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OXNARD FIRE PINK T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER – OCTOBER 26

Sand and Sand Bags Available at all Oxnard Fire Stations

Weather reports are predicting a wet winter and we encourage everyone to prepare now, especially if your property has a history of flooding. Oxnard residents and business owners can obtain free sand and sand bags at all of Oxnard’s fire stations. Remember: taking sand from the beach is illegal and can result in a fine.

Oxnard fire stations are at the following locations: 

Station1 
491 South “K” Street

Station 2 
531 East Pleasant Valley Road

Station 3 
150 Hill Street

Station 4 
230 West Vineyard Avenue

Station 5 
1450 Colonia Road

Station 6 
2601 Peninsula Road

Station 7 
3300 Turnout Park Circle

Station 8 
3000 South Rose Avenue

For more information about winter weather preparedness, call Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, Susan Duenas, at (805) 385-7717.

City of Oxnard Announces New Fire Chief

After an extensive search, Oxnard City Manager Greg Nyhoff is excited to announce the appointment of Bryan Brice as Oxnard’s new Fire Chief. Mr. Brice currently serves as Division Chief for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCF A). It is expected that Mr. Brice will assume his duties as Oxnard’s Fire Chief on December 7, 2015 and will lead a department that supports 8 fire stations, 107 positions and an annual operating budget of $22,862,130. 

“I know that Bryan Brice is exceptionally qualified for this position and I am confident he will be a great asset to the Oxnard community. The men and women of the fire department will be well-served with him at the helm”, said Mr. Nyhoff. “Bryan brings with him a mix of strategic planning, community outreach/engagement, organizational development and general municipal administration. He has a strong belief in good government and is passionate about his career in public service.” Nyhoff said.

“Bryan’s wealth of experience will be an asset to the City of Oxnard. He brings a great set of leadership skills and I look forward to working with him as our next Fire Chief’, said Public Safety Chief Jeri Williams. Bryan Brice comes to Oxnard having served in a variety of assignments with the OCF A, including paramedic, hazardous materials specialist, urban search and rescue and wildland urban interface. In his twenty-six years of experience he has been involved in strategic plan development, regional contract proposals, developer agreements and numerous high level projects. Currently he serves as the local Fire Chief assigned to five of Orange County Fire Authority cities: Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods and Lake Forest. These responsibilities consist of administration and operations of a large geographical area, six career fire stations with 99 personnel and one ofFEMA’s national Urban Search and Rescue teams (California Task Force 5).

Bryan is active within the communities he serves and participates with the Rotary Club, the cities’ leadership academies and community preparedness academies. “I am excited and honored to be joining a great fire department like Oxnard” said Bryan. When asked what he is most looking forward to his response was “meeting the men and women of Oxnard Fire and getting to know them personally and building a strong team”. “When we are all working together as a team the community wins, the fire department wins and the City wins” Brice was quoted as saying.

Contributing to Bryan’s strong leadership and organizational management style is a broad educational background. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

Change smoke alarm batteries when changing clock

Oxnard Fire Department is encouraging all local residents to check their smoke alarm batteries as they set their clocks back one hour this weekend, November 1, 2015.

By checking smoke alarm batteries and testing the devices when daylight-saving time begins and ends, residents can ensure their houses are as fire safe as possible.

Nationally, almost two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms provide a vital layer of protection, and significantly reduce the chances of injury or death from fire. 

The Oxnard Fire Department’s goal is for every home in the city to have a working smoke alarm, and we encourage residents to test their smoke alarms once a month.

In addition to checking and replacing batteries, we also encourage residents to dust or vacuum smoke alarms this weekend to eliminate any built-up residue, replace detectors more than 10 years old, develop and practice a home escape plan and ensure everyone in the residence knows how to respond when a smoke alarm sounds.

For more information, please call Sergio Martinez, Fire Marshal, at (805) 385-7720.


Cambió de hora, cambió de baterías de alarma de humo

El Departamento de Bomberos de Oxnard les recuerda a los residentes que este fin de semana Noviembre 1, 2015, al atrasar su reloj, también es tiempo de revisar o cambiar las baterías de su alarma de humo.

Nacionalmente, casi dos tercios de las muertes que ocurren en los hogares por causa de un incendio, no tienen alarmas de humo funcionando correctamente.

Asegurando que su alarma de humo este funcionando, y que este instalada correctamente, asegura que su casa este segura lo mejor posible contra un incendio. Una de las metas del Departamento de Bomberos es que todas las residencias de Oxnard tengan una alarma de humo funcionando correctamente.

