San Pedro Elks Lodge Heavily Damaged by Fire

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 |

Updated April 16, 2014 4:30PM. - Updates in bold.

SAN PEDRO - It took more than a hundred firefighters to extinguish a non-injury fire that heavily damaged an Elks Lodge early Tuesday morning.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 2:50 AM on April 15, 2014 to 1748 Cumbre Drive in San Pedro, where firefighters arrived quickly to discover the large two-story San Pedro Elks Lodge #966 well involved with fire.

Less than twenty minutes into a fierce battle against towering flames, firefighters were forced to move to a defensive posture, as the roof of the 33,744 square-foot building constructed on a bluff, began to fail.

A total of 104 Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Ernest Bobadilla were able to spare a large auditorium from the bulk of fire damage, which ravaged other parts of the iconic facility. Flames were fully extinguished in less than two hours, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters spent several hours at the scene gingerly extracting memorabilia and carefully salvaging belongings that had not been consumed by flames. Monetary loss to the 47 year-old building is still being tabulated.

The fire was determined to be an intentional act, having been categorized as "incendiary" by LAFD Investigators, who are joined by Los Angeles Police officials and other law enforcement agencies in what remains an active investigation.

Anyone with information about this fire is encouraged to contact Investigators at the Los Angeles Fire Department - Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section at (213) 893-9850
Dispatched Units: E101 RA101 E248 E48 T48 RA848 E285 T85 EM13 BC6 E36 E112 E264 T64 E85 E266 T66 DC1 EM11 BC13 T5 E205 E5 UR5 RA5 UR88 BC4 E79 E38 E295 T95 E221 T21 EA2 AR1 RA112
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Salute America's 9-1-1 Dispatchers


Saluting those who answer the call. Click to learn more...On most days, they're the last people you want to talk to. However, when things go wrong - even terribly wrong, their mere presence on the phone can drop your pulse rate by 50 beats while assuring help is on the way.

We are of course, speaking of 'Public Safety Telecommunicators', or in normal citizen speak: the folks who answer your 9-1-1 call and coordinate the timely response of law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency medical service personnel.

April 13-19, 2014 is
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

While their effort assisting 9-1-1 callers is largely known, you may not be familiar with other aspects of a Public Safety Dispatcher's work. An essential task - or should we call it multi-task, is accounting for and assuring the safety of emergency responders at simultaneous critical incidents.


In the City of Los Angeles, the duty of answering calls and coordinating response to the broad spectrum of Fire Department emergencies falls upon a small cadre of specially trained firefighters who staff the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center (MFC).

As veteran rescuers trained in the actual control of emergencies, their "virtual presence" is an asset not only to 9-1-1 callers, but also to their fellow firefighters - who respond to emergencies by land, sea and air within our City more than 2,0000 times each day.

No Matter Where You Live...

Please join us in saluting all who 'Answer The Call'. To learn more about National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and how you can support the 9-1-1 dispatchers in your area, please visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Help Los Angeles: Become a Crisis Response Team Volunteer


City of Los Angeles Crisis Response Team volunteer programYour Los Angeles Fire Department encourages City of Los Angeles residents to join the Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) volunteer program.

Overseen by the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Crisis Response Team volunteers are professionally trained to provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, emotional support and referrals to victims and families involved in traumatic incidents such as:

  • Abused/Neglected Children
  • Homicides
  • Death Notification
  • Major Car Accidents
  • Drive-by Shootings
  • Natural Deaths
  • Fires
  • Suicides
The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) is activated by the LAPD or LAFD following a traumatic event, crime or disaster - when people often feel helpless, confused or are in emotional shock.

Deploying specially trained CRT volunteers allows emergency personnel to resume their primary duties, while ensuring victims and their families are provided with support and counsel for as many hours as they need.

Bilingual volunteers are strongly encouraged to apply. The Spring training will take place Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM between May 5 and June 18, 2014.

To learn more about this rewarding program and submit your application, please contact:

Becca Doten
Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Crisis Response Team
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 978-0697

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Woman Injured When Fire Chars San Pedro Duplex

Friday, April 11, 2014 |

SAN PEDRO - The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fire Friday afternoon, where they found the master bedroom, hallway and laundry room of one unit in a two-story residential triplex well involved with fire.

