Category archives for: Sheriff/Fire

County boosts fire protection with third helicopter

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San Diego County Supervisors today authorized the acquisition of a third firefighting helicopter, one of a series of recommendations stemming from the rash of wildfires in May.

The county will spend up to $5.2 million for the Bell helicopter.

The new permanent helicopter is expected to arrive next year, but the county has leased a third helicopter until the end of October.

Project Lifesaver program gets boost

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Spearheaded by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, the Project Lifesaver program received a major boost to pay for upgraded equipment.

Ramona’s Project Lifesaver missing person’s locator system is the only one of its kind in the county. The late Gordon Zick, longtime Ramona Kiwanian and pharmacist, worked with the sheriff’s department to start the program in 2006, and Ramona Kiwanis, with support from the community, finances the program with the cooperation of the sheriff’s station in Ramona.

Brush fire reported at Poway Road/SR-67

Thursday, Sept. 18—Emergency crews are responding to the report of a quarter-acre brush fire at Poway Road and state Route 67. The call came about 3:55 p.m.

Brush fire reported at Scripps Poway Parkway/Route 67

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Emergency crews are responding to a report of a brush fire in the vicinity of Scripps Poway Parkway and state Route 67.

Emergency crews respond to report of fire on East Old Julian Highway

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, Update, 3:45 p.m.—Firefighters have extinguished the brush fire, reports Karen Brainard with the Sentinel.

Wildfire warning system gauges severity of Santa Ana windstorms

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Wildfires that swept through San Diego County in 2007 spurred development of a web-based weather monitoring system that quantifies the risks of blazes during Santa Ana windstorms to equip first-responders and the public with information to prepare for an emergency, officials said today.

U.S. Forest Service rangers, along with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric and UCLA, jointly developed the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which was unveiled during a briefing at the forest service’s Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Riverside.

Water board moves forward on projects directors say will benefit Country Estates

More recycled water and increased storage at Fire Station 81 were two items approved by the water board that directors said will benefit San Diego Country Estates residents.

Ramona Municipal Water District directors voted 3-0 Sept. 9 to authorize the district’s general manager to execute a contract with Enaqua for a third reverse osmosis (RO) unit at the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant to generate more recycled water. Voting were directors George Foote, whose Division 5 covers a portion of the Estates, Joe Zenovic and board president Darrell Beck. Director Rex Schildhouse, representing Division 3, which

CHP issues SigAlert for San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m.—Two vehicles were involved in a collision on San Vicente Road near Deviney Lane, around 4:20 p.m., California Highway Patrol reports, and both lanes are blocked. The two vehicles — a white sedan and a silver SUV — have major front end damage and will need tow trucks, state the CHP website.

Search warrants Tuesday morning net four arrests

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Two sheriff’s SWAT teams served search warrants at 7 a.m. Tuesday that resulted in the arrests of four people along with seizure of a firearm and methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s department.

In the 1400 block of Montecito Road Jeffrey Hodson, 48, was arrested, suspected of possession of methamphetamine, a felony, and for warrants, said Sgt. John Boyce at the sheriff’s Ramona station.

A warrant was also served in the 1000 block of Via Alegre Drive. Three people were arrested: Gina Scruggs, 44, suspected of felony possession of methamphetamine and other criminal charges, and Alan Castro, 20, and Justine Glenn, 19, both

Pilot suffers moderate injuries when small airplane crashes near Warner Springs Gliderport

A small airplane used to tow gliders into the air crashed near the Warner Springs Gliderport today, and one person was flown by helicopter to a hospital with moderate injuries.

The small “tow plane” crashed about 12:15 p.m. today southwest of the Warner Springs Gliderport, which is at 31930 State Route 79 in Warner Springs in northeast San Diego County, Cal Fire Capt. Kendal Bortisser said.

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