Prevent Your Child From Being Injured

Thursday, March 31, 2011 |

On Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 9:37 AM, one Company of Los Angeles Firefighters and one LAFD Rescue Ambulance responded to a Injury in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters quickly arrived to an apartment complex where they found a male child that was severely injured. The child's injuries may have been caused from a falling object. Firefighters rapidly treated the child's injuries and provided Advanced Life Support while transporting him to a local hospital, sadly he was later pronounced dead. Our thoughts are with his family at this time...

Countless injuries 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. Please join the LAFD in preventing these accidents from occurring by reviewing and sharing these life saving tips...

 

  • Furniture should be stable on its own. For added security, anchor large units to the floor or attach them securely to a wall.
  • Place your television on a sturdy, low base, and 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.





Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Three Weather Related Incidents

Monday, March 28, 2011 |

Recently Los Angeles Firefighters encouraged citizens to Prepare for Springtime Flooding, just before a severe storm powered down on Los Angeles. As most know, this rainfall was so intense that the LAFD Handled the Busiest Day of the Year, Sunday March 20, 2011. Firefighters experienced an increase in various incidents such debris flow, flooding, electrical wires down, trees that fell onto cars and structures in addition to increased traffic collisions. Since that week, many are still asking what some of the more significant or unusual weather related incidents were, that firefighters responded to. Here is a condensed and basic report of just three of those incidents...

LAFD Assists Motorists Stranded by Floodwater
On Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at 6:00 PM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 Helicopters, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 2 Brush Patrols, all under the direction of Battalion Chief John Miller responded to a Debris Flow incident at 4855 North Regalo Road in Woodland Hills.

Firefighters arrived to find mud encroaching upon a retaining wall of a Single Family Dwelling. Preliminary reports stated nearly a dozen homes were evacuated displacing upwards of 30 individuals. Firefighters rapidly surveyed the area and ensured the families were taken to safety. Neighborhood Fire Station 84, located at 21050 Burbank Boulevard in Woodland Hills, quickly opened its Community Room to shelter the displaced residences. The following day, only four structures remained tagged and only seven to ten individuals remained displaced. Those homes were modified from Red Tagged to yellow, however the back yards remained Red Tagged due to the amount of mud and the potential for danger. Firefighters kept a close eye on the affected area in the days following. The department of Building and Safety along with firefighters returned throughout the week to evaluate the conditions due to additional rainfall.


On Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at 8:30 PM, 1 Company of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 LAFD Rescue Ambulance, and 1 Swift Water Rescue Team responded to a Swift Water Rescue at 6400 North Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys.

A man contacted 9-1-1 and stated he was homeless, and trapped in Balboa Park due to rapidly raising water. When Firefighters arrived the water was deep enough for members of LAFD’s elite Swift Water Rescue Team to use an inflatable boat to reach a 51 year-old male. He was quickly recovered, treated medically and transported to a local hospital in fair condition.


On Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 10:05 AM, 2 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team all responded to a Debris Flow incident at 4567 North White Oak Place in Encino Hills.

As the deluge of rain continued, an occupant of a Single Family Dwelling called 9-1-1 and stated that mud was coming down the hill and into her property. Firefighters safely relocated the owners due to mud and debris sliding down the saturated hillside and against the residence, rendering it unsafe. No nearby structures were reported damaged. Firefighters then notified the department of Building and Safety and requested a grading inspector to assist evaluating the area. Fortunately no one was injured.


Let’s see what this week will bring…

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Remember Brent Lovrien

Saturday, March 26, 2011 |

With a sense of loss that remains palpable, it hardly seems possible that three years have passed since the March 26, 2008 line of duty death of Los Angeles Firefighter Brent Lovrien.

In the days that have followed, from the stirring cathedral and fire station services...


...to the jaw-slacking sight of 115,000+ standing together in silent solidarity with our LAFD family, we have never felt alone in our loss of a dear friend, devoted colleague and courageous public servant.

In remembrance of Brent, we welcome you to share your thoughts or read those of others. When in Westchester, we welcome you to stop by a memorial at the site of his passing.

To learn more about our Brother Brent and others who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to the City, we encourage you to visit the Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Hollywood.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

A Century Old Inferno Still Saving Lives: The Triangle Shirtwaist Disaster

Friday, March 25, 2011 |

You've likely heard of the "Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire" of March 25, 1911 - a swift moving blaze in New York City that within 18 minutes took 146 lives and sent scores to the hospital.

What you may not know is the amazing stories - some only recently uncovered, about this monumental blaze that forever changed our nation and its fire service.



