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March 7, 2014
Three new recruits for the Newport Beach Fire Department graduated Friday from a four-week training academy. Kendall Fudim, Nick Gerakos and Tim Hyde received their badges and fire station assignments during a public ceremony at Fire Station 7 in Santa Ana Heights. The men draw on a diverse set of experiences, as outlined in a city news release. Fudim worked at the Sacramento County Coroner's office and completed paramedic school at Sacramento State University. Hyde volunteered as a firefighter on Sundays for the past two and a half years.
NEWS
July 2, 2002
Six Newport Beach firefighters were promoted during a Monday ceremony at City Hall. Fire Chief Tim Riley bestowed the new promotions on the men at 8 a.m. Monday. Riley pinned new badges on them in City Council chambers. Firefighters with new jobs and more responsibility include Daryl Mackey, Jim Philbin, Tim Richards, Jim Jeziorski, Ron Larson and Alan Baker. Mackey was promoted from fire engineer to fire prevention specialist. Philbin, Richards, Jeziorski and Larson bumped up from firefighter to fire engineer.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | July 25, 2009
A man who died after a large set of waves slammed him into the rocky jetty at Newport’s world-famous body surfing spot the Wedge on Friday has been identified as a 50-year-old Lawndale resident. Monte Valentin was apparently body surfing at the Wedge about noon on Friday when he got pinned in by the rocks after a large set of waves, some up to 25 feet high, said Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department. Lifeguards pulled the body surfer onto a boat and gave him CPR. Paramedics took the man to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, where he was pronounced dead.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey and Joseph Serna | July 24, 2009
Newport Beach’s world famous bodysurfing location, the Wedge, claimed its first life in more than 20 years Friday afternoon when a wave slammed an unidentified man into the serrated jetty off the edge of the Balboa Peninsula, authorities said. The 50-year-old Los Angeles man was apparently body surfing at the Wedge about noon Friday when he got pinned in by the rocks after a large set of waves, some up to 25 feet high, said Jennifer Schulz, a spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | June 18, 2010
He had an eye for detail. Bill "Dutch" Van Horn left behind copious amounts of notes, names and pictures from his decades with the Newport Beach Fire Department, and showed his precision and focus in the lifelike wooden ducks he carved as decoys. Firefighters say there won't be another guy like Van Horn, who died from an accident in his home on June 6. He was 83. "He was an unbelievable guy. He was so humble," said retired Newport Beach firefighter Jerry Strom, who worked with Van Horn for years.
LOCAL
July 15, 2008
Newport Beach Fire Department will work to prepare citizens for emergencies at the Neighborhood Disaster Preparedness class from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight at the Sherman Library and Gardens Community Room. The class covers potential disasters that might affect the city and the city’s emergency management plan for those disasters. Residents will learn their role in that plan and how to prepare for the unexpected. Refreshments will be served to all residents in attendance.
LOCAL
By Brianna Bailey | January 23, 2010
The Newport Beach Fire Department recognized the efforts of its Community Emergency Response Team on Friday night at an awards banquet at the Newport Coast Community Center. Newport Beach volunteer Kate Mulvehill was recognized for using the Heimlich Maneuver to rescue her father from choking on a piece of steak in December. Mulvehill credited her Community Emergency Response Team training with helping her to save her father’s life. Karen Tringali was named volunteer of the year; Fire Captain Rob Beuch received the Kevin Pryor Memorial CERT Instructor of the Year, and Nancy Moran-Sanchez received the Spirit of CERT award.
