PLACENTIA (CBSLA) – The Orange County city of Placentia launched its own fire department Wednesday morning.
The Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department will replace the Orange County Fire Authority, which had been contracting with the city for 23 years.READ MORE: DEA Agents Going Online In Effort To Catch Drug Dealers, Distributors
The department opened with a “push in” ceremony, a tradition which dates back to the late 19th century when fire departments used hand-drawn water pumps and horse-drawn equipment.READ MORE: Report: Orange County Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Up 1,200%
The department includes three battalion chiefs, six fire captains, seven fire engineers and six firefighters. Its headed by Chief John “Pono” Van Gieson.MORE NEWS: OC Receives More Than 83,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In Single Day
The department’s two fire stations will be located at 120 South Bradford Avenue and 1530 South Valencia Avenue.