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Fire Chief Paige Meyer: the Joe Montana of fire service
Intelligence combined with people skills, passion and a solid work ethic invariably produce an effective leader. Lafayette's Paige Meyer, fire chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, personifies that formula, even drawing a comparison to the San ...By Nick Marnell

Emergency response times in north Orinda rise since sinkhole
Moraga-Orinda Fire District emergency response times into north Orinda have increased by an average of one minute and 16 seconds since the collapse of a portion of Miner Road on Jan. 11.
By Nick Marnell

Lafayette fire commissioner stepping down in June
When Lafayette fire commissioner Bill Granados departs this summer, many of his colleagues say that the loss will be not only for Lafayette and the fire district but for all of Contra Costa County.
By Nick Marnell

ConFire Station 16: Process defeating progress
The Lafayette Design Review Commission approved plans for Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Station 16 in February, and the project next proceeds to the Lafayette Planning and Building department for issuance of a building permit.
By Nick Marnell

MOFD unrestricted general fund deficit soars to $60 million
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District board ...By Nick Marnell

Just in: a new ConFire mobile command unit
Thanks to funding from a regional Assistance ...By Nick Marnell

Ten years of fire reporting in Lamorinda
The Lamorinda Weekly made an early commitment to cover the local fire districts, and the paper boasts a fully dedicated fire beat writer, the only newspaper in the Bay Area to do so.
By Nick Marnell

ConFire rolling out new station signage
The Lafayette fire stations will soon shed the austere church bingo announcement look of their exterior signage in favor of a stylish, vibrant motif as the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District continues to upgrade its facilities. New signs sport the updated ...By Nick Marnell

MOFD director threatens to resign over financials
In its analysis of the district financial ...By Nick Marnell

Lafayette firefighters ignore local politics, quietly do their jobs
Through all of the drama of Lafayette's recent unhappiness with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, the failed Fire Station 46 venture and the torpid pace of the Fire Station 16 rebuild, the firefighters of Lafayette fire stations 15 and 17 stand fast, ...By Nick Marnell

Battering storms ravage Lamorinda
Storms with heavy rain and strong winds battered the Lamorinda area this month, causing widespread damage. In Orinda, there was a serious mudslide at Van Tassle Lane, resulting in one home being red-tagged and another being yellow-tagged.
By Sora O'Doherty

MOFD, ConFire chiefs update new Lamorinda lawmakers on concerns
The fire chiefs from the two local Lamorinda fire districts warned of their operational concerns and shared their goals with newly installed council members from each Lamorinda municipality at an orientation session held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
By Nick Marnell

Development heating up for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District
Fire Marshal Kathy Leonard runs the Moraga-Orinda Fire District inspection division and business is booming. "The growth is nice, but..." she said, and as she dug through her drawers of files and maps and pulled out two 4-inch thick environmental review documents for ...By Nick Marnell

MOFD Board OKs Major Apparatus Purchase
A standing-room crowd that included more ...By Nick Marnell

MOFD Crew Celebrates Future Firefighter's 4th Birthday
Not infrequently, kids receive birthday presents of firefighter helmets, fire engine puzzles or books about the fire service. In the case of 4-year old Vivek Rathod, he received those gifts from Moraga-Orinda Fire District firefighters at a birthday party they threw ...By Nick Marnell

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