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Arcata Fire: what does the fire department really do? More than you may think

Arcata Fire: what does the fire department really do? More than you may think

Recently on a call for service, I was sharing with the individual some of the services we provide and I was asked, “How come I’ve never heard about any of this?” and the best I could come up with was that we don’t advertise.  Surely, you are aware that your Arcata Fire District responds to

Arcata Fire sees huge drop in volunteer firefighters

Daniel Mintz Mad River Union MCKINLEYVILLE/ARCATA – The chief of the Arcata Fire Protection District (AFD) has named recruitment of volunteer firefighters as a major challenge, as their numbers have dropped sharply over the years. District Chief Justin McDonald is president of the Humboldt County Fire Chiefs’ Association, whose annual report was released earlier this

Emergency simulation tonight at HSU

Humboldt State University HSU – Housing & Residence Life at Humboldt State University will hold an emergency simulation Tuesday, August 8 to test campus and community response teams.     The exercise will take place at 6 p.m. at a residence hall on campus. Media can contact 707.826.3390 for location information.   The simulation will be loud and include

Arcata Fire will look for new way to bring staffing up to standards

Arcata Fire Press Release MEASURE A REJECTED BY DISTRICT VOTERS (ARCATA, CA) – November 4, 2015 – Voters in the Arcata Fire District have rejected Measure A, a ballot measure that would have allowed the District to increase staffing at all three fire stations. Measure A received a 45 percent “Yes” vote. “Despite the fact that the

(UPDATE 2: TEST RING CANCELED) Arcata Fire bell up and running – OK, maybe not so much

MONDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Tuesday’s test-ring of the Arcata Fire bell has been canceled, according to Fire Chief Desmond Cowan, who cited electrical issues. “We will sound no chime before its time,” he vowed. He said the test could still occur this week. When it is time, the Union will announce the test in hopes of

McKinleyville Fire Station to get upgraded

Jack Durham Mad River Union McKINLEYVILLE – Later this summer, construction will begin on a project to expand and remodel the McKinleyville Fire Station. Before the estimated $1.5 million project begins, the fire engines, all of the gear and the firefighters will be moved to a temporary fire station located at 1525 School Rd., just

Old guard opposes fire dept. name change

Jack Durham Mad River Union ARCATA/McKINLEYVILLE – Much to the consternation of some long-time volunteers and former employees, the Arcata Fire Protection District (AFPD) is contemplating a name change. Giving the fire department a new identity is among the many recommendations included in the latest draft of the district’s strategic plan, a document that would

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