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2018 ORANGE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS YEAR IN REVIEW

ORANGE COUNTY PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION


Dear Friends, It is my honor to present the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Year in Review. On behalf of the more than 1,000 Firefighters and Paramedics of Orange County Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3631, this book tells the story of our dedicated members who protect lives and property throughout Orange County every day. In 2018, our Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 142,000 emergency incidents throughout the 23 cities and unincorporated communities of Orange County. Serving a growing population of 1.8 million residents, our Firefighters were tasked with responding to residential and wildland fires, helicopter rescues, traffic accidents, and much more. Our members also provided mutual aid to those in need throughout the State of California and beyond, including hurricane relief efforts in North Carolina, mudslides in Montecito, and destructive wildfires in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. This publication contains powerful images and significant statistics, which serve to illustrate the daily challenges that our First Responders face while serving on the frontlines. Highlighted within these pages is the vast array of emergency services and difficult operations performed by our OCFA Firefighters who risk their lives to save life and property. On behalf of the Local 3631 Executive Board, we thank our members for their service. It is truly my privilege to work alongside and represent the brave men and women of the Orange County Firefighter Authority.

Sincerely,

Tim Steging President Orange County Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3631


FIRE STATION LOCATIONS Brea EI

MPERIAL HW Y

90

Placentia

HWY

OCFA Division and Battalion Stations Villa Park Orange

25

22

70

71

Santa Ana

78

66

73

Westminster

55

Fountain Valley

Bolsa Chica

77

HARBOR BLVD

Battalions

HW

City Jurisdictions 16

26 6

5

405

Y

38

47

Newport Beach 73 E

CO AS

T

HW

Emerald Bay

18

31

Laguna Woods Aliso Viejo

45

Mission Viejo

22

40

Laguna Hills

24

58

39

11

9

Laguna Niguel

56

5

Laguna Beach

30

Dana Point

San Juan Capistrano San Clemente

29

59

50

5 60 0 Miles

5

74

49 7

5

Division 1

Rancho Santa Margarita

19

1

Pacific Ocean

Lake Forest

51

57

Y

Division

42 54

Irvine 4

Divisions

241

27

133 20

36

RD

CO A ST

Highways

55

76 28

Major Roads

261

37

33

OCFA Fire Stations

14

15

ON

W

HQ

Tustin 79

Costa Mesa Huntington Beach

43

21

74

OCFA Battalion Stations

Riverside County

8

72

75

OCFA Division Stations

Orange Park Acres

San Diego County

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Seal Beach

64

BEA CH BLVD

65

Garden Grove

23

ORTEGA H WY

Cypress 46 Stanton

48

53

91

Anaheim

39

Rossmoor 605 Los Alamitos

32

RI AL

57

Fire Administrative Boundaries Orange County Fire Authority

Yorba Linda

E IMP

17

35

5 61

63

2

41

91

13

10

34

Fullerton 62

La Palma

44

CA R BO

A NC

LA GUNA CAN Y

Los Angeles County

San Bernardino County

D

NY ON

R

Brea

72

La Habra

Division 2 Division 3 Division 4 Division 5 Division 6 Division 7 Div 3 Protection Agreement Div 4 Protection Agreement

Information Technology Division Geographic Information Systems 7/11/2019


DAILY RESOURCES 72 10 7 67 16 4 4 2 2 4 4 2 7 4 6 1 Fire Stations

Battalions

Field Divisions

Engine Companies

Truck Companies

Medic Squads

Helicopters

Handcrews

Dozer Modules

USAR Heavy/ Medium Rescue

Swift Water Rescue

Hazardous Materials Teams

Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Resources

Water Tenders

Live Search Canines

Accelerant Detection Canine

1

Foam Tender

OCFA

BY THE NUMBERS The Orange County Fire Department was established on May 16, 1980 and originally serviced the cities of Cypress, Irvine, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Placentia, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda, along with the unincorporated areas within the County, which were previously serviced by the California Department of Forestry. As the department continued to grow, a new governing structure was needed in order to provide individual cities with greater control over how their emergency services were provided. On March 1, 1995, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) was formed through the governance of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA). This JPA consists of two members from the Orange County Board of Supervisors and one elected official from each of the member cities. Together, they set policy, approve budgets, establish service levels, and provide fiscal oversight. The OCFA has grown to become an all-risk regional fire service agency, providing unparalleled service to 23 Orange County cities and all unincorporated areas in the County. The mission of the OCFA is to enhance public safety and meet the evolving needs of the cities and communities that we serve through education, emergency medical protection, and first-class fire prevention and suppression. The brave men and women of the OCFA are responsible for protecting over 1.8 million residents in a service area covering 576 square miles. Our Firefighters are spread across 72 Fire Stations located throughout Orange County and are responsible for protecting 190,822 acres of wildland. When surveyed, patients and residents who had OCFA respond to their emergency calls for service gave the OCFA an approval rating of 97.8%.


