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Fire Museum plans heating up

BELLFLOWER – Long ago, a 1925 Engine 23 Stutz roared down the streets of this city.

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At the time, Bellflower had its own fire services before it began a contract with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Many years later, a group of current and retired firefighters acquired the engine, stowing it away in a South Gate warehouse.

Now, that historic Stutz may return to the city, as well as 45 other fire engines and trucks dating back to the 1860s.

The City Council’s decision this past week to allow the association to set up shop in town is the start of a three- to five-year, $25 million project involving support from some major players, including Supervisor Don Knabe and Long Beach restaurateur John Morris.
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Paramedic Dead in Store Shooting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A gunman in a jacket, tie and baseball cap wordlessly opened fire inside a Wendy’s during the lunchtime rush Monday, killing a paramedic who had gone back to fetch the right toy to go with his child’s meal and wounding five others. The 60-year-old shooter then committed suicide.

he 42-year-old victim, Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Lt. Rafael Vazquez, who was not in uniform, had met his wife and child at the restaurant during a break in training down the street, Deputy Fire-Rescue Chief Steve Delai said. The family had gotten their food and walked out, but Vazquez returned because the wrong free toy had been included in the kids’ meal, detectives said.
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Luxury homes burn in apparent eco-attack – WA

I find it ironic that people claiming to do things for the betterment of the environment insist on creating such enormous amounts of pollution by performing such terrible acts of arson. E.L.F. wants to protect the chinook salmon living near this area, but how many contaminants from the fire ran-off into their water . Here is a story from the Star-Telegram.

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Three seven-figure dream homes went up in flames early Monday in a Seattle suburb, apparently set by eco-terrorists who left a sign mocking the builders’ claims that the 4,000-plus-square-foot houses were environmentally friendly.

The sign – a sheet marked with spray paint – bore the initials ELF, for Earth Liberation Front, a loose collection of radical environmentalists that has claimed responsibility for dozens of attacks since the 1990s.

The sheriff’s office estimated that Monday’s pre-dawn fires did $7 million in damage to the “Street of Dreams,” a row of unoccupied, furnished luxury model homes where tens of thousands of visitors last summer eyed the latest in high-end housing, interior design and landscaping. Three homes were destroyed and two had minor fire or smoke damage.

Crews removed incendiary devices found in the homes, Snohomish County District 7 Fire Chief Rick Eastman said. Later, however, Kelvin Crenshaw, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Seattle, said there was no evidence such devices had been used.
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Cosumnes board halves battalion chief positions

We all know how important command and control is on the fire-ground. I expect us to start seeing more of these types of cutbacks throughout the state as the economy continues to soften.  Here is an article out of the Sacramento Bee……


The Cosumnes Community Services District took its first step toward reducing a projected $52 million deficit when officials decided to eliminate half of the battalion chief positions in its Fire Department.

Fire Chief Steve Foster said eliminating the three positions, projected to save $773,000 a year, will improve efficiency and reduce costs in light of the economic downturn.

“We’re all going to have to sacrifice,” he told the board at a special meeting Tuesday night attended by more than 150 people, many of them firefighters opposed to battalion chief cutbacks.

Hansen said Foster’s decision to reduce the number of battalion chiefs was part of a district effort to operate more efficiently.
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One Dead in 4-Alarm Apartment Fire in Fremont

 Sounds like the guys up north had their hands full with this one.  Occurred on Friday morning. Here is the story from the Oakland Tribune……

vbulletin3_logo_white.gif One person died this morning in a fast-moving, four alarm fire that swept through four units of an apartment building in the 3600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. Fremont Deputy Fire Chief Geoff LaTendresse said the victim, an adult male, was found on the floor of a bedroom in a first floor unit of the two story building. His identity was not immediately released. No one else was injured, he said.The fire began in a first floor apartment, spread to the adjacent apartment and to two apartments on the second floor. There has been heavy smoke damage to all 16 units and residents are still outside, LaTendresse said. The American Red Cross is on the scene helping residents, he said.
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Family thanks the responders who saved son

vbulletin3_logo_white.gif A week after a respiratory virus caused their infant son to stop breathing last month, doctors told Dan and Lisa Anthony that their son would survive.

Doctors also told the Newbury Park couple that their 5-week-old son, Tommy, survived because the people who treated him from the time he stopped breathing until he was moved to UCLA did their jobs perfectly. On Friday, the family thanked some of those people during a face-to-face reunion with emergency responders.

The Ventura County Fire Department holds a celebratory French toast breakfast every time its personnel save a life with CPR, but emergency responders rarely hear about their patients’ conditions later or meet with the families. The department’s breakfast Friday in honor of Tommy’s survival turned into an emotional reunion.
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San Diego Upset Over Plan to Move Emergency Cache to L.A.

vbulletin3_logo_white.gif The San Diego County Board of Supervisors went on record Tuesday against a federal agency’s plans to move a 12-ton cache of emergency medical supplies from San Diego to Los Angeles, City News Service reported.

“Sometimes the federal government gets a good idea. Unfortunately, this is not one of them,” Supervisor Ron Roberts said.

Roberts told his colleagues that the move could leave San Diego stranded in the event of a disaster.

“Should a disaster strike that destroyed or marginalized the north-south transportation corridors, the seat between San Diego County and Los Angeles, such as the recent wildfire did, our region could be cut off entirely from these supplies,” he said.
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20 Cal Fire Stations Might Be Closed

Cal FireAs many as 20 fire stations in the state could close, including the Cal Fire department station in Auburn, if a proposed budget cut plan is approved.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has asked Cal Fire to cut more than $52 million in budget cuts statewide.  Cal Fire is proposing the closure of 20 fire stations statewide as well as another 11 inmate firefighting camps and one Helitack base.
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Goal: Get to scene of the fire within 5 minutes – Palm Springs

Cochella Valley’s responses are featured in this article written by The Desert Sun. They did a great job of conveying the importance of properly placed fire stations and the need for sufficient numbers:

Staffing, funding shortages blamed for slow arrivals of half of valley’s stations.

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Twelve of the Coachella Valley’s 23 fire stations fail to arrive at emergencies such as fires and heart attacks within five minutes – the nationally recommended response time.

Cathedral City Station 411 registers the longest emergency response time in the valley at 6.7 minutes while Palm Desert Station 33 boasts the fastest average at four minutes.
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Firefighter’s Harley Davidson and Hot Rod Show

Calling all West Coast Firefighters!! 

“Come join the Montclair Fire Fighters Association Local 3608 and Pomona Valley Harley Davidson as we give away an ’08 Fat Boy!! On March 15th, 2008, Pomona Valley Harley Davidson will be hosting the 8th Annual Firefighters Harley Davidson and Hot Rod Show. We will have a pancake breakfast available from 9am to 11am and BBQ in the afternoon hours. Please come join us and show your support and have a good time!!

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