Cross Country Runners Hospitalized From Heat Injuries

Thursday, September 30, 2010 |

On Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 3:56 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief John Miller responded to a Mult-Patient Medical Incident at 6201 North Winnetka Avenue in Woodland Hills.


Firefighters arrived at Pierce College, where 800 students and coaches gathered from multiple High Schools for a cross country track meet. Due to intense physical exertion and extreme temperatures, 12 suffered heat related illnesses. Most of those evaluated by Firefighter/Paramedics, were athletes. In addition to providing emergency medical care, a total of 45 Firefighters scoured the three mile track to ensure no runners had fallen ill and were left behind. In all, ten females that were 16 to 17 years-old, required transportation to various local hospitals. Medical complaints were predominately minor in severity, however two patients suffered temporary altered-level-of-consciousness. The incident lasted just under two hours.

The Los Angeles Fire Department stresses the importance of staying hydrated and not exercising alone, especially during extreme temperatures.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Battalion Chief Gary Clark's Funeral Program

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 |

Funeral services for LAFD Battalion Chief Gary Clark have been scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2010. Chief Clark was assigned to Battalion 14 "C" Platoon.

Date: Friday, October 1, 2010 (“C” Platoon on Duty)
Time: -12:00pm.
Location: Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 South Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA (FS 57"s district).

Procession from church to cemetery:
Time: 12:30-1:30.

Interment: Inglewood Park Cemetery, 720 East Florence Ave. Inglewood, CA
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm .

Repast/Reception: Crenshaw Christian Center, 7901 South Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA.
Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Outside Agency Participation In LAFD Battalion Chief Gary Clark's Funeral Services

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All outside agencies are welcome: To attend and participate in the funeral services for active Los Angeles Fire Department member Battalion Chief Gary Clark. All agencies who wish to participate are welcome to be part of the funeral procession with apparatus and/or the uniform detail.

The uniform detail will be under the direction of Battalion Chief John Drake. All uniform detail participants will need to be in their Department’s full dress uniform and need to be in the front of the church no later than 0900 hrs. Please see below for location address for the uniform detail

Crenshaw Christian Center - 7901 South Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA

For inclusion in the apparatus procession: All apparatus will staging at the Crenshaw Christian Center no later than 0900 hrs.

Staging: Normandie Ave - Go East on 79th Street then north on Budlong into the parking lot of Crenshaw Christian Center.

For agencies travelling from a long distance: You are welcome to shower and change at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 64, located at: 118 W. 108th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90061.

Fire Station 64 will be open for this accommodation at 0630 hrs.

CONTACT: Battalion Chief Corey Rose at (213) 280- 4089, corey.rose@lacity.org for any additional information or clarifications.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Explosion In Downtown LA

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 |

On Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 2:14 AM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Officer Command Team and 1 Rehab Air Tender under the direction of Battalion Chief Fred J. Mathis responded to an explosion at 1127 West Wilshire Boulevard in Pico/Union.
Samaritan Medical Tower
Firefighters responded to an automatic alarm at Samaritan Medical Tower, a 15-story commercial high-rise building. As Firefighters assessed the building they noticed the lobby glass doors were blown out, ceiling tiles were broken inside, and 
there was a large power outage. Even though there were signs of an explosion, there were no signs of a fire. Concerned with the potential of a bomb threat, additional assistance was requested including LAPD, DWP, Haz-Mat and USAR. After the possibility of a bomb threat diminished, and the structural integrity of the 64 year-old building was ensured, Firefighters were able to safely reenter the building. Smoke was noticed, and a small but stubborn fire was battled on the first-floor.

Firefighters performed a lengthy and detailed search through the 175,000 sq-foot building, 
fortunately no victims were found and no one was injured. Just after two and a half hours, 88 Firefighters declared a Knockdown. The dollar loss is estimated at $200,000 ($150,000 structure and $50,000 contents). The cause of the fire was from an underground vault explosion.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD To Honor 30th Anniversary of Fallen Firefighter's Passing

Sunday, September 26, 2010 |

Fallen Los Angeles Firefighter Frank Hotchkin. Click to learn more...
Fallen Los Angeles Firefighter
Frank Hotchkin
1956-1980
As a friend of the Los Angeles Fire Department, you are cordially invited to join members of the LAFD and their families for the 30th anniversary memorial service to honor fallen Los Angeles Firefighter Frank Hotchkin.