Además de asegurar que su alarma de humo este funcionando bien, es igualmente importante que tomen esta oportunidad para poner en práctica su plan de escape contra incendios en su hogar. Es muy importante que toda la familia sepa como actuar cuando la alarma de humo señale que hay un incendio.

Para más información, favor de llamar a Sergio Martinez, Fire Marshal, (805) 385-7720. 

OXNARD FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE

This morning at 0300 fire crews were dispatched to a call of a person trapped and yelling for help from the chimney of the apartment clubhouse at the 100 block of Kelp Lane.  Fire Crews and Oxnard Police Department units arrived on scene and found conditions to be as reported.  An Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) response was requested.  

The USAR team along with Engine 61 and Truck 61 attempted to remove the victim by rope but he would not cooperate.  Air monitoring determined the proper level of oxygen and fresh air was provided by fan, yet the victim was not acting rationally.  The victim was suspected of possibly being under the influence. 

It took crews over three and half hours to remove ten feet of chimney exposing the victim’s head and shoulders so a rescue harness could be applied. The victim was lifted out of the chimney and was given medical attention at 0640. The victim had minor injuries. He was taken into custody by the Oxnard Police Department and was transported to Ventura County Medical Center by Gold Coast Ambulance for medical evaluation.  The victim was a 15 year old male with prior Oxnard Police Department Contacts.

 

Contact:
Sergio Martinez
Battalion Chief
(805)385-7720
sergio.martinez@oxnard.org

Earthquake Simulator to be at Fire Prevention and Disaster Preparedness Fair on October 3, 2015

The Oxnard Fire Department will be hosting the first annual Fire Prevention & Disaster Preparedness Training Academy and Fair on Saturday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire Station 8, located at 3000 S. Rose Ave. 

The event will feature training classes, educational booths, equipment displays and the “Big Shaker” earthquake simulator.  Simulating up to a magnitude 8.0 earthquake, the Big Shaker simulation is the most realistic experience you will get next to Mother Nature herself. The interior resembles a living room, complete with sofas, cabinets, and shelves, which helps to demonstrate how to prevent damage and injuries from happening during an earthquake.

Booths will provide information about local earthquake, flood and tsunami hazards, pet preparedness, winter weather predictions, sidewalk CPR, fire extinguisher use, and much more.  There will also be opportunities to win prizes playing preparedness games at our “Go Bag Challenge” booth.

The FREE Training Academy includes the following classes:

First Aid:   10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.    

Search and Rescue Techniques:  11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Fire Safety & Suppression:  1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Building an Emergency Kit:   2 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

 

The classes are currently full, but any empty seats the day of the event will be filled by people on a waiting list and then others on a first come, first served basis.

For more information contact Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Susan Duenas at (805) 385-7717.

Oxnard Fire Department Announces Grand Opening of Fire Station 8

The Oxnard Fire Department is proud to announce the grand opening of the city’s newest fire station, Station 8, located at 3000 South Rose Avenue in Oxnard. The public is invited to attend the grand opening ceremony and open house on August 27, 2015 at 3pm. This newly constructed station is a Measure O funded project that was made possible by the support of the community, the City of Oxnard and the fire department.

The open house will feature tours of the station, a formal grand opening ceremony, demonstrations, food, and giveaways. Information booths will also be available for the public to learn about various department programs available to the public, such as: the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.), disaster preparedness, and information on the Oxnard Firefighters Foundation’s “Learn to Swim Program”. The Oxnard Firefighters Foundation will also be giving away free bike helmets, smoke detectors, and car seats.

The new fire station will house a truck, an engine and the USAR (Urban search and Rescue) truck.

Contact:
Joe Garces
Inspector Oxnard Fire Department
805)-385-7722

Fire Department Explorer Post 9244 Graduation

On Saturday, August 15, 2015, at 10:00 AM the Oxnard Fire Department Explorer Program, Post 9244 will host the graduation of the 20th Explorer Academy.  The Oxnard Fire Explorers is a youth program open to young men and women ages 15 to 21 who are interested in the fire service. 

Saturday’s graduation will take place at the Oxnard PAL Gym followed by a Skills Demonstration at Oxnard Fire Station 1, 491 South K Street and will be the highlight of a week long training academy.   

Graduates to be recognized on Saturday will include Explorers; Abel Aguilar, Alejandro Astudillo, Kaden Clark, Matthew Corbett, Felipe De La Cruz, Trevor Edwards, Andrew Escobar, Gage Galotti, Gabriel Hernandez, Sergio Lopez, Jeremy Petron, Tyler Pidduck, Geovannah Vazquez, Javier Vazquez, and Matthew Villasenor.

For further information, contact Academy Coordinator Engineer Chad Carroll at (805)701-2721.