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Collaborative Effort in Santa Monica Major Emergency Fire

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 |

On Monday, June 18, 2007 at 7:21 PM, 26 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Dozers 1 and 2, Heavy Equipment 1, Southern California Edison and Gas, Santa Monica Prevention 1, 2 and 10, LAFD Agency Representative Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, all under the direction of Santa Monica Battalion Chief Carl Bjerke and LAFD Battalion Chief Mark Stormes responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 1928 14th St. in the Santa Monica area.

The initial 911 call into the OCD dispatch center indicated a commercial building was burning. The first arriving Santa Monica resources found a two story commercial building with fire through the roof. Within minutes, the roof of the structure collapsed. With a Mutual Aid agreement in place, the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department began the move up rotation in an effort to continue fire coverage for Santa Monica residents. Move up companies were quickly utilized as they became available in the Santa Monica area for use at the Major Emergency Structure Fire. The two Area A Coordinators combined resources during initial firefighting operations to contain the fire to the fire building and limit the fire's extension to surrounding exposures. Eighteen minutes later, the second floor showed signs of pending collapse and a collaborative decision was made to cease all interior firefighting and make an aggressive defensive stand.

It took approximately 180 firefighters from the two agencies, 3 hours and 25 minutes to get a knockdown. The business, Imperial Media Services, reproduced CD's and had a large storage of compact disc cases. The cause and dollar loss of the incident is undetermined, pending the complete investigation by the Santa Monica Arson Unit. A Santa Monica Firefighter sustained a minor leg injury and was assessed, then transported to an area Santa Monica Hospital.



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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Firefighter Davies,

Great post. Like your style. Keep it up

LAFD Member

m.kahn said...

Great job. Very thankful for the Mutual Aid System.

Also want to add condolences for the firefighters who lost thier lives in South Carolina.

Stay safe!

Mark
Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your help LAFD, everyone did a great job working with Santa Monica Fire. The residents are glad everyone was safe and the fire was contained to the one structure.

Big pat on the back to all involved. :o)

A grateful Santa Monica Resident!

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