The fire, which resulted in the fourth highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history, was described years later by eyewitness Louis Waldman:

Word had spread through the East Side, by some magic of terror, that the plant of the Triangle Waist Company was on fire and that several hundred workers were trapped. Horrified and helpless, the crowds — I among them — looked up at the burning building, saw girl after girl appear at the reddened windows, pause for a terrified moment, and then leap to the pavement below, to land as mangled, bloody pulp. This went on for what seemed a ghastly eternity. Occasionally a girl who had hesitated too long was licked by pursuing flames and, screaming with clothing and hair ablaze, plunged like a living torch to the street. Life nets held by the firemen were torn by the impact of the falling bodies.

The emotions of the crowd were indescribable. Women were hysterical, scores fainted; men wept as, in paroxysms of frenzy, they hurled themselves against the police lines.

From the ashes and grief however, much was learned and changed by America's fire service...

An interview with retired New York Fire Marshal Chris Connor


An interview with NFPA's Robert Solomon


On this centennial of the tragedy, the Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to direct you to captivating content and detailed accounts of the fire and its aftermath produced by the Kheel Center at Cornell University:

www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

38 Years Ago Today: Toppling Crane Takes Life of LAFD Captain

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 |

It wasn't supposed to begin or end like this - the morning of March 22, 1973, as members of the Los Angeles Fire Department "C" Platoon began their 24-hour shift at the firehouse on 'I' Street.

Proud protectors of the harbor community of Wilmington since its annexation to the City of Los Angeles in 1909, the current and former crews at LAFD Station 38 were a hardy stock of veteran firemen devoted to the challenge of serving a district featuring a vast swath of residential and commercial structures, as well as large industrial sites - including refineries, wrecking yards and port-related properties.

LAFD Captain Kenneth Kinnaman. Click to learn more...
Captain Kenneth Kinnaman
Having arrived before dawn, like the men he commanded, Captain Kenneth D. Kinnaman completed his morning duties at Fire Station 38 as he prepared to oversee his crew's "line up", the 8:00 AM ritual of sharing Departmental information at each Los Angeles Fire Station.

At the same time fresh coffee was being poured at the firehouse, a careless crew at a salvage yard attempting to refuel a crane from a 55-gallon drum, would soon seal the fate of Captain Kinnaman and forever change the lives of his crew.

At 7:54 AM on that second day of Spring, the swift clanging of the alarm bell at Fire Station 38 would be heard one last time by the well-respected Captain. Tucking his briefing papers into the station journal, the veteran LAFD leader made his way to the right front seat of the fire apparatus for the 2.1 mile journey to H & S Sales, a scrap-metal salvage yard at 1261 North Alameda Street.

Arriving quickly as the first Officer to establish command at the eight acre scrapyard, Captain Kinnaman directed his personnel in battling flames which had enveloped a crane and extended to a nearby forklift. As his crew made headway on extinguishing the stubborn blaze, a fire-weakened cable supporting the 40-foot boom of the crane suddenly snapped, causing the 20-ton machine to strike Captain Kinnaman from behind, driving him to the ground and crushing him to death.

LAFD Captain Kenneth D. Kinnaman was 47 years-old.

Despite the many dangers and massive blazes on L.A.'s waterfront, Captain Kinnaman holds the unenviable distinction of being the only harbor-area firefighter killed in the line of duty in the Los Angeles Fire Department's 125-year history.

To learn more about our Brother Kenneth and the many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to the City, we encourage you to visit the Los Angeles Fire Department Museuem and Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Hollywood.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Sounds The Alert About Diabetes

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Join the Movement: Stop DiabetesThe Los Angeles Fire Department joins the American Diabetes Association to 'Sound the Alert' for the millions of Americans who have diabetes - but don't know it!

March 22, 2011 is the annual American Diabetes Alert Day.

The LAFD is proud to be a part of this effort, and asks you to take a quick and simple on-line test to determine your personal risk.

After all, you could be among the millions unaware they have diabetes. With your help, we will make a difference in preventing and managing diabetes. To learn more, visit:


stopdiabetes.com



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Handles Busiest Day of the Year

Monday, March 21, 2011 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) experienced its busiest day of the year yesterday, Sunday March 20, 2011. Firefighter dispatchers handled a total of 3,750 calls during the 24 hour period, the average is 2,255. Resources were dispatched on 1,748 emergency 9-1-1 incidents, this is a 62% increase over our daily 9-1-1 average, which hovers just over 1,000. These statistics are compiled from the Operations Control Dispatch Battalion Chief, and are from the hours of on 03/20/11 to the following day.
LAFD Directs Motorists From Danger
The increased call load can be attributed to severe rain and wind from the storm experienced in the Los Angeles area yesterday. Surprisingly, the Los Angeles Marathon, also taking place on this day, did not contribute to a large increase in the LAFD call load. Our emergency medical transports held steady at 534, compared to our daily average of 520.

