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10:52am

Tue October 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

A day in the life of volunteer Fire Chief Steve Baxman

Monte Rio Volunteer Fire Chief Steve Baxman ready for action
Rhian Miller

 

In Monte Rio, a rural community on the Russian River a few miles south of Guerneville, volunteer Fire Chief Steve Baxman is on-call 24 hours a day. And when there is an emergency call, other members of his all-volunteer crew join him.

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5:07pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Fighting the Mission Bay blaze

Kenneth Smith

Two days ago, the San Francisco skyline was covered in thick black smoke. It came from a fire that tore through a construction site in the Mission Bay neighborhood. 

Tuesday’s five alarm fire was the biggest the city has seen since 2012. Ultimately, 150 firefighters responded, with almost 50 vehicles, and they used a lot of water. 

KALW’s Ben Trefny spoke with Mindy Talmidge, the Public Information Officer at the San Francisco Fire Department, to get a sense of how they take on a blaze this big, where the water had to come from, and and how much water it took to fight it.

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12:00am

Thu August 1, 2013

4:08pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

In Richmond, concern about air pollution goes beyond Chevron fire

European Commission

Pollution and the environment have always been big issues for Californians. A statewide survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California last month showed that approximately half the state’s residents see air pollution as a serious threat to their health.

Among African Americans and Latinos, concern is even greater.  The majority of those polled in these groups believe that people in lower-income areas are disproportionately affected by air pollution.

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1:59pm

Thu August 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Hundreds of Richmond residents file claims against Chevron

People at attorney Nicholas Haney's office in Richmond, CA. August 7, 2012.
Julie Caine

If you saw the lead story of today's San Francisco Chronicle, you would have seen a photo of a long line of people outside a lawyer's office in Richmond, near a sign that says: "Chevron Claims Filed Here." 

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