L.A. Firefighters Limit Damage to South Boyle Heights Business

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 |

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 11:02 PM, 16 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 6 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 116 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 3518 East 15th Street in South Boyle Heights.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to discover fire through the roof of a 60' x 125' metal-clad two-story commercial building housing a metal polishing and refinishing firm.

The half-dozen workers within the business when the fire erupted, were able to escape unharmed prior to the Fire Department's arrival.

Firefighters made swift entry to find intense fire in the easternmost portion of the non-fire sprinklered building. Aided by strategic vertical ventilation performed with chainsaws by their colleagues on the roof above, LAFD crews were able to stand their ground against towering flames, eventually driving back the fire and sparing a full 75% of the business from damage.

No injuries were reported.

Fire loss to LAX Wheel Refinishing is estimated at $130,000 ($100,000 structure & $30,000 contents). The cause of this late night blaze remains under active investigation.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Ice Cream for Fallen Firefighters

Sunday, April 24, 2011 |

Click to learn more about 31-Cent Scoop Night...This Wednesday April 27, 2011 from 5:00-10:00 PM, ice cream lovers across North America will have an opportunity to enjoy their favorite Baskin-Robbins flavor for only 31 cents* while paying tribute to local Firefighters.

Your support of 31-Cent Scoop Night will help Baskin-Robbins fulfill their generous pledge of $100,000 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

The money donated by Baskin-Robbins will help NFFF support the families of those who have paid the ultimate price, all with your purchase of an ice cream cone.

Please tell a friend and post this event to Facebook and Twitter. Then plan to join us at Baskin-Robbins this Wednesday night!

* For more information about 31 Cent Scoop Night or to find a Baskin-Robbins near you, please visit:

www.baskinrobbins.com


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Officials Identify and Release Booking Photo of Hollywood Temple Arson Suspect

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 |

On Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 8:43 AM, the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by law enforcement officials to commence a post-fire investigation at the Temple Israel of Hollywood at 7300 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.

In a media statement, the Los Angeles Police Department described a burglary during which a small fire was set in a temple classroom. The fire was reportedly extinguished prior to the Police Officer's arrival. There were no injuries, and damage to the synagogue school was described as minimal.

Pursuant of protocol, the multi-agency House of Worship Arson Task Force was deployed, bringing local specialists from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation to join Investigators from the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments.

With concurrence of the investigation team, the Los Angeles Fire Department released video and still images of the suspect.




The following statement and booking photo was issued by the Los Angeles Fire Department on April 20, 2011:

The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section as the lead agency of the House of Worship Arson Task Force which includes members from the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives have made an arrest in connection with the Temple Israel of Hollywood, 7300 Hollywood Blvd., arson incident which occurred on Thursday, April 14, 2011.

Booking Photo of Arson Suspect Dmitriy Sheyko
Arson & Burglary Suspect Dmitriy Sheyko
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The suspect, Dmitriy Sheyko is currently in custody and has been charged with the Temple Israel of Hollywood burglary and arson incident, as well as several additional intentional fires in the Hollywood Hills. The additional fires occurred on the night of April 17, 2011, at a construction site that was in close proximity to where Sheyko had been detained by Los Angeles police officers conducting a burglary investigation.

Today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reviewed the facts of the case as presented by LAFD and LAPD Investigators, which resulted in the filing of 19 felony counts against Sheyko. The charges filed include multiple counts of burglary, arson and the use of a destructive device. Bail has been set at $3,000,000.

Anyone who believes that they recognize this individual as being tied to any other crimes or fires are encouraged to contact Arson Investigators at the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section at (213)485-6095.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Pacific Palisades Pancake Breakfast for "Ride for 9-11"

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Four Los Angeles Firefighters will join Firefighters from various departments to bike over 3,300 miles across the country, from Downtown Los Angeles to New York City. This intense tour is called "Ride for 9-11" and is in honor of those that lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

Sunday, July 24th 2011 in Hollywood commences this 45-day journey, and it will end on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in New York City at the FDNY Firefighters Memorial, on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The goals of this event are to honor the Public Servants that lost their loves on that horrific day and raise money for two charities: The Leary Firefighters Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

This Saturday, April 23rd, there will be a pancake breakfast fundraiser for this event held at Fire Station 69 (15045 Sunset boulevard, Pacific Palisades 90272). Please come out and support our members and learn more about this ride. All are welcome from 8AM to 11AM.


Click HERE to see how Council Member Tom LaBonge showed his support.

