Firefighters Remind You to 'Pool Safely'

Friday, July 04, 2014 |

Click to learn more about Pool Safely...
The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and partner agencies in reminding every American to Pool Safely!

Pool Safely is a national public education effort to reduce child drownings, non-fatal submersions and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. Los Angeles Firefighters support this effort through their belief in the campaign slogan:

Simple Steps Save Lives...

The 7 Simple Steps to Pool Safely...

  1. Constant Supervision
  2. Proper Fencing
  3. Pool & Spa Safety Covers
  4. Door, Gate & Pool Alarms
  5. Safety Drain Covers
  6. Swimming Lessons
  7. Learning CPR
To learn more, please visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Prepare and Protect Your Pets From Fireworks

Thursday, July 03, 2014 |

Fireworks Exploding in the Sky
With their sensitive hearing, many household pets become terrified by fireworks.

In Los Angeles, it's not uncommon this time of year for firefighters to deal with persons bitten or injured by skittish animals or traffic collisions caused by wayward dogs, cats and horses.

While we encourage attendance at a professional fireworks show, it's best to leave your furry friends at home with someone to watch over them. In fact, now is a good time to prepare your home to safely harbor your pet from frightful sights and sounds associated with Independence Day celebrations:

  • Make sure your pets are wearing proper identification - and consider a microchip. If your pet runs away due to fireworks, you'll have a better chance of recovering them if a sturdy, legible and accurate ID tag is worn.
  • Contact your veterinarian for professional advice in preparing animals for the noisy days to come. For household pets, a quiet and well-secured room with soothing music and your pets favorite toy may be just what the doctor orders. If you’re having visitors over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food.
  • Take a photograph of your pet and place the telephone numbers for your veterinarian and animal care and control agency near your home phone and in your cell phone. In the event of an escaped animal or crisis, you can contact these professionals promptly for guidance.
  • Even if your animals don’t seem upset by noise, they can still be harmed by burns, injuries and ingestions related to fireworks. Survey your property for hazards, and pay close attention to your pet for any signs of illness or injury.
Within the City of Los Angeles, our friends at the Department of Animal Services can be reached directly at (888) 452-7381 or by calling 3-1-1.

Should you experience an emergency that endangers human life or property and demands immediate attention, your Police or Fire Department may be contacted via 9-1-1.

Please join us in making sure that every member of your household celebrates safely!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Investigators Arrest and Charge Suspect in 21 Arson Fires

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 |

LOS ANGELES – Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section have been investigating a series of trash, dumpster, and small grass fires in the Boyle Heights area since April. These fires occurred in an area bordered by 1st Street on the north, 6th Street on the south, Boyle Avenue on the west and Evergreen Avenue on the east.

On Friday, June 27, 2014, LAFD investigators arrested Salvador Munguia, a 43-year-old transient, who was found in the immediate area of a trash fire at the intersection of Chicago Street and East 4th Street.

After questioning Munguia, investigators were able to link him to 21 fires and subsequently filed 21 counts of arson against him. Nineteen of the fires were trash or dumpster fires and two were small grass fires. Thankfully, no injuries were reported in any of the blazes. The case was presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday, July 1.

“Arson is a serious crime and we have zero-tolerance for these willful acts of destruction in the City of Los Angeles,” said Interim Los Angeles Fire Chief James G. Featherstone. “We are in the throes of a record drought and with the approaching holiday weekend, I urge all Angelenos to be vigilant and to immediately report any suspicious fire-related activity that might result in a catastrophic fire, injuries or deaths.”

Munguia is being held in custody in lieu of $1.1 million bail. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

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Celebrate Safely at a Public Fireworks Show in Los Angeles

Thursday, June 26, 2014 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department reminds you that all fireworks, even the so-called 'safe and sane' variety remain illegal in the City of Los Angeles.

LAFD Anti-Fireworks Display Banner
Those who use, possess or transport any type of firework in Los Angeles may be subject to criminal prosecution - or worse yet, painful and debilitating injury.

Why Risk Tragedy?

Join firefighters and their families at a Public Fireworks Show - the safest and most enjoyable way to celebrate our nation's independence. To find a professional fireworks display in the Greater Los Angeles area, call (888) 654-FIRE or visit:

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Greater Alarm Fire Causes $600K Damage to Studio City Home


STUDIO CITY - A greater alarm fire late Wednesday swept through the top floor and attic of a multi-story hillside home before being tamed by Los Angeles Firefighters.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was first summoned at 11:51 PM on June 25, 2014, with the vague description by 9-1-1 callers of a possible fire in the hills of the southeast San Fernando Valley.

