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Anaheim, CA - A famous Anaheim restaurant/landmark known as “The White House,” located in the 800 block of Anaheim Blvd., caught fire on February 4th at approximately 4:18 A.M. It took approximately 60 firefighters from four cities to knock down the blaze after about 30-minutes.

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Save the Date for Fire Family Foundation’s Fire Boot Classic Luau! Burbank, CA - Pickwick Gardens in Burbank will be transformed into an Island Paradise for the Fourth Annual Fire Family Foundation Fire Boot Classic Luau on Saturday, May 20th, 2017. Fiserv., a leading global provider of financial service technology solutions, is again the Title Sponsor for the Fire Boot Classic Luau. Tropical-themed entertainment will welcome guests to the evening that promises plenty of photo opportunities. The popular Liquor Lob returns with guests tossing rings to claim a selection from a bevy of prized bottle brands. A silent and live auction will tempt guests with travel packages, fine dining experiences, theater and sporting seats, along with other Southern California attractions. After a delicious Hawaiianstyle buffet dinner, guests can match wits at the high stakes poker table, or join in the excitement in the bingo room where everyone has a chance to win prize money and/or other valuable gifts. The event benefits Fire Family Foundation, the nonprofit helping hand of Firefighters First Credit Union which supports firefighters

JUMP TO FILE #031517104 and fire victims in need. A firefighter family member will speak at the event, sharing the story on how the Foundation has personally helped them in their time of need. The Foundation responds to the needs of firefighters and fire victims throughout the state of California; in 2016, the Foundation provided more than $350,000 in assistance. “Our annual fundraiser is a fun evening out with friends and family for a good cause: to help the fire family in need,” explains Mike Mastro, Foundation Board Chair and President/CEO of Firefighters First Credit Union. “The fire family community is known for its generosity and compassion in helping one another in times of trouble and challenge.” Tickets to the Fire Boot Classic Luau, along with table and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit - BRENDA REES FOR FIRE FAMILY FOUNDATION


Structural Collapse in Newport Beach Newport Beach, CA - On Friday, February 24th at 11:27 A.M., the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a structural collapse call at 4341 Birch Street in Newport Beach. Units arrived on scene and discovered a soffit, which was cantilevered from the roof of the building, had collapsed. The soffit and roof were undergoing some type of repair. Newport Beach Engine-67, Newport Beach Truck-63, Newport Medic-63, Newport Beach Battalion-6, the Newport Beach Building Department and the Newport Beach Police Department all responded to the call. In addition, Costa Mesa Fire Department USAR-86 was also dispatched to

JUMP TO FILE #022717124 the call. Over 15 emergency personnel members responded from three City of Newport Beach departments, as well as the Costa Mesa Fire Department. Upon arrival, the first-in units ensured that everyone had been safely evacuated and assessed the building’s structural integrity. The building sustained damage primarily to the side of the collapse. Once the building was safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries, the City of Newport Beach Building Department also assessed the building and deter-

mined that it was safe to re-occupy. Access to the area outside of the building where the collapse occurred was blocked off until the area was cleared of debris and secured. In addition to the building, three vehicles parked next to the side of the building also experienced damage, as well as a wooden fence that runs along the side of the property. The cause of the collapse is currently under investigation. There were no reported injuries and a cost estimate of the damage caused by the structural collapse was not available. - NEWPORT BEACH FD


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Vegetation Fire in Fullerton Quickly Knocked Fullerton, CA - On February 12th, Fullerton firefighters were dispatched to a reported explosion and fire under the 57 Freeway overpass and Bastenchury Road. When units arrived, they found a vegetation fire, where several homeless encampments were established. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries reported.

San Bernardino, CA - San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mark Hartwig was honored to announce the recent promotion of Assistant Chief John Chamberlin to Deputy Chief of Administration, assigned to Department Headquarters (San Bernardino). As Deputy Chief of Administration, Chamberlin will oversee human resources, day-to-day fiscal operations, and special projects. Fire Chief Mark Hartwig stated, “Chief Chamberlin has been an exceptional leader for our department. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to successfully manage resources and help others reach their full potential.” Deputy Chief John Chamberlin began his full time career with SBCoFire with the contracting of services for the City of Adelanto in September of 1999. Prior to this, he served as a Fire Dispatcher and Paid-Call Firefighter for both the County of San Bernardino and City of Victorville. During his time with County Fire, Chamberlin has worked his way through the ranks, becoming a Captain in 2004, Battalion Chief in 2013, Division Chief in 2015 and Assistant Chief in 2016. Chamberlin has served on various committees and special projects, including oversight of the department’s Hazardous Materials Re-

JUMP TO FILE #021717114 sponse Team and county fire’s behalf of CONFIRE Communication operations. “I am honored to accept this new leadership role with the department,” stated Chief Chamberlin. “My focus will be to improve our department from the inside out, and find new and innovative ways we can continue to provide the highest level of service in our communities.” Chamberlin is currently assigned to Southern California Incident Management Team 1 in the Logistics Section and is a qualified Type 2 Safety Officer, Type 3 Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief and Logistics Section Chief. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration, a double Associate of Science in Fire Technology and Paramedic Studies, and received his Chief Officer Certification from the California State Fire Marshal. Chief Chamberlin is currently attending the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program in Emmittsburg, Maryland. Chamberlin will succeed Deputy Chief Don Trapp, who recently transitioned to Deputy Chief of Operations. - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE

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Indiana: Richard Rehm, 55 Rank: Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: December 24, 2016 Fire Department: McCordsville Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While responding to an early morning alarm call, Firefighter Rehm’s privately owned vehicle became stuck on an active railroad crossing. A short time later, Rehm was struck and killed by a passing train.

