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Explosive structure fire sends man to hospital

Explosive structure fire sends man to hospital

Tisha Cheney

February 2, 2018


Filed under Breaking News, Community, Crime, Mobile Headlines, News

A man was hospitalized after an explosion set fire to a garage Wednesday.The incident took place on Dayton Road just after 1:30 p.m., according to the Chico Fire Department's incident report."The street garage just exploded," added the report.The fire was then fueled by oil, gas cans and other highly f...

City Council approves firefighters staffing request

City Council approves firefighters staffing request

Alejandra Fraga

March 8, 2017


Filed under Breaking News, Community, News

Chico City Council voted on a proposition made by the Chico Fire Department to bring on three full-time positions for the remainder of the fiscal year. The proposal was approved on a 4-3 vote.The positions will be supported by the existing department operating budget, coming from internal department sav...

Firefighter jobs safe for two additional months

Firefighter jobs safe for two additional months

Katia Berg

November 7, 2016


Filed under Community, News, Showcase

Newly-employed firefighters approach a hazy future as grant money runs out.The $5.3 million SAFER grant employed 15 firefighters in 2014, but as money runs low the Fire Department must decide if staff has to be cut. Options were presented to City Council on Nov. 1, which included:-Option 1: Adding no add...

Fire department cuts personnel, 15 face layoffs

Fire department cuts personnel, 15 face layoffs

Katia Berg

October 31, 2016


Filed under Community, News, Showcase

Fifteen Chico firefighters face losing their jobs as federal grant funding is lost. In early 2014, a $5.3 million grant was approved by City Council to fund over a dozen positions for the Fire Department. In two years, the grant money diminished significantly, forcing local firefighters to come to th...

City council bans furniture outside homes

City council bans furniture outside homes

December 18, 2015


Filed under Community, News

At a city council meeting on Dec. 1, the Chico Fire Department recommended an ordinance to council members that will prohibit furniture outside homes and patios. The ordinance passed and will be effective immediately, according to Sean Morgan, vice mayor of Chico. It aims to eliminate couch and furni...

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