|Daily Dispatch: California News|
|Sonoma County disbanding its fire department to beef up regional agencies|
|Thu, 13 Dec 2018 21:35:53 -0800|
The dismantling of Sonoma County’s 25-year-old Department of Fire and Emergency Services continued this week as the Board of Supervisors shifted two of its key roles — hazardous materials programs and fire prevention — to a different county agency. Next month, another major division — emergency management — will be broken away from the department and moved more directly under the control of the county administrator.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 9:35:53 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
|911 call logs reveal terrifying moments at onset of Camp Fire|
|Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800|
At 6:33 a.m. on Nov. 8, a Butte County dispatcher answered what was among the first emergency calls in what would become the deadliest wildfire in California history: A “powerline transformer sparked and there is a fire,” the Magalia caller reported. By just after 8 a.m., residents of Concow and Magalia were phoning in a panic — some of them trapped and needing rescue and others frantically alerting authorities to parents and grandparents in harm’s way, according to Butte County dispatchers’ logs.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
|New Moraga-Orinda Fire District board defies tradition, elects Danziger president|
|Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800|
The three newly elected, union-supported members of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District governing board made an immediate impact Dec. 5 by shattering tradition and electing newcomer Steven Danziger as president of the district board of directors. A stunned silence followed director Michael Donner's motion to nominate Danziger, and when Room No.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly
|UC San Diego Fire Station Approved by San Diego City Council Committee|
|Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:37:24 -0800|
The City of San Diego’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee has voted unanimously in favor of approving construction of a fire station on the University of California San Diego campus. The fire station, a first for the campus, would be built as a partnership between the City of San Diego and UC San Diego, with the goal of serving the needs of the growing university, as well as the local surrounding community.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 6:37:24 PM - SOURCE: UC San Diego News
|Fire at vacant Cathedral City building causes $1.5 million in damages|
|Thu, 13 Dec 2018 23:47:40 -0800|
Investigators told News Channel 3 they now have an idea where last night's fire burned. They narrowed it down to two small rooms and a hallway. The building was vacant, so no injuries were reported. One of the last businesses to occupy the spot was a marijuana dispensary about 3 to 4 months ago, according to battalion chief Robert Allison of the Cathedral City Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 11:47:40 PM - SOURCE: KESQ-TV Channel 3
|San Francisco firefighter dies in crash on way to work|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:54:17 -0800|
A San Francisco firefighter died in a head-on car crash early Wednesday morning, officials said. Around 5:30 a.m., Steven Pacatte was driving to work behind a Recology garbage truck along a foggy Occidental Road in Santa Rosa, California Highway Patrol officials said. While traveling eastbound toward Piezzi Road, Pacatte attempted to pass the truck by driving his Chevrolet Silverado in the westbound lane and collided with an oncoming Chevrolet Suburban.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 9:54:17 PM - SOURCE: SF Gate: San Francisco Chronicle
|Ghost Ship defendants ask for landlords, fire officials arrest for deadly fire|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:37:42 -0800|
The attorneys for the Ghost Ship defendants are asking the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for an unusual move — to arrest the warehouse landlords and fire department officials for the deadly fire. Attorneys for Derick Almena and Max Harris announced the motion to compel the arrests on Tuesday, asking for a laundry list of arrests that includes the Ghost Ship warehouse landlord Chor Ng and her two children, Eva and Kai, who served as building managers.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 2:37:42 PM - SOURCE: East Bay Times
|Selma appoints Petersen as fire chief|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:35:01 -0800|
With four generations of fire-fighting in the family, Selma’s acting fire chief seemed the logical choice for the job. City Manager Teresa Gallavan announced Dec. 5 that Rob Petersen has been appointed as Selma’s new fire chief as of Dec. 8. Chief Petersen has served the City of Selma for 18 years, including the past six months as the acting fire chief upon outgoing Chief Mike Kain’s retirement.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 4:35:01 PM - SOURCE: Hanford Sentinel
|Santa Barbara County upgrading aerial firefighting capabilities with Firehawk helicopter|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:34:41 -0800|
The aerial firefighting capabilities of Santa Barbara County will take a big leap forward with the purchase of a used Sikorsky HH-60L Black Hawk helicopter from the National Guard. County supervisors approved the purchase on a 5-0 vote waiving the competitive bid requirement, allowing the Fire Protection District to acquire the military-grade helicopter at a fraction of the cost of a new Black Hawk.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 6:34:41 PM - SOURCE: Lompoc Record
|Possible Burglar Rescued 2 Days After Getting Stuck in Grease Vent of Bay Area Restaurant|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:38:52 -0800|
A possible burglar had to be rescued from the grease vent of a vacant Chinese restaurant in the Bay Area after being trapped there for two days, authorities said Wednesday. Around 9:30 a.m., firefighters and deputies responded to a reported lockout in the 700 block of Bockman Road in San Lorenzo and heard a man moaning in the building, according to the Alameda County Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 2:38:52 PM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
