SOUTH PARK - Los Angeles Firefighters battled another tragic fire that claimed the life of a mother and her son on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in South Los Angeles. This marked the 10th and 11th civilian fire deaths in Los Angeles this year.
Dispatched Units: E46 RA246 RA46 E233 E33 T33 T21 EM11 BC13 E15 RA264 EM11 AR2 AR7 AR1 AR21 AR23 AR9 DC1 E64 RA864 AR10 AR22This is an extremely high number of fatalities in such a short amount of time, and many if not all of these deaths likely could have been averted had there been functional smoke alarms present. Last year there were a total of 20 fire related deaths.
Many are surprised to learn that the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery!® campaign for carbon monoxide and smoke alarms has been a once-per-year only event, officially taking place at the return to Standard Time each Fall.
What about Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 9, 2014?
Regardless of the season, firefighters perpetually emphasize:
LOS ANGELES - On March 3, 2014, the City Administrative Officer released the findings of the PA Consulting Group report regarding the Los Angeles Fire Department. Interim Los Angeles Fire Chief James Featherstone released the following statement regarding the report:
"I welcome the publication of this report and thank the CAO for commissioning it.
I am committed to enacting meaningful and effective changes to the structure and operations of the Los Angeles Fire Department, in order to continue providing the highest quality emergency medical and fire protection services to the citizens we serve.
I have already begun implementing a number of changes, including initiating a hiring process for a Chief Technology Officer; the hiring of a civilian Public Information Director; the reorganization of key command staff; the upcoming implementation of FIRESTAT; the ongoing implementation of the Automatic Vehicle Locator program and examining the feasibility of dividing the Department’s operations into four geographic areas.
I look forward to exploring and instituting additional avenues for the ongoing modernization and improvement of the LAFD."
CYPRESS PARK – Los Angeles Firefighters rescued two men and two dogs stranded in the LA River as a storm hammered Southern California Friday morning, February 28, 2014.
Due to severe overnight weather, local flood control channels are swelled with storm-water, causing the Los Angeles Fire Department to remain in a "River Rescue" preparedness status.
Categories: River Rescue
The Los Angeles area is periodically subject to floods that result in property damage. The potential for mudslides and debris flow is greatly increased near recent wildfires.
Los Angeles residents - especially those in foothill and low-lying communities, are encouraged to prepare their properties in advance of coming rainstorms.
In an effort to help, the Los Angeles Fire Department is making ready-to-fill sandbags available at all Neighborhood Fire Stations. Sand is available at several fire stations and convenient community locations.
With the arrival of seasonal rain, the Los Angeles Fire Department is encouraging local residents to take the precautions necessary to protect themselves from injury and their property from storm damage.
When rainstorms impact the Los Angeles area, flood control channels, rivers and arroyos can quickly fill with fast-moving water, creating a potentially life-threatening danger to anyone who gets caught or swept away. It is against the law to be inside most flood control channels in Los Angeles, regardless of the weather.
We urge you to visit the EDIS website and listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio and television stations for the latest weather or emergency information.
FLOOD PREVENTION AND STORM PREPAREDNESS TIPS:
LOS ANGELES - On Feb. 25, 2014, the Los Angeles City Controller’s Office released a report detailing the City’s overtime, bonus and healthcare expenses. In this report, the Los Angeles Fire Department is identified as being the City’s leading source of overtime expenses.
The report correctly notes that sworn LAFD personnel “routinely require extended hours,” and the Department’s “constant staffing” model requires emergency response job vacancies be filled. In other words, if an individual calls in sick or is on scheduled vacation, another qualified Department member must be hired to fill that position. Filling this daily vacancy often requires the Department to pay overtime to an individual to fill the position.
The constant staffing model ensures that the public receives the consistent, high quality fire and emergency medical services that they expect and deserve on a daily basis. The Department is poised to respond to a wide-variety of emergency situations and is often called upon to staff additional resources in order to provide the required protection to the City and the public.
On Jan. 27, 2014, for the first time in five years, with the support of the Mayor and the City Council, the Los Angeles Fire Department enrolled a new class of firefighter recruits. This first recruit class represents a positive step in the effort to close the permanent vacancy gap created by ongoing attrition, as approximately 10 Department members retire per month.
According to the Department’s Member Tracking System, since July 1, 2008, the LAFD has seen 726 sworn members depart its ranks. It is expected that while routine vacancies will continue to occur, the ongoing hiring of new firefighters will help alleviate the need for such significant reliance on overtime staffing.
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson Los Angeles Fire Department
MOUNT WASHINGTON - The body of an elderly man was found inside a burnt hillside home Friday night in northeast Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:48 PM on February 21, 2014 to 533 West Avenue 44 in Mount Washington. LAFD crews navigated steep and narrow streets to find a one story 625 square-foot residence and garage fully involved.
With fire fueled by the home's excess personal storage bringing a threat to volatile brush and nearby buildings, a pair of Fire Department helicopters were swiftly deployed for command support, aerial reconnaissance and ember patrol.
Dispatched Units: E44 RA844 E201 T1 E212 T12 E55 RA246 EM13 BC1 BC11 E9 E12 H0F H3 E90 AR1 AR7 AR23 AR17Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department's hand crew was formally recognized at a City Council meeting Friday morning by 11th District Councilmember Mike Bonin.
Known as Crew 3, the all-volunteer force is currently organized as a wildland cadet post, where members receive hands-on training - as well as detailed career guidance, from LAFD Members with extensive hand crew experience.
|Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin salutes LAFD Crew 3|