City appoints new fire chief

City appoints new fire chief

There are 32 comments on the Oroville Mercury-Register story from Aug 26, 2009, titled City appoints new fire chief. In it, Oroville Mercury-Register reports that:

OrovilleA1s City Council appointed a new fire chief Tuesday night. Charles Hurley, 49, took over as fire chief of the Oroville Fire Department on Wednesday.

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LOL

Elk Grove, CA

#1 Aug 27, 2009
The title of the article should be: Good Luck Chuck!. With the morons at city hall and the council: he'll need it! haha
The Timekeeper

Chico, CA

#2 Aug 27, 2009
Congratulations Chief Hurley, you are now on the clock to see how long you will last until the City of Oroville drives you mad! Intelligence, progressiveness, and having a backbone are all things that make the City of Oroville nervous
tick....tock....tick....tock.. ..tick....tock....tick....tock ..........
Good

United States

#3 Aug 27, 2009
This is a positive step for the FD and the City. Hopefully the department will start to have some organization now. Good luck to Mr. Hurley.
South County

United States

#4 Aug 27, 2009
Hope he cleans out some dead wood.
About time

Sloughhouse, CA

#5 Aug 27, 2009
Congrats to Chief Hurley. Finally, we get a professional, experienced, knowledgeable, and highly qualified fire chief. I wish him the best of luck! He'll need it with the way the council historically has negatively treated and devalued their top leaders.
HEs the man

Chico, CA

#6 Aug 28, 2009
he will do great things for our city and the fire dept. he is a new face and has the skills, knowledge and ability to get the job done and done right!!!
Shocked

United States

#7 Aug 29, 2009
Great hire so will the entire family move into the city paid for house next year as well? Nice perk Council too bad all the rest don't get such a perk.
huh

United States

#8 Aug 29, 2009
Shocked wrote:
Great hire so will the entire family move into the city paid for house next year as well? Nice perk Council too bad all the rest don't get such a perk.
What are you talking about?
Outside Man

Elk Grove, CA

#9 Sep 2, 2009
I heard that he's only going to be in oroville half the time, literally. Wish I could get full pay for half time work. and so it continues in oroville....when will that f.d. catch a break?
SteveB

Oroville, CA

#10 Sep 4, 2009
I hope one of the first things he does in Office is examines his budget to find extra cash to repaint those Greenish Yellow fire Engines.
Like other Readers have mentioned we will see how long it takes the City Council to drive him crazy and he moves along to another Dept. Hope he enjoys the FREE Housing the City Tax Payers are giving him for the next year.
basic

Chico, CA

#11 Sep 4, 2009
I had wondered for years why yellow greenish fire engines.. it came to me one day... to someone color blind its a lovely shade of gray... i don't know its the only thing other than it was a 70's thing???
If he is in oroville half time will he get full pay? Face it we are not your run of the mill area and stuff happens 24/7. Oh and on a full moon and first of the month and when the wind blows well we all know what I mean. LOL
Good luck buddy enjoy the education cuz your going to get one fast! Nothing is the norm other than thats our norm!(should I say something about the traffic at noon time and after 2:30- and all day on fridays? I will let it go why spoil the fun!!) Best of Luck see you around town!
basic

Chico, CA

#12 Sep 4, 2009
sorry jinxed the day I'm bad.
SteveB

Oroville, CA

#13 Sep 5, 2009
Well, it did not take long before the issue of our New Fire Chief not being around Oroville came up. On Friday Sept 4th at 6:25PM a structure Fire call came in. I heard this Fire call go out on the Scanner. Oroville Fire put out a General Alarm, which means all off Duty Firefighters report in and also calls in more Engines from Cal Fire from all over the County.

But, where was the New Fire Chief???? About 6:30PM he answered up on the radio and said "Chief One is responding from ROSEVILLE" The Dispatcher did not believe what he heard either and asked the New Chief to repeat his location. Again, he said responding from Roseville, over an hour away.

Since the City is giving him free housing in Oroville you would think he would stay here a little more often. I also have a problem with him taking a City Fire Vehicle home to Roseville. I thought these days the City was trying to save money. How is taking a car home over 140 miles away(round trip)saving any money????

