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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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NEWS
By JOSEPH SERNA | November 23, 2011
The Orange County Board of Supervisors decided this week to explore alternatives to using county firefighters at John Wayne Airport. Board members had considered replacing the contract with the Orange County Fire Authority, reducing current staffing levels and creating a specific airport fire department, but decided to maintain the status quo for the next year while researching alternatives. On the heels of the airport opening its new Terminal C, which is part of a $543-million expansion and renovation project, the supervisors considered a reduction to staffing.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | May 13, 2009
Costa Mesa City Councilman Eric Bever has appealed the decision to charge residents extra fees for emergency medical services. The City Council decided to start charging residents $275 to $460 on top of normal ambulance costs when the Fire Department’s paramedics respond to a medical emergency and the patient is taken to a hospital. The proposal was one of three suggestions by the Fire Department to earn an estimated $1 million per year to help balance next year’s city budget.
NEWS
October 2, 1999
The event began about 10 years ago with a fire service day, said John Blauer, community relations officer with the Fire Department. It quickly grew to include the police and marine departments and other agencies serving the Newport Beach area. "It's a good chance for the public to meet safety service [officers] and get a chance to ask questions they might not normally have the chance to do when fire fighters and police are on the scene," Blauer said. Tours of the fire and police stations also will be given, and refreshments will be provided.
LOCAL
September 24, 2009
The public is welcome to register for the Newport Beach Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team classes, which start the first week of October. The program, recognized by the Department of Homeland Security, trains residents on how to prepare, organize and respond to unexpected disasters. The department offers classes every Tuesday and Thursday or once-a-week classes Saturdays. Instruction is free to Newport Beach residents and $40 for nonresidents. The classes teach students the basics in first aid and basic search-and-rescue techniques, among other skills, department officials said.
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
By Brianna Bailey | June 6, 2009
David Klunk gave up a career in public safety he loved for a calling to the priesthood he says he just couldn’t shake. At age 44, Klunk walked away from a high-profile position as a hazmat specialist with the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department to spend six years living in a Roman Catholic seminary. “I was once in charge of an entire division, and overnight, I found myself in charge of the bathrooms at seminary,” Klunk said. “It was a very humbling experience.
NEWS
September 9, 2001
Young Chang You would think the first guardian of lives in Newport Beach would be better documented. Jim Felton's history "Newport Beach: The First Century, 1888-1988," tells us his name was Frank Sharps. He was part of a Newport Beach pioneer family that arrived in Southern California via wagon in 1869. They moved to Newport in 1892 and sometime after that Sharps became the city's first lifeguard. His sister Ethel was the city's first telephone operator.
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