Firefighter Injured, Beverly Park Mansion Saved

Saturday, June 30, 2012 |

BEVERLY PARK - A firefighter was injured battling a large mansion fire in a gated Beverly Park community Friday evening, June 29, 2012. Due to firefighters' aggressive and coordinated attack, the vast majority of the multimillion dollar residence was saved.

A 9-1-1 call summoned scores of Los Angeles Firefighters to 50 Beverly Park Way, just West of Coldwater Canyon Drive, between Mulholland Drive and Sunset Boulevard at 6:30 p.m.

First arriving firefighters forced entry through the ground's gates to find moderate smoke pouring from the roof of the two-story French chateau-style mansion. Additional firefighters were immediately requested. Entry was again forced, this time into the 15,480 square-foot residence. Meanwhile, the well entrenched flames were rapidly spreading throughout the attic above.

Fire attack teams quickly deployed hand-lines in an effort to stop the spread throughout the interior, and were assisted by residential fire sprinklers. Simultaneously, roof teams aggressively cut holes on top of the structure to release super heated gases from below, as flames began burning through the roof allowing it to self ventilate. Shortly thereafter, portions of the roof and the ceiling inside collapsed. Additional firefighters directed their efforts to protect contents inside the home from flame, heat, smoke and water damage.

Over 100 Los Angeles Firefighters, along with assistance from Beverly Hills Fire Department, all under the command of Assistant Chief Michael Little, fully extinguished the blaze in just over one hour. Due to the incredible job of firefighters, the flames were confined to the house of origin and the majority of this beautiful home was saved.
Los Angeles Firefighters Save Beverly Park Mansion
A Beverly Hills Firefighter was injured after a beam struck him in the head. He was rapidly treated and transported by LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics and taken to a local hospital in serious but stable condition. No civilians were injured.

Preliminary information of what may have sparked the blaze is an exterior waterproofing operation that utilized a torch by workers. However, a thorough investigation by LAFD Arson Investigators will determine the exact cause. The dollar loss is estimated at $1.25 million ($1 million structure and $250,000 contents).

The mansion was a former home of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump, whom sated to a NBCLA reporter, "...possessions, houses they can be replaced, you know, my heart goes out to the Firefighter that was injured..."

Dispatched Units: E108 E278 T78 E97 E99 E102 E71 E86 H0A H0B BC14 BC10 E60 H1 H3 E90 H6 E288 T88 BC18 BC9 E39 RA78 E58 E239 T39 DC3 E289 T89 SQ21 EM14 RA99 RA97 RA71 EM9 BC17 BC5 RT83 E27 UR88 T27 E227 HR56 BC4 E61 AR2 E94 E292 T92 E237 T37 EA1 T66 E266 T26 E226 T29 E229 E12 E64 T85 E285 E48 SU2 RA59 T26 E226
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Prevent a Nightmare on the 4th of July

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 |

Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings wants you and your family to have a fun and safe 4th of July. The best way to do that is to be prepared and know your local laws.

Some are still surprised to learn that the use or sale of ALL FIREWORKS including so called "safe and sane" have been illegal in the City of Los Angeles since 1942, except at approved fireworks shows of course.

As you can imagine, every 4th of July is one of the busiest days of the year for emergency services, and most calls are for fires and injuries caused by people using illegal fireworks. All too often, firefighters care for painful and disfiguring firecracker injuries that happen to the eyes, hands, head, and face.

Here are four statistics to contemplate...
  1. Almost half of all people injured were children under the age of 15.
  2. According to the United States eye registry, more bystanders are injured by fireworks than by the people who set them off.
  3. Sparklers can heat up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit (that is hot enough to melt gold).
  4. The highest numbers of injuries are firecrackers (26%), rockets (21%), and sparklers (11%). 
Playing with fireworks can hurt your pocketbook and calendar too. Possessing fireworks is a misdemeanor, punishable with a fine of $1,000 and/or one year in jail. In addition, our law enforcement friends remind you of the obvious dangers associated with discharging firearms into the air.