South Carolina: Amy Dimmery, 34 Rank: Probationary Firefighter Incident Date: January 2, 2017 Death Date: January 2, 2017 Fire Department: Marion Rural Fire Department Initial Summary: Probationary Firefighter Amy Dimmery responded to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) call on January 2, 2017 reported at 1515hrs. Units cleared the scene at 1600hrs. Before making it back to their home, she and her husband, also a firefighter, were involved in a MVA. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was entrapped and response personnel began resuscitation efforts upon their arrival. Firefighter Amy Dimmery was taken by Marion Medic 10 to Carolinas Hospital in Marion and died as a result of her injuries shortly after arriving. As of January 3, 2017, her husband, Firefighter Freddie Dimmery remains in McLeod Hospital in serious condition. Pennsylvania: Donald Leroy "Sarge" Brenner, Jr., 67 Rank: Chief Engineer/Firefighter Incident Date: December 24, 2016 Death Date: January 4, 2017 Fire Department: Speedwell Engine & Hose Company Initial Summary: While operating at the scene of an automobile accident on December 24, 2016,

Chief Engineer/Firefighter Brenner was found slumped over the steering wheel of a fire engine. Brenner was found to be in cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition where he succumbed on January 4, 2017.

Alabama: Tracy O. Sanders, 44 Rank: Fire Chief Incident Date: January 13, 2017 Death Date: January 13, 2017 Fire Department: Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: While conducting official fire department business, Chief Sanders was stopped in the department's rescue truck on Alabama Highway 77 preparing to make a left-hand turn when she was struck from the rear by a tractor-trailer. The rescue unit was forced into oncoming traffic where Chief Sanders was struck again and her vehicle was forced off the roadway and into trees lining the east side of the highway. Members from the Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department and surrounding agencies arrived on scene and began to treat Chief Sanders. She was then transported to Anniston Regional Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries at approximately 1434hrs.

Wisconsin: Rodney “Tiny” Menne, 53 Rank: Assistant Fire Chief Incident Date: January 10, 2017 Death Date: January 10, 2017 Fire Department: Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department Initial Summary: At approximately 0200hrs, several hours after a fire department meeting, Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne was discovered deceased from a heart attack by another Eldorado firefighter at the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department.

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Operating Power Tools Safely STAYING SAFE

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Power tools have just about replaced the use of manually (muscle power) operated tools not only in the home and industry, but also in the fire service. Life sure has gotten easier, including in the emergency services. Imagine, there are people who have never known anything other than a power driven screwdriver! The dictionary defines a tool as “a device, such as a saw, used to perform or facilitate manual or mechanical work.” What that means is that a tool is meant to make the job or task at hand easier and if it isn’t making it easier, you are probably using the wrong tool, or using it improperly. In the fire service, we now have an assortment of portable power tools which can be operated by a variety of power sources. These power sources include electric or battery operated, compressed air and/or hydraulically operated tools. Whatever the power source, there is no doubt that they make the task at hand easier and faster to accomplish; but they must also be maintained and operated in a safe manner or they can become dangerous devices, especially in the hands of the untrained. Tools can seriously injure or even kill the operator, or others, when not properly maintained or used. All emergency responders who use power tools must learn to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions necessary to prevent those hazards. Therefore, some precautions are required when using power tools First and foremost, we must read the owner’s manual and instructions that came with the tool. It is also recommended to let the salesperson or manufacturer’s representative give a training session on the proper and safe use of the tool. Learn the proper application, limitation and potential hazards of the tool and operate the tool at all times according to the manufacturer's instructions. Follow the instructions; do not cut corners and do not remove any built in safety devices and controls. Then, follow up with your department training program where

members can get some additional hands on training before placing the tool in service. Knowing how to start the tool and how to stop the tool is important. I know all of this is pretty basic, but all members who will use the tool should attend the training session. This will help prevent unsafe practices and future problems. Whenever using any power tool, personal protective clothing must be worn along with eye, respiratory and hearing protection if required. Select the correct tool or tools for the job at hand and never use a tool or attachment for something it was not designed to do. Don’t expect more from a tool than it can deliver and never operate a tool you have not been trained to operate. Concentrate on the work at hand when operating power tools, using two hands to control the tool and never looking away from your work. Sometimes the use of power tools under certain situations may require the use of another firefighter as a guide. Should you become distracted, or if someone or something enters the work area, immediately shut down the power tool. Never overreach and maintain your footing and control of the tool at all times. If you feel you are losing your grip or stability, shut the tool down and reposition. If operating at night or under limited light, provide adequate scene lighting to maintain adequate visibility to safely operate the power tools. After each emergency, all tools used should be cleaned and inspected, ensuring that they are in safe operating condition and ready for the next emergency. Power tools make our everyday tasks much easier and enable us to accomplish many feats in a short period of time, but they also require respect. Most accidents and injuries that occur do so quickly and are usually from lack of concentration or firefighter inexperience with the tool. Accidents can happen to the experienced (overconfident) firefighter just as easily as to a newer firefighter. Being aware of your surroundings, not letting your guard down, expecting the unexpected and operating within the parameters of your training and the manufacturer’s instructions, should result in a safe operation. Like most accidents, accidents with power tools are preventable. Till Next Time, Stay Safe and God Bless!

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Roseville, CA - March 10th wrapped up a week long hazmat and rescue drill for the Roseville FD. The training, which took place on Union Pacific's Railroad's rail line, brought together different personnel each day for a morning classroom session and an afternoon hands-on drill that simulated a leaking tanker car with an unconscious worker inside the car. Crews from partner agencies had to work together to mitigate the hazardous material spill and enter the confined space to rescue the downed worker. With Roseville having the largest rail yard west of the Mississippi, this training was vital to ensure that crews are ready to respond to incidents that may occur.


Fire in Arvin Destroys House and Displaces Five Residents



Arvin, CA - At 4:18 P.M. on Thursday, March 16th, Kern County firefighters were dispatched to the 100-block of North Acala Street for multiple reports of a house fire. Arvin Police Department units arrived and cleared people from the street and the alley. The first firefighters on scene were faced with the rear half of the home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke throughout the structure. Downed power lines and a partial structural collapse made

JUMP TO FILE #032217111 firefighting efforts difficult on the back portion of the home. Firefighters were able to protect nearby homes, but a vehicle parked near the house sustained major damage. The house was a complete loss, as total damage was estimated at $150,000. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters. Five people were displaced by the fire and requested

assistance from the Red Cross. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The occupants of the home were alerted by a smoke detector. This early warning gave the occupants the time they needed to escape without injury. The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure that they have working smoke detectors installed in their home. Smoke detectors save lives! - KERN COUNTY FD