The event will take place at the former Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Elysian Park - the site of Frank's untimely passing on September 30, 1980. The site is now named in his honor as an LAFD Training Center.

Please join us...

Monday, September 27, 2010
11:00 AM
LAFD Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center (FHMTC)
1700 North Stadium Way
Los Angeles, 90012


Following the ceremony, a luncheon reception for all guests will take place within the facility, which serves as home to the Los Angeles Fire Department Training Division, but is more affectionately known to the men and women of the LAFD as "Frank's Place".

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Mourn The Passing of Battalion Chief Gary L. Clark

Thursday, September 23, 2010 |

Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Battalion Chief Gary L. Clark, who died suddenly while off-duty on September 22, 2010.

Chief Clark began his career with the Los Angeles Fire Department in January 1980, and at the time of his passing was Commander of LAFD's Battalion 14 'C' Platoon, serving the southeast San Fernando Valley.

He is survived by his wife, along with four sons and three daughters. Additional information regarding final arrangements will be released as soon as they become available.

To convey both our respect and sadness, the flags at all Los Angeles Fire Stations will be flown at half-staff, and uniformed members of our agency have been authorized to wear a mourning band upon their badges, until further notice.


Submitted by Erik Scott and Brian Humphrey, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Ask: Is Your Television Secure?

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While many parents go to great lengths to keep children from viewing inappropriate television content, few adults realize that "unsecured" televisions and other household items can be a lethal danger.

That's why the Los Angeles Fire Department encourages you to watch this short video from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)...



Thousands of preventable injuries - including more than a dozen deaths, occur each year when children climb, fall against or pull themselves onto "unsecured" furnishings, often in an attempt to access a television or other heavy appliance.

Thankfully, there are simple, low-cost steps that can prevent death and injuries associated with furniture, television and appliance tip-overs:
  • Furniture should be stable on its own. For added security, anchor dressers, TV stands, bookcases and entertainment units to the floor or attach them securely to a wall.
  • Place your television on a sturdy, low-rise base. Avoid flimsy shelves. Push the TV as far back as possible.
  • Place electrical cords out of a child’s reach, and teach kids not to play with them.
  • Keep remote controls and other attractive items off the TV stand so kids won’t be tempted to grab for them and risk knocking the TV over.
  • Make sure free-standing ranges and stoves are installed with anti-tip brackets.
  • Keep children safe by surveying the homes of caretakers and sharing this important information.
We encourage you to listen as CPSC's Nychelle Fleming describes the danger lurking in many "unsecured" homes:



For more information, including a safety alert and flyer, please visit:

www.cpsc.gov


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Late Night Fire Rips Through Building In Boyle Heights

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 |

On Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 10:43 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 5 Division Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Emergency Air Tender and Los Angeles County Fire Department Personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief David Yamahata responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 3666 East Whittier Boulevard in South Boyle Heights.



Firefighters quickly arrived to a one-story commercial building with heavy fire showing and promptly ordered additional assistance. The unoccupied building, doing business as East LA Wholesale Beverages is located at the border of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's service area, and that agency also responded.

Fire Entry Teams made forcible entry into the 100’ X 100’ main building, which was separated by a division wall with a rolling steel door from a 50’ X 50’ attached shed like portion. Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack with hand-lines and fought their way through scorching heat, thick smoke and boxes of merchandise to locate the origin of the flames. Additional firefighters laddered the conventional roof of the building and commenced strategic vertical ventilation, with fire blowing through the holes they cut.

Due to the diligent effort of just under 100 LAFD Firefighters on scene and with the assistance from 20 Los Angeles County Firefighters, the stubborn blaze was extinguished in one hour and eight minutes. No additional structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. The dollar loss is estimated at $1.7 million ($200,000 structure and $1.5 million contents). The cause of the fire is under active investigation.

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Structure Fire in Watts Claims Life of Elderly Male

Sunday, September 19, 2010 |

On Sunday, September 19th, 2010 at 7:59 AM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Kevin Pearson responded to a Structure Fire at 843 East 91st Street in Watts.

