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By Joseph Serna | December 29, 2008
Bob Masuzumi is the kind of guy who remembers your birthday. His co-worker at the Costa Mesa Fire Department, Capt. Ron Cloe, remembers when they were riding all-terrain vehicles with friends at 10,000 feet, miles away from any city, and Masuzumi pulled out a little gas stove and heated a cake for one of the other riders. After all, it was the guy’s birthday, Masuzumi explained. His friends in the department didn’t nickname him “The Nicest Guy in the World” for nothing.
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By Michael Alexander | December 20, 2006
An end is in sight to the Costa Mesa Fire Department's personnel shortage, especially in leadership positions, fire officials said Tuesday. A string of retirements, plus a couple of firings, left the department understaffed, Costa Mesa Battalion Chief Scott Broussard said. But the department is now taking vigorous steps to correct the problem with hirings and promotions. Fire officials have promoted two battalion chiefs from within, bringing the department up to its full complement of three, Broussard said.
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By Hannah Fry | December 20, 2013
Two classes of third- and fourth-grade students at Kaiser Elementary lined up next to a Costa Mesa fire truck on campus Friday morning to donate holiday gifts to children in need. The 58 elementary students, some donning Santa hats and holiday sweaters, turned over dolls, toy cars, board games, balls, stuffed animals and more to the Costa Mesa Fire Department's annual Spark Of Love Toy Drive. Spark of Love collects new, unwrapped toys, books and sports equipment in conjunction with other charities annually for Orange County children, said fire engineer Steve Savage.
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April 22, 2002
Fire officials blame arson for a Sunday morning fire at a Costa Mesa drug store. Costa Mesa Fire Department officials say someone lit papers ablaze at the Rite Aid at 3029 Harbor Blvd. Employees at the open drug store had already evacuated the store when fire personnel arrived at 10 a.m., said Costa Mesa Fire Department Battalion Chief Keith Fujimoto. The store's sprinkler system had activated, sending about 500 gallons of water into the store, Fujimoto said.
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April 24, 2007
Mourners filled Newport-Mesa Church on Newport Boulevard on Monday to remember Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel J. Santee, a former Costa Mesa Fire Department intern who was killed in Iraq on April 14. Santee, 21, lived in Mission Viejo and worked for the city of Costa Mesa in 2005 and 2006. Along with former classmates, Marines and members of Santee's church, Costa Mesa police and fire employees filled the chapel to pay respects to Santee and show support to his family. His father, Bert Santee, is a retired Costa Mesa police sergeant who now works in the city's code enforcement division, and his sister, Laura, is a training secretary for city police.
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August 12, 2007
Mike Morgan was sworn in as the Costa Mesa Fire Department's new chief at the end of July. A 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Morgan served as a battalion chief, firefighter paramedic and urban search and rescue instructor during his time there. He also sharpened his management skills by helping to oversee a department with 161 stations covering 3 million people. Two weeks into his new job as Costa Mesa's fire chief, Morgan spoke with the Daily Pilot about his visions for the future.
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January 28, 2009
Costa Mesa firefighters will buy much-needed equipment for firefighting, training and their Community Emergency Response Team thanks to a grant from a firefighters’ insurance company, officials said. The Costa Mesa Fire Department received a $12,919 grant from the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company in combination with Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services. City officials said they will buy forcible entry training props and technical rescue equipment, among other tools.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Arson investigators examined evidence from a fire and acts of vandalism at a Costa Mesa dental office, police said Tuesday. Employees returned to work after a five-day hiatus last month to discover paint covering the business' name on a window and mail that had been burned, according to Costa Mesa Police Department. Police first reported the arson. Costa Mesa Fire Department officials determined an accelerant of some kind was used to help the fire spread. The investigation is ongoing.
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September 4, 2008
When a 51-year-old Orange County Sanitation Department worker dropped nearly 20 feet into a hole filled with muck and filth, local emergency personnel turned to Costa Mesa Fire Department rescuers to help get him out. “He was on the radio talking about how he was hurt but they couldn’t find him for whatever reason,” Costa Mesa Battalion Chief Scott Broussard said. The man, whom officials did not identify, was working at a county water sanitation plant in Fountain Valley at about 5 a.m. when he fell 19 feet into a hole filled with all of the remnants of purified water, or sludge.
NEWS
November 2, 1999
-- Alex Coolman TALBERT PARK -- Costa Mesa and Newport Beach fire departments battled a one-acre brush fire in Talbert Regional Park on Saturday evening, extinguishing the blaze in about three hours. The cause of the fire, which spread across two 100-foot areas of the park near 19th Street, is still unknown. Firefighters responded to dispatchers' calls at 5 p.m., said Barbara Marcosa, spokesperson for the Costa Mesa Fire Department. Capt. Bob Reynolds of the Costa Mesa Fire Department characterized the blaze as "pretty routine," but he emphasized that it could have been much more serious.
