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January 14, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu
Three people aboard a small plane that rolled off the end of a runway at Santa Monica Airport on Sunday were not hurt, officials said. The four-seat, single-engine Cessna apparently had brake problems on the runway about 6:15 p.m., causing it to drop off the edge, go over vegetation growing on the slope below and onto an access road that goes around the airport, said Chief Carl Bjerke of the Santa Monica Fire Department. Although the plane was damaged, the people aboard were unhurt, he said.
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September 29, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
A small plane landing at Santa Monica Airport on Sunday evening veered off the runway and struck a nearby hangar, authorities told The Times. The plane, a twin-engine Cessna Citation, went off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane had departed from Hailey, Idaho, Gregor said. Those at the airport at the time of the crash said they heard loud explosions. Staff at the airport's front desk said they saw firetrucks gathered on the tarmac.
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July 3, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
Newbury Park resident Ettore Berardinelli, a veteran of the Santa Monica Fire Department, has been selected as that city's new fire chief. Berardinelli, Santa Monica's deputy chief and a firefighting instructor at Santa Monica College, will replace the retiring chief, Richard Bridges, on July 15. "This feels really good," said Berardinelli, who has lived in the Conejo Valley since the early 1980s. "I've learned a lot in my years here and I'm really looking forward to being at the helm."
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January 14, 2008 | Tiffany Hsu
Three people aboard a small plane that rolled off the end of a runway at Santa Monica Airport on Sunday were not hurt, officials said. The four-seat, single-engine Cessna apparently had brake problems on the runway about 6:15 p.m., causing it to drop off the edge, go over vegetation growing on the slope below and onto an access road that goes around the airport, said Chief Carl Bjerke of the Santa Monica Fire Department. Although the plane was damaged, the people aboard were unhurt, he said.
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July 4, 1997
The Santa Monica Fire Department were host to two Parisian firefighters, who compared trans-Atlantic differences in firefighting techniques. Parisian streets are narrower and curve more than those here, said Willy Preto, 37, whose Parisian rank is comparable to battalion chief. Therefore, Parisian firetrucks are substantially smaller than their American counterparts, he said. Each truck, however, holds about half a dozen firefighters--compared with the average of four in the United States.
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November 4, 1995
The Santa Monica Fire Department is handing over one of its fire engines to firefighters in Mazatlan, Mexico, this weekend as part of the sister city program. Eight Mazatlan firefighters have been visiting Santa Monica all week to learn how to operate the 1980 fire engine, officials said. Although the donation was approved by the Santa Monica City Council a year ago, officials had been unable to find a way to get the vehicle to Mazatlan. But the U.S.
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August 15, 1991
Glendale Fire Chief John Montenero has been named new chief of the 122-member Santa Monica Fire Department. Montenero's selection, announced by Santa Monica City Manager John Jalili on Tuesday, ends a nationwide search to fill the post, which pays $96,793 a year. Former Chief Thomas Tolman retired last month. The 51-year-old Montenero is a San Francisco native who has served as fire chief in Corte Madera and Monterey before taking over the Glendale department 6 1/2 years ago.
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September 19, 1985 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Michael Marczynski will receive the Award of Valor from the California State Firemen's Assn. Monday for rescuing a 72-year-old woman from a burning house in Palms--five months before he actually obtained a job as a firefighter with the Santa Monica Fire Department. Marczynski, 25, saved the woman's life last year by breaking down the jammed front door to her house in Palms.
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September 29, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
A small plane landing at Santa Monica Airport on Sunday evening veered off the runway and struck a nearby hangar, authorities told The Times. The plane, a twin-engine Cessna Citation, went off the right side of the runway after landing at 6:20 p.m., according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor. The plane had departed from Hailey, Idaho, Gregor said. Those at the airport at the time of the crash said they heard loud explosions. Staff at the airport's front desk said they saw firetrucks gathered on the tarmac.
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September 22, 1985 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Michael Marczynski will receive the Award of Valor from the California State Firemen's Assn. Monday for rescuing a 72-year-old woman from a burning house--five months before he was hired as a firefighter. Marczynski, 25, saved the woman by breaking down the front door of her house in Palms. He found her huddled in a corner of the smoke-filled living room, picked her up and passed her through the living room window to two men outside.
