LAFD Mourns Passing of Active Duty Fire Inspector Jerald L. Coates

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 |

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a highly respected member of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Fire Inspector Jerald Lewis Coates left us suddenly on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012, while off-duty and in the comfort of his own home. He was an active-duty, 25-year veteran of the Department, having been appointed to the LAFD in 1987.

LAFD Inspector Jerald L. Coates (1953-2012)
LAFD Inspector Jerald L. Coates
(1953-2012)
In his nearly three decades of service to the people of Los Angeles, the 59 year-old Coates held a variety of demanding assignments.

In 2001, following 14 years of distinguished service at the rank of Firefighter, he promoted to Inspector. Within the Fire Prevention Bureau, he expertly addressed the special permitting and hazards of underground tanks, before being assigned to the Brush Clearance Unit in 2010.

As a member of this small team of 13 inspectors, Coates helped supervise brush clearance issues among nearly 180,000 targeted parcels citywide. Jerald enjoyed educating the community about the dangers of wildfire, and was routinely lauded by residents for his fair handling of difficult situations. By all accounts, he took great pride in personalized public service.

We kindly ask you to keep Inspector Jerald L. Coates and his loved-ones in your thoughts and prayers. He is survived by his longtime life partner, Donailah and his 25 year-old son, Ryan.

The public is invited to join the LAFD and the family and friends of
Inspector Jerald L. Coates, as we together mourn his passing.

Public Memorial Service for
LAFD Inspector Jerald L. Coates:

DATE:               Friday, June 1, 2012

TIME:               10:00 am

LOCATION:     Divine Saviour Catholic Church
                            610 Cypress Avenue
                            Los Angeles, CA 90065

INTERMENT:   Private

VIEWING:         Private

DONATIONS:  IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, A DONATION IS WELCOME:
                           Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund
                            815 Colorado Blvd, 4th Floor
                            Los Angeles, CA 90041


Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD: Make This Memorial Day One To Remember

Sunday, May 27, 2012 |

The Stars and StripesChances are that like most patriotic Americans, you've taken a moment each Memorial Day to pause and remember.

It is equally likely on the day that follows, that you read descriptions of dignified and stirring public ceremonies attended by others, only to say "one of these years".


Well, the day is tomorrow - and the time for you to make that decision is now!

For those in Southern California...

Please join active and retired members of the Los Angeles Fire Department and their families, as we gather Monday at California's largest Memorial Day Observance, which begins promptly at 10:00AM at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes.

For those in other parts of Our Nation...

We encourage you to visit a local Veteran's Cemetery, where many ceremonies are planned.

For All Americans...

As Los Angeles Firefighters, we were deeply disturbed by a poll revealing that few Americans knew the meaning of Memorial Day.

We therefore encourage every American to learn the history of Memorial Day, and to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance, in which every American is asked to devote just one minute of silence at 3:00 PM (their local time) this Monday, in a national act of unity to recognize those who have died for our freedom.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Rescues Stuck Horse Near Hansen Dam

Saturday, May 26, 2012 |

LAKE VIEW TERRACE - Los Angeles Firefighters safely rescued a horse that was stuck in water and mud near Hansen Dam Aquatic Center.

At 5 p.m. a swift and carefully coordinated rescue ensued near 11798 Foothill Boulevard, where a large horse was in water with half of its body covered, and unable to exit on his own due to three of his legs being stuck in the mud below.

Los Angeles Firefighters Pull Stuck Horse Out of Water

Over 40 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Jack Wise, worked from the ground and air to rescue the animal, approximately 10 of which entered the water, concentrating efforts on  keeping the horse's head above water during the rescue operation. Firefighters utilized 4x4 vehicles, carriers, back boards that float, and two-line rope systems. The Dart Team, a unique group including a veterinarian, responded tremendously fast and tranquilized the horse with a sedative while firefighters used manpower and rope systems to safely bring him to the shoreline. Then in a coordinated effort, a harness was placed around the weakened horse, and a LAFD helicopter lifted the him to dry land at a near by baseball field.

