LAFD Receives Prestigious Pro Patria Award

Friday, August 31, 2012 |

LOS ANGELES - On August 30, 2012 the Los Angeles Fire Department proudly received the prestigious Pro Patria Award from the California Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (CAESGR).

2012 LAFD Pro Patria Award Luncheon
Los Angeles City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti (L) and Dennis Zine (R)
join Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings at the Pro Patria Award Luncheon
The award luncheon was held at the former Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center that now serves as the Fire Department's Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center.

The Pro Patria Award is presented annually by each Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve Committee to the one employer in their state or territory who has provided the most exceptional support of our national defense through leadership practices and personnel policies that support their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

In addition to those featured in the video above, more than 25 LAFD members both sworn and civilian also received awards, such as the Seven Seals Award, the Above and Beyond Award, and the Patriot Award at the well-attended ceremony.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Car Hits 11 Pedestrians, LAFD Treats the Wounded

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - A car driven by an elderly man struck a group of elementary school children in South Los Angeles on Wednesday, August 29, 2012, injuring nine kids and two adults.

Firefighters arrived in three minutes to the accident in front of Main Street Elementary School at 53rd street and Main street. The time was about 2:30 p.m., just after classes let out.

A total of 71 Los Angeles Firefighters, all under the command of Assistant Chief Robert Franco, ensured no children were pinned or required extrication from the vehicle, then performed a rapid trauma assessment from head to toe on every patient to determine severity.  Firefighter Paramedics then communicated with various local hospitals and transported 11 victims, four of which were seriously injured children. Fortunately, all are stable and expected to survive.

The driver of the vehicle did not appear to be injured and claims he turns 101-years-old next month. He stated to the media that he was backing out of the parking lot of a supermarket when his brakes failed. The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation by LAPD.

This month there have been a series of tragic traffic collisions, and your LAFD is encouraging all to use a little extra caution while driving and remain alert to your surroundings.
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Neighbor's Gas Leak Leads to Explosion in West L.A. Condominium

Monday, August 27, 2012 |

WEST LOS ANGELES - A leak of natural gas that seeped from one condominium to another late Monday evening in West Los Angeles, is suspected in causing an explosion that rocked the eighteen-unit building, causing a resident to sustain a leg injury.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 10:12PM on August 27, 2012 to 1535 South Granville Avenue, where firefighters arrived quickly to discover evidence of an explosion within an upstairs unit of a two-story condominium building.

Two men inside the damaged unit told firefighters that after cooking, they had smelled natural gas in their kitchen - but were unable to identify the source. Minutes later, after one man left the room, a thunderous but fire-free explosion occurred behind the stove, fully toppling the appliance as well as a refrigerator nearby, and causing significant damage to walls shared by the kitchen and an adjacent room.

Amazingly, the man who had been standing closest to the kitchen, sustained only a laceration to his leg. The man in the adjacent room was uninjured. Both declined offered transportation to the hospital.

After securing the building's utilities and assuring there were no additional patients or hazards, firefighters determined that a natural gas-fed fireplace in the common wall of a unit below, had leaked the volatile product. Seeping upward and collecting in the upstairs wall space, the gas had apparently found a source of ignition.

A Southern California Gas Company representative joined officials from the City's Department of Building & Safety in confirming that hazards were abated before evaluating damage and determining if the building was fit for habitation. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

Dispatched Units: E59 E237 E37 T37 RA37 RA19 BC9 E19 AR2
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Crash Between Los Angeles Transit Vehicles Sends 32 to Hospital


WASHINGTON BOULEVARD CORRIDOR - A collision between a Metro Blue Line train and a Metro Local transit bus south of downtown Los Angeles, sent thirty-two persons to the hospital Monday morning. None of the injuries was believed to be life threatening.

The crash between the passenger-laden mass transit vehicles was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department at 6:58AM on August 27, 2012, bringing a swift and structured response of 119 LAFD personnel to 1900 South San Pedro Street in the Washington Boulevard Corridor.

