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Intel Brief – August 2011

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Sac Fire: Budget cuts delayed response at fire.
Budget cuts in the Sacramento City Fire Department (SCFD) are now being felt on the fire lines. On July 6, firefighters battled a tractor-trailer fire in South Sacramento with half its hazmat companies gone. The fire started at 8 a.m. at a yard owned by Mike and Son’s Truck Repair near Elder Creek Road and Florin-Perkins. The tractor trailer that caught fire was stored in the yard for a hazardous materials cleaning company called Clean Harbors. Because there were 40 different chemicals in the truck/trailer, the incident required a specialized hazardous materials response, and more than 500 people, and 50 buildings were evacuated. A SCFD fire captain noted that a number of substances mixed together and created vapors. The week of July 4, SCFD was forced to close one of it’s two hazmat companies because of budget cuts. City fire officials said that closure had three major effects on the incident response: a 1-hour delay, an expanded evacuation area, and Roseville’s hazmat team being called in to assist. At least three people went to the hospital after breathing in the fumes. Four firefighters were treated on scene for heat exhaustion. Additional hazmat teams were called in to contain any chemical runoff. There’s still no word what exactly what chemicals were inside the trailer or what started the fire.

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FBI investigates ‘Anonymous’ hackers.
The hackers who have been bombarding the city of Orlando, Florida with cyberattacks, are now threatening the city’s mayor and police officers. Police said members of the group Anonymous released a set of disturbing photos in their latest attack. The group posted two photos to their Twitter account. One shows the mayor ‘s home in the background. The second photo depicts two headless Orlando police officers, and a mask in the bottom right corner. The FBI was called to investigate who posted the images. Anonymous said its actions are in response to the city ordinance that restricts the number of times a group can feed the homeless at Lake Eola. The group said they are siding with Food Not Bombs, a homeless feeding organization. Orlando police are treating the photos as a threat. The department bolstered patrols around the mayor’s home.

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