The fire was reported at 1:25 PM on April 11, 2014 at 2425 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro.

Under the command of Battalion Chief Ernest Bobadilla, firefighters made a rapid and aggressive attack. Due to the magnitude and size of the complex, 83 firefighters were dispatched to the fire, which was quickly knocked down by the first arriving crews in just 12 minutes.

A 57 year-old woman was rescued during a primary search of the structure. She was rapidly treated for minor burns and transported to an area hospital in fair condition.

Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire was deemed electrical.

Dispatched Units: E248 E48 T48 RA848 E101 RA101 E112 E285 T85 EM13 BC6 BC13 E36 RA112 E40 E49 E264 T64 E266 T66 DC1 EM4 BC18 E85 T5 E205 UR5 UR88 BC4
Submitted by Shawn Lenske and Brian Humphrey, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple Injuries

Thursday, April 10, 2014 |

RESEDA - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a fierce structure fire at 17000 block of W Vanowen Street on April 10, 2014 that injured multiple people.


Firefighters received several 9-1-1 calls starting at 12:46 PM for a Structure Fire with a person possibly trapped inside. The LAFD arrived to a one-story home with garage converted to living quarters in the rear, both well involved in fire, and the flames were rapidly spread to a neighboring home and garage. An aggressive fire attack ensued.

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple InjuriesOver 75 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Jeffrey Elder, fully extinguished the stubborn flames in one hour and 16 minutes.

An 18 year-old female was heroically rescued out the window by LAPD Officers and neighbors. She was brought to awaiting Firefighter/Paramedics who rapidly treated and transported her to a local hospital in fair condition. A 54 year-old female neighbor suffered minor smoke inhalation and was transported in fair condition. One Firefighter suffered minor burns through his glove to his hand during the fire-fight, and was transported in fair condition. Three Law Enforcement Officers were medically evaluated for minor injuries, declined transport, and were left in the care of LAPD Officers. Firefighters also rescued a litter of six kittens trapped inside the burning home, and they are in good health. Lastly, one pet bird was found dead inside. Animal control was requested for assistance.

A systematic search of the homes proved no others were injured or trapped inside.

Firefighters were met by multiple challenges:
Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple Injuries•Reports of extreme storage inside some residences, which can create complications to occupants attempting to escape and for firefighters attempting to rescue residents.
•Firefighters encountered live power lines that burned through and dropped to the ground creating a life threatening hazard.
•High temperatures created physical challenges to emergency personnel.
•Wind gusts rapidly spread the flames.

The fire cause remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section, and the estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.
Dispatched Units: E100 RA100 E273 T73 E103 RA903 E293 T93 EM10 BC15 E70 E83 RA83 T90 RA104 EM15 BC10 DC3 RA90 BC17 E93 T88 EM17 UR88 T89 E289 E89 UR89 BC4 EM12 RT83 CM2 DT1 RA873 AR1
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department.

LAFD Firefighter Injured Battling Exposition Park House Fire


EXPOSITION PARK - A firefighter was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after getting hurt battling an early-morning fire in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles on April 9, 2014.


The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 5:17 AM to the 1500 block of W 37th Street. They arrived to find a vacant single-family-dwelling with heavy fire and smoke erupting from the attic.

An aggressive fire attack ensued. Firefighters laddered the roof and quickly determined the structure was beginning to compromise. Considering Risk vs Gain, compiled with the home being unoccupied, the Truck Captain and Incident Commander wisely decided to get firefighters off the roof and cease making an interior attack. A defensive attack of the flames commenced from the exterior of the structure.

Shortly thereafter, a portion of the roof collapsed in the front of the structure, causing a section of the roofline and debris to fall on top of a firefighter. Fortunately he was able to remove himself from the rubble and was treated and transported by Firefighters/Paramedics to a local hospital in fair condition. He has since been released and is recuperating off-duty.

A total of 47 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Michael Greenup, fully extinguished the flames in 27 minutes.