Firefighters arrived within four minutes to a one-story single-family-dwelling that had heavy fire showing. Jumping into action, they extended hand-lines inside the wood-framed stucco structure to do battle at the seat of the fire, while their colleagues swiftly took to the roof. Using chainsaws on this "hip" styled roof, the Truck Company had fire blowing out of the ventilation holes they cut. This released heat, smoke and gasses, which assisted another team of Firefighters to perform a detailed interior search of the 1,626 square-foot residence.
 During this search-and-rescue procedure an elderly male was found in the front room, pulseless and non-breathing. Firefighter/Paramedics earnestly provided CPR and Advanced Life Support at the scene and during transportation to a local hospital, where sadly he was later declared deceased.

Twenty-nine Firefighters confined the blaze to just two rooms, and declared a Knockdown in 14 minutes, before flames were able to damage any nearby structures. In examining the fire's aftermath, there was no immediate evidence of a functional smoke alarm within the 62-year old residence, nor was it equipped with residential fire sprinklers. There were no window bars or security doors to impair the 86 year-old male's escape. Monetary loss from the fire is estimated at $55,000 ($40,000 structure & $15,000 contents). The cause of this fire is undetermined.

Submitted by - Erik Scott, Spokesman,
Los Angeles Fire Department

Dozens Displaced in Koreatown Apartment Blaze

Friday, September 17, 2010 |

On Friday, September 17, 2010 at 8:37 AM, 23 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 4 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 152 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief David Yamahata, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 614 South St Andrews Place in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived swiftly to find heavy fire in the attic of a six-story 58 unit center-hallway apartment building.



Dozens of residents, protected in the fire's incipient stage by building features compliant with the Ponet Square and Dorothy Mae Ordinances of the Los Angeles Fire Code, were able to exit safely as firefighters extended handlines through windows and up several flights of stairs to keep flames at bay.

One resident complained briefly of difficulty breathing, but declined treatment or transportation following his medical assessment by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.

Firefighters rescued or oversaw the safe 'shelter in place' protection of many dogs and cats in several pet-populated apartments. The flames were confined to the common attic and roof of the building of fire origin, and extinguished in just 62 minutes.

No other injuries were reported.

Despite LAFD holding direct fire damage above living areas in the 83 year-old Versailles Apartments building, the entire structure was deemed untenable pending repair of fire damage and restoration of utilities.

As many as thirty residents were referred to the American Red Cross for temporary assistance, which included emergency shelter with adjacent pet accommodations provided by the City of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.

Loss from the blaze has been estimated at $1.2 million ($900,000 structure & $300,000 contents), a figure greatly lessened during the firefight by swift property protection and diligent salvage efforts by teams of Los Angeles Firefighters, who spent nearly ten hours at the scene.

Acting with knowledge that a small non-injury blaze - extinguished by fire sprinklers, had been intentionally set 28 hours earlier in an adjacent and co-owned building at 608 South St Andrews Place, a cadre of Investigators from the Los Angeles Fire Department's Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section were joined by an Investigator from the U.S. Department of Justice (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) in a comprehensive investigation that included use of an accelerant detecting canine.

Following the team's thorough on-site analysis, the cause of Friday morning's attic fire was confidently declared accidental, and "most probably electrical" according to Investigators.

The investigation of possible gunfire heard in the neighborhood earlier that morning was a matter handled separately by Los Angeles Police Department officials.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

City of Los Angeles 'Emergency Readiness Fair' at L.A. Live

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 |

Click to learn more about the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department...You are cordially invited to join Los Angeles Firefighters and MySafeLA at an 'Emergency Readiness Fair' in Los Angeles.

Join us at L.A. Live for an event hosted by the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department:

Thursday
September 16, 2010
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live
800 West Olympic Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90015


The L.A. Live entertainment complex features convenient parking, or join us via the Metro Blue Line by exiting at Pico Station.

There will be sample products, entertainment and demonstrations to help you and your loved ones survive a disaster. Best of all will be an opportunity for us to meet you!

We are pleased to offer an event flyer. For more information, call (213) 484-4800 or visit:

 
ReadyLA.org


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Large Residence Burns In Benedict Canyon

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 |

On Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 7:27 AM, 17 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 2 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 9750 W. Wanda Park Dr. in Benedict Canyon.

Firefighters arrived quickly to the vicinity of Benedict Canyon, for reports of a large column of smoke in the brush area of the hills. Crews continued to search for the source, while making there way up through very narrow roads, to a long drive way. They quickly discovered heavy smoke coming from a two story 10,000 square foot residence.