As a Fire Chief how can he take Command of a Fire scene while in his car an hour away. Perhaps the City needs to give him a time limit for moving to Oroville and making this his primary home, not living 3 Counties away.
Fed Up

Paradise, CA

#14 Sep 5, 2009
Good luck to the new guy. He'll need it with that counsel.
Enlightenment

Oroville, CA

#15 Sep 7, 2009
SteveB wrote:
Well, it did not take long before the issue of our New Fire Chief not being around Oroville came up. On Friday Sept 4th at 6:25PM a structure Fire call came in. I heard this Fire call go out on the Scanner. Oroville Fire put out a General Alarm, which means all off Duty Firefighters report in and also calls in more Engines from Cal Fire from all over the County.
But, where was the New Fire Chief???? About 6:30PM he answered up on the radio and said "Chief One is responding from ROSEVILLE" The Dispatcher did not believe what he heard either and asked the New Chief to repeat his location. Again, he said responding from Roseville, over an hour away.
Since the City is giving him free housing in Oroville you would think he would stay here a little more often. I also have a problem with him taking a City Fire Vehicle home to Roseville. I thought these days the City was trying to save money. How is taking a car home over 140 miles away(round trip)saving any money????
As a Fire Chief how can he take Command of a Fire scene while in his car an hour away. Perhaps the City needs to give him a time limit for moving to Oroville and making this his primary home, not living 3 Counties away.
First off the new Fire Chief has been in office three weeks and you are roughing him up already! Where were all of you when the interim Fire Chief Bowers, who lives on Tenth St x Tehama, would not even respond to calls within his own jurisdiction. One time there was a fire two blocks away and he did not even respond. What was he doing polishing his gold chains! Ohhh, thats right, he pawned off his Chief Duties to unqualified Captains, less work and more play makes Bowers a happy man!

Now if you are such a scanner buff, Chief Hurley second or third day, he self dispatched himself to the structure fire on Oro-Dam! Chief Hurley is interested in being involved and hands on with the Fire Department something they have not had in, well, forever!

Step from behind your glass house and give this QUALIFIED, TALENTED, WELL-ROUNDED, EDUCATED FIRE CHIEF a chance to prove himself to his department and to the City of Oroville what a blessing he truly is.
basic

Chico, CA

#16 Sep 7, 2009
Oh I am fine with the new guy its just I feel bad for him... Oroville is not your run of the mill area with the run of the mill problems. If he likes huge challenge and that's the guy for us! He he is he should be able to write a best seller with all the stuff that happens in the O town.
Karen

Paradise, CA

#17 Sep 7, 2009
Poor Enlightenment guess you don't know what you think you know. First off Les Bowers doesn't live at 10th and Tehama...second any fire two blocks from that address is county and not city so why would he respond unless asked to by the county.
LOL

Elk Grove, CA

#18 Sep 7, 2009
Karen - maybe that was enlightenments point! the former "interim" fire chief wouldn't go to a fire two blocks away just because it involved DOING SOMETHING. The fire at 14th street last week wasn't in the city either, but the new chief went without being asked.......hhhmmm i wonder why? what separates the two chiefs?
Enlightenment

Oroville, CA

#19 Sep 7, 2009
Karen wrote:
Poor Enlightenment guess you don't know what you think you know. First off Les Bowers doesn't live at 10th and Tehama...second any fire two blocks from that address is county and not city so why would he respond unless asked to by the county.
Well excuse me, I am sorry that I forgot which intersection! However, you miss the point, there is something in the fire service called a duty to act, which Bowers lacks!
Karen

Paradise, CA

#20 Sep 7, 2009
So both of you believe we should throw jurisdiction out the window, we should have off duty fireman respond to calls that are close to their homes. How far do you think is to far, the new guy lives in Roseville at the moment so he should respond to any call between here and Roseville.

If 14th street is close enough for a city fireman to respond ..what do you guys think of say 16th or 18th, just how far away do you think is to far?

I know both of you won't mind paying for any off duty injuries that happen while they are on these fires that they aren't called to.

Hey lets also have off duty police respond to calls in their neighborhoods. That would sure help bring crime down.

You both have great ideas thanks for sharing.

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