Weather related incidents included:

Debris Flow: 18
Flooding: 212 (4000% increase above average)
River Rescue: 1
Electrical Utility: (wires down, transformer, power pole): 199 (3500% increase above average)
Traffic Collision: 192 (102% increase above average)

The LAFD also utilized our Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). The CERT volunteers relieved firefighters from non-emergency tasks such as, “stand-by” for fallen trees and wires down. We are proud of our CERT volunteers who are ever-ready and willing to assist the LAFD and the citizens of Los Angeles in any way possible during times of need.

The LAFD was forced to “triage” the many flood related incidents and sent resources to only the most serious, with potential life or property loss.

Your Los Angeles Fire Department will continue to respond to the many emergency and non-emergency needs of its residents, always striving to provide the best possible service and care at all times.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Prepare for Springtime Flooding

Saturday, March 19, 2011 |

Flood of June 2006As National Flood Safety Awareness Week comes to a close, and with storms on the way, we remind you to make sure that you and your loved ones are ready. Los Angeles Firefighters urge storm preparedness and encourage you to watch for flash floods and debris flows near recent burn areas.

Check out these links for more information...

Visit the EDIS website or listen to NOAA Radio for the latest emergency information and weather.

FEMA and the National Weather Service are providing tips and information to help you prepare for flooding dangers during the week and throughout the spring season. The resources can be accessed at the Flood Safety Awareness Week website.

Also you can learn more about what you should do before, during and after a flood from MySafe:LA or check out seasonal flood risks at FloodSmart.gov.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Causes $75,000 Damage to Van Nuys Woodworking Firm

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 |

On Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 11:43 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 4 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 Scott Mottram, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 15540 Cabrito Road in Van Nuys.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover smoke showing from a 275' x 120' one-story L-shaped commercial building.

LAFD Makes Forcible Entry with Circular Saw. © Photo by Ryan BabroffForcing entry through a trio of rolling steel and personnel security doors that served the building's five tenants, firefighters encountered stubborn fire solely within "Morning Sun" an artisan woodworking firm.

Aided by an aggressive fire attack and strategic vertical ventilation, flames were held within the one business.

Despite the building's lack of fire sprinklers, firefighters limited damage to only $75,000 ($50,000 structure & $25,000 contents), as they brought flames under control in just 30 minutes.

There were no injuries.

The cause of this late night blaze remains under investigation.

(photos)

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Identifies Danger in Celebration of Nowruz

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 |

The City of Los Angeles - a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, is reportedly home to the largest populace of Persian-Americans, Iranian nationals and their descendants outside of Iran.

In March of each year, at the vernal equinox, those of Persian ancestry the world over gather in celebration of Nowruz (or No Ruz), the traditional Iranian New Year.

Along with family and community gatherings that feature food and music, the cultural practice of Nowruz has historically included the Suri Festival (or Chaharshanbe-Suri) where candles or bonfires are lit and maintained to "keep the sun alive" until early morning.

Me Jumping in Chaharshanbe suri - Nancy
Photo by Khorashad
While we are pleased to see cultural values expressed through a safe and always attended flame in a fireplace, barbecue or approved firepit, there is one practice associated with the Suri Festival and Nowruz that has proven to have dire consequences in Los Angeles.

Last year, six persons sustained burns that were serious enough to summon LAFD Paramedics. In their attempt to jump over fire and/or hot coals, the celebrants sustained severe burn injuries that were painful, disfiguring and placed senseless burden on their loved ones and our health care system.

Los Angeles Fire Chief Millage Peaks wants Nowruz to be safe and memorable for the right reasons. Due to the potential for serious injury, the Los Angeles Fire Department has adopted a zero-tolerance stance toward those who exhibit dangerous behavior with fire, including such practices as playing with hot coals or jumping over flames.

