NOV
05

Move Your Clocks Back & Change Your Batteries SATURDAY Night


When it’s time to "fall back" and change the clocks on Sunday, Nov. 6th, make sure to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms - it could save your life. Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person's chance of dying in a fire by half? For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings, and tested monthly. It's important to replace smoke al...
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NOV
04

Child Safety Seat Check-Up - Monday, November 14th, 2011


CCCFPD, the John Muir Health Child Safety Coalition and the Salvation Army will be hosting a Child Safety Seat Check-Up on Monday, November 14th from 1000 am to 12 noon. Address: Salvation Army, 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA No appointment is necessary. Please stop by and have one of our technicians make sure you are using your car seat or booster seat correctly. Our certified technicians will check your seat selection, installation, and offer other safety tips. There is no cost to you for this...
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NOV
02

Thank You To All Who Helped Us Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

The month of October was National Breast Cancer Awareness month and the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 teamed up with the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) to participate in the "Passionately Pink for the Cure." Firefighters from Local 1230 raised over $3300 for this cause by purchasing and selling "Pink" tee shirts. The tee shirts were worn throughout the month of October all over Contra Costa County. Firefighters were seen on structure fires, ...
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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
24

Safety Tips for Kids & Parents on Halloween

Top tips to keep your kids safe on Halloween   For parents and children:    Children under 12 should trick-or-treat and cross streets with an adult. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cros...
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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
14

Video from Board of Supervisors Meeting on October 4th, 2011 with CCCFPD

Below is the link to the online video of the recent Board of Supervisors Meeting with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District on October 4th, 2011. On the left side of the page you can click and jump to specific agenda items in the video. The Board of Supervisors meets in its capacity as the Board of Directors of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District pursuant to Ordinance Code Section 24-2.402. Board of Supervisors Meeting Video - 10/04/11
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OCT
09

Fire Prevention Week - October 9th-15th, 2011


This year, Fire Prevention Week is October 9th through the 15th. The theme this year is "Protect Your Family from Fire". Please make sure you follow some of these basic fire safety tips: Have working smoke alarms in your home & make sure you change the battery at least once per year. Have a Fire Escape Plan and know two ways out. Be sure the pathways out of your house are clear of any type of obstacles. Practice your fire escape plan and designate a family meeting place. If you are caught in...
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OCT
05

Local Firefighters Go PINK!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and your local firefighters have joined with Susan B. 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. Firefighters in the coming weeks will be switching from our traditional navy blue uniform tee-shirts to PINK! Together, we can help fund critical breast cancer research, as well as local education, screening and treatment programs that impact people in ou...
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OCT
01

Creek and Channel Safety Awareness


With the rainy season upon us - our normally calm creeks and channels can become full of swift moving water and debris without warning. Please stay out of the creeks and channels and Stay Alive! In support of the Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District’s ongoing efforts to educate the public on creek and channel safety, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has declared October 2011 to be the first Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month. We must take advantage ...
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SEP
24

Public Service Announcement from Contra Costa County Fire - Child Passenger Safety Program (CPSP) Video

Click on this link to view the public service announcement regarding Contra Costa County Fire Protection District rolling out their Child Passenger Safety Program (CPSP) in conjunction with John Muir Hospital. To schedule an appointment you can call (925)941-3326 or email the Fire District at [email protected]
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SEP
17

Contra Costa County Fire Officially Launches Their Car Seat Program


September 18th - 24th is Child Passenger Safety Week. With that, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has officially launched their Child Passenger Safety Program (CPSP) and 7 firefighters are now available to inspect and check child safety seats. Throughout the year check-up events will be scheduled at various fire stations by appointment and once per year the Fire District will host a Car Seat Event where parents and caregivers can show up to have their child seats inspected ...
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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
08

2011 Lou Paulson Scholarship Winner Announced!

Every year, Local 1230 holds an annual Lou Paulson Scholarship Contest. We had numerous qualified entries this year. We would like to thank all those who encouraged their children to apply. The overall winner of this year’s contest is Nicole Graham, daughter of dispatcher Gillian Graham. Nicole’s essay has been placed on the website for everyone to read. The remaining four scholarships were chosen by random pick from the remaining entrants who had not yet won a scholarship. The winners are: Ed E...
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SEP
08

