LAFD Offers Prime Example of Collaborative Blogging

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 |

A recent post by Los Angeles Fire Department bloggers about "collaborative on-line efforts" has drawn some questions and more than a few puzzled looks.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, please let us share 77,000 from digitalboss, who captured the 'LAFD in Action' in early August 2004.

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Originally uploaded by digitalboss.



To see more, you can view his on-line Slide Show or Photo Gallery


What happened? LAFD spokesman Jim Wells filed this report in August, 2004:

On Wednesday, August 04, 2004 at 5:33 PM, Thirty companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, one Assistant Chief Officer Command Team, six Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, three Battalion EMS Supervisors, three Arson Units and ten LAFD Rescue Ambulances under Deputy Department Commander Jimmy Hill, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 9083 North Woodman Avenue in the Arleta area. First units reported a 1-story, 100’ x 150’ building with the rear well involved with fire spreading to the front of the building. Entering the structure with handlines, Firefighters encountered heavy fire and smoke and were directed to withdraw and take up a defensive position on the exterior. Using handlines and heavy stream appliances, Firefighters confined the fire to 'Sav-On' drug store and extinguished the fire in two hours and thirty-five minutes. One Fire Captain suffered an injured knee and was transported to a local hospital in good condition. One Firefighter suffering from heat exhaustion was treated on the scene and released. No other injuries were reported.


What we hope to offer with "collaborative blogging", is your images and observations of the LAFD in Action. We'll stitch together the pieces, as we have done here, ideally creating a story that helps everyone better understand our daily endeavors.

Do you have a comment or suggestion on this topic? Please use the comments link below to offer your thoughts on public photo submissions for the LAFD blog.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a LAFD fan , the blog keeps me informed of the workings of the LAFD... the pics are the best part.

Thanks Brian for bringing a piece of the action to those of us far far away.

Jorge Carvajal, Captain
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

CDW said...

Hi. I love this site its a great way to get to know the inside workings of the LAFD. In the pics of the Savon fire a male is seen to be under arrest by the LAFD Arson Unit> Was this individual arrested for starting the fire? Can you provide any more information about this arrest? Thank You

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Captain Carvajal:

We are truly humbled by your interest in our agency - and your kind words.

While our staff photo capability is severely limited, we're hoping that many living in or visiting Los Angeles will consider adding their pictures of the 'LAFD in Action' to our photo pool, therefore bringing greater depth, breadth and perspective into our blog offerings.

Your note clearly helps in this effort, by allowing those here to see how widespread the interest may be.

Captain Carvajal, please do let us know when your travels might bring you to Southern California. There is always a warm cup of coffee with your name on it and room at our kitchen table.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

CDW,

With more than 144 arrests last year alone by our hard-working LAFD Arson Investigators, I regretfully don't have much on this particular incident at hand at this hour.

As the fire in question occurred nearly 21 months ago, I'll have to dig just a little into the Investigator's archives when time permits.

Thanks for your patience. If and when I can obtain publicly releasable information (you're not the only one to ask about this), I'll place the details in this comment thread.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the hospitality Brian. I extend the same invite to you and the LAFD family.

Jorge Carvajal, Captain
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

shay sowden said...

i believe that the young men that were pictured were released soon after the pictures were taken.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Shay:

Your comment is truly worthy of noting, and serves as a reminder that no single picture can be guaranteed to guide any of us to a conclusion.

Yes, as they say on those television dramas: persons portrayed should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Again Shay, thanks for the photos, and for your expressed interest in capturing the LAFD in Action in the future.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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