March 4, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Fire in Back Bay put out quickly A small vegetation fire in the Back Bay was put to rest in a routine manner Monday after some slight difficulties in getting to the flame, officials said. Officials responded quickly to the small blaze because they did not want it "to get out of hand," said Edward Gallegos, a dispatch supervisor at Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department. The location of the fire also caused unusual challenges, as the large fire engine was forced to travel down some dirt roads, he said.
June 5, 2002
-- June Casagrande Several Newport Beach residents reported seeing small red shellfish washed up on city beaches on Friday and Saturday. A Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department spokesman said the creatures, some of which were seen on the peninsula between the piers on Friday and others on Corona del Mar beaches on Saturday, looked like tiny lobsters. But they were unable to confirm whether the creatures were the same as the crayfish that have appeared in huge numbers on the shore in neighboring Huntington Beach.
March 11, 2002
A record number of lifeguard hopefuls flocked to Newport Beach Sunday to try out for a spot as a city lifeguard, Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department officials said. Both the number of people registered (167) and the number that showed up at the Newport Pier Sunday morning (128) set records, said John Blauer, community relations officer for the fire and marine department. Officials invited 45 people from the tryouts to attend 109 hours of lifeguard training, which will begin the weekend of April 12-14 and continue through Memorial Day. About 15 to 25 lifeguards will be hired for summer from those asked to go to training, Blauer said.
March 6, 2001
The deadline to register to try out to be a Newport Beach lifeguard is 6 p.m. Wednesday. Tryouts will be held Sunday and will include a 1,000-meter swim and 1,000-meter competitive run-swim-run. The Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department is looking for 40 to 50 qualified individuals for the training class. Registration and waiver forms are available from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. at Lifeguard Headquarters on the Newport Pier or at City Hall in the Human Resources Department, 3300 Newport Blvd.
January 11, 2001
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT-MESA -- The heavy black clouds looming overhead forebode more than a few mild showers and little puddles. Local public safety officials say they are taking every step to ensure flooded streets and high surf caused by the potentially serious winter storm do not disrupt normal life. A flood watch is in effect in all of Orange County's coastal areas, including Newport Beach, said Miguel Miller, forecaster for the National Weather Service in San Diego.
December 26, 2000
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- Two longtime seasonal lifeguards will leave Wednesday for Auckland, New Zealand, to participate in an exchange program sponsored by the California Surf Lifesaving Assn. Jon Mitchell, 34, and Rob Maier, 40, say they are eagerly looking forward to the seven-week program, where they will have an opportunity to learn from their counterparts across the globe. "I'm interested to find out how they go about their rescues and procedures," Mitchell said.
October 27, 2000
A 1998 Chevrolet Suburban parked on a street on the Balboa Peninsula was completely destroyed by fire early Thursday, officials said. Firefighters responded to the scene on East Balboa Boulevard at about 4:09 a.m. and found flames shooting out of the windows and smoke pouring out of the engine compartment, said Lt. John Blauer, spokesman for the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department. The fire was quickly extinguished by the firefighters and there were no injuries, he said, noting that no other cars were damaged.
October 4, 2000
Deepa Bharath NEWPORT BEACH -- The city's Fire and Marine Department is on a hiring spree. No, it's not an increase in fires, deadly crashes, drownings or tidal waves drawing the applications and resumes. Rather, it is the increasing rate of retirement that will cause the department to lose 60% of its staff over the next two to three years. "We're one of the oldest departments in the county," said Randy Scheerer, training division chief. "People who joined us 25 to 30 years ago have reached retirement age now."
August 18, 2000
Alex Coolman NEWPORT BEACH -- A Fullerton man dressed in a long white gown died at The Wedge early Thursday morning after he waded into the water and presumably drowned. A Newport Beach Police officer spotted Quincy Lee Jones, 20, walking into the surf at The Wedge just after 5:30 a.m. As the officer shouted for him to stop, Jones moved deeper into the water, floating until a large set of waves crashed over him. Jones disappeared beneath the surface and his body was not recovered until three hours later, said Lt. John Blauer, a spokesperson for the Newport Beach Fire and Marine Department.