According to witnesses and transit officials, the Long Beach bound light-rail train was traveling east at-grade in the roadway median, when it collided with a southbound Line 51 bus. The train remained upright and on the tracks, while the bus continued to strike and topple a traffic signal on the southwest corner of San Pedro Street and Washington Boulevard.

No one was trapped in the bus, and there were no reports of injury to pedestrians or nearby motorists. Within moments, Fire Department responders had assembled a triage system that identified 48 persons as in need or desirous of medical evaluation.

Following triage and on-site treatment, a total of thirty-two persons from the bus and train were taken to nine area hospitals by LAFD ambulance. They included 31 men and women who sustained minor injuries and were described as being in good condition, as well as one man who took ill, being described as in fair condition.

The collision is being investigated by Los Angeles Police Department, with assistance of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which provides contract policing services to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a countywide transit agency.
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Help Two Injured in Pacoima Plane Crash

Saturday, August 25, 2012 |

PACOIMA - A small airplane crash near Whiteman Airport on Saturday afternoon, injured two persons aboard, one seriously.

LAFD Rushes to Plane Crash in Pacoima
In response to several 9-1-1 calls just before noon on August 25, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 10725 San Fernando Road in Pacoima, where they discovered a small, fixed wing, single-engine plane with significant front end damage. The two-seater airplane was nestled between two businesses on a block wall and was impaled by a wrought iron fence. The air craft's 65 horsepower engine was completely separated from the fuselage.

Civilians first on scene helped remove one occupant from the plane, and Fire Department personnel quickly aided with removal of the second man, believed to be the pilot.

There was approximately five gallons of fuel in the craft, some of which spilled, however it did not catch fire.

In addition to the fence, two vehicles and an awning of a nearby building were damaged. Fortunately, no one on the ground was injured.

LAFD Handles Pacoima Plane CrashApproximately 25 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Randy Beaty, stopped the fuel leak, stabilized the plane, and provided rapid medical treatment. Two approximate 65 year-old males were injured and transported to a local hospital, one in Serious and one in Fair conditon.

The cause of the crash is undetermined at this time, both the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were notified for a formal investigation.

Dispatched Units: E298 T98 RA98 E60 E275 T75 RA75 E91 HR56 EM14 BC12 UR88 E7 RA7 E287 T87 FT100 DC3 E88 SQ21 BC15 BC14 UR88 EM14


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Battles Stubborn Flames in Massive Construction Debris Pile

Thursday, August 23, 2012 |

SUN VALLEY - More than 120 Los Angeles Firefighters labored in rotating teams for more than 11 hours on Thursday, to fully extinguish a stubborn recycling yard blaze in the northeast San Fernando Valley that sent one firefighter to the hospital.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 4:03AM on August 23, 2012 to the Waste Management recycling facility at 11606 Sheldon Street in Sun Valley, where they discovered a deep-seated blaze in a massive "football-field-sized" construction debris pile being processed for recycling.

Through the initial assistance of an on-site tractor operator, later supplemented by a pair of LAFD operated bulldozers, firefighters spread and doused the pile with water and firefighting foam, containing the blaze in less than five hours and fully extinguishing the flames by 2:00PM.

With smoke hanging low in the sky, and dozens of fire apparatus and fire hose deployed along Sheldon Street, the industrial thoroughfare was closed for nine hours, as LAFD crews completed their battle against seemingly implacable flames.

At the height of the battle, one LAFD Firefighter sustained a significant hand laceration and could not continue duty. He was taken to an area hospital for first care, where he was treated and released.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Two Die Trying to Assist Victims of Valley Village Traffic Collision


VALLEY VILLAGE - Two women who tried to help victims of an auto accident in Valley Village were electrocuted, and six others were injured, after a vehicle struck a fire hydrant and a light standard on August 23, 2012.

An adult male, the single occupant and driver of a white SUV, sheared off a fire hydrant and light standard just before 8:30 p.m. in the 12000 block of Magnolia Boulevard, near Ben Avenue.

Two Die While Helping Victims of Valley Village Traffic AccidentLos Angeles Firefighters arrived to find the SUV stopped on the lawn of a residence. A fire hydrant approximately 10 feet behind it, was shooting water into the sky. The water quickly began to pool. Underneath the vehicle was an old fashioned concrete light standard, leaving behind electrical wires sticking out of the ground. The wires were disguised by darkness, running water, and the commotion of a growing crowd.

