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March 6, 2019
In an effort to keep you up to date on the latest local, statewide, and federal fire issues, OC Firefighters send out monthly news clippings. This newsletter will help inform you about very important fire-related matters.

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Yorba Linda plane crash leaves 5 dead after aircraft breaks apart mid-air, sets house on fire
Photos by The OCFA
YORBA LINDA - A small plane began to break up in flight, tumbled out of the sky and crashed into a Yorba Linda neighborhood on Sunday, engulfing a home in fire and killing the pilot and four people in the house, officials said. Two more people were hospitalized with burns. Some residents had observed the twin-engine plane starting to come apart and catch fire midair.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Cory Martino said the male pilot was alone in the plane. Killed in the home were two homeowners and two others — two males and two females. Officials said coroner’s investigators had difficulty accessing the home because of extensive damage. They said NTSB officials and representatives from plane maker Cessna hope to tour the crash site and collect all the debris on Monday. Road closures would continue during that process. Parts of Canyon, Crestknoll and Glendale drives around the crash site were closed Sunday evening.
“I heard the sound of an engine getting closer, then I heard a ‘pop, pop,’” said Lori Stockstill, describing the moments before the crash when she and her family heard the plane flying low over their home. Seconds later Stockstill and others living in the area said they heard the aircraft, or parts of the Cessna 414A, smash into a home on the 19900 block of Crestknoll Drive, a neighborhood of single-family homes just to the southeast of Yorba Linda Country Club.

The neighborhood was packed with residents and visitors attending Super Bowl parties. Many came out of their homes, crowding behind police tape and milling near emergency vehicles — 72 firefighters from the Orange County Fire Authority, Anaheim and Orange fire departments were on scene along with law enforcement personnel.