Your LAFD is committed to safety and thus started the Anti-Fireworks campaign in 1982 and participates in an annual joint 4th of July Anti-Fireworks Press Conference, educating and informing citizens, all in an effort to reduce the number of injuries and property loss caused by illegal fireworks.

We need your help: 
  • If you see a fire, call 9-1-1. 
  • Remind others to never experiment with or make their own fireworks.
  • Never let anyone touch or pick up a dud firecracker that is lying on the ground.
Lets not forget about our furry friends. Remember, they have very sensitive hearing and can be stressed or frightened due to noise from fireworks. So, how about keeping your pets indoors with the windows closed and the air conditioner on? Give them the night off and let them enjoy the television or radio, it helps to block some of the noise.

"Prevent a nightmare on the 4th of July. Stay away from playing with fireworks, and play it safe by attending a public fireworks display." - Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Wants to Protect Children from Burns and Scalds


On June 18, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a residence in the Rampart area of Los Angeles where two young children sustained significant burn injuries while in their kitchen.

As you know, young children are at high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Please join the LAFD in taking a moment to survey your kitchen to prevent needless burn injuries from happening to you and your loved ones.
Based on this recent incident we urge you to follow these brief safety tips...
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove or any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or carried.
  • Keep hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges.
  • When young children are present, use the stove's back burners whenever possible.
  • Never hold a child while cooking, drinking, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • Teach children that hot things burn.
  • When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

We Need Blood! Donate and Be 'Taken Out to a Ballgame''


Baseball fans may already be aware: the booster clubs of both the Dodgers and Angels are getting their players into position to help the American Red Cross cope with its first, serious blood-shortage in more than five years.

Well, we want the rest of our Southern California community to know too: our blood supply has dropped to critically low levels!

Both booster clubs are now urging all baseball fans to help save lives by casting votes for their favorite team at the "14th Annual, Angels vs. Dodgers Booster Clubs' Blood Drive." This is an opportunity for the entire community to don their "rally caps", bring their "rally monkies" and join together to help stabilize our blood supply... a great team-win!

Fans, firefighters, friends and families may donate at any of these locations on Saturday, June 30, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Donors will receive a very special, commemorative t-shirt and a voucher for 2 tickets to an Angels or Dodgers home game. Quantities are limited.

To reserve your time on June 30 or to schedule an appointment on another day, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit Be sure to enter "homerun" in the sponsor code space provided. You will also find answers to many frequently asked questions.

Unless generous blood donors step forward soon, blood products will not be available for patients in an emergency or medical crisis. Blood shortages this severe, are rare. The critically-low blood levels we face in hospitals across the country, present a challenge to each of us. Some hospitals have been forced to make terrible choices. In fact, some have begun to postpone surgeries. There are other hospitals where doctors have had to triage patients, to determine those with the greatest blood needs.

Your choice to help replenish the blood supply, may help make their choices easier.

Please join us.

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Initiates Response Mitigation Measures for 405 Freeway Construction

Friday, June 22, 2012 |

WEST LOS ANGELES - On June 22, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is implementing several key response initiatives aimed at maintaining public safety in the West Los Angeles/Sepulveda Pass areas, during the 90-day construction of the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project. These initiatives are an effort to mitigate emergency response issues in the impact area during the construction phase.

405 Freeway Construction Project in Los Angeles. Click to learn more...As anyone who drives in Southern California is aware, the West Los Angeles and Sepulveda Pass areas have experienced significant traffic congestion in an already busy area. This 90-day project includes demolishing and reconstructing eight heavily traveled freeway ramps at Wilshire Boulevard, that are some of the busiest in the country. In addition to these ramp closures, Phase II of the Mulholland Bridge demolition and freeway closure will begin late this summer.

Therefore, the LAFD has implemented the following key response initiatives to ensure public safety in the impact area during the 90-days of construction.

