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May 3, 2017

In an effort to keep you up to date on the latest local, statewide, and federal fire issues, OC Firefighters will be sending out monthly news clippings. This newsletter will help inform you about very important fire-related matters.


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Dear Local 3631 Brothers and Sisters,

On behalf of the over 1,000 members of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association (OCPFA), I am proud to introduce the inaugural edition of the OC Firefighters Monthly Newsletter.
Since 1995, OC Firefighters Local 3631 has been the labor organization of the proud men and women that serve as Firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders serving in the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). Our members provide regional fire protection and emergency medical service in 23 cities and the unincorporated areas of Orange County.
In our monthly newsletters, you will find a collection of recent Fire & EMS related news articles of importance in the professional fire service, a list of upcoming local events for members and the public, volunteer opportunities, and more.
It is truly my honor to serve as the President of the OCPFA as we serve the people of Orange County each and every day. On behalf of our Executive Board, I hope that you enjoy these monthly newsletters.

Baryic Hunter
Orange County Professional Firefighters Association

Hiker Airlifted Near Upper Borrego Wash...

WHITING RANCH-On Wednesday, April 5, an OCFA Helicopter airlifted a patient with medical condition from hiking trail near Upper Borrego Wash. The patient was transported to a local hospital. 

Firefighters Discover Blaze at Tustin Home During Training...

TUSTIN-Orange County Fire Authority firefighters discovered a blaze the morning of April 6 at a Tustin home during a training exercise. Around 10 a.m., the firefighters were filling up a tanker truck at a fire hydrant on Pioneer Way when they smelled smoke.

Firefighters cut a ventilation hole in the roof and brought the blaze under control in about 30 minutes. There were no injuries, and no one was inside the residence when the fire broke out. About 30 firefighters from the OCFA and Orange Fire Department responded. 

OC Register

San Clemente’s First Fire Station Building Catches Fire…

SAN CLEMENTE-It took only four minutes for the Orange County Fire Authority to arrive after they got the 911 call on Saturday, April 8 that a fire had broken out in San Clemente’s first Fire Station.

By the time firefighters arrived to finish off the job, most of the small roof fire was knocked down in the commercial center at 111 W. Avenida Palizada. Firefighters attributed the cause of the flare-up to combustible materials that had burned on the roof, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Stephen Horner.

The center, which was renamed in 2012 as 
Old Town San Clemente, has historical significance. It once housed City Hall, a combined police and fire station, as well as a jail and the city’s maintenance yard.
OC Register 

Rancho Santa Margarita Garage Fire...

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA-The garage of a two-story home went up in flames Sunday night, April 9, and firefighters extinguished the blaze before it could spread to the house.

A report of the fire on Orchid, a short street near Hibiscus, reached the Orange County Fire Authority just before 7 p.m. Firefighters arrived within six minutes and confined the fire to the garage.
OC Register 

OCFA HazMat Team Investigates Suspicious Material Found In Laguna Niguel Mail...
LAGUNA NIGUEL-The Orange County Fire Authority's Hazardous Materials Team responded to a Laguna Niguel residence on Monday,  April 10,to investigate a suspicious substance that was discovered in the mail.

A resident on Palazzo in Laguna Niguel reported finding suspicious substance in a piece of mail that originated from another country.  The residents waited off site while the team did their work, and determined that the substance in question was not dangerous.

Good Samaritan Killed while Trying to Extinguish Car Fire in Santiago Canyon...

SANTIAGO CANYON-A 27-year-old man was killed Monday, April 10, when a truck backed over him Monday on the 241 toll road in Santiago Canyon while he was attempting to extinguish a car fire. The incident was reported about 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 10, on the northbound 241 toll road south of Santiago Canyon Road.

OC Register 

Man Falls on Dana Point Harbor Jetty, Airlifted to Hospital...

DANA POINT-A man who fell and injured himself on the Dana Point Harbor jetty on Sunday afternoon, April 15, was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

At around 1:15 p.m., the man fell about 600 feet out on the jetty breakwater and injured his shoulder and arm. Paramedics walked out to him, started treating him and requested a fire authority helicopter to hoist him.
OC Register 

Abandoned Santa Ana House Catches Fire…

SANTA ANA-Firefighters received a call at about 8 p.m. Monday, April 17, of a fire at the abandoned one-story, single-family residence on the 2600 block of South Orange Avenue. Orange Avenue is in an industrial area near South Main Street and East Dyer Road.

