South L.A. Shooting Injures Eight

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 |

On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 3:17 PM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, DOT, L.A. Unified School Police and LAPD Newton Division, all under the Unified Command of LAFD and LAPD, responded to a reported SHOOTING incident at 1066 E. Vernon Av. in the South Los Angeles/Newton area.

Frantic calls into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated that several people had been shot and were down in the parking lot of Jack in the Box, located at the intersection of Vernon and Central . Fire personnel responded to the scene and staged in a safe location until the scene had been determined secure to enter by LAPD. Firefighters found several individuals of different ages with a variety of injuries. As the patients were being assessed and treated, Fire personnel were alerted to two additional patients that were located at a near by middle school, who had fled there seeking refuge and safety from the shooting incident. Another patient walked up late into the incident with minor injuries.

All were quickly assessed and provided triage tags indicating the severity of their individual injuries. Four were transported from the incident in critical condition, all females ages 11, 12, 10 and 49. There were 4 patients that received minor injuries, three males, 14, 48 and 69 and one 12 year old female. All patients were transported to area hospitals.


Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

No More Oscars for 'Most Powerful Man in Hollywood'

Monday, February 25, 2008 |

When the stage lights dimmed at the end of Sunday's Academy Awards and the cameras at the Kodak Theatre faded to black, one man - ostensibly the most powerful person in Hollywood, stood curbside with a watchful eye, until the last Oscar® toting limousine (and Prius) pulled away.

Though he would later, as in previous years, attend more post-Award parties than any entertainer past or present, he had work yet to do at the closing of his eighth consecutive Academy Awards show.

His sleep would come later, much later. For him, the night's success would not be measured by Nielsen, but rather by knowing that the famous and those who aspired to be, as well as their countless attendants, technicians and supporters, were safely home.

When Presidents, Prime Ministers, Queens and yes, celebrities counted on both your advice and acumen, it was not easy being touted globally as "The Most Powerful Man in Hollywood".

In a business that believes "who you know is what counts", the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood, the late Johnny Grant, was always quick to acknowledge and greet him, never failing to introduce him to reporters as the man known to everybody in show business.

As he returns tonight to see the roll-up of the red carpet beneath his mirror-gloss shoes for the last time, it is our pleasure to both applaud and salute a man of impeccable character and unquestionable integrity who will formally retire later this year. We are proud to know him well, to have shared him with you for three decades, and most importantly to call him a mentor, colleague and friend...

The Associated Press
Monday, December 4, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- The most powerful man in Hollywood isn't an A-lister, but attends more movie premieres than Brad Pitt and George Clooney combined. He has no entourage, but hits enough nightspots to make Paris Hilton jealous. He's a red-carpet regular with the power to shut down any event from the Oscars on down.

Robert Gladden isn't a filmmaker or financier. He's a fireman, one of 14 in Los Angeles who inspect and oversee areas of public assembly. Gladden's territory is Tinseltown, and practically every Hollywood party, performance or premiere requires his approval.

"If the public could be endangered, we're on it," says Gladden, 54.

Inspector Robert Gladden and City Council Staff. Image courtesy of City Council President Eric Garcetti.In the process, the slim, silver-haired fireman gets a front-row seat to some of the world's most-watched events. His interest is ostensibly safety, not celebrity, but he's had more brushes with fame than a Hollywood stylist.

"I absolutely have the coolest job," he says. "There's nothing like it because most people don't associate being a fireman with all this celebrity stuff."

Gladden trained in the Air Force, then followed his late father's footsteps into the Los Angeles Fire Department. Gladden joined in 1978, 10 years after his dad died in a blaze. He took on his current assignment in 1996.

His boss, Capt. Philip Ayala, calls him "Mr. Hollywood ... a real people person, which helps in this part of town."

What counts in Hollywood is who you know, says honorary mayor Johnny Grant, and "in show business, everybody knows Robert Gladden."

When talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel closed down Hollywood Boulevard... (read more...)

Image courtesy of City Council President Eric Garcetti.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Congress Did Their Part, Will You Do Yours?

Monday, February 18, 2008 |

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill intended to prevent deaths due to "backovers", a situation where drivers back over children they cannot see behind their vehicle.

While this bill requires new vehicle standards for rearward visibility, the prevention of backover incidents will remain in the hands, ears and eyes of every motorist.

