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Thursday, February 24, 2011

California FEMA USAR Team has arrived safely in New Zealand

CA-TF2 - CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE 2 arrives in New Zealand to AID EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
LOS ANGELES – February 22, 2011 – California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2), Los Angeles County Fire’s world-class Heavy Rescue Task Force, has landed in New Zealand and is currently setting up the Base of Operations (B.O.O)

California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) is a specially-trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters and paramedics rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, hazardous materials technicians, communications specialists, and logistics specialists.

This unique technical rescue team responds with 55,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around-the-clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made.

Twitter Updates: 
Update: 2-25 10:50hrs CA-TF2 USAR team from LA County Fire Dept plans for today's assignments. # &
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 Update: 2-24 11:50hrs CA-TF2 Team has arrived safely in New Zealand Now setting up the Base of Operations (B.O.O)
Update: 2-23 02:22hrs CA-TF2 USAR has departed LAX enroute to . Estimated flight time of 13 hours on flight UAL9797
Update: 2-23 0800hrs CA-TF2 Team of 66+ members caravaned to LAX last night where they are waiting…

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CA-TF2 - mobilized for deployment to New Zealand #EqNz

CA-TF2 - CALIFORNIA TASK FORCE 2 mobilizes to AID NEW ZEALAND EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
LOS ANGELES – February 22, 2011 – California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2), Los Angeles County Fire’s world-class Heavy Rescue Task Force, has been mobilized for deployment to New Zealand to help rescue and recover victims in Christchurch, the nation’s second largest city of nearly 400,000 residents, following a powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake just before 1 p.m. local time that has killed 65 people.

Commanders of the 74-member team received the request from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and are currently staging at the Department’s USAR Facility in Pacoima.

California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) is a specially-trained and equipped Urban Search and Rescue Task Force consisting of Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters and paramedics rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment specialists, hazardous materials technicians, communications specialists, and logistics specialists.

This unique technical rescue team responds with 55,000 pounds of prepackaged search and rescue tools and medical equipment to conduct around-the-clock search and rescue operations at domestic and international disasters, both natural and man-made.
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Update: 2-24 11:50hrs CA-TF2 Team has arrived safely in New Zealand Now setting up the Base of Operations (B.O.O)
Update: 2-23 02:22hrs CA-TF2 USAR has departed LAX enroute to . Estimated flight time of 13 hours on flight UAL9797
Update: 2-23 0800hrs CA-TF2 Team of 66+ members caravaned to LAX last night where they are waiting…

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For more information:
visit the Department’s website at www.fire.lacounty.gov.
or Contact: LACoFD Public Affairs (323) 881-2411

Monday, February 21, 2011

SBC: MCI / Fire Dept. Vehicle Versus School Bus - 1 fatality - 24 injured

Reports of a Fire Dept. Command Vehicle Has Collided With A School Bus @ approx Just After 1 P.M. Today
 The school bus slid over the side of Highway 189 near Twin Peaks today after it collided with a San Bernardino County Fire Department vehicle and a power pole.
  Fire officials said as many as 25 children were aboard the bus at the time of the noon crash, said Cal Fire spokesman Bill Peters.
  The crash was reported on the 189 at Lake Gregory Drive. The bus fell about 20 feet over the side of the road.
 According to California Highway Patrol reports, officers requested multiple ambulances, but it was unknown how many students were injured.
  Dispatch reports indicated at least 10 people were pinned under seats following the collision.
Crestline Bus Crash Updates: 
1410hrs - School Bus Crash Update: per CalFire, One fatality and 24 parties injured. SR-189 is still closed between Strawberry Peak & Pinecrest Rd1340hrs -  Units on scene report two confirmed fatalities.
1330hrs - Rescue hampered by downed power lines. Fire Dept veh. also involved in crash.
1230hrs -  Highway is closed, and Power lines are down. Highway 189 near Lake Gregory Drive, southwest of Lake Gregory in Crestline. Children reportedly were trying to get out of the bus.
11:51hrs - Bus down a cliff. 15-20 teens trapped.
Location: San Bernardino Mountains: Arrowhead / SR-189 north of LAKE GREGORY DR.

More Sources: 
ROTW: http://rimoftheworld.net/
SBSUN: http://www.sbsun.com/breakingnews/ci_17443046?source=rss
PE.Com: http://blogs.pe.com/news/digest/2011/02/crestline-school-bus-fire-chie.html

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Modoc IHC - Standing down, Type 1 Hand-Crew under investigation

Modoc National Forest News: The Modoc National Forest will not have a Type 1 Hand-Crew this fire season. 