Recent rains beautify many areas of Los Angeles, but firefighters warn people not to ride horses in areas you can't walk. River beds become especially wet, and there are unforeseen hazards lurking under the water. Just six inches of water is enough to knock a person off their feet.

Animal rescues not only save the animal in danger but stops owners and bystanders from endangering themselves in a feudal effort to save the animal.

Chief Wise stated, "Not only did our firefighters do an outstanding job, but we want to thank the  LA City Lifeguards from the Aquatic Center, General Services Police and others that assisted prior to our arrival."

Dispatched Units: E298 T98 RH114 BC12 RA898 UR88 HR56 E91 T75 E275 T90 E290 RA91 BP98 BP74 H2 H1 T88 E288 RA909 TP3 DZ12 DT2

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Offers Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

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The 2012 version of Memorial Day is upon us. For many, it represents the first days of Summer. With that, comes: first exposure (or maybe just over-exposure) to the sun, first cook-outs or BBQs on the grill (or over-exposure to the grill..yes, too much to eat) and the first time back into the refreshing waters of the ocean or pool.  

You may spend the Holiday Weekend at home with your family or a small group. You may opt to travel by air, road or rail and spend it with the masses or perhaps with a huge group that just happens to resemble your family. However you choose to spend it, please take a look at a few safety tips that may ensure a long and very pleasant Memorial Day Weekend... despite those distant relatives that all decided to visit from the East Coast. (Of course we're kidding!) 

These Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips are provided with help from our friends at the County of Los Angeles Public Health and a few of our own, we thought were worth mentioning:

  • Cook, grill or BBQ intelligently. Use clean plates, store food properly and prepare it correctly.
  • Avoid prolonged sun exposure and sun damage. Wear sunscreen. Apply it generously and often.
  • Be aware of changing weather conditions. Find or tune into a news source.
  • Be aware of changing traffic conditions, road closures and other delays.
  • Pool safely and always have someone watching the water.
  • If you take to the mountains for some hiking or biking, don't go alone. Hike/bike during daylight hours. Hydrate and pack a snack. Don't underestimate the terrain. And if you have one, take a mobile phone with you and make sure it's charged.
  • If you choose to imbibe, don't drink and drive! We all know the sobering statistics. Appoint a designated driver, use a designated driver service (there are many) or call a cab.

Enjoy the weekend. Enjoy family and friends. Enjoy foods and libations (in moderation.) And enjoy the freedom and liberty that was made possible by those the men and women who served and do serve in the United States Armed Forces. Please take pause, if only for a moment, and give thanks to those who have had the courage to enlist, shown the strength and commitment to serve and to those who gave it all. This weekend especially, we remember!

The LAFD will provide more on Memorial Day remembrance, tomorrow, in another post. Until then, may God Bless the United States of America.
 

Submitted by, Matt Spence Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

VIDEO: Dog Bites Can of Spray Paint - and Kitchen Explodes in Flames

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 |

Your Los Angeles Fire Department has talked frequently of the dangers associated with household cleaning supplies and home improvement chemicals. And the danger isn't limited to humans.

While filming the premiere episode of Pet Sense, Yogi the "cleaning-supply-hating" Corgi bit into a spray can, which led to an explosive kitchen fire captured on video:


We're pleased to say the 8 year-old pet, humans and Los Angeles household survived the interaction between flammable paint fumes and a kitchen ignition source. Yogi's owner Hali Hudson explains more in a thought-provoking interview video that followed the fire:


Yes, commom supplies kept in your cabinets can easily poison a member of your household or ignite an inferno. An active pet or child - or the light shaking of an earthquake, may be all it takes to cause a spill or mixture that creates a witches' brew right under your kitchen sink.

We encourage you to get busy on abating these hazards in your home, before a two- or four-legged member of your family causes what you thought impossible.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Challenge Your Teen With The "Distracted Driving Design"

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department along with the Los Angeles Police Department agree that distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.


Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. When it comes to distracted driving, young people are among the most likely to text and talk behind the wheel. That’s why Distraction.gov is inviting high school students to help spread the word on distracted driving by asking them to design a creative icon that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networking sites.

They are looking for icons that send a clear message: Cell phones and driving don’t mix. The selected design will also be featured on Distraction.gov as part of the official DOT campaign against distracted driving. So, Click here to join us in this fun way to kick distracted driving to the curb. Remember, one call or text can wreck it all!

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

This is National EMS Week...

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Many are surprised to learn the Los Angeles Fire Department commenced ambulance service in 1927. In the decades that have followed, the LAFD has remained a proud provider of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across what is now a 471 square mile jurisdiction and home to nearly 4 million residents.

National Emergency Medical Services Week

National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 20-26, 2012 is not only an opportunity to affirm our long-standing commitment to EMS, but more importantly to applaud the less visible members of a national EMS system that seek to assure the comfort, recovery and survival of all who turn to them when afflicted with sudden illness or injury.

This week, we proudly recognize the around-the-clock devotion of 9-1-1 dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, physicians, hospital technicians and support staff who work alongside us in a noble pursuit.

It is our hope that you will join us this week in reaching out to the providers of EMS in your community, not only to say thank you, but to allow them an ability to better understand your needs and concerns related to emergency health care.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Say: You Always Need to Wear It

Monday, May 21, 2012 |

With summer almost here, families and friends are understandably eager to get outdoors and spend time on the water – boating, fishing, sailing and more. Despite their rush, the Los Angeles Fire Department is asking you to stand up for safety by insisting that everyone in your boat is wearing a life jacket at all times.

May 19-25, 2012 is National Safe Boating Week, and with more than 500 Americans dying each year from recreational boating accidents, this special week allows us to highlight the importance of wearing a vest - and assuring others do the same.

And in case you wondered... we're also talking about rafts, canoes, paddleboards, innertubes and personal watercraft. Life jackets are no longer the hot, bulky orange vests you see in old movies. Today's life jackets are small, sleek, stylish - and more comfortable than you imagine.

Of course, wearing a life jacket doesn't absolve you of obeying the nautical 'Rules of the Road' - or from the dangers of being impaired while operating a watercraft.

Before you hook the trailer to your tow vehicle, be sure to get your loved ones of all ages in tow to purchase well-fitting and affordable life jackets, and most importantly, to think safety on the water!

Because the only thing worse than hearing "man overboard"... is responding to that plea and not seeing anyone on the horizon.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Shares 'Bike To Work Week' Safety Tips

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 |

With this being 'Bike To Work Week', the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department ask motorists to Share the Road with bicyclists today and every day.

We are pleased to share a list of safety tips from the League of American Bicyclists as well as a video and information on safely sharing the road from our partners in safety at AAA.



...and for all cyclists and motorists, when you see emergency vehicles with lights and sirens activated, please...

MAKE THE RIGHT MOVE!


(Recent Video - Bicyclist Falls Into Open Manhole)

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

What if You Could Write the New Fire Code?

Monday, May 14, 2012 |


Well, here is your chance to at least provide some input. The Los Angeles Fire Department has recently finished its development of a proposed, new “Los Angeles Fire Code”. This code was written to be less complicated for all users and also be more consistent with both the International Fire Code (IFC) and the California Fire Code (CFC).


But as stakeholders within the community... we need your input!

The LAFD would like to invite you to participate in this process by reviewing these proposed changes and providing your opinion. To do so, or to simply to obtain more details, please visit this link and follow the instructions:
Any questions regarding this process, should be directed to Captain Scott L. Miller in our Fire Prevention Bureau at 818.778.4939. If you so desire, Captain Miller may also be faxed: 818.778.4911.
The comment period will be open until June 11, 2012.

We kindly ask for and encourage strong participation in this worthwhile endeavor. And we "thank you" in advance.

