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November 8, 2018
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Congratulations Battalion Chief Baryic Hunter

On behalf of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association Local 3631 (OCPFA), we would like to thank former President Baryic Hunter for his many years of commitment and service to the more than 1,000 brave men and women of the OCFA that we represent.

Chief Hunter transferred to the OCFA approximately 10 years ago. Since then, he served in multiple capacities for Local 3631, including working as a Union Steward, Director, Vice President, and most recently, President of Local 3631.

As President, Chief Hunter dedicated himself to protecting the best interests of our Firefighters and their families. He made sure that our rank and file Firefighters had a voice and a seat at the table, especially when it came to matters of maintaining fair pay and benefits and safe working conditions. Our organization is stronger and in a better position thanks to his vision and leadership.

With Baryic Hunter moving on to become a Battalion Chief on October 26 th , he appointed Tim Steging as President of OCPFA.

Congratulations Chief Hunter and best wishes in your new position!
OC Firefighters Mourn the Passing of Retired Fire Apparatus Engineer Shawn Metcalfe
Shawn Metcalfe began his firefighting career in 1981 with the Buena Park City Fire Department. He was involved in many of the historical emergency incidents in Buena Park, including the Trestle’s Fire, Sea Chest Fire, Rosecrans Supermarket Fire, David Rothenberg Hotel Fire, and the Aeromexico Airliner crash. In regards to his fire career, Shawn had “been there, done that!”

Shawn transitioned to the Orange County Fire Department/Orange County Fire Authority in 1993. He spent his early years at Station 34 on the USAR truck until he transferred to E23 in 2010.

In 2015, Shawn was diagnosed with prostate cancer and sustained a work-related back injury. Shawn spent the following year enduring many medical procedures to help with his debilitating back injury and prostate cancer. He was admitted into the hospital on October 2 nd of this year with multi-systems shutdown. He was released to go home on October 22 nd and passed the following day. Shawn is survived by his Fiancé Carla, daughter Emily, father Tom, mother Carol, and brothers Adam and Brian.

Shawn was a fireman’s fireman. He was tough, but sensitive. Staunch, but reasonable. Most of all, he was dedicated to his family and job. He loved being a fireman. He was known for that bushy mustache and the tattoos on his arms and chest, long before it was culturally acceptable. He loved riding his “old school” Harley Davidsons. He left the job a little sooner than he wanted, but those who had the pleasure of knowing him benefited from the time we had together. He will be dearly missed!
1 person hospitalized after Irvine house fire; pet pig found safe
IRVINE - One person was hospitalized and others were assessed for smoke inhalation as firefighters knocked down a house fire in Irvine Saturday morning, Oct. 20, authorities said. After putting out the blaze, firefighters found a pot-bellied pig on the first floor of the residence. The animal was unharmed, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Daryll Milliot.
Explosion blows off roof, starts fire at Westminster auto shop
WESTMINISTER - An explosion blew the roof off of an auto body shop in Westminster, causing a two-alarm fire on Thursday, Oct.11. Two fire engines were dispatched to combat a blaze at Anthony Auto Body and Repair at 15156 Weststate St. at 3:34 p.m., said Westminster Police Sgt. Eddie Esqueda. Once there, crews saw heavy smoke and flames pouring from the building, according to Orange County Fire Authority Captain Tony Bommarito.
Photos by the OCFA
Firefighters Battle Laguna Niguel Fire At Multi-Family Home
LAGUNA NIGUEL - Orange County Fire Authority Firefighters, and Laguna Beach Firefighters responded to a two-story multi-family apartment building fire on Tuesday, an OCFA department spokesperson said. Firefighters arrived at the multi-family residence on the 2400 block of El Pilar to find smoke pouring from an upstairs window, according to reports from the scene.
Photo by the OCFA
Firefighters quickly extinguish commercial building fire in Santa Ana
SANTA ANA - It took less than 20 minutes for 30 firefighters to extinguish a commercial building fire in Santa Ana Saturday, Oct. 27, authorities said. Just before 1 p.m., firefighters with the Orange County Fire Authority and Costa Mesa Fire Department were dispatched to Aluminum Precision Products at 516 Alton Avenue on reports of smoke showing from the roof, Capt. Steve Concialdi said.
Firefighters extinguish 1-acre fire near Orange hiking area
ORANGE - Crews extinguished a fire that burned about one acre at a popular hiking area in Orange on Sunday, Oct. 28. Teams from the Orange County Fire Authority and the City of Orange Fire Department were sent to fight a blaze that started near the intersection of North Cannon Street and East Creekside Avenue at the El Modena Open Space at about 4 p.m., said OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi. He said it took less than an hour for 40 firefighters with aerial support to halt the forward progress of flames.
Dana Point vehicle collision leaves 9 children hurt, including 5 with traumatic injuries
DANA POINT - Nine children were injured after a van crashed against a tree in Dana Point Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The crash occurred at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Cove Road at approximately 3:42 p.m. "All I heard was kids screaming bloody murder. It was terrifying. It was a horrible sight," Hanea Sanchez said. Orange County Fire Authority officials said five children between 9 and 12 years old suffered mild to moderate injuries and were transported as patients to Mission Hospital.
Photo by the OCFA
Tree falls onto car in Tustin, killing woman sitting inside
TUSTIN - A Tustin woman died Monday, Oct. 15, after a large eucalyptus tree toppled during strong Santa Ana winds and crushed a vehicle that she was driving out of a carport area, officials said. Firefighters were called at about 9:15 a.m. to respond to 14421 Red Hill Avenue, a townhouse complex.
Photo by the OCFA
Firefighters Rescue Window Washer Dangling From Rope on Side of Building
SANTA ANA - A crowd watching from the ground cheered Tuesday morning when Orange County firefighters rescued a window washer who was stranded on a rope after his scaffolding collapsed outside a nine-story building Tuesday morning in Santa Ana.
The worker was harnessed to the rope at about the seventh floor of the federal building at 34 Civic Center Boulevard, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.
2 SUVs Slam Into Placentia Goodwill Store
PLACENTIA - Two SUVs involved in a crash in a Placentia parking lot wound up slamming through the front of a Goodwill store, leaving five people with minor injuries, including an 88-year-old woman behind the wheel of one of the vehicles. The crash occurred just after 4:10 p.m. at the store at 1101 E. Imperial Highway, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Tony Bommarito.
Orange County Fire Authority Memorial Service
The Orange County Fire Authority held their annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial on October 10 th . The memorial pays tribute to the OCFA active and retired Firefighters who passed away in 2017. We extend our most heartfelt condolences to their families and loved ones. 
Photos by the OCFA
OCFA Dedicates New USAR Warehouse
On October 23, the OCFA dedicated a new Urban Search and Rescue Warehouse for California Task Force 5. This warehouse will be used to house our state-of-the-art emergency rescue equipment and will also serve as a location for meetings and trainings for our 220-member team.

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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