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Two Dogs Rescued In Fire, A Third Dog Perishes

Friday, May 30, 2008 |

On Friday, May 30, 2008 at 9:04 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 CERT Coordinator, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Millage Peaks responded to a Structure Fire at 3946 S. Bledsoe Ave. in the Mar Vista, Del Rey area.

Firefighters arrived to find a single-family home with smoke showing. An aggressive attack on the fire, combined with simultaneous vertical ventilation, confined the fire to the kitchen area. During a search of the structure, firefighters discovered three dogs inside and removed them from the house. Having been exposed to the thick smoke, all three dogs were having problems breathing.

Firefighters provided supplemental oxygen in an effort to revive the animals. Two of the dogs survived and were transferred to the custody of Animal Control Officers. Regretfully, one of the dogs did perish.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and the dollar loss is still being tabulated.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Be Open To Garage Door and Gate Safety

Thursday, May 29, 2008 |

Garage DoorsThe Los Angeles Fire Department reminds you that garage doors and driveway gates are the largest moving objects in a home, and there is a need to keep them operating safely.

Firefighters suggest you regularly examine mounting tracks, electric openers, hardware and the door or gate itself. If they're not operating smoothly or attached properly, they could fail, causing needless injury and inconvenience.

With many motors, brackets and springs on modern doors and gates connected to high-tension cables or other complex systems, it is often best to hire a qualified professional to adjust, maintain or repair them.

Newer-model garage doors and gates usually have an electronic sensor or pressure-sensitive control to detect objects in their path. It is essential to check these safety features periodically in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations.

Most importantly...

Firefighters remind you that a power door or gate should never be operated unless a competent adult maintains full view of their entire operation with 'hands-on' the controls that can instantly stop or reverse their motion.

Opening or closing these devices while out of eyesight, or relying solely on safety features to sense an obstruction are common factors that lead to injury.

Among the most common garage door injuries are those caused by persons attempting to lift or move a door by placing fingers in the joint between door sections.

If your garage door opener has a mechanical bypass system for use during a power outage, be certain that all household drivers know how to safely disconnect the opener and find the location of safety handles and manual liftpoints.

...and finally, remember that electrically operated garage doors and access gates are not toys. Make sure that mounted and remote controls are inaccessible to children, and remind young people not to play in the vicinity of a power operated gate or door.

The men and women of the LAFD ask you to 'be open' to garage door and gate safety!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Grand Opening of LAFD Air Operations at Van Nuys Airport

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief Douglas Barry, at the public dedication and grand opening of the City's newest municipal aviation facility.

Saturday, May 31, 2008
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LAFD Air Operations, Air Support & Helicopter Maintenance
Van Nuys Airport

We strongly encourage you to view a flyer with important information for this event, and are pleased to provide an interactive map with driving directions to a special parking site for all attendees, from which free shuttle service will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this is an active airport facility, all attendees will be subject to security screening. Alcohol, glass bottles, coolers, large tote bags, pets, bicycles, skates and skateboards are strictly prohibited.

Following Saturday's dedication ceremony, there will be food and entertainment as well as a chance to tour Southern California's newest municipal facility, which serves the Los Angeles Fire Department and allied agencies.

All members of the community are welcomed to this family-themed public event.

The new LAFD Air Operations and Airport Fire/Rescue facility, also known as Fire Station 114, replaces cramped and inefficient buildings that were used for more than three decades, and deemed deficient in operational and safety issues affecting air operations including; take off and landing clearances, helicopter parking and hanger space, clearance between helicopters, parts storage capabilities, and noise affecting the neighborhood.

To learn more about this and other Los Angeles Fire Department facilities modernized by Proposition F, please visit:

lafd.org/propf.htm


The men and women of the LAFD look forward to seeing you and your family on Saturday, May 31, 2008. Don't forget your camera!

Air Operations Grand Opening Flyer


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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fiery Crash Takes Multiple Lives in Los Angeles

Monday, May 26, 2008 |

On Monday, May 26, 2008 at 5:56 PM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 14 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 87 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Jeffery S. Mottram, responded to a Multi-Fatality Traffic Collision at the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Florence Avenue in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles.

