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February 7, 2018

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The 2018 IAFF Affiliate Leadership Training Summit/Human Relations Conference and Cancer Summit

Last week, members of our Orange County Professional Firefighters Association (OCPFA) Executive Board attended the 2018 Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit (ALTS)/Ernest A. "Buddy" Mass Human Relations Conference (HRC) in Orlando, Florida. 

This year’s ALTS/HRC welcomed over 1,600 members and offered eight pre-conference workshops, 141 breakouts and 27 information sessions. Our members participated in a wide variety of educational workshops geared toward providing strong union leadership, improving the quality of life for Firefighters, and tackling human relations issues facing members in the firehouse, on the job and at home.
Following the ALTS Conference, the IAFF Cancer Summit covered 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. Cancer is now the leading cause of death among fire fighters – 60 percent of the names on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Wall in Colorado Springs are IAFF members who have died from occupational cancer. 

OCFA search dogs led rescue efforts during Montecito mudslide
Excerpt from the LA Times: Search dogs lead hunt for more victims of Montecito mudslide

The small white border collie with black spots ran up the side of what used to be a roof of a house at Olive Mill and Hot Springs roads with his handler, Capt. Davis Doty of the Orange County Fire Authority. "Kneel!" Doty yelled at Jester. He obeyed.
For first responders searching through the mud and wreckage, their furry companions become more than just assistants.
"We spend hours every day together, bonding and training," Doty said. "He's great."

Jester is one of eight search-and-rescue dogs scouring the mud and rubble after Tuesday's deadly mudslide.
The dogs are a key piece of the rescue effort in a neighborhood of Montecito buried by mud. At least 15 bodies have been recovered, and the search is continuing.
Jester and the seven other dogs were trained by the National Disaster
Search Dog Foundation, a nonprofit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them for disaster search-and-rescue work. The organization then provides them free of charge to handlers at fire departments and other first-response agencies.
Davis Doty with Jester from Orange County Fire Authority work to locate bodies along Olive Mill Road in Montecito.
Even though the foundation's 125-acre facility in Santa Paula was damaged when the Thomas fire swept through, burning parts of the dog-training area, and staff and dogs had to evacuate for 18 days, Sanders said they remained dedicated to continuing their mission.
"It never gets old to see the search-and-rescue dogs doing their job."
Sanders said Jester was set to be euthanized after his owners left him at a shelter. She said Jester graduated the training school in 2008….Jester is eager to work. His eyes remained glued to Doty as they walked side by side through the mud…

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In addition to Jester and Doty, two other OCFA Air Operations members were deployed to assist the 27 members of OCFA's regional task force 10's Search and Rescue efforts in the impacted zones. The Orange County All Hazard Capability Team also provided a Safety Officer/Rescue Squad Leader, Medical Specialist, and the SAR Canine Team of Jester and Doty.

Rancho Santa Margarita Patch

Attic Fire Startles Neighbors In Mission Viejo
MISSION VIEJO – OCFA responded to a confirmed structure fire in Mission Viejo, on the 23000 block of Cecelia. The fire was reported at just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 3.

The fire was knocked down inside of about 10 minutes. There were no injuries reported at the scene and investigators were responding. 
Mission Viejo Patch

Cypress fire sends one person to the hospital, kills two dogs and one cat

CYPRESS - A fire Thursday, January 4 at a Cypress two-story duplex home on Walker Street sent a female resident to the hospital and killed two dogs and a cat.

The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the fire at about 5:30 p.m. and contained the blaze within 20 minutes. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The resident who was sent to the hospital was in her 20s and suffered serious injuries in the fire.
OC Register
Los Alamitos Patch

Arrest Made In Suspected Orange County Arson

SEAL BEACH - Police Saturday said they have arrested a man believed to have intentionally started a second-alarm fire at a home under construction in Seal Beach. The non-injury fire was reported at 1:40 a.m. Friday, January 5, at 207 Second St., where it took 44 firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the blaze.

