award for October Home Rescue
Tue, 14 May 2019 17:52:55 -0700
VIDEO: Fresno Fire Crews 1 & 3 were recognized with the Lifesaving Medal at the 2019 Awards & Promotional Ceremony. The crew was honored for the saving the life of a local back in in 2018. The crews were getting back from a call on October 4, 2018 when another call came in. Fire Crew 1 Captain Bruce Peter said the conditions that day were very dangerous.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 5:52:55 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno
Lompoc Fire gets new ballistic gear as grant to address "seismically unsafe" station is taken away
Mon, 13 May 2019 23:16:21 -0700
The Lompoc Fire Department is always looking to grants, especially during tough budget times. However, there's no guarantee these funds will come through and it's a time-consuming process. Without a dedicated grant writer at the fire department, officials say applying for and managing these funds is no easy task.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 11:16:21 PM - SOURCE: KEYT-TV ABC 3 Santa Barbara
CAL FIRE battalion chief tells Willits City Council about shaded fuel breaks getting underway
Mon, 13 May 2019 15:07:29 -0700
CAL FIRE Howard Forest Battalion Chief Tod Patten attended the Willits City Council meeting last week in order to provide an update and information regarding upcoming work to develop shaded fuel breaks in Brooktrails and Willits. After the City of Willits was turned down for a Greenhouse Gas grant to finance the breaks last spring, Governor Gavin Newsom coincidentally declared a state of emergency in California in March and directed 200 of the state’s “most wildfire-vulnerable communities” to submit potential fuel-reduction projects to be funded by the state.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 3:07:29 PM - SOURCE: Ukiah Daily Journal
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