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Escondido Appoints New Fire Chief 

05/23/16 Categories: City of Escondido Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

City Manager Graham Mitchell announced today that Deputy Fire Chief Russell Knowles has been named Fire Chief for the City of Escondido, effective June 5, 2016.   Chief Knowles will succeed Fire Chief Mike Lowry who will retire on June 3 after almost 34 years with Escondido.

 

A twenty-five year veteran, Chief Knowles currently is responsible for the day-to-day details of running the Department including supervision of three Battalion Chiefs and the Training and EMS Division.  Chief Knowles joined the Escondido Fire Department as a Firefighter 1991. He has risen through the ranks, working as a Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief and Deputy Fire Chief.

 

Russ holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Cogswell Polytechnic College as well as an Associate’s Degree with a major in Public Fire Service.  Russ served as the Chair of the North Zone Operations Chiefs and the North Zone liaison to the San Diego County Operations committee. He also has served as President for the Escondido Firefighter’s Association.

 

In making the announcement City Manager Graham Mitchell noted, “Chief Knowles will continue Escondido’s tradition of providing a highly professional level of medical and fire service.  I look forward to his innovative perspective to service delivery.”

 

Commenting on the announcement,  Jeff Sargis, President of the Escondido Fire Fighters Association, said, “On behalf of the Escondido Firefighters Association, I  extend our congratulations to Chief Knowles on his promotion.   I look forward to our future and believe the department and community will prosper under the leadership of Chief Knowles.”

 

Chief Knowles’ salary will be $183,214.

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Free Blood Pressure Checks For Escondido Residents on February 11, 2016 

02/03/16 Categories: Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Jeff Murdoch, 760-839-5406

The Escondido Fire Department and Palomar College Medic students will provide free blood pressure screenings to Escondido residents from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 11, 2016 at the following locations:

 

  • Escondido Public Library: 239 S Kalmia Street

 

  • Northgate Market: 606 N Escondido Boulevard

 

  • Silver Crest Senior Residence: 1303 Las Villas Way

 

  • Palomar YMCA: 1050 N. Broadway

 

This effort is part of the “Love Your Heart” campaign to empower Escondido residents with the right information to support long, healthy lives.  Additional information can be found at:  http://www.livewellsd.org/love-your-heart/

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Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop  

11/20/15 Categories: City of Escondido Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeff Murdock, 760-839-5406

A Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.

 

The workshop will provide valuable information related to water issues and emergency preparedness.  Greg Thomas of the Rincon del Diablo Water District will give an update on the drought. Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service will provide an update regarding El Nino and winter storms.  Alicia Appel from the City of Escondido Utilities Department will speak about erosion protection, proper clearing of drainage structures and storm preparation. Jeff Murdock, from the Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuations, and information resources.

 

This event is free but seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please call 760-745-5522.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido’ Fire Department and Utilities Department, Rincon del Diablo Water District, and the National Weather Service.

 

Additional information about preparing for El Nino is available on the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx.

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Winter Weather/Disaster Readiness Workshop 

10/23/15 Categories: Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jeff Murdock, 760-839-5406

 

A Disaster Readiness/Winter Weather Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the Police and Fire Headquarters, 1163 N. Centre City Parkway.

The workshop will provide valuable information related to water issues and emergency preparedness.  Greg Thomas of the Rincon del Diablo Water District will give an update on the drought. Alex Tardy from the National Weather Service will provide an update regarding El Nino and Winter storms.  Alicia Appel from the City of Escondido Utilities Department will speak about erosion protection, proper clearing of drainage structures and storm preparation. Jeff Murdock, from the Fire Department will discuss emergency preparedness, evacuations, and information resources.

This event is free but seating is limited.  To reserve your seat, please call 760-745-5522.  The workshop is co-sponsored by the City of Escondido’ Fire Department and Utilities Department, Rincon del Diablo Water District, and the National Weather Service.

Additional information about preparing for El Nino is available on the City’s website at https://www.escondido.org/El-Nino-Preparations.aspx.

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Beware of Bogus Fire Inspections 

10/21/15 Categories: Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marlene Donner, Fire Marshall, 760-839-5404

The City of Escondido wants to make business owners aware of a recent scam regarding unsolicited fire inspections from individuals claiming to work for the fire department.  Businesses in other cities as well as the City of Escondido have been victimized by individuals claiming to work for the fire department to conduct inspections.  These individuals are dressed as fire department employees usually in a navy blue t-shirt with the word FIRE on the shirt.

The Escondido Fire Department does not use private companies to inspect businesses and fire department personnel always leave a copy of the annual inspection form, which will have Escondido Fire Department at the top of the form.

Legitimate fire inspections are conducted by either Fire Suppression personnel from the fire stations or fire prevention personnel from Fire Administration.  Escondido Fire Department personnel are always in an official fire department uniform with Escondido Fire Department badges, and carry a photo identification card.  If you have any reason to doubt that the inspector conducting the fire inspection is an official fire department employee please contact the Escondido Fire Prevention Bureau at 760-839-5400.

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Beware Bogus Fire Inspections 

07/21/14 Categories: Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Herb Griffin, 760-839-5400

 

The Escondido Fire Department advises local businesses to be aware of a scam involving bogus fire inspectors.    Individuals are showing up at local businesses and claiming that the Fire Department sent them. They then walk around the premises for a visual inspection  and  give a bill to the business as they are completing the "inspection".   Actual inspections by the Escondido Fire Department are conducted by the agency’s uniformed personnel.  If there is a fee involved, the invoice will come from the City of Escondido.

If you think an inspection may be a scam, please call Escondido Fire Department at 760-839-5400.

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Grand Opening of Fire Station 4 

12/06/12 Categories: Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Fire Chief Mike Lowry, 760-839-5400

The Grand Opening of Escondido Fire Station No. 4, located at 3301 Bear Valley Parkway, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012.  The event is free and open to the public.

A Dedication Ceremony for the station will include comments by Mayor Sam Abed and Fire Chief Mike Lowry, as well as a “push in” ceremony, an old fire service tradition of pushing the fire apparatus into the station. Officially known as a “housing ceremony,” this tradition dates back to the 19th century when apparatus was horse drawn.  Following the ceremony guided tours of the new station will be available until noon.

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Live Fire Department Training 

12/01/11 Categories: City of Escondido Fire Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ken Slaven, 760-520-5376

The Escondido Fire Department will conduct live fire training in vacant single family houses located on the corner of El Norte Parkway and Broadway on December 3 and 4 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Live fire training exercises are an invaluable tool for firefighters to practice skills and techniques in controlled fire conditions.  Smoke is a by-product of this training and will be present during the drill sessions in the area of the training.

Community Housing Works has made the vacant buildings available to the Fire Department for live fire training prior to being demolished.

 

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Volunteers Needed for City of Escondido 9/11 10th Anniversary Event 

Volunteers are needed to participate in a reading of the names of the 9/11 victims which will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at the Train Depot in Grape Day Park.  Those interested can contact Michelle Geller at mgeller@escondido.org or call (760) 839-4587 or RSVP via the City of Escondido’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CityofEscondido#!/event.php?eid=264068276951601

The City of Escondido has partnered with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido to organize this free, open to the public event in observance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  The reading of the names will be followed by a free performance of the Navy Band Southwest in the Center Concert Hall.  Free concert tickets are available on a first come, first served basis by calling the Center for the Arts box office at (800) 988-4253. 

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