  • To assure optimal response, Fire Department units in eight fire station districts closest to the construction will be permitted, when necessary, to utilize emergency lights and sirens when returning to their coverage area.
  • The LAFD will provide special 24-hour Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance coverage along the Mulholland Drive corridor in Encino Hills. 
  • Los Angeles Fire Department dispatchers will mobilize units for Fire Station coverage along the southern aspect of the Santa Monica Mountain corridor (Brentwood to Pacific Palisades) when normally assigned resources are committed for an extended period.
  • The use of an LAFD Air Ambulance helicopter will be considered when air transport versus ground travel time is in the best interest of the patient.
  • During high hazard days, the LAFD will seek to activate an additional Fire Engine in the Pacific Palisades area.
The intent of these strategic changes is to ensure that the public receives optimal fire and emergency medical service coverage in the West Los Angeles/Sepulveda Pass areas during construction. While there is always risk in emergency driving, by utilizing good judgment and permitting resources to return to their first-in districts, response times may be reduced and the need to move up resources to cover a district may be avoided.
Stuck in Traffic
Staying away from the impact area greatly assisted in the success of past construction, and is encouraged once again. Here are detour maps to help. Also for your convenience, Metro posts closure updates every workday afternoon on Facebook, Twitter or Nixle websites.

As we work together through this, join us in driving safe and please remember when seeing lights and sirens in behind you, pull-to-the-right.

(VIDEO - Wilshire Ramps Reconstruction Explained)

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Dead Body Found While Extinguishing La Tuna Canyon Brush Fire

Thursday, June 21, 2012 |

LA TUNA CANYON - Los Angeles Fire and Police Investigators are seeking the cause of a fire in La Tuna Canyon early Thursday morning, in which a man was found dead.

Just before 3:00 AM scores of firefighters responded to 8300 West La Tuna Canyon Road to find a 20' x 30' area of thick tall brush burning on a steep hillside in La Tuna Canyon Park, an open space preserve overseen by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.

Due to the aggressive attack of first arriving firefighters, under the direction of Battalion Chief Randy Beaty, the flames were quickly extinguished before spreading.

However, during fire attack, firefighters discovered the remains of an adult male burned in the base of a steep ravine near the entrance of the West trail. Beyond medical help, he was declared deceased at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

This incident is under active investigation by LAFD Arson Counter Terrorism Section and LAPD Foothill Division. A positive identification of the deceased man to include his age, as well as the cause, time and manner of his death, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Dispatched Units: E274 T74 E24 E89 T89 E289 E98 T98 E298 E7 DC3 H0C H0D BC12 BC14 BC10 E60 E77 H1 H3 H6 E90 RA74 WT77 RA77 RA77 RA74 AR2 AR12 AR17

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Electrical Fire Strikes South Boyle Heights Metalworking Shop

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 |

SOUTH BOYLE HEIGHTS - A tenacious effort by one hundred firefighters spared the bulk of a South Boyle Heights metalworking shop on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 8:23 PM on June 19, 2012, to find fire through the roof of a 75' x 40' one-story industrial building at 1465 South Lorena Street in South Boyle heights, which housed multiple metalcrafting businesses under a single metal roof supported by wood-frame and stucco walls.

Despite intense flames reaching skyward and threatening adjacent firms, Los Angeles and City of Vernon firefighters worked side-by-side to skilfully confine the greater alarm blaze to the structure of fire origin, preventing it from consuming any more than one-third of the building.

The fire was extinguished in just 45 minutes, and no injuries were reported.

Fire loss has been estimated at $100,000 ($75,000 structure & $25,000 contents). The cause of the blaze was determined to be an electrical issue near an interior power panel.

Dispatched Units: E2 T2 E202 RA2 E9 T9 RA9 E14 EM1 BC1 BC11 E10 E25 E17 E4 E210 T10 DC1 SQ21 E201 T1 EM13 BC2 UR3 T27 E227 E27 RA27 UR88 BC5 RA3 RA803 T3 E203
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Mourns Death of Off-Duty Firefighter Stephenie A. Glas

Saturday, June 16, 2012 |

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a beloved member of our
Los Angeles Fire Department family.

