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
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.
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
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
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 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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