Woman Meets LAFD 9-1-1 Dispatcher Who Helped Save Husband's Life

Friday, March 30, 2012 |

EAGLE ROCK - On February 27, 2012, Deanna Brigidi-Stewart dialed 9-1-1 in extreme distress, after her 35-year-old husband suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Los Angeles Fire Department Firefighter/Dispatcher Al Camacho immediately calmed Mrs. Brigidi-Stewart, guiding her to focus on the situation at hand - initiating teamwork that ultimately saved her husband's life.

On Friday, March 30, 2012, Mrs. Brigidi-Stewart, her husband and children visited LAFD Metro Fire Communications and met Firefighter/Dispatcher Al Camacho. It was a touching reunion that underscored the importance of trust and timely action whenever life is at risk.

In Los Angeles, well trained Firefighter/Dispatchers like Al Camacho are ready to answer your 9-1-1 call in an emergency. As trained rescuers with hands-on crisis experience, they have an instant virtual presence to guide you in life-saving care - while seamlessly coordinating the rapid response of firefighters and paramedics.

When you have an emergency in Los Angeles, Call 9-1-1!

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD and Cal/OSHA Stress Confined Space Awareness

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LAFD and Cal/OSHA Host Confined Space Awareness Event. Click to view more...SHERMAN OAKS - The California Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) teamed up this week with the Los Angeles Fire Department to educate employers and employees on the dangers of working in confined spaces.

Confined spaces are enclosed spaces that can be entered by workers, but have limited openings for entry or exit, and are not designed for continuous worker occupancy. Common examples include tanks, silos, pipelines, sewers, storage bins, drain tunnels and vaults.

Cal/OSHA's comprehensive program and partnership with the LAFD was sparked by seven preventable confined space deaths and numerous injuries across California in 2011 – including a multi-patient incident at a Los Angeles pharmaceutical firm.

To learn more about confined space hazards and steps you can take to prevent needless workplace tragedy, visit:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Doak Smith Named LAFD 2011 Firefighter of the Year

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LOS ANGELES - Scores of Los Angeles Firefighters past and present joined Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings and civic leaders in Los Angeles on March 21, 2012, to honor LAFD Apparatus Operator Doak Smith as the Los Angeles Fire Department's 2011 Firefighter of the Year.

© Photo by Adam VanGerpen. Click to view more...
Apparatus Operator Doak Smith (left)
with LAFD Fire Chief Brian Cummings
Flanked by friends and family, Smith humbly received his award at a well attended luncheon hosted in his honor by the Los Angeles Firefighters Association, at the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens. The coveted award takes into account Smith's long-term accomplishments and is awarded for the previous calendar year.

A 31-year veteran of the LAFD, Smith is assigned to Fire Station 69 in Pacific Palisades, where he operates an aerial ladder truck. He was resoundingly selected for demonstrated leadership, community volunteerism and his unparalleled compassion for those he proudly serves.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Spared Injury When Floor Collapses During Hancock Park Blaze

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 |

HANCOCK PARK - A stubborn fire raced through a massive Hancock Park home on Wednesday evening, causing a floor to collapse - but sparing injury, before being tamed by the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire was reported at 7:36 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, bringing the swift response of 58 Los Angeles Firefighters to 644 South Muirfield Road, where they discovered smoke showing from an 8,829 square-foot two story home.

LAFD crews worked aggressively to protect personal property as their colleagues tackled stubborn flames within the 88 year-old residence, that was undergoing some manner of renovation. It was during the well orchestrated assault against elusive fire, that a sizeable portion of the second floor collapsed into the room below.

Despite the challenge, firefighters confined the flames to one room on the first floor, the space immediately above as well as a portion of the attic, attaining full extinguishment of the fire in just 75 minutes.

Assistant Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas stated that no firefighters were trapped and that there were no injuries.

Monetary loss from the flames is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze has been declared accidental in nature, and remains under active investigation.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Restaurants Host Charity Event for Fallen Firefighters

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 |

LOS ANGELES - For more than 105 years, the families of fallen Los Angeles Firefighters have been able to count on one thing: the Widows and Orphans Fund of the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association.

Moved by the work of this renowned organization - once funded solely by grieving co-workers, caring members of our community have sought fun and meaningful ways to lend their support.

One prime [no pun intended] example, is the team at Famous Dave's Barbecue Restaurants, who open their hearts and share a generous portion of their proceeds at seven California locations to honor fallen firefighters and those they leave behind.