We will not be filling vacancies on the Modoc Inter-agency Hot Shot crew (IHC) this spring, although we do plan on retaining the module.

The Modoc National Forest Hot Shot Crew is undergoing investigation by Human Resources (HR) and Civil Rights (CR).  Based on these on-going investigations, we will not be filling our current vacancies. This includes both permanent and temporary positions. In addition, we will not allow detail apprentices to join this crew for the 2011 fire season.

After completion of the HR/CR investigations, we will begin the process of recertifying this team as a Type 1 hand crew. 
We do not anticipate resolution of these issues until late summer.

Remaining members of the crew will be available for Single Resource assignments or detail assignments subject to approval of the Forest Supervisor.

We will keep you informed of our progress to resolve this matter.
Forest Supervisor

San Diego Federal Firefighter Matthew Moreno passed away off duty


San Diego Federal Firefighter Matthew Moreno Dies Off Duty

It is with deep sadness and regret that IAFF/CPF Local F33 announces the passing of Brother Matthew Moreno. Brother Moreno has been an active member of Federal Fire, San Diego and Local F33 since 2008. Brother Moreno passed away off duty at his home in Chula Vista. The family has requested a traditional
firefighter funeral.
 
Additional information can be found at:www.LocalF33.org.
 
Donations may be made to the family of Brother Moreno at: Union Bank of California , Account # 0071843478. They may also be mailed to: Federal Firefighters Local F33 PO Box 131378 San Diego, CA 92170. Donations may also be dropped off to any UNION officer at FS 17.
 
Memorial Services are as follows:
 
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When:  Friday February 25th, 2011, 4:00-9:00 p.m.
 
Where:  Humphrey’s Funeral Home; 753 Broadway; Chula Vista CA, 91910
Ph: (619) 425-9111
 
Memorial Service:
 
When:  Saturday February 26th, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
 
Where:  Humphrey’s Funeral Home; 753 Broadway; Chula Vista CA, 91910
 
Procession will follow with graveside services.  Please bookmark this page and check back frequently for additional details.

LODD: LAFD - Glenn L. Allen Firefighter/Paramedic Station 97

Announcement of the Passing of LAFD Firefighter Glenn L. Allen

LAFD Firefighter Glenn L. AllenIt is with great sadness that the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department inform you of the in Line of Duty Death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen.

On Wednesday February 16, 2011, at 11:19 PM ten Fire Companies, one Heavy Rescue, one USAR Unit, seven Rescue Ambulances, seven Battalion Command Teams, one Division Command Team, three EMS Battalion Captains, and one Arson Unit responded to a reported structure Fire at 1546 North Viewsite Drive in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles.

While Firefighters were performing their sworn duties, a partial ceiling collapse occurred, causing injury to four Los Angeles Firefighters and two Los Angeles County Firefighters. One of the injured Los Angeles Firefighters later succumbed to his injuries at 1215 hrs on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

As dictated by Fire Department policy, a formal and detailed investigation is underway to determine the exact nature of the cause of injuries sustained, as well as the precise cause and manner of the Firefighters death.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department thank you for your kind words and sentiment at this time of overwhelming sorrow and immense loss.

The Allen Family and the Los Angeles Fire Department has received a tremendous outpouring of support during this difficult time. Your Firefighters wish to thank you and express our deepest appreciation for all the kind words and gestures that have been provided.

Glenn L. Allen was a Firefighter/Paramedic for over 36 years and last served at Fire Station 97. He is the 61st Los Angeles Firefighter to have died while directly involved in emergency operations during the Department's 125-year history. The Mayor of Los Angeles has ordered all City flags lowered to half-staff in Firefighter Allen's honor.

If additional information is required, please contact the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Liaison Office at (213) 978-3810.

Press Conference:
MEDIA CONTACT:
Captain Jaime Moore
Office: (213) 978-3824
Cell: (213) 359-9415

Captain Tina Haro
Office (213) 978-3823
Cell: (213) 359-9743

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

LACOFD: Daryl L. Osby Appointed as Los Angeles County Fire Chief

Daryl L. Osby Appointed as Los Angeles County Fire Chief

Los Angeles – February 15, 2011 – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Daryl L. Osby today to the position of County Forester and Fire Warden of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  Osby will be officially sworn in by the Executive Officer of the Board on Thursday, February 17, as the Department’s ninth Fire Chief, and will assume the position held for the past 22 years by retiring Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman. Osby also becomes the Department’s first African-American Fire Chief in its 88-year history.

