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Summer Safety Reminder from OCFA

A good reminder from OCFA this summer:

OCFA personnel have been very active this past week responding to 2660 calls. Firefighters responded to a number of working fires and more drowning calls over the busy weekend. With summer in full gear, OCFA wants to remind you to “Watch the Water” and keep a close eye [...]

Happy 4th of July!

First and foremost, we hope that everyone out there enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July holiday. God bless America!

We’ve already given you the details on fireworks shows in Ladera Ranch and San Juan Capistrano. There are plenty of other fireworks shows scheduled in South Orange County tonight. Courtesy of the Orange County [...]

Fire Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

In the current hot and dry weather, we all have to participate in fire safety. Courtesy of our friends at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, below are two public service announcements about fire safety:

First, consider volunteering at the Reserve as a Fire Watch volunteer. If you are interested, visit the Reserve’s website here: [...]

Thank You to the Men and Women of the Orange County Fire Authority

A big thank you to the men and women of the Orange County Fire Authority who have been busy during this exceptionally dangerous fire season keeping the people and property of Orange County safe:

OCFA personnel have been very active this past week responding to 2762 calls. During the busy week, OCFA firefighters responded to [...]

Rancho Mission Viejo Blog on Sendero Fire Station

We wrote an article mentioning last week’s groundbreaking ceremony for Fire Station No. 56. If you are interested in more details, Rancho Mission Viejo has published a blog post with some additional information about the ceremony and the station. For example:

Designed by Architect Irving Gill, the Spanish Progressive style of simplicity and minimalist form [...]

Groundbreaking Today on New OCFA Fire Station in Rancho Mission Viejo

The OCFA today celebrated the ground breaking on a new fire station in the “Rancho Mission Viejo” area of unincorporated south Orange County. In attendance were Fifth District Supervisor Patricia Bates, San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato, and Anthony Moiso, CEO of Rancho Mission Viejo. Officially called Fire Station 56, the new station is located [...]

Fire at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course Restaurant

The OCFA reports a fire last night at O’Neill’s, the restaurant at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course. The structure was damaged, but fortunately the fire was brought under control in 21 minutes and there were no injuries. Photo from the OCFA Public Information Officer below:

Photo credit: OCFA Public Information Office


OCFA Will Hold a Public Open House on Saturday, October 5

The Orange County Fire Authority is holding an open house at Station 7 in San Juan Capistrano on Saturday, October 5, 2013:

The Orange County Fire Authority will be holding an open house for the public on October 5. Bring your family and friends to meet your local firefighters, try on firefighter turnouts, and discover [...]