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October 16, 2012
Nearly 20 firefighters put out a fire at a home in the 2900 block of Rounsevel Terrace around 10:30 p.m. Monday. Flames were seen blowing through the ceiling of a garage, and the fire was contained to a laundry room near the garage, Laguna Beach Fire Department Division Chief Dan Stefano said in an email. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze before it spread to other structures. The damage is estimated at $100,000, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, he said.
NEWS
August 8, 2011
Laguna Beach firefighters rescued a mountain biker who crashed while racing down the Telonics Bike Trail on Saturday, according to a news release from the Fire Department. Another biker found the injured man and called 911 at 10:02 a.m. Saturday. Once on scene, firefighters had to hike down the trail head to reach the victim. Due to the victim's injuries and the terrain of the area, an Orange County Fire Authority helicopter was requested to airlift the victim to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo.
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May 17, 2013
The Orange County Health Care Agency honored Laguna Beach firefighters and lifeguards Thursday for rescuing a man who collapsed while working out at Laguna Beach High School. The agency recognized lifeguards Scott Diederich and Casey Parlette and firefighters Thomas Padden, Scott Hammond, Patrick Cary, Chris Kent, Robert Abijay and Jeff White who rescued the man in December, Nicole Stanfield, the agency's public information officer, wrote in an email. Diederich and Parlette were with the man when he collapsed and immediately started CPR until firefighters arrived, according to the Laguna Beach city manager's report.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | December 1, 2006
The City Council voted 4-1 on Nov. 21 to approve an agreement with city firefighters for raises, benefits and programs through June 2011. Pay increases were made retroactive to Nov. 6, three days after representatives of the firefighters union signed the memorandum of understanding. Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson-Schneider voted against the agreement because she wanted the raise made retroactive to June 30. "I hoped it would be a five-year contract," Pearson-Schneider said.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Firefighters extinguished a fire inside a home in the 1100 block of Noria Street on Wednesday morning after a gas heater caused a piece of plastic to ignite. The home is going through a remodel, and the fire began just outside the master bathroom in the two-story home, Laguna Beach Fire Capt. Andrew Hill said. No one was hurt, he added. A contractor inside the house attempted to put out the fire, but there was too much smoke and the person called 911, Hill said. Four engines from Laguna Beach Fire Department and one Orange County truck responded to the home shortly before 9 a.m. "There was heavy smoke upstairs," Hill said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
Laguna Beach firefighters want Planning Commissioner Robert Whalen on the City Council. The Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn., to which Laguna firefighters pay union dues, notified Whalen by mail of the endorsement Saturday. "Of all the candidates, incumbents and challengers alike, Bob has articulated the strongest commitment to improving public safety, in particular, disaster preparedness," according to the association's Political Director Tony Bedolla's press release.
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By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
Laguna Beach and the Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn . have called off negotiations on a new employment contract for the city's firefighters. Negotiations for a new contract began in March and ended earlier this month, said John Latta, the business agent for the firefighters association. The firefighters' current two-year contract expired June 30, he said. Latta, who has represented Laguna's firefighters since 2006, didn't go into specifics of the union's request but said members haven't had a cost-of-living adjustment since 2010.
SPORTS
May 19, 2006
The Firefighters of Laguna Beach Little League racked up a trio of one-sided victories in recent Juniors Division play. On Monday, the Firefighters routed the Laguna Hills Red Sox, 18-5, to mark the third straight outing they had scored a mercy rule victory. In notching their eighth victory in 11 games this season, the Firefighters batted through their order in the first inning. They scored six runs, yet managed only one hit in the frame but took advantage of seven walks and a sacrifice fly to grab control early.
NEWS
By Jonathan Oyama | March 18, 2010
Firefighters rappelled down a cliff to rescue three people trapped between the cove and the incoming tide Wednesday night at Tablerock Beach in South Laguna. Laguna Beach firefighters received a medical emergency call at 8:55 p.m. from Ti Amo Ristorante. Firefighters found a woman and two men in their early 20s, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse. The three adults were trapped at the bottom of a steep cliff. “When we got there and saw them, we saw that swimming was not an option and we saw that climbing down the cliff was not an option,” LaTendresse said.