 Daryl L. Osby -Los Angeles County Fire Chief
“I have no doubt that Chief Osby’s depth of experience, values and strong leadership will continue to be tremendous assets to the Department as he takes on his new role,” wrote Freeman in an internal briefing released last week to the Department’s workforce of 4,300 emergency responders and business professionals.

Osby’s promotion to the top job comes less than three years after being promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy in April 2008.  Since then, he has served second in command to the Fire Chief as Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations and most recently as Chief Deputy of Business Operations, gaining a broad, leadership-focused understanding of both sides of the massive Department over the past 15 years.  

He was also the first African-American chief officer to be appointed to the rank of Chief Deputy.

In his new role, Osby will be responsible for the direction of all forestry and fire operations as well as budget, personnel, fiscal and other administrative matters of the Department whose mission is to save the lives and property of more than four million residents living in 58 cities served by the Department, plus the County’s unincorporated areas within the Department’s 2,300-square-mile jurisdiction.  

His top priority will be to address financial challenges while maintaining emergency and public safety services, along with a focus on workforce excellence efforts within the Department.

Part of his new job will require close work with a wide array of stakeholders, including city officials, union leaders, fire service colleagues and the public to further the Department’s mission.  As have his predecessors, Osby will represent the Department on nationally-recognized fire service, homeland security and defense, and emergency medical services committees and task forces.

Osby joined the Department 26 years ago, and has performed admirably while taking on steadily increasingly responsibility serving the public.  He has served in the ranks of Fire Fighter, Fire Fighter Specialist, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Deputy Chief and finally Chief Deputy, where he was responsible for half of the Department’s operations.

His executive level experience also includes leadership, development and management of the Special Operations Bureau, including the Department’s ocean lifeguards, Air Operations, fire suppression camps and technical rescue services.  Osby has also worked in several emergency management positions throughout his career and has often served as the top commander during many headlining incidents, including the
  
Commerce train derailment, the 2003 California Fire Siege, the 2005 Topanga Fire, the 2007 Catalina Island Fire and the 2008 wildland fires. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Osby was deployed to Louisiana for 18 days to assist the City of New Orleans in developing a continuity plan for their city government and managing recovery efforts.  

Osby holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.  In 2009, he completed Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and, in 2006, its National Preparedness Leadership Program.  He is also a graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute and Loyola Marymount University’s Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations.

Throughout his career, Osby has been actively engaged in community and mentoring activities throughout the Los Angeles region, including the Department’s own Fire Explorer Program.  His contributions have been evidenced by many awards and commendations from local, state and private organizations.  He currently directs three youth-oriented foundations, including the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation, Youth for Excellence Foundation and Fire Fighter’s ABC’s.

 He serves on the board of directors of Pomona Valley Hospital, and is a member and former president of the Los Angeles County Stentorians, a firefighter organization founded in 1954 by Los Angeles area African-American firefighters to end segregation and discrimination in local firehouses.
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More Information:                Contact:  LACoFD Public Affairs
                                     (323) 881-2411

Monday, February 14, 2011

#USFS: Captain died Friday after motorcycle accident in Big Bear City

U.S. Forest Service fire Capt. Gabriel Pomona, 36, was killed Friday
A U.S. Forest Service captain died Friday after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a pickup in Big Bear City. 
 
  Gabriel Pomona, 36, was traveling west on West North Shore Drive, at Tinker Bell Avenue, on his motorcycle about 6 p.m. when someone in a pickup, traveling east on North Shore Drive, turned left in front of Pomona and struck him, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

Pomona was rushed to Bear Valley Community Hospital in Big Bear Lake, where he died in the emergency room at 6:55p.m., according to the coroner's office.

Pomona was captain of the Forest Service's Big Bear Hot Shot crew, the backbone of fire suppression efforts. The crew cuts lines around wildland fires to contain them, said Forest Service spokesman John Miller.
"It all comes down to that Hot Shot crew putting the (fire) lines down," Miller said.

News of Pomona's death quickly reverberated throughout the Forest Service community Friday and Saturday.
Miller said he knew Pomona about 10 years.