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Flames Engulf Famous Restaurant in Anaheim Anaheim, CA - A famous Anaheim restaurant/landmark known as "The White House," located in the 800 block of Anaheim Blvd., caught fire on February 4th at approximately 4:18 A.M. It took approximately 60 firefighters from four cities to knock down the blaze after

JUMP TO FILE #020717107 about 30-minutes. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. - FERNANDO VILLICANA



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Does Social Media Belong in Today’s Fire Service? Today, almost everyone has a smart phone and endless opportunities to record life in real time, the good and the bad. Fire departments must now embrace the social media world in which we live. But what role does social media play in the fire service? Most fire departments now have an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) or SOG (Standard Operating Guideline) addressing social media. But is social media helping or hurting your department? Herein lies the problem. Does the SOP or SOG truly guide the fire service to use social media to their advantage? Public Relations is something the fire service has definitely not mastered. As a rookie volunteer firefighter in the early 90’s, one of the first things stressed to me was “Never take any pictures because you will end up in court." The truth is, I would end up in court with or without the pictures and it would be much more difficult to convey accuracy without pictures to support and recreate the scene. Several departments have now used social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, to propel their departments to a new level. This allows fire departments the ability to reach a new generation of firefighters because the new generation is definitely connected by technology and social media. Some departments have even utilized social media to enlist community support to obtain new apparatus, afford pay raises, and seek potential new personnel. Social media has also heightened public awareness of the dangers involved with firefighting and virtually taken viewers into the fire via social media. Scott Ziegler, a firefighter with Detroit Fire Department, wore a helmet cam for a year while employed as a firefighter with Highland Park, Michigan Fire Department. Scott then appeared on national news, giving the nation a glimpse into the lifethreatening experiences a firefighter faces every day. Am I implying that all social media, or even news media coverage is good? Absolutely not! The key is to train staff about social media etiquette and how to embrace the photographers on the side lines of the scene or during an incident. Yes, you read that correctly; “photographers on the side lines". I recently traveled to California to experience fire photography as a fire chaser, known as buffing. I had the honor of working side by side with two Southern California fire photographers, Tod Sudmeier (@epn564) and Brandy Carlos (@epn106). I was amazed at how many fire departments not only welcomed our presence, but they actually encouraged us to get close to the action. Of course, we followed the safety rules outlined by each fire department, such as wearing wildland firefight-

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ing gear as we stood on the front lines, streaming live footage via Periscope and Facebook Live to hundreds, even thousands of viewers around the world. We each shared awesome pictures capturing the action in real time on some of the world’s largest fire service based social media sites. Social media has even helped the fire service recruit some of the best candidates for the job simply due to the awareness and visibility, triggering an increase in applicants. Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City and Cal Fire are some of the most recognizable departments in the world, partially due to social media and dedicated fire photographers. Social media also raises community awareness of the great service their tax dollars are paying for. Shortly after my California experience, again with California fire photographers Tod Sudmeier (@epn564) and Brandy Carlos (@epn106), we traveled to Detroit, Michigan. Detroit is one of the country’s most deprived cities and busiest fire departments. They are confronted with a high number of arson related fires. I found that the Battalion Chief would be the one to set the temperature as to how well received the fire photographers were on scene. I made calls where the Battalion Chief himself would be snapping shots as much as he could. Most Battalion Chiefs welcomed us as we followed their rules and stayed out of harm’s way. Real-time live broadcast from DFD went out around the world via social media. The world saw top notch firefighters doing an amazing job, despite the struggles their department has experienced in

the way of equipment and manpower. We later responded to a call with DFD where the Battalion Chief was anti-fire photographer and anti-social media. As one photographer was streaming live to viewers world-wide (while obeying all the rules and respecting the firefighters on scene from a safe distance outside the hotzone), the Battalion Chief began yelling at him. The photographer, a retired firefighter himself, chose to cut the live feed as to not reflect negatively on the fire department. After all, it was the firefighters that we were there to represent and they deserve the utmost respect. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident and the photographer has felt it necessary to cut live feed on other occasions at different locations. Realistically, we live in a world where everyone is at the mercy of social media. Fire departments need to embrace the professional fire photographers, as their goal of honoring the fire service is the one true defense guarding fire departments from the negative effects social media can bring. Your department can either stand by and become a casualty of social media, or your department can choose to prepare staff and public relation officers on how to use social media to propel your department to the next level. Social media is here to stay. I encourage each of you to choose a direction and develop a plan for the role social media will play in the success of your department. The choice is yours, make it a good one! - CHIEF JOEL MILLER




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Two-Alarm Structure Fire in Newport Beach Newport Beach, CA - On Tuesday, March 7th at 8:56 A.M., the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at a first-floor apartment unit at 1220 Park Newport. Upon arrival, first-in units located a large amount of smoke in the hallway of a four-story building and were able to quickly determine the exact location of the fire. Due to the large number of residential units in the building and the potential life safety threat, a second-alarm was called for additional units to respond. While fire personnel were extinguishing the fire, they were also able to assist with evacuations of both the occupant of the unit, as well as occupants in the surrounding units. Fire personnel were able to completely extinguish the fire and evacuate all impacted occupants by 9:15 A.M., just 19 minutes after the initial call was received. As a result of the quick actions of the initial responding crews, the

JUMP TO FILE #031317134 fire was contained to the firstfloor unit of origin, thus preventing the fire from spreading throughout the entire four-story building. The origin of the fire was located in the kitchen area of the unit. The cause of the fire and amount of damage are currently under investigation. Over 42 fire personnel were dispatched to the two-alarm structure fire, including Newport Beach Battalion-6, Newport Engine-64, Newport Engine65, Newport Engine-63, Newport Truck-62, Newport Truck-63, Newport Medic-63, Newport Medic-65 and Newport EMS-7. Costa Mesa Fire, Orange County Fire Authority and the Newport Beach Police Department also responded to assist with the incident. - NEWPORT BEACH FD


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Fullerton Firefighters Battle Mobile Home Fire Fullerton, CA - On March 3rd at approximately 1:00 P.M., the Fullerton Fire Department was called to a reported structure fire in the 1800 block of Orangethorpe Avenue. Upon arrival, the first-in company found a mobile home community, with one JUMP TO FILE# mobile home fully- 031017100 involved in fire. Fire unites were able to knock the fire down in approximately 15 minutes. No injuries were reported, but a family of four was displaced and referred to the Red Cross, where temporary housing was provided. - FERNANDO VILLICANA

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Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire and iHeartMedia Team Up to Raise Funds for Fire Family Foundation


UnitedHealthcare Donates $5,000 to SBCoFD San Bernardino, CA - In February, UnitedHealthcare donated $5,000 to San Bernardino County Fire for equipment to help with the department’s wildland firefighting efforts this year. The equipment will be used for training and can be deployed in the field to create fire breaks during wildfires. The department saw a need for the additional equipment after the Blue Cut Fire in August burned more than 36,000-acres in San Bernardino County and prompted evacuations of over 83,000 residents throughout the area.

