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Monday, June 24, 2019

Firefighter Injured Battling 3-Alarm Fire At Roofing Supply Business In Pittsburg

VIDEO: A firefighter was injured battling a three-alarm fire that was burning at a roofing supply business on Piedmont Way in Pittsburg, officials said. The first call came in at 2:39 p.m. and the fire quickly elevated to a second and third alarm. The blaze, clearly visible from Highway 4, spread to a structure at the Elite Roofing Supply Company and then ignited grass across the nearby abandoned train tracks. A huge plume of smoke was visible, a spokesman said. Both the structure fire at the lumber yard and the grass fire were contained at 4:05 p.m., according to Contra Costa Fire officials. The injured firefighter was listed in moderate condition and was treated for smoke inhalation and transported to a local hospital. The firefighter was released around 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening in good condition, officials said.
KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Menlo Park firefighters preserve history with new fire station

Firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District are getting ready to unveil their newest fire station to the public Saturday morning. The project took years to complete, but many community members say it has been worth the wait. "We've been watching as they leveled the ground," said Lisa Lee, Menlo Park resident. "We've been eagerly waiting the finished product." From conception to completion, the $10.4 million "Fire Station 6" project downtown took 11 years to navigate due to the recession and zoning issues. The fire district says it's a state of the art facility that's well positioned for future growth. The congestion, the density, all of that is just going to equate to more call volume, and to match that, we have to have a facility big enough to support more units and more people, and we've been able to do that here," said Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman.

Oakland firefighters rescue goat from drainage pipe

A goat was rescued Saturday night from a 40-foot-deep drainage pipe on the eastern edge of Oakland, the Oakland Fire Department reported Saturday night on social media. Oakland Fire Department personnel responded about 6 p.m. Saturday to the area near Keller Avenue and Rilea Way near the Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve, where the goat was reported to have fallen down the steel pipe and got stuck. The goat was one of many brought to the area to help clear vegetation, helping reduce the chances of a wildfire. Fire crews worked for more than two hours before they reported on Twitter that the goat had been rescued from the pipe, apparently physically OK.
San Francisco Chronicle (

Fremont grass fire appears suspicious, acting battalion chief says

Evacuations in the Niles District of Fremont have been lifted after fire crews contained a grass fire early Monday morning, according to police. A "small number" of homes near 36990 Mission Blvd. had been evacuated by Fremont police as a precaution as firefighters worked to put out the fire late Sunday night which had burned about 15 acres on the steep hill just north of Blaisdell Way, police said. An acting battalion chief told KTVU that the grass fire appeared to be suspicious. The fire was first reported at 9:59 p.m. Sunday on a steep grassy hill immediately north of a subdivision of single-family homes two blocks north of Mission Boulevard, which has since reopened to traffic, police said. Jonathan Sloves had been evacuated. "We went outside we looked and we saw there was like the hills were on fire and the fire was moving down the hill, and so we didn't really ask any questions, we just sorta packed and thought we'd ask our questions later," he said.
KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area

One Person Hurt After Early Morning House Fire In Sacramento

One person was hurt after an early morning house fire in south Sacramento. It happened shortly after 2 a.m. Monday on 21st Street, south of Sutterville Road. Authorities say that person – who was able to get out of the house on their own – was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, but the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time. Firefighters got the fire under control quickly. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento

Bakersfield: Best high school athletes compete in firefighter competition

VIDEO: They're the best high school athletes in Bakersfield. Saturday they competed to see who would make the best firefighter. The Bakersfield Battle of Champions featured Bakersfield athletes from football to tennis to cheerleading and drumlines. Each athlete got one chance to go through a firefighter training course involving running up three flights of stairs, pulling up a fire hose, hitting a metal sled a couple feet and pulling a weighted sled about twenty yards. California Assemblemember Rudy Salas organized the event to see which athletes who make the best firefighters. And also to encourage fire safety among teenagers.
KERO-TV ABC 23 Bakersfield-Turn to 23

Friday, June 21, 2019

Placentia hires experienced Interim Fire Chief to lead transition to local City of Placentia Fire Department