Neighboring homes were evacuated and received some fire damage as well as some vehicles that were in the alley behind the homes. The fire was determined to be of suspicious origin.
Los Alamitos Patch
On Scene TV

Irvine Medical Center Fire

IRVINE – On Monday, January 8, a fire broke out on the third floor of the Irvine Medical Arts Building. The large three story medical building had surgeries ongoing in adjacent rooms to the fire. Several patients are under anesthesia in surgery during the incident.
Firefighters respond to extinguish the blaze and ventilate smoke while sheltering in place with patients undergoing surgery. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
On Scene TV
South OC House Fire Sizzles 

SAN CLEMENTE - Firefighters raced to a south Orange County neighborhood midday Tuesday, January 9 to find a single story home fully involved in garage fire on the 100 block of Avenida Buena Ventura. Thirty Orange County Fire Authority and Laguna Beach Fire Fighters arrived on scene at approximately 1:30 p.m. to attempt to control the blaze.

A fully extended ladder truck provided roof access to firefighters for ventilation and better access to putting out the fire. Roughly two hours later, the fire was smoldering but out. The driveway filled with fire hoses, and a garage door melted and laying in the front door. The fire was extinguished in less than 20 minutes.
San Clemente Patch

Injured Mountain Biker Airlifted By OCFA Rescue Helicopter

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA — A 40-year old man fell from his mountain bike about 4 miles from the entrance of Black Star Canyon, Wednesday afternoon, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The man suffered acute injuries and is being packaged up by the OCFA. According to the report, the patient suffered critical neck injuries and is being airlifted out to an area hospital as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Orange County Sheriff's Department's Duke helicopter also arrived on scene, but was called off by the OCFA who had the situation well in hand. 
San Juan Capistrano Patch 

Firefighters perform complex rescue after hydraulic lift fails 

MARINE CROPS AIR STATION, EL TORO - On January 17, OC Firefighters assisted a worker who became stuck up in the air inside his hydraulic bucket lift after it failed at the Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro. Firefighters from Truck 22 and Engine 20 safely removed the man and assisted him to the ground.
OC Firefighters Facebook

Bizarre crash sends car flying into 2nd floor of Santa Ana building; driver arrested for DUI

SANTA ANA -  Two people suffered minor injuries in a bizarre crash Sunday, January 14 when a car went airborne and slammed into the second floor of a dental office in Santa Ana.

According to the Santa Ana Police Department, the collision was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. near the intersection of 17th and French streets.

The incident caused a small fire that injured one person, who managed to get out of the sedan unassisted.

LA Times

Santa Ana home destroyed in fire as firefighters carry woman to safety

SANTA ANA - Orange County firefighters carried a woman to safety as a Santa Ana home was consumed by flames Sunday, January 14. The fire was reported at 6:26 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Custer Avenue.

Firefighters arrived to find a home fully involved in flames and three people trapped inside. Two of them got out safely and the third, a woman, was carried out by firefighters.
The fire caused major damage to the home and was extinguished after 18 minutes.

Fire Off El Toro Road

LAKE FOREST - Spot fires lit up an area near along El Toro Road Wednesday afternoon. Orange County Fire Authority put out at least two small fires that were reported at approximately 2 p.m. January 21. The fire was burning in a heavily brushed area behind Del Lago Elementary School.
The fires were set approximately 100 feet off of El Toro Road, near Raintree Lane. The fire was contained in about 10 minutes. The cause is being investigated. No homes were threatened, and no one was injured fighting the blaze.
Lake Forest Patch
Brush Fire in Laguna Hills

A brush fire broke out in Laguna Hills surrounding an industrial complex this afternoon. Crews quickly knocked down the fire and began construction of a containment line with hand tools. Hours can be spent mopping up a fire which is why as firefighters we place a large emphasis on being physical fit and fighting cardiac disease and obesity. Often which can lead a sudden and devastating cardiac event. 

3 dead after helicopter crashes into home

NEWPORT BEACH –Three people were killed after a helicopter crashed into Newport Beach home on Tuesday January 30. OC Firefighters assisted the Newport Beach Fire Department at the scene.

Five people were involved in the crash — four in the helicopter and one bystander on the ground. The four-seat Robinson 44 helicopter crashed into the home in the 40 block of Egret Court around 1:45 p.m., according to Newport Beach fire and Federal Aviation Administration officials.
The aircraft had departed from John Wayne Airport, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesperson for the FAA.
LA Times

Cover Photo Courtesy of Orange County Fire Authority
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