Firefighters responded quickly to discover at least six vehicles involved in a traffic collision in which three - a minivan, sport utility vehicle and sedan were ablaze.

© Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...Firefighters quickly doused the flames to find the burned remains of two persons in one vehicle, while their colleagues sought to care for a preteen male who had been pulled or ejected from another.

The three proved to be beyond medical help, and were pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighters swiftly and efficiently triaged 18 additional persons, providing prompt transport to 5 in need of immediate care, including some in grave condition who are reported to have later died at area hospitals.

Nine additional patients with non-life threatening injuries, were among those taken to five area hospitals, while 4 persons declined treatment and transportation at the scene.

The collision is under formal investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's South Traffic Division, working closely with the Coroner's Office, which will seek to positively identify the deceased and determine the precise cause, time and manner of their death.


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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

2 Dead, 3 Injured in Hollywood Hills Collision

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On Monday, May 26, 2008 at 7:54 AM, 7 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 Helicopters, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 63 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Charles Butler, responded to a Multi-Patient Traffic Collision near 8711 Duncamp Place in the Hollywood Hills.

© Photo by Scott La Rue. Click to view more...Firefighters arrived quickly to find an overturned mid-size sport utility vehicle that had apparently tumbled more than 75 feet down a steep brush covered hillside.

Witnesses report at least two of the car's five occupants being ejected before the vehicle, which sheared a water supply line, came to rest upside-down against the carport of a single family home.

© Photo by Scott La Rue. Click to view more...Firefighters immediately stabilized the SUV and commenced triage of the injured, as their colleagues sought to free the one patient who was still trapped in the wreckage. Despite their swift action, the approximately 70 year-old man had sustained injuries incompatible with life, and was declared deceased at the scene.

A woman in her early twenties became unresponsive during triage and was swiftly transported to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died shortly after arrival.

The three remaining occupants, including a 44 year-old female, 27 year-old male and 2 year-old male each sustained non-life threatening injuries, and were take to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ground ambulance in fair to serious condition.

The water leak was quickly secured before the arrival of the Department of Water and Power.

Circumstances surrounding the collision are being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, which will positively identify the deceased, as well as determine the exact cause, time and manner of their death.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Mid Morning Fire Displaces Family of Four

Sunday, May 25, 2008 |

On Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, DOT and DWP, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Jeffrey Marcus, responded to a Structure Fire at 8746 N. Owensmouth Av. in the Chatsworth area.

A "loom up" verified reports of a structure fire in the area. The first Firefighters arriving on scene found a fully involved auto fire in the carport located below the apartments. Firefighters responded promptly, advancing hoselines to extinguish the fire source. Firefighters assigned to check for extension on the floor above, found the apartment charged with heavy smoke from the lapping flames and quickly assisted in the final extinguishment of the fire.

It took forty seven Firefighters nineteen minutes to bring the fire under control and call a knockdown. Four LAPD officers and one female civilian were treated and transported in stable condition to area hospitals for minor smoke inhalation. The cause of the morning blaze is undetermined. The dollar loss was estimated at $155,000 ($80,000 structure, $75,000 contents). The Red Cross assisted a family of four (2 adults, 2 children) with relocation.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Downtown Commercial Occupancy Damaged in Blaze

Thursday, May 22, 2008 |

On Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 9:12 PM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, LAPD and DOT, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Kwame Cooper, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1421 S. Los Angeles Str. in the South Park area.

The first arriving company on scene reported a one story commercial building with moderate smoke showing. Firefighters were met with heavy smoke, fire and a large amount of storage while trying to gain access. Additional companies were requested as Firefighters quickly established their handlines in an attempt to keep the fire in the area of origin. Heavy smoke and fire was also reported coming from the ventilation holes by the roof team, prompting them to "trench" the roof to gain control as the fire tried to run the attic.

