MAR
30

Fresno Fire Captain Critically Burned in House Fire Sunday

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On Sunday, March 29th, 25 year veteran Fresno (CA) Fire Department Fire Captain, Pete Dern was rescued by fellow firefighters after falling through a burning roof at the scene of a house fire. Fire Captain Pete Dern was transported to the hospital in critical condition after suffering second and third degree burns on at least 65 percent of his body. Please keep Pete, his family, and the rest of the Fresno Fire Department family in your thoughts and prayers. A  www.youcaring.co m  donation site h...
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MAR
04

Passing of Retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey

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March 4, 2015 Friends and Community Members, It is with great sadness that we inform you that Pinole Fire Captain and retired Local 1230 Vice President Rich Voisey, passed away this morning after a two year battle with occupational brain cancer which forced him to cut his career short. Rich passed away peacefully while surrounded by his family. Rich is well known to the citizens of Pinole; having been a lifelong citizen and servant of the city for the majority of his life. Rich raised his family...
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JAN
25

Meal Train Established For One of Our Own Who's Battling Cancer

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TakeThemAMeal.com has established a meal train/meal schedule on behalf of retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey and his family. Rich is a retired Pinole Fire Captain as well as a previous Vice President of our organization. He has been battling cancer for quite some time and has recently been put in the care of hospice. The Voisey family has requested assistance with dinners. This will allow them to spend more time with Rich during his final days. We would like to aim for 3 dinners a week. The...
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JAN
16

Reopening of CCCFPD Station 11 and Staffing of EMS Squad 1

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is proud to announce that effective today (1/16/15) at 8:00 am the Fire District will restaff Fire Station 11 in Clayton and staff EMS Squad 1 from Station 1 in Walnut Creek. This expansion in their staffing with the addition of two operational units will greatly improve their response capacity to better serve the communities. After several years of service reductions which included the closing of five fire stations and de-staffing of two addition...
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OCT
22

Contra Costa Regional Fire Comms Center Upgrades New 9-1-1 Telephone System

The Contra Costa Regional Fire Communications Center (CCRFCC) in Pleasant Hill reports the installation of a new telephone system that will aid in improved services to its’ customers. “The need to decrease response times by reducing (9-1 -1) call processing times and the need to improve current technology gave us the opportunity to upgrade our existing equipment to a system that can meet the demands of our growing community. NG9-1-1 technology has provided those tools for us.” Read more
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JUN
26

LODD: Chula Vista Fire Investigator Samuel Escalante

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Chula Vista Firefighters Local 2180 is saddened to announce the line of duty death of Fire Investigator Samuel Escalante. Escalante died from a job-related he art attack at the age of 43. Samuel Escalante began work with the City of Chula Vista Fire Department in February of 2006 as the city's first Fire Prevention Engineer. Prior to joining Chula Vista, he was a Fire Protection Engineer in the Navy. Sam was highly technical and very thorough. Besides being the Fire Department’s “go to” for high...
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JUN
12

RODEO-HERCULES FIRE DISTRICT BENEFIT ASSESSMENT PASSES

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United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County  Press Release RODEO-HERCULES FIRE DISTRICT BENEFIT ASSESSMENT PASSES Much Needed Revenue Will Allow a Shuttered Fire Station to Re-Open   Thursday, June 12th, 2014 The Rodeo-Hercules Fire Board announced a victory at last night’s board meeting on the passing of a benefit assessment for Fire and Emergency Services. The assessment, which was approved by the board at the same meeting, will bring up to a million dollars of much neede...
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MAY
05

Start Of 2014 Wildland Fire Season In The Bay Area

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APR
28

CCCFPD Lateral Job Announcements for Firefighter and Firefighter Paramedic

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The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) has established a lateral entry recruitment program for skilled Firefighters and Firefighter-Paramedics. Deadline is this Friday, May 2nd at 5:00 pm. Read announcements for details: Lateral Firefighter Lateral Firefighter-Paramedic
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APR
11

Napa, CA: Death of child in crash leads to parents to get carseats checked - KTVU news story

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APR
05

Unattended Stove Top Fire Causes Fire in Bay Point, CA

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Bay Point, CA -- A fire this afternoon in Bay Point could have been prevented: CCCFPD fire crews responded to a house fire that began as an unattended stove top fire. The fire on Seaview Drive in Bay Point caused significant damage to the  single family home. The best way to prevent a fire from happening in the kitchen is to never leave food unattended while cooking, even if you leave for just a few seconds. Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire. According to the USFA/FEMA, un...
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MAR
26