Watch for other upcoming "Ride for 9-11" events:
May 21st - Bar Night at the Westwood Brewing Company. Raffle   prizes, drinks, etc.
June 12- Volleyball Tournament, Hermosa Beach
June 30- Comedy Magic Club, Hermosa Beach
July 6- Golf Tournament, Black Gold Golf Course, Yorba Linda


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighter Injured While Battling Blaze in Granada Hills

Monday, April 18, 2011 |

On Monday, April 18, 2011 at 6:06 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, a total of 39 Firefighters all under the direction of Battalion Chief Robert Willcox responded to a Structure Fire with Firefighter Injury at 11065 North Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills.


The first Firefighter on-scene started his work day a little early, as he was driving to his Fire Station from home, he noticed smoke billowing out of a one-story 100' x 50' Commercial Strip Mall. He immediately contacted 9-1-1, provided a size-up, and assured no one was inside by speaking with a worker that arrived just seconds prior.


As additional Firefighters arrived and made entry into the structure, black smoke was banked down within one foot of the floor. Teams of Firefighters swiftly extended ground ladders to the roof of the 9,300 square-foot, multi unit structure to perform strategic vertical-ventilation with chainsaws, as their colleagues deployed hose-lines within the building to do battle with the flames.


One Firefighter made his way up a ladder to the conventional flat roof, and as he climbed down a four-foot parapet, he fell and seriously injured his left knee. His fellow Firefighters quickly came to his aid and it was deemed best to remove him from the roof via a hoist operation. An Aerial truck raised its ladder to the roof with a specialized basket attached to bottom of it, of which the injured Firefighter was placed inside and lowered to safety. The wounded Firefighter was transported to Holy Cross hospital where he was later released and will remain off-duty until healed.


The fire, described at "hot and smoldering", was confined to just one unit doing business as Chile's Mexican Food restaurant. The flames were fully extinguished in just 13 minutes, before any civilians were injured. The 52 year-old non-fire sprinklered building was equipped with properly working smoke alarms.


Monetary loss from the fire is estimated at $50,000 ($20,000 structure & $30,000 contents). The cause of the blaze was determined electrical in nature, and may be attributed to an overloaded electrical power strip found under a counter.



Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Calling All Southern California Fire Buffs!

Sunday, April 17, 2011 |

The Box 15 Club of Los Angeles - the first and only fire buff club in the greater Los Angeles area, welcomes your membership.

Club members' interests include observing firefighters in action, photography, monitoring fire department radio traffic and collecting fire department related memorabilia.

What is Box 15?

The Box 15 Club of Los Angeles was established in 1949 and takes its name from LAFDʼs street fire alarm box number 15 located in San Pedro near the Port of Los Angeles.

Box 15 was the box "struck" for the 1947 explosion and fire aboard the S.S. Markay berthed in the Los Angeles harbor. This fire event brought the largest response of fire apparatus (to that date) in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Members of The Box 15 Club actively share information about the fire service at monthly meetings and through a popular newsletter. The club has a strong working relationship with Fire Departments throughout the region, allowing members to volunteer their assistance or attend various fire department functions.

Among the popular aspects of belonging to The Box 15 Club is a regular opportunity to visit fire department facilities, including airport rescue firefighting stations, neighborhood fire stations, fire department communications centers, air operations facilities and fire boats.

The Box 15 Club is involved with the Old Plaza Firehouse museum in downtown Los Angeles, erected in 1884 as Los Angeles' first city built fire station. The club has helped restore the museum, contributed historical artifacts for display, and members often volunteer to supplement the museum staff.

Meetings of The Box 15 Club are held on the 4th Friday of the month, at 7:30 PM, at the Old Plaza Firehouse museum, located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Olvera Street across from Union Station. All are welcome!

For additional information, please contact:

box_15@hotmail.com

or charlesasteele@earthlink.net


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

'Code 3 for a Cure' Returns from Nationwide Mission

Friday, April 15, 2011 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department is honored to welcome the 2011 'Code 3 for a Cure', as they return from their mission of honor and hope across America remembering those firefighters who have succumbed to cancer and paved the way for better safety equipment and safety procedures used by today’s firefighters.

This Foundation has travelled across the country stopping at various fire departments, collecting the names of fallen firefighters who have died from cancer.  Those names will be read at this ceremony honoring our fallen brothers and sisters, and a fire bell mounted on the fire engine will toll for each name read.

