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Firefighters rescue woman from burning structure in Livermore

Original post made on Jun 21, 2013

Firefighters Friday rescued a woman trapped inside a locked room at a residential motel in Livermore that was on fire.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 21, 2013, 1:38 PM

Comments (16)

Posted by Truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Great job LPFD...As a resident of Pleasanton let me be the first to thank you for risking your own life so that others may are true Americans!

Posted by Choloo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 21, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Thank you for saving the woman.

Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

God Bless Firefighters who do this. They are our Domestic Marines
Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard. They go where others run
from. Thumbs down to those who moan about their pay, benefits
and whatever they cry about. They are worth every dime spent.

Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Your worth every penny!.......keep up the good work!

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I commend the fire fighters for their good work, in between lengthy periods of down time where they do absolutely nothing except put in hours of nothingness that will count toward a highly overinflated pension.

We know that most fire fighters are not needed. Fire science tells us this. Most buildings are now built of steel and concrete. If a forest fire or grass fire sweeps the area, it will be the helicopters that do the job, not the underworked and awfully overpaid fire fighters.

California is sinking into an enormously deep abyss of debt. It is like a tsunami in reverse, that will draw us into its death spiral as Calpers and Calstrs to amply testifies.

Posted by To: Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 23, 2013 at 10:23 pm

You make several excellent points regarding the overselling of fire department services. Many cities are beginning to understand the cost of FD services are exorbinant. There are more cost effective ways to provide what really amount to MD services.

Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

Maybe we should just have a volunteer fire department. I'm sure enough patriotic Americans would step up to due their duty for our community. I volunteer Arnold to be the first pay-exempt, pension-free member of the department.

Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Hey Arnold and To Arnold---you have no idea what the fire department does or is responsible for. Educate yourselves. Learn about the certifications and schooling, both manipulative and academic that they must pass. Go do their jobs and then complain. LPFD is an award winning fire department who merged services between two cities (Livermore and Pleasanton) for better service and cost savings. Pension abuses are by Executive Management in all fields. An example was described this past weekend in the local paper involving the Alameda County County Manager. Look at what the school Superintendant and her "Assistants" earn and accumulate from pensions. Good competent teachers, not the incompetent teachers protected by tenure should be getting that money, afterall that is where the "rubber meets the road". Executive Managers are protected by their Boards, their Councils while they strip the rank and file, the real workers. If you want some savings then put those employees that are in administrative roles on a different and less costly pension plans, not the same as those who put their lives on the Line when needed. They are already make a ton more money than the worker. That's the difference, those who go into the "fray" when called and needed to save life and property versus those behind a desk. You two should go and work with the Sewer and Streets, Parks, Water, Police and Fire Departments. Then you would see the real picture and stop your bitching about pensions. There were years when Pleasanton did not pay one red cent into CalPers because the investments were doing so well. They were termed a Superfunded City. Almost every pension scandal reported has involved a Manager, not a rank and file employee. Fire Chiefs, Superintendants of Schools, City Managers--not a street cop or firefighter, Parks, Streets or Water rank and file employee. My two cents for the ignoramus plural.

Posted by Marie, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 24, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Scott, you do need to disclose that you are retired from LPFD...

Posted by Really?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Marie- I hope he is retired from LPFD. Im sick of hearing "facts" from those who have no idea what they are talking about and receive their talking points from a bias source of gossip. And these people are taken as experts on the subject?

Since when do we not listen to the professionals in the field they are working in? Would you have the same reaction over a doctor chiming in on a medical topic?

Thanks Scott for sharing the information, if you are retired from LPFD, than what you say carries even more cred.

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

Scott, most often, when you see "Arnold" and "tsunami" in the same post, it's the person trying to phish for fiscal conservatives to talk about pensions. In fact, you can probably ignore any post with tsunami. It's all sarcasm.

Posted by Truth, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Scott..don't waste your breath on Arnorld...everyone knows he fires off his repetitive rant and hen responds to himself. He continues this because it's all he knows. Remember every night Arnorld falls asleep in font of his computer with his pants down while sitting in a pool or his own urine..hoping someone will respond to his rants. His pathetic little life is obsessed with degrading heroes who actually are out serving and protecting while he sits alone..what a tool....he doesn't deserve a second thought.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Some posters' comments are neither nice nor accurate. My reference to tsunami is the best reference out there on how to describe the almost inevitable bankruptcy for both city and state, and the raise in taxes which will bust so many of us who already are saddled with an ungodly 13% tax rate. Next, someone's going to want to overhaul prop 13, which already puts undue burden on homeowners, especially those with homes in the 1+ million range.

I'm sure fire fighters have to be high school educated and probably played on the school basketball team. But they've outlived their usefulness and place an unfair burden upon those of us who are paying excessive taxes because so-called poor people don't. Truth is, we cannot afford unnecessary fire fighters who get a call every year or so. It's probably more cost effective to let a building burn once in a while (that's what insurance is for) than to have legions of oversalaried and overpensioned guys hanging out at the fire station. With all due respect.

Posted by Marie, a resident of Birdland
on Jun 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I never said that his being a retired firefighter made him less credible, just a fact that some people might not know.

Posted by b, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Insurance companies don't insure homes in places without fire departments, at least not without charging substantially higher rates to compensate. Just ask the people who live in the remote forest fire prone areas of CA.

But hey, let everyone fend for themselves. Let the town burn down and the old people die when they fall down the stairs. At least we'll pay less taxes, right?

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Well, I like the part about less taxes. 13%, combined with Prop 13 taxes, are just killing me. And I like the idea that everyone starts to fend for themselves. Which is something unionized workers don't do because their union leaders have taken over their free will power. Let each fire fighter individually meet a city's demands and have them take a fitness test every year. Too much bloatedness, I think you'll agree - all sharing donuts and sharing alike as good communists do at the old fire house (hangout).

If people can't get insured, perhaps they should expect to foot the bill on the rare occasion when the house burns. But a volunteer force would do nicely. No ridiculous pensions and people could help one another like they used to do, with lines to pass the bucket and what not. And, yes, my taxes might be lowered.

But you know what, b? It's probably too late. The politicians are all bought off by the unions, and Calpers and Calstrs is presaging an enormous swell of public indebtedness that almost certainly will drown our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren in a stupendous wave of debt that even the largest lifeboat won't help us to survive. I know some want to ridicule me, just like they ridiculed Noah. But to them I only have one word: T.S.U.N.A.M.I.

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