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DailyDispatch - California

Nevada County's Rices Fire Threatens 500 Structures

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 08:26 AM

A wildfire that erupted in Northern California forced evacuations as it threatened about 500 homes and other buildings Tuesday, authorities said. The Rices Fire erupted at around 2 p.m. near the Yuba River in Nevada County and had spread to more than 760 acres with no containment by Wednesday morning, according to Cal Fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 5:26:59 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

Police and fire vehicles damaged while responding to a fire at an illegal marijuana grow in Baldy Mesa

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 07:33 PM

PHOTOS: Sheriff’s officials said that police and fire vehicles responding to an illegal marijuana grow in Baldy Mesa were damaged after driving on a booby-trapped road. It happened on Sunday, June 26, 2022, just before 6:00 pm, at a residence in the 9300 block of White Road. Deputies responded to a structure fire and when they arrived they found the home fully engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 4:33:28 PM - SOURCE: Victor Valley News Group

Newport Beach opens new $6.7-million firehouse on Newport Boulevard

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 03:00 AM

Members of the Newport Beach City Council could officially check the construction of a new firehouse off of their to-do list Tuesday as members of the public were given their first look at Peninsula Station No. 2. Ground broke for the firehouse in January 2021. City staff said construction was completed about 17 months later.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Pilot - Metered Site

Cal Fire Chief Warns of ‘Drastic Increase' in Dry Fuel Due to Drought

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 07:46 AM

Santa Cruz County is in for a grim fire season. That was the assessment of Cal Fire San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit Chief Nate Armstrong, who gave a presentation to the county Board of Supervisors on preparedness for peak fire season that detailed current forest conditions, new equipment, staffing and evacuation routes in the county.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 4:46:40 AM - SOURCE: KNTV NBC 11 San Jose

Livermore-Pleasanton firefighters' new labor agreement on verge of passing

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 01:25 AM

After almost a year of negotiations, an updated labor contract between the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and the local firefighters union is poised to be officially approved later this month. The tentative agreement between the department and the union includes 13% worth of general wage increases spread over 3-1/2 years, a paramedic premium increase pay from 8% to 10%, short-term staffing policies, and a comprehensive drug- and alcohol-testing policy.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 10:25:00 PM - SOURCE: Pleasanton Weekly

Water rescues, deaths increase in the Central Valley as temperatures rise

Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 08:51 PM

While the Central Valley deals with extreme heat this week, local officials warn residents about the dangers of swimming in unsupervised areas. “I mean, just don’t. That’s the bottom line. You can’t get into that water and just get out of there,” said Shane Brown from the Fresno Fire Department. Brown has spent the last few days training firefighters for water rescue missions.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 5:51:19 PM - SOURCE: KGPE-TV CBS 47 Fresno

FireRescue1 - Top Articles

N.C. firefighter fatally shot, wife charged with murder

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 07:04 PM

Mishael James "MJ" Auman served the Seagrove Rural VFD for 21 years and was one of the first paid members of the Ramseur FD

'Unbelievable': Mont. woman, 80, survives 2 days after car crash, crawls up embankment for help

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 01:01 PM

Ali Bakker did not have a cellphone, recently suffered a fracture and was on pain medications prior to the crash

Off-duty battalion chief praises Boy Scouts' response to Amtrak crash

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 12:11 PM

Mo. firefighter Todd Covington described the derailment and aftermath, saying, the scouts "probably saved 20 or 30 people's lives"

Will the Build America, Buy America Act provisions affect grant programs?

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 11:57 AM

2021 grantees may not have to comply with the provisions of the program

Off-duty firefighter in shorts helps rescue Mo. woman from house fire

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 11:27 AM

O’Fallon Fire Protection District Firefighter Matt Chapman worked with a police officer and a deputy until Central County Fire and Rescue firefighters arrived

Kan. city firefighters, supporters protest over wages

Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 10:00 AM

Wichita union president Ted Bush said the city's salary offer was not comparable with other area large cities and blamed the department's staffing level on the pay

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