Long Beach Fire Department response times maintain despite cuts
San Jose Mercury News
Firefighter and paramedic average response times are near or faster than benchmarks from last year, according to a report delivered to the Long Beach City Council. The numbers come as some council members have said they are concerned about the effects of cuts to the Fire Department budget and staffing the past several years.
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Dramatic rescue of mother, 2 kids trapped in dangling car
A mother and her two daughters are still alive after a devastating car crash thanks to the rapid and heroic response of members of the Santa Barbara, Calif., Fire Department, and Navy Seabees, the Daily News reported. Following the crash, the car dangled precariously over the side of the bridge, 100 feet above rocky terrain below. News crews at the scene captured video of the perilous rescue effort.
Private equity buoys pension fund returns
Pensions & Investments
The California Public Employees' Retirement System decision on March 19 to reduce its assumed rate of return by a quarter point — to 7.5 percent — has rippled across the pension community. A target reduction of a mere one quarter of one percent is expected to cost California more than $300 million per year as well as increasing obligations of local municipalities and school districts. The results could mean fewer schools, police officers and firefighters in California communities.
Orange County Fire Authority and California Fire Museum to be feted at Community Safety Expo today
Orange County Great Park
The Orange County Great Park, in collaboration with the Irvine Police Department, Orange County Fire Authority and California Fire Museum, will host a Community Safety Expo to educate visitors on how to better protect themselves and their families. Visitors will learn safety tips and how to apply it to their everyday lives.
Activities will include a live fire safety presentation, fire and police vehicle displays, Urban Search and Rescue and K-9 Dog demonstrations, a bike safety rodeo and training for kids (kids are encouraged to bring their bikes), kid friendly activities and crafts, food trucks and much more.
Planned activities include:
For more information, visit www.ocgp.org/2012/03/community-safety-expo/.
- Vehicles: 1965 Crown fire engine and 1954 GMC fire engine
- Firefighter bag of tricks demo
- Fire equipment show and tell
- Hose make and brake exercise
- Fire fighter turn out dress gear activity
- Air tanker/war birds photo display
CSFA members can save 20 percent on Grand Canyon Railway
Wild at Work
CSFA members, through the Wild at Work program, can save 20 percent on the Grand Canyon Railway and 10 percent on stays at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Click here for details.
Fight for Air climbs slated for spots throughout California
American Lung Association
Firefighter teams and individuals are climbing stairs on a "vertical road race" inside buildings throughout California to help raise money for the American Lung Association. Climbs are scheduled at the following locations and dates:
March 24, Sacramento — The 612 steps of the Wells Fargo Center, the tallest building in Sacramento, is the location of this climb. You can use the event as a fitness target or as a race, by challenging yourself or challenging your friends, family or co-workers. This is a great way to be active and meet new and exciting people.
March 31, San Francisco — The landmark 555 California building in downtown San Francisco is the tallest climbable building in the city. It's 52 stories and 1,197 stairs. If you can walk a 5k, you can complete this climb. Believe it or not, the average climb time is 20-25 minutes.
March 31, Los Angeles — Step up to the challenge of conquering 63 floors/1,377 steps to the top of the Aon Center! It's more than a walk, it's more than a run. Go vertical for a unique challenge and walk away with a new appreciation for your lungs.
Follow the link for more information on any of these climbing events.
Man rescued after being partially buried in grain silo near Dunnigan
The Sacramento Bee
A man was reported in fair condition after being buried up to his chest in a grain elevator in Colusa County for nearly four hours. Dunnigan firefighters called for assistance from the Colusa County Confined Space Rescue Team, composed of rescue personnel from seven fire agencies. This was the Confined Space Rescue Team's first rescue since it was formed about six years ago at the request of members of the area's rice industry.
Internal affairs: On second thought, injured San Jose firefighter is feeling much better
San Jose Mercury News
Hours after a firefighter suffered serious burns while battling a four-alarm blaze on San Jose's west side, a website produced by the San Jose Police Officers' Association tweeted, "Firefighter Seriously Injured Protecting Residents — Mayor [Chuck] Reed Yawns." On its website, Protect San Jose wrote that the injuries to the firefighter are likely "serious enough that they will end his career" and claimed that under Reed's pension-reform measure on the June ballot, the firefighter would no longer receive a disability retirement.
D-block: Utilities' Long-Awaited Smart Grid Spectrum
Last month, U.S. utilities won a long-fought lobbying push for a piece of radio spectrum that could serve as the backbone of a nationwide public safety and smart grid system. The spectrum in question is called "D-block," a 10-megahertz band in the 700-megahertz spectrum. A small addition in a payroll tax holiday bill Congress passed last month allows utilities to partner with public safety providers in using the D-block spread, adding it to the current 10-megahertz public safety band.
Jury mulls lawsuit over 2008 copter crash that killed 9 firefighters
A jury spent another day deliberating whether a problem with an engine was responsible for the 2008 crash of a helicopter that killed nine firefighters on a wildfire in Northern California. A pilot who survived the crash and the widow of one who didn't sued General Electric for $177 million, claiming that the company knew the engines it made for the Sikorsky S-61N helicopter had a design flaw, making them unsafe.
New firefighter tracker expected next year
TRX Systems is expecting to deploy in 2013 its firefighter tracking location that uses a series of algorithms and in-building data to wirelessly transmit the location of personnel to command staff. Currently, most fire departments use PASS devices, which sound a loud, audible alert to notify others in the area that a firefighter is in distress. But an audible alarm isn't as effective as wireless sensing systems, according to TRX Systems' CEO Carol Politi.
3 Selma firefighters laid off, American Ambulance to provide services
After two years in limbo, the fate of Selma's Fire Department has been decided. After an emotional and heated debate, the Selma City Council voted to contract with American Ambulance. They chose that route over contracting with Cal Fire, which is what many Selma firefighters wanted. The decision means three Selma firefighters will be laid off, but American Ambulance says they will offer those firefighters jobs with its company.
El Centro firefighters: Morale is low
Some firefighters in the El Centro Fire Department are speaking out because of what they call low morale the past few years. One anonymous firefighter tells News 11 "the last five to seven years have been filled with turmoil. There have been a number of complaints about lack of leadership, hostile work environment." Some firefighters complained several times about foul language. They claimed there has been discrimination based on race, age and medical conditions at ECFD.
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