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Broken Water Main Floods Streets of Venice Canal District

Friday, May 11, 2012 |

VENICE- A water main break near the historic canal district, threatened several residential blocks with severe water damage today, before fire and water officials were able to stabilize the incident. No one was injured.

Just after 1:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department was dispatched to the 200 block of Carroll Canal for a reported "Flooding". They were met by representatives from the Department of Water and Power (DWP), who were already working diligently to shut-down a broken 6 inch water main. This particular water main was less than 20 years-old, having been installed in 1993.



With rising waters now running down the middle of the street, additional resources were called to assist with first, diverting the water and then, the de-watering operations that would ultimately ensue. 55 Firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Michael Bowman, worked together to prevent thousands of gallons of water from damaging the 200, 300 and 400 blocks between Carroll Canal and South Venice Boulevard.

For nearly two hours, the LAFD continued de-watering operations, utilizing various technical appliances. DWP successfully shut down the main, water levels stabilized and then finally began to retreat. As a precaution, electrical power to the immediate area was also temporarily shut.

While dozens of occupancies were spared, there were two structures that unfortunately did sustain "significant damage". Dollar loss estimates were not yet available. No injuries were reported and no residents were displaced.

The cause of the break is being actively investigated by DWP. Additionally, clean-up work continues by DWP, as do their efforts to safely restore both utilities to the affected area.

Dispatched Units:
E67 E205 T5 E62 E292 T92 BC4 E63 T63 E263 E269 E5 E295
T95 E235 T35 DC1 E237 T37 BC9 DP1 HE1 HE2 RA909


Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man Dies When Trench Collapses in Beverly Hills

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BEVERLY HILLS - Despite the rapid response of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Firefighters to a residential construction site in Benedict Canyon, a worker died Thursday after becoming entombed beneath tons of soil when the trench he was in collapsed.

The 9-1-1 call from coworkers came to the Los Angeles Fire Department at 3:34 PM on Thursday, May 10, 2012, bringing the swift and coordinated response of scores of rescuers to 1265 Benedict Canyon Drive at the border of the two cities.

Though the unwitnessed collapse of the backyard excavation may have happened as many as twenty minutes prior to being discovered, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Firefighters worked side-by-side with vigor and focus to stabilize the scene and effect rescue, as the Los Angeles Fire Department's municipal Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) units rushed to the scene.

After many minutes of skilfull teamwork attempting to expose the buried man, his situation was deemed incompatible with life, and a sullen transition was made to recovery operations that would continue into the next day. It was at this time that a survey of the address determined the incident to be within the City of Beverly Hills.

In full support and subordinate to the Beverly Hills Fire and Police Departments, the LAFD assigned dozens of personnel, including USAR specialists, who labored throughout the night to assure the safe and dignified recovery of the man's remains from the reportedly eight foot deep trench.

A positive identification of the deceased man, to include the cause, time and manner of his death will be determined by the Coroner's office. Questions regarding the presence, need or man's use of safety equipment and approved worksite procedures remain within the purview of Cal/OSHA Investigators.

Further information regarding the incident - including the considerable efforts of BHFD responders, must be obtained from Beverly Hills authorities, who maintain command of such personnel and jurisdictional authority of the incident location.

Dispatched LAFD Units: E99 RA99 E58 E292 T92 HR56 EM14 BC9 T88 E288 UR88 RA88 T89 E289 BC10 E61 E88 UR89 T27 E227 E27 RA27 RA827 BC5 UR27 DC3 AR7 LO1 RA890 BC731 E3 T3 E203 UR3 E89 T89 E289 RA89 RA3 RA803

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Arson Section Makes Arrest & Shares Suspects' Photos

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 |

On June 17, 2010 the Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship title at the Staples Center. A large celebratory crowd gathered outside the complex. Individuals began acts of vandalism and arson, which included the burning of a taxicab. Information and evidence provided by spectators in the crowd, enabled the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section to identify and subsequently arrest one of the suspects in this case. This suspect has been identified as Darren Cooper. He has been charged with one count of arson to property in the burning of a taxicab.