Oakley Almond Festival - September 11 & 12, 2011

East Contra Costa Fire is participating in the Oakley Almond Festival along with Local 1230 Honor Guard. Come on out to the Festival. There will be fun for the entire family to do. We will have an engine out there for the kids to climb on & Straw Hat Pizza will have their pizza trailer selling pizza to benefit MDA as well! And of course we will have "the boot." Hope to see you and your family there. Ohara Park Middle School 1100 O'Hara Avenue Oakley, CA 94561 September 11 & 12,  10 ...
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SEP
07

9/11 Ceremony Hosted By SFFD Local 798 and SFPD POA

San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 and the San Francisco Police Officers Association will be commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 by honoring those who have fallen. The ceremony will take place this Saturday, September 10th, 2011 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. All firefighters in attendance are asked to be in Class "A" Uniform. Among attendees will be SF Mayor Ed Lee, California Governor Jerry Brown, and other local dignitaries. This ceremony is just on...
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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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AUG
30

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone in the community who helped "fill the boots" today and yesterday by donating money to the MDA Fill the Boot charity while we stood in intersections. We'd also like to thank East Contra Costa Fire and Moraga-Orinda Fire for helping us at our three locations with personnel. Every dollar goes to the MDA on behalf of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County.
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AUG
25

Walnut Creek FamilyFest - September 3rd to 5th, 2011


Bay Area Festivals, Inc. is pleased to present an outstanding family event this year: FamilyFest is an engaging 3-day weekend of quality live entertainment on 4 stages, activities and sports for children; stimulating learning and exploration; exposing parents to new ideas and opportunities from over 100 arts & crafts and other exhibitors; showcasing community groups dedicated to families and children while celebrating the value and importance of families as a key part of a healthy commu...
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AUG
25

Back to School Safety Tips


With summer coming to an end Safe Kids USA reminds parents and drivers to do their part to keep kids safe as they walk to school. Parents should be proactive and take the time to talk about safety with their kids before they head back to school. Safe Kids USA recommends that parents walk the route to school with students before the start of the year to assess hazards and select a course with the least number of traffic crossings. Adults can teach and model the following safety behaviors that all...
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AUG
18

Whole Foods Market Chili Cook Off in Walnut Creek - Saturday, August 27th from Noon to 3 pm


Whole Foods Market in Walnut is teaming up with Contra Costa County Firefighters for their first ever chili cook off competition. Firehouse chefs will compete with Whole Foods chefs to see who can cook up the best chili! This cooking competition will help support the Contra Costa Firefighter's "Fill the Boot" for MDA and Whole Food's "Back to School" theme. Whole Foods has graciously donated all ingredients for this wonderful cause. Firefighters from Contra Costa County Fire Station 1 will be on...
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AUG
15

Help Raise Money To Combat Childhood Cancer with East Contra Costa Firefighters


The East Contra Costa Firefighters have organized their second annual St. Baldricks event to raise money to combat childhood cancer. Each year, the members of ECCFPD shave their heads for donations to the St. Baldrick's charity. This charity holds over 1000 volunteer driven charity events a year and has raised over $26 million this year alone. All the money raised goes to support finding cures for childhood cancers. This year's event will take place on Aug. 26th at 10 am at the Delta Crossfit Gy...
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AUG
13

Contra Costa Firefighters MDA Fill the Boot - August 29th & 30th


Contra Costa Firefighters will be participating in the annual MDA "Fill the Boot" campaign to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The campaign will occur on August 29th & 30th from 9-3 in three locations: Walnut Creek at Ygnacio Valley & N. California, Pleasant Hill at Contra Costa Blvd & Taylor, and Concord at Clayton & Treat. Please stop by and help support this important cause!
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AUG
12