The 19 firefighters that responded quickly put the fire out and investigators are looking into the cause. The investigation will include looking into the abandoned house’s property-records history.

OC Register

1 Killed in Ortega Highway Crash with Garbage Truck Versus Prius...

ORTEGA HWY-One man died in a crash involving a garbage truck and a Toyota Prius on Ortega Highway on Wednesday, April 19, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the highway at about 4:40 p.m., about five miles east of the 5 freeway, where they found the two damaged vehicles over the side of the road.
Shortly after firefighters arrived at the crash site, east of San Juan Capistrano, a 69-year-old man in the 2006 Prius was pronounced dead. The victim had to be extricated from the damaged car.

OC Register 

Laguna Hills Home Saved Thanks To Neighbor's Calls...

LAGUNA NIGUEL-At approximately 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, neighbors reported smoke coming out of the house at 24500 of Mandeville Drive, Laguna Hills.

“22 OCFA firefighters were on the scene, and had the fire under control in less than 20 minutes," according to Orange County Fire Authority Captain Larry Kurtz. The fire was isolated to the residence's master bedroom and bathroom.

OCFA Helicopters Injured Mountain Biker Off Roadrunner Trail...

IRVINE-A mountain biker injured on a crash on the remote Roadrunner Trail in Irvine Park required airlifting, Orange County Fire Authority reported on Thursday, April 27.

The 67-year-old unidentified bicyclist was taken by OCFA helicopter to a hospital as a "trauma" patient.
Man and Stepdaughter Reunite with Firefighters Who Saved Their Lives…

SANTA ANA-On April 2, Tom McIntosh and his stepdaughter, 15-year-old Villa Park resident Rebecca Cesario, had a chance to thank the firefighters who responded to the house fire which took the life of Trish McIntosh, wife and mother, and several pets.
The fire was reported on Saturday, March 11, at 11:45 p.m. at a single-story home in the 4800 block of Morningside Ave. On their way to the home, firefighters learned people were trapped inside. 55 Firefighters responded to the incident and extinguished the flames by 12:23
Firefighters found two people outside the burning home and went inside with a hose to dampen the flames in their path. Firefighters found three unconscious victims and brought them outside. Five people in total were rescued from the scene.
“I want to thank them for me being here and my stepdaughter being here,” Tom said.
Rebecca presented the Firefighters with two trash bins that she made, each covered in firefighter-themed logos and images.
Two Go Fund Me account has been set up to help the family: Rebuilding Life for Tom and Rebecca’s Loss.

Click here to view the OC Register story. Click below to view video from the night of the fire. 

Financial Wellness Presentation 
Galloway Asset Management will be holding a Financial Wellness Presentation hosted by Local 3631. The goal is to help keep members motivated to take an active financial role, now and for a very successful future retirement.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teamster’s Hall
140 S.  Marks Way
Orange, CA 92868

Topics include: reducing financial stress, debit and credit card interest, budgeting, retirement planning, risk tolerance, deferred compensation, compound terms, and more. 

Click here to RSVP.

Orange County Fire Authority Open House 
Don’t miss out on the chance to meet your local OCFA Firefighters! Events include safety demonstrations, opportunities to learn safety tips, and games for the kids. Admission is FREE!
Saturday, May 20  
10 AM - 3 PM

OCFA Headquarters 
Jamboree & Tustin Ranch Rd.
Save the Date! We are gearing up for our Annual Open House on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the OCFA headquarters (Jamboree & Tustin Ranch Rd.). Come out and see fire demonstrations, discuss fire safety and drowning prevention tips, fire engine rides, US&R dog demonstrations and much more. It's a great time to meet your firefighters and check out our facility!

The 33rd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off 
The 33rd Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off is the world’s largest one-day Chili Cook-Off!

Sunday, June 4, 2017
11:30 am - 6:00 pm

Old Town Tustin

El Camino Real & E. Main St
Tustin, CA 92780

Festivities include salsa competitions, craft booths, non-profit food vendors, commercial vendors, entertainment, kids area, music, family friendly contests, wine & beer booths, family plaza and carnival attractions.
Please stop by the OC Firefighters’ Booth! Click here for more information. 
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