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July 6, 2017

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Cat Saved In Seal Beach House Fire...

SEAL BEACH – OCFA Firefighters made quick work of an afternoon fire in Seal Beach on Tuesday, June 6. In the early afternoon, a house fire was reported in the 240 block of 5th Street in the City of Seal Beach. The fire was contained to first floor, centered in the laundry room of that home. One cat was rescued during the blaze, and returned to the grateful homeowner.
Los Alamitos Patch

Fire along Santa Ana River damages 1st Street bridge...
SANTA ANA — A fire in a homeless encampment Tuesday, June 6, on the banks of Santa Ana River caused $50,000 to $100,000 in damage to a bridge, fire officials said. The fire, the cause of which is not yet determined, began at 3:17 p.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of West 1st Street. The fire was put out in about 20 minutes.
OC Register

Major fire burns Anaheim chemical company, 3 injured...

ANAHEIM — A fire broke out at a chemical company in an industrial area of Anaheim on Friday afternoon and left 3 people injured, authorities said.

The blaze was reported at 3:12 p.m., Friday, June 9, and black clouds of smoke could be seen above the business at 3800 E. Miraloma Ave. The 30,000 sq.ft. American Chemical and Sanitary Supply Inc., warehouse provides janitorial and sanitary supplies such as paper and cleaners to commercial companies.

The fire prompted the evacuation of the surrounding businesses. Dozens of people were standing on the street as the fire burned, which was fought by firefighters from Anaheim, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Orange and the Orange County Fire Authority.
OC Register
Fire Engineering

Firefighters Rescue Kitten From Grate...

LAKE FOREST - A small kitten was rescued from a grate in the ground. The kitten was trapped for an unknown period of time before a woman from a nearby apartment complex brought it to firefighters' attention. 

Firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority used a chicken drumstick to lure the kitten out of the ground around 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10.

Lake Forest Patch

Flames Destroy parts of Rubio’s Coastal Grill in Placentia...
A fire damaged a restaurant in a strip mall in the Placentia area Wednesday, June 14. The fire at a Rubio’s Coastal Grill at Yorba Linda Boulevard and Bradford Avenue was reported about 6:50 a.m. and was quickly extinguished.
Firefighters from the OCFA, and the Anaheim, Fullerton and Brea fire departments worked to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

My News LA

Hiker Rescued From Trabuco Canyon...

MISSION VIEJO, CA - Both the Orange County Fire Authority And Orange County Sheriffs Department conducted a joint rescue of a hiker in distress on Thursday afternoon in Trabuco Canyon.
Orange County Sheriffs and Orange County Fire Authority responded to the aid of a 30-year-old male hiker complaining of exhaustion.

Mission Viejo Patch

Vegetation Fire Burns 1-Acre near Orange Hill Restaurant...

ORANGE — A vegetation fire burned about 1 acre near Orange Hill Restaurant on Friday, June 16. The Orange Fire Department was dispatched about 9:35 p.m. Friday, June 16, to a fire near the backside of the restaurant, authorities said. It was first reported as being about half an acre but it had potential to grow, said Orange City Fire Capt. Ian MacDonald.
A helicopter, hand crew and five fire engines were called to help with the blaze which was under control about an hour later around 10:30 p.m.  Orange County Fire Authority and Anaheim Fire & Rescue assisted.

OC Register

2 Killed, 3 Injured when Truck Plows into Home in Yorba Linda...

YORBA LINDA - A passenger and driver of a truck were killed Saturday, June 18,  when the vehicle launched into the air and landed inside a home in Yorba Linda.

Five people were inside the house when the crash occurred at 11:44 p.m. in the 5600 block of Lakeview Avenue, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. Three of those occupants - a child and two adults - suffered minor injuries and were transported to a hospital.

The two unidentified persons in the red pickup truck died at the scene. Their bodies were removed from the vehicle by Orange County Fire Authority firefighters who used the Jaws of Life.

Motorcyclist Dies in Crash on Ortega Highway...

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - A motorcyclist was killed Wednesday morning June, 21, in a crash on the Ortega Highway near San Juan Capistrano. The investigation into the fatality closed the highway in both directions after the crash.

The crash between the motorcycle and another vehicle was reported shortly before 7 a.m. The motorcyclist, a 27-year-old man, was confirmed dead at the scene, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

OC Register

Car Smashes into Orange County Fire Authority Gates... 

IRVINE - A Tesla Model X crashed in the gates outside the Orange County Fire Authority headquarters at the end of Tustin Ranch Road in Irvine Saturday, June 24. The car hit the metal gates at 10:27 p.m. and burst into flames. One of the car’s two occupants was transported to a hospital with a minor hand injury. Crews extinguished the blaze within 15 minutes.
Capt. Larry Kurtz of the OCFA said that the crash marks the “seventh or eighth” time in recent years that a vehicle has crashed into the gates, which are about eight feet high and 40 feet in width. The headquarters are located at the end of Tustin Ranch Road, where the thoroughfare dead ends into Jamboree Road at the border of Irvine and Tustin.