Boston Firefighters Mourned In Contra Costa County

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United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County mourn with our Brothers and Sisters from Boston Firefighters Local 718 who suffered a tragic loss today, losing two of their own on a 9 alarm structure fire. While the details are still unclear, what will always be clear is the ever present danger and the complete and utter loss for words that every firefighter in Contra Costa County has at this moment. We are reminded of our own loss in 2007 and were grateful for the outpouring of support ...
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FEB
06

Explanation of Fire Engine Parking on Roadways - In Response to Firefighter Arrest at Vehicle Accident

Standard practice for fire departments while approaching a roadway incident or vehicle accident is to "protect" the scene with the large fire apparatus. This is to ensure the safety of not only the patients in a vehicle, but also the firefighters, police officers, tow truck drivers, and any other agencies that are working at the scene of the incident. Drivers are sometimes distracted by the emergency lights, cellphones, or interest in the accident scene and may accidentally drive into the fire a...
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JAN
29

Press Release - MORAGA ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT DECLARES IMPASSE

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County  Press Release MORAGA ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT DECLARES IMPASSE Fours Years of Contract Negotiations Has Resulted In An Impasse January 29th, 2014 It is with great disappointment that I announce that the Moraga Orinda Fire District, Fire Board of Directors has declared impasse on our members after four years of contract negotiations. The Firefighters and Firefighter Paramedics of the Moraga Orinda Fire District are members of the United Pr...
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JAN
07

Humanity At Its Finest...

While shopping for food at Safeway today in Concord (1/7/14), a  Contra Costa County Fire Protection District  Fire Crew were called to a medical emergency. The fire crew had to leave their groceries at the check stand and go. The fire crew subsequently responded to 2 more medical emergencies after that. When they returned to the grocery store to get their food for the shift, the clerk had already bagged their food and said the lady in line behind them already paid for their food today. Thank yo...
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DEC
17

Come See Santa at the Firehouse

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East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and The United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County have been in direct contact with Santa Claus, and he has agreed to visit all of our Fire Stations beginning Friday night, December 20th!! Santa's Fire Station Schedule, will be as follows: Friday 12/20 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm Station 94, 15 A Street, Knightsen Saturday 12/21 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Station 52, 201 John Muir Parkway, Brentwood Saturday 12/21 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Station 54, 739 First Str...
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DEC
13

ANTIOCH HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES RESIDENTS

At 11:27 PM last night on December 12th crews from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a report of a structure fire at 405 Minner Ave in Antioch. Upon arrival the first engine found a fully involved travel trailer on the side of the house. Fire had also extended into the attic of the adjacent home as well as a fence on the side yard. All of the occupants made it safely out of the house and subsequent searches found nobody inside either the house or the trailer. The fire...
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SEP
09

PRESS RELEASE - MT. DIABLO INCIDENT

United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County   PRESS STATEMENT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Vince Wells September 9, 2013 (925) 768-5374 or [email protected]   MORGAN TERRITORY FIRE UPDATE ConFire's first priority is ensuring the community is safe CLAYTON - Vince Wells, President, IAFF Local #1230 released the following statement: "Today there will be 300 additional firefighters on the Mt Diablo Incident, bringing the total fire fighting force to close to 800...
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AUG
28

Contra Costa County Firefighters Assist Fairfield (CA) FD with Large 7-Alarm Conflagration

On many levels this incident demonstrates how quickly a conflagration can develop and the importance of effective prevention, hazard mitigation, and response capabilities of a local fire department. Fire crews from around the area including crews from Contra Costa County Fire and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District assisted in the firefighting efforts through an initial attack/immediate need County Strike Team. http://bit.ly/14D1sfi  
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AUG
18

LODD: Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight of Los Angeles City Fire Department

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It is with great sadness that  United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112  announce the loss of one of their own in the line of duty. Fire Captian/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight  passed away in the fire station on Monday, August 12. The Los Angeles County Coroner will perform a detailed investigation into the cause, time and manner of Captain McKnight's passing. McKnight, 51, a resident of Thousand Oaks, is survived by his wife, teenage daughter and pre-teen son, as well as ...
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JUL
02

Prescott, Arizona - Line of Duty Deaths

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As a firefighter you know that there are many life safety hazards that you may be faced with during the performance of your duties. You know that by taking the job, you could be faced with any one of them and that it may put your life at risk as you attempt to mitigate the situation. How often you take these risks depends on the department you work for, the frequency of calls, or the hazards in your jurisdiction. With all of this in mind, the loss of 19 firefighters on one incident is never anti...
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APR
30