Firefighters made entry into the home but were driven back by intense heat and voluminous flames that filled the structure. As personnel began to douse the fire they were met with the challenge of an extremely low water supply. Due to the small roadways, equipment had to be hiked up the long and steep drive way before any additional personnel could join the fight.

Transitioning to a defensive attack and with the closest hydrant being over 1500 feet away, water had to come from another source. Thanks to the fast thinking of the first arriving engine company, who were able to siphon water from a pool located on the premises, until a more permanent water supply could be established. Firefighters could now re-enter the structure and commence an offensive attack of the flames.

Because of the amount of brush around the building, slight winds and concern for flying embers, an LAFD helicopter was assigned for aerial reconnaissance and command support. Fire attack teams as well as roof teams tenaciously fought the fire and were able to limit the spread to additional parts of the home. A total of 115 LAFD personnel vigorously battled for 1 hour and 47 minutes before completely knocking down the flames. Sadly, three firefighters were injured during the incident, all were treated and released from the hospital, and all are expected to make a full recovery. No civilians were injured.

Fire damage has been estimated at $950,000 ($750,000 structure & $200,000 contents). The cause of this early morning blaze was categorized as “undetermined”.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Brush Fire Halted Before Burning Out Of Control

Monday, September 13, 2010 |

On Monday, September 13, 2010 at 1:50 PM, 15 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 2 Brush Patrols, 1 Rehab Tender, 2 Fixed-wing Super Scoopers, 1 Ericksons Aircrane, & Los Angeles County Fire Department Personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Patrick Butler responded to a Brush Fire at 19161 West Sesnon Boulevard in Porter Ranch.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived in force to find half an acre of light brush burning just north of Sesnon Boulevard and Tampa Avenue. With haste, additional help was immediately requested and a Unified Command was rapidly established between Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Firefighters swiftly anchored the flames that were spreading uphill and northward. Fortunately, the fire was moving away from local residences, being driven by the topography and a light five mph wind. The swift arrival of precise water-dropping aircraft, along with hard working Firefighters who labored on the ground by extending progressive hose lays up steep terrain, halted the flames by 2:40 PM, before the blaze could burn over the next ridge and out of control. It took over 200 Firefighters just one hour and two minutes to bring the flames under full containment, but not before the fire had charred a total of 37 acres of grass and brush. No structures were damaged during the incident and no formal evacuation went into affect. Unfortunately three LACoFD Firefighters were injured, one suffered chest pains and two others sustained bee stings; all three were taken to a local hospital where they were treated and released. The cause of the fire remains under an active investigation.

Submitted by - Erik Scott, Spokesman, Los Angeles Fire Department

South Los Angeles Electrical Fire Displaces 20

Monday, September 06, 2010 |

On Monday, September 6, 2010 at 3:23 PM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 34 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Charles Combs, responded to a Structure Fire at 611 West 46th Street in South Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from a two-story 4,403 square-foot residential fourplex.


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Finding fire in the attic, firefighters commenced swift salvage operations to protect personal property by deploying tarpaulins within the structure and making judicious use of firefighting hosestreams.

The well coordinated effort of firefighters confined flames to the building's common attic, extinguishing the blaze in just 23 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Though loss from the fire was limited to $35,000 ($25,000 structure & $10,000 contents), the need to secure utilities rendered the building temporarily untenable. A total of twenty persons - 15 adults and 5 children - living in the residential fourplex were referred to the American Red Cross for interim placement assistance.

The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature, and attributed to dated wiring in the 99 year-old building.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

15 Acres Burns Near The Getty Center

Sunday, September 05, 2010 |

On Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 5:01 PM, 50 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 5 Helicopters, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Water Tender, 1 Rehab Plug, 4 LACO Camp Crews under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a MAJOR EMERGENCY BRUSH FIRE at NB 405 FWY at Getty Center Dr. in Brentwood.


Los Angeles Firefighters, arrived at yet another brush fire this season, along the hills near The Getty Center. Due to the already state of readiness and enhanced staffing for critical fire weather conditions, arriving crews discovered five acres of medium to heavy brush burning uphill adjacent to the 405 freeway. LAFD along with California Highway Patrol, secured the rightmost lanes of the busy freeway to begin anchoring the flames and working the flanks of the fire. The blaze moved towards a high ridge near homes below just on the other side.
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Despite the calm winds, and with no 'Red Flag Warning' in effect for the City of Los Angeles, the flames still moved rapidly through the light and flashy fuels towards thicker brush. LAFD water dropping helicopters were quickly called into action and halted the advancement of the flames unreachable by ground crews. Additional fire personnel were strategically placed near homes to be safe guarded in case the fire reached any structures.