This once-a-year event will take place from 11AM to 10PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2012...



...and requires only that you bring a special flyer when you enjoy your lunch or dinner at one these California locations:

Simi Valley 
1229 Simi Town Center Way 
Simi Valley, CA 93065 
805-522-7227 

Long Beach
300 South Pine Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802
562-436-9260 

Thousand Oaks
3980 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805-497-0227 

Vista 
303 Vista Village Drive
Vista, CA 92083
760-726-7866 

Palmdale
1205 Rancho Vista Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93551
661-225-9616

El Centro
3103 S. Dogwood Ave
El Centro, CA 92243
760-352-9044

Tracy
3170 N. Naglee Rd
Tracy, CA 95304
209-833-6337

Please print your flyer now and plan to join us for dine-in or take-out of some wonderful BBQ. Learn more about this event and the Widows & Orphans Fund by visiting LAFRA.ORG


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Quickly Halt Fast Moving Attic Fire

Friday, March 23, 2012 |

INCIDENT:  Greater Alarm Structure Fire
DATE:  Friday, March 23, 2012
TIME OF ALARM:  4:16 pm
LAFD Halts Apartment Fire in Chinatown ADDRESS800 Block of North Bunker Hill Avenue
OCCUPANCY TYPE:  Residential Apartments
NEIGHBORHOOD:  Chinatown
FIRST-IN DISTRICT:  Fire Station 3
INCIDENT COMMANDER:  Battalion 1 - Battalion Chief Greg Gibson
COUNCIL DISTRICT:  1
DISPATCHED UNITS: T3 E3 E203 RA803 E4 E201 T1 E220 T20 RA20 SQ21 EM11 BC1 BC5 E9 E29 DC2 RA209 BC2 E210 T10 E15 EM6 UR3 T27 E227 RA27 E27 UR88 BC14 EM2 EA1 
SIZE UP: "Three story apartment building with one unit on the third floor"
INCIDENT SUMMARY: Initially found surface fire on the roof. Fire spread and fully-engulfed the attic. The building was completely evacuated. Fire confined to roof, attic and part of third floor.
KNOCKDOWN: 80 Firefighters in 30 minutes
CAUSE: Under investigation.
DAMAGE: Not yet determined.
INJURIES: Not confirmed.


Submitted by Matt Spence
Spokesman, Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Reviews Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 |

The following has been issued from the Office of the Fire Chief, Brian L. Cummings:


The City Council has designated the City of Los Angeles as a “hybrid entity” under the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 due to the Department’s status as a health care provider.  As a hybrid entity, the Department must comply with HIPAA and is only permitted to release Protected Health Information (PHI) for the purposes of treatment, billing and operations under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, without the patient’s permission.  In 2009, the President approved additional Federal legislation that increased civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized disclosure of PHI.

The Department is currently seeking written advice from the City Attorney relative to the release of incident specific PHI to a variety of internal and external sources including elected officials, commissions, the media and associated stakeholders. 

The City Attorney has preliminarily opined that the Department should immediately cease the practice of releasing PHI to any source not specifically authorized under the Privacy Rule’s treatment, billing and operations exemption.  I realize that this practice will significantly impact the manner in which the Department provides updates and notifications to a wide variety of stakeholders.  As the Department receives additional written advice from the City Attorney regarding specific issues, I will ensure that this information and the Department’s procedures will be forwarded for your information.

BRIAN L. CUMMINGS
Fire Chief


Submitted by Matt Spence
Spokesman, Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Provides Additional Information Regarding 9-1-1 Response Times

Friday, March 16, 2012 |

LAFD-The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is currently being asked: have response times gotten worse since the budget was cut a few years ago?

It’s a question being posed to fire departments across the country that are all having to do more with less. The LAFD is no different.

The Fire Department’s budget has been cut by nearly $80 million over the past three fiscal years. To adapt to these cuts the LAFD has used various iterations of deployment and coverage plans that have saved the Department millions of dollars while continuing to ensure the high level of protection and emergency response the public deserves and expects.

The LAFD responds daily to over 1,000 calls across 469 square miles. As calls for emergency medical services continue to increase, the LAFD uses response times to the most critical medical calls as a benchmark. A recent review of data under the newest Deployment Plan shows, as predicted, response time did increase, but the overall impact is minimal.