2013 Fire Season Begins in Contra Costa County

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Contra Costa County Fire has started full wildland responses effective today, Tuesday, April 30th as fire season has begun in Contra Costa County. The 2013 fire season is upon us. This winter saw below average rainfall for California and the County. Recent hot weather, coupled with wind events, has lead to premature drying of the light fuels and lower than normal fuel moistures in the Medium and Heavy wildland fuels. Early brush fires in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties demonstrated rapid rates ...
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DEC
12

CCCFPD Fire Station Closures

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December 11th, 2012 Shortly after 7pm the Board of Directors voted unanimously 5-0 with recommendation from the Fire Chief, Daryl Louder, to close four (4) fire stations effective January 15th, 2013. The Fire District presented additional information and analysis regarding the four fire stations identified for closure. Additional information was provided by staff from County EMS staff and American Medical Response regarding the effects on emergency medical first response should the stations clos...
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DEC
02

PRESS RELEASE Moraga-Orinda Fire District - Three Moraga-Orinda Firefighters Seriously Injured

Moraga-Orinda Fire District 33 Orinda Way Orinda, CA 94563 Contact: Randy Bradley, Fire Chief, 925-260-4546 Release Date: December 2, 2012 Orinda, CA – On Sunday, December 2, 2012, at approximately 9:25 a.m. the Moraga-Orinda Fire District responded to a non-injury vehicle accident on Highway 24 east of Wilder Road exit in Orinda. While investigating the accident the MOFD fire engine was struck by a car that failed to stop due to extensive rain. This was also a non-injury accident with minor dam...
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OCT
24

Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder Sets Out Fire Station Shutdown Plan

Contra Costa County Fire Chief Daryl Louder sets out fire station shutdown plan. Fire Chief said the reductions have consequences. "Losing 10 of its 28 stations will lead to longer response times, more fire damage, greater chance of injury or death for emergency patients, and reduced participation in the regional and state mutual aid system," he predicted. "Fire service cutbacks will also impact the county's ambulance service," Emergency Medical Services Director Patricia Frost told county super...
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OCT
14

Help Support Measure Q!


Your help is needed. Support measure Q by phone banking October 17 and 18 from 530 pm to 800 pm. BBQ will be provided for those who attend. If you're not comfortable calling, come out, eat, and walk some neighborhoods with us. Thank you for your support! United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County 112 Blue Ridge Drive Martinez, CA 94553 (925)932-1230 www.contracostafirefighters.org
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AUG
30

Fundraiser For The Committee To Protect Contra Costa Fire and Emergency Services


Join us! Champion $5,000 Host $2,500 Sponsor $1,000 Single Ticket $50 For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] or call Bonnie Sublett 510-231-4800. RSVP by September 18th Saturday, September 22nd 6 pm to 9 pm Pyramid Ale House 1410 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
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AUG
15

Line of Duty Death Notification: San Jose Captain Jose Martinez


San Jose Firefighters, is saddened to announce the line-of-duty death of Captain Jose Martinez. Captain Jose Martinez, passed away on August 10th, 2012 after a couple of months of being diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (Synovial Sarcoma). Captain Jose Martinez was 41. He is survived by his wife Melissa, son Jonah Miguel, 8 yrs old, and twin girls Sofia Maria and Olivia Eleanor, just 3 weeks old. An account has been established at the San Jose Credit Union for the Martinez family....
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JUL
31

Statement from United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County President Vince Wells


“Today, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District took an unfortunate but necessary step to protect fire and emergency services for the residents of the district. Asking the voters to support a revenue measure is a last resort during this tough economy, but it is a critical piece of the long term plan to make up for essential revenue lost from property taxes and to maintain the 9-1-1 emergency services that keep our community safe. We will keep working with the Fire District and the ...
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JUL
13

San Jose FD Receives Second SAFER Grant in Two Years

San Jose Fire Department has just received an $8.6 million SAFER Grant to hire 27 new firefighters later this year. This will be the second grant SJFD has received in the last two years. The previous grant was a $15 million grant in 2010. http://bit.ly/OE6BYi
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JUL
09

Photos Added from LODD Memorial Service for Willie West


We added photos to our photo gallery from the LODD Memorial Service for East Contra Costa Fire Protection District ( ECCFPD ) Fire Engineer Willie West. http://bit.ly/OSMfyf
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JUL
02

