Blaze Injures 1 Firefighter & Damages Structures Downtown

Sunday, May 29, 2011 |

On Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 1:25 AM, 14 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Emergency Air, 1 Emergency Lighting, 1 Rehab Utility, 1 Rehab Air Tender, DWP and LAPD all under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 1171 East 10th Street in the Wholesale District of downtown Los Angeles.

Greater Alarm Fire in Downtown Los Angeles. © Photo by John Conkle. Click to view more...Firefighters arrived to find a large outside fire exposing the rear of two buildings, a tall warehouse connected by a division wall to a one-story building separated into an approximate half dozen, 50' x 100' individual stores containing party supplies.

Firefighters made forcible entry with rotary saws through multiple rolling steel doors into the warehouse to allow fire attack teams inside the unoccupied structure. Simultaneously, their colleagues swiftly took to the conventional bridge truss roof to perform vertical ventilation. Firefighters utilized heavy hose streams and ladder pipe operations to pour large amounts of water in the open lots where additional products were intensely burning, however the fire attack remained offensive. Flames also damaged one section of power lines, pole to pole, causing them to fall.

The first arriving 110 firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in one hour and eight minutes before any civilians were injured. One Firefighter assigned to a Truck Company suffered back injury and was transported to a local hospital in fair condition.

The total dollar loss is estimated at $195,000 ($120,000 property and $75,000 contents). The cause of the early morning blaze remains under active investigation.

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Rapidly Extinguish Flames At Dodger Stadium

Saturday, May 28, 2011 |

On Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Emergency Air Unit all under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a Structure Fire at 1000 Elysian Park Avenue in Echo Park.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived to find a moderate amount of lazy smoke drifting across the Top Deck of Dodger Stadium. Firefighters swiftly made their way through crowds of baseball fans while additional colleagues entered the Stadium from an aerial ladder truck.

A small fire comprised predominately of paper goods was located inside an approximate 20' x 20' storage room, made of cinder block construction.

Some fans seated in the Top Deck were calmly moved to another area due to residual smoke, but there was no need for a formal evacuation of the stadium, and play was not stopped. Dodger's staff addressed the public stating "Attention Please: There was a small fire in a confined area that is under control and contained. The Los Angeles Fire Department is onscene and there is no need to evacuate."

Due to the prompt response of 42 Los Angeles Firefighters the flames were confined to the area of origin and fully extinguish in just 20 minutes before anyone was injured. Careful preservation was given to protecting Dodger property and gas powered blowers were strategically utilized to direct remaining smoke away from fans.

The estimated dollar loss is $20,000 ($5,000 property and $15,000 contents). The cause of the fire is under active investigation.

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Sunland Trio Burned Battling House Fire with Garden Hose

Friday, May 27, 2011 |

On Friday, May 27, 2011 at 1:59 AM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 32 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Dennis Waters, responded to a Structure Fire with Civilian Injury at 10263 Kalua Drive in Sunland.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from a 2,130 square-foot one-story single family home. As firefighters extended hoselines to extinguish with fire, they encountered three adults exiting the residence with serious burns following a senseless effort to battle flames with a garden hose from within the burning living room.


Firefighters promptly rendered care to the injured trio as their colleagues did quick battle with the fire, extinguishing flames in just 14 minutes.

The injured; a man and woman in their early 60's as well as a woman in her early 80's, each sustained painful first- and second-degree burns to their hands, arms and faces with possible respiratory injury from heat and smoke. All three were transported in fair condition to area hospitals by LAFD ambulance.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire loss to the 44 year-old non-fire sprinklered home is estimated at $100,000 ($75,000 structure & $25,000 contents). The cause of this early morning blaze remains under investigation.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fuel Spill From Tanker Collision Closes Golden State Freeway in Sun Valley

Thursday, May 26, 2011 |

On Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 10:41 PM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 LAFD Foam Tenders, 1 LAFD Water Tender, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 74 Los Angeles Firefighters under the direction of Battalion Chief John Drake, responded to a Traffic Collision with Large Fuel Spill on the northbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway near Glenoaks Boulevard in Sun Valley.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find a semi-truck tanker with twin tank trailer, both laden with gasoline, parked on the right shoulder of the freeway. The trailer was observed leaking large amounts of the volatile motor fuel onto the roadway and across northbound lanes of travel.