The estimated dollar loss is $140,000 ($120,000 structure and $20,000 contents), and the estimated dollars saved is $201,000. The cause of the early morning fire is under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E215 E15 T15 RA15 E226 E26 T26 E34 RA834 SQ21 EM11 BC11 BC13 E46 RA34 RA15
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Rescues Gravely Injured Woman From Lake Balboa House Fire

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 |

LAKE BALBOA - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) extinguished a house fire that gravely injured a woman on April 8, 2014.

Woman Gravely Injured in Northridge House FireJust before noon firefighters quickly responded to the 17000 block of Elkwood Street to find a one-story home with black smoke billowing from the roof.

A total of 32 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Poirier, extinguished the flames in just 13 minutes. The bulk of the fire was confined to the kitchen and attic.

Firefighters commenced a rapid and systematic search-and-rescue of the residence and located a 21 year-old female in a back bedroom in cardiac arrest. The patient also suffered first and second degree burns in addition to severe smoke inhalation. Firefighter/Paramedics immediately began advanced life support and transported the patient to a local hospital. Due the aggressive medical treatment by LAFD Paramedics, they were able to regain pulses.

The cause of the blaze was cooking. The estimated dollar loss is $30,000 ($20,000 structure & $10,000 contents).

Dispatched Units: E100 RA83 E273 T73 RA873 E90 T90 EM5 BC10 E81 RA73 AR7 AR1 AR10

Tragically, the residence did not have functional smoke alarms. Therefore, the LAFD implemented the SAFE (Smoke Alarm Field Education) Program at approximately 4:00 PM that day. Firefighters along with a representative from Council District 12  were able to canvas the affected block on Elkwood, advise neighbors of the fire, and distribute a number of free smoke alarms and batteries. All of the residents we contacted were very grateful for LAFD's outreach.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Street Closure, Transit Status and Freeway Information for Los Angeles

Sunday, April 06, 2014 |

Call 5-1-1 for travel, transit and transportation information
When traveling in Southern California, we encourage you to drive safely and listen to local radio stations - especially AM news stations with frequent traffic reports. Public agencies work with broadcasters to help you make the best travel choices.

If your phone is handy, our region's 5-1-1 telephone system is a free and convenient way to obtain timely personalized information about traffic, transit and transportation.

For those near a computer or smartphone, here are some Los Angeles area links you may wish to bookmark now or e-mail to a friend:

When seeking the status of a road, transit system or freeway in Los Angeles, please listen to news radio, visit the websites above or call 5-1-1 (not 9-1-1) for information to get you moving!

As always, the LAFD urges you to periodically monitor the State of California's EDIS website and listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news sources for emergency bulletins.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD: There Is No 'Magic Triangle'. Learn What To Do When an Earthquake Strikes...

Thursday, April 03, 2014 |

Firefighters remind you that escaping injury from an earthquake is largely dependent upon doing the right thing the instant the ground begins to shake.

Following recent temblors, a chain letter has resurfaced, suggesting a "new" way to survive an earthquake; something called the "triangle of life". It sounds simple - and it would be if the advice were not just plain wrong - and potentially life threatening!

Instead, the Los Angeles Fire Department and the world's leading earthquake experts - including more than 600 scientists at leading institutions agree: When an earthquake strikes, you need to:

Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Learn exactly what to do when you feel an earthquake at:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Cadet Receives Certificate of Appreciation

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 |

LOS ANGELES - For Miles Burton, the dedication and hard work he puts in as a Los Angeles Fire Department Cadet has not gone unnoticed.

On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Cadet Burton's efforts were recognized by the Fire Commission and the LAFD command staff.

His fellow cadets, his mentors from Fire Station 64 in Watts, and the local battalion commander were on hand to watch Cadet Burton receive his Certificate of Appreciation from LAFD Chief Deputy Mario Rueda.

Cadet Miles has put in a lot of hard work, maintained a positive attitude, and knows there's more ahead before he can Join the LAFD. If you or someone you know is between 14 and 20 years-old, and is excited about the opportunity to learn about firefighting and emergency medical services, look at becoming a LAFD Cadet. We will see you at the "Big One."


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department