Category Archives: West Coast 911 News

CAL FIRE LODD MEMORIAL SERVICE

Firefighters will gather together to pay their respects to Airtanker Pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt as well as to his family, who paid the ultimate sacrifice with his life while fighting the Dog Rock fire near El Portal, California. A celebration of Craig’s life, with a full Line of Duty Death fire service honors, will take place Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. –read MoreLODD Craig HuntRead More

Two Fires Today in Long Beach, Including a Massive Structure Fire Along 405 that Left One Firefighter with 2nd Degree Burns

The fire at 550 E. 32nd St. as seen from the southbound lanes near the 405 Freeway. Photo courtesy of Tara Jones.
The fire at 550 E. 32nd St. as seen from the southbound lanes near the 405 Freeway. Photo courtesy of Tara Jones.
Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) firefighters were called upon to extinguish two separate structure fires today, one along the 4th St. Corridor at the border of Alamitos Beach and North Alamitos Beach and another near the 405 Freeway at the Atlantic Ave. exit. –Read More

Santa Maria firefighters respond to a fire in an unoccupied home

Charred, soggy insulation and mangled remains are all that’s left of an unoccupied Santa Maria house’s garage door assembly after a fire on Oct. 9. - PHOTO BY MICHAEL MCCONE
Charred, soggy insulation and mangled remains are all that’s left of an unoccupied Santa Maria house’s garage door assembly after a fire on Oct. 9. – PHOTO BY MICHAEL MCCONE
At 1 a.m. on Oct. 9, a mass of fire fighters descended on a burning house on South College Avenue.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mike Barneich, a Santa Maria Fire Department battalion chief, confirmed to the Sun in an email that the department is calling the fire suspicious—but wasn’t at liberty to explain why. –Read More

Cal Fire Plane That Crashed in Yosemite May Have Hit Tree, Lost Wing

Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt was killed in a crash near Yosemite National Park on Oct. 7, 2014. This image, provided by family, was posted to Cal Fire's Facebook page.
Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt was killed in a crash near Yosemite National Park on Oct. 7, 2014. This image, provided by family, was posted to Cal Fire’s Facebook page.
A firefighting air tanker that crashed in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, may have struck a tree and lost a wing before colliding with a canyon wall, federal investigators said in a preliminary report.

Veteran pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt, 62, was found dead in the wreckage of the twin-engine S-2F3AT that crashed while battling the Dog Rock Fire on the afternoon of Oct. 7. –Read More