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One injured in house fire on Chumash reservation

One person was inhaled by smoke and two pets were rescued after a fire broke out Friday night at a residence on the Chumash Reservation, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Fire crews summoned around 8:30 p.m. to the Willow Circle home just off Sanja Cota Avenue made a quick interior attack on the flames, saving a dog and a cat in the process, the county spokesperson said. of the fires, Captain Daniel Bertucelli.

Crews quickly extinguished the flames but remained on site for some time to overhaul the structure and assist residents, Bertucelli said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.


LFD improves firefighter safety with the installation of exhaust extraction systems

The Lompoc Fire Department recently installed $100,000 exhaust extraction systems in the engine compartments of both fire stations in an effort to improve firefighter safety by reducing toxic fumes that can cause the cancer.

Lompoc Fire Battalion Chief Scott Nunez explained that diesel engines, including fire trucks, produce toxic gases mixed with particles from the combustion process that fill engine compartments.

The systems reduce the exhaust gases inside the bays, “which in turn reduces the carcinogenic carcinogens that are there, as well as the diesel soot and everything else,” he said.

The exhaust systems, created by Plymovent and funded by the city’s general fund, are designed to magnetically connect pipes from the engine compartment ceiling directly to the exhaust pipes of department vehicles. The pipes then route the fumes through a filter to remove certain particles before pushing them out of the station’s roof and into the atmosphere.

Every time vehicles drive through the bay, or enter or exit, the pipes are connected, Nunez said.

Cancer has had a direct impact on the Lompoc fire department, according to Nunez, who cited a firefighter who took time off while battling cancer and recently returned to work.

“Every fire station should have one,” he said. “It’s going to be a game changer.”


Volunteers wanted to help count county homeless

Volunteers to help count the number of homeless people across Santa Barbara County are being sought for the annual count at some point scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Several hundred volunteers are needed to conduct the enforcement survey from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. that day by researching and speaking with homeless individuals and families.

United Way of Santa Barbara County has led the annual count in the past, but this year the Santa Maria County/Santa Barbara Continuum of Care will take on that role, a spokesperson for North Santa Barbara County United Way said.

However, United Way will continue to be involved by offering support and guidance.

The on-time count is essential in bringing resources to the county to address homelessness, as the information gathered by volunteers is used to plan local support systems as well as to raise public awareness of the plight of homeless citizens, a said the spokesperson.

Volunteers are encouraged to register in teams, but individuals are welcome to register and will be assigned to a team, which in turn will be assigned a specific area to solicit for the count.

Virtual training will be offered to all volunteers in January.

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