In fiscal year 2008-2009, prior to any budget cuts, LAFD arrived on scene to an advanced life support call in an average time of four minutes 41 seconds. Under our new plan, the average time is just four seconds longer, four minutes 45 seconds.

The reasons for the increase in response times are based on facts, not false information as some would assert. The City of Los Angeles has seen a 3% increase in the number of Emergency Medical Service calls, while daily staffing has been reduced by 12%, fire companies have been reduced by 12%, and Basic Life Support ambulances have been reduced 17%.

In March of 2011, as part of the budget process, the LAFD submitted a three year Deployment Plan to the Fire Commission and City Government. This plan focused resources to the areas where they are most needed as a way to save money while still maintaining response times recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and jobs.

The plan allowed the LAFD to end disruptive rotational closures of 22 fire companies and six Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulances.

The Fire Chief at the time, Millage Peaks, explained the Deployment Plan using new software. The software program projects the impact of redeploying firefighting resources. Using dispatch data, the computer modeled possible deployment solutions based on response times, call frequency, and incident types within each fire station district.

Since it is impossible to predict the number of fire companies that will be called on to respond to a emergency incident at any given period in time, the computer calculated as if ALL the city’s fire companies were in service and available; a best case scenario. The software generated projections only, not actual response times.

Adding to the complexity, in 2009 the LAFD transitioned to a new method of calculating response times and performance. Under the old method, the Fire Department calculated response as 59 seconds for dispatch time and arrival on scene in less than five minutes, for a total of 5 minutes 59 seconds. The current method, aligned with NFPA recommendations, aims for less than five minutes.

When responding to a structure fire, the NFPA allows firefighters an extra 20 seconds in which to don their gear, providing a guideline of five minutes and 20 seconds to reach the scene. Recent data show the LAFD arrives on scene on average in three minutes and 55 seconds; only two seconds slower than units arrived prior to the new Deployment Plan.

The Los Angeles Fire Department monitors its response times on a daily basis and makes changes as necessary to meet demand in different areas when calls for service increase. The Department has not misled the public or city leaders and in fact has been transparent in its efforts to provide accurate response time information. I welcome anyone to review our data and compare us with other departments across the region and country.

I am extremely proud of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the level of service the men and women provide in keeping our city safe. - Brian L. Cummings, Fire Chief

BFC 11-169 November 30, 2011 Deployment Plan Analysis and Report
http://www.ci.la.ca.us/lafd/reports.htm

BFC 11-048 April 28, 2011 Revised Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2011-12 LAFD Deployment Plan
http://www.ci.la.ca.us/lafd/reports.htm


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Fire Chief Addresses 9-1-1 Response Times

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 |

On March 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM, Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings addressed LAFD's 9-1-1 response times...
LAFD Fire Chief Brian Cummings
 "As we transitioned to our current Deployment in early 2011, we were also transitioning to a different methodology for calculating performance data. At every point in the process, we have been consistent in using a single method for comparison.

Information provided by this Department to the public and city government has been accurate.

I fully support the integrity of Captain Mark Woolf and Retired Captain Bill Wells.

The statistical data that each of these Officers have provided on LAFD response times have been valid and accurate.

In the past, (2008), the LAFD’s response times were calculated by hand and measured using 5:59 seconds as a benchmark.

Chief Millage Peaks, Fire Chief at the time, made the decision to align the LAFD’s data analysis with the NFPA’s 5 minute turnout and travel time recommendation. This would align the LAFD with the national recommendation.

I have confidence in our response times and welcome an audit.

The data is the data.

With increased number of incidents, 22 fewer units to respond, workload has increased. There has been an impact on response times and company availability. This deployment was planned to minimize that impact. We are constantly assessing the deployment, analyzing our data and do plan to make adjustments as necessary.

On February 28, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) moved our 9-1-1 dispatching facility, known as the Operations Control Division (OCD) from City Hall East, to the City’s new Emergency Operations Center. This new dispatch facility is called Metro Fire Communications (Metro).

This historic move from an underground cold war era facility to a technologically advanced communications center was funded when the voters of Los Angeles approved Proposition “Q”.

The Los Angeles Fire Department operates the busiest fire department 9-1-1 dispatch center west of the Mississippi, processing over 800,000 calls per year.

Currently, the 9-1-1 phone system is operating properly, and we are receiving emergency calls as they come in.