It took thirty three Firefighters nineteen minutes to call a knockdown. The occupancy of fire origin was the Karma Center. Two other occupancies, Moon's Fashions and Nelly's Shoes sustained moderate smoke damage. There were no reports of injury. The cause and dollar loss estimate is undetermined until the completion of the police report.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Woman Dies In Fire

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 |

On Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 9:21 PM, 7 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Craig Yoder responded to a Structure Fire With A Civilian Fatality at 5720 S. Fortuna St. in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived to find fire showing from a small commercial building. Due to moderate winds, the fire was being pushed towards a larger commercial building and several homes. Firefighters began an aggressive attack on the fire while fellow firefighters protected the adjacent buildings. It took 30 Firefighters just under 30 minutes to control the fire. After the fire was knocked down, the body of a female in her 40's was discovered and declared deceased at the scene.

A 40 year-old male suffered burns to his arms and a 17 year-old complained of smoke related problems. Both patients were transported to local hospitals for care. The cause of the fire and the circumstances surrounding the fatality are under investigation. The dollar loss is still being tabulated.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Strong Wave Injures Fisherman in San Pedro

Sunday, May 18, 2008 |

On Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 5:30 PM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 LAFD Rescue Ambulance, 2 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Brian Cummings, responded to a reported Cliff Rescue at 807 W. Paseo del Mar in the San Pedro.

The initial report coming into the Dispatch Center indicated two swimmers were in distress in the ocean in the vicinity of "Mossy Rock." As Firefighters arrived onscene, further investigation indicated responders were searching for three fishermen who had been washed off the rocks by waves. Two of the men had managed to rescue themselves and get to safety. The third fisherman was rescued by a surfer in the vicinity and brought to the shore.

Firefighters assessed the 39 year old man and prepped him to be air lifted to an area where Paramedics could render treatment before he was airlifted to a local hospital, in stable condition. The two other fishermen were evaluated and released at the scene.

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department would like to stress the importance of safety while fishing. Here are a few safety tips:

  • Fishing from rocks is dangerous and many people lose their lives each year.
  • Fishermen and others put themselves in a position where they could be washed from the rocks - at the lower level trying to land the fish.
  • No fish is worth your life!
  • Select an area that does not have a slippery surface
  • Before the start of fishing, look for an area you can swim to if washed from the rocks.
  • Wear a flotation device in areas where swells can become large
  • Always fish with a partner
Go to www.angelfire.com/ia3/fishing/safetyonland for more safety tips.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Destroys Warehouse in Lincoln Heights

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On Sunday, May 18, 2008 at 2:24 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, DOT, LAPD, DWP and L.A. County Health, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Raymundo Gomez, responded to a Structure Fire at 2412 N. Eads St. in the Lincoln Heights/Solano Canyon area.

Firefighters responding to a reported structure fire found a one story, 75 foot by 50 foot metal clad warehouse, nestled between single family dwellings, showing smoke and fire which prompted the IC to quickly request additional companies. As fire companies arrived on scene, they briskly advanced hoselines to gain control of the fire. The intense flames lapped under the eaves of the neighboring single family dwelling, causing fire to extend into the attic. Firefighters promptly advanced hoselines coordinated with roof ventilation to attack and control the fire.

Firefighters checking for exposures to the rear of the original fire building, found several barrels of an unknown content stored to the rear of the building. The Squad, being part of the first alarm assignment, was diverted to investigate if the contents were hazardous. Evaluation of the barrels by the Squad indicated the barrels contained an assortment of cleaning solvents for floor and tile.

It took 83 Firefighters 22 minutes to call a knockdown on the fire. The cause is undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation. The dollar loss to The Imperial Manufacturing Company was estimated at $400,000 [$300,000 structure and $100,000 contents]. The estimated loss to the single family dwelling was $12,000 [$10,000 structure and $2,000 contents]. The Red Cross was called to assist in rehousing 7 family members displaced from the residence, 5 adults and 2 children.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Five Acre Brush Fire Near Griffith Park Observatory

Friday, May 16, 2008 |

On Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 3:38 PM, 41 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 2 Arson Units, 2 Rehab Units, 4 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 9 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Brush Patrol, the Dozer Company, 1 CERT Coordinator, 3 L.A. County Camp Crews with 3 Supervisors, a Battalion Chief and Helicopter, Park Rangers and General Services, under the direction of Assistant Chief Daniel McCarthy, responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire at 2301 Hobart Bl. in the Hollywood Hills area.

