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LOCAL
By Lauren Vane | August 22, 2006
Inside the Balboa Island fire station, what were once blank walls and an empty stairwell are now a portal to the past of the Newport Beach Fire Dept. Photos, newspaper clippings and original equipment — including a restored 1920 LaFrance fire engine — carefully displayed around the station tell the story of the department's nearly century-old history. As the two-year project nears completion, the fire department will mark the finishing touches by presenting the restored fire engine at the Newport Beach City Council meeting Tuesday.
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NEWS
By: Barbara Diamond | October 7, 2005
The 500-page "Basic Emergency Plan" is the city's bible in disasters. "Disaster preparedness guidelines are for the residents, but the emergency plan is for the staff," City Manager Ken Frank said. The plan spells out what is expected of each city department in the event of a man-made or natural disaster, right down to who will handle public information and the press. Police Capt. Danell Adams was the face and voice of emergency operations for displaced families and the media after the June 1 landslide.
NEWS
By: Elia Powers | September 4, 2005
Anyone who's anyone in Newport Beach has heard of the old Rendezvous Ballroom -- the place to be in the early- and mid-20th century. Most everyone in the city over the age of 40 remembers the fire that destroyed the popular hangout in 1966. Milt Meehan had a close view of the disaster. He was born in Orange, but his heart was always in Newport Beach. Meehan and his friends made the coastal city their destination nearly every weekend. "We'd all chip in for gas, one of the seniors would drive his Ford, and we'd drive down to the beach and back," Meehan said.
NEWS
By Suzie Mann | August 16, 2008
The 2008 Fireworks Response Plan After Report was made available on the Costa Mesa City website on Aug. 4. Fiscal impact: $48,747 in costs to the city and another $62,700 to a few unlucky people who had their property damaged. We closed down the job center for a bit less than that. The Costa Mesa Police Department reported that the focus of its response would be education. Police had 520 calls for service, confiscated several hundred pounds of illegal fireworks, yet made only one arrest and issued only one citation.
NEWS
July 19, 2004
Deepa Bharath Local firefighters are watching wildfires erupting in parts of Southern California and keeping an eye on areas here that could pose a risk. With temperatures climbing consistently, there is always the risk of a brush fire, especially in Newport Coast, which has large areas of growth with high-end homes in gated communities not too far away. Firefighters are constantly attending training programs and sessions to equip themselves better to fight these fires, said Newport Beach Fire Capt.
LOCAL
September 18, 2008
Costa Mesa business leaders were practically rolling on the floor as Fire Chief Mike Morgan delivered an entertaining speech on the Fire Department at Thursday’s Chamber of Commerce breakfast. The chief described the difference between a handful of types of fire fighting vehicles, talked about the rigorous selection process to become a firefighter and lampooned the Police Department, describing its members as an incompetent bunch of cavemen who were rejected from the fire squad, as Police Chief Chris Shawkey looked on with a wry grin.
NEWS
June 27, 2011
Newport Beach firefighters made two rescues over the weekend, including a rescue of a person who was injured on a rocky part of the coast, according to officials. At 1:48 p.m. Sunday firefighters received a call of an injured cyclist near El Moro Canyon, a popular cycling location in Crystal Cove State Park, said Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz. Firefighters took the man to Mission Hospital Laguna Beach for treatment, although his condition was not released. At 2:24 p.m., firefighters and lifeguards responded to a call of a person down on a mile-long stretch of coast between Rocky Point and Ladder Rock, a rocky area near cliffs that is difficult to access.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | May 2, 2012
Scott Matthews' wife didn't understand why he insisted on keeping a fire extinguisher in his car — until Sunday. While driving in Newport Beach en route to Costa Mesa — his wife and 13-year-old daughter also in the car — he thought he saw a house fire in the 1600 block of Irvine Avenue. But after getting closer to the scene, Matthews, a 32-year employee of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and his family soon found out it was a white Bentley on fire. Furthermore, the car, with five-foot-high flames coming from the engine compartment, was only a few feet away from the house.
NEWS
October 18, 2003
Deepa Bharath The city's fire department will conduct a special three-hour drill today to teach residents how to prepare for an emergency situation. This drill is another step the department is taking to get the community geared up for disaster, said Costa Mesa Fire Chief Jim Ellis said. The chief, since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, has been putting together a comprehensive plan for emergency preparedness as well as for fire prevention. In March, the chief formed a Citizens Corps Council -- a group of community leaders that will help distribute information about the city's programs that prepare residents for emergency situations.
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.
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