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A Winter Spare the Air Alert has been issued for Friday, December 15, 2017 in the Bay Area. Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors on Friday for the full 24 hours. Air quality in the Bay Area is forecast to be unhealthy. It is illegal for Bay Area residents to burn wood or other solid fuels in fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts, pellet stoves, outdoor fire-pits, or other wood-burning devices. This wood-burning ban will be in effect for Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southern Sonoma and southwestern Solano Counties. (Visit www.sparetheair.org/Stay-Informed/Todays-Air-Quality/Reporting-Zones.aspx to see if your city is located within the Air District.) Winter air pollution is mainly caused by particulates or soot pollution from wood smoke. Smoke from wood-burning fires is linked to illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and lung disease, and is especially harmful for children and the elderly. For m.. 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 accepted the conditional offer pending background and contract negotiation. 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

Message from the Fire Marshal 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. 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 to have our vegetation .. 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

PRESS RELEASE Moraga-Orinda Fire District Moraga, CA ISO Public Protection Class Improves from 3 to 2 Moraga-Orinda Fire District 1280 Moraga Way Moraga, CA 94556 Contact: Stephen Healy, Fire Chief; 925-258-4599 Release Date: December 21, 2016 MORAGA - The Moraga-Orinda Fire District (MOFD) has received notification that its Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) has improved from “3” to “2”. The change will take effect on April 1, 2017. The District’s ISO PPC had been a “3” since the District formed in 1997. The PPC for unincorporated areas (outside the City and Town) with no hydrants is now “2X” rather than “9”. According to the ISO, the PPC is a valuable benchmark for fire districts, and plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Most U.S. insurers use the PPC when determining coverage and p.. Full Story

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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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