LAFD Blog on Hiatus

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 |

The LAFD blog was on hiatus due to staffing. We're still making slow but steady progress in our backlog of incident reports, which will soon be appearing on the blog.

Please note the dates of any new postings!

Do you have a general comment or suggestion regarding the LAFD News & Information blog? Please feel free to post your thoughts below or leave a voice message at our LAFD TalkRadio comment line: (213) 785-1098.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

24 comments:

Nedra Weinreich said...

Boo hoo! :-( Hope it won't be a very long hiatus!

Douglas said...

I look forward to the speedy return of this resource, one of the best direct information outlets in the entire city.

I have written about the LAFD blog in my blog, as have many others and it is seen as a great, respected resource by many.

Anonymous said...

Such an informative site should be kept going...

x635 said...

I look foward to the LAFD blog returning soon. I follow the LAFD blog daily with great interest, annd appreciate the time and effort that goes into it. It's one of the best blogs on the web, along with the Battalion 14 blog. I also have many friends who I have turned on to the blog, and the many syndication feautures make the blog very easy to keep up with.

-Seth Granville
http://www.x635.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I look forward to the blog returning... but, since Javascript must now be enabled to post, I can no longer post at home from my webTV.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Thanks to everyone for your continued support. We are working on some staffing issues and have just got a little behind. Rather than have bad information put on the BLOG, we elected to postpone some posts and get caught up.

We will hopefully get caught up by the end of the month. Thanks again,

Ron Myers, LAFD Spokesman

Anonymous said...

Please bring the blog back soon, I feel closer to my community and Los Angeles with this blog, and have never felt so before. If there is anything we citizens can do to make it happen, I am there to help!

Anonymous said...

This really is a great source of information. Please keep up the good work!

redcup56 said...

Brian,

If you need letters written to the chief, city council or the mayor, I (and I'm sure others readers) would be more than happy to do so. I think the blog is a great source of information. I also follow the blogs of Battalion14, lacitynerd, LAPD and FDNY.

Hope to have new posts in the near future.

Stay safe!

Mark
Portland, OR

dqr said...

With new LAFD management will we see the same continuity with the PIO dept.?

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see some photos of the Public Information staffers. Also, more incidents reports and fewer tip-type pieces.

Anonymous said...

I'm also disappointed to see the blog placed on hiatus. But such is life in 'Hollywood'. Whatever you do, make it a short hiatus and heaven forbid, not a cancellation.

LAFD Fan said...

I saw message about todays LAX fire drill, but many other big fires are still missing. Are you still on hiatus or what?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Dear LAFD Fan et al:

I'm still trying to catch up on my backlog of incident reports - which along with other 'off-line' issues, has (and may continue to) delay our postings.

Thanks for your continued interest and support of the LAFD News & Information blog, which remains a non-funded and unstaffed endeavor.


Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD CERT Member said...

As a LAFD CERT Member, I too love reading this blog which keeps us in the loop of what is going around the city. At a recent CERT meeting other members were also bummed out to hear about the blog hiatus....It's a great source of information.

Anonymous said...

As a person that knows how much time and effort goes into this blog and especially what a hard worker all the staff are at the PIO office (especially Brian Humphrey). I say we all get together and write our letters to the Chief... let's let him know that we appreciate (and need) this info. Because, if I know Brian he will never forward our pleas himself, he is FAR TOO modest! Keep up the hard work guys, WE appreciate it!!

Ashley said...

To Brian and Ron ~ Please keep up the great work that you guys do for the Fire Department and the community that you serve.

I am sure that I speak for the rest of the fire buffs of the LAFD in that we hope you both get caught up with your various duties and responsibilities so you can sit down put your feet up and take a breath for a few minutes before the next big emergency breaks.

You two work very hard and are to be commended for your dedication to the Fire Department.

Best regards,
ASHLEY ROGERS
Arkansas
LAFD Buff

Linda (Lou) said...

Hi Brian,

Thanks for dropping by my blog. I might take you up on the coffee, but since there's no amnesty, I think I'll keep the magnet! :-)

One of the LAFD's big fans,

Linda (Lou) Norris
Now in Colorado

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Linda et al,

Thanks for the note(s). We're making steady progress at coming back to speed on our postings, and hope to have our blog in synch with current events before daylight savings time arrives.

Come to think of it, we may have less time than we think!

In case you lurkers wondered, Linda is talking about this (yes, it's certainly red) item that she is presently caring for in "Colorful Colorado".

If perchance you'd like an LAFD logo item of your own, please know that all it takes is a toll-free phone call or the click of a mouse to visit the Dalmatian's Fire House Store in Los Angeles, which supports the Widows and Orphans Fund of the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Christina In LA said...

It's a shame LAFD doesn't choose to officially fund and staff this Web site/blog. It's one of the best PR outlets they have in terms of reaching out to and getting information directly to the community.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Christina,

Thanks for your kind words of support.

With limited resources and a need to maintain a daily focus on fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation and disaster response... services that we can rightfully describe as "where the rubber meets the road", the LAFD.ORG website and especially this blog have been unable to reach their full potential.

Like you, we understand the immense capabilities of the internet, and the strong desire of those we serve to receive non-brokered information from their Fire Department in an timely and appealing fashion.

Please know that we pledge to do our very best with what we have, while remaining appreciative of your continued input and suggestions.


Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

dqr,

Thanks for the note. There have indeed been a few small changes in our office. We hope to blog about them and share many other things happening at the LAFD in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Brian, I am unable to post on your blog from home on my webTV; because javascript must be enabled to post. Is there anything you can do to help me? Thank you.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for keeping us aware of the challenges faced by those who use WebTV.

Though the staff at Google-owned Blogger has not been able to offer a workaround to the javascript issue - and we're *not* yet clear if alternate commenting systems such as Haloscan would be any different, we will continue our quest of inclusiveness -and- be happy to try an alternative for sharing your comments with others in LAFD blog posts.

Our blog comment telephone line is now open 24 hours a day at (213)784-8543.

If a WebTV user calls that line and expresses an interest in having the entirety of their audio comments embedded in a particular post, we will install a small player that will allow others to hear what they have to say.

While I sadly don't know if the embedded audio player will be functional in WebTV, others should be able to hear what you have to say.

Of course, there may be long distance charges for some, and we reserve the right to moderate comments in an all or nothing fashion (we can post but not edit the full audio file record via telephone).

The best thing would be to call the hotline, identify yourself by first name and home town, and specify the post you wish to comment on by date and title, ie:

This is Larry from Milwaukee. Regarding the January 3rd post on "Big Fires Take Lives", I'd like to say...

Again, if you call, we'll give it a try and see how it works. We apologize for any inconvenience that you and WebTV users may experience, and pledge to do our best to be of assistance.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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