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Why Did You Cut My Roof!

Do the job of firefighting long enough and eventually you will be posed with the question, “Why did you have to cut a hole in my roof?”

This question will probably be delivered to you by an agitated citizen that does not understand the fundamentals of what we in this career field do to mitigate a fire in their home. Most of them don’t have the concepts of fire behavior, fire attack strategies, tactics or many other fundamentals entrenched into their brain the way fire service professionals do. Therefor, it is up to each individual department to be proactive in the area of educating the public.

In California, San Bernardino County Firefighters have been working on developing a series of videos to educate citizens proactively. The following video is an example of taking such a stance to educate the tax-payer and also provides a training tool for enhancement at the firefighter level.


Injured firefighter burns hands

A firefighter who was injured in a carport blaze is expected to return to work next week, Fire Department officials said Friday.

The firefighter suffered second-degree burns on his hands Thursday when he grabbed a metal post on a chain link fence to get into Costa Mesa’s Corp. Yard, 2310 Placentia Ave., said Battalion Chief Bill Kershaw.

The metal post was hot enough to burn through the firefighter’s gloves, Kershaw added. Continue reading Injured firefighter burns hands

Firefighters Battle Two Alarm Blaze

Firefighters battled a residential blaze that broke out near downtown Berkeley this morning, the city’s fire chief said.

At 9:45 a.m., firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze at 2606Milvia St., Fire Chief Debra Pryor said.

Because the building is old and lacks certain safety features, the fire was able to spread through the walls and into the attic, she said. Continue reading Firefighters Battle Two Alarm Blaze

Riverside Firefighter killed in ambush

An off-duty Riverside firefighter was killed in an apparent deadly ambush while walking on a Riverside street Sunday.

Investigators looking into the murder of 41-year-old Nick Barrios said he was shot in the 5900 block of Windemere Street Sunday morning.

Colleagues at the nearby Canyon Crest Fire Station 14 were shocked and saddened. On Monday the flag flew at half staff and everyone wore black bands to cover their firefighter’s badges. Continue reading Riverside Firefighter killed in ambush

Firefighter injured as crews battle Riverside County brush fire

One firefighter was injured as crews gained ground Wednesday afternoon battling an 85-acre brush fire burning thick vegetation in Riverside County.

The fire, which broke out about 1:15 p.m. near La Cresta, was 40% contained as ground crews worked to douse hots spots in an area near Clinton Keith Road, the Riverside County Fire Department said.

The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital for minor heat-related injuries, the department said. Firefighters appeared to have stopped the advance of the blaze, which caused intermittent power outages in the area.

About 280 firefighters, along with six air tankers and two helicopters, were attacking the blaze. Officials said they were hoping to fully contain the fire by midnight.

— Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Firefighter near a firetruck as it pumps water during the Riverside County brush fire. Credit: Riverside County Fire Department

Vacationing teen falls to death near Muir Beach

A 17-year-old boy from Pennsylvania fell to his death Monday while hiking near Muir Beach with his family, the National Park Service said.
The teen, who was on vacation with his parents and several siblings, fell at about 1 p.m. from the Coastal Trail about three quarters of a mile south of Muir Beach, said Alexandra Picavet, a spokeswoman for the park service.

“The estimate was that he fell 400 to 500 feet,” she said. Continue reading Vacationing teen falls to death near Muir Beach

Injured Firefighter Released

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One of the Sacramento firefighters involved in a home explosion Monday morning told KCRA 3, Wednesday, he is resting Wednesday but is still in pain.

David Storck, 33, was release from UC Davis Medical Center.

Storck, was one of the four firefighters taken to the hospital after a home on 25th Avenue exploded.

Storck has severe burns on his face and hands. He said his pain is usually worse in the morning.

He also told KCRA he’s thankful for all the support he’s getting.

The other three firemen hurt are still in the hospital, and in good condition.


Palo Alto calls on amateur radio operators for Fourth of July fire watch

The Palo Alto Fire Department will be calling on amateur radio operators on the Fourth of July to look out for potential fires in the foothills and keep their eyes peeled for illegal fireworks.

The July 4 fire watch activation is an annual event in which the city collaborates with Palo Alto Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Services, or ARES/RACES, in an effort to prevent blazes. Members of ARES/RACES are volunteers who have been licensed as amateur radio operators. Continue reading Palo Alto calls on amateur radio operators for Fourth of July fire watch