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On behalf of the nearly 1,000 members of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association Local 3631 (OCPFA), I am proud to present the November 2017 newsletter.
This month, I am pleased to announce that California State Senate Bill SB 302 (Mendoza) was signed into law in October by Governor Jerry Brown. Local 3631, together with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and the OCFA Joint Powers Authority (JPA) Board, have consistently fought to ensure that our Firefighters have the best resources possible to protect our communities. SB 302 will bolster the fiscal solvency and long-term viability of the OCFA, while maintaining local control and ensuring that all revenue collected by the OCFA via the Structural Fire Fund (SFF) is allocated and expended for its intended purpose.
As we continue to deal with the aftermath of enormous, incredibly destructive fires throughout California, including most recently here in Orange County, we are reminded that nothing is more important than a fully operational, adequately equipped, and sufficiently staffed fire service in Orange County. SB 302 will ensure that all monies intended for fire protection services are properly distributed and that the 1.5 million residents within the OCFA jurisdiction receive the fire protection services they need and deserve.
I am proud of the professionalism, bravery, and dedication that our Firefighters have shown this community over the past several weeks. Orange County Firefighters, together with our brothers and sisters from across California, have worked tirelessly to save lives and property.
To our members, thank you for your continued dedication to the communities of Orange County. I am proud to serve alongside the finest Firefighters in the nation here in Orange County.
Baryic Hunter President
Orange County Professional Firefighters Association
Cover Photo Courtesy of Jeff Gritchen
Cancer Is the Biggest Killer of America’s Firefighters
BOSTON — For the nation’s oldest fire department, the alarm sounds 234 times a day. Car accidents, medical calls, rescues and fires keep Boston firefighters busy round-the-clock.
But while they are equipped with state-of-the-art apparatus and protective clothing, what’s killing them is a danger they often can’t see: cancer. Boston Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn called it an “epidemic.”
“We're seeing a lot of younger members in their 40s, early 40s, who've got 20 years on the job, who are developing these cancers at a very young age,” Finn told NBC News.
Each month, another three active or just-retired firefighters are diagnosed with cancer. The cancer rate among firefighters is more than twice the rate for Boston residents — and it’s illegal for firefighters in this city to smoke…
Canyon Fire 2: Blaze now 100 percent contained
CANYON FIRE 2 - The Canyon Fire 2 that ripped through the edge of development in northeastern Orange County, destroying buildings and brush in its path, is 100 percent contained, fire officials said Tuesday, October 17. It took firefighters more than a week to get the blaze under control.
Since it ignited on October 9, thousands of firefighters have battled the moving flames around the clock, and in recent days gradually gaining ground on the fire that has scored 9,217 acres.
Family, 2 cats and a turtle safely escape Placentia fire; 1 cat given oxygen
PLACENTIA – A family of four, two cats and a turtle were safely evacuated Wednesday afternoon, October 18, from a fire in their Placentia apartment. One cat was administered oxygen after it was brought outside.
The fire started about 1:10 p.m. in the attic of the apartment in the four-unit building in the 100 block of North Walnut Avenue. Firefighters controlled the blaze, the cause of which was under investigation, in about 20 minutes. OC Register
Brush fires erupt along NB 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar DIAMOND BAR - A pair of small brush fires erupted in Diamond Bar on Wednesday, October 18 and investigators are searching for a possible arson suspect.
The terrain-driven blazes, reported about 2:20 a.m., were approximately 1/2 mile apart and had burned 5 and 10 acres, respectively, by 6:30 a.m. Containment was 70 percent after multiple water drops at the scene.No injuries were reported, nor were any homes threatened. When California Highway Patrol officers initially arrived at the scene, six separate fires were burning. The flames then coalesced into two blazes -- one in L.A. County proper, the other in Orange County. ABC
Injured woman rescued from Shady Canyon trail in Irvine
IRVINE - The Orange County Fire Authority had to airlift a woman out of Shady Canyon Trail after she crashed and suffered an injury while mountain biking.
Orange County Fire Authority received a call at 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 from a group of mountain bikers in Shady Canyon in Irvine. A woman in her early 50’s was riding down Rabbit Trail when she crashed and fractured her left arm. Because of the angle of the terrain and the narrow trail, a ground unit was unable to reach her and an Orange County Fire Authority helicopter with a medic had to be brought in. OC Register
Crash in Buena Park leaves driver hurt, closes part of Artesia Boulevard BUENA PARK — A crash between a big-rig and pickup truck Monday in Buena Park left the driver of the smaller vehicle hospitalized with serious injuries.
The crash happened at about 11:10 a.m. Monday, October 23, at 6340 Artesia Blvd.Firefighters had to cut the victim out of the pickup with the Jaws of Life, he said. OC Register
Small ‘Island’ Brush Fire Pops Up In Canyon Fire Burn Area
ANAHEIM HILLS - Firefighters battled a small brush fire that flared up within the burn area of the recent Canyon Fire 2 Wednesday, October 25, in the Anaheim Hills area.
The Windy Fire broke out before 12:30 p.m. along northbound 241 Toll Road, north of Windy Ridge Road. According to Anaheim Fire & Rescue, it was described as a hot spot that flared up entirely within the Canyon Fire 2 burn area.
Along with AF&R, air and ground crews with the Orange County Fire Authority and City of Orange Fire Department were on scene. CBS Mission Viejo Patch
Brush fire at Carbon Canyon Road stopped at 5 acres
BREA – A brush fire on Carbon Canyon Road was quelled at five acres Wednesday afternoon, October 25 after a quick response from multiple fire agencies.
The blaze was reported at around 4 p.m. and prompted the closure of Carbon Canyon Road in both eastbound and westbound directions, Brea police said. It was re-opened when the blaze was fully extinguished shortly before 7:30 p.m.
Two water-dropping helicopters and about 95 firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority, Brea, Fullerton and Anaheim were called in to battle the fire. OC Register
Firefighters quickly douse brush fire in Orange
ORANGE - Firefighters made quick work Tuesday, October 24 of a brush fire near a cemetery in Orange.The fire was reported at 6:50 p.m. in the 8000 block of East Santiago Canyon Road, behind Ascension Cemetery.
Orange Fire Department units, with assistance from the OCFA and Anaheim Fire-Rescue Department, knocked down the fire within 15 minutes. No structures were threatened, but officials were worried that strong winds would carry embers to some nearby homes. OC Register
Firefighters battle blazes at homes in Placentia, Santa Ana
SANTA ANA & PLACENTIA - Thirty firefighters battled a fire at a home in Placentia early Sunday, October 29 that was complicated by a steel roof that had been installed over a shake shingle roof. The occupants of the home in the 1900 block of Key Drive escaped but one or more cats died in the fire.
The blaze started in the garage shortly before 5:09 a.m. When firefighters arrived the garage was fully engulfed and the fire had spread to the home’s attic and the roof.
Firefighters had to remove the steel portion of the roof. Horner said no one should ever install a steel roof over a shake shingle roof, which is combustible. Firefighters from OCFA, Brea and Fullerton were able to control the fire in 20 minutes.
At around 5:20 a.m., Firefighters responded to a call on another attached garage fire at a house in the 1100 block of Moore Street. They extinguished the blaze in 15 minutes. Two adults and two pets were temporarily displaced but no injuries were reported. OC Register
ABOUT OC Firefighters LOCAL 3631 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 protecting Orange County. The members of the Orange County Fire Authority rely on Local 3631 to focus on the wellbeing and safety of those that protect the lives of others. For more information, visit www.ocfirefighters.org
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