River 'Cover-Up' No Problem for Firefighters

Friday, January 26, 2007 |

Keeping Los Angeles safe may be our most prominent duty, but the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department feel equally committed to bolstering the quality of life we experience in America's second-largest City.

Among the most prominent natural features of our metropolis is the Los Angeles River, a diverse urban tributary that inspired the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, Office of Community Beautification, to commission renowned Los Angeles artist Yuriko Etue for a special project at Aragon Avenue Elementary in Cypress Park.

With his thirty-foot-long 'See a River' mural scheduled for a dramatic unveiling on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 8:30 AM, the muralist was faced with the challenge of safely and respectfully draping the artwork, which resides more than fifteen feet above ground level.

Enter the members of Los Angeles Fire Station 44 in Cypress Park, who have long taken interest in the school and more recently, Mr. Etue's project.

When the crew learned that a regional home improvement store would be unable to provide the appropriate scaffolding or support team for the artist to safely prepare the curtain for a fanfare-filled debut, they set the wheels in motion to assure everything but the drum-roll before the curtain falls.

Though Neighborhood Firefighters are rarely able to assist with such non-emergency matters, the lead time and open lines of communication offered by Mr. Etue allowed for the proper arrangements to be made, and on Friday afternoon, the aerial ladder truck crew from Fire Station 50 in Glassell Park made time available between fire prevention duties to 'make the magic happen'.

According to one Fire Captain, it was a remarkable opportunity for his crew to be associated with a new community treasure, to practice working delicately near works of art, and most importantly, assuring safety in what could have been a calamitous preparation for the following days event.

Thanks to Firefighters, the large gray curtain is now safely in place, and we hope that you will join off-duty Firefighters and their families for the much anticipated unveiling of 'See a River':

Saturday, January 27, 2007
8:30 AM
Aragon Avenue Elementary School
1118 Aragon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90065


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

LAFD
As your brothers are, across the country.... You are all very, special!..
NYC GAL

Anonymous said...

But if my cat gets stuck up in a tree, I'm SOL because that's not in the job description?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear NYC Gal,

The men and women of the LAFD thank you for your kind words. While we might not normally be considered 'patrons of the arts', we were pleased - with much advance notice, coordination and permission, to come to the aid of the students and faculty of Aragon Avenue Elementary School in their culmination of this months-long community project.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear Anonyous,

The planned 'community service' response mentioned, as well as individual and often spontaneous 'citizen assistance' requests you describe, are considered on an individual basis.

From car keys dropped deep in a storm drain to a childs hand stuck in a bicycle chain, we help whenever we can - or try to guide local residents to the most appropriate assistance when we cannot.

Thankfully, when there are animals in distress in the City of Los Angeles, we work closely with the trained experts at the Department of Animal Services, who are the first-tier responders to such situations, and contact us as necessary.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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