NOV
19

Turkey Fryer Safety Information Video

Before making plans to fry your holiday bird, we urge you to watch this video to see how things can quickly go wrong. We have more turkey fryer safety information located on our homepage at www.contracostafirefighters.org https://youtu.be/Kspx1oOP_fE
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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.com donation site has be...
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MAR
04

Passing of Retired Pinole Fire Captain Rich Voisey

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March 4, 2015Friends 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 in...
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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. There ...
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APR
17

NEVER Leave A Child Alone In A Car - Set A Reminder!

Stories like this (see NBC Bay Area link below) in San Jose, CA are not only sad, but can be prevented with a few easy steps. Take a moment to read some safety tips that we've provided on our website and please share with family and friends.NEVER Leave A Child Alone In A Car, Not Even for a Minute - Set A Reminder!Almost 50 children died this way in 2012 alone! • Dial 911 immediately if you see an unattended child in a car. EMS professionals are trained to determine if a child is in trouble.• Ne...
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APR
11

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

[brightcove vid=3455351384001&exp3=836564367001&surl=http://c.brightcove.com/services&pubid=374678397001&pk=AQ~~,AAAAVzySoEk~,39KWv4t6IXBhr9fjdqt8jJhoVTxYZojR&lbu=http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/napa-death-of-child-in-crash-leads-parents-to-get/vCXTMP/&w=615&h=392]The Contra Costa County Fire District offers free child safety seat inspections to residents of Contra Costa County. Every other month, your local firefighters offer appointments in Concord for parents who w...
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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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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 - 8:00pmStation 94, 15 A Street, KnightsenSaturday 12/21 - 10:00am - 12:00pmStation 52, 201 John Muir Parkway, BrentwoodSaturday 12/21 - 1:00pm - 3:00pmStation 54, 739 First Street, Br...
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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 two...
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SEP
06

Condolences To The Family Of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom & Employees Of The CHP


On behalf of the members of the United Professional Fire Fighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, we offer our condolences to the family of Officer Kenyon Youngstrom and the employees of the California Highway Patrol. As fellow Public Safety Officers, we recognize the risk we all take every day in the performance of our duties. Despite our acceptance of these working conditions, it doesn’t make it any easier when we lose a fellow comrade in the Line of Duty. We work side by side with each ot...
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MAY
19

Children & Helmet Safety Fit

Did you know ... Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury when a crash occurs by as much as 85 to 88 percent. Children with bicycle-related head injuries are more likely to require hospitalization and to have their injuries result in death. More children go to hospital emergency departments for bicycle related crashes than for any other sport. Make sure ... A h...
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MAR
12

Prevent Furniture Tip-Overs / Prevent Serious Injury To Children

Whether you have a baby learning to stand, an unsteady toddler trying to climb or a fearless preschooler who still doesn’t quite understand balance, furniture tip-overs are a real danger for kids. Regardless of your child’s abilities and limitations, top-heavy furniture, TVs and appliances can tip over and seriously injure young children. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that between 2000 and 2010 there were at least 245 deaths related to tip-overs of furniture, televisions ...
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MAR
04

LODD - Line of Duty Death Notice


Cottonwood Fire Captain Mark Ratledge It is with deep regret that Cottonwood firefighters announce the death of Fire Captain Mark Ratledge.  Rateledge was struck and killed by a pick-up truck while on the scene of a vehicle accident.  He was 35 years old. Captain Ratledge is a great friend, co-worker and firefighter.  Mark came to the Cottonwood Fire Department in November 2003 as a volunteer firefighter.  He had worked for the U.S. Forest Service and seasonally part-time wit...
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JAN
28

New Content Added To Our Website About Child Safety In Home and Playing Sports

Be sure to check out our newest section of our website we just added on child safety. You will find information on keeping children safe around the home, playing sports, or using wheeled sports such as bicycles or scooters. Go to www.contracostafirefighters.org and click on the Public Outreach tab and select "Safety for Kids At Home and Sports." You can download the content onto your computer and discuss these topics with your family or print the activity books for children to learn from and enj...
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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

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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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 cross. Walk...
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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
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 nation...
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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 clin...
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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
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 in...
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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 m...
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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

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 chi...
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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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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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