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April 15, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Newport Beach Battalion Chief Chip Duncan remembers when firefighters used to have to practice their ladder work parked behind local grocery stores amid the Dumpsters. Retired firefighter Jerry Strom remembers when in the early 1970s, before the department had paramedics, all they would bring on medic calls was a blanket, some oxygen and a first aid kit. That's just a couple of the differences over the last few decades. Now imagine the changes over the last 100 years, as the Fire Department marks a century of service in the city.
NEWS
September 6, 2011
Consider this the Southern California version of a cat-in-a-tree rescue. About 300 people gathered at the Newport Pier on Sunday to watch firefighters remove a seagull from a palm tree after it got caught in string, said Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz. Firefighters were called to the pier about 6:26 p.m. after the seagull was seen dangling from its feet about 20 feet above the ground, according to a Fire Department news release. "[The onlookers] were very concerned for the bird's safety," said Capt.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | August 30, 2010
Just how bad is the drought? Put it this way: Over the weekend a golfer accidentally chipped a rock, setting off a 12-acre blaze next to the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown said Monday. The good news is the fire was put out, but not before more than 150 firefighters from around Orange County battled the blaze, with helicopters overhead and hand crews on the front lines, said McKeown. The fire spread across two hillsides in dry-as-tinderbox conditions, McKeown said.
NEWS
By Jenny Stockdale, Special to the Daily Pilot | April 18, 2012
Costa Mesa will keep its Fire Department instead of contracting out with county. Just before midnight Tuesday with a 5-0 vote - nearly six hours into its regular meeting - the City Council motioned to rescind the layoff notices issued to 78 sworn and nine nonsworn firefighters. The move effectively canceled a proposal to use the services of the Orange County Fire Authority, which was expected to absorb most - but not all - of the Fire Department's employees. The firefighters comprise nearly 43% of the 203 city employees who have received layoff notices since March 2011, when the council began its outsourcing research and implementation.
NEWS
March 26, 2002
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Interest in the city's Community Emergency Response Team has sparked the Fire Department to hold a special one-hour presentation on the team's training on Wednesday. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks renewed interest in the city's 2-year-old program, said Alan Silcock, member of the West Newport Beach Assn., which will host the public forum. "With all of the terrorism concerns, we thought it's a good idea to have the CERT program explained," he said.
FEATURES
By Heidi Schultheis | May 30, 2007
Clad in T-shirts and jeans, more than 20 firefighters on Tuesday were nailing down reddish-brown molding, installing a new kitchen faucet and unrolling fresh grass in the frontyard. Despite all the progress on his Costa Mesa home, this isn't what owner Brent Hayward had in mind. Hayward, a 44-year-old captain in the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, started remodeling his home two years ago and had planned to do much of the work himself. Those plans changed on April 21, the first day of an Ensenada cruise and bachelor party for a fellow firefighter.
NEWS
April 2, 2012
Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley firefighters extinguished a fire early Sunday that left two adults temporarily homeless. About 2:40 a.m., the Costa Mesa Fire Department responded to a fire in an upstairs unit at a two-story apartment complex at 2575 San Clemente Drive, according to a news release. Firefighters brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes and prevented it from spreading to other homes. The Fountain Valley Fire Department provided mutual aid. No injuries were reported, and the two adults are being assisted by the Red Cross.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
The Costa Mesa Fire Department invites members of the community to participate in the 11-week citizens academy that begins next week. Among the activities in the program are fire training, engine operations, a dispatch tour and a round table with the fire chief. Participants will see daily operations of the fire station and meet members of the Fire Department. The academy typically meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, except March 30, when it meets at 9 a.m. The first meeting is March 20 at fire station 4, 2300 Placentia Ave. The citizens academy is free, but pre-registration is required.
NEWS
May 2, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Fire sparks $1,000 in damage at yacht club A single-alarm fire at Newport Harbor Yacht Club Thursday afternoon caused about $1,000 in structural damage, Newport Beach Fire officials said. Firefighters responded to the call at about noon at the yacht club in the 700 block of West Bay Avenue and found that a fire had begun in an interior wall and extended up the side of the building, said Donna Boston, public information officer for the Fire Department.