Firefighters responded to reports of a brush fire near the Griffith Park Observatory. Arriving units found approximately a quarter acre of light brush burning. Winds were not a factor at the bottom of the canyon, yet reports indicated that winds were gusting significantly at the top of the canyon. As Firefighters worked diligently to put out the flames, an LAPD airship overhead relayed to the IC that a spot fire was flaring up approximately 100 feet below and another 300 feet away from the Observatory. A Strike Team was quickly dispatched to the Observatory for structure protection and to safely evacuate approximately 50 people. Additional reports indicated the fire had spread to heavy brush and additional companies were dispatched to the fire.

Assisting agencies and approximately 250 LAFD Firefighters were able to contain the fire to only five acres, with a knockdown called at 2 hours and 51 minutes. There was one minor injury to a Park Ranger and no dollar loss to structures. The cause of the fire is undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies on behalf of Lauren deRosier
Los Angeles Fire Department

Small Grass Fire Quickly Extinguished in Sherman Oaks

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On Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 3:25 PM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Helicopter, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 2 LAFD Water Tenders, 1 Brush Patrol, the Dozer Company and DOT, all under the direction of Battalion Chief James Cairns, responded to a Greater Alarm Grass Fire at 6201 Woodley Av. in the Van Nuys area.

Ten companies of Los Angeles Firefighters responded to a reported grass fire. As resources arrived on scene they found approximately two acres of light to medium grass on fire and spreading into light brush. The quick actions of LAFD ground crews, with the aid of a water dropping helicopter and L.A. County camp crews, were able to gain control of the slow moving fire.

It took approximately 60 Firefighters 1 hour and 8 minutes to call a knockdown on the fire, keeping it to only five acres. There were no reported injuries or damage to structures. A spark from the crash of a model airplane initiated the fire.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies on behalf of Lauren deRosier
Los Angeles Fire Department

One Business Lost in Mission Hills Major Emergency Fire

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 |

On Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 1:36 AM, 17 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 7 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Tim Manning, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 1518 W. San Fernando Rd. in the Mission Hills area.

The initial call into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated a large cloud of smoke could be seen from a near by apartment complex. The first arriving Firefighters on scene found a large, one story commercial complex of ten to twelve occupancies, with heavy smoke and fire coming from one of the units. Additional companies were ordered.

As Firefighters focused on advancing hoselines for an aggressive interior attack, the roof team indicated the building was constructed with a light weight roof. The ventilation team began an intense effort to keep the bulk of the fire in the occupancy where the fire originated. The gallant efforts of the roof and interior firefighting teams was halted due to worsening conditions. A large microwave tower and air conditioning unit hung precariously from the roof, imposing a serious safety concern to the Incident Commander. Observers were assigned to watch the objects for any movement that could threaten Firefighter safety. All members were cleared from the structure and a defensive attack was initiated 19 minutes after arriving on scene. Shortly after, there was a partial roof collapse with 100 % failure of the roof imminent.

After the bulk of the fire was knocked down, interior handlines were re-established. It took 133 Firefighters 1 hour and 50 minutes to call a complete knockdown on the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the area of origin, The Sigue Corporation. The cause and estimated dollar loss are undetermined until the completion of the fire investigation. There were no reports of injury.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Multi Agency Major Emergency Brush Fire in Sylmar

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 |

On Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 1:31 PM, 23 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, Water Tender 77, Angeles National Department of Forestry, 4 L.A. County Camp Crews with a Supervisor, Battalion Chief and Helicopter, LAPD, DOT, CHP and Park Rangers, a multi agency effort under the direction of Assistant Chief Tim Manning, responded to a Major Emergency Brush Fire at the WB 210 FY at Hubbard Street in the Sylmar area.

