San Francisco firefighters rescued a man from a cliff above Ocean Beach on Tuesday night, according to witnesses.Pictures shot by witness Dwayne Newton show firefighters pulling a man, described by Newton as 23-year-old Matthew Leydem of San Francisco, up the cliff using a harness.There were reportedly no injuries. Read More
In late 2007, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that every diesel-powered vehicle owned by The City — 1,500 in all — had been converted to run on a 20 percent biodiesel blend.When it came to environmental protection, Newsom said, “San Francisco is demonstrating leadership and commitment on every front.” But while Muni buses and Department of Public Works trucks still sport biodiesel stickers like little feathers in San Francisco’s green cap, they are not all using the fuel. Read More
The Fire Department will shutter seven firehouses for seismic renovation starting in 2012 as part of a $412 million bond measure approved by voters in June. The measure was meant to retrofit the underground water system that helps fight fires, and to fund a new police headquarters and fire station. But the main selling point that led to nearly 80 percent of voters approving the bond was the promise to fix The City’s firehouses. Read More
A small early morning fire at a San Francisco apartment complex Tuesday left residents rattled but otherwise unharmed, a fire department spokeswoman said.Someone left a burning Christmas tree in the entryway of a public housing complex at 928 Connecticut St. in The City’s Potrero Hill neighborhood at about 4:30 a.m., Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.“Someone had already extinguished it when we arrived,” Talmadge said. Read More
One man is struggling for his life after his car veered off Juniper Serra Boulevard early Tuesday morning and struck a tree.The man had to be extricated from his 2003 Honda sedan by the San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco Police Officer Albie Esparza said. He remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Read More
Santa Claus paid a visit to San Francisco City Hall on Tuesday morning for a massive toy giveaway.More than 1,500 children were expected stop by the event, hosted by San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 and the Department of Child Support Services.That would be the most kids ever to participate in the giveaway, which is in its third year at City Hall but has been held for decades elsewhere in The City, said Karen Roye, director of child support services. Read More
It’s that time of year again for overeating, packed department stores, and … giving toys away.
And if you are going to give toys away, why not give it to the San Francisco firefighters?
This Sunday, the firefighters toy program is holding competitive race and costume contest at Golden Gate Park called Run Wild for a Child. Read More
The City will start charging a fee to cover the cost of the Fire Department’s cleanup of debris and fuel after vehicle accidents.
The fee is part of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, which closed a $483 million budget deficit and is pending approval by the Board of Supervisors.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors approved the fee in an 11-0 vote. Read More
Supervisor John Avalos this week called for the drafting of an ordinance that would help the San Francisco Fire Department close its budget deficit but could ruin the profits of private ambulance companies. Read More
San Francisco firefighter RJ Schnelker is a finalist in the Coast to Coast Firehouse Cook-Off on “Live! With Regis and Kelly.” He’s in New York to prepare his recipe on the show, airing at 9 a.m. today on KGO (Ch. 7).
How did you come up with your entry’s great name, “Meat Stuffed Meat”? It was from my wife, who wasn’t much of a meat eater. But with beef and pork, meat seemed to take over. Read More