LAFD Stands By at "World Can't Wait" Demonstrations

Thursday, October 05, 2006 |

At the safe and peaceful conclusion to today's World Can't Wait demonstrations in Los Angeles, many people noted the subtle and ready presence of Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.

While there were thankfully no fire, rescue or medical emergencies involving participants, the readiness of LAFD staff to render aid was not a matter of happenstance. It was a matter of planning and preparedness.

For those who have wondered how and why we deploy to such events, we welcome you to read a frank after-action report presented by Fire Chief William Bamattre to the Los Angeles Fire Commission regarding the massive March 25, 2006 protests in downtown Los Angeles.

We hope this public document will reassure you of our firm commitment to working with the community and other public safety agencies in assuring that participants and bystanders at major events remain free from illness and injury.

To that end, we welcome all members of the community to visit their Neighborhood Fire Station and engage in dialogue with the men and women of the LAFD.

Whether a block party, street festival - or political protest, we're always eager to affirm the scope of our mission and our commitment to safety for all.

To read Chief Bamattre's report, click here.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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Edwin said...


Interesting report. Thanks for giving us a look behind the scenes.

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