All Vehicles Have Blind Spots

In the case of a backover incident, the blind spot is the place behind your vehicle that you cannot see in the rear or side view mirror or even by craning your neck out the driver's side window. Generally speaking, the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. Blind spots for shorter drivers tend to be significantly larger as well. In addition, the elevation of the driver's seat, the shape of a vehicle's windows and mirrors, and the slope of a driveway can affect the size of the blind spot behind a vehicle.

Technologies and Backover

At this time, no technology on the market is considered by experts to be foolproof in preventing backover incidents. Even if an accurate preventive technology is developed, it's important to remember that no technology alone can protect your children. Keeping your children safe from a backover tragedy requires education, supervision and vigilance. Los Angeles Firefighters recommend the following tips to help parents reduce the risk of backover incidents.

Safety Tips for Parents:

  • Ensure your children are properly supervised at all times, especially wherever motor vehicles might be present.

  • Teach children never to play in, under or around vehicles.

  • Always assume children could be present and carefully check the street and driveway as you approach your vehicle. The LAFD always recommends a complete 'circle check' before you get behind the wheel.

  • Avoid making your driveway a playground. If you do allow children in this area, make sure that it's only when there are no vehicles present. To further protect children who may be outside playing, separate the driveway from the roadway with some type of physical barrier to prevent any cars from entering.

  • To prevent curious children from putting a vehicle in gear, never leave vehicles running or keys in the vehicle. Keep every vehicle, even those in your driveway and garage, locked up tight.

  • When backing up, always know where all children are and have them stay together in your full view and well away from your vehicle. Don't even think of backing until your radio or entertainment system is completely off and your wireless phone is put away.

  • Look behind you as you back out S-L-O-W-L-Y with your windows rolled down to listen for children who may have dashed behind your vehicle suddenly - and be prepared to stop!

  • If you're driving an SUV, truck or van, remember that the blind spot behind your vehicle can be especially large: Use extreme care whenever you back up.
Finally, talk with neighborhood parents about backover incidents and ask them to teach their children not to play in or around any vehicle or driveway. By working together to promote awareness and protective home and neighborhood environments, we can help to keep all our children safe.

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Kindly share this lifesaving message with your friends and family.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Los Angeles Fire Station 94


Artists Rendering of Enhanced Fire Station 94. Click to learn more...
The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Herb Wesson, Fire Commissioners, City Engineer Gary Lee Moore and Fire Chief Douglas Barry at the groundbreaking ceremony for enhancements to Los Angeles Fire Station 94, which serves the Baldwin Hills and Crenshaw districts of Los Angeles.

Thursday, February 21, 2008
10:00 AM
Groundbreaking for Enhancements to Fire Station 94
4470 Coliseum Street
Los Angeles, CA 90016

We are pleased to offer an interactive map with driving directions to the groundbreaking site. All members of the community are warmly welcomed to join us for this tradition filled public event.

Built in 1960, Fire Station 94 is an existing facility serving a primarily residential community that is no stranger to disaster.

Photograph of Current Fire Station 94. Click to learn more...

The now forty-eight year old brick building on the corner of Coliseum Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard will receive considerable and cost-effective modification, including purchase of a 2-acre site to the rear of the existing facility, the construction of a 15,250 square foot Fire Station, a 6,000 square foot apparatus storage building and 2,500 square foot multi-purpose room.

The enhancements to Fire Station 94 will produce an appealing long-term asset for all members of the community, and will help Firefighters more efficiently serve the increasingly busy neighborhood for decades to come.

We encourage you to learn more about the enhancements to Fire Station 94 and the many Fire Department facilities being modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.

We look forward to seeing you at the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 10:00 AM!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Two Men and Dog Die in Van Nuys Trailer Fire

Friday, February 15, 2008 |

On Friday, February 15, 2008 at 5:12 AM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 44 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Markota, responded to a Civilian Fatality Fire near 16929 Sherman Way in Van Nuys.

Responding to the many calls of passersby and following a large column of smoke to the location, Firefighters arrived quickly to the rear of a one-story row of multi-tenant commercial occupancies to discover a parked 26' travel trailer fully engulfed in flames.

It took first-arriving Firefighters just 21 minutes to fully control the fire, which destroyed the trailer and all belongings within, but was prevented from causing any more than superficial damage to the nearby businesses.

During the final phase of extinguishing the trailer, Firefighters discovered the remains of an adult male, who was believed to have been using the unattached and non-motorized recreation vehicle as a makeshift residence.