Following the approval to establish its own Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department, the City of Placentia is pleased to announce the hiring of Senior Executive Fire Advisor Scott Ferguson to fulfill the duties of Interim Fire Chief to assist with the transition to a locally-controlled Fire Department. “Chief Ferguson is a highly-qualified Fire Chief with significant experience,” said Damien R. Arrula, City Administrator. “Interim Chief Ferguson offers decades of experience as a firefighter and Chief-including building fire departments from the ground up, and recruiting and retaining highly experienced firefighters.” “With over ten years of experience as a Fire Chief and 37 years of dedication in the fire industry, Fire Chief Ferguson brings expertise from multiple cities including Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and most recently Murrieta,” said former OCFA Board of Director and Placentia Councilmember Craig Green.
Orange County Breeze

California captain launches ’Firefighters in Fire Trucks Getting Ice Cream’ video series

Jesse Quinalty of Red Helmet Training is producing a monthly series of fire service videos based on the acclaimed “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” with Jerry Seinfeld. This new series is titled “Firefighters in Fire Trucks getting Ice Cream,” and much like the show produced by Seinfeld, it is completely unscripted discussions, only these guests are discussing hot topics in the fire service, like culture, tactics, modern fire behavior, cancer, PTSD and more. Quinalty was teaching at a fire conference in Nashville last year when the idea came to life while hanging out with fellow presenters like Don Abbott, Paul Strong and Steve Prziborowski. “There are so many great nuggets you get from instructors while hanging out in the hallway or catching a quick meal – nuggets that should be captured on video,” Quinalty states. In the pilot episode, Quinalty grabs some ice cream with Chief Pete Van Dorpe, fire chief of Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District in Illinois.

Ghost Ship Fire Trial: Oakland firefighter takes stand for defense

A witness for the defense, handyman Troy Altieri, took the stand and told the jury that several Oakland firefighters who were inside the Ghost Ship warehouse took a tour from Derick Almena two years before the deadly fire, and even danced on the second floor. Almena's friend Joe Rodriguez said he saw them too and that several returned the following day for a pig roast. "They have categorically denied they went in," said Almena's attorney Tony Almena. "And we at the end of this case will have three witnesses who said not only did they go in, they took a tour and one occasion they were dancing." But Altieri also told the jury the front stairs of the warehouse were "rinky" and "makeshift," contrary to defense claims that they were stable and not the reason 36 people died the night of the fire. Attorneys for Ghost Ship defendant Max Harris finished their case by putting an Oakland firefighter on the stand who attended a Christmas party at the warehouse two years before the December 2016 fire.
KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco

Brush Fire Scorches 140 Acres on Camp Pendleton

A brush fire spread across 140 acres of open terrain on the grounds of Camp Pendleton near Fallbrook late Thursday afternoon. Base officials said the blaze broke out in the eastern reaches of the sprawling Marine Corps installation shortly after 5 p.m. No structural threats were reported, and the fire was 40 percent contained by 7 p.m. A team of 75 civilian firefighters were helping military personnel extinguish the blaze. “Fire activity has decreased and firefighters expect to have full containment by midnight tonight,” Cal Fire reported. The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.
Times of San Diego

Family pet killed, firefighter injured in Palm Springs house fire

A family pet lost its life in a house fire in Palm Springs Thursday morning. The flames broke out at about 10:30 a.m. on Canon Drive, south of Ramon Road near the intersection of El Cielo Road. News Channel 3 reporter Jake Ingrassia spoke with Owen Fox, the homeowner, who says the fire started in the garage. Fox said he was working on his 1985 Porsche when he believes the muffler caught fire. "My porsche isn't running very well but I back it up every couple of weeks just to keep the battery going and to start it up," Fox said. He said the car began filling with smoke. "Seconds later there was a significant fire and I think less than a minute, there was an enormous fire and it was up over the roof," he said. Families on the street were evacuated. "We heard one small pop and then -- another loud pop," said neighbor Chris Gastelum. "Getting the kids out, they were all just relaxing and you have to give them the sense of urgency. You know, we gotta go, leave everything."
KESQ-TV Channel 3

Cal Fire Mendocino Unit firefighter reported dead due to illness

Cal Fire has reported Thursday that Mendocino Unit firefighter Jim Buckley passed away due to illness on June 13. No further information on Buckley's passing was immediately available. A message was left for Cal Fire which was not immediately returned. Hopland Fire Protection District responded to Buckley's death on Facebook, saying: "Today, we mourn the loss of one of our CalFire brothers, Jim Buckley. Jim was a great friend to all of us at Hopland Fire. He was an amazing firefighter and an inspiration to many of us. His story was great and his heart was huge. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his CalFire family. Thanks for everything Jim, we will take it from here brother."

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