Navigating narrow streets amid steep terrain near Coldwater Canyon to find the source of smoke, firefighters arrived at 3643 Potosi Avenue in Studio City, to find heavy flames on the top floor of an 3,966 square-foot three story hillside home.

Given the building's proximity to volatile brush, an LAFD helicopter was assigned for aerial reconnaissance and command support, but proved unneeded, as ninety firefighters skillfully confined the bulk of flames to the third floor and attic, with some fire damage extending to the second floor.

LAFD Assistant Chief Timothy Manning described the well-coordinated fire attack as a "miraculous effort", giving strong praise to the skill, determination and resourcefulness of those in his command who quickly placed unwieldy ground ladders and hoisted heavy equipment in awkward spaces to dominate the fire, which was fully extinguished in just 41 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Though the 21 year-old residence did not feature residential fire sprinklers, firefighters were able to limit fire loss to $600,000 ($500,000 structure & $100,000 contents) of the home's more that $1,300,000 estimated value.

The cause of the fire is considered accidental, attributed to an electric clothes iron left on when the resident departed his home earlier in the evening. Though displaced by the fire, the man was to seek his own accommodation.
Dispatched Units: E278 T78 RA78 RA878 E108 E102 E288 T88 E97 EM14 BC14 BC10 E60 E99 E88 DC3 E260 T60 E239 T39 EM11 BC9 UR88 T89 E289 E89 UR89 RA89 RA889 BC5 H3 EA2 EA1
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Woodland Hills Food Faire to Support Local LAPD/LAFD Responders

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 |

Grateful Hearts LAFD/LAPD Food Faire and Fundraiser
WOODLAND HILLS - The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Officers welcome you to join them at a new location for the:

'Grateful Hearts'
LAFD/LAPD Food Faire and Fundraiser
Thursday, June 26, 2014
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

This popular event - now in its 9th year, brings San Fernando Valley residents and business leaders together in support of neighborhood firefighters and community police officers.

In addition to live entertainment, there will be emergency equipment displays and food booths from the most acclaimed restaurants in the southwest San Fernando Valley. A large contingent of LAPD and LAFD personnel will be on site, to thank you for being their partner in public safety.

Grateful Hearts LAFD Food Faire and FundraiserWere that not enough... your neighborhood firefighters will be staffing the "Mother of All Barbecues", with bountiful portions of firehouse-style tri-tip, grilled chicken and more!

For information on Grateful Hearts, call the Valley Cultural Center: (818) 704-1358

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man in Grave Condition, Rescuers Injured in Mission Hills Garage Fire


MISSION HILLS - A fire Wednesday morning in a Mission Hills garage left one man with life-threatening burns, and injured a pair of neighbors - one seriously, when they rescued the man from the burning building prior to the Fire Department's arrival.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:44 AM on June 25, 2014 to 14938 South Brand Boulevard in Mission Hills, where firefighters arrived quickly to find a detached garage behind a single family home, well involved with fire.

Pair Injured Rescuing Gravely Burned Man from Mission Hills Garage. © Photo by Mike Meadows, click to view more...

According to witnesses, a 94 year-old resident had attempted to start his vehicle inside the garage, when the older pickup backfired twice. A blaze erupted, and the man was seen reentering the burning building at least once against the plea of bystanders.

As neighbors - including one with a fire extinguisher, rushed to the scene, the nonagenerian collapsed inside the burning garage and was quickly enveloped in flames. With firefighters yet to arrive, a pair of neighbors valiantly pulled the man from the inferno, and extinguished his burning clothes, sustaining their own injury in the process.

The resident, who sustained 3rd-degree burns to more than 90% of his body, was considered to be in grave condition. His rescuers were a 32 year-old man in fair condition after exposure to heat and smoke, as well as a 63 year-old man in serious condition, after suffering 2nd degree burns to his arms and face. All three were taken to an area hospital by LAFD paramedic ambulance.

Thirty-seven firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Jose S-Cronenbold confined the fire to the garage, extinguishing the flames in just 16 minutes.

LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said "This fire highlights the life-saving importance of quickly exiting any burning building, and remaining safely outside until firefighters arrive".

Though smoke alarms were not a factor in the blaze, firefighters canvassed the neighborhood as part of LAFD's Smoke Alarm Field Education (SAFE) Program, distributing free smoke alarms and fire safety information.

Monetary loss from the fire, which destroyed the garage and its contents, is still being tabulated.

An analysis of the scene led Investigators from the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section to present findings consistent with eyewitness accounts, declaring the fire's cause to be combustible items at the rear of the garage ignited by vehicle exhaust backfire.
Dispatched Units: E90 E289 T89 RA100 E287 T87 RA87 E18 EM15 BC15 E70 RA70 AR2 DC3 AR17 AR23
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

West Nile Virus and Dead Birds: What Californians Need to Know

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 |

With increased public conversation about West Nile virus (WNV), your Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics want you to gain access to factual information.

Our friends at the California Department of Public Health, maintain the State's West Nile Virus website, a great resource that includes answers to common questions.

While most understand the necessity to Fight The Bite of mosquitoes, the most puzzled looks come from those wondering...

Why and How Should I Report Dead Birds?

The video below explains how Californians should handle an encounter with a dead bird, and the importance of dead bird reporting in the fight against West Nile virus.

To report a dead bird in California - at home, work or in a public place - and to learn more about WNV call 1-877-968-2473 or click on:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

'American Heroes Air Show' in Los Angeles

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 |

We welcome you to join members of the Los Angeles Fire Department and their families at the nation's premier (and yes, free!) public safety helicopter air show from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in Los Angeles.

American Heroes Airshow. Click to learn more...

The American Heroes Air Show is a family event at the Hansen Dam Recreation and Sports Complex in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

And yes, you heard correctly - admission & parking are FREE!

Guests of all ages will get an up-close look at helicopters from local, regional, state and federal public safety and military units with static displays, flight demonstrations and mission briefings. Make sure to bring a camera!

For complete information, including transit access, a map with driving directions and special shuttle service from parking areas to the event site, please visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man Perishes in Koreatown Apartment Fire


KOREATOWN - A man was found dead in a burning Koreatown apartment Wednesday evening.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 6:26 PM on June 18, 2014 to 247 South Normandie Avenue in Koreatown. Firefighters arrived quickly to find a 29,569 square-foot apartment building of three occupied floors over parking, with one top floor unit at the southeast corner of the building well involved with fire.

During an aggressive attack on the flames, LAFD responders discovered a lifeless young adult in the burning apartment. Beyond medical help, he was declared dead at the scene. Another resident from a first floor apartment sought medical attention for smoke exposure, but declined treatment or transportation.

Fifty-eight firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Michael Greenup confined the flames to the apartment of fire origin, extinguishing the blaze in just 18 minutes, limiting monetary loss to $120,000 ($100,000 structure & $20,000 contents). The building's 35 other units, collectively valued at $2,558,766 were spared from direct fire damage.

The burning apartment was equipped with smoke alarms, which were sounding loudly on the LAFD's arrival. Though the building was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers, other life safety systems in the 32-year old building, including a manually activated fire alarm system, fire doors that limited thick smoke and heat from spreading through semi-enclosed hallways, and a pre-connected on-site fire hose used by a neighbor, were each deemed to have functioned properly.

As LAFD Investigators combed the scene for clues, firefighters canvassed the neighborhood as part of LAFD's Smoke Alarm Field Education (SAFE) Program, distributing free smoke alarms and safety literature.

In addressing the deadly blaze, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said "It has been nearly 90 days - almost 3 months - since the last fatality at a structure fire in Los Angeles. If the residents of Los Angeles are able to help firefighters maintain this admirable statistic, fire deaths could be held to less than one-quarter of those we have experienced in recent years."

Five residents of the involved apartment - not home when the fire erupted, were displaced by the blaze. Following on-site emotional support from firefighters and counseling by local clergy, they were assisted by the American Red Cross with temporary living assistance.

A positive identification of the dead man, as well as the cause, time and manner of his death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

The cause of the fire remains under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E229 E29 T29 RA829 RA29 E6 E52 E211 T11 EM11 BC11 BC5 E68 RA52 RA6 E220 T20 E13 DC3 AR2 AR23 AR17
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department