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May 3, 2014
More than 250 personnel from the FBI and local fire and police departments worked through the night at South Coast Plaza Thursday practicing how they'd respond to a terrorist attack. The FBI coordinated the drill that tested multiple law-enforcement agencies and other first responders on how well they work together. SWAT and rescue teams ran through responses to a range of scenarios during the exercise that started after South Coast Plaza closed and ran from about 10 p.m. to 4.m. Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach police all took part in the drill.
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By Jill Cowan and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | February 26, 2014
Four Costa Mesa families were displaced Tuesday night when a fire ripped through their apartment complex in the 2000 block of Wallace Avenue, authorities said. Four firefighters and two residents were treated for minor injuries related to the three-alarm blaze, which is believed to have started in a kitchen area about 6:30 p.m., according to Costa Mesa Fire Department officials. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Three of the four apartments in the complex were extensively damaged, while the fourth was "saved by an aggressive firefighting attack," Fire Chief Dan Stefano wrote in an email.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 19, 2014
When the sirens turn on, the lights will turn green. At least they will at some of Costa Mesa's busiest intersections, where stoplights will soon help first-responders cut through congestion by anticipating the paths of emergency vehicles and changing accordingly. The Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the installation of what's known as an Emergency Vehicle Preemption (EVP) system at 25 intersections in the northern part of the city. "Every minute counts, and this will allow the emergency vehicles to change the lights to green so they can get to that person in need or distress" without being slowed by red lights, Mayor Jim Righeimer said at the council meeting.
NEWS
February 17, 2014
The Costa Mesa Fire Department arson unit is investigating the cause of a weekend fire at a commercial property on West Baker Street, authorities said Monday. Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1100 block of West Baker Street at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release. The blaze started next to the loading dock area under a 20-foot-tall metal awning and had spread to the back wall of the building when fire crews arrived. The fire was extinguished in 15 minutes and no injuries were reported, the release said.
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January 30, 2014
Fire officials have been unable to determine who or what sparked two consecutive days of fires in Talbert Regional and Fairview parks this month, but it's clear the blazes were set intentionally, according to the Costa Mesa Fire Department. "It was definitely arson," Costa Mesa Fire Chief Dan Stefano said Wednesday. The investigation into the Jan. 15 and 16 blazes is essentially over though, Stefano said. Investigators found no definitive ties among three small fires that burned about three-tenths of an acre in Fairview and Talbert parks Jan. 15 and a larger wind-driven fire that burned about three acres in Talbert on Jan. 16. Officials are still accepting tips and may continue the investigation if anyone saw something suspicious.
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December 24, 2013
A light fixture malfunctioned in a laundry room at the Best Western hotel on Newport Boulevard, causing an electrical fire Monday morning, authorities said. The Costa Mesa Fire Department arrived on the scene at 9:43 a.m. and had the blaze under control within 10 minutes, according to a news release. Fire personnel reported heavy smoke in the second-floor hallway of the three-story hotel, and authorities determined that the fire originated in the second-story laundry room. Forty rooms in the 98-room hotel were occupied at the time of the fire.
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By Hannah Fry | December 20, 2013
Two classes of third- and fourth-grade students at Kaiser Elementary lined up next to a Costa Mesa fire truck on campus Friday morning to donate holiday gifts to children in need. The 58 elementary students, some donning Santa hats and holiday sweaters, turned over dolls, toy cars, board games, balls, stuffed animals and more to the Costa Mesa Fire Department's annual Spark Of Love Toy Drive. Spark of Love collects new, unwrapped toys, books and sports equipment in conjunction with other charities annually for Orange County children, said fire engineer Steve Savage.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 3, 2013
Costa Mesa's newest fire chief took the oath of office Tuesday morning in City Council chambers. When asked by the city clerk if he'd swear to uphold his duties, Chief Dan Stefano answered with one word: "Absolutely. " Stefano, an 18-year veteran of the Laguna Beach Fire Department, ends a period of more than three years when the Costa Mesa Fire department was led by interim chiefs. In October, City CEO Tom Hatch selected Stefano, who had been promoted in 2012 to fire marshal and division chief in Laguna, from a pool of 52 applicants.
NEWS
June 15, 2013
The Costa Mesa Fire Department plans to begin its sweeping restructuring plan Sunday with the introduction of two ambulances leased from the Orange County Fire Authority. The changes are scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. as the ambulances replace a basic life support engine and two advanced life support engine companies, according to Acting Deputy Chief Fred Seguin. Staffing will drop from 29 to 27 on-duty firefighters at any given time citywide. OCFA was set to auction off the two ambulances until CMFD decided to lease them instead of having new ones built, which takes about 210 days, Seguin said.
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