On Monday, October 5, the Oceanside Firefighters Association, along with members of the department’s command and administrative staff, held a book release event at the Oceanside Museum of Art for Arcadia Publishings new release, Images of America- Oceanside Fire Department.
Fire Chief Darryl Hebert presided over the two-hour event in front of a crowd of approximately 60 people. OFD retirees, current members, as well as several city council, fire and police commission members showed up, including Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood.
The Oceanside Fire Department Honor Guard, as well as North County Emerald Society bagpiper and former OFD captain Dennis Rogers, (above) provided support. The newly restored F4 was on hand as well.
We were able to sell approximately 100 books, with 100% of the proceedings going towards the Oceanside Firefighters Charity Fund, which donates towards local charities such as the Casa De Amparo Children’s Shelter. Special thanks to Jan DesRosiers and Gracie Ramirez for all the hard work preparing the amazing appetizers and desserts.
Here, Division Chief Ray Melendrez purchases books from FF/PM Scott Stein and Captain Joe Ward.
Here, myself and Captain Mark Finstuen sign copies with Fire Investigator/Honor Guard Captain Ron Owens and Engineer Scott Blawusch look on.
If anybody is interested in purchasing the book you can do so here.
For more than 120 years, the firefighters of the Oceanside Fire Department have had the privilege of serving one of Southern California’s most active and popular coastal communities. Its firefighters are well known regionally as being highly skilled, capable, and aggressive when it comes to firefighting. This legacy has been handed down from Oceanside’s first firefighters as they lived in the Wild West of the late 1800s, fighting blazes similar to those of today but with dungarees, cowboy boots, and nothing to guide them but instinct and bravery. Today a force of more than 100 modern, paramedic-trained firefighters protect over 180,000 Oceanside residents and visitors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Author Bio: Author and Oceanside Fire Department captain Mark W. Finstuen, a 22-year fire service veteran, has spent hundreds of hours scouring archives, obtaining photographs, and chasing down stories. He is a past president of the Oceanside Firefighters’ Association and is the primary historian of the Oceanside Fire Department. Coauthor and University of California, San Diego graduate Stu Sprung is a former San Francisco firefighter who spent much of the early part of his 17-year fire service career in Oceanside. He is a training consultant, a feature writer for a leading fire service publication, and an executive board member for the San Diego Firehouse Museum.