The Orange County Fire Authority requested help from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad today at around 3 p.m., in response to a report of a suspicious package or substance at the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, in Santa Ana, according to the O.C. Register.
NEWS, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org; Emily Osterberg, 714.647.1840, EOsterberg@ocsd.org
Suspect Arrested for Possession of Substances Identified as Precursors to Homemade Explosives
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – (September 2, 2014) – On Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at approximately 12:45 a.m., Orange County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence incident at a residence in the 100 block of Fairlane Drive, Laguna Niguel. During the course of the domestic violence investigation, deputies observed numerous weapons, military ordinances and potentially explosive substances. The Sheriff’s Department’s Hazardous Device Squad (HDS) responded to evaluate and collect the items. Continue reading
An electrical fire in Santa Ana displaced 15 residents Sunday afternoon, fire officials said, according to the O.C. Register.
The fire started at 3:40 p.m. at a home in the 1300 block of South Halladay Street and was extinguished about 20 minutes later, according a watch commander with the Orange County Fire Authority.
What is really mind-blowing is that “Eleven adults and four children were displaced by the fire. A total of 12 requested assistance from the Red Cross but no injuries were reported.” Continue reading
OC Residents Need to Be Wildfire Aware
By: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
On Wednesday, the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), Orange County Sheriff’s Department, OC Parks, and several other agencies and organizations held a press conference urging Orange County residents to be fire aware.
“Our recent drought has caused California to enter a state of emergency, due to the risk of wildfire,” said Supervisor Todd Spitzer, also an OCFA Director. “We’ve had a number of dry months with a miniscule amount of rain, so as we enter our hotter months, Orange County is at great risk from the severe wildfire conditions.” Continue reading
The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) has announced a Baker Fire Update at 9 am: 80% contained, estimated acres is 40, expected containment October 10, 1 barn damaged. There are 7 fire engines, 5 fire hand crews, 6 bulldozers, 2 excavators, 7 water tenders, with a total of 270 personnel on scene.
All residents are cleared to re-enter the area by 6 pm tonight. Additional Information: Fire information is available at www.ocfa.org or at (714) 573-6200. The OCFA also regularly updates their Facebook page. Continue reading
How often do you get to watch live fire demonstrations, put out pretend fires and try on firefighter gear?
Orange County families will be able to do all that and learn about fire safety during the Orange County Fire Authority’s eighth annual Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Continue reading
On Monday, July 1, Supervisor Todd Spitzer spoke at a press conference on fireworks safety. The press conference was organized by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). An OCFA Director, Supervisor Spitzer discussed the importance of knowing the difference between legal and illegal fireworks. He also stressed the need to always operate legal fireworks safely and under the supervision of an adult. Supervisor Spitzer emphasized the importance of not drinking alcohol while using fireworks. Adults who are legally operating fireworks should do so in a controlled atmosphere.
“Water boils at 212 degrees, glass melts at 900 degrees, and fireworks sparklers burn at 1200 degrees,” Supervisor Spitzer said. “Please be aware of the extreme heat of a burning sparkler and all safe and sane devices while safely operating such fireworks.” Continue reading
NEWS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2012
Subject: Firefighters Show Their Skills at Orange County Fire Authority’s 7th Annual Open House – October 13
Contact: Lynnette Round, Supervisor (714) 290-7772 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Captain Marc Stone (714) 319-4657 or email@example.com
Irvine, CA – It is three days away, the most hands-on firefighting experience here in Orange County. Bring your family and friends to see live fire demonstrations, put out make-believe fires, take a ride in a fire engine, try on firefighter turnouts, and discover life and fire safety in a fun-filled environment. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County
Contact: Captain Marc Stone, PIO at (714) 319-4657, Sergeant Jose Gonzalez, City of Santa Ana PIO at (714) 822-4415
Advisory: Historic Contract Signing Event Commemorating the Partnership between the City of Santa Ana and the Orange County Fire Authority for Fire
Subject: Historic Contract Signing Event Commemorating the Partnership between the City of Santa Ana and the Orange County Fire Authority for Fire and Emergency Medical Services
Who: Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) Board Chair Mark Tettemer will sign the contract and officially merge the Santa Ana Fire Department and OCFA. Plans and training are now underway for the 192 firefighters and 12 civilian personnel that are transitioning. Continue reading
UPDATE: “Santa Ana’s nearly 130-year-old fire department is history come April — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going away. The Santa Ana City Council has unanimously voted to have the Orange County Fire Authority take over fire services in the city,” according to KPCC.
The Santa Ana City Council is set to vote to outsource the Santa Ana Fire Department to the Orange County Fire Authority, at Tuesday night’s Council meeting.
It is looking like the City of Santa Ana is going to outsource its fire department, to the Orange County Fire Authority, saving over ten million per year. Some of my readers are asking why we can’t just negotiate those savings with the Santa Ana Benevolent Firemen’s Association. My sources at City Hall are telling me that the union won’t cooperate.
So why not outsource the award-winning Santa Ana Police Department too? Simple. The Santa Ana Police Officers Association is cooperating and savings are expected to be over ten million a year – and quite possibly as high as thirteen million a year. It doesn’t hurt that our Chief of Police, Paul Walters, is also now our Acting City Manager! He knows his police budget better than anyone.
How important are our police, to our community? Well, a recent study identified that communities get a lot of bang for their buck, when they hire police officers. Here is a recap of that study, from an L.A. Times editorial by Greg Ridgeway and Paul Heaton, published on Nov. 22 of this year: Continue reading
The City of Santa Ana is considering outsourcing their fire department to the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), to help reduce our budget deficit – which may be over thirty million dollars.
As luck would have it, the OCFA is hosting their annual Open House on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here is your chance to see what the OCFA has to offer to Santa Ana. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Foundation
Chief Paul Walters has asked for our help.
This is a note from his Adjutant:
ABC-TV- 7 and Orange County Fire Authority called. They are in a huge bind and have to vacate the warehouse they are in and need from 35,000sf to 50.000 sq. ft. from now till the end of January when they get the toys out to the kids of Orange County. It sounds like a huge request I know; is there any way we can do that? Please let me know if we can help or are we dreaming?
Adjutant to the Chief of Police
Media Relations – Public Information Officer
Friends, I am on vacation in about 15-minutes for a week. If you can offer assistance, please contact Mr. Bertagna directly at the numbers and/or eMail above.
(Please copy me as well)
William Cunningham, Santa Ana Police Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org