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April 9, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department promoted Api Weinert to a division chief, fire Capt. Dan Stefano wrote in an email. Weinert, 43, a Laguna Beach High School graduate, will be responsible for training and emergency medical services, Stefano said. His new role is effective Monday. Weinert began his career with the city's fire department in 1988 as a reserve firefighter. He has served as a fire prevention specialist, firefighter, engineer and a captain since 2000. Weinert also served as the department's fire/arson investigator and teaches fire-based classes at Santa Ana College.
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November 29, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department and other fire agencies in Southern California are partaking in the annual Spark of Love toy drive event. The campaign is celebrating its 20th year of collecting and distributing toys and sports equipment to less-fortunate children. Laguna Beach has participated with the program since its inception in 1993. Fire departments from across Southern California — Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside San Bernardino and Ventura counties — will partner up with ABC 7 to collect toys at various stations.
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June 28, 2011
A teen was rescued after his leg was trapped under boulders, with one weighing about 1,000 pounds, at Aliso Creek Beach on Monday. Lifeguards reported the incident to the Fire Department, which upgraded the situation after they discovered his upper and lower leg were stuck, Division Chief Dan Stefano said. The Aliso Viejo boy, either 14 or 15 years old, was climbing the rocks when the sand gave away and rocks collapsed around his leg. "The biggest challenge was that his entire thigh was pinned," Stefano said.
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October 6, 2006
Mobile data computers will be installed in the fire department's vehicles. A $204,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative will fund the purchase. "It will give our firefighters the ability to communicate with (911) dispatch without ever having to talk," said Division Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. Firefighters will be able to transmit information to dispatchers without interrupting incoming emergency calls and get updated incident information, including mapped directions to the emergency site.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | September 9, 2010
A 48-year-old hiker stranded overnight was rescued by helicopter from the side of a steep cliff between Canyon Acres and Skyline Drive on Wednesday. Firefighters from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority worked together, along with the Laguna Beach Police Department, to rescue the hiker, according to spokesman Dan Stefano. Rescuers were dispatched at 1:02 p.m. to an area of steep terrain and rough vegetation. They found the hiker, who was in a precarious position, but could not get to her, Stefano said.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | September 2, 2010
Firefighters were called twice on Sunday to put out a fire at a Shady Lane home, once at 4:33 p.m. and again at 10:25 p.m. The second call came some two hours after firefighters had left the premises at 8:44 p.m. Homeowner Marlene Dantzer and her friend Helen Evers were searching for Betsy, a cat. Dantzer had been unable to evacuate from her home when the fire was originally believed to be contained. Hearing a noise in the second floor bathroom, she thought might be a trapped animal.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
The Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire that damaged the first floor of a home in the 32000 block of Rimcrest Circle on Wednesday night. Fire crews were called in at 7 p.m. to reports that a car was on fire in the garage, Battalion Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. When the Fire Department arrived with four engines, they found the first floor engulfed and smoke pouring from the house, LaTendresse said. Firefighters first focused on a rescue attempt when they could not locate a man said to be inside the home.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
The Fire Department put out a trash truck fire near the entrance to Laguna Beach early Wednesday morning. The Fire Department got the call at 7:25 a.m. when the truck's driver noticed smoke billowing out of his truck on Laguna Canyon Road, Division Chief Dan Stefano said. The driver, who wasn't injured, pulled into a parking lot at Broadway and Forest Avenue, close to a fire station. Firefighters moved the truck away from the building, traffic and people and then the driver pulled the emergency release, dropping the trash, which allowed firefighters to extinguish the fire.
NEWS
March 25, 2005
BARBARA DIAMOND Fire Captain Dan Stefano probably should have received hazardous duty pay for his service as the firefighters' public information officer a few years ago when management was at odds with the rank and file. However, that is not why the Exchange Club honored him as the 2005 Firefighter of the Year at a luncheon March 17 at Hotel Laguna. "He contributes to the fire service every day," said Mike Macey, the Fire Department's next fire chief.
