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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 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
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.
NEWS
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.
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