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New Santa Rosa fire station planned to improve Fountaingrove response times

Work is set to start next month on a new fire station in the Fountaingrove area that initially was opposed by some residents who said it didn’t belong in an upscale hillside development.

Santa Rosa Fire Chief Mark McCormick announces retirement

Santa Rosa Fire Chief Mark McCormick announced his retirement Thursday after 22 years with the department and 35 years in the fire service.

Santa Rosa fire stations fully open again

Fire stations in two Santa Rosa neighborhoods this week have put away the ‘Closed Today’ signs that for more than two years had been posted on the doors for about half of each week.

OSHA, Santa Rosa in flap over fine for firefighter

Cal-OSHA slapped the Santa Rosa Fire Department with a $2,700 fine after spotting a photo in The Press Democrat of a firefighter standing on the roof without a safety harness. The city is contesting the fine, saying the state’s rules are unclear and not evenly enforced. But OSHA says the law is clear. What do you think?

Santa Rosa picks interim fire chief for permanant job

UPDATE: Interim Santa Rosa Fire Chief Mark McCormick, a 20-year veteran of the department, has been permanently named to the post. City Manager Kathy Millison says he will bring fresh ideas and innovation to the department during financially challenging times.

Santa Rosa streamlines permit process for solar arrays

Since the beginning of the year, the Santa Rosa Fire Department has required a separate review of building plans for residential solar arrays and inspection of them once installed. On Monday, it announced it would turn over that role to the city’s building department. Critics said the additional bureaucracy was time consuming, expensive and unnecessary.

Santa Rosa raises top pay for police, fire chiefs

The top of the salary ranges for Santa Rosa’s police and fire chiefs were increased 6 and 10 percent respectively by the City Council on Tuesday to ensure they are paid more than their subordinates. The move doesn’t trigger raises for Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm or interim Fire Chief Mark McCormick, but it does allow raises to be granted at the discretion of the city manager.