The Los Angeles Fire Department held a press conference, Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 9:00 AM at Staples Center, regarding this arrest and asked for the public’s help in identifying five additional suspects.


If you are able to identify anyone in this video, call LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Investigators at (213) 893-9800. 



Darren Cooper
Suspect #4
Suspect #4

Suspect #1


Suspect #5
Suspect #5

Suspect #3
Suspect #3


Suspect #2
Suspect #2


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters: Help Us Prevent Youth Firesetting

Monday, May 07, 2012 |

National Arson Awareness Week. Click to learn more...

May 6-12, 2012 is Arson Awareness Week in the United States, with a focus to "Prevent Youth Firesetting" - and for good reason.

Nationwide between 2005 - 2009, "fires started by children playing" accounted for a staggering yearly average of:

  • 56,300 fires
  • 110 civilian deaths
  • 880 civilian injuries
  • $286 million in direct property damage.
In 2010, according to the FBI, 40% of arson arrests were juveniles with 47.6% of those children under 16 years of age.

Parents need to teach young children that fire is a tool, not a toy. Matches and lighters must be kept far out of reach, ideally in a high, locked cabinet. Along with providing constant supervision, adults and caregivers must offer positive examples whenever using fire and fire-starting tools.

Learn more about protecting your family and community from youth firesetting at:

usfa.fema.gov


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

8 Injured When 3 Vehicles Crash in South L.A.

Sunday, May 06, 2012 |

CRENSHAW CORRIDOR - On a quiet Sunday afternoon, residents were abruptly startled by sounds of three vehicles colliding at King Blvd, just East of Crenshaw Blvd. Los Angeles Firefighters rapidly treated and transported eight patients, five of which suffered serious injuries.

Summoned by numerous 9-1-1 calls, at 4:19 PM on, May 6, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department swiftly dispatched 54 personnel, under the command of Battalion Chief Alicia Welch, to safely manage the scene on the 3500 block of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, where two sedans and one SUV crashed. Fortunately no victims were trapped or required extrication with hydraulic prying tools.

The injured patients, ranging from 16 years-old to 57 years-old, were taken to strategic regional hospitals in a fleet of LAFD ambulances. The incident, including the cause and the surrounding circumstances, remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Dispatched Units: RA894 E94 RA34 RA94 T94 E294 RA34 RA866 RA826 EM11 EM1 EM9 BC18 RA66 RA68 EM1 EM9 RA26 RA14

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Harbor Freeway Collision Sends Seven to Hospital

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HARBOR GATEWAY - A single vehicle collision brought pre-dawn traffic to a standstill on the northbound Harbor (SR-110) Freeway in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles early Sunday morning, as Fire Department crews treated seven patients, five of them with critical injuries.

Summoned by California Highway Patrol dispatchers at 3:32 AM on Sunday, May 6, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department swiftly dispatched 39 personnel to safely manage the scene just north of El Segundo Boulevard, where a car collided forcefully with a concrete freeway median before overturning.

Five of the injured were readily removed by firefighters from the mangled sedan, though two remained badly trapped, requiring rescuers to skilfully disentangle them from the wreckage with hydraulic prying tools.

The serious to critically injured, described as 3 men and 4 women in their twenties, were taken to regional hospitals in a fleet of LAFD ambulances. The incident remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.

Dispatched Units: E64 E79 RA79 E264 T64 BC13 RA264 RA64 EM13 RA57 E57 RA65 RA33 RA865 RA866
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Attack Downtown Blaze

Friday, May 04, 2012 |

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - A large fire broke out today in a one-story commercial building in downtown L.A. Over 100 Firefighters extinguished the blaze before anyone was hurt.

