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Murrieta Fire Department trains next generation of firefighters

On July 26th at 0700 hours, 24 teenagers, dressed in brand-new, blue, class B uniforms, reported for duty at Murrieta Fire Station 1. The group, made up of 21 young men and 3 young women, gave up a week of their summer vacation to see if they were cut out to become the next generation of firefighters. They looked ready and a little nervous too.

The Murrieta Fire Department has been training explorers since 1995 and put on the week-long academy for nearly 5 years. The requirements, some written some conveyed, are that explorers must be between 14-21 years of age, curious about the fire service and willing to work hard. Continue reading Murrieta Fire Department trains next generation of firefighters

Man Arrested In Connection With Fire In Hospital Emergency Room

A Las Vegas man was arrested for arson late last night after a fire was started in the emergency room of Valley Hospital. The man suffered burns in the incident and was later arrested by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Investigators and charged with arson. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Medical personnel at Valley Hospital said the man was brought in late Tuesday afternoon to the emergency department for treatment. The man was waiting for treatment at approximately 6:15 p.m.,

when fire investigators say he set fire to his hospital bed using a lighter. He suffered burns to his upper body before hospital employees doused the fire. Continue reading Man Arrested In Connection With Fire In Hospital Emergency Room

BIA Severity Engine Crew acknowledgement

Parker, Arizona (La Paz County) – The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Colorado River Indian Tribes are recognizing two individuals for saving the life of a four year old boy after a near drowning Saturday July 17, 2010.

While on a routine patrol, Engine Boss Jack Yeager and Crew Member Mike Ricci, assigned to a Type-6 Engine 5162 of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, encountered a life threatening situation. A homeowner signaled the engine crew to stop, a second homeowner appeared from behind the house carrying a small child and it was obvious that the child was unconscious. The engine crew took immediate action in performing CPR and was able to successfully revive the child. Continue reading BIA Severity Engine Crew acknowledgement

Fairfield Grass fire prompts rush-hour highway closure

Tuesday afternoon. The three alarm blaze was first reported at 4:20 p.m., burned four acres and shut down both directions of Highway 12 for more than an hour because of drift smoke. Photo by Brad Zweerink
FAIRFIELD – A three-alarm grass fire did little damage to property this afternoon but it destroyed the afternoon commute for thousands of motorists.

Firefighters swarmed to the fields alongside Highway 12 near Beck Avenue around 4:30 p.m. At 4:45 p.m., the California Highway Patrol declared a SIG Alert for the highway. Gusty winds blew smoke across the roadway, prompting the closure of the highway shortly after 5 p.m. Continue reading Fairfield Grass fire prompts rush-hour highway closure

Bullhead City Fire Department Seeks Community Assistance

Since September 11th, fire and emergency service departments all across the nation are struggling with increasing demands for service coupled with reduced funding. In order to respond to these increasing demands and provide more services to the community, the Bullhead City Fire Department has established a Fire Corps program and is seeking volunteers to help.

Fire Corps creates opportunities for citizens to give back to their community by providing non-emergency assistance to their local fire/EMS department.

From creating websites to maintaining vehicles, promoting life safety education or offering administrative assistance, you can help your community become safer and better prepared for natural disasters, terrorist threats and other emergencies. Continue reading Bullhead City Fire Department Seeks Community Assistance

Two Alarm Fire Damages Downtown Upholstery Shop

Fire started outside behind the upholstery shop in a neat pile of furniture and other items commonly found behind a shop, only most of their material was combustible (able to burn).

Shop owners across street noticed the outside fire across the street and alerted people in the upholstery shop. Several near-by shop owners brought fire extinguishers and occupants of the upholstery shop used garden hoses to try to put the fire out, but it continued to grow quickly. Continue reading Two Alarm Fire Damages Downtown Upholstery Shop

Six-Alarm Fire Destroys San Jose School Building

On Monday, July 5, 2010 at 4:17 AM units of the San Jose Fire Department responded to a major fire at Trace Elementary School located at 651 Dana Avenue in the city’s Rose Garden neighborhood.

The first engine to arrive on scene initiated fire attack and immediately struck a second alarm. With additional units en route firefighters were forced to assume defensive operations as flames spread into the mansard roof and attic space.

With fire advancing throughout the entire 20,000 square foot building, long sections of the mansard roof began to collapse forcing firefighters to keep their distance while deploying aerial master streams and portable monitors. Continue reading Six-Alarm Fire Destroys San Jose School Building

Fire At Bank Branch Under Investigation

Smoke was seen coming from the bank; it was closed because of the holiday. Firefighters searched for the source of the smoke. After extensive searching, it was found to be coming from a void/attic area just below the roof around a roof access door leading to the roof. A very small area around the door was damaged. It appeared to firefighters that the door might have been tampered with, so Metro Police was notified to investigate for possible criminal activity. The incident remains under investigation by LVFR Arson Investigators and Metro Police.

Bullhead City Structure Fire

On Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 20:24, two ladder trucks, one fire engine, and one rescue ambulance of Bullhead City Fire firefighters responded to a reported residential structure fire under the direction of Battalion Chief Greg Raymond.

Arriving firefighters immediately began an interior fire attack. Chief Raymond coordinated a simultaneous aggressive attack of the fire from the exterior rear of the residence. The lone resident and a friend were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. Neither individual required transport to the hospital.

The fire was contained to the rear of the home with some smoke and heat damage throughout the interior. Continue reading Bullhead City Structure Fire

Media Invitation – Keenwild Helibase Dedication

Come join Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack and the the US Forest Service for the dedication ceremony for the Keenwild HeliBase near Idyllwild on the San Bernardino National Forest on Saturday June 5th.

The Keenwild base has been in service since 1963. The site underwent a significant modernization project in the fall and winter of 2009. The base hosts a US Forest Service wildland firefighting helicopter during summer months and also supports the Riverside County Sheriff’s and Medivac Helicopters during search and rescue operations. Continue reading Media Invitation – Keenwild Helibase Dedication