LAFD Responds To Large Fuel Spill from Tanker on Golden State Freeway. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...According to witnesses, the tandem tanker truck was involved in a collision with another vehicle, causing damage to valves beneath the truck's fully-laden 4,800 gallon capacity trailer.

First arriving LAFD personnel staged their apparatus upwind and uphill from the parked gasoline transporter. With hundreds of gallons of flammable liquid already spilled, firefighters immediately curtailed traffic along the north- and south-bound lanes of the busy interstate highway to prevent ignition and diminish environmental harm.

As law enforcement agencies managed traffic along the miles-long closure that included many on- and off-ramps, transportation officials assisted firefighters who had labored intensely and successfully for nearly an hour, to dike the tide of gasoline before it could enter the storm drain system.

LAFD Responds To Large Fuel Spill from Tanker on Golden State Freeway. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...Patrons of a freeway adjacent motel behind a tall sound wall were sheltered in place, as teams of Los Angeles Firefighters stemmed the leaking trailer while applying an absorbent and firefighting foam to ease the cleanup and limit the potential for ignition.

No injuries were reported. There were no formal evacuations.

Following the Los Angeles Fire Department's successful mitigation of the primary hazard, control of the scene was returned to California Highway Patrol, State Department of Transportation and County Health Hazardous Materials officials.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighter Injured Battling Flames in Chatsworth

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 |

On Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:15 AM, 16 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 1 LAFD Helicopter, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 118 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 9654 Cozycroft Avenue in Chatsworth.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find fire through the roof above a pair of centrally located units that housed one of several businesses in a single-story eight-unit 160' x 300' industrial building.

Forcing entry through rolling steel doors of the wholesale clock firm involved in fire, scores of firefighters worked in unison to swiftly salvage key business records and computer equipment from the office, as their colleagues nearby held advancing flames at bay.

The offensive attack on the fire, accompanied by strategic vertical ventilation, continued unabated for more than 20 minutes, until the roof became untenable and portions of the structure began to give way.

 

A skillful transition to defensive operations prevented flames from spreading beyond the one business, as large hosestreams - including those from aerial ladders, were brought to bear against the inferno. The well-coordinated firefighting effort prevented the blaze from causing direct damage to a gymnastic club to the south or a metalworking firm to the north.

The flames were brought under control in just 63 minutes.

During the assault on the flames, one Los Angeles Firefighter sustained painful and potentially debilitating 2nd-degree burns to as much as nine-percent of his body, including hands and chest. He was taken in fair condition by LAFD ambulance to West Hills Hospital, home of the Grossman Burn Center, where he was treated in the Emergency Room and released to remain off-duty.

No other injuries were reported.

Fire loss to Bey-Berk International a timepiece wholesaler, is still being tabulated.

The cause of this midnight blaze remains under active investigation.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighter Injured at Structure Fire in South LA

Sunday, May 22, 2011 |

On Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 0:24 AM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 39 Firefighters all under the direction of Battalion Chief Mark Akahoshi responded to a Structure Fire at 8115 South Mariposa Avenue in South Los Angeles.





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Firefighters arrived to find a 1,738 square-foot one-story Single Family Dwelling with heavy fire showing. Firefighters commenced an aggressive interior attack with hose-lines on the well entrenched flames, as additional colleagues cut strategic 'heat-holes' on the clay tiled roof allowing heat, smoke and gases to escape.

Due to the well-coordinated work of all on scene, the fire was fully extinguished in just 22 minutes before spreading to nearby structures or injuring any civilians. The flames were quickly confined to the living room and attic of the 77 year-old residence.

However, a Firefighter assigned to the Roof Division Truck Company was seriously injured after falling off the roof at the start of Overhaul operations, ensuring the fire was completely out. Attempting to get off the roof onto a ladder when the base of it became unstable causing the Firefighter to fall to the ground. He fractured multiple ribs and sustained a contusion to his lung, but was released from a local hospital on May 22, 2011.