Units released from the Lowell Brush Fire contacted the OCD Dispatch Center indicating another loom up in the area. The first Firefighters on scene reported approximately two to three acres of light to medium grass and brush on fire and upgraded the incident to a brush assignment. Earlier reports also indicated that winds were gusting from five to twenty five miles per hour in that area. This gusting caused the small grass fire to throw off spot fires in different directions. One fire spotted to the north exposed three single family residences, while another fire spotted to the south close to a housing tract. The Lowell incident caused resources to be extremely close and enabled Firefighters to be quickly dispatched for structure protection and an intense attack to both flanks of the fire. Water tenders were expeditiously provided by the ANF and Park Rangers.

A Sigalert was issued for the WB lanes of the 210 Freeway due to smoke banking down onto the freeway traffic. The multi agency effort enabled Firefighters to gain control of the fire and call a knockdown in one hour and 30 minutes. There was no report of injuries, no loss of structures and no call for evacuation. The cause of this fire is under investigation.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

Spark Starts Small Brush Fire

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On Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 11:46 AM, 9 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 Arson Unit, 3 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, Water Tender 77, Glendale Fire and L.A. County Fire, under a Unified Command, responded to a Brush Fire at 6150 W. Day St. in the Tujunga/Sunland area.

The call into the OCD Dispatch Center indicated that a grass fire had started and was burning towards heavier brush. A Brush assignment was initiated. Because of the location of the fire, Glendale and Los Angeles County Fire Departments also responded with brush assignments consisting of five Engines and a Battalion Chief. The Angeles National Department of Forestry was also alerted.

The small grass fire spread to medium brush fueled by light winds, burning slowly uphill towards a single family residence located at the ridge of the hilltop. Structure protection Firefighters had lines in place and there was no damage reported to that structure. With the close proximity of borders, the LAFD, L.A. County and Glendale firefighters aggressively attacked the fire with the aid of airborne operations, keeping the fire under three acres. A small spot fire erupted but was quickly knocked down and kept to less than one acre.

The cause of the fire was accidental, occurring from a spark caused by a landscaping tool while clearing brush. There were no injuries reported and no dollar loss, which is greatly attributed by the quick actions of firefighting personnel.

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Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Driver Training: Getting Us There Safely

Monday, May 12, 2008 |

As part of his series The Worst Job I Ever Loved, award-winning telejournalist Dave Malkoff of KCAL/KCBS joined the Los Angeles Fire Department In-Service Training Section for a look at what it takes to get behind the wheel of an LAFD Engine, Aerial Ladder Truck or Ambulance.

KCBS Video. Click to Play...

We were pleased to have Dave and Angie join us.

To learn more about our day together, please watch the video, enjoy a gallery of images, or visit DaveMalkoff.com.

While we can't put everyone behind the wheel of a twenty-ton Pumper, every motorist, motorcyclist and bicyclist can Move To The Right to help us get there safely.

To learn about the amazing vehicles operated by the Los Angeles Fire Department, and meet the even more amazing folks who operate them, plan a visit to your Neighborhood Fire Station today!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Pair Escape Fire That Consumes Hillside Home

Saturday, May 10, 2008 |

On Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 5:48 PM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, as well as 1 Engine Company and 1 Battalion Chief from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, all under the direction of LAFD Assistant Chief Terrance Manning, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 8642 Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills.

Firefighters from the two agencies quickly navigated the winding streets of a West Hollywood-adjacent neighborhood to discover a three story hillside home well involved with fire.

Extending handlines to do battle with fierce flames, firefighters soon determined the 74 year-old resident and his male caretaker had safely fled the 2,008 square-foot building prior to their arrival.

Though the burning structure was located in the "Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zone" of wildfire concern - that brought additional LAFD ground and air resources to the scene, the neighborhood's timely compliance with City of Los Angeles brush clearance requirements prevented fire spread and aided in the effort to quell the blaze.

The fire was confined to the structure of origin and extinguished in just 35 minutes.

While without apparent injury or illness related to the fire, the homeowner was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for evaluation of a long-standing medical condition. No other injuries were reported.

Loss from the blaze, which heavily damaged the structure and its contents, is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire remains under active investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Will You Get A Round Tuit Before Disaster Strikes?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 |

A Round TuitYou can't be "sort of" prepared for emergencies. Either you are or you aren't, and experience has shown us that most people fall into the latter category. It's not that they don't want to be prepared, but they find the process intimidating or simply never get "around to it".