|Fresno Fire, Police Department team up to determine if two arsons, drive-by shooting are connected|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:58:12 -0800|
Fresno Fire is teaming up with Fresno police to see if three separate incidents are connected - two arsons and a drive by shooting all within a 6-month span. Surveillance video, obtained by Fresno Fire investigators, shows the night this southeast Fresno home was targeted by arsonists. Footage captured from two security cameras in the neighborhood show the moments a truck parked in front of the home on east Atchison was intentionally set on fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 5:58:12 PM - SOURCE: KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia
|Retiring Cal Fire Chief: State must consider ban on homes in fire-prone areas|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 20:14:33 -0800|
California’s increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state’s top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott will leave his job Friday after 30 years with the agency.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 8:14:33 PM - SOURCE: San Jose Mercury News
|Lawsuit says police shot man in chaos of Long Beach Fire Captain’s death, then punched him at the hospital|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:18:00 -0800|
A 78-year-old man is suing the Long Beach Police Department alleging that police shot him in the abdomen as he was evacuating a retirement home where a firefighter was fatally shot following an explosion in June. Police, however, say there is clear evidence that no officers fired during the incident.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:18:00 AM - SOURCE: Long Beach Post
|Camp Fire: PG&E finds bullet holes, broken equipment at sites where blaze likely started|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:14:26 -0800|
PG&E has acknowledged to regulators that it found bullet holes, a broken transmission-tower hook and other flaws with equipment at sites where the catastrophic Camp Fire is believed to have started last month. In its most detailed accounting yet of the problems that might have led to the Nov. 8 wildfire that consumed most of Paradise, the beleaguered utility told state officials that its inspectors have found a “broken C-hook” on a high-voltage tower near the community of Pulga, northeast of Paradise.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 10:14:26 AM - SOURCE: Merced Sun-Star
|Cost Of Clean-Up From Camp, Woolsey Fires To Top $3 Billion|
|Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:28:11 -0800|
State and federal authorities estimated Tuesday that it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris from 19,000 homes and businesses destroyed by three California wildfires last month. The disaster relief officials said the cleanup costs will far surpass the record cleanup expense of $1.3 billion the U.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 2:28:11 PM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento
|Holy Fire Suspect Set to Be Arraigned in Orange County After 3 Mental Evaluations|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 09:52:11 -0800|
A man suspected of sparking the destructive Holy Fire is expected to be arraigned Wednesday after a third psychiatric evaluation showed the defendant to be competent. Forrest Gordon Clark was first ordered to undergo a mental exam back in August, when he acted erratically and made rambling statements in court, telling the judge at one point that he "comprehended" the charges against him but "did not understand" them.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 9:52:11 AM - SOURCE: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
|Redding Police Department: Angry man sets car on fire because it's out of gas|
|Wed, 12 Dec 2018 10:32:17 -0800|
A man was in the process of setting his vehicle on fire with a road flare when police arrived Tuesday afternoon. The Redding Police Department said Dane Brayman, age 39, of Antelope, CA was angry that his vehicle ran out of gas at 2851 Park Marina Drive in Redding. They say he used large rocks to break the windows of the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 10:32:17 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 & KCVU-TV Fox 20
|Southern California Edison, PG&E to cover power lines, expand weather monitoring to combat wildfires|
|Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:31:30 -0800|
California utilities plan to insulate power lines, increase inspections and build new weather stations in areas at high risk for wildfires in an effort to combat increasingly destructive blazes. Southern California Edison told legislative employees Monday it wants to spend $582 million to cover some of its power lines and deploy new cameras to cover 90 percent of high-risk areas.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 6:31:30 PM - SOURCE: Santa Rosa Press Democrat
|Incoming Vallejo fire chief to earn top step salary|
|Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:54:30 -0800|
Vallejo’s incoming fire chief, Daryl C. Arbuthnott, will earn an annual base salary of $209,108 with the city, which is the top step of the salary range for the fire chief position, City Hall officials confirmed to the Times-Herald recently. Heather Ruiz, the city’s human resources director, said in an email that the salary range for the fire chief position is between $172,034 to $209,108.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 4:54:30 PM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald
|Former Los Angeles Fire Marshal, City Settle Retaliation Suit|
|Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:29:24 -0800|
A former Los Angeles fire marshal settled the lawsuit he filed against the city, alleging that Mayor Eric Garcetti and the firefighters’ union conspired to remove him from his job in 2016, court papers show. Lawyers for plaintiff John N. Vidovich and the City Attorney’s Office told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Kalin on Friday that the case was resolved.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 3:29:24 PM - SOURCE: MyNewsLA.com