The cause of this early morning blaze was incense burning unattended. The dollar loss is tabulated at $50,000 ($35,000 structure & $15,000 contents).

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Douses Fast-Moving Pacoima Junk Yard Fire

Saturday, May 21, 2011 |

On Friday, March 20, 2011 at 4:11 PM, 6 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 36 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief John Duca, responded to a Fire in an Automotive Recycling Facility at 12301 Branford Street in Pacoima.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy fire among five partially dismantled vehicles stacked in a salvage yard. Multiple handlines were extended to do quick battle with the flames, which had consumed more than twenty of of the densely packed passenger cars by the time flames were brought under control just 29 minutes later.



There were no structures threatened and no injuries reported. Fire loss to the vehicle remnants was not tabulated. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Comedy Night to Support Family of Fallen LAFD Firefighter

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Since the untimely passing of our colleague Glenn Allen, members of the Los Angeles Fire Department have been deeply touched by the kind words and gestures of those we proudly serve.

As the healing and support of Glenn's extended family continues, we hope you'll join us for a special evening of entertainment in his honor:

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
8:00 PM
Flappers Comedy Club Burbank presents:
Hal Sparks, Sally Mullins, Bernadette Balagtas
in an Evening of Comedy to Benefit the Allen Family
102 East Magnolia
Burbank, CA 91502


To learn more, or purchase tickets (only $20 per person) please visit:

terryfund.org/flappers


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Hollywood Museum Profiled on FDNNTV

Friday, May 20, 2011 |

It's a Hollywood legend that has stood the test of time, and warmly welcomes your visit. The Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Hollywood is open each Saturday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM, and admission is free!

Barbara Brooks from FDNNTV gives you as sneak peek...


For more information, visit:

lafdmuseum.org


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Pull Nine Pets From Burning Hollywood Hills Home

Thursday, May 19, 2011 |

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 10:01 PM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 32 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Rideout, responded to a Structure Fire at 2747 North Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills.

Five Pets Saved by LAFD in Hollywood Hills Blaze. © Photo by Scott LaRue. Click to view more...Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find fire showing from a one-story hillside home.

Forcing entry into the smoke-charged residence, firefighters quickly encountered household pets seeking to escape the blaze, and soon commenced an exhaustive search of the 1,288 square-foot building to find and rescue a half-dozen more animals in severe to extreme distress.

The fire was swiftly confined to the home's kitchen and extinguished in just 22 minutes.

Five Pets Saved by LAFD in Hollywood Hills Blaze. © Photo by Scott LaRue. Click to view more...The total of nine pets rescued from the burning home, including four dogs and five cats, were cared for by Los Angeles Firefighters, who soon determined that two dogs and two cats were beyond medical help.

Following more than a half-hour of on-scene care by firefighters, the two dogs and three cats who survived the blaze, were entrusted to the care of a responder from the Department of Animal Services.

No human injuries were reported.




Monetary loss to the 55 year-old home - unoccupied by humans at the time of the fire, is estimated at $110,000 ($75,000 structure & $35,000 contents). The cause of the late night blaze is categorized as electrical.

We were deeply touched by this video statement from the resident...



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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Fire Department Deployment Plan Approved

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 |

The following information was released by Los Angeles Fire Department Administration following a meeting of the Los Angeles City Council on May 18, 2011.

The LAFD Deployment Plan was approved today by a 12 to 2 vote [of the City Council] with two amending motions.

The first amending motion speaks to restoring funding to the department to re-open resources. Should labor make contract concessions, those funds will return directly to the Fire Department. Specifically 6.9 million dollars in anticipated concessions from labor negotiations will be placed in the unappropriated balance account.

The Department will use the same data analysis system that was used to create the deployment plan to determine what neighborhood services will be restored.

The second amending motion was designed to maintain the position authorities without the funding. 318 position authorities remain unfunded. This means that any savings that are found within the budget will be used to restore neighborhood resources. Those resources will be determined by the Fire Chief.

July 5th [2011] remains the implementation date for the LAFD Deployment Plan. The MCP [Modified Coverage Plan] will remain in place until that date.

Special Duty sworn furloughs were approved.