LOCAL
June 23, 2009
Newport Beach lifeguards are asking for help saving lives. The lifeguards’ annual blood drive will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the lifeguards’ home base on Newport Pier. This year, the Newport Beach Fire Department will hold two blood drives because the American Red Cross is in dire need of donations. The second blood drive will be 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at the lifeguard headquarters. There are openings for up to 100 donors both days. To donate blood, sign up by calling the Newport Beach Fire Department at (949)
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NEWS
April 30, 2014
A vegetation fire that broke out near Newport Beach's Back Bay on Wednesday burned between 3 and 5 acres and caused a brief evacuation of a nearby apartment complex and car dealership, authorities said. Firefighters first responded to the blaze at Jamboree Road and the 73 Freeway around 4:30 p.m., said Jennifer Manzella, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department. It was extinguished within an hour. There were no reported injuries or structural damage. "At this point, we feel like it's completely under control," said Newport police Lt. Jeff Brouwer around 6 p.m., when remaining fire personnel were knocking out hot spots in the brush.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 28, 2014
Voices coming in over Dennis O'Hern's radio reported an imaginary disaster on Lido Isle on Saturday morning. "This is Lido 6. We have an incident to report. There's a telephone pole. It has fallen. " O'Hern responded to each one, asking for more information or giving instructions, practicing how he'd respond during an actual emergency. In this case, it was a hypothetical 7.2 earthquake hitting a mile inland from Hoag Hospital at 8:37 a.m. Starting at 9 a.m., members of the Newport Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
NEWS
April 7, 2014
About half a dozen units from the Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a gas leak that sparked an evacuation over the weekend, but the quick reaction of a landlord brought the situation under control, a fire official said. A construction crew working in the lobby of an office building at 610 Newport Center Drive accidentally drilled into a 4-inch gas line about 2:20 p.m. Saturday, department Division Chief Ron Gamble said. The resulting noise was so loud you could hear it at a gym across a small courtyard from the building, according to Gamble.
NEWS
From staff reports | March 28, 2014
Two of Costa Mesa resident Sue Lester's dishes broke and a vase tipped over during Friday evening's earthquake, and when she went in her bedroom, she noticed that all her hanging clothes had fallen on the floor. "I'm good," the former council candidate wrote on her Facebook page. "I don't actually mind earthquakes, but I'm bummed my stuff broke. The dogs slept right through it!" According to L.A. Now, the U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred at 9:09 p.m. one mile from La Habra.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
The Newport Beach Fire Department will host a workshop Wednesday night about preparing for an earthquake or tsunami. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Hall Community Room, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, according to a city news release. Residents from across Orange County are invited to attend. More information is available by calling (949) 644-3112 or emailing nbcert@nbfd.net . - Jeremiah Dobruck Twitter: @jeremiahdobruck
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | March 18, 2014
A man was briefly knocked unconscious Friday afternoon when he plummeted from the air and crashed into a piece of floating equipment during a water-propelled jet pack flight in Newport Harbor, officials said. The man — who has not been identified by authorities but was described as being in his 40s — was taken to nearby Hoag Hospital, where he was treated for a minor concussion and received eight stitches on his forehead, according to Dean O'Malley, president of Newport Beach-based Jetpack America, which was operating the flight.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
Firefighters battled a blaze in the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve on Thursday morning that burned just under an acre, officials said. It occurred around 6 a.m. near Irvine Avenue and Santiago Drive, not far from where another vegetation fire burned about 1.5 acres last week . Investigators from Newport Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority will be looking for any people or series of circumstances connecting the...
NEWS
March 7, 2014
Three new recruits for the Newport Beach Fire Department graduated Friday from a four-week training academy. Kendall Fudim, Nick Gerakos and Tim Hyde received their badges and fire station assignments during a public ceremony at Fire Station 7 in Santa Ana Heights. The men draw on a diverse set of experiences, as outlined in a city news release. Fudim worked at the Sacramento County Coroner's office and completed paramedic school at Sacramento State University. Hyde volunteered as a firefighter on Sundays for the past two and a half years.
NEWS
January 27, 2014
Sunlight reflecting off a concave makeup mirror caused a couch to catch fire inside a Newport Beach home Monday, according to a news release. The rays streamed through the second-floor window of a residence in the 600 block of Poinsettia and bounced off the mirror, which rested on a fabric loveseat, said Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella. No one at the Corona del Mar home, but the smoke alarm went off, prompting a neighbor to call the authorities. Seven Newport Beach Fire Department units responded at 10:13 a.m. The couch was the only thing damaged.
NEWS
December 5, 2013
Newport Beach firefighters tore through the ceiling of a home near Coast Highway and Newport Center Drive to find out why smoke was wafting out of an attic Thursday. About 12:15 p.m., roughly 20 fire personnel responded to the 1200 block of Seadrift, where there were reports of smoke coming out of the eaves of a home. Firefighters saw light smoke and used thermal-imaging cameras to see unusually intense heat inside the attic, according to a Newport Beach Fire Department news release.
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