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Parcel Tax Initiative Information Page


To assist you in finding relevant information regarding the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) 2012 Parcel Tax Initiative, please check our website FAQ section for updated and newly added information. Public documents, power point presentations, and public workshop videos will be located on this information page . Some of this attached information can also be found on the CCCFPD homepage .
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MAY
15

California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Statement on Measure S

Statement issued on May 15th, 2012 from California State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Measure S: “As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I am concerned that the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District is facing serious budget shortfalls that could significantly impact your homeowners insurance rates. Measure S on the June 5th ballot will protect your current fire protection service. Most insurance companies use a Public Protection Classification program that evaluates key areas of fi...
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MAY
14

Prepare and Educate Yourself for Wildfires Before They Happen!

With Wildfire Awareness Week behind us, stay prepared & educate yourself on steps to prepare for wildfire before it happens. Wildfires are a natural, periodic occurrence in California. In an average year, wildfires burn 900,000 acres of California’s timber and grasslands. In 2007, one of the most severe fire years in state history, nearly 4,000 homes and numerous lives were lost. http://bit.ly/bCLXTC LINK to California Governor Brown Proclamation for Wildfire Awareness Week - May 6-12, 2012
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MAY
03

Raw News Video from 3 Alarm Martinez Apartment Fire Today

Below is the link to the CBS 5 raw video from the 3 alarm Center Avenue Martinez apartment fire. Multiple crews from Contra Costa County Fire responded to assist with this late morning fire. No injuries were reported. http://cbsloc.al/IIjGlt
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MAR
16

LODD Notice - CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Operator Gordie Varney

CAL FIRE Heavy Equipment Operator Gordie Varney CDF Firefighters Local 2881 is saddened report the loss of one of their own in the line of duty. CAL FIRE Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Gordie F. Varney , 55, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Varney died of job-related colon cancer. Memorial A Memorial Service is planned for next week to honor Varney. WHEN: Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. WHERE : Mariposa Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa, California 95338; (209) 966-2432. ADDI...
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MAR
11

Residential Structure Fire in Pinole, Sunday, March 11th, 2012


On 3/11/12 at 08:50:16 the Pinole Fire Department, Contra Costa County Fire District, Rodeo-Hercules Fire District, and the El Cerrito Fire Department responded to a Residential Structure Fire at 480 Tennent Ave., Pinole. Engine 73 (Pinole) arrived at scene and reported heavy fire showing from the rear of a two story home. The fire involved a large deck and the exterior of the residence. Firefighters were able to quickly cut-off the fire and save the home and all of its contents. 20 firefighters...
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FEB
28

United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County Issue Statement on East Contra Costa Fire District Special Meeting

“We applaud the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board for taking bold and decisive action to protect East County residents.  This plan will generate critical revenue that will stop dangerous and debilitating cuts to our fire and emergency services.  We urge the residents of East County to protect their homes, businesses, and schools by supporting this measure on June 5 th  and will work to support the measure in every way we can.” -  Vince Wells, President, United Professional Fire Fi...
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JAN
30

Becoming A Firefighter Workshop - February 26th, 2012

Have you ever wondered how to be successful in the entry level Firefighter hiring process? Looking back 16 years ago we had no idea how to approach the task of becoming a career firefighter. However, it is now very clear that, if we had the information and experience that the "Becoming a Firefighter Workshop" provides we would have been significantly more prepared and definitely got hired sooner. As a result of our mission to assist firefighter candidates in being more prepared for the hiring pr...
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JAN
27

LODD Notice: Arcadia Fire Captain Andy Troncale

It is with a heavy heart that the Arcadia Firefighters Association, Local 3440 announces the passing of Fire Captain II Andy Troncale.   After a valiant battle, Captain Troncale succumbed to the effects of job-related advanced stage colon cancer on January 23rd.  He was 52.  Captain Troncale served the citizens of Arcadia with honor and distinction for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2009 after being diagnosed. Captain Troncale loved the fire service.  He began his career ...
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JAN
24

Contra Costa Firefighters Recognized for Lifesaving Actions


Firefighters from Contra Costa County Fire Protection District were recognized for their lifesaving efforts in October when they entered a burning residence in Concord and rescued two women. Fire Captains Chris Leimpeter, Chris Christensen and Firefighter Nick Long were honored by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors today at their board meeting. For more of the story click here to go to ABC Channel 7 News .
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JAN
10

