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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.

Taya Kashuba Gray, The Desert Sun Taya Kashuba Gray, The Desert Sun

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 Forced to Perform Ladder Bail

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PEABODY — A veteran firefighter struggling to breathe bailed out of a smoke-filled apartment building yesterday by escaping headfirst down a ladder.

Firefighter Steve Franzosa was working on the three-alarm blaze at 36 Keys Drive — in the sprawling Essex Place apartment complex near the Northshore Mall — when he stuck his head out a second-floor window calling for help. Several onlookers, fire officials from area departments, scrambled to move a nearby extension ladder to Franzosa’s window. WATCH VIDEO OF Firefighter Franoza’s LADDER BAIL

The firefighter left the scene on a stretcher and was transported to Lahey Clinic. He was treated and released, Lahey spokesman Scott Hartman said yesterday. The fire, which started shortly after 1 p.m., smoldered in the walls and ceiling of the 12-apartment structure and proved difficult for firefighters to stamp out, said fire Capt. Jay Dowling.

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Here is another video of a Ladder bail incident that occurred in Minneapolis last year:

Source: Salemnews.com

Rescuers Pick Up SUV to Free Critically Injured Accident Victim

Logo by ViCaRiOuS Strong work by these guys for using a little muscle. Here’s the story:

Rescue workers knew their time was short when they found 20-year-old Alessandro Hernandez on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway with an SUV lying on top of him. Hernandez, a Corona resident, was one of five passengers riding in a 1998 Ford Explorer heading southbound on the 5 freeway at about 10:55 p.m. Saturday when it collided with three other vehicles near the San Gabriel (605) Freeway, said Officer Joe Zizi of the California Highway Patrol.
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Fire Damages Four Units At Midtown Apartment Complex

Logo by ViCaRiOuS A fire in a Sacramento apartment complex has displaced seven residents and caused damage to four housing units. The first notice any resident had that there was a fire at 12:40 a.m. Thursday was a smoke detector being activated. Other residents were notified by a motorist who saw the fire at 1221 W St. and alerted occupants of the apartments. Sacramento Fire Capt. Jim Doucette said the fire is still under investigation but appeared to start in a wall heater.

“It does not appear to be an arson,” said Doucette.

No injuries were reported.

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Off Duty Rescuer Helps Save Gunshot Victim – CA

Logo by ViCaRiOuS Feb. 21–Victorville — A single gunshot rang out while an off-duty firefighter was inside a local market. When he looked outside, he saw a man bleeding and staggering before falling to the ground.

Immediately, the trained paramedic grabbed all the gauze the market had and ran to the aid of 27-year-old John Kacir, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to his stomach. Continue reading Off Duty Rescuer Helps Save Gunshot Victim – CA