Lynchburg, TN – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire and iHeartMedia announce the “Rise from The Fire” Concert Flyaway Sweepstakes. Consumers ages 21+ can now enter for a chance to win a trip for two to New York for a benefit concert featuring a top music act. The event will conclude an 11-city iHeartRadio concert series to benefit firefighters and communities affected by fire. The sweepstakes and concert series are part of an effort by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire to raise funds in support of the Fire Family Foundation, an organization that offers immediate assistance to firefighters and their families, fire victims, fire departments and charities. The Foundation believes that by coming together as a “Fire Family,” assistance can be provided by those impacted by fire. “We are truly honored to have the support of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire to expand our efforts,” says Robin McCarthy, Executive Director, Fire Family Foundation. “It’s refreshing to work with a brand that’s values are aligned with our mission to help people reclaim their lives after a tragedy such as a fire.” The “Rise from the Fire” program pays homage to Jack Daniel’s history. In April of 1930, the Jack Daniel distillery in Lynchburg TN, was devastated by a fire. The distillery was later rebuilt, and operations resumed in 1937 with a fully functional fire brigade on the grounds. Now, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will carry on the tradition and help others rebuild. The brand will drive donations for the Fire Family

JUMP TO FILE #032117107 Foundation via the website, concerts and at location activations. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will kick off the fundraising efforts with an initial donation of $25,000 to the organization to further enhance its efforts. “Jack Daniel himself was a man committed to bettering the community, and with “Rise From The Fire,” Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire will continue his legacy,” says Casey Nelson, Brand Director, Jack Daniel’s Flavor Portfolio. “Through this initiative, we will help firefighters and their families in their efforts to rebuild, while celebrating their selfless contributions.” The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the United States, who are at least 21 years of age, Consumers can enter until April 30 by visiting and completing the entry form. The concert series will visit San Francisco, Tampa, Cincinnati, Austin, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Phoenix, Seattle, Los Angeles, Boston and New York. For official rules and tour dates, visit For Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire news and updates, follow the brand on social media at Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram ( - BRENDA REES FOR FIRE FAMILY FOUNDATION


Roseville Captain Receives VFW Firefighter of the Year Award Roseville, CA - Congratulations to Roseville FD Captain Cullison, who was awarded the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Firefighter of the Year award on Friday evening, March 17th! Captain Cullison was nominated for his significant contributions to the Training and Special Operations Division and the partnership he faciliated with the California Specialized Training Institute to make the Roseville Fire Training Center the official hazardous-materials training center for Northern California.



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L.A. County Firefighters Rescue Several People from Hotel Fire


Sacramento, CA - Sacramento Fire Chemical Engine Company 4, circa 1922. This firehouse is still standing, on Folsom Boulevard at 38th Street and currently houses the Firefighters Union, Sacramento Area Firefighters Local 522.

Baldwin Park, CA - On February 20th, Los Angeles County Firefighters were dispatched to Baldwin Park for reports of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a four-story hotel with fire and heavy black smoke showing. Units began utilizing ground and aerial ladders for immediate rescue. They also initiated a transitional attack using the deck gun and confined the fire to the point of origin. Firefighters implemented thermal imaging cameras to rescue several victims who were trapped on multiple floors of the hotel. Fortunately, firefighters were able to confine the flames to one room, preventing the fire from spreading. There were no reports of serious injuries.



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A Good Job Stories of the FDNY HBO Documentary Films Available from: FSP Books & Videos 188 Central Street, #4 Hudson, MA 01749-1330 1-800-522-8528 e-mail: Price: $19.00 (DVD) This is a 60-minute DVD comprised of a large group of interviews with FDNY firefighters of many ranks, both active and retired, about the memories of their careers, including the good times, the bad times, the happy and sad moments, times of transition and the personal effects that the ordeals and experiences left on them. The interviews are done by Steve Buscami, an award winning actor and director, who prior to his acting career, had taken the test for firefighter in 1976 and spent four years at Engine-55 in the Little Italy section of Manhattan. Steve returned to Engine-55 after 9/11 to lend a hand on “the pile," in search of missing members. The interviews address “the war years,” named for the fires in the 1960’s and 1970’s, including the Madison Square Tragedy which claimed 12 firefighters in 1966 and the Waldbaum’s roof collapse in Brooklyn in 1978, which claimed six members. The advent of female firefighters, black firefighters, selfcontained breathing apparatus and new bunker clothing is discussed. Two retired female firefighters, including a battalion chief, give details of their indoctrination and treatment when women first got assigned to stations. The Happyland Social Club fire in 1989 is discussed and of course, the World Trade Center in 2001. Some of those interviewed lost family members, including two sons of Deputy Chief Ray Downey. The firehouse kitchen is touched on where jokes and horseplay abound, especially with probationary firefighters. Retired commissioner Sal Cassano and retired Deputy Chief Vincent Dunn are interviewed. Dunn could have lost his life at the Madison Square fire with the difference of his order by the deputy chief and the order given to Engine-18. If those orders were reversed, we would never have benefited from his textbooks, one of which was “The Collapse of Burning Buildings!” I believe this video will keep your undivided attention for it's duration and help both firefighters and non firefighters to appreciate what working in a burning building is like, realizing that the horrors of the job can stay with the person for many years to come.


Chula Vista FF/PM Andrew Smith escorts a girl while she drags a hose pack through part of the course.



An excited boy emerges from the tunnel to rescue the teddy bear during the Kid's FF Challenge.