KTVU News Story About 4 Year Old Miracle

In a testament to miracles, a 4 year old Martinez boy survives after accidentally being run over less than a year ago. See his story and hear from his parents, Contra Costa Firefighters and REACH Air Ambulance in a KTVU Channel 2 News story today. Link to CCCFPDTV YouTube News Story on Channel 2 News
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DEC
22

CCCFPD - Press Release for Serial Arsonist Arrest

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Investigators, assisted by the Pittsburg Police Department, arrested arson suspect, Thomas Hartman, 53 years old, from Pittsburg late Thursday afternoon December 15th after a Superior Court Judge issued a warrant for his arrest. Hartman was identified as the suspect in a very complex and lengthy serial arson investigation conducted by Fire District Investigators over the past six months led by Investigator Vic Massenkoff. The investigation occurr...
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DEC
22

Contra Costa County Fire Hires Laid Off Firefighters from San Jose and Stockton

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has hired laid off firefighters from San Jose and Stockton Fire Departments in 2011.  Watch a recent video piece from the CCCFPD Fire Chief Daryl Louder and Local 1230 President Vince Wells about how these two fire academies of laid off firefighters has alleviated some mandatory staffing problems and has reduced costs in the training of these firefighters. YouTube Video Link
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DEC
22

400+ Bikes Delivered to Local Kids and Families


Over 400+ tricycles, push bikes, and bikes complete with helmets delivered to local kids and families on Tuesday, December 20th. Many happy kids with big smiles this holiday season. Thank you to all firefighters who volunteered their time with our Bikes for Tykes Charity and thank you to everyone in the community who help make this program a success each and every holiday season! Happy Holidays. Bikes for Tykes Charity Program
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DEC
16

LODD Notice - Engineer Walker from Ebbets Pass Fire District

It is with deep regret and sorrow that Ebbets Pass Fire District reports the passing of Engineer Paramedic Todd Elliot Walker on November 28th, 2011. Engineer Walker was 38. Shortly after going off shift, Walker suddenly experienced a cardiac event. His sudden death occurred while driving the family vehicle with his wife and children on board. Todd pulled the vehicle over safely and said to his wife, “Laura there is something wrong”, and then passed away. Todd Walker was born in Denver, Colorado...
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DEC
11

LODD Notice - Coalinga Firefighter/EMT Jonathan Terra

Coalinga Fire Department and Coalinga Firefighters Association regret to announce the loss of one of their own. Firefighter Jonathan Terra passed away December 8th 2011 at the age of 36. “Johnny” had been involved with the department since he was 8 years old. For the past five years, Terra served as a Firefighter/EMT with the Coalinga Fire Department. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. Brother Terra was also involved in the Coalinga Firefighters Association and Coal...
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NOV
21

Rodeo-Hercules Fire District To Close 1 of 2 Fire Stations In January 2012


Beginning in January 2012, Rodeo-Hercules Fire will be temporarily closing 1 of 2 fire stations in their district. Here is the story that is now posted on the Rodeo-Hercules Fire Department website: CITIZENS of RODEO and HERCULES The Rodeo Hercules Fire District provides service from two fire stations in the communities of Rodeo and Hercules. In 2010 our members responded to over 2000 incidents, including fires, rescues and cardiac incidents. In addition they assisted in helping our neighbors in...
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NOV
21

East Contra Costa Fire Annual Firefighter Of The Year Award - Capt. Craig Auzenne


Fire Captain Craig Auzenne of East Contra Costa Fire was recently honored as Firefighter of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10789. Below is an excerpt from the story posted in the press.net. For the complete story click on the link at the bottom of the page. Fire engines rolling down First Street with sirens blaring and lights flashing are nothing new for downtown Brentwood, but they’re usually headed out, not in. Last weekend, however, it went the other way, as Engine 54 arrived a...
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NOV
16

CCCFPD Engine 88 Rescues a Citizen from Early Morning Fire in Antioch

At 0648 hours on November 16th CCCFPD Engine 88 was dispatched to the report of a structure fire in Antioch. Upon their arrival they had heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor of a 2 story residence.   With a quick investigation the Fire Captain found a citizen who was in need of rescue from the 2nd story window. The crew snapped into action and were able to rescue the citizen from a ladder. Great job to Engine 88 and all other fire crews on scene at the early morning fire.
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NOV
14