The Fire Department radio system is working across our 460 square mile jurisdiction.

The Computer Aided Dispatch system is running as normal, reaching each of our 106 neighborhood fire stations.

However, shortly after the move to Metro, the Dispatch Communications Network that connects the city’s fire stations to Metro, experienced periods of instability, resulting in the intermittent delivery of audible voice dispatches to the fire stations.

Thankfully, there are supplemental notification systems in place to notify firefighters at the fire station when a incident comes in, they include:

Tones that sound
Fire phones that ring
A dispatch print out
Lights that turn on
Station bells that ring

These systems have been operating normally.

The LAFD’s dispatch system is working 99% of the time. However it is this 1% of the time that we are in the process of remedying.

On March 7, 2012 at approximately 10:00 A.M. the Dispatch Communications Network experienced a sudden slow down in data throughout. Simply put, the calls were not reaching the fire stations. The Commanding Officer at Metro Fire Communications ordered the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to be bypassed which required a systematic transition into “manual mode”. This means our dispatchers had to manually process calls and track LAFD resources. This also required our neighborhood fire stations to monitor their radios for dispatch information, establishing a process called “Radio Watch.”

Coinciding with the transition to the manual mode Metro experienced an elevated level of incoming calls. This caused the processing times for some calls to be extended and resulted in a delay in responses, specifically involving two of the more than 1000 incidents handled by the LAFD that day.

These calls are currently under review by the Commanding Officers at Metro Fire Communications.

Engineers from the City’s Information Technology Agency (ITA) have been working with a private network engineering firm through the weekend to remedy the problem.

The dispatch communications network is a 20 year old system that the Department is seeking to replace.

I must commend the firefighters in the field, the firefighter dispatchers at Metro Fire Communications, the Department's civilian staff and ITA for their vigilance in trying to remedy the problem, ensuring that our resources are responding a quickly as possible when the emergency calls come in."
Los Angeles Fire Chief Addresses Response Times


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Heat Football Starts This Weekend

Friday, March 09, 2012 |

The logo of the Los Angeles Heat Firefighter Football team
Football fans and their families in Southern California know that the Super Bowl is not the end of the gridiron season.

Please let us introduce the Los Angeles Heat, who will square off with the Orange County Lawmen on Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2012 in Santa Ana.

It's a football season that you and your family don't want to miss.

Comprised of Fire Department and Law Enforcement personnel from the Greater Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Heat has offered two decades of highly competitive and family-friendly football excitement.

This year, the Los Angeles Heat will not only be pursuing a championship, but also raising funds for the renowned Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, which provides innovative services and hope for burn survivors.

Part of the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL), the Los Angeles Heat is one of twenty-eight teams from across the United States comprised entirely of sworn public safety personnel. Each NPSFL team plays for one or more charities, with players adhering to the same honor and integrity on the field as they do while on-duty.

We hope you will join the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department and their families this Saturday and throughout the season, as they cheer on the Los Angeles Heat. To learn more, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

The Women Behind The LAFD Badge

Thursday, March 08, 2012 |

Many people are surprised to learn that the first women to join the Los Angeles Fire Department did so prior to World War I.

On June 16, 1912, the LAFD's first all-female volunteer Fire Company, led by Captain Marie Stack responded to a grass fire near the intersection of Third and Flower Streets in what is now Downtown Los Angeles.

These valiant ladies had their first fire well under control prior to the arrival of the LAFD's next-due resource, the recently motorized contingent of LAFD Engine Company 3.

Then LAFD Chief Engineer Archibald Eley oversaw the formation of several other all-female firefighting crews in 1912, including the storied Manhattan Place Volunteer Fire Brigade led by Captain J.A. Caldwell.

Not to be limited to the lesser ranks or even Captain, the Wilmington Park Fire Ladies protecting the southern limits of our City in 1912, were led by Chief Louise Leonardo.

Of course, our City and its people were soon embroiled in the first World War, and as our burgeoning City grew in the decades following the war, the need for part-time men and women to protect parts of our metropolis from fire was eclipsed. Still the work of Marie Stack and her pioneering colleagues has inspired us for more than nine decades.

So what of gender diversity in today's LAFD?

The Los Angeles Fire Department began providing career opportunities for women as Paramedics in 1978 (in what was then a separate career track) and for women as Firefighters in 1983.