"He was just a highly motivated firefighter and a great guy to be around," said Miller. "He always had a real positive, uplifting spirit, and when you're around people like that they bring you up, too.

Pomona, of Big Bear City, began his career with the Forest Service's San Bernardino division in 1995. He was stationed in Big Bear City and headed the Forest Service's 20-member Big Bear Hot Shot Crew, Miller

said. 

He came to the San Bernardino National Forest Mountaintop Ranger District in 1999 as an apprentice on a fire engine in Big Bear. In 2001, he assisted with certification of the new Big Bear hand crew and became a squad boss. He also was involved in certification of the Big Bear Hotshots in 2003 as a type one interagency hotshot crew.

From 2006 to 2008, he was a captain with the Crane Valley Hotshots on the Sierra National Forest, before returning as a crew captain with the Big Bear Hotshots in 2008.

He participated in Christmas bike drives for Inland children.

"Throughout his career, Gabriel has touched many lives and will be sadly missed," according to a statement released by the Forest Service on Saturday.

Pomona is survived by his wife, Summer, and multiple family members.

Memorial Service: Flowers and cards can be sent in care of the Big Bear Ranger Station, 42300 North Shore Drive Highway 38, P.O. Box 290, Fawnskin, CA 92333. All correspondence will be forwarded to the family. Memorial Service and donation information will be forthcoming.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic collision.

Sac County: With Police Budgets Decimated, CCW Folks Protect themselves

SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department approved more concealed weapons permits with each passing year according to recently published numbers in the Sacramento Bee.

Just 22 people applied for a concealed weapons permit in 2008. That number jumped to 103 in 2009, and nearly doubled to 196 last year. So far this year, the sheriff's department has already received 90 applications.
In 2009, 65 percent of applications were approved. In 2010 89 percent percent were, and so far this year 93 percent have been.

Sheriff Scott Jones says he's more liberal granting permits than his predecessors.
"I have a more permissive view of what a good cause is," Jones said in reference to the state legal requirments that applicants have "good cause" to believe they need a permit.

"I think that if families are concerned about their safety and they can demonstrate good character, a good conduct in their background which we investigate thoroughly, then they should be able to get a concealed weapons permit," said Jones.


Jones said budget cuts to law enforcement agencies may be part of the reason concealed weapons permit applications are on the rise.

"When you have extraordinary budget times, it's wrong to tell people they cannot take means to protect themselves," said recently-retired former sheriff John McGinness, who was in office until the beginning of 2011.

The department laid off 122 deputies in 2009 because of budget cuts, and over the next year McGinnis repeatedly warned that without more money the department didn't have the resources to effectively police the county.

Full Story: News10 - Link

Saturday, February 12, 2011

NFPD: Blue Lakes - 20-acre wildland fire, 100% contained. #WildFire

UPPER LAKE, Calif. – Fire officials are investigating the cause of a wildland fire that burned near Blue Lakes on Friday.

Northshore Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Pat Brown said the 20-acre wildland fire was located above Blue Lakes in a very steep area that runs along the Lake and Mendocino county lines.

Brown said Northshore Fire and Cal Fire responded to the fight the fire.

He said Cal Fire had two engines, two hand crews, one bulldozer, a helicopter and a battalion chief, while Northshore Fire responded with two engines and a battalion chief.

Brown said firefighters had very limited access to the scene due to road conditions. He said there were springs running over the road area as well as downed trees.

Northshore Fire's engines had to use their winches on the apparatus to gain access, Brown said.

Source: http://lakeconews.com - Link

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

SFFD: Lack Of #EMT's And #EMS Equipment Leaves Firefighters Appalled

SFFD Official: No Marathon Race Staffer Helped Dying Man


SAN FRANCISCO — No emergency medical worker associated with a half marathon held in Golden Gate Park on Sunday attended to a dying runner during the 22 minutes it took for a city ambulance to reach him, a Fire Department official said Tuesday.

Peter Hass of Orinda
died after collapsing at the end
of a half marathon in Golden Gate Park.
Peter Hass of Orinda, 36, died at the end of the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5K run, which attracted 10,000 people.

Hass collapsed near the finish line after running the half marathon in just under two hours. Bystanders, including three city firefighters who also ran in the race, tried to resuscitate him as they waited for proper life-saving equipment and emergency transportation to arrive, said Mindy Talmadge, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department.

