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Firefighters, helicopter rescue mountain biker
August 8, 2011
Laguna Beach firefighters rescued a mountain biker who crashed while racing down the Telonics Bike Trail on Saturday, according to a news release from the Fire Department. Saturday. Once on scene, firefighters had to hike down the trail head to reach the victim. 21 to approve an agreement with city firefighters for raises, benefits and programs through June 2011. Pay increases were made retroactive to Nov. 6, three days after representatives of the firefighters union signed the memorandum of understanding. Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson Schneider voted against the agreement because she wanted the raise made retroactive to June 30. The agency recognized lifeguards Scott Diederich and Casey Parlette and firefighters Thomas Padden, Scott Hammond, Patrick Cary, Chris Kent, Robert Abijay and Jeff White who rescued the man in December, Nicole Stanfield, the agency’s public information officer, wrote in an email. The home is going through a remodel, and the fire began just outside the master bathroom in the two story home, Laguna Beach Fire Capt. Andrew Hill said. No one was hurt, he added. A contractor inside the house attempted to put out the fire, but there was too much smoke and the person called 911, Hill said. The Orange County Professional Firefighters Assn., to which Laguna firefighters pay union dues, notified Whalen by mail of the endorsement Saturday. have called off negotiations on a new employment contract for the city’s firefighters. Negotiations for a new contract began in March and ended earlier this month, said John Latta, the business agent for the firefighters association. The firefighters’ current two year contract expired June 30, he said. On Monday, the Firefighters routed the Laguna Hills Red Sox, 18 5, to mark the third straight outing they had scored a mercy rule victory. In notching their eighth victory in 11 games this season, the Firefighters batted through their order in the first inning. They scored six runs, yet managed only one hit in the frame but took advantage of seven walks and a sacrifice fly to grab control early.