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November 2, 2012
Costa Mesa firefighters extinguished a fire at a single-family home and rescued the family's cat Friday morning, officials said. A smoke detector alerted the family to a fire shortly after midnight at their home in the 800 block of Santiago Road, according to the city of Costa Mesa. The family escaped the house unharmed, and called the Costa Mesa Fire Department. Firefighters could see heavy smoke from the home's garage and roofline, and rescued the cat from a smoke-filled room.
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NEWS
October 22, 2012
A Brea man died after a firefighter rescued him from the water during Sunday's triathlon in Newport Beach, authorities said. Roger Stewart, 51, died at Hoag Hospital at 8:38 a.m. after a Newport Beach lifeguard on a paddleboard spotted him showing distress signs in the water during the Kring & Chung Triathlon, according to Newport Beach Fire Department Capt. Todd Knipp and the Orange County coroner's office. Stewart was among others swimming in the race about 8 a.m. in the cove area of Newport Dunes, but "in a matter of moments this gentleman was facedown in the water," Knipp said.
NEWS
October 2, 2012
Firefighters responded to the Costa Mesa Motor Inn early Tuesday after a driver struck the building and fled the scene, authorities said. About 1:37 a.m., the Costa Mesa Fire Department received a call that a vehicle drove into an unoccupied room of the motel at 2277 Harbor Blvd., according to the Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at the motel in five minutes, and they determined that the damage to the structure was significant enough that the urban search and rescue team needed to shore it up, officials said.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher and Lauren Williams | September 29, 2012
While the exact savings of his restructuring plan are difficult to project, interim Fire Chief Tom Arnold says the data are solid. He created several maps showing where the majority of Costa Mesa's fire emergencies happen, how quickly firefighters are able to arrive at locations across the city, and how the department's resources can best be utilized. Another computer model helps him balance how many people are in each fire station's coverage area. Using these projections, Arnold developed an option that would close Station 6, near Sunflower Avenue and Bristol Street.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher and Lauren Williams | September 29, 2012
Fourth in a series about Costa Mesa's political battle. * He could have spent his retirement traveling the country with his wife or volunteering at a museum, but Tom Arnold decided his 30 years as a firefighter weren't enough. Arnold had retired after climbing the ranks of the Newport Beach Fire Department. He was settling into a life of leisure and community service. Then, after rising from relative obscurity, he brokered a truce between the Costa Mesa firefighters and the City Council - two groups who had bickered publicly for years.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
The Coco's Bakery and Restaurant in Corona del Mar was evacuated Wednesday after a small fire broke out in the kitchen. The fire was reported at 11:51 a.m. at the restaurant at 3446 E. Coast Hwy., said Newport Beach Fire Department Division Chief Ralph Restadius. A firefighter used an extinguisher to put out the fire, Restadius said. The sprinkler system did not engage, and no one was injured, Restadius said. Firefighters evacuated the restaurant as a precautionary measure, he said.
NEWS
By Jim Fitzpatrick | September 12, 2012
Re. " Harlan: Costa Mesa's 'professional city family' deserves more respect," (Sept. 9): Jeffrey Harlan's latest weekly rant against the City Council majority (will the Pilot editors allow this one-sided column to continue during the election season?) comes several days after the council unanimously approved new terms to the Costa Mesa Firefighters Assn. contract that will save the city millions of dollars each year, provide job security for the firefighters, and deliver emergency medical aid more quickly than the current model.
NEWS
By Mike Reicher | September 5, 2012
The Costa Mesa City Council passed two measures Tuesday that make significant changes to city employees' compensation. The Civic Openness in Negotiations ordinance, or COIN, will expose future labor contract negotiations to added public scrutiny. In the other, the city's firefighters agreed to a new contract that eliminates minimum staffing requirements, reduces retirement benefits for future employees and freezes pay until 2017. Both items fit into the council majority's larger plan to shift power away from organized labor and to reduce the municipal employee payroll.
NEWS
August 20, 2012
Four firefighters were injured battling a condominium fire at Newport Crest Sunday afternoon, authorities said. A Newport firefighter was treated and released from Hoag Hospital. Two firefighters from Costa Mesa and one from Newport were treated at the scene, according to the NBFD. The injured firefighters suffered from heat exhaustion and burns. Firefighters fought the fire for more than two hours Sunday afternoon, authorities said. A fire in one unit of the building on Odyssey Court spread to two neighboring units about 1:40 p.m. Sunday, according to Newport Beach Police Sgt. Kirk Jacobi and the Newport Beach Fire Department.
NEWS
August 6, 2012
Newport Beach firefighters responded to a garage fire Saturday near the 400 block of Aliso Avenue, authorities said. At 8:40 p.m. firefighters arrived to find a burning futon mattress in the two-car garage, according to Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz. Firefighters put out the fire after taking the mattress into an alley adjacent to the home, according to a news release. The fire, which was isolated to the garage, was ruled an accident, caused by the spontaneous combustion of the mattress and oils.
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