LODD: Long Beach Engineer Darren Rockett


Long Beach Firefighters Local 372  is saddened to announce the death of one of their own in the line of duty. LBFD Engineer Darren Rockett  succumbed this past week to job-related illness a few days before his 48th birthday. Engineer Rockett was a 14-year veteran of Long Beach Fire, having been appointed in September of 1997. During his career, Engineer Rockett earned numerous commendations for his performance as a firefighter as well as his work with at-risk youth. One of those many c...
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NOV
02

Early Morning Rescue in Antioch on October 27th, 2011

In the early morning hours of October 27th a residential structure fire occurred in Antioch. Alarm came in at 0038 hours in Station 81's area. Upon arrival Engine 81 had heavy smoke & flames coming from the front of the structure and immediately went to work. After a quick knock down and a primary search a victim was located by Firefighter Cahill. The victim was found unconscious and with agonal respirations. The victim was quickly removed by Cahill and the crew from Engine 85. The patient h...
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OCT
29

Video Presentation from the 2010 Public Safety Medal of Valor

Here is the link to the video presentation for the 2010 Public Safety Medal of Valor. Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris presented the awards to Contra Costa County Fire and Long Beach Fire Department members who performed two courageous rescues last year. Video
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OCT
17

Two Residents Rescued from Burning Home in Concord - Official Press Release from CCCFPD Fire Marshal

The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District responded to a fire in a single family home in the 3700 block of Bon Homme Way in Concord at 1:30am this morning. While responding, fire crews were advised of occupants still inside the structure. On their arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the home and were advised by officers from Concord P.D. that people were heard inside the home, but the police officers were not able to enter the structure due to the smoke conditions. Firefig...
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OCT
08

Local Firefighters Go PINK For Breast Cancer Awareness


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 have joined with Susan G. Komen to raise money for breast cancer research. This will be the first year your local firefighters have decided to join in the fundraising efforts. The American Cancer Society's most recent estimates for breast cancer in the U.S. for calendar year 2011 are over 250,000 new cases. In addition over 39,000 women will die from this disease. Of all women 1 in...
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SEP
13

Governor's Public Safety Officer Medal Of Valor Award Ceremony

Governor Jerry Brown will be presenting Engineer/Paramedic Dave Manzeck the 2010 Governor's Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Award Wednesday, September 14th at the State Capitol. This award is being given to him for the rescue he performed in the Walnut Creek Channel on April 11th, 2010. ### Governor Brown to Honor Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor Recipients SACRAMENTO - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris will present thirteen public safety officers with t...
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SEP
11

A Letter From Our President - 9/11 Never Forget


By now everyone should be aware that this is the 10th Anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. There have been many television specials, special events, news articles, and speeches, reminding us all of the tragic events of that day, over this past week. This day will also be full of memorial services, memorial dedications, and special events dedicated to honoring and remembering those that were lost this date, ten years ago. I have been thinking about how this event took our natio...
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AUG
31

Over $75,000 Raised for MDA


Wow, wow, wow – we are so excited that Contra Costa County Local 1230 raised over $75,000 for MDA this year!!! Thank you all so much for your hard work coordinating the details, recruiting fire fighters and running around filling the boot for MDA!!!! Do you know that over the last three years you’ve raised over $184,000 for MDA? What does that mean to MDA families? That means that you have provided MDA services for 76 local families which includes a week of summer camp, wheelchair repairs, 4 cli...
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JUL
19

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Press Release - 07/16/11

Subject:         FIRE HYDRANT TAMPERING Release Date: July 16th, 2011 Contact:           Randy Champion, Fire Prevention Captain                             Fire Investigation Unit Supervisor                             [email protected] 925-941-3522 Office                             925-383-5018 Cell     NUMEROUS FIRE HYDRANTS TAMPERED WITH IN CENTRAL CONTRA COSTA COUNTY During a two hour period last night, unknown persons opened over a dozen fire hydrants in at least eleven different...
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JUL
01

Reminder *ALL Fireworks Are Illegal in Contra Costa County*

Just a reminder, that the sale, possession, or discharge of fireworks, including sparklers and other so-called "safe & sane" fireworks is illegal in Contra Costa County, constitutes a misdemeanor and is a violation of Contra Costa County Ordinance Section 44-2.002. If you have fireworks for disposal please call your local police department or fire department. Do not take fireworks to a fire station. Fireworks Poster
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JUN
28

Firefighting Family Helping Each Other


A local firefighter from Contra Costa County recently was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and has been receiving treatment for it. He recently received some good news from his doctor last week and was told that he is responding really well to his treatment. On Sunday several of Rick's friends and another firefighter from the Fire District went with him to the Savemart 350 NASCAR Race at Infineon Raceway. This is a race that Rick has gone to the past 10 years as he is a huge NASCAR fan and ...
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JUN
24