The firefighters were "appalled" that the event had no medical staff or basic equipment available near the finish line on South Fork Drive at the west end of the park, Talmadge said.

"Everybody who assisted on the resuscitation effort identified themselves," Talmadge said. "Not one person identified themselves as being part of the event medical team at any point. ... Our members were left reeling from the experience."

Dave Rhody, head of RhodyCo Productions, which produced the event, said Monday that emergency medical technicians based at two tents near the finish line had arrived at the scene and tried to help Hass within five minutes of his collapse. He acknowledged, however, that the event's only hired ambulance had been diverted to another part of the course to help another runner.

A secretary at RhodyCo said Tuesday that Rhody was unavailable for comment.

The incident prompted the city's Department of Emergency Management to open an investigation into whether RhodyCo had met the required medical needs for a large athletic event.

Rob Dudgeon, a deputy director with the agency, said most producers of such events have backup ambulances on hand in case more than one participant is stricken. It does not appear RhodyCo had a second ambulance nearby, he said.

He added, however, that the city does not require that backup ambulances be available.
It took a city Fire Department ambulance 22 minutes to reach Hass, about five times longer than the usual response time, Talmadge said.

She said a combination of incorrect locations from callers and street closures caused by the event led to the delay.


Source Article: San Francisco Chronicle - Link

SJFD: Truck Cut And Dismantled To Free Child's Finger In Hole

San Jose firefighters cut apart truck to save toddlers stuck finger

By Lisa Fernandez lfernandez@mercurynews.com


San Jose, Ca - San Jose firefighters saved the finger of a 2-year-old boy, who had stuck his entire arm down a hole in the bed of his father's pickup truck.

Capt. Chuck Rangel said the heroic emergency work Tuesday was an out-of-the-ordinary effort for the fire crew.

"We get kids at the playground sometimes who get their knees stuck in between rails," Rangel said. "So, we're able to just spread the bars a quarter inch, and their knees just slide out. But this was definitely not something we do very often. This was definitely unusual."

The unusual call came in at 11:29 a.m. on North 13th Street in downtown San Jose. A toddler had shoved his arm down a hole in the flatbed of his father's truck, getting his tiny finger stuck down a hole.

The little finger was so swollen that firefighters couldn't free it even when they lubricated it, Rangel said. That's when Capt. Sean Lovens and his crew on Truck No. 1 decided to cut away a portion of the truck, and rush the boy to the hospital with a chunk of metal still attached to his finger. Firefighters followed the ambulance, and took over in the emergency room.

At the hospital, Rangel said the firefighters used special saws to finish cutting through the metal, and then manually pried the final piece of the truck away from the finger, which emerged puffy and sore, but saved.

The boy was released from the hospital later that day.

The boy's family was not available for immediate comment this morning. But Rangel said the father kept telling firefighters, "Do whatever it takes. Do what you need to," as they were cutting apart his truck.

Rangel said a situation like this sometimes just can't be prevented.

"You can't really predict what your 2-year-old is going to do," he said. "And you can't really childproof your truck."
Source article: mercurynews.com - Link

Contra Costa County Firefighter Widow Settles Wrongful-death Lawsuit

WIDOW OF CALIF. LODD FIREFIGHTER RECEIVES 4.6 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT

The widow of 1 of 2 Contra Costa County Firefighters who died in the Line of Duty in a 2007 house fire will receive $4.6 million to settle her wrongful-death lawsuit against two security companies she blamed for mishandling the initial report of the blaze. (See below for the NIOSH and the CCCFD's Reports-both identifying all the factors related to the double LODD Fire)

The fire killed Fire Engineer Scott Desmond, 37, and Capt. Matt Burton, 34, in the Line of Duty. It also killed the home's residents, Delbert Moore, 67, and his wife, Gayle, 62.

The family sued saying Pinnacle Security of Utah and its subcontractor Security Associates International of Illinois were to blame for the Firefighter's death.

When the fire started, early on July 21, 2007, Security Associates received an automatic alarm from the home. A company employee activated a two-way intercom at the home and asked, "Is everything OK?" Gayle Moore responded, "No, we have a fire."

The employee then called the Contra Costa County FPD on a non-emergency line and said, "I'm calling to report a fire alarm," as opposed to the actual fire. That led the fire dispatcher to consider it a lower-priority call. At one point, the alarm company was put on hold for 5 minutes while the dispatcher answered emergency calls.