LOCAL
By Alicia Robinson | July 18, 2007
Costa Mesa officials on Tuesday named Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief Mike Morgan to head the city's fire department, which has been led by interim Fire Chief Steven Parker since August 2006. Morgan, 51, will start his job in Costa Mesa on July 30. He's a graduate of Pepperdine University and has been with the L.A. County fire department for 22 years, working as a firefighter paramedic, urban search and rescue instructor and battalion chief over the years. Since 2003, Morgan has been a top officer in a department with 161 stations that serve 3 million people.
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March 7, 2014
Three new recruits for the Newport Beach Fire Department graduated Friday from a four-week training academy. Kendall Fudim, Nick Gerakos and Tim Hyde received their badges and fire station assignments during a public ceremony at Fire Station 7 in Santa Ana Heights. The men draw on a diverse set of experiences, as outlined in a city news release. Fudim worked at the Sacramento County Coroner's office and completed paramedic school at Sacramento State University. Hyde volunteered as a firefighter on Sundays for the past two and a half years.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
By Emily Foxhall | September 24, 2013
Newport Beach community members gathered mid-morning Tuesday to watch a live-stream of a White House event honoring a Newport Beach Fire Department employee for his disaster-preparedness efforts. Matt Brisbois, a life safety specialist with the Fire Department, received the Champion of Change award along with 17 others from across the country at the Washington, D.C., ceremony. He was recognized for his work overseeing the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, program in Newport Beach over the past seven years.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint | September 13, 2013
After hearing criticism about a parking lot planned for inside Fairview Park, Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer proffered a potential solution during his Meet the Mayor session Thursday night. What if the proposed 10-space lot at the end of Pacific Avenue were replaced with a simple turnaround, which the Fire Department needs for its vehicles, and no parking? Most of the attendees remaining, many of whom were standing in the street a few feet from where the lot would be constructed, seemed to like the idea.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams and Jill Cowan | July 16, 2013
A cigarette boat that collided with another boat near the mouth of Newport Harbor Sunday night may have reached speeds approaching 30 knots - six times the harbor's 5 knot speed limit, an official said. The crash left four of seven passengers on the two boats with minor injuries. "[The driver of the cigarette boat] was moving," Newport Beach Fire Department Capt. Glenn White said Tuesday. "You can tell by the damage to the slower, smaller boat that the impact was significant.
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.
NEWS
By Anthony Clark Carpio and Bryce Alderton | June 11, 2013
Three drivers escaped uninjured Tuesday after two cars caught fire in separate incidents and third was involved in a collision, according to authorities. Costa Mesa firefighters responded to a call that a silver Ford Focus was on fire at 12:35 p.m. at Fairview Road and Mustang Way in front of Costa Mesa High School. Capt. Brent Turner said the driver, Maria Najera, of Costa Mesa, had just been at her mechanic's shop before the engine caught fire. She said her vehicle was feeling a little sluggish and her mechanic told her to use higher-octane fuel.
NEWS
April 3, 2013
I would like to thank the Costa Mesa Fire Department for the quick response to my mom's residence on March 25. She had fallen in her backyard, got herself up and into her kitchen to clean her blood soaked glasses so she could see. She made it to the front porch and called her next door neighbor who called 911. He had been chatting with a veteran firefighter who sat with her while and asked the right questions until the fire department got...
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | March 23, 2013
Donning green hardhats and vests, a group of six worked together to lift a wooden platform Saturday morning, wedging wooden blocks under the pallet to pull their victim to safety. The CERT volunteers practiced their cribbing and shoring skills so that in the event of a disaster, they could safely lift a bookcase or couch off an injured victim. Fire engineer Jimmy Strack watched over the group at the Santa Ana Heights Fire Station as they rescued a rope dummy made of folded fire hose.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
The Costa Mesa Fire Department invites members of the community to participate in the 11-week citizens academy that begins next week. Among the activities in the program are fire training, engine operations, a dispatch tour and a round table with the fire chief. Participants will see daily operations of the fire station and meet members of the Fire Department. The academy typically meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, except March 30, when it meets at 9 a.m. The first meeting is March 20 at fire station 4, 2300 Placentia Ave. The citizens academy is free, but pre-registration is required.
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