Neighbors were startled after hearing the crash and came running out their homes to help. They were met by other concerned citizens whom stopped their cars. Sadly, two of these well intentioned people, stepped into water that was unknowingly energized and were killed. Others followed suit, and were injured.

Fortunately, as firefighters rushed to help the motionless victims on the ground, their keen sense of safety along with warning of bystanders, stopped them stepping into the energized water, and becoming victims themselves. Rather, they quickly utilized rubber gauntlet gloves and a long pike pole to safely remove the victims, then rendered aggressive medical aid. Additional firefighters were immediately requested, and a total of 55 firefighters, all under the command of Battalion Chief Daniel McCarty, assisted in securing the area, shutting down the water flow, and treating the remaining patients.

Two Die While Helping Victims of Valley Village Traffic AccidentAlso, the Department of Water and Power helped shutting down the electrical and water problems, and LAPD's Valley Traffic Division investigated the crash.

A total of eight individuals, ranging from 19 to 57 years-old were injured. Sadly, and despite assiduous treatment by Firefighter/Paramedic's, two were later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Six others suffered minor injuries, one of which declined transport to a hospital. All but the driver were electrically shocked.

This tragic accident touched all our hearts, and in some ways can serve as a warning. Many people, with nothing but the best intentions, were injured and killed while trying to save others. This reminds all who want to help at the scene of an emergency to stay aware of their surroundings and if there is any question as to safety, please wait for trained rescuers to arrive.

Dispatched Units: E260 E60 T60 RA60 E102 RA78 RA86 EM14 BC14 RA102 RA86 E278 T78 RA89 E86 E289 T89 RA97 RA39 RA88 EM11 EM17 DC3 BC10
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Duo Join 'Fire Service Cancer Awareness' Ride

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 |

LAFD Firefighter and Cadet Join Bay Area to L.A. Ride for Fire Service Cancer Awareness. Click to view more...CALIFORNIA - Veteran Los Angeles Firefighter Jason Teter and LAFD Cadet Byron Collins, have joined the 2012 Fire Velo San Francisco Bay to Los Angeles "Fire Service Cancer Awareness Bicycle Ride".

Teter, a twelve-year LAFD veteran is a former Police Officer. Collins, seeking a career at the Los Angeles Fire Department, volunteers as a Fire Cadet and member of the LAFD's Type II Handcrew.

The pair proudly join 30 cyclists making the nearly 500-mile trek on bicycles to raise charitable funds and support public awareness of cancer among the men and women of America's Fire Service.

We warmly welcome you to join their families, colleagues and friends on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the Santa Monica Pier, where the riders will conclude their inspiring journey.

For arrival time and additional information, please visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

One Dead when Small Plane Crashes in West Los Angeles

Friday, August 10, 2012 |

WEST LOS ANGELES - The fiery crash of a small airplane in West Los Angeles Friday evening, claimed the life of one person aboard. No homes or vehicles were damaged, and no one else was injured in the impact or intense flames that ensued.

In response to a spate of 9-1-1 calls at 6:14PM on August 10, 2012, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 2054 South Glendon Avenue in West Los Angeles, where they discovered a small heavily damaged single-engine airplane well involved with fire.

The aircraft appears to have struck pavement and yardspace on the northwest corner of Glendon and Mississippi Avenues, avoiding buildings, vehicles or any person in the neighborhood of one- and two-story homes. Flames from the burning fuselage, which ignited an adjacent palm tree, were extinguished in less than five minutes.

Despite the quick efforts of LAFD responders, the sole occupant of the plane was beyond medical help, and declared dead at the scene.

A positive identification of the decedent, as well as the cause, time and manner of their death, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

The Los Angeles Fire Department remained at the scene for more than nine hours to assure safety, minimize environmental harm, preserve evidence, commence neighborhood recovery and assist investigators.