NEWS
By: Mark R. Madler | October 8, 2005
Still fuming over orders to stand in the background of a gubernatorial news conference while brush fires raged around the county, Burbank and Glendale fire departments came out in opposition Thursday to a ballot proposition they claim would stifle their political involvement. If approved by voters in the special Nov. 8 election, Proposition 75 would require unions representing public employees to get permission from members before spending dues for political purposes.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 3, 2014
Five-year-old Zoe Edelman grabbed onto a fire hose Saturday and cranked the handle backward to let water blast from the nozzle. She and a few dozen other children were getting a taste of what it would be like to become a firefighter when they grow up. They took turns shooting water into the driveway, with firefighter Tyler Swets helping them, of course. Swets was one of the crew at Fire Station 1 in downtown Laguna Beach giving the kids a tour. Inside, Capt. John Kuzmic asked a group of kindergarten-age kids, "Who knows who to call when there's an emergency?"
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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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By Bryce Alderton | December 11, 2013
The Laguna Beach Fire Department is leaving the paper trail behind at emergency scenes. The department's 50 or so firefighters have started to use iPads to record and submit patient data from the site of an emergency to hospitals and ambulance companies. The LBFD owns nine iPads, which all firefighters use on a rotating basis. Users can type in a patient's name, age and nature of the injury and, with a tap, transmit data to doctors, often before the person arrives at the hospital.
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By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
Laguna Beach and the Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn . have called off negotiations on a new employment contract for the city's firefighters. Negotiations for a new contract began in March and ended earlier this month, said John Latta, the business agent for the firefighters association. The firefighters' current two-year contract expired June 30, he said. Latta, who has represented Laguna's firefighters since 2006, didn't go into specifics of the union's request but said members haven't had a cost-of-living adjustment since 2010.
NEWS
October 16, 2013
A house storage shed caught fire Tuesday afternoon, though no one was home at the time of the blaze, Laguna Beach fire Chief Jeff LaTendresse said in an email. The fire occurred at 2:57 p.m. at 671 Bayview Place and firefighters from the Laguna Beach Fire Department and Orange County Fire Authority responded, according to a subsequent fire department news release. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but were concerned of swimming pool chemicals mixing with pesticides within the shed, the release said.
NEWS
May 17, 2013
The Orange County Health Care Agency honored Laguna Beach firefighters and lifeguards Thursday for rescuing a man who collapsed while working out at Laguna Beach High School. The agency recognized lifeguards Scott Diederich and Casey Parlette and firefighters Thomas Padden, Scott Hammond, Patrick Cary, Chris Kent, Robert Abijay and Jeff White who rescued the man in December, Nicole Stanfield, the agency's public information officer, wrote in an email. Diederich and Parlette were with the man when he collapsed and immediately started CPR until firefighters arrived, according to the Laguna Beach city manager's report.
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By Bryce Alderton | May 3, 2013
Laguna Beach sent three fire engines and seven firefighters to help combat a fire in Ventura County, according to an official. The first unit left Laguna at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with those firefighters working 24 straight hours, Laguna Beach Fire Department Chief Jeff LaTendresse said. Firefighters, under Division Chief Dan Stefano's direction, protected structures and helped lay hose lines, LaTendresse said. "They got an incredible experience protecting structures and doing what we train them to do," he said.
NEWS
February 6, 2013
Firefighters extinguished a fire inside a home in the 1100 block of Noria Street on Wednesday morning after a gas heater caused a piece of plastic to ignite. The home is going through a remodel, and the fire began just outside the master bathroom in the two-story home, Laguna Beach Fire Capt. Andrew Hill said. No one was hurt, he added. A contractor inside the house attempted to put out the fire, but there was too much smoke and the person called 911, Hill said. Four engines from Laguna Beach Fire Department and one Orange County truck responded to the home shortly before 9 a.m. "There was heavy smoke upstairs," Hill said.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
Nearly 20 firefighters put out a fire at a home in the 2900 block of Rounsevel Terrace around 10:30 p.m. Monday. Flames were seen blowing through the ceiling of a garage, and the fire was contained to a laundry room near the garage, Laguna Beach Fire Department Division Chief Dan Stefano said in an email. Firefighters were able to knock down the blaze before it spread to other structures. The damage is estimated at $100,000, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation, he said.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2012
Laguna Beach firefighters want Planning Commissioner Robert Whalen on the City Council. The Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn., to which Laguna firefighters pay union dues, notified Whalen by mail of the endorsement Saturday. "Of all the candidates, incumbents and challengers alike, Bob has articulated the strongest commitment to improving public safety, in particular, disaster preparedness," according to the association's Political Director Tony Bedolla's press release.
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