News Release from Board of Supervisor John Gioia - County Firefighter's Wage Agreement Expected to Save County Millions

NEWS RELEASE Contra Costa County - JOHN GIOIA (joy-a) - District One - Board of Supervisors For more information contact: Terrance Cheung; Chief of Staff, Supervisor John Gioia Office 510-374-3231 Cell 415-990-2087 Vince Wells; President, Contra Costa Firefighters Local 1230 Cell 925-768-5374 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 23, 2011 - Contra Costa County Firefighter’s Wage Agreement Expected to Save County Millions Contra Costa County, Calif., Contra Costa County Professional Firefighters Local 1230 ...
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JUN
22

Contra Costa County Fire Fighters And Safety Personnel Vote For 10% Pay Cut To Keep Stations Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contra Costa County Fire Fighters and safety personnel vote for 10% pay cut to keep stations open. Martinez, CA – June 22, 2011 – On June 20 and 21, 2011, the members of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, IAFF Local 1230, voted to take a 10% pay reduction to keep fire stations open. In April of 2011, Local 1230 approached the County Board of Supervisors and requested to open negotiations. Local 1230 acknowledged that due to the economic downturn an...
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JUN
18

"The Truth About the Economy in 2 Minutes and 15 Seconds" by Robert Reich

Click on this link below for a short video about our economy called "The Truth About the Economy in 2 Minutes & 15 Seconds." Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He has written thirteen books, including The Work of Nations, Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, and his most recent book, Aftershock. Robert Reich vi...
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JUN
08

SFFD LODD Memorial Services and Trust Account Information


SFFD LODD Memorial Services: The joint funeral mass for Brothers Perez and Valerio will be held Friday, June 10th at 12:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco, CA. A vigil for both brothers will be held Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption. Map & Directions SFFD LODD Trust Accounts: A trust account to benefit the families of Lt. Perez and Firefighter Valerio has been established through SF Fire C...
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JUN
02

3 San Francisco Firefighters Hurt in a Flashover Today / 06-02-11

(06-02) 13:29 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Two San Francisco firefighters were badly burned and a third suffered minor injuries battling a house fire this morning in the city's Diamond Heights neighborhood, authorities said. The firefighters were injured while trying to put out the fire in a four-story home at 133 Berkeley Way, Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. The firefighters were hurt during a "flashover," when everything in a room ignites at once because of a sudden influx of oxygen, ...
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JUN
02

LODD Notice - Pasadena Fire Engineer Kevin Moore

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The City of Pasadena and Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 mourn the death of Pasadena fire engineer Kevin Moore, a 32-year department veteran, who succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest on Tuesday, May 31 after just finishing his 24-hour shift. Moore, a second generation Pasadena Fire member, recently announced his intent to retire this July. His father, Tom Moore, served as the Department's Assistant Chief. Two of Kevin's brothers currently work for the Vernon Fire Department. As a senior fire engin...
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MAY
17

Child Safety Seat Check-Up Event in Pinole on May 25th, 2011


The Pinole Fire Department and the John Muir Child Safety Seat Coalition are hosting a child safety seat check up on Wednesday, May 25th from 11-1 at the Target parking lot in Pinole. The address is 1400 Fitzgerald Drive in Pinole.
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APR
29

LODD Notice - Long Beach Fire Captain Hank Zavaleta


It is with the utmost sympathy and deepest regret that the Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372 and the Long Beach Fire Department announce the passing of Fire Captain Hank Zavaleta from a long battle with brain cancer.  He was 49. Brother Zavaleta was well known throughout the fire service in southern California for his contributions to firefighter education and training and workplace health and safety issues. When Brother Zavaleta was diagnosed with brain cancer as an active firefighte...
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APR
27

Concord City Councilmember Tim Grayson On A Ride-A-Long with Fire Crews


  On April 22nd, 2011, Concord City Councilmember Tim Grayson did a ride-a-long at Fire Station 6 in Concord. He was very eager to get an up close & personal look at what firefighters do on a day to day basis. He was able to go on several calls as well as learn more about the apparatus that protect the city in which he serves. During his visit he was able to interact with the Firefighters of Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and the citizens of Concord. Station 6 would like to tha...
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APR
05

East Contra Costa Fire Horse Rescue


East Contra Costa Fire Crews from Engines 94, 54, & 59 recently did an outstanding job along with Contra Costa County Animal Services in rescuing a retired race horse. Crews were able to rescue "Willie" from a large hole and "Willie" is now recovering and doing fine. View our photo gallery for more photos.
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MAR
22