If you must celebrate Nowruz with fire, the LAFD suggests:
  • Celebratory fires should only be in a fireplace, barbecue or area legally approved for fire, such as a pre-established public firepit.
  • No person should be allowed to contact burning items or jump over flames.
  • Do not use chemical accelerants on a burning fire, and never use gasoline to start or maintain a fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy at all times. Read the instructions to know its proper use and limitations.
  • Your fire should be attended at all times by a competent adult who can maintain control, use the fire extinguisher as necessary, and summon emergency help as needed.
  • If in a public area, be able to clearly describe the address or
    location of your emergency. If a fire gets out of control or someone is injured, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Obey the lawful orders of public safety officials, including Fire Inspectors enforcing the Los Angeles Fire Code during Nowruz.
Please have a safe and happy Nowruz!

مشاهده این اطلاعات را در فارسی به عنوان ترجمه شده توسط کامپیوتر


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Is Los Angeles Really Ready for, “The Big One”

Sunday, March 13, 2011 |

This century-old question increases in intensity in the wake of Japans devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake.  Please let us answer by responding to the following six questions...
Another 'Save' at Disaster Drill

What exactly does the Los Angeles Fire Department do when there’s an earthquake?

Whenever there is a detectable earthquake tremor anywhere in the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department initiates the “Emergency Earthquake Mode” (EEM). The quake does not have to reach a certain magnitude to initiate EEM.

When operating in the EEM, Firefighters from all 106 neighborhood fire stations promptly move to a designated safe area and then initiate a “windshield survey” of their District. In this manner, over 470 square miles in the greater Los Angeles area can be assessed in a matter of minutes. The Department’s six helicopters and five fire boats assist the appraisal. Firefighters rapidly assess:

• Transportation infrastructure (freeway over pass, rail lines, and airports).
• Large places of assemblage (stadiums, schools and universities, shopping malls).
• Critical facilities (hospitals, refineries, dams, power lines).
• High density residential (apartments, condominiums).

Once this process is complete, findings are immediately report back to Commanders allowing areas of concern to be quickly addressed.


What has LAFD done to be more prepared?

Los Angeles has a sound plan and trains frequently to the plan. The LAFD hosts a number of simulations, drills and rallies to prepare citizens for a large-scale earthquake. For example:

• Last October was “The Great California Shake Out” where millions practiced Drop, Cover, and Hold On to protect oneself during an earthquake.
• The “Golden Guardian” exercise in 2008 was a mock 7.8 magnitude earthquake along a southern stretch of the San Andres Fault.
• "The L.A. Earthquake Get Ready Rally” was conducted in November of 2008.
• “Operation: Shake Rattle and Roll” is part of the City’s Annual Emergency Preparedness Exercise, where your Los Angeles Firefighters also participate in this exercise.
• “Duck, Cover, and Hold On”, drills are practiced in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

These drills allowed First Responders and Emergency Managers to practice their skills to rescue, triage, treat and transport injured, conduct assessments of damage to infrastructure, and coordinate mutual aid along with practice immediate response with federal installations in the region.


Are we the best in the nation in terms of preparing for earthquakes?

During the last two decades, the LAFD, along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has helped organize a system of regional Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Forces that are available for mobilization anywhere within the United States. Nationwide, there are 28 of these elite teams and we have two of them, right here in Los Angeles County.

These teams are comprised of specially trained and equipped local firefighters and paramedics, other certified responders, rescue specialists, emergency room physicians, structural engineers, heavy equipment operators, canine search dogs and handlers, hazardous materials technicians, communications technicians, and logistic experts.


What is the actual system approach that the Fire Department utilizes?

The Los Angeles Fire Department utilizes the Incident Command System (ICS) for control. The ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that:
• Enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies.
• Establishes common processes for planning and managing resources.
• Allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

ICS is the foundation for the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and is a "best practice" that has evolved to become the standard for emergency management across the country.


Does the LAFD have a current preparedness program for citizens?

LAFD has a Unit specifically designated for Disaster Preparedness. This Unit heads a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. More than 30,000 Angelino’s have received CERT training.

This program Enables members of the community to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Citizens are educated about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search-&-rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

“Drop-Cover-Hold On” techniques are emphasized during annual training conducted at all LA City Elementary Schools through MySafeLA, an LAFD partner dedicated to providing fire and life safety education in the City of Los Angeles.

Additionally, all high-rise buildings 35 or more stories tall, within the City of Los Angeles are required to provide evacuation training on an annual basis.


What are we working on now to improve?

The LAFD is actively working to expand the CERT program, increase public awareness and preparedness when a disaster strikes. We also embarked on a “Resolve to be Ready” campaign, ensuring that families of LAFD members are prepared to function while they are away, working at an emergency, for extended periods.