Chula Vista, CA - The Chula Vista Fire Department held a "Hero For A Day" Kid's Firefighter Challenge at Fire Station-4 on Saturday, March 18th. The annual event is a fundraiser for the South Bay YMCA, which is located across the street from the station. For a suggested donation JUMP TO FILE# of $10, around 100 032217100 kids aged 2-14 were able to dress up in firefighter costumes and pull fire hose through an obstacle course, crawl through a tunnel to rescue a teddy bear, walk a balance beam, spray water from a fire hose to "put out the fire" on a house prop, and much more. Chula Vista Fire Department had an aerial ladder truck on display for the public to visit and the San Diego County Sheriff's had a car on display. Equinox Mobile Laser Tag provided additional entertainment for the kids with their laser guns and an outdoor course for friendly laser tag battles. The Kid's FF Challenge was started eight years ago by Chula Vista Fire Captain John Bates (now retired) and Firefighter Zack Zietlow, to raise money for the YMCA. This year, the event brought in over $2,500 which will help families who can’t afford after-school care, swim lessons, or memberships at the YMCA. The "Hero For A Day" experience was inspired by the Firefighter's Combat Challenge in Las Vegas, where Chula Vista Fire Captain Jeremy Czapinski competed. The kid's event has grown over the years in the number of children attending, as well as prop enhancements at the various tasks. The firefighters who plan and organize this fun, worthwhile day are already looking forward to next year's "Hero For A Day" Kid's Firefighter Challenge! -KAREN COOK

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San Bernardino Firefighters Rescue Man from Quarry Pit Lucerne Valley, CA - Just after 6:15 A.M. on March 21st, San Bernardino County Fire responded to a rescue at Hi Grade Materials, located at 8701 Meridian Road in Lucerne Valley. The caller reported that a worker was trapped underground in a hopper. JUMP TO FILE# Firefighters ar- 032117116 rived on scene and made contact with plant personnel, who escorted them down to the pit of the quarry. It was reported that a worker had accessed the lower end of an inclined conveyer belt to clear clogged material. The conveyer is fed material that is pushed by heavy equipment from the floor of the quarry through a grate that filters the dirt. While attempting to

the clear the jam, the worker was engulfed by additional material pushed over the grate by a dozer. First responding units were reinforced by County Fire Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) team members, who treated the operation as a trench rescue. Additional dirt at risk of collapsing into the box was first shored, then rescuers began the task of removing all material that was trapping the victim who was buried up to his waist, yet still awake and alert. While the amount of debris that had to be removed was significant, heavy equipment was not appropriate for quick removal due to the close proximity of the victim and the chance of a collapse of unstable walls of material. Rescue personnel instead used hand tools, a process that takes considerable time, but provides the highest

level of safety for the victim and rescuers. Additionally, paramedics prepared for the unique challenges of managing the potential for crush and compartment syndromes due to the extended period or entrapment. It took just over two hours to safely remove the victim from the underground pit. The patient was taken to a nearby landing zone and flown to a regional trauma center for evaluation of his injuries. Four engines, one heavy rescue, one squad, two safety officers and a chief officer, totaling 27 personnel, were assigned to the incident. Apple Valley Fire Protection District assisted with one engine, a rescue unit and three personnel. - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE

Rescuers remove victim from hopper.



View of conveyer as it comes out from below grade hopper. Victim reportedly entered from this point and was engulfed by falling material.


Firefighters remove the patient from conveyer using a ladder slide. (Face of patient obscured to protect identity.)

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MVA with Extrication for Fresno Firefighters

Fresno, CA - Fresno Fire Engine-12, Truck-9 and BC-4 responded on March 6th to a vehicle accident with entrapment at Shaw Avenue and Marks Avenue in Fresno. There were three patients in total, with one having to be extricated from the vehicle by crews.


Chula Vista, CA - Chula Vista FF/PM Willie Armas helps his son Easton with a fire hose at the Kid's FF Challenge, held on March 18th at Fire Station 4.



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Jack-Knifed Big Rig Causes Major Delays in Redlands Spelter, WV - Trevor Vance is a 19-year-old firefighter from West Virginia who has been serving his community since he was just 15-years-old. He is currently a firefighter at Spelter Volunteer Fire Department in Spelter, West Virginia and decided to get this tattoo done approximately two years ago. When asked what inspired him to get the tattoo, he said "being a firefighter is a brotherhood, so I thought to myself, why not get a tattoo that will be there forever and remind me of what I have been through and who I've been through it with." Trevor also said that the tattoo lets him show off what he's so proud of doing.

Redlands, CA - On January 23rd, Battalion-704, Medic Truck-261, Medic Engine-263, Medic Squad-264, AMR, CHP and Caltrans responded to the scene of a jack-knifed big rig on the Eastbound I10 Freeway, between Tennessee St. and Orange St., in the City of Redlands. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. Crews remained on-scene for another hour as they contained and cleaned up the spilled diesel fuel.

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It’s estimated that over 95% of structural fires in Detroit are due to arson, which is fifty times the national average.


House Fire in Livermore Displaces Two Residents Livermore, CA - At 3:34 A.M. on Sunday, March 12th, Alameda County FD Battalion-3, Engine-8, Truck-20, Water Tender-16, Division Chief-14, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Engine-98, Engine-97, Battalion-09, Tracy Fire Department Engine-94 and Engine-93 all responded to the 20000 block of Midway Road for the report of a "tank house attached to a home on fire, with no means to put it out.� The fire had extended into the attic, but firefighters were able to quickly knock the flames down. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters. One cat was resuscitated by firefighters, but two pet snakes died. The Red Cross was called and responded to assist two adult occupants with temporary shelter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The Heart of the Matter is a Matter of the Heart Chaplain’s Corner

Pastor Fernando Villicana

Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalm 86:11) Singleness of heart/purpose is not a foreign concept to the firefighter or EMS worker. The very duties of these occupations cry out for a concerted singleness of our purpose to fulfill the mission. Meeting the immediate needs of the patient is the first responder's mission. Upon arrival of an emergency call, we must be totally focused on the patient as well as our surroundings. It is essential. This essentiality also applies to our spiritual lives. Only when we pursue God with singleness of heart do we experience the fulfillment of