List of September 11th Events Planned Locally

The following is a list of local 9/11-related events: SF 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb : A fun family event where you can pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters of FDNY and all others who lost their lives 10 years ago trying to help those in need. The climb is for uniformed members only. It is a non-competitive climb. Whether you climb all 48 stories, do a partial climb or make the climb twice, it should be a great way to remember and never forget. Families can volunteer or just watch i...
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AUG
04

CCCFPD Engine 70 Participates in National Night Out in San Pablo

CCCFPD Engine 70
On Tuesday, August 2nd, CCCFPD Engine 70 participated in National Night Out in their local community. Along with the San Pablo Police Department the crew from Engine 70 attended neighborhood block parties throughout their service area to pass out stickers & helmets to kids, meet and talk to citizens, and generally provide a positive interaction with the citizens in their area. For more information about the National event visit: http://www.nationalnightout.or​g/nno/about.html     &...
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JUL
21

Current Information About East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD)


Firefighters and Family of Firefighters who live within the jurisdiction of the East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, we need your help!!!!!!!! Firefighters and family of firefighters, I am Vince Wells, President of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230. The East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, which provides fire protection, and emergency response to you and your families, is heading for a financial crisis. The financial crisis could ...
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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
19

How to Safely Dispose of Unwanted Medications


Due to legal restrictions, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in Martinez does not accept medications. Please use the following disposal methods, instead. 1. Check with your pharmacy to see if it offers a take-back program for your non-controlled (non-narcotic) drugs. 2. To dispose of unwanted medications, pour pills into a quart-size sealable plastic bag (recycle the empty containers as appropriate); liquids should be left in their bottles, but still put into a sealed plastic bag...
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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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JUL
01

Carbon Monoxide Detectors Now Required in All Single Family Homes

The Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act (Senate Bill – SB 183) will require all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel-fired appliance to install carbon monoxide devices within the home by July 1, 2011. Owners of multi-family leased or rental dwellings, such as apartment buildings, have until January 1, 2013 to comply with the law. To assist the public in understanding the new regulations for installing household carbon monoxide devices, Contra Costa County Fire Protec...
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JUN
29

Contra Costa Supervisors Accept Offer of Firefighter Pay Cuts

MARTINEZ -- The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously accepted Tuesday an offer of 10 percent in pay cuts from its 300 firefighters, dispatchers and fire investigators worth $6.2 million in savings a year. The deal averted threatened closures of as many as four Contra Costa Fire Department stations as the severely strapped district struggled to cope with steady declines in property taxes, its chief source of operating cash. The members of the International Association of Fire Figh...
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JUN
28

Contra Costa Fire Engine 2 Visit to Walnut Creek Kindercare


Contra Costa Fire Engine 2 visited a Kindercare in Walnut Creek on Tuesday, June 28th for a brief demonstration of their new fire engine, firefighting safety gear, and a talk about fire safety. Fire stations around the County are frequently visited by pre-schools, children's groups, local churches, and boy & girl scout troops to learn about firefighters and what they do, and to see their specialized safety equipment. At other times, fire crews will visit locations to educate children about t...
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JUN
26

Preventing "Backover" or "Frontover” Tragedies While Driving

Danger can come from any direction, and parents must be aware of the risk of "backover" or "frontover" incidents. Many of these preventable injuries and deaths occur in driveways or parking lots when drivers are unaware children are near vehicles. Tragically, these drivers are often family members or friends of the injured child. Parents, caregivers, drivers, and kids can all do their part to make sure that children do not share the same space as vehicles. Walk all the way around your parked veh...
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JUN
26

Tips On Outdoor Grilling Safety

Safety Tip
There is no better time to start thinking about cooking outside than when the weather starts to warm up and it stays light outside longer. While grilling can be a great alternative to cooking inside, did you know that almost 60% of all grill fires on residential properties occur in the summer?  These fires, that can damage property and cause injury and even death, are often preventable.  Follow the tips below to make sure you keep you and your family safe when grilling this summer. &nb...
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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
16