Now Is The Time For You To Get A Round Tuit!

Let us be frank. If you don't write a sticky note to yourself right now and place it someplace conspicuous (like on your computer monitor), you'll be among the majority unprepared for a minor emergency event, much less a disaster.

Rather than try to fund complete preparedness today, firefighters suggest small but calculated investments over time that will not only make disasters survivable, but truly less threatening.

But first you need to have a plan and a way to make it happen.

Why not skip dessert tonight and put a few dollar bills in a new piggy bank to fund your preparedness efforts?

How about making that plan today?

The links below are readily available via the Los Angeles Fire Department website at LAFD.ORG. The information is free. All you need to do is click on the link(s) and hit the print button!


Oh, and don't forget that sticky note on your computer monitor, refrigerator or bathroom mirror. The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department are counting on you getting around to disaster preparedness today!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Damages Hyde Park Cabinet Shop

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On Monday, May 5, 2008 at 10:38 AM, 25 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 3 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Emergency Air, the LAFD Medical Director, and 2 CERT Coordinators, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Roxanne Bercik responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 2327 Southwest Drive in Hyde Park.

The first fire company arrived to find a large commercial building, approximately 100' x 200', with heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear. Occupants of the structure, a two-story awning manufacturer in front with offices on the second floor, and a cabinet manufacturer utilizing the one-story portion to the rear, had self evacuated prior to the arrival of Firefighters.

Firefighters were immediately confronted with problems accessing the rear portion of building where the seat of the fire was located. Over the course of one hour and twenty-two minutes, fire attack teams transitioned several times from an offensive interior attack to a defensive mode using heavy streams, returning to an offensive interior operation when conditions were determined to be tenable.

The majority of damage was confined to the rear, single-story portion of the building. An aggressive interior fire attack not only assisted in extinguishing the fire, it also provided Firefighters the opportunity to save a large portion of the building and contents.

The preliminary cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental. An adult male worker, using flammable liquid during cabinet refinishing, fell spilling the liquid on the ground and on his clothes. Shortly thereafter, the worker began using a power tool to cut a piece of metal, causing a spark, which ignited the fumes and his clothes.

The worker was transported to California Hospital Medical Center in serious condition with second and third degree burns to his arm. The dollar loss is still being tabulated.


Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Task Force Investigates Sylmar Church Fire

Monday, May 05, 2008 |

On Monday, May 5, 2008 at 6:40 AM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Dave Frelinger responded to a Structure Fire at 13221 Maclay St. in Sylmar.

Firefighters discovered a small fire inside the Ministerio Cristiano Gracia Expendida Church. The fire was extinguished causing only minor damage to the church. There were no injuries. Monetary loss from the fire damage is estimated at $2,000, while the cause of the blaze remains the focus of an active investigation by the multi-agency House of Worship Arson Task Force.

Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Novelty Lighters: Playing With Fire

Sunday, May 04, 2008 |

Novelty Lighters: Playing with FireEach year toylike or novelty lighters are responsible for numerous injuries and deaths across our nation. Children are attracted to these lighters because they look like toys. Many are made to look like animals, miniature cars, mobile phones, cameras, fishing lures, stacks of coins, markers and doll accessories.

The facts are alarming...

The National Fire Protection Association estimated that in 2002, an estimated 13,900 child-playing structure fires were reported in the U.S., with associated losses of 210 civilian deaths, 1,250 civilian injuries, and $339 million in direct damage.

What is a Novelty or Toylike Lighter?

Novelty lighters are defined as "lighters that have features that make them attractive to children under five," including "lighters with features entertaining to children, such as visual effects like flashing lights, or sound effects like musical notes."

The Consumer Product Safety Commission adopted a safety standard in 1994 requiring disposable cigarette lighters be manufactured to child resistant standards. This safety standard has been highly effective in reducing child fatalities nationwide. The standard also defined novelty lighters, although it did not prohibit the sale and distribution of lighters that look like toys.

Injuries and Worse...