ORANGE COUNTY POPULATION

1,807,862

EMERGENCY CALLS

2014

2015

2016

142,516

2013

142,022

2012

136,999

87,978 2011

130,713

87,519 2010

117,100

85,539 2009

112,333

86,539 2008

104,735

85,652 2007

2017

2018

DAILY CALL AVERAGES Total Incidents

165,158

Incoming 911 Phone Calls

106,006

Incoming 7-Digit Emergency Line

Daily Average

Daily Average

Daily Average

452

290

73,937 203


TYPE OF EMERGENCY CALLS Fires EMS Ruptures Hazardous Conditions Service Call Good Intent

Total Incoming Emergency Calls

179,943 Daily Average

493

2,338 109,929 155 1,347 7,332 14,535


NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

1,051

2012

1,034

1,023

2011

1,020

863

2010

1,011

862

2009

1,011

841

2008

1,010

841

808 2007

2018


DAILY STAFFING Firefighters Firefighters/Paramedics Engineers Engineers/Paramedics Captains Captains/Paramedics Pilots Handcrews Dozer Operators

TOTAL: 356 OCFA FIREFIGHTERS PER 1.8 MILLION RESIDENTS

71 94 74 8 47 37 2 21 2


FIRE-RELATED INJURIES Civilian

69

Firefighter

34

Deaths

5


EMERGENCY INCIDENTS BY CITY CITY

POPULATION

INCIDENT TOTALS

338,247

27,220

276,176

16,459

Mission Viejo

95,987

8,037

Westminster

94,476

7,866

129,278

7,368

Buena Park

83,995

7,190

Tustin

82,344

5,535

Laguna Woods

16,597

5,229

San Clemente

65,543

5,200

Lake Forest

84,845

5,176

Seal Beach

25,984

4,402

69,121

4,139

Laguna Niguel

65,377

4,060

San Juan Capistrano

36,759

3,791

Dana Point

34,071

3,652

Placentia

52,755

3,545

31,818

3,334

Stanton

39,470

3,330

Cypress

49,978

3,218

Aliso Viejo

51,950

2,883

Rancho Santa Margarita

49,329

2,420

11,863

1,467

La Palma

15,948

1,272

Villa Park

5,951

434

Santa Ana

Irvine

Unincorporated Orange County

Yorba Linda

Laguna Hills

Los Alamitos


TOP TEN BUSIEST ENGINE COMPANIES E22 Laguna Hills E222 Laguna Hills E75 Santa Ana E19 Lake Forest E21 Tustin E72 Santa Ana E71 Santa Ana E46 Stanton E61 Buena Park E48 Seal Beach

4,353 4,211 3,929 3,543 3,489 3,425 3,209 3,158 3,128 3,119


TOTAL PROPERTY LOSS

$53,714,144


Air Operations HC1, HC2, HC3 & HC4


STATISTICS Helicopter Unit Responses

359

Support Unit Responses

274

Facilities

1

Helicopters

4

Bell Super Huey

2

Bell 412EP

2

Air Ops Personnel

29

Reserve Crew

30


JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT STATISTICS Aircraft Responses

19

Aircraft Disabled Responses

22

Automatic Alarm Responses

30

Medical/Accident Responses

465

Assist/Service Call Responses

12

Fuel Spill Responses

17

Hazard/Threat Responses

1

Fire Responses

1


JOHN WAYNE RESPONSES BY UNIT

Crash 1

559

Crash 5/3

Crash 2

Crash 4

94

75

17


HAZMAT RESPONSES BY UNIT H79

75

H204/H220

97

H4/H20

83


HEAVY RESCUE RESPONSES HR6

108


WILDLAND OPERATIONS STATISTICS Crew Responses

154

Dozer Responses

145

Water Tender Responses

282


MUTUAL AID In 2018, California experienced the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record, with a total of 8,527 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres, the largest amount of burned acreage recorded in a fire season. The fires caused more than $3.5 billion in damages, including approximately $1.8 billion in fire suppression costs. Tragically, the lives of 98 civilians and six firefighters were claimed during the wildfire season.

INCIDENTS In County Mutual Aid Out Of County Mutual Aid TOTAL

5,064 225 5,289


CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE 5 FEMA URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE California Task Force 5 (CATF-5) is one of 28 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Forces strategically located throughout the United States and specifically one of eight Task Forces located in California. These Task Forces are comprised of highly-trained emergency responders who are skilled in a variety of disciplines and capable of offering aid all over the United States and beyond. In 2018, OCFA members of CATF-5 were deployed to assist with natural disasters throughout the country, including the Montecito Mudslides, Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, the Camp Fire in Northern California, and several other major incidents.

Number Of Members Number Of Personnel Deployed

205 100


HONORING OUR FALLEN Orange County Professional Firefighters Association and the Orange County Fire Authority Pipes and Drums Band attended the 32nd annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado to honor the memory of Fallen OCFA Firefighter/Paramedic Mary Kay Blaul. The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Wall of Honor bears the names of IAFF members, including professional Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Personnel in the United States and Canada, who died on the fire ground and the alarming number who succumbed to occupational illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and post-traumatic stress. This year, the IAFF added 271 Fallen Fire Fighters to the Wall of Honor.


RECOGNITION A special thank you to all of our contributors, including the Orange County Fire Authority, Mike Marble, Dalat Truong, Travis Wills and Jakub Lichtenstein for your support in making this book.

ORANGE COUNTY PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATION 2019 EXECUTIVE BOARD Tim Steging

PRESIDENT

Ryan Bishop

VICE PRESIDENT

Matt Schuetz

VICE PRESIDENT

Richard Tantuvanich

TREASURER

Lee Cabrera

SECRETARY

Brent Berkompas

PAC CHAIR

Jon Biegler

DIRECTOR

Reid Gibson

DIRECTOR

Steve Kriha

DIRECTOR

Joe Sinclair

DIRECTOR


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