Pursuant of protocol, a formal investigation of the collision is underway by the National Transportation Safety Board.
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Battle Heat, Tough Attic Fire in North Hollywood


NORTH HOLLYWOOD- Firefighters endured triple-digit temperatures this afternoon and a tough attic-fire, that tore through a six-unit apartment complex. Thirteen residents were displaced. No injuries were reported.

LAFD Tackles North Hollywood Apartment Fire in Peak Summer Heat. © Photo by Chester Brown. Click to view more...

At 1:47 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2012, when scorching temperatures were at their peak, the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to 10519 Edison Way for a reported "Structure Fire." First on-scene resources were greeted by a fire that had consumed at least one unit on the ground floor of a two-story apartment complex.

The blaze proved to be quite stubborn, as it found its way to the second floor and ultimately into the attic. As the extended firefight began on a large and extremely hot roof, additional companies were called to assist. The fire ripped through a large section of the attic and at least one of the units, resulting in a partial roof collapse, while 119 Firefighters engaged the intense heat andflames. This heavy response enabled the Incident Commander to rotate companies through emergency operations, providing them some respite from the heat.

Full-extinguishment of the blaze was achieved in 43 minutes, but the damage was severe, as all six units of the apartment complex were affected. Unfortunately, 13 individuals that called the apartments "home," were displaced and required assistance from the local Red Cross.

Dollar-loss estimates were not yet available and the exact cause of the fire remains under active investigation. No injuries were reported from the scene.
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Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Bus Crash in Palms area of Los Angeles Sends 11 to Hospital

Wednesday, August 08, 2012 |

PALMS - A traffic collision involving a Los Angeles Metro transit bus sent eleven persons to the hospital on Wednesday evening, but none of the injuries was believed to be life threatening.

The crash was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department at 5:49 PM on August 8, 2012, bringing a response of 41 LAFD personnel to the 9700 block of Venice Boulevard. Firefighters discovered a black sport utility vehicle, which witnesses describe as striking a white sedan before colliding with the mid-section of an eastbound 60' articulated bus.

A team of LAFD Paramedics focused their efforts on the SUV driver, who was in serious condition, while their colleagues commenced a swift and efficient triage, treatment and transportation of the remaining patients, all of whom had lesser injuries.

Ultimately eleven adults, ranging from 21-to-80 years of age, were taken to area hospitals by LAFD ambulance.

The collision is being investigated by Los Angeles Police Department with assistance of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which provides contract policing services to the countywide transit agency.
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Residential Compost Blaze Damages 3 San Fernando Valley Homes


LAKE BALBOA - The spontaneous combustion of a residential compost pile during triple-digit heat on Wednesday afternoon, led to $76,000 in damage to a trio of San Fernando Valley Homes.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 3:05 PM on August 8, 2012 to an outside fire in the 17300 block of Marlin Place in Lake Balboa. With ambient temperature hovering at an oppressive 105 degrees Fahrenheit, firefighters arrived swiftly to find the outside fire had extended into a pair of side-by-side garages at adjacent homes.

As LAFD crews attacked the twin fires, they also noted flames on the wood shake roof of a home more than 200' away, sparked by an ember from the initial blaze. Despite the spatial challenge and light but variable winds, thirty-nine firefighters had the flames under full control in less than 12 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

LAFD Battalion Chief Mark Saxelby later determined that mulch within a plastic above-ground device - the size of a 30-gallon trash can, in the side yard of 17336 Marlin Place, had spontaneously ignited, causing fire to spread west into the garage at 17338 Marlin Place, with a wind-driven ember igniting the more distant roof fire at 17345 Marlin Place.

Loss to the homes at 17336 and 17338 was an identical $30,000 structural damage and $5,000 contents loss. The roof and attic at 17345 sustained $6,000 in structural damage only, bringing the overall fire loss at the three Marlin Place homes to $76,000.

While the fire is considered accidental, it underscores the importance of closely following instructions for home mulching systems, and taking appropriate precautions during periods of high heat.

