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Resolve to be Ready in 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012 |

As the New Year approaches, Los Angeles Firefighters along with the Ready Campaign is reminding Americans to "Resolve 2B Ready" in 2013.

Did you know? Those who make New Year's resolutions are 11 times more likely to report continued success in achieving a goal than individuals who have not made a resolution, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology. If you are still searching for this years resolution, let us help.


We would like to make an emergency preparedness resolution easy to keep by providing the tools and resources needed to take four important steps:  
 
- Be informed about the different types of emergencies that can happen in your area  and the appropriate preparedness steps.
- Make a family communications plan.
- Build an emergency kit.
- Get involved in community preparedness.

We hope you will join us...
 
                   ready.gov/pledge
  
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Releases Surveillance Video of Chatsworth Arsonist

Sunday, December 30, 2012 |

CHATSWORTH - Investigators from the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section have released surveillance video of an arsonist believed responsible for a series of fires in the west San Fernando Valley.


The twelve intentionally set blazes in question, took place in Chatsworth, California between October 21 and October 28, 2012, as seen in the interactive map below:


View larger map and timeline. You can also click, grab & zoom the image above.

If you have information about the person seen in the video - please call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 893-9850. If you witness someone actively committing the crime of arson, call 9-1-1.
LAFD Investigators welcome your help: Kindly share this message by e-mail, post a link via social media or embed the video (and our request) on your Facebook page, website or blog. We are using the Twitter hashtag #LAarson
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Would You Knowingly Harm a Firefighter?

Thursday, December 27, 2012 |

Each year in the United States, approximately 100 firefighters pay the ultimate price in their service to the community. Thousands more are injured. While some of these deaths and debilitating injuries are unpreventable, there are many that can be avoided - with your help!

Among the greatest dangers faced by firefighters and other public employees is the inattention and carelessness of motorists near emergencies and work zones. The Los Angeles Fire Department wants you to be aware of the danger faced by your first responders, and to adopt two simple driving habits:

- In California and many parts of North America, the law requires motorists - if safe to do so - to slow and/or move to an adjacent lane for emergency personnel, transportation maintenance workers and tow operators working on or near the highway (in lanes or on the road shoulder). There is a reason...


- Many drivers also disregard the law in California (and other States and Provinces) that prohibits motorists from driving over any hose being used by the Fire Department.

With some fire hoses flowing hundreds of gallons of water per minute, the abrupt interruption of a water supply at the scene of a fire - even for a second, is far more than an inconvenience. A sudden lack of water or surge in water pressure can not only destroy the expensive pump in a fire engine, it can endanger firefighters deep within a burning building and those they are trying to save.

While the thought of someone being thrown around like a rag doll by an out of control fire hose may at first sound comical, in the context of a firefighter inside a burning building or atop a ladder, a sudden lack of water or surging hose can be a career or life ending crisis.

In the video below, an understandably upset business owner disregards multiple traffic control measures and drives over a fire hose [3:50 on video] during a fire that raged in South Los Angeles while the city slept this Christmas morning. While it may seem only a "small bump" to the casual observer, it is a far different experience for a firefighter deep inside an inferno. Thankfully, there were no civilian or firefighter injuries at this blaze...


Public safety agencies nationwide are working together to improve the safety of responders and motorists. We ask you to do your part in remaining attentive behind the wheel and following laws that are designed for our collective safety. Operating your vehicle with regard for those working on and near the highway is a demonstrable way to show you care.

Highway safety is a complex issue. Our friends at the California Office of Traffic Safety have issued the 2013 California Highway Safety Plan. We think you'll find it interesting. To learn more, visit:

ots.ca.gov


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

L.A. Chinatown Apartment Fire Claims One Life, Critically Injures Two Others

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 |

CHINATOWN - Despite a swift response and dramatic rescue by Los Angeles Firefighters, one woman has died and two men have been critically injured in a fast moving apartment fire Wednesday evening.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 6:04 PM on December 26, 2012 to 756 North Cleveland Street in the Chinatown district. Firefighters arrived quickly to find one second floor apartment at the rear of the U-shaped two story building well involved with flame.


