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The story behind the emergency preparedness and evacuation guide
The idea to publish the Lamorinda Guide to Wildfire Preparedness and Evacuation, delivered to residents' homes in late May, arose from a trip to Napa after the 2017 firestorm that burned 245,000 acres and destroyed more than 8,000 structures in Northern California. ...By Nick Marnell

MOFD fire flow tax unchanged for 2019-20
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District May 15 held ...By Nick Marnell

ConFire powers up to head off dangerous fire season ahead
A comment from Steve Hill, public information officer for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, sums up what lies ahead this summer for much of Northern California - especially Lamorinda.
By Nick Marnell

Private drone operator impedes MOFD firefighting efforts
Crews from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, Cal Fire and the East Bay Regional Park District extinguished a 1-acre vegetation fire June 7 on a steep hillside off of Canyon Road, about 200 yards east of the temporary ...By Nick Marnell

Rebuilt MOFD Fire Station 43 opens its doors
After 33 months of survival in temporary quarters in north Orinda, Moraga-Orinda Fire District crews moved into brand new Fire Station 43 May 14 as the district opened its first new fire station since 2005 and its third new facility this century.
By Nick Marnell

ConFire directors lead by example during CPR exercise
To the beat of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive," the directors of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District completed an exercise in administering Hands-Only CPR to mannequins at the May 14 fire board meeting. The class was conducted by Anna Cleese, American ...

Firefighters and MOFD board clash over staffing
With a projected $1.8 million surplus in its ...By Nick Marnell

McAlister appointed ConFire deputy fire chief
When former Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Chief Jeff Carman departed in March, he praised his relationship with Deputy Chief Lewis Broschard, who succeeded Carman as fire chief. "I hope he gets a deputy chief that he can count on as much as I have," ...By Nick Marnell

MOFD honored by Bay Area Red Cross
With all of the media coverage of the potential for wildfires, at least one organization wants to remind residents that fires can also ignite inside the home, and urges preparation on that level as well.
By Nick Marnell

MOFD makes history with all-female engine company
For the first time in the 22-year history of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, an all-female crew was assigned to a shift, with acting Capt. Janet Brandi-Routt partnering with acting engineer Julie Murphy and firefighter-paramedic Katy Himsl. The landmark engine ...By Nick Marnell

Governor discusses urgent need for fuel reduction this wildfire season
Gov. Gavin Newsom traveled to the Moraga-Orinda Fire District April 23 to outline his major statewide fire prevention plan, encompassing 35 projects he approved for areas in California most vulnerable to a devastating wildfire.
By Nick Marnell

MOFD ramps up fire prevention efforts to allay rough fire season ahead
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District solidified its commitment to increased fire prevention by upping Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dennis Rein's position to full time and adding equipment, programs and personnel to fend off a potentially devastating fire season. The ...By Nick Marnell

In Lafayette, another iconic restaurant goes up in flames
Duncan Seibert sat with his wife at their table on the Postino Restaurant patio April 16. The Lafayette resident said they had just ordered dinner when he saw smoke rise from the building. "That's quite a bit of smoke coming out of the kitchen," Seibert said to his ...By Nick Marnell

Gehling named MOFD battalion chief
The Moraga-Orinda Fire District rounded out its roster of chief officers in April with the elevation of Steve Gehling to battalion chief, training division. Gehling and battalion chiefs Matt Nichols, operations and communications, and Jerry Lee, emergency medical and ...By Nick Marnell

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