Longtime Oakland firefighter Darin White was named fire chief Thursday, the city’s second choice after a Los Angeles candidate turned down the job over a contract dispute.
White, who has spent 20 of his 30-year career in Oakland, will lead a beleaguered department recovering from the Ghost Ship blaze, the deadliest structure fire in modern California history that uncovered failures to properly inspect commercial and multi-unit residential buildings.
The Oakland native most recently served as interim chief, after Teresa Deloach Reed went on leave and later retired in the wake of the Dec. 2 warehouse fire that killed 36 people attending a dance party.
Mayor Libby Schaaf and City Administrator Sabrina Landreth announced the hiring Thursday.
East Bay Times
City Councilwoman Teresa R. Macaluso is accusing members of the city’s fire department of embarking on a smear campaign to defeat her in next month’s election,
She’s also accusing the firefighters of bullying her during this fall’s City Council campaign because she’s been a vocal opponent of the fire department during the city’s three-year contract battle with the firefighters’ union.
“I’m being bullied by 70 men,” she said.
Last week, the union criticized Councilwoman Macaluso for complaining when she and other council members weren’t notified a fire department awards ceremony was postponed — while firefighters were battling a blaze that sent three people to the hospital.
Watertown Daily Times
Carson Couch doesn’t consider himself a hero, although to many he probably is.
It was October 2nd when the Belmont firefighter made a rescue that was unlike any other in his career.
Couch, off-duty at the time, was driving down Piedmont Golf Course Road with his brother when he saw a frantic man on the side of the road. Just beyond him was a truck, quickly sinking in a pond.
“We slowed down; I rolled my window down and pulled over to him,” Couch said. “He kept asking if I could swim, and that’s when my little brother saw the child in the car.”
Trapped in the back seat of the truck was a two-year-old boy.
“All I saw was his face and hands just like this, pushed up against the glass of the back of the pick-up truck.”
WSPA-TV CBS 7
The fire district in San Diego's sweetest tourist destination is rejecting a request to join the County Fire Authority, which some say is a potentially life-threatening decision.
Despite repeated recommendations from high-ranking county officials, the tiny apple pie-loving community of Julian has decided to rely on its all-volunteer firefighting crew to respond to any and all emergency medical calls and structure fires within the town.
As Northern California battles its deadliest wildfire season yet, there's been close examination of San Diego County's overall fire and emergency preparedness.
KGTV-TV ABC 10 San Diego
Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone hopes there’s never a time where his department would have to respond to an active shooter situation in Bossier City.
But in light of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Oct. 1 that resulted in the deaths of 59 people, as well as other similar events, Zagone believes his department needs a specialized vehicle to respond if such a tragedy were to ever occur here.
On Tuesday, Zagone explained a proposed ordinance to the Bossier City Council that would allow the fire department to use up to $375,000 to purchase a BearCat MedEvac from Lenco Armored Vehicles.
“Through the last three or four years, we’ve been doing a lot of training on active shooters, and I hate to say it, but it’s kind of what we’ve been seeing around the country,” Zagone said.