Later that morning, while combing through incinerated debris and moving the toppled remnants of a refrigerator and stove to assist in the investigation, the burned body of a second adult male, as well as the remains of a pet canine were found by Firefighters. All three were declared deceased at the scene.

The presence of a smoke alarm, as well as physical and other factors that may have prevented the egress of the victims, was not able to be immediately determined.

LAFD personnel remained on scene for nearly 11 hours to complete a primary field investigation and assist the Coroner's Office with the discreet and dignified removal of human remains.

A positive identification of the deceased men, as well as the cause, time and manner of their deaths will be determined by the Coroner's Office.

Monetary loss from the fire is estimated at $40,000. The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Mid Wilshire Greater Alarm Fire Displaces Three

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 |

On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 3:53 AM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, DOT and LAPD, all under the direction of Battalion Chief John Vidovich, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 133 S. La Fayette Park Pl. in the Mid-Town area.

Several 911 calls into the OCD Dispatch Center, confirmed that there was a fire in the Mid Wilshire area of the city. The first arriving Fire Department resources on scene, found one unit in the front of a two story, center hall apartment building, with heavy fire and smoke showing. An immediate request for additional companies was initiated, as well as LAPD to assist with crowd control. Because of the heavy smoke and fire in the hallway, two residents unable to exit the building were rescued from their second floor window via ground ladder by Fire personnel. As companies deployed hoselines to extinguish the fire, other Fire resources were searching the upper floor for other residents and assisted them with evacuation from the building.

There were 2 patients as a result of the incident, a male 36 and a female 6, who complained of smoke inhalation. Both declined transport after being treated by the Medical Group. No other injuries were reported. It took the aggressive actions of approximately 105 Firefighters to knockdown the fire in only 17 minutes. The cause is under investigation. The dollar loss was estimated to be $120,000, [$100,000 structure and $20,000 contents]. The Red Cross was notified to assist three adult males with their housing needs.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

First There Was Reggie, Then There Was.....

Monday, February 11, 2008 |

On Monday, February 11, 2008 at approximately 11:33 AM, there was a call into the OCD Dispatch Center requesting a couple of LAFD wranglers to "herd" a group of farm animals that were grazing in the vicinity of 13567 W. Herron St. in the Sylmar area. An LAFD resource was dispatched, non-emergency to investigate a "farm animal" sighting.

When Fire Department resources got on scene, they found two bulls, 2 horses and a goat calmly grazing in the smorgasbord of front lawn vegetation in the city of Sylmar. 1 Company of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, DOT, LAPD and an Animal Regulations Supervisor were dispatched to the incident, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Peter Benesch.

Apparently the animals had wondered to "greener pastures" from a neighboring residence with a broken fence. The incident was assessed by the above mentioned parties and it was recommened to advise the Dispatch Center, that companies responding to incidents in the vicinity to "discontinue the use of their sirens and air horns," and just in time, as a medical incident was dispatched a few doors down. Once the animals had dined, they were extremely placid as they were led in a peaceful procession back home. (birp)


Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 in Critical Condition in Harbor Area Traffic Collision


On Monday, February 11, 2008 at 10:27 AM, 2 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 EMS Battalion Captains and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Brian Cummings, responded to a Traffic Accident at 2401 E. Anaheim St. in the Wilmington / Harbor City area.

Fire Department resources arriving on scene, found a two vehicle traffic accident, which caused one of the vehicles, a four-door sedan to veer off the road, striking a tree. The initial triage, using the START system, indicated five patients, four in critical condition and two needing extrication. The driver, male 63, of the sedan and the front passenger, female 52, were extricated from the vehicle. There were two additional passengers, a male 48, and a female 38. All occupants of the vehicle were listed in critical condition and transported to area hospitals. The driver of the second vehicle, a female 58, was also assessed, treated and transported in moderate condition.

Although this incident appeared horrific, the fact that there were no fatalities can greatly be attribued to the occupants use of seat belts and the vehicles being equipped with air bags.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Grand Opening of New Fire Station 67 in Playa Vista

Sunday, February 10, 2008 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome you to join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Fire Commissioners, Fire Chief Douglas Barry, City Engineer Gary Lee Moore and civic and community leaders at the public dedication and grand opening of LAFD's newest Neighborhood Fire Station in Playa Vista.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
10:00 AM
Grand Opening of New Fire Station 67
5451 Playa Vista Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90094

Following Saturday's brief dedication ceremony, there will be food and fun as well as a chance to tour Southern California's newest Fire Station. All members of the community are welcome at this family-themed public event.