His purpose in our lives - to rescue us. Indecision about God is described in the Bible as "doublemindedness" - and doublemindedness is a costly habit. With so much contentment at stake, why do we waver? Why don't we choose God more wholeheartedly? "Unite my heart to fear Your name." This is a prayer for the integrity of a "pure" heart, one that is not only clean, but also decisive. James wrote, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you...purify your hearts, you double-minded" (James 4:8). What we need is the courage to pursue God with singleness of purpose. Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; (1 Peter 3:8). Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16)


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Two-Alarm Fire Heavily Damages San Bernardino Restaurant San Bernardino, CA - On the evening of March 13th at 10:44 P.M., San Bernardino County Firefighters from Division 6 were dispatched to a reported commercial structure fire in the 250 block of East Highland in the City of San Bernardino. SBCoFD crews arrived within four minutes of dispatch to find a single-story, "A Frame" restaurant well-involved, with heavy fire showing from multiple sides. Due to the heavy fire involvement and exposures, a second-alarm was struck, bringing additional crews to the scene. Fire crews mounted a defensive attack, utilizing master streams to

JUMP TO FILE #032117117 knock down the fire. Fire crews also encountered powerpoles involved with fire and power lines down in the vicinity of the fire building. Edison responded to the fire to assist with shutting off power to the affected building and power poles. Firefighters knocked the fire down in approximately 20 minutes, limiting damage to the fire building. After knocking down the fire, crews stayed on scene for two additional hours to overhaul and confirm that the fire was out. No injuries to either citizens or firefighters were reported.

The building, vacant at the time of the fire, sustained heavy damage throughout. Damage estimates to the structure and contents are at $100,000. A total of eight Engines, three Truck Companies, three Chief Officers and two Fire Investigators responded to the two-alarm fire. Rialto Fire Responded with one Engine and one Truck company. Colton, San Manuel and Loma Linda Fire Departments assisted with station coverage in San Bernardino while units were committed. - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE


Los Angeles, CA - On March 4th, the LA County FD Air Operations Unit rescued hikers in Malibu and Santa Clarita. Flying across Los Angeles County, their copters performed hoist rescues to easily assist the injured patients. The fire department would like to remind all residents to be prepared when hiking outdoors, by being aware of your surroundings, informing family and friends of your location, and ensuring that your mobile devices are always fully charged. TOD SUDMEIR (EPN564)


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Why Isn’t it Okay to be a Fit Firefighter?

It seems almost silly that I’m writing this article. It actually seems like a great waste of time that it even has to be written. However, my inbox continues to fill with questions about why it’s so hard to convince other members of their departments that being fit is really a good thing. It’s almost unreal that in our society we are still convincing people that being fit is good; that our bodies weren’t made to carry hundreds of extra pounds, or that our joints and muscles need to be utilized and trained to work well, or that our organs can only work with our help. Oh and by the way, all of that applies to firefighters' bodies too. We don’t get a “service” discount on that one. As firefighters, why do we create these stigmas when it comes to fitness within our service, and why do we allow them to continue? I suppose it depends on how you look at the bigger picture because about 30years ago, we wore hip boots and long coats. At that time, anyone who wore bunker pants was wrong. Same with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus. I think we can all agree that the level of protection bunker pants provides is far superior to that of hip boots. Wearing your SCBA is much better than eating smoke. In the end, bunker pants are good and so are SCBAs. So, maybe fitness is just as good...maybe even a better thing for the fire service than bunker pants and SCBAs. In part-one of this two part series, I plan to point out some of the common pitfalls that seem to plague the fire service when it comes to fitness and in part-two, I plan to address

some ways to overcome them. Let’s start off with the biggest one of all. Fitness standards will be used as a way to discipline or even replace firefighters, further discourJUMP TO FILE #013017120

aging people from volunteering. It’s very possible that if a department established a mandatory health and wellness program, a person who refuses to participate could be removed from that department. Why anyone would refuse is a mystery to me. It’s a proven fact that participating in a health and wellness program sponsored by your employer is a benefit to the employee, not to mention you'd also have an added benefit, called living a better life. The statement above also applies on the volunteer end; but, if you have an established health and wellness plan, do you really want a person to volunteer who doesn’t want to be a part of it? Our Line-of-Duty-Death numbers should answer that question for you... Then we have the firefighter who still feels that the only reason we want to workout is so we look good at the beach. Well, maybe looking good at the beach isn’t such a bad thing for the fire service. After all, we are constantly in the “public's eye." So tell me, who do you want representing your department? The firefighter who looks good at the beach, or the firefighter who can’t see his/her belt buckle because their stomach is hanging over it. Please realize that the above statements have zero bearing on appearance.

Take a moment and picture just called a Mayday from a collapse. Which of the above firefighters would you want on your Rapid Intervention Team? A firefighter fitness "hater line" that I just can’t seem to wrap my head around is when someone says "you shouldn’t workout on-duty, or at the firehouse because you might be “tired” from working out when a reported fire comes, impairing your ability to respond." In that case, I suppose we should never stretch lines, or put up the ladder, or do any form of training while on-duty because what if a reported fire comes in and we’re tired? It makes no sense to me at all. We are not “working out” at work. We are training our bodies to do our job. We just have to be smart enough to not deplete our entire tank, same as how we watch the air gauge in our masks while entering a commercial structure. In part-two of this series, I will better explain how to create a fitness culture within your department and trust me, the "quick-fix" haters won’t like this one either simply because it won’t cost $29.99, nor provide free shipping, nor promise you the ultimate weight loss or fitness solution specifically designed and doctor approved for firefighters. At the end of the day, don’t let any haters keep you down, just let them keep on hating! Every new change that was brought to the fire service was met with resistance and every new change that comes along will be met the same way, fitness included. - ROBERT “PIP” PIPARO


Alameda County Firefighters Make Dream Come True for Special Needs Man

Dublin, CA - In March, Alameda County Firefighters granted a wish for Torren (pictured with the green shorts on), an adult with special needs. It was Torren's long-time dream to be a firefighter. Torren spent the day as part of Engine 12's crew and helped service equipment, checked out all the gear, and cleaned the station in preparation for annual inspections. Before the end of his shift, Firefighters presented Torren with an #ALCOFire hat and t-shirt. He loved the shirt so much, he changed into it immediately after receiving it! Station 12 Firefighters described the day as "a real blessing for all involved to help make Torren's wish of being a firefighter a dream come true."