"After several hours of debate, I’m pleased that the LAFD Deployment Plan proposed by Chief Peaks was approved by the Los Angeles City Council," said Councilmember Tony C├írdenas.

"I applaud his leadership and vision in the development of a Plan that will save the City more than $50 million a year while enhancing public safety for all of Los Angeles." said Councilmember Tony Cárdenas.

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Hollywood Emergency Preparedness Fair to Feature Police & Firefighters

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Children Explore an LAFD Chief's Vehicle. © Photo by Mike MeadowsThe Los Angeles Fire Department welcomes you to join firefighters and their families at a free Emergency Preparedness Fair...

Saturday May 21, 2011
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Helen Bernstein High School
1309 North Wilton Place
Hollywood, CA 90028


Keeping you and loved ones safe when disaster strikes will be the focus of Los Angeles Firefighters, Police Officers, utility crews and staff from the American Red Cross - all offering information, demonstrations and personal advice.

Featured among display and food booths at this festive event, will be the LAFD Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program, as well as the Department of Animal Services providing disaster preparedness tips for your pets.

Of course, there will be public safety vehicles and emergency equipment for the whole family to explore, and plenty of free parking. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday in Hollywood!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighter Injured at Structure Fire

Saturday, May 14, 2011 |

On Friday, May 13, 2011 at 4:34 PM, 8 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 1 EMS Battalion Captain, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 52 Firefighters all under the direction of Battalion Chief Manuel Lafarga responded to a Structure Fire with Firefighter Injury at 1148 South Mirasol Street in the Hobart area of South Boyle Heights.
 




Firefighters arrived to find a 761 sqft Single Family Dwelling with heavy fire showing, exposing an approximate 500 sqft structure in the rear. Additional resources were immediately requested. Teams of Los Angles Firefighters made swift forcible entry and extended hand-lines to do battle with the well entrenched flames, as their colleagues scaled the roof of the 88 year-old wood frame home to perform vertical ventilation.

Due to the aggressive attack and well coordinated fire-fight, the blaze was fully extinguished in just 21 minutes before any civilians were injured. The residence was equipped with smoke alarm(s), however their functional status and role at the time of the fire could not be immediately determined.

A Tillerman Firefighter was injured while climbing a ladder to the roof, and the base of the ladder slipped on the concrete. The Firefighter fell approximately five to nine feet on his back and suffered a fractured right wrist, bruised ribs and injured back. He was transported to a local hospital in fair condition, where he has since been released home and is recovering.

Estimated dollar loss totaled $350,000: main house $200,000 ($140,000 structure & $60,000 contents), back house $150,000 ($125,000 structure & $25,000 contents). The cause of the fire is under active investigation.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Confine Brush Fire Near Sun Valley to Just 3 Acres

Friday, May 13, 2011 |

LAFD and Allied Agencies Tackle Shadow Hills Brush FireOn Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 1:06 PM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 Helicopters, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Water Tender, and additional agencies including: LA County Fire Department, Angeles National Forest, Department of Transportation & Department of Water & Powera total of 60 LAFD Firefighters all under the direction of Battalion Chief John Duca responded to a Greater Alarm Brush Fire at 10718 Stallion Ranch Road in the Shadow Hills area of Sun Valley.

Firefighters arrived to find one-half acre of brush burning up hill and quickly requested additional assistance. Ground crews rapidly began to make their way up steep terrain on both sides of the fire to surround and attack the flames. Three water dropping helicopters provided precise water drops, helping Firefighters on the ground in warm and breezy conditions. As the afternoon battle progressed the fire consumed an additional two acres.

This area nestled between Hansen Dam Recreation Center and Sunland Boulevard consists of moderate brush, hilly terrain, and is surrounded by large ranch style homes. Due to the decisive measures implemented, the afternoon blaze was swiftly confined to just under three acres.
LAFD and Allied Agencies Tackle Shadow Hills Brush Fire

A knockdown was declared in 53 minutes before any homes were damaged and without any one being injured. The cause of the fire was accidental reported to have been started by a welding operation at a perimeter fence.



