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Greater Alarm Brush Fire in Montecito Heights

Saturday, September 26, 2009 |

On Friday, September 25, 2009 at 2:34 PM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, and 1 civilian CERT Coordinator under the direction of Battalion Chief Rudy Hill responded to a Brush Fire at 400 East Avenue 43 in Montecito Heights.

Firefighters arrived to find a half acre of grass burning along a hill threatening houses above and below. Hand lines were immediately deployed to suppress the flames and a full brush assignment with helicopters and additional engines was requested to provide structure protection to the residences. Firefighters not only had to battle fire through the grass and in structures, but downed power lines posed additional threats not to mention the triple digit temperatures.

Battalion Chief Hill stated, “One two-story garage with a converted room on the second story was well involved with fire and also two other out buildings suffered damage."

A knockdown was obtained by 91 firefighters in just 33 minutes at 3:07 p.m. The dollar loss was totaled at $170,000 ($125,000 for the structure and $45,000 for the contents). The cause was accidental. No injuries were reported and no evacuations were necessary.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

These are the fires that will get out of control very quickly, without a fast and large response from the FD.

With the cuts in manpower and equipment it is just a matter of time before a large property loss or death is unavoidable.

Remember, the LAFD was running at a safe but bare minimum in staffing as it was, most fire departments are running well below safe levels.

call your mayor to demand safe staffing.. 4 firefighters per apparatus.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 3:11, thanks for the note. As many know the fire service has an expression that has proven true over time: "Too Little and Too Late are The Parents of Disaster".

While members of the LAFD have and always will do their best, it does indeed take the right team to get the job done.

No matter one's opinion on key municipal services, such as those provided by the LAFD, it is essential for every citizen to express their concerns to policymakers who guide our public safety future.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Brian,

No posts in the last few days, do your reliefs know how to add things to this??? I want to read about the fires the last few days.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 2:22, while I may be referred to as the 'father' of this blog, which many are surprised to learn is a non-funded endeavor without dedicated staff, it is important to mention that I don't maintain supervisory capacity over my capable 'A' and 'C' Shift colleagues.

That (too?) much offered, I wish to clarify that this LAFD News & Information blog has been and remains a tool accessible to all assigned and part-time staff in our office since 2004.

In case one wondered...

...at the behest of media wishing to attribute information, we started posting the names of the staff contributors in June 2005. The practice became common in the year that followed.

Among the factors outside our control and effecting the quantity of postings is the considerable and at times overwhelming 'below the radar' workload in our office - combined with the thresholds applied to incidents before we generate written reports.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Thanks for explaining how the blog works. I know the Chief is aware that the blog/clo/pso needs more staffing. I hope you get some help soon.

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