NEWS
By By Barbara Diamond | November 4, 2005
Fire Department's requirements are at odds with city-issued permits for the 17,000-square-foot residence.Construction was halted Tuesday on a South Laguna project in order to allow time for city staff, Fire Department officials, the property owner and critics of the project to try to reconcile their differences. The City Council approved the temporary stoppage Tuesday evening after City Manager Ken Frank recommended the action. Resident Elizabeth Phillips had filed an appeal of administrative decisions to accept plans for 31401 Mar Vista Ave. that did not conform to design review board approval and the subsequent City Council directive for the project.
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By Bryce Alderton | January 30, 2014
A pilot program that would limit parking on some city streets and restrict access to wilderness parks during periods of high fire danger won unanimous Laguna Beach City Council support Jan. 21. The council adopted three recommendations from the city's Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Committee that would improve first-responder access in potential fire zones. Council members gave the OK for the fire department to hold at least one public meeting and gather feedback from residents in the Diamond/Crestview area about limiting parking on certain streets during high fire-danger periods, known as red-flag days.
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NEWS
December 4, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department has begun the process of filling the position of former division chief Dan Stefano, who was sworn in as the new Costa Mesa Fire Department chief Tuesday. "We are currently going and conducting some interviews with an existing list that we have and we'll see where that takes us," Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. The list has more than 40 names and was compiled from applicants who went through a testing process in January. The interviews will take roughly two more weeks.
NEWS
November 29, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department and other fire agencies in Southern California are partaking in the annual Spark of Love toy drive event. The campaign is celebrating its 20th year of collecting and distributing toys and sports equipment to less-fortunate children. Laguna Beach has participated with the program since its inception in 1993. Fire departments from across Southern California — Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside San Bernardino and Ventura counties — will partner up with ABC 7 to collect toys at various stations.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 5, 2013
Nyes Canyon will be added to the 14 areas in Laguna Beach that get special attention from the fire department. The City Council approved on Tuesday the addition of a city-maintained fuel break around the entire upper Arch Beach Heights neighborhood, as recommended by Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. "Fuel breaks create defensible space," La Tendresse said. California's Department of Forestry began creating fuel breaks in Laguna in the mid-1950s. They were discontinued from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s because of environmentalists concerns.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 16, 2013
It's clear to most that the brush surrounding Laguna Beach is brittle, and the Laguna Beach Fire Department is doing all it can to ameliorate firestorm risk. "You can't deny we're coming out of a drought year," Laguna Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. "Fire season for us this year is early. It's already taking its toll on structures in Ventura [during the Springs Fire in May]. " Subsequent fires have charred Southern California's landscape, including the Silver fire near Banning, which burned more than 20,000 acres earlier this month, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection website.
NEWS
December 6, 2012
Laguna Beach firefighters are asking the community to help spread the holiday cheer to those less fortunate. The fire department kicked off its annual Spark of Love Toy Drive campaign, and is asking residents to donate a new, and unwrapped, toy or piece of sports equipment to any of the city's fire stations through Dec. 24. "The Spark of Love Toy Drive is particularly special for our firefighters, as it provides us the opportunity to work together...
NEWS
By Alisha Gomez | September 27, 2012
Firefighters quickly put out a home fire early Sunday morning in the 900 block of Santa Ana Street, in the Arch Beach Heights neighborhood, according to Laguna Beach Fire Division Chief Dan Stefano. No one was in the home at the time and there were no injuries, Stefano said in an email. The fire department responded to the call just before 6 a.m., and the first engine arrived on the scene to "heavy, dark smoke coming form the multi-level structure, with floors above and below street level, " he said.
NEWS
September 26, 2012
The following is from the Sept. 18 City Council meeting. Mayor Jane Egly absent due to a death in her family. * EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger presented a proclamation honoring the Beautification Council on its Diamond Jubilee and its founder the late Harry Lawrence. The council is celebrating 60 years of contributions to the city image, including recognizing outstanding improvements to commercial and residential properties that are in public view.
NEWS
September 17, 2012
Laguna Beach Fire Department Chief Kris Head is retiring, according to a statement from the city issued Monday. Head, who has served as fire chief since March 2010, will retire Oct. 29. He has been with the fire department for nearly 28 years. Head began his career with the city of Buena Park in 1983 and was hired by Laguna Beach as a probationary firefighter in 1984, according to the news release. "It has been a privilege and an honor to serve this community," Head said in a statement.
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