The untimely passing of Firefighter Stephenie A. Glas, occurred last Saturday evening, June 9, 2012, while she was off-duty in Malibu, the community she called home. Glas, age 37, joined the LAFD in August 2005 and was assigned to Fire Station 93 in Tarzana, at the time of her passing.

The public is invited to join the LAFD and the family and friends of Firefighter Stephenie A. Glas, when we gather together to mourn her passing. We kindly ask you to keep Firefighter Glas, her colleagues and loved-ones in your thoughts and prayers.

Public Memorial Service for

LAFD Firefighter Stephenie A. Glas:

DATE:               Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TIME:               10:00 am

LOCATION:      Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
                            17720 Ventura Blvd
                            Encino, CA  91316

INTERMENT:   Private

VIEWING:        Private

                           Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund
                            815 Colorado Blvd, 4th Floor
                            Los Angeles, CA 90041

Submitted by Brian Humphrey and Matt Spence, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD: Westwood Church Fire an Act of Arson

Friday, June 15, 2012 |

WESTWOOD - Firefighters have declared a Friday evening blaze at a Westwood church, to have been an act of arson.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:14 PM on Friday, June 15, 2012 to a reported fire within the Westwood Hills Christian Church located at 10808 Le Conte Avenue in Westwood.

Firefighters swiftly entered the sanctuary of the 61 year-old gothic-style church to find furnishings that had been deliberately set ablaze. Though the non-injury fire was quickly extinguished, the incendiary act caused at least $5,000 of property damage.

LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section Investigators were soon on scene, and in accordance with protocol, activated the regional "House of Worship Arson Task Force", bringing specialists from the Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to join the active LAFD investigation.

"An act of arson in a house of worship is a particularly repugnant crime" said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, who added "the activation of the regional 'House of Worship Arson Task Force' underscores the importance to our community as a whole, in quickly apprehending those responsible."

Investigators are asking those with information about the fire, to contact the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 893-9800.

Dispatched Units: E37 RA37 E71 E59 RA59 E292 T92 E261 T61 EM9 BC9 BC18 E19 T37 E237 AR2 AR10 DC3 AR7 AR17 AR9
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Confines Inferno to North Hills Wholesale Firm

Thursday, June 14, 2012 |

NORTH HILLS - A fast-moving fire was confined to a North Hills merchandising firm on Thursday evening, as firefighters spared nearby businesses and prevented injury.

A steady stream of 9-1-1 calls reported the blaze, beginning at 7:51 PM on Thursday, June 14, 2012, as a large column of smoke arose from the one-story 60' x 150' building at 15748 Arminta Street in North Hills.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find fire through the roof of One on One Trading, an overstock merchandising firm that shared a common wall with other businesses.

Skilfully forcing entry through rolling steel doors into the non-fire sprinklered structure, fire crews encountered an inferno that had consumed much of the wholesale merchandise in the building before burning through the lightweight roof above.

A bold and well coordinated offense by more than sixty Los Angeles Fire Department personnel, held flames within the business of fire origin. The blaze was extinguished in just 24 minutes, and no injuries were reported.

Loss from the fire is still being tabulated, while the cause of the dusk-hour blaze remains under active investigation.

Dispatched Units: T90 E290 RA90 RA81 E239 E39 T39 E103 E7 EM15 BC10 BC15 E100 E90 T88 E288 DC3 E81 E287 E87 T87 E273 T73 RA87 RA39 E88 E275 T75 E102 SQ21 EM17 BC17 UR88 AR1 RA909 E87 T89 E289 E60 E90
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

'Howl at the Moon' Hollywood to Host LAFD Benefit Night


Howl at the Moon - Hollywood at Universal Citywalk is proud to announce a fundraising event to benefit the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Doors Open 7:00PM **
Howl at the Moon - Hollywood
1000 Universal Studios Boulevard
Universal City, CA 91608

Come sing, dance, and howl the night away as versatile and talented musicians perform your favorite songs from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today on pianos, guitars, and more. From Lady Gaga to Billy Joel: you say it, they’ll play it!