It was nearly 10 minutes after Mrs Moore spoke to the alarm company before Firefighters were dispatched to the scene, a single engine was initially dispatched, with Desmond and Burton aboard.

Pinnacle Security will pay $2.6 million and Security Associates International will pay $2 million. The companies will pay an additional $350,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the Moores' children.

Burton was a 10-year veteran of the FD, and Desmond had served for 8 years. They were the first Firefighters in the Contra Costa district's history to be killed in the Line of Duty. The fire was caused by a cigarette.

 More information:
NIOSH FIRE LODD Report: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200728.html
Summary of the CCCFPD INTERNAL REPORT (Media Summary): http://tinyurl.com/4gk7cjq
Info on the lawsuit settlement from the local media: http://tinyurl.com/4l5q3fu
News Article: www.contracostatimes.com - Link

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CAL FIRE: Use Caution With Outside Burns During Current Windy Weather

#CalFire urges caution when burning

Due to expected gusty winds and the continuing warm and dry days, CalFire and County Fire Departments urge residents to use caution while conducting vegetation debris bums and have consideration for their neighbors while burning by observing the following guidelines:
  • - Never burn on windy days.
  • - Scrape a clearance of at least 10 feet to bare soil around bum piles.
  • - Always have a shovel and water supply nearby.
  • - Fire should never be left unattended.
  • - Check Air Pollution Control for burn day status.
  • - Burn only clean dry vegetative waste such as leaves, pine needles, and yard clippings.
  • - Piles are to be no larger than four feet in diameter and four feet high. If your pile is larger, break it down to a smaller size and add to it as the pile burns down.

Individuals can be held civilly and criminally liable for allowing a fire to escape control and/or burn onto another property.

For more information concerning safe and legal burning, contact your nearest CalFire, County Fire Station or your local Air Pollution Control Office.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

[EDIS] Santa Ana Winds returning to Ventura and Los Angeles counties

[EDIS] WIND ADVISORY - Santa Ana winds returning to Ventura and Los Angeles counties

HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING OVER NEVADA WILL LEAD TO AN INCREASE IN NORTHEAST WINDS ACROSS PORTIONS OF VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES.

LATER TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE TO JUST ABOVE WIND ADVISORY THRESHOLDS BY EARLY SUNDAY MORNING...

WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THE MOUNTAINS AND BELOW  PASSES AND CANYONS. WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DIMINISH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. ...
WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 3 PM PST SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LOS ANGELES/OXNARD HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 3 PM PST SUNDAY.

* WINDS: NORTHEAST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
* TIMING: WINDS WILL PEAK SUNDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS: WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT... ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.

Instruction:
A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH OR GREATER ARE EXPECTED. MOTORISTS...ESPECIALLY OPERATORS OF HIGH PROFILE  VEHICLES... ARE URGED TO USE CAUTION. BE PREPARED FOR SUDDEN GUSTY CROSS WINDS WHICH CAN CAUSE VEHICLE LOSS OF CONTROL.

Area:  VENTURA COUNTY MOUNTAINS-LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS EXCLUDING THE SANTA MONICA RANGE-INCLUDING... LOCKWOOD VALLEY... MOUNT PINOS... ACTON... MOUNT WILSON... SANDBERG

Affected Counties or parts of: Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles

Sent: 2011-02-05T14:28:57-08:00
Original Sender: KLOX@nwws.oes.ca.gov

Friday, February 4, 2011

NPS - DOI - WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING JOBS

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FIREFIGHTING JOBS

4/29/2011 Wildland Firefighter (Range or Forestry Aid/Technician) Interior, National Park Service CA-Three Rivers $11.00+/hr
Positions at the GS-5 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been classified as a Senio ... more
Vacancy Ann #: NPS-FIRE-2011-014
Who May Apply: Public
Pay Plan: GS-0455-0462/03-05
Appointment Term: Temporary
Job Status: Full-Time
Opening Date: 11/30/2010
Salary Range: From $11.00 to $15.00 USD per hour

4/29/2011 Hotshot Wildland Firefighter (Range/Forestry Tech) Interior, National Park Service CA-Three Rivers $13.00+/hr
Positions at the GS-5 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been classified as a Senio ... more
Vacancy Ann #:NPS-FIRE-2011-013
Who May Apply: Public
Pay Plan: GS-0455-0462/04-05
Appointment Term: Temporary
Job Status: Full-Time
Opening Date: 11/30/2010
Salary Range: From $13.00 to $15.00 USD per hour