Pool Safety Days Presented By The Contra Costa County Fire Pool Safety Council

Join Contra Costa County Fire's Pool Safety Council for an afternoon of fun in the sun & water and learn about pool safety information at the same time. Your local firefighters, paramedics, lifeguards, and medical flight crews will be on hand with demonstrations and information on drowning prevention. There will be two locations for this event on Friday, June 24th: Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park at 147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, 94523 and Prewett Family Water Park at 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioc...
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JUN
14

"Declaration of Fire Season" from CAL FIRE in Contra Costa County


Today the "declaration of fire season" from the Santa Clara unit of CAL FIRE begins. All permits for open burning within the state responsibility area and local responsibility areas will be suspended. This applies to the counties of Santa Clara, Contra Costa, Alameda and areas west of Interstate Highway 5 in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The Santa Clara unit will also be staffing 12 engines to meet the challenging weather and fire conditions. "While the above average rainfall has led to a...
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JUN
08

Contra Costa County Firefighters Help Raise Money for Local Schools


Contra Costa County Firefighters donated a "Dinner in the Firehouse" to Hidden Valley Elementary in Martinez as part of their on-going program to help schools in the community raise money. On Monday May 9th a group of 8 people attended a dinner at Fire Station 7 in Walnut Creek. The dinner was donated as an auction item for a fundraising event held recently for Hidden Valley Elementary. The group which won the auction donated over $500 and was treated to a firehouse meal cooked by the on duty fi...
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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
04

Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With Our San Francisco Fire Family

The United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County Local 1230 join our brothers and sisters of San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 in mourning the loss of Fire Lt. Vincent Perez, and Fire Fighter Anthony Valerio. Both Fire Fighters were performing their duties of fighting a residential structure fire in their jurisdiction. Due to the inherent risk and nature of our job, they were involved in a “flashover” situation and were fatally injured. Lt Perez died at the scene and Fire Fighter...
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JUN
02

2011 Blues Brews and BBQ Festival in Brentwood


Local 1230 members barbecuing at the Blues Brews & BBQ event on the Streets of Brentwood Mall. Engines 52 & 88 gave kids a tour of the rigs and shook hands with the public. On Sunday, May 29th, Local 1230 took 3rd in the inaugural backyard BBQ competition.
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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

NEVER Leave a Child Alone in a Car - Even for a Minute!

  Almost 50 children died this way last year. • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble. • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even with the window slightly open. Believe it or not, routines and distractions have caused people to mistakenly leave children behind in cars. • Place a cell phone, PDA, purse, briefcase, gym bag or whatever is to be carried from the car on the floor in front of a ch...
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JUN
02

LODD Notice - Pasadena Fire Engineer Kevin Moore

Pasadena Fire
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
20

Rodeo-Hercules Fire Participates in Every 15 Minutes Presentation

Hercules High School
Fire crews from Rodeo-Hercules Fire recently participated in Hercules High School's "Every 15 Minutes" presentation. "Every 15 Minutes" is an event at high schools across the nation where local fire departments, paramedics, law enforcement, and other medical professionals demonstrate what happens when someone is involved in an alcohol related accident and they are either hurt or killed every 15 minutes. Contra Costa Firefighters from all over the County participate in these events at variou...
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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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MAY
16

Bay Area Kidfest & Walnut Creek Familyfest 2011


Bay Area Festivals, Inc. is pleased to present two outstanding family events this year: KidFest and FamilyFest, each offer an engaging 3-day weekend of quality live entertainment on 4 stages, activities and sports for children; stimulating learning and exploration; exposing parents to new ideas and opportunities from over 100 arts & crafts and other exhibitors; showcasing community groups dedicated to families and children while celebrating the value and importance of families as a key ...
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MAY
11

Contra Costa County Fire Receives $6.5 Million SAFER Grant

MARTINEZ - The largest fire district in Contra Costa County, which has been suffering from deep budget cuts, has received a substantial federal grant that officials hope will improve fire and emergency response. Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Daryl Louder told county supervisors on Tuesday that he’d accept any temporary financial improvement. “The way the budget was adopted last week, it would call for the closure of several fire stations, a total of five units that would go ...
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MAY
02

