Los Angeles Firefighter Injured Battling Mid-City Blaze

Friday, July 27, 2007 |

First Due LAFD Engine Company 68. © Photo by John ConkleOn Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 8:20 PM, 27 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters and 9 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, under the direction of Deputy Chief Jimmy Hill responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 5111 West Adams Boulevard in mid-city Los Angeles.

First units on scene reported a 100 x 75 foot single story commercial structure with fire through the roof.

Firefighters were on the roof conducting ventilation operations when one LAFD member, a 30 year-old Apparatus Operator, fell through the roof. His colleagues made a quick rescue and pulled him from the fire.

A five-year veteran of the LAFD, was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns. Following a comprehensive medical evaluation and primary care at Cedars-Sinai, the Firefighter was transferred and admitted to the Burn Center of Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

No other Firefighter or civilian injuries were reported.

The fire was knocked down in 2 hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no dollar loss has been established for this vacant structure.

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Submitted by Pat Marek, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Put Ink To Paper and Protect Us From Evil

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 |

Jason, the son of murdered LAFD Firefighter Tom TaylorA colleague approached me this morning to say I looked ill at ease. Rather than reply to his polite inquiry, I handed him a letter I was preparing to mail, and this photo of Jason, the orphaned son of a Los Angeles Firefighter...



July 25, 2007

John Monday, Executive Officer
Board of Parole Hearings
Post Office Box 4036
Sacramento, CA 95812-4036

Mr. Monday:

As a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), I pledged a solemn oath to protect the lives of the citizens of Los Angeles understanding the risks associated with my chosen profession. Unfortunately, the highest risks Firefighters often face come from arsonists who insidiously work to destroy innocent lives and terrorize society.

On January 28, 1981, the LAFD tragically lost Apparatus Operator Thomas G. Taylor to such an individual, Mario Catanio, who killed Thomas Taylor and nearly eight other Firefighters as they battled the fire he set at Cugee’s Restaurant in North Hollywood. Inmate Catanio (CDC No. 77711) eventually stood trial and was justly convicted of murder, arson and fraud in the conspiracy to burn down the financially ailing restaurant.

It is inconceivable to think that Inmate Catanio, now serving 25 years-to-life in prison, could actually be released back into society to again endanger the public or take the life of another brave Firefighter. When considering the gravity, special circumstances and aggravating facts of Inmate Catanio’s crimes, a clear danger to public safety continues to exist in granting his parole.

Therefore, to address the overriding concern of public safety, I respectfully urge Inmate Catanio be denied parole and that he remain incarcerated to serve out the remainder of his "life" sentence as prescribed by law.

The LAFD will always remember the courageous service of Apparatus Operator Thomas G. Taylor while remaining vigilant to protect society from individuals who commit such heinous crimes.

Sincerely,

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



Like my fellow Firefighters, I will certainly be at greater ease when I know that Mario Catanio remains safely behind bars.

Kindly copy and share this link or e-mail your friends and family in The Golden State and beyond. When it comes to those who murder Firefighters, we must speak as one.

Still not sure?

Please take a look at these photos before you decide that Mario Catanio should be walking among us.

NOTE: The decision of the Parole Board can be viewed here.




Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man Dies on Los Angeles Subway Tracks

Saturday, July 21, 2007 |

Shortly before 8:40 AM on Saturday, July 21, 2007, an adult male apparently fell or jumped in the path of a westbound Metro Red Line train at the Westlake/MacArthur Park subway station west of Downtown Los Angeles.

The subway train was unable to stop before striking the man, who was found trapped beneath the trainset.

Despite the prompt response of Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, the man proved beyond their help, and was declared deceased at the scene.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of this incident remains under investigation by Los Angeles Police Officers and Sheriff's Deputies, as well as Metro officials.

A positive identification of the decedent, as well as the exact cause, time and manner of his death will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Major Emergency Fire Destroys Van Nuys Commercial Building

Friday, July 20, 2007 |

On Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 1:44 AM, 29 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Emergency Air, DWP, DOT, Southern California Gas Company, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Greg West, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 15026 W. Oxnard St in the Van Nuys area.

The initial 911 call into the OCD Dispatch center was a reported auto fire to the rear of a structure. Responding Fire resources found two autos to the rear of a commercial structure fully involved. A second 911 call from an adjacent business reported seeing light smoke coming from a one story, 45 foot by 75 foot light weight construction commercial building. The incident was quickly upgraded to a structure fire.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department initiated a fierce interior attack on the fire utilizing 2-1/2 hoselines, only to be driven back by the intense flames from the abundant fire load. The aggressive ventilation operation was ceased when the fire self ventilated causing all personnel to evacuate the roof and transition to a "defensive attack." Additional companies were called to assist with this stubborn blaze. Other safety considerations faced by the IC was the "D" side exposure, another single story light weight construction commercial building and downed, burning power lines to the "C" side of the building. DWP responded to assist with the electrical problem.

