The city of Roseville has made it clear that it needs to cut $2 million from the city budget because of a revenue shortfall.
Because 70 percent of the city's $135 million budget is dedicated to public safety, $800,000 will be cut from the Roseville Fire Department.
The union representing firefighters says response times will suffer and lives will be put at risk.
The city says no layoffs are planned and that more resources will be put into medical calls, which is a growing portion of the department's work.
The union says the city was supposed to get public input before changes were made, which they say was not done. The city says input was for budget priorities, not managerial and operational changes to save money.
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Flags at all Kern County fire stations will be lowered to half-staff in memory of Engineer Brian Massey, who died after a medical event Saturday night at his home.
Massey, 56, had been fighting fires in Kern County for 27 years, beginning in Taft in 1990. He joined the Kern County Fire Department in 2007.
To honor Massey's memory, Fire Chief Brian Marshall has ordered flags at all county fire stations to be flown at half-staff until the day of his funeral. Massey is survived by his three children, girlfriend of 17 years and parents.
His death will be considered a line-of-duty death, according to the Fire Department.
A former deputy chief of the San Gabriel Fire Department will come out of retirement to become its chief, the city announced Wednesday.
Derrick Doehler, a 19-year veteran of the SGFD, retired in 2016.
“I’m happy to be back, and I’m extremely proud to serve the City of San Gabriel,” Doehler said in a statement released by the city.
Doehler, 50, succeeds fire Chief Mario Rueda, and will assume his new duties immediately
A husband and wife were injured when the husband pulled his wife from a burning mobile home in Glenn County early Thursday.
It happened around 12:10 a.m. at a home in the 4800 block of County Road N in Orland. Firefighters said the fire was put out around 2:30 a.m., but some crews had to return to the scene around 4 a.m. because the fire started back up again.
The husband said his wife suffered burns to 20 percent of her body as well as smoke inhalation. She was taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, before being airlifted to U.C. Davis Medical Center. The husband also suffered burns, and their 14-year-old son suffered smoke inhalation.
Firefighters said if it hadn't been for her husband pulling her out of the home, the wife would have perished.
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Oil-soaked rags, likely used for staining, were the apparent cause of a fire that gutted a building at a Fulton trucking company in northern Santa Rosa early Wednesday, according to Rincon Valley fire officials.
The fire, at the Hansen Transport shop at River and Fulton roads, burned a big rig parked inside and resulted in an estimated $300,000 loss in property, said Rincon Valley Fire Chief Jack Piccinini.
The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. Firefighters from the nearby Larkfield station arrived to find flames engulfing the estimated 5,000-square-foot shop, said Rincon Valley Fire Capt. Neil Nicholson. Cal Fire, Windsor and Santa Rosa fire agencies also responded.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Several tents and other items were destroyed but no one was reported injured Wednesday morning when a fire erupted at a homeless encampment underneath BART tracks in West Oakland, authorities said.
It was the second fire at a homeless encampment in three days.
Wednesday’s fire started about 4:24 a.m. on the south side of Fifth Street between Market and Brush streets, an area that has a large homeless population.
Bright flames and dark smoke could be seen over a wide area, including nearby Interstate 880.
Firefighters were able to control the fire quickly. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
East Bay Times