Bike to Work Day - May 12th, 2011

When is Bike to Work Day? The San Francisco Bay Area's 17th annual Bike to Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month. What Happens on Bike to Work Day? "Energizer Stations" are located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be 'cheered on' by fellow participants. Energizer Stations...
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APR
29

CCCFPD Firefighters Now Nationally Trained as Child Passenger Safety Technicians


CCCFPD firefighters are now able to instruct and educate our communities with the proper way to install and travel with child safety seats. This new partnership with the Contra Costa Car Seat Safety Coalition is new and will be developing over the next few months. Stay tuned for more information and press releases.
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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
27

Contra Costa Fire Crews Help Clean San Pablo Creek for Earth Day


Contra Costa County Fire (CCCFPD) Stations 70 (San Pablo) and 69 (El Sobrante) crews were proud to participate in the Creeks Challenge/Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 in West County. The CCCFPD crews went above and beyond in their efforts to clear some large objects out of San Pablo Creek in support of the community and this important local environmental clean-up effort. You can see more photos on our Facebook page.
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APR
27

Baskin-Robbins 31 cent Scoop Night - It's Not Too Late!

It's not too late to stop by Baskin-Robbins shops right now for 31 Cent Scoop Night until 10:00 pm. Baskin-Robbins will roll back the prices to 31 cents to honor America’s firefighters & donate to local fire charities. Locally, visit: 4538 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, 2130 Railroad Avenue, Pittsburg, 785 C Oak Grove Road & 5100 Clayton Road in Concord. You can also support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) by texting the numbers 6333 (NFFF) to 50555 to make a $5 donation. You...
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APR
09

Faces of Your Local Firefighters - Contra Costa County Fire Station 84

Some of our newest photos, faces of "your" local firefighters. [gallery]
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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
29

Fire Station Biographies Added to Our Website


Be sure to check out our newest feature in the "About Us" section of our website where we have added fire station biographies about your local fire stations. Each station serves their community with a different type of apparatus, different personnel, and responds to a variety of emergencies and hazards that are present in that community. For instance, Contra Costa County Fire Station 12 responds to emergencies in Martinez with their "ladder truck" and they have several refineries in their r...
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MAR
22

New Photos Added


Training building dedication ceremony on March 1st, 2011
Be sure to check out our Facebook page and our homepage for recently added photos from the Pinole Fire Department and a dedication ceremony at Contra Costa County Fire Station 70.   
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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

Bay Area Kidfest & Walnut Creek Familyfest 2011


Bay Area Festivals, Inc. is pleased to present two outstanding family events this year: KidFest and FamilyFest, each offer an engaging 3-day weekend of quality live entertainment on 4 stages, activities and sports for children; stimulating learning and exploration; exposing parents to new ideas and opportunities from over 100 arts & crafts and other exhibitors; showcasing community groups dedicated to families and children while celebrating the value and importance of families as a key ...
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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
16

Harold Schaitberger on the MSNBC "Ed Show" Talking About Firefighter Pension Attacks

IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger responds to the attacks on firefighters & paramedics and their pensions on the MSNBC Ed Show. Watch video here
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FEB
16

Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS)


Contra Costa County Community Warning System The Contra Costa County Community Warning System (CWS) is a comprehensive warning system for alerting people in Contra Costa County to imminent threats to their life or health. In partnership with local industry, government, news media, and the public, the community will be alerted and informed of emergencies through various forms of communication: * sirens near major industrial facilities and safety zones * Countywide telephone notification system * ...
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FEB
16

Local Firefighter Helping Project Open Hands of the Special Olympics


A local firefighter as referee A local Moraga-Orinda firefighter volunteered as a referee at Campolindo High School in Moraga on January 29th, 2011 at "Project Open Hands" of The Special Olympics. A Campolindo High School student helped organized the event. Great work by all! The Special Olympics is a global nonprofit organization targeting the nearly 200 million people round the world who have intellectual disabilities and with a presence in nearly 200 countries worldwide.   Special Olympi...
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FEB
14

Do you want to drive a fire truck? Not so fast.