4/29/2011 Forestry Technician (Fuels Technician) Interior, National Park Service CA-Three Rivers $16.00+/hr
This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions have been categoriezed as a Senior Fire Fig ... more
Vacancy Ann #: NPS-FIRE-2011-020
Who May Apply: Public
Pay Plan: GS-0462/06-06
Appointment Term: Temporary
Job Status: Full-Time
Opening Date: 12/06/2010
Salary Range: From $16.00 to $16.00 USD per hour

3/30/2011 Wildland Firefighter (Range or Forestry Aid/Technician) Interior, National Park Service CA-Throughout California $10.00+/hr
FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE: The following locations will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive ... more
Vacancy Ann #: DOI-FIRE-2011-006 (usajobs)
Who May Apply: Public
Pay Plan: GS-0462-0455/02-05
Appointment Term:
Job Status: Full-Time
Opening Date: 11/29/2010
Salary Range: From $10.00 to $15.00 USD per hour

3/30/2011 Wildland Firefighter (Range or Forestry Aid/Technician) Interior, Bureau of Land Management CA-Throughout California $10.00+/hr
FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE: The following locations will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive ... more
Vacancy Ann #: DOI-FIRE-2011-006 (usajobs)
Who May Apply: Public
Pay Plan: GS-0462-0455/02-05
Appointment Term:
Job Status: Full-Time
Opening Date: 11/29/2010
Salary Range: From $10.00 to $15.00 USD per hour

2/7/2011 Forestry Technician GS-0462-05/06 Interior, National Park Service CA-Sequoia and Kings Canyon N P

National Park Service: Hiring For Wildland Firefighter, Wildland Fire Jobs



Job Title: Wildland Firefighter (Range or Forestry Aid/Technician)

Department: Department Of The Interior

Agency: National Park Service

Sub Agency: Department of the Interior

Job Announcement Number: NPS-FIRE-2011-014

SALARY RANGE:

$11.95 - $15.00 /hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010 to Friday, April 29, 2011

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455
0462-03/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

These are excepted service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. The length and actual dates of employment may vary depending on the position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

few vacancies - Three Rivers, CA (Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP)

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens.
JOB SUMMARY:
If you like remote and rugged conditions, extended travel and overnight camping, then becoming a wildland firefighter may be for you.

The National Park Service is looking for temporary employees to work on a variety of wildland firefighting crews throughout Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Work may include working as a crew member on any of the following types of crews: Hand; Helitack (helicopter); Engine; Prescribed.  For more information on Crew Types, click here.

Positions at the GS-5 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard.  This position has been classified as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and is subject to meeting the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.  Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at the IFPM website by clicking here.
FIRST CONSIDERATION DATE: The following locations will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement.  You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration.  Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed; during the open period of the announcement:

02/01/2011
Three Rivers, CA (Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP)
         
For information on National Park Service fire programs, visit their website.

For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select California.

KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Positions may require a valid state drivers license
  • Some positions may require a CDL; information will be provided at job offer
  • All positions have medical qualification requirements
  • You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment.
  • These positions have no promotion potential.

Duties

Additional Duty Location Info: Few vacancies - Three Rivers, CA (Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP)

A Wildland Firefighter Trainee (GS-03, Range/Forestry Aid)
is a member of a fire crew; performs assignments as a firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices, and terminology; may assist trained personnel in more specialized assignments such as backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack; construction of helispots, helitack operations, and performing hover hookups.

A
Wildland Firefighter (GS-04 Range/Forestry Technician)
is a skilled firefighter crew member on engine, helitack, hand crew or fuels crew.  May be assigned to carry out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire, and burnout operations; utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively managing wildfires.  May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.

A
Wildland Firefighter (GS-05 Range/Forestry Technician)
is a senior wildland firefighter; on either a hand crew, prescribed fire crew, wildland fire engine crew or a helitack crew; gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.  May be required to operate light vehicles and 4X4s.
Qualifications and Evaluations

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To qualify for a GS-03, you must meet at least one of the following:
- 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience; OR
- at least one year of education above the high school level, which included at least 6 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: range management; range conservation; agriculture; forestry; wildlife management; engineering; biology; mathematics; other natural or physical sciences; OR
- an equivalent combination of education and experience specified above.  

