Fire chief departs with the respect and appreciation of the rank and file
Jeff Carman retires from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District March 29, after more than five years as fire chief. Much has been written about his accomplishments with the district, but Carman often stressed that the thing that mattered to him most was his ...By Nick Marnell
Broschard named new ConFire chief
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District board of directors elevated Deputy Fire Chief Lewis Broschard to the position of fire chief March 12, effecting a quick and seamless transition between Broschard and retiring Fire Chief Jeff Carman, who departs at the ...By Nick Marnell
MOFD awarded major state wildfire prevention grant
Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved a multimillion dollar project to reduce fuel loads in the high-risk wildfire areas of north Orinda and along Lafayette Ridge, stemming from a grant application submitted to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection by the ...By Nick Marnell
Fire Station 16 in Lafayette will not let Carman go quietly
Talk about going full circle.
Fire Chief Jeff Carman's final Advisory Fire Commission meeting evoked memories of his first meeting with the commissioners more than five years ago in ...By Nick Marnell
Director again warns of potential MOFD financial emergency
Even with the approval of two new labor ...By Nick Marnell
SMC student honored by MOFD for heroic lifesaving efforts
Courtney Newton rarely visits the Moraga Starbucks, but one 57-year- old man is undoubtedly grateful that she did the afternoon of Jan. 27.
As the Saint Mary's College student studied ...By Nick Marnell
Fire Station 16 on track, oak tree cooperating
The construction-unfriendly weather has only minimally impacted the projected opening date for Lafayette Fire Station 16, scheduled to be completed and occupied early this spring.
"If ...By Nick Marnell
Fire Station 43 on track, temporary station not cooperating
It wouldn't be the Moraga-Orinda Fire District Station 43 project without some degree of drama, but this episode has nothing to do with the new building; its construction has proceeded swimmingly through the rainy winter. The adjacent temporary structure, though, was ...By Nick Marnell
ConFire welcomes 24 new firefighters
With the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District poised to open Lafayette Fire Station 16 in the spring and increase the size of some of its crews from three to four, the district added two dozen new firefighters to its ranks Feb. 14 at the Academy 52 graduation ...By Nick Marnell
Public pension plan investment performance continues to lag the financial markets
The portfolios of the organizations that ...By Nick Marnell
Wells elected to California Professional Firefighters executive board
Vince Wells, president of the United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County, Local 1230, has been elected the 4th District vice president for the California Professional Firefighters organization. Wells took office Jan. 25.
By Nick Marnell
MOFD board president determined to reverse poor public perception
Rarely does an interviewee ask for more time as the session winds down, but Steven Danziger, high-energy president of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District board of directors, did just that, as he outlined his plans to change the negative perception of the district board. ...By Nick Marnell
North Orinda wildfire evacuation exercise planned for Jan. 26
With information gleaned from the Moraga emergency evacuation exercise in December, and prepared to expand the drill into a larger area and onto a major freeway, the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, in partnership with the Orinda and Moraga police departments, the ...By Nick Marnell
Fire investigator who helped nab arsonists retires
Vic Massenkoff, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District investigator who sleuthed down the origin and cause of thousands of fires and helped prepare the criminal cases against two serial arsonists in Lafayette, put away his gun, badge and turnout gear in early ...By Nick Marnell