Your $5.00 donation at the door will benefit the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

** Howl at the Moon is a 21+ establishment. Seating is on a First Come, First Serve Basis.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation (LAFDF), is a highly regarded 501(c)3 charitable organization overseen by a distinguished Board of Directors. The major source of private financial support for the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAFDF enhances local preparedness and emergency response by funding forward-thinking projects to enhance the capabilities of LAFD personnel in your neighborhood.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

East Valley High School Evacuated After Chemistry Lab Mishap

Monday, June 11, 2012 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - A mishap in a North Hollywood high school chemistry lab caused a temporary campus evacuation and led to four persons being hospitalized.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned by East Valley High School officials at 12:52 PM on Monday, June 11, 2012, to investigate the accidental release of chemical fumes within a third-story science classroom at their 5525 Vineland Avenue campus in North Hollywood.

Fire Department crews responded quickly to help coordinate a calm and orderly evacuation of students and faculty to the school's athletic field, as LAFD Hazardous Materials experts made their way to the chemistry classroom where the incident occurred.

According to witnesses, a teacher was performing a science experiment before a class of 45 students, when a sudden and unanticipated reaction produced noxious fumes. Immediately closing the container and placing it under a ventilation hood in the classroom, the teacher moved the students from the room as a precautionary measure. There was no fire, explosion or obvious injury to those who witnessed the reaction.

Students assembled on the athletic field as firefighters examined the school's gymnasium to assure it safe, before moving evacuees there as respite from the sun of a warm Spring day. The 45 students and teacher from the involved classroom were individually examined at the scene by Fire Department responders, including an emergency physician who serves as the LAFD Medical Director.

Two adults and two students with minor medical complaints were taken to an area hospital by ambulance for further evaluation.

The County of Los Angeles Fire Department Health Hazardous Materials Division, as well as Los Angeles Unified School District officials, will be handling the subsequent investigation.
Dispatched Units: E60 RA860 RA60 E298 T98 E87 E221 T21 SQ21 EM15 BC14 E102 T60 E260 RA52 RA89 EM14 E86 RA78 DC3 E89 E88 E27 E278 T78 BC5 RA35 RA56 MD1 RA9 RA55 EM17
[ photos | slideshow ]

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Porter Ranch Golf Tournament to Honor L.A.'s Bravest

Sunday, June 10, 2012 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society 2012 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Golf Tournament will take place June 18, 2012 at the Porter Valley Country Club in Porter Ranch.

Site of the LAFD Historical Society Celebrity Golf Tournament. Click to learn more...
Porter Valley Country Club
home of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Gof Tournament
Funds raised by your participation will directly benefit the non-profit Society, help launch educational outreach programs for children, and assist in the maintenance of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at the LAFD Museum in Hollywood.

Check-in is from 7:00AM - 8:30AM for a 9:00 AM shotgun start of a tournament you're sure to enjoy and can take pride in supporting. All are welcome. To learn more, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Your Firefighters Are Seeking Lemonade... and Hope

Thursday, June 07, 2012 |

As a rule, members of your Los Angeles Fire Department don't carry much money with them while on duty.

This weekend however, that rule may be bent just a little, as the men and women of LAFD make room to pay for a true passion. We're not talking about steak or chocolate cake - we're talking lemonade. But not just any lemonade...

Alex's Lemonade Stand - National Lemonade Days

During National Lemonade Days 2012, Neighborhood Firefighters in Los Angeles will be on the lookout for an Alex's Lemonade Stand. With our soft spot for kids, especially those battling severe illness, we've been deeply moved by Alex's story, and pledge to do our part in fighting childhood cancer, one cup at a time.

