LAFD Responds To 'Piute' Fire in Kern County

Monday, July 07, 2008 |

Pursuant of a formal Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned one Strike Team of Firefighters to assist the Kern County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire southeast of Lake Isabella in Kern County, California, 100 miles north of our City.


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These 22 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the "Piute Wildland 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.

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, official public and media information regarding this wildfire incident, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided jointly by the Kern County Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service, which maintain daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello

When did this strike team leave? Also, is there a way to get updates on this team.
Thank you for all your valuable information.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 3:22,

The LAFD personnel mentioned in this post were assigned to the Piute Wildland Fire on July 7, 2008 at 6:49 PM.

As intimated above and pursuant of long-standing protocol, all public and media information regarding the deployment of our personnel to Mutual Aid incidents *must* come through the agencies in command.

You are welcome to call the public information telephone numbers listed here and here to determine what (if any) specific information can be provided at this time regarding LFD Strike Team 1001.

(Note: for Mutual Aid, Fire Departments in California are given a three letter identifier. Ours is LFD.)

Thanks for visiting our blog, and for your interest in the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Humphrey:
Another strike team was deployed yesterday 7/9/08 midnight to Shasta County. Do you have any information as to their return or any updates of how the strike team is doing? Please advise.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 11:40,

Thanks for the note. Please know that Strike Team deployment posts to the LAFD blog are researched, created and posted solely on an 'as time permits' basis.

Such posts may be delayed - or not appear at all, due to more pressing matters in our lightly staffed office, as has been the case today.

The behind-the-scenes work necessary for this Saturday's American Heroes Air Show as well as other breaking news stories, has regretfully pushed the planned blog article for that deployment back *at least* 15 hours.

With more than 200 emails still awaiting my attention today, it is not yet clear that I'll have time to post the information you're seeking.

Then why the Strike Team posts?

Such messages are meant to convey a *periodic* understanding to our key stakeholders (the citizens of the City of Los Angeles), that their Fire Department is actively participating in our State's well-crafted Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System.

The posts are not meant to be comprehensive, but instead serve as a reminder of the teamwork and commitment of all California Firefighters in keeping The Golden State safe.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Brian,

You wrote...........

"Such posts may be delayed - or not appear at all, due to more pressing matters in our lightly staffed office, as has been the case today"

Do you ever accept qualified (say they had a degrees and experience in marketing, communications, blogs, websites) volunteers to help your busy office?

If so I can help and I have the resources to get you more help. We support LAFD and want to help our firefighters.

Also, do they need volunteer help Saturday?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 9:43,

We appreciate your spirited reply.

While our office does indeed have need - but sadly not the space (see photo) to harbor volunteers, we hope our physical situation might change in the coming months allow those with the appropriate interest and skill to support the emergency public information needs of our City - if not in daily operations, certainly in times of duress.

On a near-daily basis however, our Department does seek volunteers to serve in important support roles, and there are additional opportunities as well.

I'll try to write more soon on these topics.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

How funny! That picture was great. Thank you for your reply.
I will keep an eye on your blog to see when you are able to "harbor" help!

Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Humphrey

Are these strike teams still up North fighting theses fires?

Does the mutual aide affect just California Fire Fighters?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:55,

I will be happy to look into the status of the Strike Team (mentioned in this post) when I return to Los Angeles next week.

Until that time, and as mentioned earlier, you are most welcome to inquire about particulars of our personnel assigned to the Piute Wildland Fire by calling the public information hotlines (links above in my 3:58 comment posting) that will put you in direct touch with the officials who have been/are in control of that fire.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 8:55,

Thanks for your patience. A cursory look at our office log shows the LAFD Strike Team mentioned above returning to our City on July 15.

Information about California's Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS) can be found by following the 'Mutual Aid' link in the original post of this thread.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

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