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San Diego Fire-Rescue Hosts Girl’s Empowerment Camp San Diego, CA – The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department hosted a Girl’s Empowerment Camp (GEC) on March 4th and 5th, for young ladies aged 14-18. Approximately 100 girls came from all over San Diego County to participate in the camp and learn about firefighting and career options available to them. The girls received classroom instruction and hands-on introductory training in many common tasks of firefighting, such as handling fire hose, climbing ladders, search and rescue, ropes, knots and pulleys, CPR and medical assistance, and more. They gained valuable skills and knowledge, made many new friends, and learned about themselves too. Some were afraid to try some of the activities, such as climbing ladders, but were thrilled when they overcame their fear and did it. The camp was organized and led by Firefighters Amber Taddeo, Jeri-Ellen Miuccio and Jennifer Wolf, all from San Diego Fire. They had help from a group of men from the department handling logistics, and numerous women from the department doing the

JUMP TO FILE #031817102 training and behind-the-scenes tasks. There were also women firefighters from Poway, Chula Vista and Imperial Beach Fire Departments teaching various skills. Women of the San Diego Lifeguard Service and the San Diego Cadet program helped lead the groups of girls in “engine companies” to the various skill stations. The San Diego Girl’s Empowerment Camp was inspired by a similar camp held last year in Los Angeles. Taddeo, Miuccio and Wolf were invited to attend that camp and came back to San Diego with a vision for this camp. A female firefighter from San Jose, CA attended the San Diego camp in hopes of holding a GEC in San Jose, and so the momentum continues. The date for the next GEC in San Diego has not yet been set, but planning has already started for the next camp to recruit, mentor and inspire girls to someday work in the fire service.

Britta Renstrom from AMR gave an introduction to ambulance operations during the GEC.



A girl’s camp participant arrives at the top of the aerial ladder, where San Diego FF/PM Dre Dominguez (left) disconnected the safety rope. KAREN COOK


San Diego Fire Engineer Brent Brainard talked about "Decker," his certified search and rescue dog, during the lunch break at GEC.

SDF-R Firefighter Catie Casciari teaches the girls how to tie basic knots and use ropes with pulleys at the "Ropes and Knots" station of the Girl's Empowerment Camp.



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Heavy Rescue Conducted at Fullerton Car Crash Fullerton, CA - On February 8th at approximately 7:51 A.M., Fullerton FD Truck-1, Engine-5, OCFA Engine-34 and CARE Ambulance-3, responded to a TC Heavy Rescue on Bastanchury and State College in the City of Fullerton. Upon arrival, JUMP TO FILE# the first-in engine 020817112 found the female driver of a small pickup truck trapped behind the steering wheel after losing control of her vehicle and hitting a tree. Fire crews were able to extricate her and she was then transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Slippery road conditions from rainfall may have contributed to the cause of the accident. - FERNANDO VILLICANA



Division Chief Dolson, Battalion Chief Sisk, Captain Picchi, Engineer Pennell and Firefighter/Paramedic Fuller pose with Lisa and the patient.

Firefighters Present Life Saving Award to Fitness Director Roseville, CA - On January 17th, members from Roseville Fire Dept. were honored to recognize the Fitness Director of Johnson Ranch Racquet Club with a Life Saving Award! Lisa has sprung into action not once, but twice in the last six months to perform CPR and utilize the onsite AED when two different members, exactly six months apart, suffered medical emergencies. Joining in the celebration was the crew of Engine-4 who responded to the call in early January, as well as one of the two patients that Lisa performed CPR on. Both patients are doing quite well!

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Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Firefighters recently conducted high-angle technical rescue training in the Panorama bluffs area of northeast Bakersfield. Firefighters utilized new technology that makes high-angle litter basket rescues less strenuous for rescuers, and less dangerous for victims. Note the addition of a large pneumatic wheel and tire assembly to the litter basket designed to support victims weight and absorb the shock of rough terrain.


Modesto Firefighters and Police Handle Arson Situation Modesto, CA - At 12:08 P.M. on Saturday, March 18th, the Modesto Fire Dept. and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District were dispatched to reports of a structure fire on Terrace Place. Reports were that a male was setting the house on fire, with his mother inside. First arriving crews found a single-story home with light smoke showing. Modesto Police Department units also responded. Both police and fire personnel established command and backed away from the home, as new reports indicated that the female occupant had made her way out, but a male was still inside with a weapon making threats. Police and Fire crews worked together to develop and deploy an


Firefighters in Santa Clara Help Deliver Baby Boy Los Gatos, CA - On January 23rd, Sara was getting ready to go to the hospital to deliver her second child. Her contractions went from several minutes apart to the baby crowning in just a matter of minutes. Santa Clara County Fire was dispatched to her home at 10:07 A.M. and the baby was delivered by firefighters at 10:12 A.M. Job well done by all firefighters involved and welcome to the world baby boy "Atlas"!

JUMP TO FILE #032217113 initial fire attack. Officers covered fire personnel with their shields, weapons drawn, as crews knocked down the fire through a window that had been previously broken by the subject inside. Once the male subject had been taken into custody, fire crews and the investigator entered the home to fully extinguish the smoldering contents and investigate the exact cause and origin. Great teamwork by all involved to ensure a safe ending to a tricky situation! - MODESTO FD

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New Assistant Chief to Serve East Valley Division San Bernardino, CA - Assistant Chief Dan Munsey, previously assigned to lead the High Desert Division (Division 3), has been reassigned to the East Valley Division (Division 6), effective February 18th. Chief Munsey fills the position vacated by newly promoted Deputy Chief John Chamberlin. Chief Munsey began his career in the fire service in 1995 as a Paid-Call Firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in 1998, where he was assigned to Lake Arrowhead. He has worked in every division of County Fire, promoting to Captain in 2004 and Battalion Chief in 2008. Chief Munsey holds a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on business and government, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. He has also earned an associate’s degree in business administration and in fire technology. In 2013, Chief Munsey graduated from the Management & Leadership Academy; a County program that provides comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. Participants gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public service management and leadership practices, with specific emphasis on understanding their application within San Bernardino County. “Chief Munsey brings a

