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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

Lafayette Fire Station 16 reopening delayed until June
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District placed Engine 16 into service in early April, which is the month the district expected to reopen Fire Station 16 in Lafayette. But between the rainy weather and a construction site problem with the Pacific Gas and ...By Nick Marnell

ConFire financial picture stable for 2019-20
Fire Chief Lewis Broschard ushered in the ...By Nick Marnell

ConFire reopens reserve fire station near Lamorinda
The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District added further protection from a wildland fire roaring into Lamorinda when it reopened refurbished Fire Station 19 in Briones, less than four miles from the Lafayette and north Orinda borders. The rededicated reserve ...By Nick Marnell

Broschard formally takes over county's largest fire district
The torch was passed from outgoing Fire Chief Jeff Carman to his successor, Deputy Chief Lewis Broschard, at the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Change of Command ceremony March 22 in front of dozens of friends, officials and family members.
By Nick Marnell

MOFD short-term finances sluggish, long-range forecast improved

By Nick Marnell

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

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