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LAFD 'Ready Reserve Fleet' Deployed in Response to Wildfire Danger

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 |

Strike Teams Arrive at October 2008 wildfire in Sepulveda Pass. © Photo by Mike Meadows, click to view more...LOS ANGELES - In response to escalating wildfire danger, Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings has ordered augmented staffing of LAFD’s "Ready Reserve Fleet" to ensure communities historically prone to wildfire are provided optimal protection.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified earlier this week by the National Weather Service that weather conditions through Friday, December 2, 2011 could lead to dangerous wildfire behavior in and near the City of Los Angeles.

As a result of this information, additional firefighting resources were put in place prior to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 and will remain in service until further notice.

Augmenting the LAFD’s daily deployment will be an extra:

  • 18 Engine Companies
  • 6 Brush Patrols
  • 1 Battalion Command Team
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 1 Bulldozer Strike Team
Additionally, there will be an extra 9-1-1 Dispatcher at the Fire Department Communications Center, an Emergency Incident Technician assigned to work alongside each Battalion Chief, and a Chief Officer specially assigned to coordinate swift and effective Air Operations.

The dynamically staffed "Ready Reserve Fleet" is central to Chief Cummings' recently enacted deployment plan, allowing LAFD to respond rapidly to areas of greatest need in times of crisis.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Listening to our amazing LAFD hard at work tonight on the radio, well organized and calmly taking on all of these incidents if it was just another day in LA! Amazing. Thank You!!!!!

Jet said...

LA, don't be fooled! the ready reserve fleet brings the LAFD resources to a nationally low (per capita the lowest) fleet, in an attempt to protect 470sq miles of LA. The Chief better pray a fire does'nt brakeout and show the dangerously low resources level currently deployed by this administration!

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Jet,

Thanks for sharing your personal opinion in a polite manner. If you are a City of Los Angeles resident, business owner or stakeholder - and believe that some manner of change or improvement is necessary or desirable for the LAFD, we strongly encourage you to address the City of Los Angeles Fire Commission and/or the Los Angeles City Council, which officially oversee our agency.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Good point Jet,
These "extra" resources simply brings the LAFD's fire fighting force back to what it was before the chief's drastic cuts! Still under staffed for a Red Flag day!

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