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June 4, 1987
A San Diego Fire Department hazardous materials team removed four bottles of highly unstable acids from a laboratory at San Diego High School Wednesday afternoon. The acid, which school officials said was probably the result of an unauthorized student experiment, was taken to a safe area and destroyed, a Fire Department spokesman said.
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October 30, 2008 | Tony Perry
The FBI arrested a 66-year-old man Wednesday in Sacramento on suspicion of mailing 120 hoax anthrax packets, including one to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Marc Keyser was arrested without incident. No alleged motive was announced. A packet marked as anthrax arrived at the newspaper along with a CD with the name of Colin Powell scrawled on it. The FBI and San Diego Fire Department shut down the employee entrance to the newspaper. A field test determined that the contents were not anthrax, a spokesman said.
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December 11, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
When the next major brush fire strikes San Diego County, the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department may not be able to send firefighters to help surrounding communities, the city's fire chief warned a congressional subcommittee Monday. "I may need every available city firefighting resource [to stay] within the city," Fire Chief Tracy Jarman told members of the domestic policy subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
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October 23, 2007 | Sharon Bernstein, Robert J. Lopez and Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writers
SAN DIEGO -- As this county burned, firefighters confronted a familiar reality: too few resources and not enough personnel to effectively make a stand. San Diego officials say fire conditions Monday would have overwhelmed even a larger, better equipped firefighting force. They point to progress made in the four years since the devastating Cedar and Paradise fires, including a better communications system, more air support and an automated evacuation call system. But little else has changed.
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June 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Acting Fire Chief Tracy Jarman accepted an offer Monday from Mayor Jerry Sanders to become fire chief, replacing Jeff Bowman, who resigned June 1 in frustration at the city's chronic under-funding of the Fire Department. Jarman, 50, a 22-year veteran of the department, had been an assistant chief since 2003. If confirmed by the City Council, she would become only the second woman to head a major metropolitan fire department in the U.S.
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July 24, 2004 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Bungling by fire and police agencies here allowed last October's Cedar fire to spread "into a wildfire of epic proportion," one of the largest insurance companies in the state has charged in a claim filed against three public agencies. Allstate Corp.
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March 19, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
San Diego's police and fire departments need nearly $500 million over the next several years to update equipment and increase staffing levels to state and national standards, according to a report by department officials. Police Chief William Lansdowne presented the findings of "A Comprehensive Public Safety Needs Assessment" to the City Council's Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee on Wednesday.
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December 5, 2003 | Allison Hoffman and Tony Perry, Times Staff Writers
The day after the release of a scathing report on the city of San Diego's response to the October wildfires, state fire officials warned members of a governor's blue-ribbon fire review panel that averting future catastrophes may cost billions of dollars in personnel, firefighting equipment and communications systems. "California is undergoing a climatic change," said Jim Wright, deputy director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. "We have to recognize that.
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November 22, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Despite public calls for more firefighting resources in the wake of destructive wildfires, the city manager said Friday that a tight budget probably will force cutbacks in the Fire Department. The gloomy outlook came amid criticism that San Diego didn't have enough firefighters and equipment to fight the Cedar fire, which burned 400 homes in the city and more than 2,200 across San Diego County.
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November 7, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Amid public criticism over the city's response to wildfires that destroyed hundreds of homes, Mayor Dick Murphy said Thursday that the city has leased a water-dropping helicopter. The San Diego Fire Department did not have any fire helicopters Oct. 26 when the Cedar fire roared into the city, a fact that has come to symbolize what many residents consider the poor preparation and clumsy response by local fire agencies.
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October 27, 2003 | Tony Perry and Geoffrey Mohan, Times Staff Writers
Fires that roared up with no warning and bore down with no mercy trapped victims along narrow canyon roads in San Diego County early Sunday, killing some in their vehicles while others died as they tried to run away. Of the 11 dead, at least two were children who were with their parents as they tried to escape the flames, said San Diego County officials. The blaze, known as the Cedar fire, hit the semirural area around Ramona, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego, shortly after 3 a.m.
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