We hope you'll join us in seeking, hosting or donating to an Alex's Lemonade Stand near you!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

'Side Walk CPR' at City Hall Farmer's Market

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 |

As we recognize "National CPR Week" (remember, CPR stands for "Cardio-Pulmonary-Resuscitation"), your Los Angeles Fire Department kicked-it-off by presenting some very helpful information, of which you and everyone you know, should take an interest. If you missed it, we urge you to revisit "'Hands-only CPR' and the 'AED': What are they?" It may truly make a difference in someone's life. And if you believe in statistics, that person may be one of your loved ones! A staggering 88% of cardiac arrests occur in the home.

So we've told you about CPR... now we want to show you! This week, Thursday, June 7, 2012; your LAFD will be at the Downtown Los Angeles Farmers' Market. We have nothing to sell, but we do have something to offer: a hands-on, interactive demonstration of "Hands-only CPR." If you can't make it Downtown to see us, there are several other locations throughout Los Angeles County that will offer similar demonstrations on what is being billed as "Side Walk CPR Day." 

Side Walk CPR Day
Downtown Los Angeles Farmers' Market
City Hall East, South Plaza

Thursday, June 7, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Why Learn Hands-Only CPR?
  • "Sudden Cardiac Arrest" is an electrical problem with the heart, where it stops beating and pumping blood. That causes the brain to shut down and the patient to suddenly collapse. It renders the patient unconscious.
  • Paramedics can often restart the heart using advanced methods– but it may take a few minutes for them to arrive on-scene. That time is critical!
  • "Hands-only CPR" can keep the heart and brain alive until Paramedics takes over, by keeping the blood circulating. Oxygen remains in that blood.
  • Mouth-to-mouth breathing is not necessary.
Please plan to stop by and learn more. Be sure to visit the LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics who will be on-hand to demonstrate and answer any questions.

While you are Downtown, make a day of it and plan to join the LAFD at our 15th Annual "HOPE for Firefighters" event taking place only a few blocks away!

Submitted by Matt Spence
Spokesman, Los Angeles Fire Department

'Hands-only CPR' and the 'AED': What are they?

Sunday, June 03, 2012 |

They are what to do until professional help arrives. By allowing us to explain, you can help kick-off National CPR Week.

Did you know? Every uniformed member of the Los Angeles Fire Department is trained, not only in the proper administration of CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), but also in the use of the AED (Automatic External Defibrillator). That's right, every member. That is a great thing and something we hope you find comforting.

Did you also know? Not only is it possible, but it is easy for you to achieve that very same level of training. Yes, YOU have the ability to save someone's life. Interested in learning how? We thought so. Please read on...

Here are a few statistics:
  • 70% percent of Americans feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency. The fact is, you need to know it.
  • A staggering 88% of cardiac arrests occur in the home. Need we say more? 
Most of us probably have friends and/or family that may not be in the best of health. Perhaps you have little ones at home. Maybe you frequent social gatherings. All are reasons to become intimately familiar with the American Heart Association's (AHA) approved method of CPR and learn how to perform it. Here is the is actually much easier than you think! It's called "Hands-only CPR."

Now, let's just say you are witness to a cardiac arrest and then, are fortunate enough to be close-by a wall-mounted AED (again...Automatic External Defibrillator). By doing so, you have put yourself in a position to truly help. Have someone grab that AED! The AED is a device that externally shocks the human heart out of a potentially fatal cardiac (heart) rhythm, allowing a normal rhythm to resume. It sounds complicated, but the AED was designed with three things in mind: 1) ease of use 2) safety and 3) reliability. It actually provides audio instruction and literally tells you what to do.

In recent years, the LAFD has embarked upon a promising program to bring AEDs to many public facilities throughout the City of Los Angeles. This Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) Program has the backing of medical leaders, including the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. You might be surprised by how many AEDs are readily available for use... by anyone! Take note, next time you are out and about.

We hope you find this information helpful. Moreover, we hope you find it inspiring! Don't be part of the majority...don't be afraid to act! As our friends at the American Heart Association say "Don't be a bystander. Be a life saver."

