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January 4, 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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A Christmas present to end all Christmas presents: a Firefighter home safe
(Excerpt below from OC Register article) 

When your partner in life makes his or her living walking into wildfires, the worst fear is about what you don’t know.

“It’s the wondering,” confesses Melissa Holaday, whose husband, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Paul Holaday, was scheduled to come home Christmas Eve after a long stint of fire fighting in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

But, in truth, that return wasn’t assured. Holaday has no idea when she will see the man she married 18 years ago.

Up on the fire line, the feeling is different. They are smokey, sooty, exhausted; but at least they know they are alive.

For fire families, the worst day (so far) of this month’s fires came Dec. 16, when word spread that a firefighter had perished in smoke and scalding temperatures while beating back the Thomas fire.

Many on the line quickly learned that the man in question was 32-year-old Cory Iverson. But they also knew that until his name became public all of their families back home would be haunted.

“My wife hears a firefighter died in the fire…” Paul Holaday said quietly, trying to explain the tension between bites of the dinner he was eating in a vast, make-shift camp at Lake Cachuma.

“… I wanted to text her right away.”

But it wasn’t that simple. Like thousands battling one of California’s worst wildfires, Holaday has spent every moment focused on saving homes and lives, including his own and the people on his team.

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IAFF Cancer Summit - February 1, 2018
Cancer is now the leading cause of death among Firefighters – 60 percent of the names on the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Wall in Colorado Springs are IAFF members who have died from occupational cancer. That is why the IAFF conducting a Cancer Summit on Thursday, February 1, immediately following the Affiliate Leadership Training Summit and Human Relations Conference. Separate registration is required for the Cancer Summit.  

This IAFF Cancer Summit will cover a vast array of topics, including the science linking cancer and Firefighting, Firefighting exposures, current research on the effects of this exposure and new research on the fight against cancer. In addition, this Summit is an opportunity to discuss covered topics and help identify gaps in fire fighter cancer research.

Click here for more information. 

Fire extinguished at Santa Ana recycling plant

SANTA ANA – Fire crews battled a blaze on Wednesday at a Santa Ana recycling firm that came dangerously close to a neighboring industrial-gas manufacturing facility.

The fire was sparked at about 9:45 a.m. at OC Recycling, 1601 E. Edinger Ave. Firefighters worked quickly to knock it down as flames burned through cardboard and plastic recyclables.

Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to Praxair’s welding and gas supply center at 1545 E. Edinger Ave.
OC Register
Los Alamitos Patch

Flames destroy Santa Ana business complex, Kill 67-year old man
Westminster mobile-home fire kills cat and sends one person to the hospital

WESTMINSTER – A fire at a mobile home Wednesday morning sent one resident to the hospital and killed one of the five pet cats that were inside. The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the fire at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, and found flames burning through the roof of the double-wide mobile home.

Firefighters from the Garden Grove and Huntington Beach fire departments also helped put out the fire in about 20 minutes. The person sent to the hospital suffered minor injuries. Damage was largely contained to the back of the unit, which was on the 14000 block of Magnolia Street.
OC Register

OC Breeze 

Fountain Valley Fire In Townhouse Sends One To Hospital

FOUNTAIN VALLEY - Smoke and flames roused a home in Fountain Valley in the early hours of Tuesday, December 19. Orange County Fire Authority and Fountain Valley Fire Department responded to the scene of a multi-family structure on the 600 block of South Harmon Street.

Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze in under 15 minutes. Three adults were displaced due to the burned room and moderate smoke damage to the home. One woman was taken to the hospital, presumably from smoke inhalation. There was an estimated $50,000 in property damages and $50,000 damage done to contents of the home.
Fountain Valley Patch

OC Register 

Fire In Aliso Viejo Near Don Juan Avila Elementary School

ALISO VIEJO - A brush fire was reported in the 2600 block of Wood Canyon, near Don Juan Avila Elementary School on Wednesday, December 20. The blaze was reported just before noon, according to witnesses. One witness was transported to the hospital for minor burn injuries related to the fire. The fire was contained to a 1/4 acre, with no damage to structures.

Witnesses shared photos of the blaze burned in between the school's soccer field and the neighboring apartment building. Children at PE on the field saw the fire and immediately sent pictures and video to their parents.
Aliso Viejo Patch

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In San Juan Capistrano Home

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Three residents and their cat were affected by high levels of carbon monoxide in their San Juan Capistrano home, Tuesday, December 19.
A medical emergency call was given at just before 6 a.m. when a 64-year-old woman was suffering from symptoms that ended up being related to carbon monoxide poisoning. OCFA HAZMAT teams were called to the scene to investigate after two more residents of the home reported similar symptoms. Their cat was also seen acting strangely. 
Both the 27-year-old man and the 26-year-old woman were affected by the elevated carbon monoxide. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, nausea and a red tint to skin. 
The property was ventilated, and HAZMAT recommended that the property manager change the water heater for one that could be heated with propane. 
San Juan Capistrano Patch 

Firefighters rescue car-wash employee stuck in mechanical drive track in Yorba Linda

YORBA LINDA - A car-wash employee was removed by firefighters from a mechanical track that pulls vehicles along that he had gotten stuck in on Thursday, December 28.

The employee got stuck shortly before 1 p.m. at the car wash on La Palma Avenue near Yorba Linda Boulevard. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to cut some railing off and free the man’s foot. The employee, in his 20s, was taken to the hospital so his foot and ankle area could be evaluated.
OC Register

Cover Photo Courtesy of Orange County Fire Authority
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