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With wildfires raging across the west, Orinda residents are concerned about what can be done to prepare for a major wildfire here. What has historically been the most dangerous part of the fire season in the Bay Area still lies ahead. As we saw last fall in the North Bay, hot, dry winds coupled with critically dry fuels and steep canyons can drive fires that outpace our firefighters’ best efforts. Have you wondered: What does the Orinda evacuation plan look like? How will I be notified if my family needs to evacuate? What if the power is out? Will my phone still work? What would be required to reactivate the old emergency alert sirens in Orinda to notify residents of an impending evacuation? What can I do now to prepare for wildfires? How can I begin to organize my neighborhood so we all get out safely? Orinda residents are invited to attend a community meeting to hear experts answer these questions and more. The meeting will be held at the Orinda Library A.. Full Story

The District is pleased to announce that applications will be accepted for the position of Firefighter-Paramedic beginning on August 21, 2018 through September 22, 2018. We invite and encourage qualified candidates to apply for the opportunity to be part of the MOFD team. For required qualifications and for more information about this excellent opportunity, please click here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=246030). Inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to: HR@mofd.org.. Full Story

Each year in mid-April the Fire District sends out over 13,000 postcards advising property owners of the June 15th deadline to abate their properties to be in compliance with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s Exterior Hazard Control Standards (https://mofd.businesscatalyst.com/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=196457). All District property owners have a shared responsibility to provide a fire safe environment and maintain their property free of exterior fire hazards throughout the fire season. Abundant rainfall has led to excessive growth of plants and grasses this year. The annual growth of grasses can change from beautiful green to a very flammable brown in just a few weeks. The opportunity to get the work done after the rain has stopped and before the fire season starts can be a very narrow window. Planning to get this work done sooner will reduce wildfire risk. Each year the State of California experiences a number of significant large fires in earl.. Full Story

Moraga-Orinda Fire District 1280 Moraga Way Moraga, CA 94556 Contact: Dennis Rein, Public Information Officer Release Date: June 8, 2018 MORAGA - Just after 11:20 AM on Friday, June 8, Moraga-Orinda Fire units were called to 15 La Salle Drive in Moraga. The first arriving fire engine found the grass hill behind the residence on fire and burning toward the ridge. The fire on the ridge was visible from Campolindo High School and was cause for some concern but no evacuations were needed. A total of 40 Firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, Contra Costa County Fire and the Cal Fire responded to the scene. The fire burned approximately five acres and was declared under control at 12:20 PM. The fire may have been caused by someone operating a weed eater in tall, dry grass behind one of the residences. Residents are reminded not to operate power equipment in dry grass during the heat of the day. It’s safest to wait for high humidity in the early morning.. Full Story

This morning MOFD crews responded to a fully involved garage fire on the 100 block of Corliss in Moraga. As a result of rapid actions by the first arriving crews, the fire did not spread to the rest of the house and was contained to the garage. .. Full Story

Progress on the Station 43 construction progress is continuing according to schedule. Today marked a critical milestone as 36 reinforced concrete piers were drilled and poured. Each pier is 20’ deep and 2’ wide and, due to the soil composition, were drilled and immediately poured. This is a complex operation on any project and was made even more challenging by the small size of our job site and the number of people and vehicles required to carry it out. .. Full Story

Each year in mid-April the Fire District sends out over 13,000 postcards advising property owners of the June 15th deadline to abate their properties to be in compliance with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s Exterior Hazard Control Standards (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=196457). All District property owners have a shared responsibility to provide a fire safe environment and maintain their property free of exterior fire hazards throughout the fire season. Abundant rainfall has led to excessive growth of plants and grasses this year. The annual growth of grasses can change from beautiful green to a very flammable brown in just a few weeks. The opportunity to get the work done after the rain has stopped and before the fire season starts can be a very narrow window. Planning to get this work done sooner will reduce wildfire risk. Each year the State of California experiences a number of significant large fires in early June which reinforces the need.. Full Story

Hundreds of goats have been released to assist with mitigation... Full Story

Following the budget workshop held on March 15th, the district’s Long Range Financial Forecast has been updated. The updated forecast is available here (/divisions/admin) by scrolling to the bottom of the page. The board packet from the workshop is available here (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=244490)... Full Story

