February 15, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Burbank Fire Chief Tracy Pansini announced plans to retire Feb. 20, with Assistant Fire Chief Ray Krakowski expected to take over the department in March, officials said Wednesday. Pansini, a 30-year veteran of the department who considered himself an “in-the-trenches guy,” has been out on medical leave since June. Officials would not comment on the nature of the leave, citing the chief’s right to privacy. “The time came to step back and take a hard look at things.
August 29, 2009
LA CAÑADA ? Fire officials upgraded the status of the Station fire above La Cañada Flintridge to the most serious response level as it continued to burn out of control toward Altadena, with more than 5,100 acres charred as of 7:30 p.m. Friday, officials said. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday afternoon declared a state of emergency for Los Angeles County. Four wildfires are currently ablaze in the foothills and other parts of the Southland, including the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
June 8, 2013
It is June, and despite the morning low clouds so typical of the month, our mountain vegetation remains parched. A scant amount of rain has fallen on this area so far in 2013 and as history has demonstrated, that scenario is unlikely to change before November. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has, since Jan. 1, responded to nearly double the number of wildfires it battles during the same period in a typical year, according to a report issued Friday. In the first six months of an average year, Cal Fire is called to 1,110 wildfires.
May 3, 2000
Amber Willard BURBANK -- Burbank fire officials are investigating 28 cases of alleged fraud committed by men posing as employees of fire suppression companies. Three men, all Israeli citizens who live in Tarzana and Woodland Hills, were arrested in March by Hermosa Beach police on suspicion of commercial burglary and interfering with fire safety equipment. Since then, investigators have found hundreds of Southern California businesses, mostly restaurants, that may have been victims of the suspects, Itzhak Apo, Avi Shushan and Yaron Patay, as well as others.
June 20, 2009
Welcome to Law & Disorder, your weekly installment of the strange, bizarre and occasionally heartbreaking cases found in our local courthouses. Remember: The accused are presumed innocent until proved otherwise, filing a lawsuit does not automatically make the defendant liable, and the person in the black robe is probably a judge. Fax wars, part I Robin Long v. Cal Counties Fire Protection Co. Glendale Superior Court – Limited Jurisdiction Angry and fed up, a woman sued a fire protection company June 5 for wasting her fax machine’s ink and paper when it sent unauthorized advertisements.
January 30, 2002
Laura Sturza SOUTH SAN FERNANDO DISTRICT -- To celebrate a $1.7 million facility remodeling, the City of Burbank Recycle Center will have a ribbon-cutting Thursday. Improvements include an upgraded fire-protection system and new equipment that can handle twice as much material as was previously possible. The center processes 200 tons of materials per day at its 10-year-old facility, owned by the city and operated by BLT Recycling Inc., an Oxnard contractor.
December 9, 2000
Lolita Harper TOLUCA LAKE -- Fires caused by burning candles have increased dramatically the past couple of years and even more so during the holiday season, officials said. A fire caused by an unattended candle in the 4400 block of Lakeside Drive Tuesday was the second in eight days in Burbank. "There are an increased number of fires from candles because they are so popular, especially during the holidays," Burbank Fire Marshal David Starr said.
February 14, 2007
Inspection scam targets businesses The Burbank Fire Department is warning area businesses about a company that is conducting fake fire inspections, then sending an invoice for the work. A company calling itself ORCO Fire Protection Service visited a local business under the guise of representing the Burbank Fire Department, claiming to inspect the facility and leaving a report. Two weeks later the Burbank company received an invoice for $300. The Burbank Fire Department does not contract out fire safety inspection services, officials said.
July 18, 2001
Karen S. Kim NORTHWEST DISTRICT -- With a Sept. 30 deadline for starting construction on Burbank Adult School's soundproofing project looming ahead, Burbank Unified School District is trying to iron out the final kinks in the process. Ironing out one of the possible wrinkles will involve the help of the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, which agreed last week to give the school district $250,000 for its construction needs. In return, the district agreed that it would not demand anymore acoustical treatment at Burbank Adult School and Luther Burbank Middle School.