Submitted by Cecil Manresa & Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Battle Commercial Building Fire in West Van Nuys

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LAFD Quickly Squelches Flames in Van Nuys BusinessOn Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 8:01 PM, 10 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 3 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 85 Firefighters all under the direction of Battalion Chief Stephen Ruda responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 7705 Densmore Avenue in West Van Nuys.

The first arriving Firefighters found a 100' x 100' one-story Commercial building with one unit well involved in flames. An assertive Fire Attack was initiated as flames began burning through the roof. Upon his arrival Chief Ruda performed a rapid size-up and determined that additional Firefighters would be needed to battle the intense blaze.

LAFD Quickly Squelches Flames in Van Nuys BusinessAs hand lines were aggressively deployed in an interior attack, a Strip Ventilation technique was performed by roof division companies with chain saws to release hot gases and smoke. With a well coordinated and swift attack, Firefighters began to get a handle on the blaze. Their relentless effort and teamwork contained the flames to only one unit.

A knockdown was obtained in 27 minutes before anyone was injured. The cause of the evening fire was determined accidental and started via spontaneous combustion from oily rags left in a plastic trash container. The Dollar loss is estimated at $100,000 ($50,000 structure and $50,000 contents).

Submitted by Cecil Manresa & Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Despite Extreme Firefighter Effort, Two Canines Perish in North Hollywood Fire

Monday, May 09, 2011 |

On Monday, May 9, 2011 at 4:26 PM, 4 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 2 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 27 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief John Drake, responded to a Structure Fire at 6014 Farmdale Avenue in North Hollywood.

LAFD Crews Battle Swift Moving North Hollywood House Fire. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke showing from a one-story single family home. Forcing entry, they encountered intense fire within the dining area and kitchen.

Simultaneous to their assault on the flames, firefighters performed a rapid yet thorough search of the 1,116 square-foot building - in zero visibility conditions, to discover and rescue a pair of lifeless pet dogs from the smoke-charged home.

While a relentless fire attack continued - and with no human patients found, teams of Los Angeles Firefighters, including Firefighter/Paramedics, began vigorous attempts at resuscitating the canines using every tool at their disposal, including specialized animal care supplies.

LAFD Crew Vigorously Attempts to Resuscitate Dogs Injured in North Hollywood House Fire. © Photo by Shawn Kaye. Click to view more...Within a few minutes, one of the pets was sadly determined to be beyond medical help, while the other was seen as clinging to life. The latter animal was provided unyielding care for nearly one-half hour by LAFD personnel, who transported the dog in a Fire Department vehicle to a nearby veterinary office.

Despite the combined effort of firefighters and a veterinarian, the dog succumbed soon after arrival at the animal hospital. It is believed that both pets died due to smoke exposure.

The fire was confined within the two rooms of origin and extinguished in just 17 minutes. No human injuries were reported. The 59 year-old home was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

Monetary loss from the fire has been estimated at $85,000 ($75,000 structure & $10,000 contents). The cause of this late afternoon blaze is categorized as electrical.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Video: Firefighters Rescue Imperiled Hawk in Woodland Hills

Sunday, May 08, 2011 |

On Sunday, May 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM, the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to assist an animal in peril in the 5300 block of Elvira Road in Woodland Hills.


Neighborhood Firefighters arrived quickly to find a hawk entangled in fishing line strung between a tall tree and utility pole. An LAFD Ladder Truck joined the Engine Company in a delicate effort to rescue the raptor, by carefully extending an aerial ladder 40 feet beyond utility lines.

Firefighters cut the filament line - a possible remnant from a kite, to release the frightened animal. The hawk was gingerly placed in a lightweight sack to protect it from further harm, and entrusted to the care of a responder from the Department of Animal Services.

No persons were injured.

Those who encounter animals in distress in the City of Los Angeles are encouraged to call the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services at (888) 452-7381. Additional information on animal care and control can be found at:

laanimalservices.com


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Warehouse Cleanout Reveals Hidden LAFD Items For '1 Day Only' Public Sale

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As you may recall, the renowned LAFD Gear (formerly Dalmatian's Firehouse) store in Eagle Rock recently closed its doors after more than a decade of selling Los Angeles Fire Department apparel and gift items to the public.