OC Register

Santa Ana Police Officer Rescued after Traffic Collision...

SANTA ANA – OC Firefighters performed a “cut-and-rescue” vehicle extraction after a Santa Ana Police Officer was trapped in a patrol vehicle following a traffic collision on June 24. The officer was successfully extricated and treated in good condition.

OC Firefighters Facebook

4 Ducks Rescued from Santa Ana Storm Drain...

SANTA ANA - Four fuzzy ducklings that waddled into a Santa Ana storm drain Wednesday, June 28, were safely plucked by a police officer and a firefighter and set free.

Around 9:25 a.m., the ducklings wandered away from a pond at an industrial park in the 900 block of Susan Street and Sunflower Avenue. Then they fell through a nearby metal grate into a storm drain.

OC Register

Fire Burning Near Homes in Laguna Niguel...

LAGUNA NIGUEL - Orange County firefighters on Thursday were responding to a small fire that broke out near homes in Laguna Niguel. The fire was burning south of the 73 tollway near Via Laguna. The Orange County Fire Authority said two acres had burned.

LA Times
OC Register

Cristianitos Fire Chars 760 Acres at Camp Pendleton, San Clemente...

SAN CLEMENTE - A brush fire straddling Camp Pendleton and San Clemente charred more than 760 acres, but was contained by Friday, June 30. The Cristianitos Fire began about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, near Cristianitos Road and west of San Clemente's Richard T. Steed Memorial Park.

The blaze burned through dry brush as it made its way west and threatened homes near the park. More than 200 firefighters were attacking the flames from the air and on the ground, according to the fire authority, which set up a unified command with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

OC Register

Small Plane Catches Fire after Crashing on 405 Freeway at MacArthur; 2 Hospitalized...

IRVINE – A small, twin-engine plane crash-landed on the I-405 freeway during the tail-end of rush-hour Friday morning, June 30 – banging into the center divider, colliding with a car, scattering debris that at least three other vehicles couldn’t avoid and ultimately erupting in flames that charred the roadway.

The 55-year-old female passenger staggered out of the six-seat plane. The 62-year-old male pilot was pulled from the cockpit by an off-duty firefighter. Both had traumatic injuries, Orange County Fire Capt. Larry Kurtz said, and they were taken to Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.

An off-duty firefighter is being credited with saving two lives after he rushed to help the occupants.
OC Register

2 Young Boys in Yorba Linda San Juan Capistrano are Pulled from Water in Separate Near Drownings...
YORBA LINDA - Two children were taken to the hospital after nearly drowning in two separate incidents Saturday afternoon, July 1.
A 2-year-old boy fell into a San Juan Capistrano spa while at a family party.
Another child noticed and the boy was pulled from the spa and given CPR, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said.
The second near drowning happened in Yorba Linda. A 4-year-old boy was found by his uncle who performed CPR. He was breathing when he was taken to the hospital.

OC Register

2 Dead, 3 Seriously Injured in Irvine Crash...

IRVINE – Two men died and three others were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday, July 1, near UC Irvine.

Irvine Police Department and Orange County Fire Authority officials responded to the collision at Harvard Avenue and Michelson Drive shortly after 3 a.m., according to authorities. They found a 2015 Infiniti Q50 on fire and extinguished the blaze, and transported the male driver in critical condition to a local hospital.

OC Register
My News LA
Congratulations to OCFA Academy Class 44!! 

We would like to congratulate Academy 44 for the successful completion of their fire academy. We also wish them success during their one year probationary period and a long happy career with us. 
OC Firefighters Participate in Training at Camp Pendleton

In June, Camp Pendleton hosted a week-long training for firefighters from Southern California, stretching from Los Angeles to the border. More than 150 men and women are participating in daily training before the start of wildfire season. This year's Fire School included Orange County Fire Authority, U.S. Forest Service, Cal Fire ,and local San Diego County agencies.
The training is designed to give young or seasoned firefighters the chance to experience what it is really like to take on wildfires. The training prepares firefighters to combat the fires aggressively. They also gain critical experience that can make all of the difference in an actual fire.
Firefighters start their training by igniting controlled fires across three areas with different landscapes--a flat surface, hills and steep slopes. They then have to access the area, name the fire and then move in to control the flames and extinguish them. This is the exact process followed during real fires.

Camp Pendleton is the ideal location to burn small acres without posing a threat to property or people. It has been hosting the Fire School for over 35 years.

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