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March 7, 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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The 2018 IAFF Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference 
This week, members of our Orange County Professional Firefighters Association (OCPFA) Executive Board attended the 2018 Alfred K. Whitehead Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. The Legislative Conference is a vital part of the International Association of Fire Firefighters' (IAFF) ongoing effort to advocate on a federal level for our members.

This week our Firefighters focused on lobbying our local congressional representatives on the importance of the continuation of the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program that promotes safe fire ground staffing, the creation of a national cancer registry to gather data from across the nation on cancer in the fire service, and the importance of supporting collective bargaining. They also engaged in educational seminars on the significance of advocacy in the political landscape for the professional fire fighting service. 

Click below to view General President Harold Schaitberger's Opening Address

The IAFF 10th District Burn Symposium 
On February 28, OC Firefighters attended the IAFF 10th District Firefighter Burn Symposium. This symposium focuses on partnering with burn centers, burn injury assessment, and treatment options for Firefighters who have been burned in the line of duty.  
Working in conjunction with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, the IAFF has developed the Survivors Offering Assistance to Recovery (SOAR) program specifically for Firefighters and their immediate family. This peer support group links a trained Firefighter burn survivor with the Firefighter and the family to assist in the recovery process. 

Fire Tears Through ‘Cliffhanger-Style’ Home

TUSTIN - Fire tore through the walls of a "cliffhanger-style" home in the Cowan Heights area of Tustin early Tuesday, February 6.

Crews received a call a little after 1 a.m. of a house fire in the Cowan Heights area. The home’s unique architecture challenged the fire crews, as they battled this fire. It took crews a little over an hour to put it out.

Lake Forest Patch
Firefighters extinguish commercial building fire in Anaheim that started as vehicle blaze

ANAHEIM - Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a commercial structure that sent black smoke billowing into the sky Monday afternoon, February 12.

About 80 firefighters from Anaheim, Fullerton, Brea, Orange, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and the Orange County Fire Authority were dispatched to the site, in the 1300 block of North Dynamics Street near Miraloma Avenue. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze shortly after 3:30 p.m.

OC Register

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Fire Forces Passengers Off Southwest Plane at John Wayne Airport

IRVINE - A fire forced passengers aboard a Southwest flight ready to take off from John Wayne Airport to San Jose to deplane on Monday evening.

Southwest Airlines Flight 2123 reported smoke in the cabin around 7:30 p.m. The fire -- believed to be in the Boeing 737's auxiliary power unit -- caused the plane's emergency chutes to deploy to evacuate 139 passengers and five crew members.

A few minor injuries were reported, but no one was transported, according to airport officials. Those injuries were from exiting on chutes -- not the fire.

Car Fire in Mission Viejo

MISSION VIEJO – OC Firefighters responded to a car fire on the 5 freeway on February 16. Freeway fire suppression and rescue operations are one of the most dangerous operations for Firefighters due to distracted and speeding drivers.
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Brush Fire In Lake Forest

LAKE FOREST - Firefighters are battling a brush fire in Lake Forest, Orange County Fire Authority officials said. The blaze was reported in the 21000 block of Canada Road just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 20.

Arriving firefighters found a wooded area aflame, and went to work battling the small blaze. 10 minutes later, the fire was under control. 

Lake Forest Patch 

Fire tears through Santa Ana house with ‘pack-rat’ conditions

SANTA ANA - A fire tore through a house that a fire official described as having “pack-rat” conditions Wednesday night, February 21, and into Thursday morning. It took 36 firefighters about 30 minutes to put out the blaze, in the 400 block of South Birch Street, that was reported just before midnight.
The front yard of the craftsman house showed “pack-rat” conditions with debris in the yard and was considered a total loss after the blaze, Kurtz said. The estimated damage caused by the fire was pegged at $450,000.
A man, inside the home at the time of the fire, escaped unharmed. Birds in cages were rescued from inside the house but a dog was found dead.
OC Register 
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Apartment Fire Causes Evacuation In Irvine

IRVINE - A bathroom fire sparked an evacuation to an apartment building on Friday, March 2. 22 OCFA firefighters quickly doused the blaze.

The fire broke out about 1 p.m. in the 100 block of Kazan Street, and was under control within 15 minutes.
Lake Forest Patch
Two-Alarm Fire Burns Through Orange County Home

LAGUNA NIGUEL - Firefighters Saturday, March 3 put out a second-alarm fire in a two-story duplex in Laguna Niguel. Firefighters dispatched at 12:38 a.m. to the 30000 block of Via Reata reported seeing flames through the roof of the two-story structure.

The blaze was upgraded to a second-alarm fire 17 minutes later and firefighters had the fire out at 1:02 a.m.
Laguna Niguel Patch

Car Fire in Buena Park

BUENA PARK – OC Firefighters responded to a car accident Sunday, March 4 where a car rear ended a big rig and caught fire. The driver was narrowly able to escape once the big rig pulled over and flames engulfed the car. Firefighters responded to treat the patient and extinguish the blaze. Video courtesy of @firenewsnetwork.
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