Dispatched Units: E90 RA17 E273 T73 E93 RA903 EM15 BC15 E84 E83 E293 T93 BC17
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Tonight Across America: We Walk as One

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 |

Tonight, August 7, 2012, we trust you'll join the many off-duty firefighters, their families and concerned citizens across our nation who are taking to the streets to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie during 'National Night Out'.

In a series of events across Los Angeles, you're sure to find us standing with our neighbors in a show of solidarity and support for the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department.

We look forward to your energy and enthusiasm as we extend a collective message of appreciation to those who proudly protect us. To learn more, visit or contact your Community Police Station.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

The LAFD talks about ICE

Monday, August 06, 2012 |

Chances are that your e-mail inbox has filled with messages like this:
Make the Paramedics job easier with ICE. ICE stands for "In Case of Emergency". If you add an entry to the contacts list of your cell phone under the name "ICE", Paramedics will call that number if they find you unconscious or...

The Los Angeles Fire Department has received thousands of e-mail inquiries, all seeking to know "Is this true"?

The quick answer?

The original "ICE" concept for listing your personal emergency contact on a mobile phone is well known to LAFD responders. It is obviously an idea that gives people peace of mind - yet should not be relied upon as a sole source for personal identification or emergency contact.

It is important to note that the original ICE concept is both free and simple: you choose an appropriate person to be contacted in case of an emergency and label their phone number as "ICE".

As one might anticipate, some businesses have sought to offer "fee-based" services and smart-phone applications related to ICE. Contrary to what some may infer, it is not necessary to register or pay money to make an ICE entry on your personal wireless phone.

Our friends at offer information about the history of ICE - and some regretful hoaxes that have followed. The Los Angeles Fire Department supports the original ICE concept as a free and potentially helpful tool in the minutes and hours that follow an emergency.


Contrary to e-mail warnings, ICE is not something that Paramedics rush to look for the instant they arrive at an emergency, and is certainly not required for LAFD Paramedics to provide quick, focused and compassionate emergency care.

We tell people: Add ICE contact information in your cell phone only after you've affixed similar information to (or near) the official photo identification you routinely carry in your wallet.


With so many types of wireless phones, it can take precious minutes to learn how to access a phone's directory. Many wireless devices are also found to be locked, damaged or have discharged batteries following an incident, rendering ICE unusable.

Please encourage your interested friends and colleagues to make a free ICE entry in their cell phone, especially if it will give them peace of mind - but never at the expense of written emergency contact and medical information.

The free original ICE concept works best when it is part of a comprehensive family or business plan for dealing with emergencies and disasters.

Whenever you have a question about the policies and procedures that Firefighter/Paramedics use in handling emergencies, do not hesitate to visit your Neighborhood Fire Station.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Judged Best at Firehouse Challenge Cook-off

Thursday, August 02, 2012 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department would like to congratulate two of our firefighters who emerged victorious after participating in a preliminary Firehouse Challenge cook-off today, August 2, 2012. The Firehouse Challenge is part of THE TASTE, an annual event put on by the Los Angeles Times that showcases Southern California's best with a mix of tastings, cooking demos, competitions and panels.

The idea is to create the kind of meal that is made at a fire station for a typical crew to eat. There's a catch, the meal needs to be made for the same cost, averaging only $10-15 a day for lunch and dinner per member.

Nearly three dozen interested firehouse chefs from various local Fire Departments inquired, however only eight provided their best entrée to be judged at today's preliminary cook-off.

Two of L.A.'s bravest stood victorious, Captain Mark Curry and Firefighter Cruz Macias. These two finalists were chosen for a grand, head-to-head cook-off to be held on Labor Day.

L.A. Firefighters Unequaled at Firehouse Challenge Cook-off
Captain Mark Curry (left), L.A. Times Steve Lopez (center), & Firefighter Cruz Macias (right).

The big finale will be held on stage at Paramount Studios in Hollywood as part of the annual food festival THE TASTE, a spectacular three-day event. The event will bring together world-renowned chefs like Thomas Keller and Nancy Silverton, along with our local firehouse gourmets, and backyard burger champs to share their common love of good food and cooking. Feel free to buy a ticket to join in the fun!

Labor Day weekend, September 1-3
Paramount Pictures Studios

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department