The average fire truck carries specialized equipment and firefighters who can perform over 100 tasks at a multitude of emergency situations ranging from house fires to vehicle entrapments to hazardous materials spills.  Fire trucks can weigh over 40 tons with a cost of $750,000 or more.   Year in and year out fire departments continue to provide local communities with additional services to the public.  This often results in the need for increased training and accountability ...
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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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FEB
14

East Contra Costa Firefighters 2010 MDA "Fill the Boot" Photos Added

East Contra Costa Firefighters 2010 MDA Fill The Boot
East Contra Costa Firefighters Check out our Facebook page and photo gallery on our website for photos from the East Contra Costa Firefighters and their 2010 MDA "Fill the Boot." Thanks for your support!
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FEB
14

Ed Schultz Standing Up For America's Firefighters

Ed Schultz from MSNBC recently ran this short opinion about America's firefighters. Click below to watch the clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OQLbR5pO0s
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FEB
08

Contra Costa Firefighters Highlighted in Video


Check out the latest CPF Firevision video showing Contra Costa Professional Firefighters giving back during the holidays, donating bikes for our Bikes for Tykes program. The video can be seen on the link below. CPF Firevision video
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JAN
28

Contra Costa Fire Station 84 Opening Ceremony

Contra Costa Fire Station 84 Opening Ceremony
Be sure to check out our Facebook page for photographs from Contra Costa Fire's opening ceremony for Fire Station 84 in Pittsburg, California. Photographs will also be added to our website photo gallery at the following link . Check back often as more photos will be added soon.   Station 84 crews in front of CCCFPD Quint 84  
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JAN
21

The Shameful Attack on Public Employees

Article re-posted with permission by the University of California, Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, c/o Robert Reich at http://robertreich.org/ Wednesday, January 5, 2011 In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Eventually Memphis heard the grievances of its sanitation workers. And in subsequent years millions of public employees across the nation have benefited from the job prote...
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JAN
17

Contra Costa Fire Explorer Program Launches

The Contra Costa County Fire District Explorer Program is designed for young adults from 14 to 21 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the Fire Service. The program is a joint venture with the Boy Scouts of America “Learning for Life." In addition to learning about the Fire Service, the Explorer program’s main goal is to provide the young adults with a sense of responsibility to their neighborhood through ongoing community related activities. The Contra Costa County Fire...
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JAN
15

Flood Preparedness Tips

Flooding poses a serious risk to life, property and public health and safety and could cripple the state's economy. Substantially populated counties with vulnerable populations are in flood-prone areas of southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Delta region and the Central Valley. In addition, many urban and rural areas are not protected by levees and are subject to recurring, seasonal flooding by local rivers or streams. Winter storms in California can be deadly, causing flooding, ...
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JAN
15

Contra Costa County Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB)

The Fire Prevention Bureau of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District provides fire prevention services for both the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District as well as the East Contra Costa County Fire District. Fire prevention services fall into two basic categories, engineering and code enforcement. Inspectors in engineering review plans for new construction and for remodels throughout the district. These inspectors look at plans for fire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, and other...
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JAN
14

2010 CCRFCC Calls for Service Highlight


The Contra Costa Regional Fire Communication Center (CCRFCC) provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services dispatch, coordination, and technical support services to multiple agencies and of course to the public! The Center is part of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, operating within this agency's Telecommunications Division. Our 15 Dispatchers responded to and formally documented 88,592 calls for help in the year 2010. Thousands of other "general question" calls or "recommendatio...
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JAN
08

2010 Record Low for On-Duty Firefighter Deaths

Last year was record-setting -- the fewest on-duty deaths of firefighters since the USFA started compiling statistics in 1977. There were 85 on-duty deaths in 2010, according to preliminary statistics. Of those, 15 are classified as Hometown Heroes. In 2003, federal legislation was adopted that firefighters who died of heart attacks or strokes within 24 hours of a response or training receive that designation. This is the second year in a row that on-duty deaths showed a decline. In 2009, the co...
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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
06

"Who Are Your Contra Costa County Firefighters?"

