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Posted inCrime & Safety, Fire

Fire chief retires after 27 years, with many ‘firsts’

Looking back on her nearly three decades at the Berkeley Fire Department, Chief Debra Pryor said her philosophy has been to tune out her detractors, take the support that’s been offered to her, and keep the spotlight focused on her team, rather than on herself. Pryor, 51, retires Friday, Dec. 28, from the Berkeley Fire Department. Deputy […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Fire, Nature

On Saturday: Berkeley practices for a major earthquake

Tomorrow morning, a (simulated) 6.9 earthquake on the Hayward Fault hits Berkeley. Do you know what to do in a major disaster? Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) from across the city will be participating in a live exercise both to test their skills and to spread the word about effective disaster preparedness. “This is the […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Fire

Nine firefighters are promoted in Berkeley ceremony

Nine Berkeley firefighters were sworn into new jobs Friday in a badge pinning ceremony held at the Berkeley Rep Theatre. Berkeley Fire Chief Debra Pryor presented the newly promoted firefighters with their badges which were then pinned by family members and close friends. The ceremony was well attended by supporters of the newly promoted public servants […]

Posted inCity, Crime & Safety, Fire

Eight Berkeley firefighters promoted at pinning ceremony

A row of parked fire engines made an impressive sight on a rainy Friday afternoon on Addison Street as, inside the Berkeley Repertory Thrust Theatre, eight Berkeley firefighers were promoted in a badge-pinning ceremony which also served to remind the audience what an honorable group of men and women serve and protect the Berkeley community. […]