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DailyDispatch - California

Pursuit in Contra Costa County Ends In Fiery Crash Blocking Lanes On Carquinez Bridge

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 03:00 AM

VIDEO: A sheriff’s pursuit through Contra Costa County ended in a fiery crash, shutting down lanes on the Carquinez Bridge for hours late Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol. The first sig-alert was issued around 9 p.m. A fully engulfed vehicle fire was burning on Interstate 80 just east of Pomona Street.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPIX-TV CBS 5 San Francisco

Summer wildfires and heat create Christmas tree shortage in the North State

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 03:00 AM

This is the fourth year that Colley Tree Farm off of Hilltop Drive has operated in the city of Redding. Owner Brian Colley has been coming down from his residence in Eugene, Oregon since 2018 to sell fresh Christmas trees to folks in Shasta County and has trees for sale in many shapes and sizes. Drought and climate change have impacted forests in the Northstate, but also up north in Oregon and Washington where evergreen trees grow in abundance.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Women still make up just a small fraction of Bay Area’s firefighters

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 03:00 AM

For Santa Clara County firefighter Angela Graham, responding to a hazardous materials call at a Stanford science lab, an overturned fuel tanker or a drug lab explosion are all part of her job. “It’s really pretty fun,” says Graham, a hazmat specialist with the Santa Clara County Fire Department since 2006.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Mercury News - Metered Site

House Fire In Sacramento County Sends 1 Person To Hospital

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 03:00 AM

One person has been taken to the hospital after a fire at an Arden Arcade home Tuesday night. The scene was along Watt Avenue and Arden Way. Sacramento Metro Fire crews responded and found heavy flames coming from the front of the home. Firefighters went to work quickly and were able to vent the house from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOVR-TV CBS 13 Sacramento

Firewise Communities Moraga-Orinda Fire District can stay steps ahead of a disaster

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 07:58 AM

At least 25-30 communities within the Moraga-Orinda Fire District are already banding together to make their neighborhoods fire wise. Approximately two-thirds of the communities are located in Orinda, but Moraga is making a move to catch up. Firewise USA is a national organization that "provides a collaborative framework to help neighbors in a geographic area get organized, find direction, and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community and to reduce wildfire risks at the local level.
- PUB DATE: 11/24/2021 4:58:53 AM - SOURCE: Lamorinda Weekly

City of Napa fire department to purchase three new fire engines

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 07:55 AM

The city of Napa fire department will soon have access to three brand new fire engines, which will replace three engines the department has used since 2001. The Napa City Council approved a $2.49 million purchase for the three engines from Pierce Manufacturing this week, at a cost of roughly $830,000 per engine.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2021 4:55:54 AM - SOURCE: Napa Valley Register - Metered Site

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

The all-in engine company: Making it work with 3 members

Friday, November 26, 2021, 11:26 PM

Outlining the roles of firefighter, driver and officer and the tasks to prioritize

Vertical ventilation: A firefighter’s ladder-to-roof guide

Friday, November 26, 2021, 01:17 PM

Back to basics – sounding and walking on the roof, using roof ladders, working from an aerial, cutting the hole and punching through

Firefighters save D.C. landmark where President Monroe lived

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 02:17 PM

One firefighter suffered a minor injury

Civil Service Commission sides with Mass. female FF-EMT passed over for promotion

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 01:33 PM

The ruling requires that Tracy Blanchette get back pay, and Methuen FD must decide whether to promote her to captain or create an equal supervisory position

FDNY, Columbia work to improve EMS response operations, balance hospital capacity loads

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 01:20 PM

"Our new pattern for FDNY EMS is shaving about a minute off ambulance trips from incident locations to hospitals,” said Professor Andrew Smyth

Federal lawsuit accuses Del. FD of years of racial, religious discrimination

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 11:00 AM

A 23-year Wilmington veteran was subjected to racial slurs by other firefighters and senior management along with harassment over his beliefs, the suit says

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