LAFD Quickly Curtails Furniture Warehouse Blaze

Thursday, November 26, 2009 |

On Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 6:12 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Emergency Air, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 85 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Combs, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 4539 West Adams Boulevard in the West Adams district of Los Angeles.


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Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from the roof of a 50' x 150' one-story furniture storage facility.

Ascending ladders to the arched truss roof, firefighters commenced strategic vertical ventilation as their colleagues forced entry into the well-secured former boulevard storefront.

With combustible furniture stacked as high as fifteen feet inside the non-fire sprinklered building, firefighters fought their way through thick smoke and merchandise to find, attack and confine flames in the rear of the densely packed but unoccupied structure.

The stubborn fire was confined within the pre-1933 masonry building and extinguished in just 46 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Loss to Posse Fine Furniture is estimated at $150,000 ($50,000 structure & $100,000 contents). The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature and categorized as accidental.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Driver of SUV Dies in Big Rig Collision

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 |

On Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 7:41 PM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 5 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Foam Tender under the direction of Battalion Chief Karen Richter responded to a Fatality Traffic Collision with Fire at 5283 West Jefferson Boulevard in the Baldwin Hills area.

Firefighters quickly arrived to find a sport utility vehicle and a big rig tractor-trailer fully engulfed in flames after colliding. Additional resources were promptly added due to the potential fire exposure to a nearby 150' X 100', two-story commercial building doing business as Jetro Cash & Carry Wholesale Groceries.

According to witnesses the big rig loaded with sugar packets and SUV were both traveling west bound on Jefferson Boulevard, when the tractor-trailer made a wide right turn into a parking lot and was struck in the diesel fuel tank by the SUV. The diesel fuel ignited and both vehicles erupted in flames.

Firefighters used handlines to diminish the roaring vehicle blaze, while additional firefighters simultaneously performed Ladder pipe operations (extending aerial ladders with hoses, spraying water downward in a fog pattern) to protect the nearby business.

Despite firefighters swift action, the adult male driver of the SUV was trapped and found deceased on scene. The driver of the big rig self extricated and declined medical transportation. Lastly, a third patient was found when an additional 911 call was placed for an adult male that walked a block away from the scene. He was found to be a passenger of the SUV and was transported to UCLA trauma center for non-life threatening injuries.

The blaze was extinguished by 58 firefighters in just 19 minutes and no structures were damaged. Firefighters notified Fish and Game, Cal EMA and the Coast Guard due to the potential of diesel fuel entering in the storm drains.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

Cancer Crusade Ends Nationwide Journey at LAFD Museum

Monday, November 23, 2009 |

Click to learn more about Code 3 For A Cure...To a firefighter, the only greater challenge than hearing "You Have Cancer", is having someone tell you "It Can't Be Done!".

Meet retired Santa Ana, California firefighter Lorenzo Abundiz, who has proven that hearing one seemingly fateful expression need not mean believing the other.


A survivor of three types of cancer, and founder of Code 3 For A Cure, Abundiz has traveled across North America sharing a message of hope for all cancer patients, especially those who are active and retired firefighters.

As you may recall, Abundiz departed the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum & Memorial in Hollywood in mid-2008 to commence a celebrity encouraged cross-country expedition.

Today, Abundiz returns to the same location to complete his 2009 journey among friends and supporters. We welcome you to join us:

Monday, November 23, 2009
11:00 AM
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum & Memorial
1355 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 USA


To learn more, visit:

www.code3foracure.com


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

KTLA and L.A. Firefighters Team Up For 1 Day Food Drive

Sunday, November 22, 2009 |

Firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department and allied agencies are teaming with KTLA-TV Channel 5 for a one day food drive to help the less fortunate this holiday season.

KTLA Season of Sharing. Click to learn more...This one day only event will be held on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 from 5:00AM to 11:00PM.

All City of Los Angeles Fire Stations will serve as collection points, to gratefully gather only non-perishable food items, such as canned goods.


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Firefighters ask you to join them on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 by bringing a non-perishable food item to your nearest LAFD Station or other participating location.

Items from this one day food drive will be collected by KTLA and distributed to those in need through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Share Our Selves.

To learn more about this one-day event, watch the KTLA Morning News, as firefighters and those they proudly serve come together in the spirit of the season.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Three Perish, Three Injured in Fiery Foothill Freeway Collision

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On Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 5:11 AM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 3 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, a total of 61 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Wade White, responded to a Multi-Fatality Traffic Collision with Fire on the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway east of Sunland Boulevard in Sunland.

Responding swiftly to a traffic collision with subsequent reports of fire extending to nearby brush, Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find a two vehicle collision with one vehicle fully engulfed in flames.



According to witnesses, a full-size sport utility vehicle towing a cargo trailer collided with a big rig tractor-trailer loaded with lettuce, the smaller vehicle soon thereafter erupting in flames.

An adult male passerby reportedly assisted an 11 year-old male and 9 year-old female from the damaged SUV with minor injuries, before it was consumed by fire. A man, woman and teen male occupants however, remained within the burning vehicle. Sadly beyond the assistance of witnesses or responders, the trio were declared deceased at the scene.

The two surviving children sustained non-life threatening injuries, and were taken by LAFD Ambulance to Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles in fair condition.