The Bear Ridge Homeowners Association received cost share funding from Diablo Fire Safe Council for a project to thin and remove hazardous vegetation behind homes. The project is located in the large open space owned by the Bear Ridge HOA, where a MOFD fire trail connects the top of Bear Ridge Road and Tappan Lane to Bear Creek Road. The project to reduce wildfire risk in North Orinda was in cooperation with the Bear Ridge HOA, CalFire, Diablo Fire Safe Council, East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) and MOFD. After an all clear from the biological review, the CalFire conservation crews were brought in. Over 3 weeks the crews removed or thinned combustible overgrown vegetation, removed dead trees and “limbed” up healthy trees to prevent fire spread. The vegetation was then chipped and broadcast back to compost, for weed control and prevent erosion. This project is a great example of a cooperative effort with public, private agencies and homeowners to reduce risk of .. Full Story

The Moraga Orinda Fire District is pleased to announce it has tentatively selected a contractor for the Station 43 construction project and made a Notice of Intent to Award to Sausal Construction of Concord, CA. The award of the contract is contingent on the awardee producing required bonding and insurance documents. More information is available on the Station 43 Construction Page (http://www.mofd.org/news/station-construction-projects) of this website... Full Story

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Recall w/Health Canada Recall Date: November 2, 2017 Recall Number: 18-022 Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported Recall Summary Name of Product: Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles Hazard: The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. Remedy: Replace Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency. Note: This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde branded fire extinguishers included in these previously announ.. Full Story

New Fire Chief21-Nov-2017

PRESS RELEASE Moraga-Orinda Fire District Moraga, CA Moraga-Orinda Fire District New Fire Chief Contact: Jerry Lee, Interim Fire Chief, 925-258-4500 Release Date: November 21, 2017 MORAGA, CA – The Moraga-Orinda Fire District Board of Directors has selected Dave Winnacker to be the District’s next Fire Chief. Chief Winnacker has 13 years of fire service experience with Fresno City, Newark, and Alameda County. He comes to MOFD from the Alameda County Fire Department where he served as the Division Chief of Special Operations and Liaison Chief Officer for the City of Emeryville and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory... Full Story

Safety Video02-Mar-2017

Following an armed robbery that occurred in an Orinda residential driveway last fall, community members asked Orinda Association President, Cindy Powell, to bring together Orinda safety officials to address community concerns, resulting in a November 2016 Safety Forum. Open to the public, the forum featured police, fire, and emergency preparedness officials, who shared important information and answered questions on safety.” Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel presented an update on crime prevention in the City, and representatives from both MOFD and Lamorinda CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) spoke about emergency preparedness, fire safety and neighborhood security. The video was produced and created by Susan Garell. "Staying Safe in Orinda~Comprehensive Guidance From Orinda's Top Safety Officials" is based on the forum and further in-depth interviews. .. Full Story

Sandbag Info Sheet (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=236493) .. Full Story

MOFD will be providing limited plan review services at the Orinda Planning Department beginning October 12, 2016. The purpose of this service is to improve efficiency and customer service to individuals and companies who have projects within the City of Orinda. MOFD staff will be available onsite in the Orinda Planning Department every Wednesday, from 1:00-4:30pm. Staff will provide limited plan review services, which include review of minor projects for “over the counter” approval and stamping of plans, design consultation services, site access services, gate design reviews, stamping of EBMUD water forms, collaboration with Orinda Planning staff on project design issues, and other plan review services as determined by the Fire Marshal. The Orinda Planning Department is located at 22 Orinda Way, in Orinda. Please review the procedures for submitting in Orinda: Applicant Information sheet (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=236457) For more information, please c.. Full Story

Lamorinda’s Community Emergency Response Team hosts Record-Breaking Basic Training Class in Lafayette Whether it’s because we’re on the heels of one of California’s most disastrous wildland fire seasons ever or because we’re in the midst of an El Nino weather event that could bring heavy rains and flooding; Duncan Seibert, Lamorinda CERT’s Program Manager, is glad more that fifty Lamorinda residents are participating in this month’s emergency preparedness training. “This is the largest class Lamorinda CERT has ever hosted,” said Seibert. In fact, interest was so great the training had to be moved to the larger, Jenifer Russell Room at Lafayette's Community Center. Participants have committed to attending six, 3-hour, evening sessions. CERT training is designed to provide basic emergency preparedness skills including: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster First Aid, Light Search & Rescue, Disaster Psycholog.. Full Story

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