In a final sweep of the warehouse, staff members came across enough inventory to conduct a one-day-only "Everything Must Go!" Parking Lot Sale this Tuesday, May 10, 2011 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM in Eagle Rock.

Click here to view & print flyer

With no warehouse after Tuesday to hold any of these still-popular items, everything must go. Even at stunning prices, every penny will benefit the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund, so please join us...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
9:00AM to 2:00PM
LAFD Gear Final Parking Lot Sale
Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association
815 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Hold Special Celebration for Four Year-Old Burn Survivor

Thursday, May 05, 2011 |

On Monday, May 2, 2011, Firefighters Held Special Celebration for a Four Year-Old Burn SurvivorLos Angeles Firefighters held a special celebration for Robert Jones, a four year-old boy who suffered third-degree burns to his hands and fingers earlier this year.

Los Angeles firefighters were so inspired by the boy's spirit that they pledged to hold a special birthday party for him at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, where he has undergone three months of treatment - that included painful skin grafts, in the hospital's Burn Center.

Firefighters chipped in with armloads of presents, giving Robert a joyous celebration that included balloons, cake and his very own authentic "Los Angeles Fire Department" jacket and helmet.

Robert was proudly named "Honorary Firefighter of the Dayand given a certificate for a future ride on an LAFD fire boat when he recovers. The Los Angeles Fire Department extends special thanks to the caring staff at Torrance Memorial Medical Center for Robert's remarkable recovery and promising future. 

Our friends at SafeKids U.S.A. offer important tips for preventing burns and scalds, while the Education Center at MySafe:LA provides a comprehensive (and free) on-line course for burn prevention.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LA Firefighters Battle Residential Blaze In West Adams Area

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On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 6 Arson Units, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 4 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 106 Los Angeles Fire Department Personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Richard Rideout responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 2410 South 6th Avenue in the West Adams area of Los Angeles.


A column of black smoke was visible as Firefighters raced from their quarters, arriving at a two-story single-family-dwelling to find heavy fire extending out of the second floor. Fire crews mounted a rapid and offensive attack while making strong headway to locate the origin of the blaze. As they aggressively fought the flames, a simultaneous search for victims went underway.


Aided by Firefighters swiftly extending ground ladders to the steep roof of the 1700 square foot residence to perform strategic vertical ventilation with chainsaws, flames were held to the second story and attic. The blaze was fully extinguished in just twenty minutes. 


Fire teams soon discovered an adult on the second floor without vital signs of life. A positive identification of the individual, as well as the precise cause, time, and manner of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.

Five members from the Mayor's Crisis Response Team responded to give assistance, and provide information and contacts to help the victim's daughter deal with this terrible crisis.

The first arriving Engine company did not hear Smoke Alarms sounding, however the presence, functional status, and role of smoke alarms within the home could not be immediately determined. There were window security bars in the rear of first floor, although they did not appear to impair the occupant from escaping. The 74 year-old Tudor-style home was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

The cause of the fire is under active investigation and monetary loss is still being tabulated.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Demonstrates their Preparedness for Earthquakes & Radiation Incidents

Wednesday, May 04, 2011 |

One OutOn Friday, May 6, 2011, The Los Angeles Fire Department’s Urban Search & Rescue Team will be conducting a disaster mobilization exercise that will task emergency responders during an Earthquake scenario. This Urban Search & Rescue team, formally known as California Task Force 1 (CA-TF1), will utilize Hazardous Materials Squads, Rescue and K-9 teams and work in a simulated earthquake environment that has been contaminated by radiation.


CA-TF1 is an elite Urban Search & Rescue team, comprised of two 80-member teams of men and women who are highly trained to conduct search and rescue operations in the most extreme conditions. They have responded across the nation to catastrophic events such as New York City for the 9-11 attacks, Salt Lake City for the 2002 winter Olympic games, the Gulf coast for both Hurricane’s Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. CA-TF1’s Canine team also responded to the Oklahoma City bombing.

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CA-TF1 would like to invite members of the media to learn more about this team and how LAFD is prepared. The Media will be given direct access to rescue locations for filming and interviews starting at 6:30a.m. The scheduled Press Conference will take place at 08:00 a.m.




