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A somber ceremony at MCC
The Moraga-Orinda Professional Firefighters Association presented the Posting of the Colors during the 9/11 ceremony at the Moraga Country Club. The color guard, front to rear, comprises Capt. Steve Gehling, firefighter-paramedic Jeff Keena and firefighter-paramedic ...

Spirited assistant chief takes over ConFire operations division
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District promoted Battalion Chief Ed Gonzales to assistant chief of emergency operations in a restructuring of the district divisions in August. Gonzales replaces Assistant Chief Lon Goestsch, who takes over the district training ...By Nick Marnell

Higher costs and protracted completion date for MOFD Station 43
After the absence of construction activity ...By Nick Marnell

Healy reflects on his years with MOFD
Stephen Healy spent barely any time talking about what he accomplished as fire chief of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District.
Rather, a relaxed Healy, who leaves the district Sept. 20, ...
By Nick Marnell

Residents losing patience with MOFD Station 43 inaction
Amnon Oshri walks his dog on Via Las Cruces in north Orinda every day, alongside the barren construction site of Fire Station 43. "Nothing is being done," Oshri said, lamenting the lack of progress by the Moraga-Orinda Fire District in rebuilding the fire station that ...By Nick Marnell

Lafayette ambulance response times drop under Alliance
Thanks to dynamic resource management and increased efficiencies in the district dispatch center, the partnership between the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District and American Medical Response - the Alliance - has lowered ambulance response times into Lafayette ...By Nick Marnell

City Council pushes for completion of Lafayette fire station
Despite a construction glitch that surfaced at the beginning of August, an official from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District told the Lafayette City Council Aug. 14 that Fire Station 16 should open as scheduled by the end of 2018.
By Nick Marnell

Vegetation fire
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District dispatched two engines and a water tender to the Aug. 2 vegetation fire that burned 20 acres deep into the hillside near Fish Ranch Road and Grizzly Peak Boulevard. The fire was not far from the 1991 Oakland hills firestorm that killed ...By Nick Marnell

MOFD board appoints interim chief, retains search firm
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board of directors named Battalion Chief Jerry Lee as the interim fire chief effective Sept. 20, the day of Fire Chief Stephen Healy's departure. The board also agreed to retain an executive search firm to assist in the recruitment of ...By Nick Marnell

An inconvenient liability, presented by Lamorinda public agencies
According to the latest audited financial ...By Nick Marnell

House fire in Moraga
Moraga-Orinda Fire District firefighters put out an early morning, single-alarm blaze at a residence on Corte Amigos in Moraga July 14. The fire was contained to two rooms and extinguished in 15 minutes.

Morale plummeting at MOFD due to board actions
Intent on putting the district on the road to financial viability, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board voted to slash district operations, with one director telling a room full of firefighters that everything was in play for future cuts, including the closure of a ...By Nick Marnell

Rescue One marks its 40th year quietly helping to save lives
Few people know that the Moraga Fire District was the first fire district in Northern California to possess a fully equipped paramedic unit to serve the population's medical emergencies.
By Sophie Braccini

Total devastation in Lafayette Circle fire
A discarded cigarette on a restaurant patio likely caused the explosion and fire that ripped through the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce building, fire officials said. In minutes the fire wiped out more than 40 years of Lafayette history, completely destroying an iconic ...By Nick Marnell

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