It took 185 firefighters approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before a knockdown was called. There were no reported injuries or evacuations of adjacent buildings. Oxnard Street will remain closed until the completion of the fire investigation and clean up operations. The cause and dollar loss will also be determined at the completion of the fire investigation.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Victorian Style Home Being Moved Destroyed By Fire

Thursday, July 19, 2007 |

On Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 4:01 AM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief John Drake responded to a Structure Fire at 2029 W. 11th St. in Pico Union.

When Firefighters arrived, they found a large, 2-story, Victorian style house well involved in fire. The home was vacant and in the final stage of being moved. A defensive fire attack was initiated using handlines and heavy streams to protect the surrounding structures.

It took 50 Firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the bulk of the fire. There were no injuries. The dollar loss is still being tabulated and the cause is under investigation.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Sunland - Tujunga Brush Fire Consumes 25 Acres

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On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 2:26 PM, 30 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 5 LAFD Helicopters, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 6 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Tractor Unit, 2 Water Tenders, 4 LACo Camp Crews, LACo Fire, 3 LACo Fire Helicopters, Glendale Fire, and Angeles National Forest Firefighters, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Timothy Manning responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire at the W/B 210 Freeway and La Tuna Canyon Rd. in the Sunland / Tujunga area.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find approximately 1/2 acre of heavy brush burning uphill on the North side of the freeway. Additional resources were immediately requested, including water dropping helicopters, command staff, and additional firefighters.

An aggressive aerial assault, combined with an army of 200 Firefighters battling the fire on the ground, were able to contain the fire in just over 2 hours and limit the spread to approximately 25 acres. There were no structures damaged in the fire.

One LAFD Captain suffered from heat related injuries and was transported to Providence St. Joseph hospital in stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Six Injured in Two Vehicle Traffic in San Pedro

Sunday, July 15, 2007 |

On Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 11:38 PM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and DOT, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Manuel Lafarga, responded to a Multi-Injury Traffic with entrapment at 600 N. Harbor Bl. in the Ports O' Call area of San Pedro.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department were awakened in the late evening hours by the ringing of the station door bell. A resident of the area was reporting a serious traffic accident on Harbor Boulevard. The first units arriving on scene, found 2 vehicles that had been involved in a serious traffic collision. On assessing the two vehicles, a large Expedition SUV and a small 4-door compact car, fire resources found three people trapped in the small compact and a physical rescue assignment was called.

A 20 year old female and 8 year old male were extricated and listed in critical condition having experienced head and facial trauma. A third patient, a 20 year old female was also extricated complaining of head, neck and back pain and listed in serious condition. A 2 year old male and 35 year old female complained of minor injuries. All the were occupants of the small compact and transported to area hospitals. The driver of the SUV had no complaint of injury but was evaluated and transported for precautionary measures.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

One Civlian Injury in Silver Lake Apartment Fire

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On Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 6:44 PM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 4 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team and DOT, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Roderick Garcia, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 12oo N. Alvarado St. in the Silver Lake area.

The first resources arriving on scene found a two story, center hall apartment building, over commercial with one unit on the second floor fully involved with fire. Preliminary reports on the fire floor, indicated that the fire had extended into the attic. Hoselines were expeditiously put into place and ventilation operations commenced rapidly to gain control of any fire reaching the attic space.

There was one civilian injury reported, a 42 year old male, pulled from the kitchen area of the fire involved unit unconscious, unresponsive and with seriously depressed respirations. The patient was transported to an area hospital were he was listed in critical condition from smoke inhalation and utilizing a ventilator. There were no other reported injuries to civilians or firefighters.

The Red Cross and the Housing Authority were contacted to assist any families that were displaced. Nine members are being housed temporarily at Berendo Middle School. Tremendous assistance was provided by Jose Gardea, Chief of Staff for Councilman Ed Reyes. The fire was called a knockdown in only 18 minutes, utilizing 113 firefighters. The fire is under investigation and the dollar loss estimate will be delayed until the completion of the fire investigation.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Greater Alarm Fire in North Hollywood Salvage Yard

Saturday, July 14, 2007 |

On Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 1:34 PM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, Water Tender 86, Street Services, DOT and a Metrolink Supervisor all under the direction of Battalion Chief Patrick Shanley, responded to a fire at 12201 W. Sherman Wy, in the North Hollywood area.