LAFD crews commenced a simultaneous fire attack and rescue effort for an elderly mobility-impaired woman trapped in the burning apartment, as they crawled through blinding smoke that had repulsed neighbors' attempts to assist her. Quickly finding and carrying the burnt, pulseless and non-breathing 80 year-old from her apartment, firefighters discovered two injured men nearby, and began on scene care for the trio.

The lifeless woman, who had sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns to nearly 80% of her body, was provided prompt advanced life support measures by LAFD Paramedics who rushed her in grave condition to the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, where she died shortly after arrival.

The injured men, described as her husband and son, suffered varying degrees of burns and smoke inhalation. In critical condition, they were also taken by LAFD ambulance to the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Forty-eight LAFD personnel under the command Assistant Chief Ronnie Villanueva confined the fire to the apartment of origin, extinguishing the blaze in just 13 minutes. Monetary loss was limited to $31,500 ($25,000 structure & $6,500 contents) and no other injuries were reported.

Though the two bedroom apartment contained three smoke alarms, their functional status and role in alerting residents could not be immediately determined. The 46 year-old building was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

The identity of the deceased woman, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of her death, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner. Though the cause of the blaze remains the focus of an active investigation, LAFD Investigators do not consider the fire to be an intentional act or suspicious in nature.
Dispatched Units: E203 T3 RA803 E4 E220 T20 RA20 EM1 BC1 E9 E3 T9 E11 BC11 RA209 RA9 AR1 AR11 DC716 E3
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Highlight Need For Kinara Safety

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The month of December is full of tradition and cultural observance. It is also a time when many households use candles - sometimes with tragic results.

With the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa calling for the use of lit candles, firefighters remind you that the same safety precautions for general candle use, also apply to the multi-branched candelabrum known as the Kinara.

To assure a safe celebration, the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests:

  • Place the Kinara in a safe, secure, and well watched area.
  • Never place a lit Kinara near curtains, shades, tablecloths, plants, books, or under counters.
  • Be mindful of drafts and air currents from heating/ventilation systems.
  • Do not put the Kinara on an unsteady table or surface.
  • Avoid leaving the Kinara unattended when burning.
  • Do not have open flame if medical oxygen is being used in the home.
  • Adult supervision is essential when children light the Kinara.
  • Assure that infants, toddlers and pets are unable to reach or access the Kinara.
  • Store matches and lighters up high and out of children's sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters: Don't Burn Holiday Wrappings in Fireplace

Tuesday, December 25, 2012 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department reminds you that it's not only improper - but highly unsafe - to burn holiday gift wrap and other waste items in a residential fireplace.

Most fireplaces are designed to use natural gas or dry firewood to support a small decorative fire that enhances ambience.

Attempts to burn improper items such as scrap lumber, vegetation or even parts of a Christmas Tree can create an excessively large and hot fire that damages the fireplace and chimney - or suddenly becomes uncontrollable. Each year, people lose their homes to such fires, which often spread quickly.

Of particular concern to firefighters this week is the extremely unsafe practice of burning holiday gift wrap and packaging material in a fireplace.

Burning improper items creates embers that bypass missing or damaged spark arresters. These embers cause roof and attic fires that can destroy your home and everything in it.

Attempting to burn improper items in a fireplace can also cause noxious fumes that make people ill and harm the environment.

Firefighters ask you to be careful with fire this holiday season, especially with candles, which are notoriously dangerous.

To learn more about keeping your family safe now and in the coming year, we welcome you to visit and bookmark the Los Angeles Fire Department website at LAFD.ORG

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Could 5 Deaths Have Been Prevented by 2 Simple Habits?

Sunday, December 23, 2012 |

Following a tragic fire in Stamford, Connecticut on Christmas morning 2011 that took five lives, the Los Angeles Fire Department is asking homeowners to develop two simple habits that can prevent such senseless deaths.

WTNH-TV's Annie Rourke tells us more about the fire....


The LAFD says you need to...