The two career-paths were combined in the 1990's and there are now nearly 100 women members of the LAFD holding uniformed positions ranging from Firefighter and Firefighter/Paramedic to Apparatus Operator, Engineer, Investigator, Inspector, Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief.

Still more women hold key positions in LAFD Bureaus that oversee our Administration, Operations, Administrative Services, Emergency Services, Fire Prevention & Public Safety, Training & Risk Management and Support Services.

...and what of the LAFD's future?

You can help us share word of our need to hire, retain and empower a truly capable and dynamic workforce. Detailed information about the demands and rewards of an LAFD career - and how any motivated man or woman can start the process, are available year-round by calling 213-473-9060 or visiting the LAFD Recruitment website at:

JoinLAFD.org

If you'd like to know more about women working in our vocation:

i-women.org


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

South Los Angeles Inferno Takes Two Lives

Sunday, March 04, 2012 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - One woman died and firefighters later recovered the remains of another person, from the aftermath of an arson blaze that took place Friday morning at 1026 East Vernon Avenue in South Los Angeles.

The fire was reported at 5:51 AM on Friday, March 2, 2012, bringing the swift response of 67 Los Angeles Firefighters, who discovered well-entrenched flames throughout an abandoned and apparently secured 50' x 50' one-story residential-business conversion.


Despite fire-induced physical compromise of the clearly vandalized wood-frame and stucco structure that included a basement, the report of one or more persons trapped inside led LAFD crews to relentlessly search the flame-filled premises, with firefighters quickly discovering, rescuing and providing care to a critically injured woman - who later died at an area hospital.

The fire was extinguished in just 32 minutes.

Despite credible reports that a second person seen earlier with the woman had fled prior to the Fire Department's arrival, the LAFD immediately deployed a specially trained cadaver search dog and handler to scour remnants of the building, which was destroyed by the fast-moving fire.

Returning to the debris-filled scene in the two days that followed, neighborhood firefighters were able to uncover evidence of human remains on Sunday morning. They then devoted themselves to working alongside Coroner's officials and Investigators in seeing that the victim was removed and handled with the utmost of dignity and respect.

No other injuries were reported.

A positive identification of the deceased - to include their age and gender, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of their deaths will be determined by the County of Los Angeles Department of Coroner.

LAFD Investigators, who enlisted the aid of an accelerant detecting canine, determined the fire to be a deliberate act. Monetary loss from the fire has yet to be tabulated.

Those with information regarding this double-fatality blaze are encouraged to contact the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 893-9800.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Rescue Female Trapped in Burning Van Nuys Apartment

Saturday, March 03, 2012 |

VAN NUYS - Just before 5:00 AM on Saturday March, 3rd, 2012, Los Angeles Firefighters rescued a 19 year-old female trapped in a bathroom, inside her burning apartment.

Firefighters rushed with lights and sirens to 15440 West Sherman Way, where they found a large three-story apartment building with smoke beginning to pour out from one unit on the second floor.

Meanwhile a young college student, who described herself as a, "deep sleeper", curtly awoke to the sound of smoke alarms echoing, alerting her of a fire. When she instinctively opened her bedroom door to the living room, she said it was, "ablaze". Using her cell phone, she immediately dialed 9-1-1. The call was received at LAFD's new Metro Fire Communications, where a scared woman was heard stating, "smoke is flooding my bedroom and I can't get out!" After determining her address, where she was inside the residence, and that she was unable to get to a window, the 9-1-1 Firefighter/Dispatcher instructed her to close the door, and get away from the fire. Over the next few minutes, life saving advice was provided.

Unable to escape, it was determined that a bathroom connected to her bedroom was the safest place to find shelter. As heavy black smoke rapidly crept in, she was instructed to place wet towels around the door and in the cracks to diminish it's deadly threat. Shortly thereafter, through sporadic coughing, and smoke stung eyes, she confided in the dispatcher, "Oh my God, I'm terrified". The dispatcher reassured her that firefighters were outside and running to her apartment, then stated, "I'm going to stay on the phone with you until they find you." She was then instructed to place a wet towel over her nose and face to filter smoke and lay flat on the ground to find clean air.
 
Concurrently, firefighters rushing to her aid were notified exactly where the trapped victim was located, expediting her rescue. A "drop bag" operation was swiftly executed to bring hose-lines to the second story. Firefighters then broke through the front door, battled intense flames and performed an immediate search of the 1,000 square-foot apartment, and rescued the woman in a matter of minutes. She stated, "They were wearing masks and had flashlights. It was like a movie."

