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MORAGA-ORINDA FIRE DISTRICT APPROVES THE USE OF UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM (DRONE) Moraga-Orinda Fire District 1280 Moraga Way Moraga, CA 94556 Contact: Dennis Rein, Public Information Officer - C-925-698-4575 Release Date: May 22, 2017 MORAGA, CA – Fire Chief, Stephen Healy has approved the use of an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS/drone) as another tool in the public safety toolbox for the Moraga-Orinda Fire District. This is the first approved UAS program for a Fire Department in Contra Costa County. The District’s new UAS is an Inspire 1 quadcopter made by DJI. It measures roughly 2’ x 2’ and stands about 15” tall. The vehicle weighs slightly less than 6 lbs. and can carry up to a 2 lb. payload. The manufacturer touts a three-mile range but the District’s operating rules require that it be kept within the “pilot’s” line of sight. The UAS is equipp.. Full Story

Wildland Fire Season is Just Around the Corner- Prepare Now! The warm weather we’ve all been waiting for will likely come to Lamorinda this weekend. Last winter’s record setting rainfall created a grass crop that we did not experience during the last few years of drought. All that lush green grass growing on our hillsides and around homes will soon dry and become the tinder that can fuel a fast-moving wildfire. Grass and light brush are considered “flashy fuels” says Kathy Leonard, Moraga-Orinda Fire District’s Fire Marshal. “They catch fire more easily, burn fast and hot and can carry fire to heavier fuels and into homes”. Leonard urges residents to start removing the vegetation that will soon dry from around their structures now. The Fire District is offering residents several tools to help prepare for the impending fire season: Schedule a FireWise Home Assessment- Property owners can call 925-258-4525, Ext. 524 to schedule.. Full Story

FIRE DAMAGES ORINDA HOME Moraga-Orinda Fire District 1280 Moraga Way Moraga, CA 94556 Contact: Dennis Rein, Public Information Officer Release Date: May 17, 2016 ORINDA - Just after 7:00 AM on Friday, May 12, Moraga-Orinda Fire units were called to 32 Greenwood Ct. in Orinda. The first arriving fire engine found a two-story residential structure with fire showing on the second floor and through the roof. Firefighters were told that the home was in the process of being remodeled and that no one was home. The second story and attic were heavily damaged by the fire. A total of eleven engines and 40 Firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and Contra Costa County Fire responded to the incident. The fire was declared under control at approximately 8:30 AM. There were no reported injuries. Firefighters from the Moraga-Orinda Fire District will be on the scene throughout the day completing overhaul operations. The cause of the fire is under inves.. 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

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District is hosting its annual Spring Open House and Hot Dog Lunch on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 10am to 2pm, at Station 45 – 33 Orinda Way, in Orinda. The theme for the open house is HEARTSafe Lamorinda and Wildfire Preparedness. HEARTSafe Lamorinda is a program designed to promote survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The Lamorinda cities and town, in cooperation with the Moraga Orinda Fire District and Contra Costa County Fire and Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services, through its Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program in collaboration with the American Heart Association, aim to help Lamorinda improve the chances that anyone suffering a sudden cardiac arrest will have the best possible chance for survival. The Wildfire Preparedness program is a collaborative process to improve coordination and communication between emergency response agencies and the community. It educates the public to prepare their family .. 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

The new California Fire Code, MOFD Ordinance #16-01 takes effect January 1, 2017, and the new Permit and Plan Review Fee Schedule takes effect January 19, 2017. The Moraga-Orinda Fire District has adopted the 2016 California Fire Code (CFC) that are detailed in MOFD Ordinance #16-02. A copy of Ordinance #16-02 is on our website under Documents and Forms/Ordinances and Standards (http://www.mofd.org/docs/ordinances). The 2017 Fee Schedule (/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=238020) is found under Documents and Forms - Construction Permits and Inspections. All projects that have been submitted prior to January 1, 2017 will be subject to the 2013 Fire Code. Fees paid prior to January 1, 2017 are subject to the old fee structure and no additional fees will be required. The new fees and 2016 Fire Code will apply to all projects and permit applications that have been received and date stamped by our office after the effective dates. Any inspections that have not been paid for.. 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

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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