Inside A Fire - A Firefighter's Perspective Video

Curious what it really is like inside a burning building and what firefighters see each time they enter to fight a fire? It's not like what is portrayed in Hollywood movies and on television shows, but rather limited visibility, confusion, and loud noises from various fireground activities. Watch this video from a local firefighter's camera to see first hand what it's like. It was taken during a training exercise in Concord where firefighters were given training on indicators of extreme fire beh...
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MAR
10

Contra Costa County Fire - Free Smoke Alarm Program

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE SMOKE ALARM PLUS INSTALLATION IF: YOU ARE LIVING WITHIN THE CONTRA COSTA COUNTY FIRE DISTRICT - Including the communities of Antioch, Bay Point, Clayton, Clyde, Concord, El Sobrante, Lafayette, Martinez, Pacheco, Pinole (Tara Hills/Unincorporated Area), Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Port Chicago, Richmond (North/Unincorporated Area), San Pablo, and Walnut Creek • YOU DO NOT HAVE A WORKING SMOKE ALARM IN YOUR HOME -OR- • YOUR EXISTING SMOKE ALARM IS OVER 10 YEARS OLD. F...
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MAR
03

Press Advisory - East Contra Costa Fire Protection District

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District PRESS ADVISORY Fire District Workshop – March 7, 2011 Future Fire District Services At Risk CONTACT: Hugh Henderson, Fire Chief Work: 925 240-2131 Cell: 925-260-7503 The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Board of Directors has scheduled a public workshop to discuss future Fire District services provided to several East Contra Costa County communities - and to hear from the community. Due to the ongoing struggling economy, which has significantl...
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FEB
26

Line of Duty Death Notice - Santa Cruz County Firefighter John Tripodi


The Professional Firefighters of Santa Cruz, Local 3605 and the Central Fire Protection District of Santa Cruz County is saddened to announce the loss of Firefighter John Tripodi of job related cancer.  He was 58 years old. Brother Tripodi was a 15-year veteran of the fire service and continued to be dedicated to his profession until the very end.  When his medical condition forced  him to retire, he continued his career by teaching Fire Technology classes at the local commun...
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FEB
25

Contra Costa Fire Swiftwater Rescue Crews Deployed in Search for Missing Teens



On Sunday Morning of February 20th, 2011, Contra Costa Fire Swiftwater Rescue crews were deployed in the search for 2 missing Walnut Creek teens. Crews provided in water search of the underground section of Walnut Creek in the city of Walnut Creek and in the channel south of Concord Ave in Concord. Crews were able to bring closure for the families of this tragedy by finding and retrieving the second victim.        
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FEB
19

Los Angeles City Firefighter Line of Duty Death


United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Local 112 is saddened to announce the loss of one of their own in the line of duty. Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen died Friday afternoon, February 18th, two days after being gravely injured battling a structure fire in Hollywood Hills. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, Brother Allen was performing his duty when the ceiling of the structure partially collapsed. Five other firefighters, including two members of Los Angeles County Firefighter...
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FEB
14

The "Faces" of Your Local Firefighters

We thought you might want to see who "your" local firefighters are so take a look at our Facebook page and see some photos of us.  Thank you for allowing us to be there for you when you need us the most.
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JAN
06

More Information About Fire Services in Contra Costa County Available

Questions? We've been fielding a lot of questions lately about how fire services are delivered in Contra Costa County. We are aware that information on our services is sometimes hard to find. On our website you will find some of the more frequently asked questions and their answers. For more information in the form of FAQ's, click here and here .
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JAN
05

Line of Duty Death - Alameda City Fire Captain Scott Carnevale


It is with deepest regret that the  Alameda Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 689 , and the City of Alameda Fire Department announce the Line of Duty Death of  Alameda City Fire Captain Scott Carnevale of occupational cancer.  He was just 42 years old. Brother Carnevale began his career in the Fire Service at the Alameda Naval Air Station Fire Department in 1993.  He joined the Alameda Fire Department in 1997.  He was promoted to Apparatus Operator in 2001 and then to...
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DEC
23

Chicago Firefighters Line of Duty Deaths Information

Memorial and condolences page for 2 Chicago firefighters who were killed in the line of duty when a wall collapsed on them while fighting a structure fire in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010. 17 other Chicago firefighters were also injured in the fire. For more of the story click here . http://www.iaff2.org/
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