September 5, 2007
The Costa Mesa Senior Center had the phone lines up and running again Tuesday, the first time since a small fire that began in the building’s computer lab caused enough smoke damage to shut the center down, authorities said. Volunteers and staff manned a handful of phones set up in the center’s sun room on the first floor of the building. That room and the main auditorium are the only two open for the time being, said Darryl Kim, the center’s activities coordinator.
December 5, 2004
PUBLIC SAFTEY Morning fire damages, closes Costa Mesa businesses Six businesses on East 17th Street will be closed for several weeks after a two-alarm fire early Friday morning left them with smoke and water damage. Firefighters were still investigating the cause of the blaze that began in Regal Beauty Supply, a few minutes past midnight. Employees working late two doors down in French's Cupcake Bakery noticed smoke and called 911, Costa Mesa Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Broussard said.
November 2, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH — Even with the deaths of five of their brothers fresh on their minds, the local firefighters who helped battle the Esperanza Fire in the San Jacinto Mountains say the losses don't affect the way they approach the danger. "It changes everything for our families, but it changes very little for us," said Costa Mesa Battalion Chief Scott Broussard, who was sent to the arson fire with one Costa Mesa engine. "We know that is a possibility for us — we know that people will and do die … but our families have a totally different way they look at us."
October 4, 2005
Newport-Mesa firefighters who spent five days battling blazes in Los Angeles County returned home Sunday, but dry, hot winds predicted for the region this week could raise the risk of more wildfires. Eight firefighters from Newport-Mesa were dispatched to the Topanga fire late Wednesday as part of a five-engine strike team. They were transferred to the Burbank fire Saturday. With the fires in Los Angeles County mostly contained, the Newport-Mesa strike team members are back.
February 27, 2009
When they’re not putting out fires or responding to medical emergencies, firefighters are training for both. So when representatives told the Costa Mesa Fire Department they were planning on demolishing an old administrative building Monday, firefighters jumped at the chance to take a hack at it first, literally. Firefighters practiced their ventilation tactics — where they cut holes in the building roof to release heat, smoke and flames — Friday morning at the fairgrounds.
January 17, 2009
Orange County Fire Explorers learned how to rescue victims from swift-moving water during an exercise sponsored by the Costa Mesa Fire Department at the Victoria Street bridge in Newport Beach on Saturday. About 15 Explorers and five Costa Mesa firefighters participated in the exercise, which included a simulated water rescue. “They learned how to be as safe as they can possibly be during a swift water situation, how not to become part of the problem and operate as a team,” Costa Mesa Battalion Chief Scott Broussard said.
May 4, 2010
An Aliso Viejo man who died after collapsing near the OC Marathon finish line was trying to beat his time from last year’s 13.1-mile half marathon, a co-worker said Tuesday. Geoffrey Jonathan Chao, 46, collapsed about 100 feet from the finish line at the Orange County Fair & Event Center about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Costa Mesa Fire Battalion Chief Scott Broussard said. An ambulance stationed at the scene took Chao to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, where he was pronounced dead, Broussard said.
May 14, 2008
WOMEN’S TENNIS Vanguard 5, Xavier (La.) 1 MOBILE, Ala. — Seniors Jelena Jovic and Olivia Amstad, as well as freshman Anna Valingsten won in singles and doubles to propel the No. 5-seeded Lions into today’s 7 a.m. quarterfinal of the 28th annual NAIA championships. The Lions (22-4) will meet Golden State Athletic Conference rival Azusa Pacific, the No. 5 seed, today. Jovic and Valingsten won their No. 2 doubles match, 8-2, after Jovic won 12 of 13 games at No. 3 singles and Valingsten did not give up a game at No. 5 singles.
June 13, 2008
Costa Mesa and Newport Beach firefighters answered the call for help Friday from state fire authorities 500 miles away. Each fire department sent two engines and eight firefighters to battle the Humboldt Fire, a massive Northern California blaze in Butte County that has scorched more than 20,000 acres of hills and homes. The groups left Thursday afternoon and arrived in Butte County on Friday morning, said Costa Mesa Battalion Chief Scott Broussard. The firefighters are part of a larger Orange County unit called a strike team, a group of 21 or 22 firefighters and five apparatuses sent out on a specific mission.