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San Diego Spotlight

Showing a spotlight on San Diego’s firefighters, this section will include interviews with local firemen and women, information about larger fires in the county, and other valuable information.

San Diego City Officials Want to Share 9-1-1 Dispatch Center with County and State

San Diego City Council has signaled interest in developing a single hub to house city, county, state and federal dispatchers. Tenants could include the San Diego County Fire Authority, San Diego Fire-Rescue, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Fire Alarm Recall

Because of one reported finding, Kiddie is voluntarily recalling up to half a million smoke alarms for failing to alert consumers to a fire, the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The PI2010 and PI9010 dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization)  models sold in the U.S. and Canada may be defective, the warning states. A yellow cap, left on during manufacturing, […]

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Lessons in Rapid Horse Evacuation

Wildfire evacuation suggestions for horse owners by the nonprofit Equestrian Trails Inc.

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Women Firefighters Throughout the World

We scoured the Internet for information on the first female firefighters in counties throughout the world. We found a mix of volunteer and professional information.

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California Fire Chiefs Ask Legislators for $100 Million

California Fire Chiefs told the California Senate that they needed more reinforcements during the horrendous 2017 wildfires and asked for $100 million to improve the mutual aid system for future California emergencies.

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Prepare a Wildfire Evacuation Plan and Kit or “Go Bag”

Santa Ana winds are blowing 60 mph and you can see columns of smoke on the horizon. Estimated the wind direction? Towards your house, fast. The 2017 Sonama and Napa fire winds were clocked at more than 79 miles per hour. So fast, in fact, that hospital personnel had to evacuate some patients in their personal cars, […]

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Wildfire at Your Doorstep? 9 Ways Firefighters Have Been Working to Protect You

“It can’t happen here.” That’s what people thought in the 2007 wildfires when Santa Ana winds, blowing in excess of 50 mph, caused 500,000+ to be evacuated, 17 deaths, 372,000 acres to be burned and 2,454 buildings to be destroyed – many within the suburbs. According to a recent San Diego Union Tribune article, firefighters and other emergency services […]

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San Diego’s Best Respond to FEMA’s Call for Help During the Hurricanes

Photos courtesy of San Diego’s CA-TF8. As hurricane Harvey swirled, inundating parts of Texas with more than three feet of rain, and again as Hurricane Irma decimated Florida, FEMA called in their 28 Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, one of which was San Diego’s Cal Task Force 8 (CA-TF8). After almost two weeks assisting with […]

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Too Hot San Diego? Know the Symptoms and Treatments for Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

This Summer, San Diego temperatures topped 100 degrees in the valleys and 124 in the desert-only 10 degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever recorded on the planet. Learn First Aid for Heat Stroke and be ready to help.

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Foundation Donates $44,500 to Fire Stations for New AEDs

“Having defibrillators in every vehicle will greatly improve first responders ability to save lives.”

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