  • On September 25, 2007, 15-month-old Peyton Edwards and 2-year-old Breydon Edwards of Russellville, Arkansas, died after setting fire to their apartment with a motorcycle-shaped lighter.
  • In June 2007, 6-year-old Shane St. Pierre picked up a miniature baseball bat in a grocery store, thinking it might be a flashlight light, and flicked the switch. A flame shot out, singeing his brow and burning part of his face.
  • A 6-year-old boy in North Carolina sustained second-degree burns after playing with a lighter that looked like a toy cell phone.
  • In Maryland, playground equipment was set on fire by three 5-year-old girls using a gun shaped lighter.

What can be done?

Some California jurisdictions, including El Cajon, Highland, National City, Redlands, Solana Beach and Vista have taken action by banning the sale of toylike and novelty lighters and limiting their distribution.

Maine has led the way with a statewide ban.

More than awaiting legislation...

There is an urgent need to survey your home and places where your children - or those you care for, play and stay. Make sure that all matches and lighters are always carefully secured and only accessible to adults, and that toylike and novelty lighters are removed from the premises.

You can save lives by practicing fire safety. To learn more, visit:

www.usfa.dhs.gov



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media Relations Staff Mourn the Passing of Angel Harvey

Saturday, May 03, 2008 |

For more than half-a-century, at fire stations across Los Angeles, the only voice more prominent than the dispatcher alerting crews, has been that of Paul Harvey, the most well-known newsman in the world.

Mr. Harvey established the gold standard for news and commentary, and has been an unabashed supporter of firefighters during his daily radio newscasts, which are known to echo through Los Angeles Fire Stations as crews prepare for their next emergency assignment.

To firefighters, Mr. Harvey's most endearing quality has been his openly professed love for his wife and constant companion Lynne 'Angel' Harvey, who served as the director, writer, editor and producer of her husband's top-rated radio program.

Not only can Angel be credited with creating many of the innovations that became her husband's trademarks, but also development of broadcast news elements that each of us know today across the radio and television spectrum. It was no surprise to us when she became the first producer to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.

It was therefore with great empathy that we read the following release this afternoon from ABC Radio News...

DALLAS, May 3 -- Angel Harvey's passing is a loss for all of us in radio. For decades she served as a producer, writer and the inspiring force behind Paul Harvey News and Comment. Angel was frequently referred to as "The First Lady of Radio," and countless charities benefited from her devotion to philanthropic efforts. She was a friend to all who knew her and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paul, Paul Jr. and the entire Harvey family.

Jim Robinson
President
ABC Radio Networks


Thank you Angel, for teaching us 'The Rest of the Story...'


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Three Acre Elysian Park Brush Fire Controlled Quickly

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On Friday, May 2, 2008 at 2:10 PM, 20 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Helicopters, 1 Brush Patrol, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Assistant Chief Chief McCarthy responded to a Grass Fire at 400 N. Park Row Dr. in Elysian Park.

Firefighters arrived on scene to find approximately three-quarters of an acre of light to medium grass and brush burning. Additional Firefighters and aerial support were immediately requested in an effort to gain control of the fire. Fortunately light winds and favorable weather conditions assisted Firefighters in controlling the fire. It took over one hundred-twenty Firefighters on the ground, augmented by two water dropping helicopters to control the fire in under ninety minutes.

Firefighters were able to limit the spread of the fire to approximately three acres. There were no structures damaged in the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Submitted by Ron Myers (for Diana Igawa), Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

The ATF National Response Team Joins Hollywood Fire Investigation

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The National Response Team (NRT) from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with special agents from the Los Angeles Field Division are assisting the Los Angeles Fire Department with the investigation of the early morning "Basque Night Club" fire in Hollywood on April 30, 2008.

According to the Special Agent in Charge of the ATF's Los Angeles Field Division, the decision to assist the LAFD in this investigation was made "due to the size and complexity of the fire scene, plus the historical significance of the structure..."

The ATF's assistance in this joint investigation provides additional investigators, tools, and experience, working in concert with LAFD Arson Investigators to help determine the cause of this blaze as quickly as possible.

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Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department