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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.
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.
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.
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.
March 28, 2001
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- After a five-month statewide search, city officials announced Tuesday that Jim Ellis will replace retiring Frank Fantino as fire chief. Ellis, who has served as the city's battalion chief for nearly nine years, was selected from a field of 15 candidates and four finalists. Fantino will retire May 22 after serving 28 years in the Costa Mesa Fire Department, nine years as chief. On Tuesday, an ecstatic Ellis said he has dreamed about this day since he started as a paramedic in the department on Feb. 10, 1980.
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.
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.
November 8, 2011
A commercial fire reported on Costa Mesa's Westside Tuesday was extinguished in about five minutes, authorities said. A fire was reported at 3:22 p.m. at 1711 Monrovia Ave., near Volcom Entertainment, said Costa Mesa Police Lt. Bob Ciszek. Flames were reportedly seen on the roof after employees applying a tar-like seal accidentally set part of the roof on fire, said Costa Mesa Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Diamond. The workers began to douse the flames with a hose, and the Fire Department was able to put out the fire within minutes once arriving on scene, Diamond said.
August 27, 1999
Elise Gee COSTA MESA -- A woman who was hit by a Costa Mesa fire truck while riding her bicycle in July has filed a $250,000 claim against the city for medical bills and other damages. Ceydia Lemus, 21, was riding her bicycle east on Wilson Street July 18 when a Costa Mesa fire truck traveling north on Placentia hit her and threw her about 20 feet, according to police reports. Ronald V. Cloe, the firefighter driving the truck, was not cited although the police report said he was at fault for failing to yield.
By Alicia Robinson | June 30, 2006
As Costa Mesa says goodbye to Police Chief John Hensley, who retires today, Fire Chief Jim Ellis has left his job on medical leave, and it is unknown when he will return, city officials said. Ellis has been with the department for about 30 years and has been chief since 2001. He sent a June 19 e-mail to the Fire Department; it said that on the previous Friday, his family doctor had recommended he stay off the job "for a while." City Manager Allan Roeder said he cannot discuss the reason for the leave because it is a personnel matter, and it is not known when Ellis might resume his duties.
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