Los Angeles Fire resources responded to a reported auto fire in the North Hollywood area. On arrival, responders found no auto, but a lot of smoke and fire coming from a salvage yard. Finding and gaining an access way, via the City Sanitation yard, was the next challenge. Following aisles and small roadways formed throughout, resources found a large amount of storage and rubbish between two corrugated fences that was fully involved.


Supplying water inside the facility was the next obstacle facing responders. With the hydrant located outside the facility, Fire resources had to lay a supply line across busy Sherman Way and railroad tracks for a water supply. DOT was requested to assist in rerouting traffic allowing the use of the two westbound lanes of Sherman Way for fire operstions. A call was also put in to Union Pacific, to have rail traffic shut down for the duration of the incident. Once the supply line was established, Fire personnel resorted to water shuttles and relays to ultimately supply handlines to fight the fire.


What was perceived to be a spot fire on the opposite side of the corrogated fence, was an exposure of approximately 150 feet of a homeless encampment that had started to take off and burn. The encampment residents self evacuatedA knockdown was called within 34 minutes. A tractor from Street Services was provided to assist with overhaul operations. No permanent structures were damaged and no injuries were reported.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire in Partially Renovated Apartment Building in Koreatown

Friday, July 13, 2007 |

On Friday, July 13, 2007 at 4:32 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Emergency Air, LAPD, DOT and DWP all under the direction of Assistant Chief Terrance Manning, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 904 S. Westmoreland Av. in the Mid City area.

The first arriving resource on scene, Battalion 11, found a three story, center hall apartment building with one unit on the third floor fully involved with flames. A secondary size-up indicated that the fire had extended into the attic space. The building was under renovation and during the primary search of the building, Fire resources found families still occupying portions of the fire floor. The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department promptly advanced hoselines, quickly responded to ventilation needs and executed a thorough and well coordinated search, rescue and salvage effort.

With the building's structural integrity in question, a Building & Safety Inspector and a representative from the Housing Authority will assist in the evaluation of the building. Declining the offer of assistance through the American Red Cross, the three families that were displaced opted to stay with family members.

A knockdown was called in 25 minutes and no injuries were reported. The preliminary dollar loss at this time is $70,000 ($50,000 structure, $20,000 contents) and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Early Morning Fire Cuts Short Renovation of Mission Hills Commercial

Thursday, July 12, 2007 |

On Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 2:31 AM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, San Fernando PD, DOT and DWP all under the direction of Battalion Chief Michael Bowman responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 500 S. San Fernando Mission Bl. in the Mission Hills area.

Battalion 12 was the first arriving Fire Department resource on scene and found a one story, 50 foot x 75 foot commercial building with fire and heavy smoke showing.


Arriving Fire Department resources engaged in an aggressive attack on the fire with handlines coordinated with ventilation, containing the fire to the structure involved. During ventilation operations, the fire self ventilated and the Ventilation Group was ordered off the roof and reassigned. Shortly after, the structure experienced a partial roof collapse. High tension wires were also reported down on the "B" side of the building causing resources to also be repositioned to ensure their safety. A call to DWP was initiated to ensure the electrical problem was addressed, even though utilities had been shut down. There was some compromise to the building's structural integrity and a Building and Safety Inspector was notified.

The fire was extinguished in 55 minutes and no injuries were reported. The building, the Sierra Restaurant, was undergoing renovation and suffered severe damage causing the dollar loss to be estimated at approximately $1,000,000. The cause of the early morning blaze is under investigation.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Quick Action Stops Benedict Canyon Brush Fire

Wednesday, July 11, 2007 |

On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 4:07 PM, 18 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, L.A. County Fire and DOT, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard E. Markota, responded to a Greater Alarm Brush Fire at 14641 W. Deervale Pl. in the Benedict Canyon area.


With temperatures in the mid 80's, humidity listed at 40 percent and the obvious dry conditions, a frantic 911 call into the OCD Dispatch center stated smoke was seen in the Stone Canyon area. Los Angeles Fire Department resources responded to the scene to find 1 to 2 acres of medium to heavy brush burning uphill, fanned by light winds. An early request for the assistance of one L.A. County helicopter was made and the helispot at F.S. 109 was opened. The fire was burning in thick brush near the top of the ridge and with the aid of the water droppers, fire resources were able to gain quick control of the fire in approximately 33 minutes.


No structures were threatened, no evacuations or street closures were called. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. There was no dollar loss estimated and no reported injuries.


Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fatality Traffic in the LAX Airport Area

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On Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 5:31 PM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, under the direction of Captain II Robert Mc Elroy responded to a Traffic Accident With a Fatality at the WB 105 FY x S. Sepulveda Bl. in the LAX/Hotel Row area.

Los Angeles Fire Department resources responded to a two vehicle traffic accident with injuries. On arrival, fire resources found a large charter bus which had rear-ended a small passenger car with two occupants, causing it to rear end an SUV with a solo occupant.

The driver of the SUV, a 57 year old female and the 20 year old female passenger of the small compact car sustained minor injuries and transported in stable condition to area hospitals. The 23 year old driver of the small compact sustained massive head trauma and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. There were no passengers on the charter bus.

Fire Department resources were utilized for the extrication of the young man's body and assisted the Coroner in the body recovery. The Coroner's office will determine the exact cause and time of death. The cause of the accident is under the investigation of the California Highway Patrol.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Responds To Agua Dulce Brush Fire

Saturday, July 07, 2007 |

Pursuant of a formal Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned two Strike Teams of Firefighters, one Heavy Equipment Bulldozer Operations Team, one seasonal contract Helitanker, one LAFD Helicopter and one Helitender, as well as one Assistant Chief Officer as an agency representative, to assist the Los Angeles County Fire Department in their battle against a brush fire in the vicinity of Highway 14 and Agua Dulce Canyon Road near Agua Dulce, California northeast of our City.

These seventy members of the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the "Canyon Fire" in accordance with California's Fire & Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid System, administered by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The system is designed to ensure that additional resources are provided to local jurisdictions whenever their own resources are committed or insufficient for a specific emergency incident.

The City of Los Angeles remains fully protected by the use of additional staff and reserve apparatus to cover foreseeable local needs, and we remind local residents that these resources can be recalled to our City as necessary.

The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, all public and media information regarding this wildfire incident, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which maintains daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Blaze Erupts in Historic L.A. Neighborhood

Thursday, July 05, 2007 |


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On Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 7:21 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Squad, 1 Helicopter, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 98 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Terrance Manning, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 617 Edgeware Road in Angelino Heights.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy smoke and fire showing from a one-story residential structure, with flames and wind-driven embers endangering two adjacent homes in the largely historic neighborhood.

Assuring that both occupants had exited their burning home unscathed, Firefighters entered the 1,385 square-foot residence to immediately encounter heavy storage throughout, especially in the converted attic, which was was densly packed with personal belongings.

The massive amount of storage, such as mattresses stacked firmly against the dormer windows, prevented both Firefighter entry and hosestream penetration - and significantly fed the well-entrenched fire, which produced smoke visible across the Los Angeles basin, and notable to those watching baseball at nearby Dodger Stadium.

34-minutes into a relentless interior fire attack with multiple handlines, the Incident Commander noted structural compromise, and ordered a well-coordinated transition to defensive operations before a final assault was made on the fire.

Despite heavy flames in pack-rat conditions, and fire spread enhanced by the balloon-frame construction common of the era, Firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the structure of origin - with only superficial damage to nearby homes.

Firefighters extinguished the flames in just 71 minutes and no injuries were reported.

The presence or functional status of smoke alarms within the building at the time of the fire could not be immediately determined. The home was not equipped with fire sprinklers.

The two persons displaced by the fire were quickly embraced by caring neighbors, who sought to provide for their immediate needs. The American Red Cross was contacted to offer them temporary placement assistance.

Eleven additional Fire Companies were brought to the scene throughout the night to assist with the monumental overhaul effort and salvage of personal belongings, which kept Firefighters working for nearly eight and one-half hours.

Monetary loss to the 98 year-old home is estimated at $350,000 ($200,000 structure & $150,000 contents).

The cause of the fire has been categorized as electrical.


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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Chief Douglas Barry Responds to Brenda Lee v. City of Los Angeles Verdict

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From the Office of the Fire Chief...

"All of the recent cases bring attention to the challenges facing the Fire Department and our need to be vigilant in addressing the issues that are involved.

Since my appointment to the position of Fire Chief, I have focused my efforts and the efforts of the entire Department towards improving the work environment throughout the organization.

To that end:

  • I am personally visiting every work location (40 thus far) to emphasize the importance and the Department’s expectations of all members in maintaining a positive, professional work environment.


  • Ongoing Human Relations training for all Department members has been made a top priority and has been expanded to four hours for the upcoming quarter. This training is provided to all members, from recruits in the academy to the most senior members of the Department.