Take just one hour and join the LAFD in honoring those Firefighters who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and help others in need.
Speakers:
Chief Tonya L. Hoover, Acting California State Fire Marshal
Assistant Chief Mark Stormes, Assistant Fire Marshal, LAFD

“We express our deepest gratitude to the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the LAFD Historical Society,  for their assistance and support in hosting this event.”


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man Critical Following South L.A. Apartment Fire

Monday, April 11, 2011 |

On Monday, April 11, 2011 at 1:25 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 4 Arson Units, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 57 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel - as well as the House of Worship Arson Task Force, all under the direction of LAFD Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott, responded to a Structure Fire with Civilian Injury at 10822 South Broadway Street in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to discover smoke showing from a 50 x 80 foot two-story apartments over commercial building, with the first floor converted to a church.


The fast moving fire in an enclosed stairwell and hallway that led to the building's eight upstairs apartments was swiftly extinguished, but not before a 54 year-old male resident sustained injury or sudden illness in an attempt to escape the smoky fire. He was taken by LAFD Ambulance to the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in critical condition.

Five other persons, including three adults and two children were assisted from the smoke-charged structure by firefighters. Later examined by LAFD Paramedics, they declined treatment or transportation. Responders were quick to credit properly functioning smoke alarms as giving these residents a head start on escaping the fire with minimal or no injury.

Though the building was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers, the rapid notification and response of firefighters prevented flames from moving beyond the stairwell and hallway. As such, the apartment units remained tenable after the fire for those who were uninjured.

While there was no immediate evidence of fire damage to the first floor tenant "New Life Christian Church", protocol dictated that the House of Worship Arson Task Force be notified.

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. The cause of this early morning blaze is considered suspicious and remains under active investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Hazmat Team Stems Gas Leak in Northridge

Sunday, April 10, 2011 |

On Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 3:04 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 33 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Jose S-Cronenbold, responded to a Hazardous Materials Investigation at 8840 Vanalden Avenue in Northridge.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly in response to an "alarm ringing" notification from a security company, to declare liquefied natural gas vapor leaking from atop a 12,000 gallon vessel at a municipal fleet refueling and parking facility.

The findings escalated the incident to a Hazardous Materials Investigation, bringing additional LAFD personnel to to scene, including the Department's closest Hazardous Materials Task Force.

Establishing a perimeter and Command Post upwind from the leak, first-arriving firefighters determined the vapor to be dissipating vertically without imminent or escalating hazard.

The leaking container, one of three similarly sized upright and adjacent cylinders within the City of Los Angeles facility in an industrial neighborhood, had reportedly been in use after having been filled within the previous 2 days.

Working closely with the Plant Manager who had been summoned to the scene, LAFD HazMat experts deftly manipulated one or more valves adjacent to the tank to stem the vapor flow within 2 hours of arrival.

No injuries were reported.

Pursuant of protocol, the Health Hazardous Materials Division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department will handle the investigation to conclusion.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Join Firefighters in Universal City to Support The Ride For 9-11

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The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department ask you to join them and their families this Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 5:00 - 9:00PM at the Saddle Ranch Chop House Restaurant in Universal City for a special night to support The Ride For 9-11.


The Ride For 9-11 will involve members of the Los Angeles Firefighters Athletic Organization cycling across the United States to honor those whose lives were lost 10 years ago on September 11 - as well as those who continue to fight for our freedom and safety.

By joining us at the Saddle Ranch Chop House this Thursday night, you'll be helping two special charities supported by the ride: the Leary Firefighters Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Show your support and make it clear that you have not forgotten!

Your tickets for Thursday evening in Universal City are available on-line now. No tickets will be sold at the door!

To join us for an evening of fun - and remembrance, please visit:

www.ridefor9-11.org


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire in Fairfax District Condominium Displaces Six

Thursday, April 07, 2011 |

On Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:39 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 91 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd, responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 525 North Sycamore Avenue in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find no immediate evidence of fire at the front of a three-story condominium complex built over parking.

Swiftly entering enclosed hallways on the second floor of the converted apartment building that were charged with thick smoke, firefighters fought their way to the seat of the fire in a second-floor unit to the rear, where they commenced a tenacious attack on the flames.

Eyewitness cell phone video

Firefighters confined the bulk of fire to the second-floor condominium of fire origin and the unit directly above. They extinguished the blaze in just 33 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Six persons were displaced by the flames, including four men, one woman, an infant and three pet animals. They were provided placement and human needs assistance by volunteers from the American Red Cross.