JUMP TO FILE #021717115 wealth of knowledge and experience into his new assignment. He has demonstrated strong leadership throughout his career at County Fire and I am confident in his ability to lead his division,” said Fire Chief Mark Hartwig. Division 6 covers the large metropolitan area of San Bernardino accentuated by the San Bernardino International Airport, California State University San Bernardino, National Orange Show and San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. Known as the East Valley Division, it presents multiple wildland-urban interface zones, including the southern base of the San Bernardino Mountains that begins northeast of the Interstate 15/215 interchange and runs southeast to the Oak Glen Preserve. Division 6 also encompasses major sections of I-215, I-10 and State Route 210, all major throughways of commerce in San Bernardino County. “I am honored by the department’s decision and privileged to serve our residents in this new role,” Chief Munsey said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to help lead our newest division and look forward to building on the successes of my predecessor.” - SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY FIRE

Fullerton, CA - Two Fullerton firefighters carry hose-line back to the truck after battling a vegetation fire on February 12th.

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Wildland Firefighter Academy Graduation Held in Chula Vista Chula Vista, CA – The 12th Wildland Firefighter Academy Graduation ceremony took place on Saturday, March 18th, at the Chula Vista campus of Southwestern College. Forty students, with their families, friends and instructors gathered to celebrate the completion of the 10-week class. The class started on January 10th and met on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and all day Saturday, for a total of more than 150 hours. The Basic Wildland Firefighter course, FS 144, consists of classroom lectures, physical fitness training and hands-on skills. Students in the academy learn how to cut a fire break, perform a progressive hose lay and mobile attack with an engine, roll up hose, utilize torches and deploy emergency fire shelters. There are timed tests for many of the skills and certifications, including a physical ability test, in which students wear 45-pound vests while

JUMP TO FILE #032117126 walking three miles in 45 minutes or less. The students train outside around the college grounds, as well as off-campus in rural settings for realistic exercises in brush areas. A couple of weeks before graduation, the academy stays two nights and three days in a campground on the Viejas Reservation in eastern San Diego County, where they pitch tents, cook their own meals and practice their wildland firefighting skills on the surrounding hills. The weekend builds teamwork and camaraderie, while also exposing many of the students to new experiences. The Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy was developed to facilitate hiring and training new seasonal firefighters. The course includes certificates from the Na-

tional Wildfire Coordinating Group, NIMS, ICS, CSTI Hazardous Material First Responder Operations and California State Fire Training Confined Space Awareness. Graduates have the opportunity to apply for jobs with the U.S. Forest Service, the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and other federal agencies, as well as Viejas Fire Dept., CalFire and the San Diego County Fire Authority. An Advanced Wildland Firefighter Academy class (FS 146) will be held in October, and the next Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy will start in January of 2018 at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa. The college is offering a Wildland Fire Technology Associate’s Degree program starting in Fall of 2017. For more information go to - KAREN COOK


With help from the Chula Vista FD, students experienced walking through a decontamination shower as part of their HazMat training.


Forty recruits graduated from Southwestern College’s Wildland Firefighter Academy on Saturday, March 18th, 2017.



The Emerald Society of San Diego Firefighters Pipes and Drums ushered in the recruits at the beginning of the graduation ceremony.

Recruits practiced and were tested on progressive hose lays during the academy.


Students in the Wildland Academy spent a weekend on the Viejas Reservation practicing skills, including cutting a fire line.


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Early Bystander CPR and Defibrillation Save a Life Newport Beach, CA - On Thursday, March 9th at approximately 11:49 A.M., the Newport Beach Fire Department Lifeguard Division was alerted to a possible drowning at 17th Street at the beach. Newport Beach Lifeguard Captain John Moore responded to the call while on patrol. Coincidently, off-duty Newport Beach seasonal ocean Lifeguards, Alexander Brandt and Dan Moody, were surfing nearby and responded when they noticed two bystanders pulling someone from the water. Lifeguard Captain Moore, Brandt and Moody, as well as the first responding officers from the Newport Beach Police Department, immediately assessed the situation and started performing CPR on the unresponsive victim and deployed an automatic external defibrillator (AED). During CPR, the victim slowly

JUMP TO FILE #031317133 began breathing lightly on their own. Newport Beach Firefighter Paramedics quickly responded and found that the patient was still in critical condition. Newport Beach paramedics continued to work on the patient, providing advanced life support during transport to a local hospital. As a result of the actions and teamwork of the off-duty seasonal lifeguards, Newport Beach lifeguards, fire paramedics and Newport Beach Police Department and their knowledge of CPR and AEDs, a life was saved. The Newport Beach Fire Department encourages all residents to learn CPR and how to use an AED. - NEWPORT BEACH FD


MVA in Front of Fire Station Critically Injures One Los Gatos, CA - Just after 2:30 A.M. on January 28th, firefighters awoke to the sound of a vehicle accident outside of their fire station. Crews went outside and found a vehicle with major damage, and a 25-year-old male patient still inside. The patient was quickly extricated by 2:40 A.M. and transported to Valley Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office was investigating the cause of the accident.

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(L to R): Eng. Ed Ornelas, Eng. Robert Ashby, Capt. Tanya Lovelace, Troy Martin, BC Charlie Sullenbarger, Capt. Gil Segovia, Eng. David Leon and FF Bryan Eaton.

Ventura County Firefighters Recognize Hometown Hero Camarillo, CA - Meet hometown hero, Troy Martin. Troy pulled a driver out of a burning vehicle in Santa Paula, saving the person’s life. For his actions that day, Santa Paula Fire and the Ventura County FD recently presented Troy with a life-saving certificate and letter of appreciation. Thank you Troy, for going above and beyond to help save someone’s life. Your bravery to respond is inspiring! BAKERSFIELD FD

New York, NY - Bakersfield Firefighters went to New York and and marched with the FDNY in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade during the weekend of March 18th. BFD Firefighters were again hosted by their good friends and colleagues with FDNY, who also offered their amazing support in 2016 during the transfer of the PANYNJ steel beam for the BFD 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial. BFD Firefighters were honored to not only march in the parade, but to do so with their FDNY brothers and sisters.



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March/April, 2017

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