Want more? Then go here to find a CPR class near you!

Thank you for caring enough to take action.

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Grand Opening of LAFD Fire Station 82 in Hollywood

Friday, June 01, 2012 |

Architect Rendering of New LAFD Fire Station 82 in Hollywood

The Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcomes you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief Brian Cummings, at the formal dedication and public grand opening of New LAFD Fire Station 82 in Hollywood:

Saturday, June 2, 2012
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
New Fire Station 82
5769 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

We're pleased to offer an interactive map that offers driving, transit, cycling and walking directions to this new facility, now actively serving Hollywood and the Hollywood Hills.

Following Saturday's dedication ceremony, there will be food and entertainment, static displays of fire and rescue equipment, as well as a chance to tour one of Southern California's newest Fire Stations. All members of the community are welcome at this family-themed public event.

A Brief History of Former Fire Station 82...

Established in the midst of World War II and housed in the distant, overcrowded quarters of LAFD's historic Fire Station 27 for its first 7 years, Engine Company 82 came to serve the rising population and industry in east Hollywood during the Truman presidency, as residents and City leaders scrambled to construct a neighborhood station for the crew at 1800 North Bronson Avenue.

Current LAFD Station 82 built in 1951
Former LAFD Station 82 (1951-2012)
Opened on March 2, 1951 adjacent to the "Cahuenga Parkway" that would become the well known Hollywood (US 101) Freeway in 1954, the 7,145 square-foot single-bay Fire Station soon became an integral part of a largely residential community that, like the LAFD, evolved greatly in the more than six decades to follow.

Those assigned to the the 61-year-old former Fire Station became notably hampered over time by electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems that limited efficient operations. Equally foreboding for workers and visitors alike were critical deficiencies in seismic safety, climate control, ADA compliance, gender equity features and visitor parking.

LAFD Station 82 crew circa 1964. Photo from Bob Foster collection courtesy of LAFIRE.COM - Click to learn more...
LAFD Station 82 crew circa 1964.
What will long be remembered about the old station however, will be the perplexed look of neighbors, as crews at the single-bay Fire Station scrambled to move vehicles when an emergency response called for only the Engine Company or the Paramedic Ambulance - merely to see the process reversed and repeated as the crews returned and were again dispatched to emergencies.

Because the property beneath former Station 82 was too small to fully support a new or revamped Fire Station, Proposition F of November 2000 has brought the community a new and unique facility.

Today's Fire Station 82...

The four Firefighters and two Firefighter/Paramedics working each day at New Fire Station 82, continue to serve a diverse and demanding district of nearly 2 square miles, featuring high density residential and commercial properties, a busy freeway and subway corridor, television studios, entertainment venues, tourist sites and a portion of massive Griffith Park containing the iconic "Hollywood" sign.

Were this not enough, the station crew also bears primary responsibility for protecting hundreds of homes constructed in rugged terrain surrounded by volatile vegetation.

A safe, appealing and energy efficient facility, New Fire Station 82 features underground parking, a "green" roof and three-story construction, making it unique among Los Angeles Fire Stations. In a cost and space-saving measure benefitting the community and Department, several regional components of New Fire Station 82 - such as a multipurpose room and areas designed for efficient maintenance and rapid deployment of reserve apparatus, are now being constructed in a nearly 6,000 square-foot, two-story annex under construction on the site of the former station on Bronson Avenue.

Concept of New LAFD Fire Station 82 Annex under construction.
With drive-through apparatus bays that will preclude a need to shuffle vehicles at the time of an alarm, and countless other features designed for efficiency in the digital age, New Fire Station 82 promises to meet neighborhood needs - and those of a modern LAFD workforce - for many decades to come.

We encourage you to learn more about new Fire Station 82 and the many Fire Department facilities modernized by Proposition F by viewing a highly detailed on-line Monthly Progress Report.

..and most importantly, we look forward to seeing you this Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Hollywood for the Grand Opening of New LAFD Fire Station 82!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department