Due to the hard work and efforts of the helicopters above and the ground crews below, the fire was held to little less than 15 acres. It took over 275 firefighters 2 hours’ and 10 minutes to bring the flames under full containment. No structures were damaged during the incident and no evacuation went onto affect. The cause of the fire remains under an active investigation.


Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

A Sobering Snapshot of Summer Pool Safety

Saturday, September 04, 2010 |

As children across America go back-to-school, the Los Angeles Fire Department joins the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Home Safety Council, in reminding Americans that pool and water safety is a year-round issue.

On average, more than 200 children younger than 15 drown in pools or spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Media reports suggest this year has been no different, with at least 172 children younger than 15 having drowned since Memorial Day weekend:

Summer 2010 Drowning Snapshot. Click to learn more...

In addition, media accounts have tallied more than 180 non-fatal incidents involving children in pools and spas.

With such a high number of child drownings and non-fatal incidents, the LAFD joins members of the Pool Safely campaign in calling for added vigilance at pools and spas this Labor Day weekend and beyond.

Today, Los Angeles Firefighters ask you to learn and review The 7 Simple Steps to Pool Safely. To learn more, visit:

poolsafely.gov


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Don't Forget the 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony in Los Angeles

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Next Friday, September 10, the Los Angeles Fire Department along with a variety of other public agencies, organizations and the U.S. military will gather to commemorate the tragedy our country suffered on September 11th, just nine years ago.

Some are surprised to learn that the LAFD was personally involved in the immediate rescue efforts after the World Trade Center disaster. More than 100 of our members were dispatched to New York as a part of our FEMA response team and formed a strong bond with New York Firefighters as they worked hand-in-hand for over two weeks. Our training center was awarded the honor of hosting this anual event. We are proud to display an impressive monument to the 9/11 disaster; a 28 foot tall, 23 ton, trident shaped piece of the World Trade Center’s South Tower, ensures that we in fact,  “NEVER FORGET.”

Please join us on Friday September 10th, at Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center located at 1700 Stadium Way – Los Angeles, 90012 from the hours of 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Plumber's Torch Sparks Stubborn Brentwood Blaze

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 |

On Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM, 9 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Rehab Tender, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 64 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Ralph Ramirez, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 485 Halvern Drive in the Los Angeles community of Brentwood.

© Photo by John Conkle. Click to see more...Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from the improved attic of a 6,513 square-foot two-story single family home undergoing a major remodeling.

Met by contractors who had been overseeing a plumbing upgrade, firefighters soon learned that a torch being used by a plumber had ignited construction materials within the walls and soon spread to the fully finished 'third-level' attic in the central portion of the expansive home.

© Photo by John Conkle. Click to see more...With all construction workers safe and accounted for, comprehensive salvage efforts were swiftly undertaken as firefighters extended handlines to battle stubborn fire in concealed spaces throughout the 70 year-old non-fire sprinklered home.

Strategic vertical ventilation helped curtail the spread of fire, as firefighters used thermal imaging devices to find and abate the rapidly spreading fire.

The relentless effort of firefighters confined flames to the central portion of the home, with the blaze fully extinguished in just 59 minutes.

There were no injuries.

Loss from the fire is estimated at $352,000 ($350,000 structure & $2,000 contents). The cause of this mid-afternoon blaze is categorized as accidental.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Sweeps Through Furniture Factory in L.A.'s Industrial Eastside

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On Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 12:33 AM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 81 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1427 East 6th Street in the Artists District of L.A.'s Industrial Eastside.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find a pair of interconnected one-story commercial buildings measuring 75' x 100', well involved with fire.


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Firefighters swiftly took to the roof to perform vertical ventilation of intense heat and smoke as their colleagues forced entry into the business, extending handlines to do battle at the seat of the fire within the non-fire sprinklered building.

The bulk of the fire was confined to the westernmost part of the conjoined structures that contained furniture manufacturing. The flames were extinguished in just 33 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Fire loss to the manufacturing and storage facility for Peter Alexander Furniture - which included a vehicle parked within the business, was limited to $275,000 ($200,000 structure & $75,000 contents).

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department