The Los Angeles Fire Department hopes that you found this detailed information informative and timely. The LAFD will continue to ensure it remains a leader in the emergency services industry and provides unsurpassed Fire and EMS service to the citizens of Los Angeles.

We welcome your feed back to this century-old question, Is Los Angeles really ready for "The Big One".


"Serving with Courage, Integrity, and Pride"

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Tsunami Advisory Issued for Los Angeles County Coastline

Friday, March 11, 2011 |

SUMMARY

Following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami striking Northern Japan, the NOAA’s National Weather Service West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center has issued a Tsunami Advisory for the coastal areas of Los Angeles County. A Tsunami Advisory indicates that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is expected. Significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

Current intelligence indicates a 3-foot surge may impact the coastline of Los Angeles County. The impact of this event has the potential of lasting 10-12 hours beginning at . Mariners are advised to use caution and monitor the National Weather Service Tsunami Warning website along with the news for updates. This web site can be accessed at: http://wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov/.

Persons in the Tsunami advisory coastal areas should move out of the water and stay off the beach. Those in harbors and marinas should follow Coast Guard and Harbor Master recommendations. At this time evacuation of the Los Angeles County coastline is not expected.


There will be Beach Closures beginning at in the Harbor Area at the following locations until further notice: White Point Beach, Paseo Del Mar & Meyler Beach Access and Cabrillo Beach. In addition, the Venice Pier in Venice has also been closed.



RESOURCES

Currently, LAFD and LAPD have established unified command posts at Fire Station 5, the Korean Bell, and Fire Station 69. Representatives from LAFD and LAPD are at each of these command posts. Resources are patrolling the area and monitoring the situation. One Public Information Officer (PIO) will be available at each command post.
  • The LAFD Department Operation Center is activated and located at Operations Control Division (OCD).
  • The Port Police Operations Center, in Wilmington, has been established.
  • The City’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated at Level I and is currently monitoring the event.
  • For further information regarding the tsunami, contact the City Operator at 311 or the City’s 800 helpline at (800) 439-2909.


Updated Incident Conclusion:

LAFD's Department Operation Command (DOC) was activated, five coastal Fire Stations (63, 40, 49, & 112) were moved to higher ground, five fire boats were evacuated out to sea, and LAFD resources were deployed to strategic staging locations in anticipation of any threat to life or property. Specialized resources that used were: one Swift Water Rescue Team, five Brush Patrol Trucks, and one helicopter. All three Command Posts were successfully demobilized at noon today. We are pleased to state No injuries were reported.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Tsunami Threat & Tips

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The recent 8.9 earthquake near the coast of Honshu Japan (231 miles NE of Tokyo) on Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 02:46 PM at epicenter, according to officials was the largest recorded earthquake in that country. This earthquake also generated a significant tsunami that struck Japan. The Los Angeles Fire Department along with our friends at FEMA provide the following guidelines for what you should do if a tsunami is likely in your area:

•Turn on your radio to learn if there is a tsunami warning if an earthquake occurs and you are in a coastal area.

•Move inland to higher ground immediately and stay there.

•Stay away from the beach. Never go down to the beach to watch a tsunami come in. If you can see the wave you are too close to escape it.

•CAUTION - If there is noticeable recession in water away from the shoreline this is nature's tsunami warning and it should be heeded. You should move away immediately



Whats the difference between a Warning, Watch and Advisory?:

A Tsunami Warning indicates:
The highest level of a Tsunami alert and is an announcement provided by the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WC/ATWC) to a local jurisdiction within an expected impact area after a tsunami triggering event has occurred or when a tsunami has been detected anywhere in the Pacific Basin.

A Tsunami Watch indicates:
The second highest level of a tsunami alert and is an announcement provided by the WC/ATWC to a local jurisdiction outside of the warning area after a tsunami triggering event has occurred in the Pacific Basin and may have caused a tsunami.

A Tsunami Advisory indicates:
That an area is either outside the current warning and warning regions, or that the tsunami possesses no danger to that area.  The WC/ATWC will continue to monitor and issues updates.  As condition warrant, the Advisory will either be continued, upgraded to a watch or warning, or ended.


What is a Tsunami? Also commonly referred to as a "Tidal Wave", a Tsunami is caused by the displacement of a large body of water that can travel the speed of a Jumbo Jet. They are often arrive as a series of waves which could be dangerous for several hours after the initial wave arrival.

If a tsunami was generated when would it impact us? The initial wave arrival would begin within 30 minutes of the estimated arrival time of 8:09 AM PST at the Port San Luis Harbor and at 8:32 AM PST at the San Pedro Harbor in Los Angeles.