To qualify for a GS-04, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:
- 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-3 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter. OR
- 2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of the following courses:  forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of mathematics is creditable toward this requirement; OR
- an equivalent combination of the education and experience specified above.
SELECTIVE FACTOR for GS-04:
In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following for the GS-04: 90 days of wildland fire experience. Wildland fire experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland.  Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire.  This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal or equivalent private sector fire position.  Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited.  For more information regarding this go to FAQs Question #7 on the DOI FIRES website.

To qualify for a GS-05, you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factor:
- 12 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-4 level duties. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. OR
- successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with either
1.  a major study in forestry, range management or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR
2.  at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate program; OR
- a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.
SELECTIVE FACTOR for GS-05:
In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have the following for the GS-05:

You must possess the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training to be considered eligible for the GS-5 position.

1.    Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1); And
2.    Successful completion of the S-290 Course

For more information regarding basic qualifications, general experience and combining education and experience click here.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (Must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment.  Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.


DRUG TESTING: NPS REQUIRE MANDATORY DRUG TESTING WITH FAVORABLE RESULTS PRIOR TO REPORTING FOR WORK.  The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:


Your application will be evaluated by reviewing your on-line resume and your responses to the User Information, Core Questions, and Vacancy Questions, and if applicable your transcripts. ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME AND WILL BE VERIFIED. IF THEY ARE NOT SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME, YOU MAY BE RATED UNQUALIFIED.
To preview questions please click here.

Benefits and Other Info

BENEFITS: Temporary employees in the Federal Service are eligible to earn annual and sick leave. Depending on the tour of duty, an employee may be paid Sunday, holiday, and shift differential and/or hazard pay.  You are also entitled to paid Federal Holidays.

OTHER INFORMATION: SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.


BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS:  These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation.  If applicable, the appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.

For further information on Privacy Act, please refer to the "Legal and Regulatory Guidance" link at the bottom of the screen.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications must be received ON-LINE through USAJOBS.  On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the closing  date/early consideration date of the announcement.

Step 1 - Register with USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov) and Create a Resume.

Step 2 - Review the Vacancy Announcement
Review the announcement thoroughly.  These sections describe who is eligible to apply, what education and/or experience is required for the position, and which documents are needed for your application package. We suggest you preview the vacancy questions, located under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab. You may need to update your USAJOBS resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions.

Step 3 - Apply Online
Click the "Apply Online" link at the side of the page.  Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.

Step 4 - Supporting Documentation

To submit required supporting documentation that applies to you, refer to the 'Required Documents' section below.

For further instructions on how to apply click here.

After you have completed the online application process you may review your current application status at any time, and update your application during the open period of the announcement.  Click here for updating application instructions.

Failure to provide the required information may negatively affect your qualification determinations.


If applying online poses a hardship for you, or you do not have Internet access, contact the FIRES help desk 1-888-364-6432 for an application packet PRIOR to the closing date of the announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: You MUST fax or upload Required Documents prior to the early consideration or close date.

College transcripts -
If you are qualifying using education above high school, you MUST submit your college transcripts.  
Veteran Preference Documentation -
If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you MUST submit evidence of eligibility.  DD-214 MUST show character of service.  Failure to submit a DD-214 which shows the character of service and other appropriate supporting documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference.
- 5-point preference - DD-214 which shows character of service, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of entitlement.
- 10-point preference - DD-214, SF-15, an official letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, or other appropriate source.
For further information on Veterans Preference, please refer to the "Veteran Information" link at the bottom of the screen.
Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation -
If you are applying for the GS-5, you must submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the IFPM minimum qualification standards as stated in the qualification section of this announcement.  Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified for the GS-5 position.

* You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you.
* For instructions please click here.

Failure to submit required documents, if applicable, may result in you not being considered, or not receiving the appropriate preference.  You will not be contacted for additional information.  If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, refer to the contact information provided in this announcement.
AGENCY CONTACT INFO:
FIRES Help Desk
Phone: 888-364-6432
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: fa_fires@nifc.blm.gov
Agency Information:
Department of the Interior
FIRES Program Office
(call toll free number for address information)
Boise, ID 83705-5354
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you are determined to be eligible and qualified; you may be referred to the locations you selected during the application process.  You can check your application status by logging into My Account, and selecting "Application Status", then select the "More Information" link in the Application Status column to view detailed information regarding your application status.  You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.

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