  • Investigations of work environment complaints are being reviewed promptly by EEO professionals, and early intervention is being made to mitigate the issues that appear to bring about litigation.


  • A re-organization and enhancement of the Department’s disciplinary system is underway that includes specific disciplinary guidelines for consistent penalties, the creation of EEO and internal investigative units, and enhanced complaint and disciplinary tracking, as well as a risk management component to monitor and analyze trends for the development of preventive measures.


The challenges facing our Department are not easily solved. However, we remain committed towards making improvements that will be permanent and will demonstrate our dedication to providing a workplace that values and respects all employees.

Let me conclude by stating that the overwhelming majority of Fire Department members work and live together everyday in a close, family-like manner and faithfully serve the communities of Los Angeles with the highest degree of professionalism. Their positive actions and behaviors should not be minimized or overshadowed."

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Media Contact:
Battalion Chief Kwame Cooper
Community Liaison Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department
Phone: (213) 978-3810

Los Angeles Boy Loses 4 Fingers To Fireworks

Tuesday, July 03, 2007 |

On Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 9:08 PM, 1 Company of Los Angeles Firefighters and 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances responded to a Fireworks Injury at 6914 1/2 South Main Street in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to encounter a 13 year-old male with blast injury and traumatic finger amputation.

The teenager told Firefighters he had seen an adult in his household place a cylindrical firework in a closet and then depart the scene. Mistaking the device as a 'Roman Candle' limited to producing sparks, the boy took the firework outside and lit the fuse.

The high-powered explosion that occurred in the boy's left hand destroyed four of his fingers beyond recovery, but spared him other obvious physical impairment.

Firefighter/Paramedics cleaned and dressed the boy's painful wounds while their colleagues fruitlessly searched the vicinity for remnants of his fingers.

The boy's mother then accompanied him for the fourteen minute ambulance ride to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Carson, where medical staff awaited his arrival.

It should be noted that all fireworks, even the so-called 'safe and sane' variety are outlawed in the City of Los Angeles. The use, sale or mere possession of any firework within our City has been strictly prohibited since World War II.

Circumstances surrounding the injury and presence of fireworks is being investigated by Los Angeles Police officials.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Utility Worker Sustains Severe Electric Shock

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stock image - generic power poleOn Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 12:53 PM, 2 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 17 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Thomas Ottman responded to a Electrical Injury at 7027 Enfield Avenue in Reseda.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover a pulseless and non-breathing 38 year-old male Department of Water and Power (DWP) employee.

According to the man's co-workers, he had been performing work as a linesman at an unspecified height on a utility pole in the rear yard of a single family home, when he suddenly became unresponsive.

Simultaneous to their emergency call to DWP Communications - and cognizant of the danger associated with an energized victim and equipment, the co-workers promptly lowered their colleague to ground level in a safe manner, where they immediately initiated Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation.

Firefighters arrived quickly to continue CPR as Paramedics initiated Advanced Life Support measures, including defibrillation, endotracheal intubation and cardiac pharmacology. Their cascading efforts and teamwork proved effective, as a pulse was established and spontaneous breathing restored to their patient on the third round of defibrillation.

The man was rushed to the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in critical condition. LAFD responders offered strong praise for the man's co-workers, describing their efforts as giving the man a "fighting chance of survival".

As Firefighters were completing their care of the injured worker, they were summoned inside the adjacent home to evaluate a 69 year-old male resident experiencing faintness and dehydration unrelated to the earlier incident. The man was treated and transported by LAFD Paramedics to the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center in good condition.

Pursuant of protocol, the linesman's injury will be investigated by the Department of Water and Power and Cal/OSHA.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Boy Severely Injured in Fall Through Window

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On Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 12:02 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Helicopter, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 29 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Robert Rose responded to an Injury requiring an Air Ambulance at 14671 Clymer Street in Mission Hills.

Firefighters arrived quickly at a one-story single family home to discover a hemorrhaging 5 year-old male. The child, who was reportedly visiting the residence, was believed to have fallen or run through a glass window, sustaining a severe laceration to his torso and lesser lacerations about his body.

LAFD personnel immediately provided comfort to the youth, as they briskly dressed his wounds. Recognizing the severity of his injury, an LAFD Air Ambulance was summoned to airlift the child to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, nearly 18 miles distant.

With the constant presence and reassurance of Paramedics, the boy and his mother were taken by LAFD Ambulance to nearby San Jose Elementary School, where a Paramedic-staffed LAFD Helicopter was poised on the athletic field for the seven minute flight to the pediatric critical care center, where the boy arrived in serious but stable condition.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department