Besides the fatalities, OCFA Assistant Chief Pokey Sanchez said two people were transported to a local hospital with burns. The third was a firefighter who twisted his ankle while trying to douse the burning home.
Apartment Fire Doused In Seal Beach
SEAL BEACH - Firefighters rushed to Seal Beach's Ocean Avenue early Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in an apartment attic, Orange County Fire Authority reported. They extinguished the blaze in just 30 minutes, officials said. Crews from the Orange County Fire Authority, Long Beach, Huntington Beach and Garden Grove fire departments responded about 12 a.m. to the 800 block of Ocean Avenue and found fire coming from a second-floor apartment and attic, according to the OCFA.
Photos by The OCFA
2 burn victims rushed to hospital after bedroom fire in Santa Ana
SANTA ANA - Two people were transported to the UCI Burn Center early Saturday after a fire broke out in a bedroom in Santa Ana, fire officials said. The burn victims were described as a man and woman in their 40s. The man had critical burns and the woman’s burns were moderate, said Orange County Fire Capt. Tony Bommarito. After a smoke alarm sounded, a 13-year-old boy in the house grabbed a garden hose to extinguish the blaze. Firefighters were summoned at 6:06 a.m., and the fire was out at 6:14 a.m., Bommarito said. He commended the boy for his quick action.
Kitchen Fire Displaces 8 Residents in Lake Forest Fire
LAKE FOREST - OC Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 23000 Block of Village Drive before 9pm. The fire which was located primarily in the kitchen area was quickly contained. No injuries were reported. Eight residents, 4 adults and 4 children, were displaced and offered assistance through the Red Cross.
Photos by The OCFA
Exploding tire kills worker at John Wayne Airport
SANTA ANA - A worker was killed Tuesday night when a large tire for a walkway that connects the terminal with jets exploded during repairs at John Wayne Airport. Two men were working on disassembling a wheel inside a workshop on the airfield near Gate Three, said airport spokeswoman Deanne Thompson. The 11:30 p.m. explosion triggered the fire alarm and sprinkler system inside the workshop, summoning Orange County Fire Authority firefighters and paramedics.
4 dead in Santa Ana collision; driver arrested on suspicion of murder, DUI
SANTA ANA - OCFA responded to the scene where four people were pronounced deceased after the driver of a Jeep Wrangler ran a red light at a Santa Ana intersection early Sunday and broadsided a Chevrolet pickup truck. The Jeep’s driver, Vincent Michael Calvo, 28, of Buena Park, was arrested on suspicion of four counts of murder and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causing great bodily injury or death.
Man Rescued from Hydraulic Lift Bucket
DANA POINT - OCFA Engine 30 and Truck 49 rescued a man from a hydraulic lift bucket this afternoon when the bucket sprang a hydraulic leak. No one was injured and the fire crews were able to clean up the hydraulic fluid that had spilled into the gutter.
Photos by The OCFA
Woman rescued after she and 2 others scale 180-foot hangar at former Marine base in Tustin
TUSTIN - An 18-year-old woman was taken to a hospital after being rescued from the top of a hangar at the former U.S. Marine Corps base in Tustin late Sunday, authorities said. An Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter saw three teens, one of whom appeared to be unconscious, atop the property’s north hangar shortly after 11 p.m. Two of the teens climbed down on their own, but the third had to be lowered by a helicopter. She was taken to a hospital by ambulance, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Carlos Huerta.
OCFA, VCA OC Vet Specialists Work to Free "Curious" Husky Bam-Bam
TUSTIN - OCFA crews from Engine 26 and Truck 6 assisted a local veterinarian hospital in Tustin with the removal of a stick wheel from around a dog's neck after he became a little too curious.
Fallen Horse Rescued from Planter
SAN JUAR CAPISTRANO - 25 OC Firefighters assisted with the rescue of a 32-year-old horse named Rambo who had apparently fallen from a walkway and landed in a planter. In about an hour, Firefighters were able to get Rambo back on his feet and moving.
Video courtesy of The OCFA
More than 1,000 pay tribute to Garden Grove Fire Chief Tom Schultz at memorial service in Fullerton
More than 1,000 admirers – several hundred representing fire departments throughout Southern California – gathered Wednesday, Feb. 13, to share memories of Garden Grove Fire Chief Tom Schultz. Schultz was well known in the Orange County fire service community – and beyond. Over 30 years, he climbed the ranks to deputy chief of operations for the Fullerton Fire Department – overseeing a consolidation of command staff with the Brea Fire Department. In 2015, Schultz joined Garden Grove. In addition, Chief Schutz passed along his fire ground knowledge to countless firefighter candidates as a member of the Santa Ana College Basic Fire Academy.
Photos by Fullerton Firefighters
Remembering the Fallen: OCFA Engineer Greg Hennessey
Deanna Hennessey shares beautiful story of childhood days in Freeport, NY, when she met the Love of Her Lifetime: OCFA's Greg Hennessey. Hennessey was a dedicated fire apparatus engineer with more than 24 years of service. He began his career with the OCFA in 1990, and worked as a firefighter for 11 years until he promoted to engineer in July 2001. Everyone who knew Greg said he was a committed engineer and was always available to provide his time to help those who asked, Concialdi wrote. He was also the fire explorer post advisor at Fire Station 45 (Rancho Santa Margarita) and 31 (Mission Viejo), where he mentored young teenagers in their quest to become firefighters.
OC First Responders Roll Out New Text 911 Service
First responders from throughout Orange County Wednesday rolled out a new system allowing for text messages to 911. A handful of emergency text messages had flowed in by early this afternoon. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy told reporters that the first one was a medical aid call that was handled successfully. The new service, which took about a year to implement, will help deaf and hearing-impaired residents or others "in situations where they can't call voice 911," Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said. The sheriff also noted that about 80 percent of calls to 911 come from mobile phones, so adding a text service is in keeping with trends of usage.

2017 Orange County Firefighters Year In Review
We are proud to present the inaugural Orange County Firefighters Year in Review photo book! In 2017, our Firefighters responded to more than 141,000 emergencies throughout the 23 cities and unincorporated communities of Orange County - an average of 505 emergency calls per day. Click HERE to view the book.

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