The adult male driver of the big rig, later complaining of chest discomfort, was taken by LAFD Paramedics to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, also in fair condition.

No other injuries were reported.

With the vehicle fire extinguished and medical treatment underway, firefighters focused their efforts on the burning vegetation, skilfully confining the fire to less than one-quarter acre of grass and brush. The flames were fully extinguished in just 29 minutes.

Firefighters remained at the scene for more than three hours supporting the California Highway Patrol's collision investigation, as well as the Coroner's discreet and dignified removal of the deceased.

The identification and formal relationship of those who died, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of their deaths will be determined by the Coroner's office. The cause of the collision remains within the purview of the California Highway Patrol.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Woman Found Dead at Scene of Van Nuys Fire

Thursday, November 19, 2009 |

On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 2:17 AM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 4 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief John Potter responded to a Structure Fire at 14153 West Erwin Street in Van Nuys.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find a two-story garden style apartment with smoke showing from the rear of the ten unit structure. Neighbors were awakened  by sounds of breaking glass and smoke alarms shortly before the arrival of fire crews. Residents tried to enter the involved apartment,  but the smoke and heat was too intense. Firefighters made a rapid entry after reports of a person still inside.

Roof teams cut ventilation holes to release super heated gases, as fire attack teams performed fire suppression and rescue efforts. During the attack on the blaze, Firefighters discovered a 65 year-old elderly woman inside the home. The patient was immediately provided with advanced life support intervention and transported to Sherman Oaks Medical Center. The patient was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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

The fire was confined to one unit and rapidly extinguished in just 16 minutes, with 36 Firefighters.  The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

Driver Who Killed Off-Duty Los Angeles Firefighter Remains At Large

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 |

It has been more than two years since our friend and colleague, Los Angeles Firefighter/Paramedic David Pass lost his life in an off-duty motorcycle collision caused by an errant motorist.

Our friends at KABC-TV in Los Angeles have been kind enough to produce and broadcast a brief video that highlights the continuing search for the driver of a Chevrolet Impala that fled the intersection of LaBrea Avenue and Centinela Avenue in Inglewood, California on July 21, 2007 - without so much as stopping to aid the dying father of four.


We wish to thank KABC-TV and the Inglewood Police Department for their diligence in bringing this motorist to justice. If you have information about this incident, we ask you to call investigators at (888) 41-CRIME.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Rips Through 4 Story Hollywood Apartments

Monday, November 09, 2009 |

On Monday, November 9, 2009 at 6:15 PM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 4 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Rehab Air Tender and 1 Emergency Air under the direction of Assistant Chief David Yamahata responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1425 Detroit Street in Hollywood.

Lightforce 27 quickly arrived to find fire showing from a unit on the third floor of a four story U-shaped apartment building that was under construction. Additional resources were swiftly requested.

Firefighters made a concentrated effort to quickly extinguish this early evening fire. A Drop Bag operation was rapidly performed to bring hoselines to the third floor while firefighters on the roof cut 'heat-holes' allowing heat, smoke and gases to escape.

This proved to be a fast moving fire that started on the third floor and without delay traveled through the walls of five units. Several other units suffered water damage.

Firefighters not only had to battle the blaze but met additional dangers early on with electrical wires arching and having to navigate with limited visibility over smoke filled floors that hid a large hole from an unfinished trash chute being constructed. Due to firefighters keeping safety in the forefront of their mind and the keen supervision of the Incident Commander, no injuries occurred.

The blaze was fully extinguished by 101 firefighters in one hour and seventeen minutes limiting the damage to $50,000 ($50,000 structure & $0 contents). The cause of the blaze was from 'sweating pipe' on the third floor.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD 'Crew 3' Stands Ready To Answer The Call

Monday, November 02, 2009 |

Many are surprised to learn that
the LAFD has its own Handcrew.


Here are answers to the three most common questions:

What is LAFD Handcrew 3? It is a Volunteer Type II Handcrew managed by the Los Angeles Fire Department and currently organized as a Wildland Explorer Post. Crew 3 members receive wildland classes, hands-on training and guidance to help successfully gain a career in the Fire Service. Crew 3 is managed by active-duty LAFD Members with extensive wildland fire training and handcrew experience.

When did this begin? On July 14th, 2006, an Explorer Post was started at Los Angeles Fire Station 88 by Captain Derek Vehling and Apparatus Operator Gregory Holly. Crew 3, organized and chartered as a Wildland Explorer Post, is a first of its kind at the LAFD.

What is Crew 3 able to do? They have been activated for numerous Brush Fires, Rain/Mudflow Incidents, assist in Red Flag Pre-deployments and various other projects such as preparation for the annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony at the LAFD's  Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center.

Learn more about LAFD Crew 3 in this video by FDNNTV...



For additional information about LAFD Crew 3 or to contact them, please visit:


Note: The recently proposed Cadet Program, to be administered in its entirety by the Los Angeles Fire Department, will continue to utilize Department volunteer Post Advisors for leadership and support. The LAFD Cadet Program will replace this other Learning for Life associated LAFD "Explorer Posts" effective January 1, 2010.

Submitted by Erik Scott
Los Angeles Fire Department