Three Delivery Trucks Collide in Van Nuys

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 |

On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at 1:40 PM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and DOT, all under the direction of Battalion Chief John Potter responded to a VEHIC at 8300 N. Havenhurst Av in the Van Nuys area.

Responding Fire Department resources, arrived on scene to find a tractor with trailer and 2 smaller delivery trucks which had collided in the intersection of Havenhurst Avenue and Roscoe Boulevard. Further triaging of the incident, Fire resources found 2 male patients and an accompanying diesel fuel spill. A Physical Rescue assignment was requested with an Urban Search and Rescue Company (USAR 88) and Heavy Rescue 56 added to the dispatch to assist in the extrication operation.

The driver of the delivery truck experienced minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The male passenger, approximately 20 years old, was trapped from the waist down. He was extricated and transported in critical condition, with lower extremity injuries, to an area hospital. The occupants of the other vehicles had no complaints of injuries.

DOT was requested to assist with with traffic control, shutting down Roscoe Boulevard westbound traffic at Woodley and eastbound traffic at Balboa Place, for the duration of the incident. The cause of the traffic collision is under the investigation of the local police agency.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Firefighter Davies:

What is a VEHIC?

Anonymous said...

The CAD abbreviation for a physical rescue / vehicle extrication assignment

Anonymous said...

What is CAD?

Anonymous said...

CAD stands for Computer Aided Dispatch.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Is there somewhere I can find a list of these abbreviations?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 2:59 et al,

Thanks for the notes and helpful followup to other blog visitors.

While there is technical jargon in many vocations, we have yet to identify a need for LAFD on-line reports to contain it.

Clearly, something doesn't benefit those we serve when it raises more questions than answers!

What is happening behind the scenes might explain but certainly does not rationalize the presence of the jargon.

In order to ease an intense daily workload that can keep d'Lisa, Ron or I at our desk for more than 20 hours at a time without breaks, we have been using a database to assemble our popular LAFD_ALERTs as well as the after-action reports that appear on this blog. There is still much manual work, but to the degree possible, we try to have the database do what it does best.

Manually exporting data from our second generation Fire Command and Control System (FCCS II) computer at the LAFD Operations Control Dispatch Section (OCDS.... not OCD), sometimes referred to as the Computer Aided or Assisted Dispatch (CAD) system, we sometime import data or descriptors verbatim - and then we get busy, often real busy with other tasks and fail to edit or correct them prior to publication and distribution (or was that P&D?).

I think you get the picture ;)

Certainly, an acronym filled report may be simpler for us at the outset, but given the historical nature of our releases and their widespread distribution, we need to take greater effort to keep it simple and straightforward - even if that means extra work for Ron, d'Lisa and I.

To that end, I pledge to do my personal best and remain confident that in reading this, Ron and d'Lisa will join me in striving to avoid needless acronyms and abbreviation.

Again, thanks for the comments and for being helpful to one another.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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