We are pleased to offer an interactive map with driving directions to the new facility, which is now in service protecting Playa Vista, Venice and the adjacent neighborhoods of west Los Angeles.

Members of the LAFD look forward to meeting you and your family on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 10:00 AM in Playa Vista.

Please don't forget your camera!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

There Are No Words...

Thursday, February 07, 2008 | describe our collective loss in the murder of Los Angeles Police Officer Randal Simmons.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Support Police Operation in Winnetka


On Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 9:30 PM, Los Angeles Firefighters were summoned to support of the Los Angeles Police Department in their handling of a barricaded suspect in a one-story single family home at 19828 Welby Way in Winnetka.

Shortly after midnight, the incident escalated to require the direct involvement of Fire Department personnel, who expertly treated and rapidly transported two injured Los Angeles Police Officers to an area hospital. Detailed information regarding the injured Officers is being provided solely by LAPD officials.

In order to protect both responders and members of the community, Firefighters remained in force throughout the night, strategically placed to instantly render any necessary medical care, rescue or firefighting services.

After dawn, a fire erupted within the barricaded residence, and was prevented from spreading to adjacent homes by the judicious use of defensive firefighting tactics in strict accordance with Police directives.

Soon thereafter, the scene was made safe by Police Officers, and the flames fully extinguished by Firefighters at 7:58 AM.

LAFD personnel subsequently declared an unspecified number of civilians deceased within the residence, which remained an active crime scene.

The Los Angeles Fire Department ultimately assigned 96 personnel to the incident under the direction of Assistant Chief Greg West, including 11 Companies of Firefighters, 11 Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 4 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Dozer Tender, 2 Emergency Lighting Units, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team. The incident remained active with Fire Department involvement in support and logistic roles for more than 24 hours.

Pursuant of protocol, all requests for media and public information regarding this incident are being referred to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Sun Valley Industrial Blaze Injures Firefighter

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 |

On Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 7:49 AM, 18 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 121 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief John Nowell, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 11281 Goss Street in Sun Valley.

The owner and one employee of Hye-Art, a woodworking firm, had reportedly just opened for business when they heard a loud 'thud' from within the two-story structure.

Investigating the sound, the men discovered flames in the upper floor of the non-fire sprinklered 100' x 50' building, and safely fled before summoning the Fire Department via wireless phone.

Fire in Sun Valley industrial firm. © Photo by Scott LaRue. Click to view more...Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from the second floor of the building, which housed flammable storage and offices. Firefighters swiftly commenced a frontal assault on the fire with handlines, only to be driven back by fierce heat and flames that made the upstairs untenable.

Aided soon thereafter by the vertical ventilation of smoke and superheated gases by their rooftop colleagues, Firefighters again mounted a bold and well-coordinated offense from the front and rear of the structure, confining the blaze within the building and extinguishing the flames in just 27 minutes.

Fire helmet charred by fire in Sun Valley industrial firm. © Photo by Scott LaRue. Click to view more...Despite his use of personal protective gear, one Firefighter sustained 2nd degree burns to both ears during the intense fire attack. In fair condition, he was transported by LAFD Ambulance to Sherman Oaks Hospital, where he was treated and released to remain off-duty.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire loss is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

17 Year Old Killed in Solo Traffic On Golden State Freeway

Monday, February 04, 2008 |

On Monday, February 4, 2008 at 3:46 PM, 2 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances and 1 EMS Battalion Captain, all under the direction of EMS Battalion Captain I Rick Watson, responded to a Fatal Traffic Collision on the Southbound 5 Freeway at Sunland in the Sun Valley area.

The first arriving Fire resource found a late model Scion with severe front end damage. The 17 year old driver and one of two passengers were transported to area hospitals in moderate to serious condition. The 17 year old second passenger died at the scene from massive injuries. Reports from the scene indicated that the teen driver was traveling at a high rate of speed when he lost control of the car and slammed head on into the tree located on the right side of the freeway. Reports also indicated, unfortunately none of the occupants of the vehicle appeared to have been wearing seatbelts.

Fire personnel remained on scene to assist the Coroner with body retrieval. The circumstances pertaining to the traffic collision will be pending an active investigation of the CHP.


Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department