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October 14, 1997
The city Planning Commission has approved a $32-million facility for the police and fire departments as part of the Civic Center Master Plan, with construction expected to begin within 18 months. The proposed building has been under review for the last 10 years. Although it has yet to gain the approval of the architectural review board and the California Coastal Commission, City Planning Director Suzanne Frick expects construction to begin in early 1999.
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July 4, 1997
The Santa Monica Fire Department were host to two Parisian firefighters, who compared trans-Atlantic differences in firefighting techniques. Parisian streets are narrower and curve more than those here, said Willy Preto, 37, whose Parisian rank is comparable to battalion chief. Therefore, Parisian firetrucks are substantially smaller than their American counterparts, he said. Each truck, however, holds about half a dozen firefighters--compared with the average of four in the United States.
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July 3, 1997
Former deputy chief Ettore Berardinelli will be inaugurated as Santa Monica's new fire chief on July 15. Berardinelli is taking over a department with low turnover, with many firemen working there 10 to 20 years, said Fire Department spokeswoman Roni Roseberg. "That translates into tremendous teamwork" to go along with advanced fire equipment, she said. Richard Bridges, who had been chief since February 1994, resigned to spend more time with his family, Roseberg said.
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July 3, 1997 | COLL METCALFE
Newbury Park resident Ettore Berardinelli, a veteran of the Santa Monica Fire Department, has been selected as that city's new fire chief. Berardinelli, Santa Monica's deputy chief and a firefighting instructor at Santa Monica College, will replace the retiring chief, Richard Bridges, on July 15. "This feels really good," said Berardinelli, who has lived in the Conejo Valley since the early 1980s. "I've learned a lot in my years here and I'm really looking forward to being at the helm."
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February 13, 1997
The Santa Monica City Council has decided to issue up to $18 million in lease revenue bonds to help fund a new public safety building after voters rejected a $29.5-million bond measure to pay for the facility. Police officials said a new building is needed to house the city's police, fire and emergency operations because the 40-year-old headquarters now in use is overcrowded and run-down.
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November 8, 1996
Santa Monica officials are looking for a way to build a public safety building after voters rejected a $29.5-million bond measure Tuesday that would have helped pay for a facility to house the city's police, fire and emergency operations. Proposition EE, which would have authorized Santa Monica to issue general obligation bonds to pay for the building, fell short of the needed two-thirds vote by less than 5 percentage points.
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November 18, 1994 | ADRIAN MAHER and SCOTT COLLINS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
After the Northridge earthquake severely damaged the historic Sea Castle apartments, the Santa Monica Fire Department helped former tenants recover their belongings. But now authorities are investigating whether firefighters also helped themselves to tenants' property. City officials received complaints that seven to 20 firefighters stole and perhaps sold tenants' belongings after a September cleanup of the red-tagged structure at 1725 The Promenade, on the Santa Monica oceanfront.
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July 18, 1993 | CHRISTINA V. GODBEY
Barbara Held used to spend her workdays behind a desk. She frequently thought about how to escape from the endless hours on the telephone and the mounds of paperwork. So one day nearly a decade ago, she acted on a whim and called the Santa Monica Fire Department. It was a call that changed her life. Last month, Held was named "Outstanding Young Firefighter of the Year" by the Santa Monica Jaycees at a luncheon at the station.
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November 4, 1995
The Santa Monica Fire Department is handing over one of its fire engines to firefighters in Mazatlan, Mexico, this weekend as part of the sister city program. Eight Mazatlan firefighters have been visiting Santa Monica all week to learn how to operate the 1980 fire engine, officials said. Although the donation was approved by the Santa Monica City Council a year ago, officials had been unable to find a way to get the vehicle to Mazatlan. But the U.S.
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November 23, 1994 | RON RUSSELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As many as 13 Santa Monica firefighters face disciplinary action after allegations that they took items left behind by tenants forced to evacuate an earthquake-damaged apartment building, fire officials said Tuesday. The disclosure by Santa Monica Fire Chief Richard Bridges came after the Fire Department concluded a monthlong investigation.
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