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May 2, 2018

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


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OC Firefighters Save 900 Units in Massive 4-Alarm Self-Storage Unit Fire in Laguna Hills
The Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 3631 would like to thank our OCFA Firefighters for their extraordinary efforts battling the massive 4-alarm blaze in the 25000 block of Cousteau Street in Laguna Hills on Sunday, April 29.
We are extremely proud of the professionalism and bravery that the 100 OCFA Firefighters on scene showed during the fire storm which lasted several hours at the 1,000-unit self-storage facility. Through their heroic efforts, nearly 900 units were saved and there were no injuries to either civilians or firefighting personnel.
This is just another example of how quickly a fire can spin out of control and how critically important it is to have a fully staffed professional fire department. Your Local 3631 Executive Board is committed to ensuring that our Firefighters have the resources necessary to protect our communities.
Thank you to these brave individuals for their continued dedication to the communities that we serve. 

OC Register
Injured hiker airlifted from park

ALISO VIEJO — A woman in her mid-20s fell and injured her leg while hiking Sunday, April 1, with some friends in the Aliso and Wood Canyon Wilderness Park and was airlifted to a hospital by Firefighters.

An OCFA ground crew began to make their way to her, but before they arrived, an air rescue helicopter reached the location and paramedics were dropped down to treat the woman.
OC Register
Laguna Beach Patch
New aircraft rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle at John Wayne Airport

IRVINE – John Wayne Airport introduced its new Oshkosh Striker Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle, “Crash 2”, with an airfield demonstration of its advanced features. The new ARFF unit with its advanced technology, engine maintenance accessibility, and efficient pumping and systems capabilities will serve to more effectively deliver superior fire and rescue services on the airfield.
The OCFA provides firefighting and rescue services at John Wayne Airport on a 24/7 basis, responding to everything from medical emergencies and disabled aircraft to f
uel spills and major aircraft accidents. OCFA also provides overnight protection of the many multimillion dollar commercial aircraft, more than 400 general aviation aircraft, and fuel farm.
OC Air

2-year-old child rescued after nearly drowning in Rancho Santa Margarita swimming pool

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – A 2-year-old child was rescued by a family member after nearly drowning when the child fell into a backyard swimming pool. The near-drowning occurred on Friday, April 6 at a home in the 32000 block of Lomita Drive.
OC Register

Man injured after rollover crash in area of Holy Jim Canyon
HOLY JIM CANYON – A man in his 20s was injured Wednesday night, April 11 after an off-road SUV truck rolled over multiples times in Holy Jim Canyon near Trabuco Canyon. The 9:45 p.m. crash was on a trail popular with hikers and off-road vehicle riders. The victim was taken to a trauma center.

OC Register

Brush Fire Erupts

COSTA MESA – A brush fire erupted Sunday in Orange County. The five-acre fire, which was reported at 11 a.m. at Talbert Regional Park, was contained in 90 minutes.

About 40 firefighters from the Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, as well as, the Orange County Fire Authority responded to the scene. Some structures were potentially threatened so fire trucks were dispatched to those neighborhoods in case the fire spread.
Orange County Patch

Rollover Crash on NB 5 Freeway in Mission Viejo

MISSION VIEJO - Actor Will Ferrell was among four people hospitalized in a rollover car crash that temporarily stopped traffic on the northbound 5 Freeway in Mission Viejo Thursday, April 13. The two-vehicle crash occurred just south of Alicia Parkway about 10:55 p.m. One passenger was critically injured in the crash. OCFA transported victims to the hospital for further evaluation.

Firefighters mopping up vegetation fire in Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa

COSTA MESA - Firefighters with four fire departments got a vegetation fire at Talbert Regional Park in Costa Mesa under control Sunday, April 15 and were mopping up the area to prevent flare-ups.

The fire broke out just before 11 a.m. near the BMX track and grew to about five acres. The Costa Mesa Fire Department received assistance from the Orange County Fire Authority, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach Fire Departments in containing the fire. About 30 to 40 firefighters were called in to work the blaze.
OC Register

Overturned Asphalt Tanker on 5 Freeway

BUENA PARK - OC Firefighters were on scene of an overturned tanker truck carrying asphalt oil on the 5 Freeway Southbound, East of Beach Blvd on Tuesday, April 17. Firefighters with the hazmat team performed a “Stinger Operation” which is a process to remove fuel from an overturned tanker.
OC Firefighters Facebook

Building Fire Sends 3 To Hospital, Displaces 80
ANAHEIM – On Saturday, April 14, a four-alarm fire broke out inside an apartment complex that left 22 units damaged, three people hospitalized for smoke inhalation and 80 people displaced.

The fire broke out inside an apartment complex at 225 S. Rio Vista Street. The fire burned several units and was quickly upgraded to a four-alarm blaze. Two adults and one child suffered mild smoke inhalation and were taken to a hospital for treatment. Anaheim Fire and Rescue, along with the city of Orange, the Orange County Fire Authority, Fullerton and Huntington Beach, sent a total of 80 firefighters to battle the blaze.
Orange County Patch

Apartment fire displaces family in Westminster
WESTMINSTER — Two adults and a child were displaced Sunday, April 15, by a fire in their Westminster apartment. The fire was reported at 10:17 p.m. in a downstairs unit of a two-story building in the 13000 block of Illinois Street. Firefighters put out the flames in less than 10 minutes, but the three residents were displaced by smoke damage in their apartment. 

OC Register

Two Firefighters injured in house fire

SILVERADO CANYON — Two OCFA Firefighters sustained minor injuries in an extra-alarm fire in Silverado Monday, April 23.

Firefighters arrived on the scene within minutes of calls coming in of smoke billowing from a structure, according to witnesses. Two cats were saved from the burning structure and were given oxygen by emergency responders. It took more than an hour for 46 firefighters to knock down the blaze that displaced four adults and four children.

Rancho Santa Margarita Patch

Rubbish fire on El Torro Road

AKE FOREST - On April 25, OCFA Truck 22 and Engine 54 were able to quickly extinguish a rubbish fire which began inside a trash truck on the corner of El Toro Road and Trabuco Road.

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