Image courtesy KTLA-TV. Used with permission.
Flames Race Through Downtown L.A. BusinessJust after 1:30 p.m. Firefighters arrived at 1221 Hope Street to find heavy smoke pouring out of a 150' x 75' pre-1933 structure.

Firefighters rapidly forced entry and made their way through dark, smoky conditions, bringing hose-lines to the seat of the fire. Truck Companies simultaneously performed strategic vertical ventilation with chainsaws on the roof.

Due to the aggressive attack of Los Angeles Firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Gutierrez, the flames were extinguished in just 34 minutes.

The front portion of this 7,000 square-foot building was filled with artwork by Terrell Moore, the rear portion had a plant growing operation.
Flames Race Through Downtown L.A. Business
The dollar loss is estimated at $300,000 ($200,000 structure and $100,000 contents). The cause of this Greater Alarm fire is under active investigation.

Dispatched Units: E210 E10 T10 E9 T9 RA209 E3 RA803 SQ21 EM18 BC13 BC1 E15 RA810 DC1 E13 E215 T15 E4 E226 T26 EM1 BC11 T27 E227 E27 RA27 UR88 BC5 E11 T11 E211 BC18 BC2 MD1 EA1 RA13 RA15 RA4 EM11 RT40 AR7 AR2 SU1

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Ruptured Gas Line at USC Campus Injures Worker

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SOUTH LOS ANGELES - On Friday, May 4th, 2012, an independent construction firm employee suffered minor burns after a one-inch gas line broke and ignited outside the track stadium at USC.
Image courtesy KTLA-TV. Used with permission.
Just before 8 a.m. Firefighters arrived to 3470 South McClintock Avenue, to find a continuous flame erupting from the ground, over 10 feet in the air between Katherine B. Loker Stadium and Cromwell Field on the North end of USC campus.

A total of 27 firefighters, including LAFD's Hazardous material team, quickly surrounded the area, evacuated nearby individuals as a precaution, and strategically sprayed hose-lines, creating a “water curtain” around the perpetual flame to protect the nearby brick stadium wall.

Battalion Chief Mathis instituted a Unified Command, and worked in concert with Southern California Gas repair crews, and USC Public Safety teams. Gas to the broken line, which feeds the track stadium, was successfully shut off around 9:30 a.m.

One adult male, a construction worker who reportedly broke the line, was treated at the scene for minor burns but was not transported to a hospital.

The LAFD along with the Southern California Gas Company remind you that whether you’re planning to build a major development or just landscaping your yard, protect your safety and the safety of those around you by calling Underground Service Alert at 8-1-1, at least two business days prior to excavating.

Dispatched Units: E215 E15 T15 BC11 SQ21 RA15 RA13 DC1 E13
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Warmly Welcomes Commissioner Alan J. Skobin

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Newly Appointed LAFD Fire Commissioner Skobin Signing-inThe Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is overseen by a five-person civilian board appointed by the Mayor and affirmed by the City Council. Pursuant of the City Charter, this diverse and qualified group establishes goals and provides direction to the Department through Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings.

Today, Friday, May 4, 2012, the LAFD is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alan J. Skobin to the Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners. Commissioner Skobin is a long time resident of the San Fernando Valley. He has a record of community and civic service that spans more than forty years. Commissioner Skobin served the maximum two terms permitted with the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, where his efforts as a Police Commissioner made a significant and positive impact throughout many communities. His achievements have been recognized with commendations and awards from every level of government, including City, County, State and Federal.

Alan J. Skobin Appointed to LAFD Fire CommissionThe Los Angeles Fire Department would like to welcome him and looks forward to him joining President Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Vice President Casimiro Tolentino, Commissioners Andrew Friedman and Jill Furillo. His unique perspective will only enhance and benefit the existing talent that already comprises the outstanding Los Angeles Board of Fire Commissioners.

The Fire Commission generally holds its public meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM in Room 1820 of City Hall East. Commissioners encourage you to review their reports as well as the minutes of recent meetings. They also welcome your active participation in the agenda of their next scheduled gathering.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department