She was safely rushed outside and compassionately treated by LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics, then transported to Valley Presbyterian Hospital as a precaution. Later that day she was without injury or medical complaint and stated, "I'm so happy to be alive".

Under the command of Battalion Chief Hayden, 75 firefighters fully extinguished the blaze in just 22 minutes. The bulk of the fire was in the living room and kitchen.

The cause of this early morning blaze, is undetermined, possibly electrical in nature. The dollar loss is estimated at $40,000 ($20,000 structure and $15,000 contents).

Due to the amount smoke and fire, the woman would not have survived if it were not for three important things:
 
  1. Functional smoke alarms providing early fire detection, and time to call 9-1-1.
  2. Listening to the 9-1-1 Firefighter/Dispatcher's lifesaving instructions.
  3. The outstanding work of trained Los Angeles firefighters.
This brave young woman's first name is, Blessing.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

South Los Angeles House Fire Injures Woman and Police Officers

Thursday, March 01, 2012 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - A woman was in critical condition Thursday night, after being rescued from her home by Los Angeles Firefighters, in a blaze that also caused injury to two Los Angeles Police Officers.

The fire was reported at 7:24 PM on Thursday, March 1, 2012, bringing 33 members of the Los Angeles Fire Department to battle intense flames within a one-story home at 630 West 76th Street in South Los Angeles.

With a report of persons trapped by the fire, firefighters arrived quickly to find a teenage male who had safely escaped, and two Los Angeles Police Officers with painful though minor burn injuries from attempts to rescue the boy and his yet unfound mother.

According to the teen, his mother had awakened him to the fire, allowing him to escape uninjured through a window, before she - for reasons unknown, reportedly turned toward the seat of the mounting flames, which were initially noted in the front rooms of the home.

As firefighters made a relentless attack on the fire, their colleagues began a rapid yet systematic search of the heat and smoke-charged 1,000 square-foot home, soon discovering the missing 42 year-old woman unconscious in a bathtub.

LAFD crews swiftly quenched the flames as the critically injured woman, with burns to more than 50% of her body, was carried from the home to an awaiting Fire Department ambulance. Firefighter/Paramedics continued their life-saving care while transporting the woman to California Hospital Medical Center.

The two injured Los Angeles Police Officers sustained first- and second-degree burns to their arms, and were taken by LAFD Ambulance in fair condition to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

No other injuries were reported.

The fire was fully extinguished in just 16 minutes. The presence and functional status of household smoke alarms could not be immediately determined. Though the residence was equipped with window bars and security doors, it was not evident what role - if any - they may have played in hampering the woman's egress. The home was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

Monetary loss from the flames, which severely damaged the home, is still being tabulated. The American Red Cross was summoned to assist the family in recovering from the fire.

The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

'BADGEFIGHTS': Cagefight Benefit to Feature LAFD vs.Santa Ana PD

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Come support your LAFD and other fire and police agencies, as they go to battle in the cage! The 2012 installment of "The Battle of the Shields Cage Combat Grappling Championships" is scheduled for this Friday, March 2, 2012 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. For the first time ever, the evening will feature a four-way match with law enforcement and fire personnel from all over. Seattle Metro Police vs. Bakersfield Police, Santa Ana Fire vs. California Highway Patrol, LA County Fire vs. LAPD and your LAFD will battle the Santa Ana Police. This event is open to the public.


Badgefights, the event's promoter, claims "...the Los Angeles Fire Department is the team to watch, in moving forward! With a full line-up, few teams will prevail against Mike Caro's squad. The LAFD's team is strong, throughout...studs to watch: middleweight Matt Hennessey (2009 Badgefights Champion), light-heavyweight Raphael Davis (World FILA Champion) and heavyweight Terry Tuzzolino (former NCAA Wrestling Champion)."

The "Badgefights Cage Grappling League" was inspired by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Badgefights is owned and operated by sworn members. Badgefights is a philanthropic endeavor, committed to the support of various fallen warrior charities. A portion of the LAFD's ticket sales will benefit the Los Angeles Fireman's Relief Association. For more information on the event, including ticket information and directions please visit:


Tickets sales have been brisk and they are going fast! It is recommended that you purchase your tickets through the Badgefights website and prior to your arrival.

The LAFD thanks all family and friends in advance, for their support.


Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department