A preliminary fire loss has been estimated at $100,000 ($80,000 structure & $20,000 contents). The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD USAR Team Removes Hard-to-Reach Graffiti

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 |

At 9:00AM on Thursday April 8th, the Los Angeles Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team will come-to-the-rescue and help cleanup graffiti on the historic Eagle Rock. Why you ask?

Traditional removal methods have been deemed too dangerous for City workers. Therefore LAFDs elite USAR Team will remove this precarious paint from the 150 foot high famous rock as part of our training.

This graffiti cleanup comes from the urging of citizens, Council Member Jose Huizar along with the Department of Recreation and Parks, all of whom will be on hand for this undertaking.

It was hoped that recent rains would have washed away the vandalism from the south side of this well-known rock, unfortunately the down-pour just faded the paint. At a loss of anything else that could be done, efforts turned to the Fire Department for assistance. The LAFD agreed, pointing out that the removal could be used as part of our required training exercises. This creative solution helps restore a cultural landmark at no additional cost to the city.

"We cannot say enough how appreciate we are of the fire department for working with us to make this happen. They said yes the moment we asked them without hesitation."-Councilmember Huizar's Staff.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Honors "Firefighter of the Year"

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Captain II Roy A. Harvey was honored as "Firefighter of the Year".
LAFD Honors "Firefighter of the Year"

This prestigious honor is bestowed upon an active member of the Los Angeles Fire Department through a nomination and vote from fellow firefighters. This nomination is then forwarded to the Los Angeles Firefighters Association (LAFFA) and reviewed by their board.

Noon today, at Kyoto Grand Hotel, Captain Harvey proudly received this recognition for the year 2010. This 33 year veteran will be the first African American in the awards 43 year history.

Captain Harvey is widely known for his countless contributions to the Fire Service and the community. This award is given to one whose, "overall career and life exemplified the best qualities of those who are honored to be a part of the fire service".

Congratulations!

To see a list of past "Firefighter of the Year" click here.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

High-Rise Emergency Training Exercise

Friday, April 01, 2011 |

THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT
HIGH-RISE EMERGENCY TRAINING EXERCISE

WHAT: The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) partners with Massey Disaster Planning to stage an emergency training exercise with Century Plaza Towers in Century City, California.
*MEDIA ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND*

WHY: The LAFD will be conducting a high-rise training exercise which will simulate a fire on the 33rd floor of the 44-story office building. Emergency elevator procedures search and rescue practices and the implementation of the recently completed “Massey Emergency Plan” will be utilized as part of this training exercise.

WHO: Los Angeles Fire Department
Massey Disaster Planning
Century Plaza Towers at Century Park

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2011, 8:00 a.m.
Speakers will be available to make statements at 8:00 a.m. The drill will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will end at approximately 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Century Plaza Towers
2029 Century Park East
Century City, CA 90067

Media Contact Captain Jaime Moore of the Community Liaison Office


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

House Fire In Van Nuys Claims One Life

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On Friday, April 1, 2011 at 4:52 AM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, all under the direction of Battalion Chief Gerry Malais responded to a Structure Fire With Civilian Injury at 14655 West Leadwell Street in Van Nuys.
 
Firefighters arrived to find smoke billowing out of a 1-story single family dwelling on a corner lot. They performed a strategic attack of the flames from the ground and the roof of this smoke charged structure. A quick, bold and decisive interior search was performed of the 1200 sqft residence, which was described as having pack-rat like conditions. The bulk of the fire was reported to be in the kitchen area. Firefighters made forcible entry through a steel security front door and located a 79 year-old female inside. The victim was found face up just five feet from the front door, without signs of life. Her dog lie next to her. Firefighter/Paramedics earnestly provided CPR and Advanced Life Support at the scene and during transportation to a local hospital. The victim suffered second and third degree burns to over 90% of her body. Despite the aggressive efforts of Firefighters she was later pronounced dead at the hospital. She was described by neighbors as a beloved member of the community.

 A total of 30 firefighters were able to fully extinguish the fire in just 17 minutes. In examining the fire's aftermath, there was evidence of one smoke alarm, however its functional status could not be confirmed. There were no window bars to impair the victim's escape, nor was the 62-year old house equipped with residential fire sprinklers. The cause of this early morning blaze is under active investigation by LAFD Arson Investigators. The monetary loss from a fire can not truly be weighed in the wake of the loss of life, however the dollar loss of this incident is estimated at $100,000.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department