Your firefighters are part of your community. Your firefighters are your neighbors, friends and family. Your firefighters are dedicated to provide the community with the best possible emergency & non-emergency services. Your firefighters are and have always been part of the solution, doing more with less. Your firefighters are ready to respond to any emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Your firefighters are prepared to risk their lives for you and your family. Your firefighters love w...
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JAN
06

2nd Annual Crab Feed Benefiting Bikes for Tykes

2nd Annual Mr. Lucky's Crab Feed Sunday, January 16th, from 2pm-8pm Including: Salad, Bread, Pasta & Lots of Fresh Crab Pre Pay-$40 per Person * $10 Per Person will be Donated to the United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230 “Bikes For Tykes” Pleasant Hill Mr. Lucky's 2618 Pleasant Hill Road Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 925-933-7778 For more information on the Bikes for Tykes Program click 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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JAN
04

Do Public Sector Unions Bankrupt America?

Watch this video from the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC from 1/3/11 for information on why the public should think differently. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908#40902120
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JAN
01

County Arson Tip Line - 1-866-50-ARSON

Arson fire
You can help fight fires! Call the Arson Tip Line at 1-866-50-ARSON to leave a recorded message about fire-related criminal activity, in English or Spanish. You can leave an anonymous tip, but sometimes the Fire Investigator needs to call you back for more information, so we ask for your name and phone number. All investigations are treated confidentially. Community involvement is critical to solving cases of arson. In general, the citizens of Contra Costa County are very helpful in providing au...
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DEC
27

Join Us On Facebook

Join us on Facebook and become a fan of our new page! Get connected with us in more than one way. http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Professional-Firefighters-of-Contra-Costa-County/133415593384319
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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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DEC
22

You & Your Fire Department - Why Every Second Counts...

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR9clmdV3Ak&feature=youtube_gdata_player] Orlando Apartment Fire Video and Rescue of a Family: A mother and 4 children are trapped in their apartment bathroom while their apartment is on fire. An Orlando Fire Department dispatcher reassures them and coaches them while firefighters are searching for them inside. The firefighters were able to successfully rescue all 5 family members. This video shows the importance of staffing and response...
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DEC
22

Sacramento Metro Firefighter Terrence Gee Line of Duty Death


** UPDATED VIEWING & MEMORIAL INFORMATION 12/23/10 BELOW ** LODD: Sacramento Metro Firefighter Terrence Gee It is with deepest regret that Sacramento Firefighters Local 522 and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department announce the passing of Fire Captain Terrence Gee of occupational cancer.  He was 54 years old. Brother Gee began his service with the Sacramento Fire Department in February of 1985.  He held the rank of firefighter and was assigned to Engine 57 with his dear ...
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DEC
10

Introducing the California Firefighters Endowment

Honoring the memories of our fallen brothers and sisters is a central part of the unshakable bond we all share as firefighters. When one of our brothers or sisters falls in the line of duty, their family becomes our family. But for the children of fallen firefighters, the loss of a parent steals more than just a loving embrace. Often, losing a parent can steal a child's dreams for the future. The California Fire Foundation was created by California Professional Firefighters, in part, to keep the...
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DEC
07

Line of Duty Death: Compton Fire Captain Javier Perez


LODD: Compton Fire Captain Javier Perez It is with deep sorrow that Compton Firefighters Local 2216 and the Compton Fire Department report the death of Compton Fire Captain Javier Perez. Brother Perez went into full cardiac arrest and was transported to Whittier Community Hospital where he passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2010. October 27, 1986 was the beginning of brother Perez's 25 years of service with the Compton Fire Department. He held the position of firefighter for three years before a...
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SEP
17

Bikes for Tykes Charity Program


The Contra Costa County Firefighters have raised and donated money and items to support our organization for the last 20 plus years. Our Bikes for Tykes program began with an engine company crew in Martinez rebuilding bikes for some of the less fortunate neighborhood children and giving them away at Christmas. Ove the years the program has grown to giving out nearly 500 new and reconditioned bicylces to various organizations, schools, and local children, as well as Children's Hospital Oakland. T...
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