Although rare, tsunamis are a powerful and destructive force of nature. Since the year 1812, 14 tsunamis with wave heights higher than three feet have struck the California coast. Only six of these waves were destructive.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is acutely aware of this threat and we are prepared. The LAFD will maintain a heightened alert and a keen eye, particularly on the areas of The Port of Los Angeles, the Venice/Playa Del Rey area and the West Los Angeles area. We currently have Command Posts at Fire Station 5, Fire Station 48 (Korean Bell) and Fire Station 69. Firefighters will be patrolling strategic areas from the ground, air and sea to monitor the situation. One Public Information Officer will be available at each command post.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Quickly Extinguish House Fire In Arlington Heights

Thursday, March 10, 2011 |

On Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, and 1 Rehab Air Tender, all under the direction of Captain II Brett Davis responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1416 South 4th Avenue in Central Arlington Heights.
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Firefighters arrived to find fire and smoke blowing out from a historic two-story single family dwelling. The bulk of the flames were in the rear of the 2,800 square-foot residence, which was described as a Victorian style house with "Balloon Construction". Although over 75 firefighters responded, the first arriving 35 were able to fully extinguish the flames in just 21 minutes.

Fortunately no one was injured or displaced. Dollar loss from the fire has been estimated at $150,000 ($100,000 structure & $50,000 contents).

UPDATE:
Three male juveniles, 2 of which were 12 years-old and the other 11, were arrested and booked with "Arson of an Inhabited Dwelling". The male subjects, were then released to to their parents, with a court date pending in May of this year. The Los Angeles Fire Department would like to commend the vigilant citizens that came forward with information which assisted our expert Arson Investigator's in making the arrests.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Identifies Dire Factors in Fatal Watts Fire

Monday, March 07, 2011 |

On Monday, March 7, 2011 at 6:33 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 41 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, as well as one Engine Company from the Los Angeles County Fire Department responding in Automatic Aid, all under the direction of LAFD Assistant Chief Craig Fry, responded to a Civilian Fatality Structure Fire at 1674 East 115th Street in Watts.

First-due Los Angeles City and County Firefighters arrived quickly and simultaneously to discover the inside of a one-story 1,330 square-foot single family home fully involved with fire.



Forcing entry into the residence, firefighters encountered intense flames among "pack rat" storage of personal belongings, yet pushed on relentlessly to search all parts of the fire and smoke-charged three bedroom home for a woman reportedly trapped in the inferno.

It was during this initial assault on the flames that firefighters discovered the lifeless body of an adult female within the structure. Beyond medical help, she was declared deceased at the scene.

The well coordinated firefight - including strategic vertical ventilation, confined the blaze within the home, allowing for extinguishment of the flames in just 24 minutes.

No other injuries were reported.

Along with the excessive storage that potentially hampered occupant escape, firefighters determined the building was fitted with window security bars "non-compliant" with the City's quick-release safety standard.

There was also no evidence of smoke alarms within the home as required by law. The 93 year-old wood frame building was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

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

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated.

Having ruled out an intentional act, Los Angeles Fire Department Investigators continue to look into the cause of a blaze they consider to be accidental in nature.

(video)


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Honors Acts Of Bravery And Courage

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 |

Please join the Los Angeles Fire Department in conjunction with the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation in an honorary awards luncheon for 24 Los Angeles Fire Department members. This ceremony will highlight their distinguished acts of bravery and courage. 

WHO:             Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Chief Millage Peaks

                     City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

DATE:           Thursday, March 3, 2011

TIME:             Ceremony begins at




The Los Angeles Fire Department acknowledges these acts of bravery and courage through four different awards:

Medal of Valor is awarded to a sworn member of the Department who has demonstrated bravery at great personal risk to his or her own life, beyond a doubt and clearly above the call of duty, whether on or off duty.

Medal of Merit is awarded to a sworn member, distinguished by performing an act where if not taken, would have resulted in serious injury or present imminent danger to life.  The member must have demonstrated a conspicuous act of bravery with calculated personal risk to his or her own life.

Letter of Special Commendation is awarded to any department member who has performed an act during emergency or non-emergency conditions requiring initiative and /or ability worthy of recognition.

Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a retired sworn member of the department who exemplifies the true spirit of “Service to the Community” through his or her actions while on active duty and as a retired member.


MEDIA PARKING AVAILABLE IN LOT OFF OF ARGYLE AVE.

Submitted by Devin Gales, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department