Friday, May 6, 2011 6:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m.
Location: LAFD US&R Building


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Involving Watts Trailer Claims One Life

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On Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 12:31 AM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 5 Arson Units, 1 EMS Battalion Captain and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 41 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Kevin Pearson, responded to a Civilian Fatality Fire at 10926 South Wilmington Avenue in Watts.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find a small structure affixed to the rear of a one-story home fully involved in fire, with intense flames extending to an immediately adjacent office/travel trailer, and simultaneously threatening an occupied two-story duplex to the north.

Swift action by first arriving firefighters prevented the fire from extending to the duplex, as they aggressively battled flames, confining them to the rear of the one-story home and trailer.

During a primary search, LAFD crews discovered a lifeless adult male within the trailer. Beyond medical help, he was declared dead at the scene. It was not immediately clear if the trailer had served as the man's domicile.

No other injuries were reported.

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated. A positive identification of the decedent, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of his death, will be determined the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

The cause of this post-midnight blaze remains the focus of an active investigation by Los Angeles Fire and Police Department Investigators.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Quickly Halt Brush Fire in Tujunga

Monday, May 02, 2011 |

Firefighters Quickly Halt Brush Fire in TujungaOn Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 2:02 PM, 9 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Helicopters, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Water Tender, 1 Rehab Air Tender, 1 Glendale Fire Engine & 2 LA County FD Camp Crews, a total of 69 Firefighters all under the direction of Battalion Chief John Drake responded to a Brush Fire at 11111 North Tujunga Canyon Boulevard in Tujunga.

With warming temperatures, drying brush, and recent winds, Firefighters readied themselves for a Brush Fire. They arrived to find a half acre of brush burning slowly but steadily uphill towards a half-dozen homes near Airlie Drive. Additional fire personnel were rapidly requested.


Firefighters Quickly Halt Brush Fire in TujungaThe Fire was predominately driven by topography and a light six-mph wind from the South. The swift arrival of precise water-dropping aircraft, along with Firefighters who labored on the ground by extending hose lays up steep terrain, were able to anchor and halt the four-foot flames just before 3PM.

The blaze was fully extinguished in just under a hour and confined to one acre, before it could destroy nearby homes. Resident's compliance with strict brush clearance regulations contributed to no homes being damaged.


One LA County Camp Crew Firefighter suffered a non-life-threatening injury to his right knee from a rock falling downhill. The cause of the fire remains under an active investigation.

Want to learn more about the Brush Clearance process, click HERE.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Praises the US Military for a Successful Operation

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The Los Angeles Fire Department would like to express its appreciation to the United States Military and Intelligence Community in conducting a successful operation and the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.

The members of our Department hope that those who lost a family member or friend in the September 11 attacks can find some closure from this news.  Members of the LAFD have never forgotten the civilians or the 343 members of the FDNY who so bravely lost their lives on that horrific day.  Having sent over 100 members of our Department to assist in the efforts at Ground Zero, we have seen first hand the devastation that can be caused by the acts of terrorism.

The impact of yesterday’s news is still being assessed, but this event represents a significant blow to al-Qaeda, its affiliates, and their extremist ideology.  The members of the LAFD will remain vigilant to report any suspicious observations and we encourage the public to do the same. "If you see something, say something." 
Call 1-877-A-THREAT, if you witness immediate life-threatening activities call 9-1-1.

Wonder what suspicious behaviors and activities to report? Click HERE

Wonder what terrorist Indicators and Warning are? Click HERE  

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Watch the Lane Kemper Softball Classic

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Join over 300 spectators, as Los Angeles Firefighters play in the Lane Kemper Softball Classic. This annual charity tournament benefits the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) to help the families of firefighters during times of crisis and tragedy.

This fun event is named in honor of Captain Lane Kemper. As a tribute to him, firefighters come together for this long standing tradition.

Wednesday May 4th, 2011 from 8:00am to 4:00pm


Locations:
16200 Burbank Blvd.
Encino, CA  91436

14201 Huston Street
Sherman Oaks, CA  91423

17015 Burbank Blvd.
Encino, CA  91316

Grab your friends and say, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department