Learn How To Safely Handle Fireplace Ashes:
Los Angeles Firefighters emphasize that fireplace ashes must always be handled with care. After cooling thoroughly in the fireplace, ashes should be placed directly into a metal can and soaked completely with water. No other items should be placed in the can. The metal can must be immediately covered with its own tight-fitting non-combustible lid. The closed container should then be stored at a safe outdoor location away from any structure or combustible items.
Test Your Smoke Alarms at least Once Per Month:
The Los Angeles Fire Department suggests a functional smoke alarm inside each sleeping room and in the hallway adjacent to such rooms. A functional smoke alarm should also be installed at the top of any stairwell leading to sleeping areas, and on every level of the home. To assure the alarms are working, they should be tested at least once each month. A great way to remember this test is to sign up for LAFD's free once-a-month reminder on Twitter @SmokeAlarm
More than 3,000 Americans die each year from fire - often in preventable blazes like Stamford. Prevent you and your loved ones from becoming a statistic by learning more at:
usfa.fema.gov


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Highland Park Family Experiences Holiday Magic, Thanks to the 'Spark of Love'

Thursday, December 20, 2012 |

HIGHLAND PARK - Having witnessed Santa Claus atop a glistening Los Angeles Fire Department ladder truck in a community parade the week prior, the four children of the Vigil family were insistent that their letters to Santa be taken directly to the Neighborhood Fire Station.

Warmly accepting the neatly addressed letters on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - before the alarm bell rang, the crew of LAFD Station 12 on North Figueroa Street offered the family their warmest wishes before they said goodbye.

With strong winds howling across Los Angeles, the firefighters of Station 12 were forced to leave the letters unopened in the firehouse, as they raced to emergencies well into the night. With pride in their day-long efforts, including the conquest of a wind-whipped electrical blaze on Benner Street that threatened to destroy several households that evening, the firefighters gathered late at night in the fire station to finally open the letters, one of which read:

Dear Santa,

My name is Joseph. I am 12 years old. This year we might not have Christmas because my Mom got laid off a few weeks ago and told us there will be no Christmas for us. All I want is for my little brother Nathan who is 7 and my lil sister Savana who is 6 to have a nice Christmas this year.

Signed, Joey
The words were deeply moving, but what stunned firefighters was the return address printed neatly on the envelope. It was that of the Benner Street fire, sparked by an electrical malfunction, that had just displaced an unseen "family of five" described by neighbors as humble, proud and polite - yet hard-pressed.

Inspired by the Vigil family, LAFD crews quickly reached out to neighbors, local businesses and community leaders - and especially those who have generously supported Southern California Firefighters' Spark of Love Toy Drive.

Two days after the fire, a surprise gathering at Fire Station 12 brought forth the magic that can only happen when a community comes together:


The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department thank the many who have kindly supported Spark of Love and other Fire Department charitable endeavors throughout the year. While not every need is dramatic, there are many heartfelt needs being fulfilled thanks to your continuing and gracious generosity.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Highlight Regional Winter Shelter Program

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Los Angeles Firefighters responded to over 700,000 emergencies last year, most of which were medical in origin. Assisting the homeless is not uncommon. There are 23,539 homeless in the City of Los Angeles, according to last years Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count Report. There is help...

 
The 2012-2013 Winter Shelter Program (WSP) has begun and will operate until March 14, 2013. The WSP has been instituted annually since 1994, during the coldest and wettest months. A total of 1491 beds will be available this year at 19 shelter sites across the City and County of Los Angeles.

Admission to the shelters is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis for single individuals. Persons needing emergency shelter can get free transportation to and from shelter locations from any of the designated pick-up points throughout the City and County.

Click on the links below to learn about program locations, transportation schedules and current non-availability dates:



If you, or someone you know needs social services or shelter referral, please call 2-1-1, the County’s free 24-hour information line for health and human services.
 

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation Receives Prestigious Private Grant

Sunday, December 16, 2012 |

LOS ANGELES – The non-profit Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which serves as the major source of private support for the LAFD, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Through this coveted grant, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation will support four Pacific Coast F.I.R.E. Academies, a program for high school students to learn firefighting, emergency medical services and organizational leadership. Academies are held at four locations throughout the City of Los Angeles, with students participating during their sophomore, junior and senior years.


While the program may be a training ground for a fire service career, it also provides an opportunity for structured physical fitness, learning emergency care and working as a team to overcome formidable challenge. Students in the program have a 100% high school graduation rate.

Speaking to the F.I.R.E. Academy, Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings said "You are my farm team for the LAFD. But even if you don’t choose a fire service career, you have worked with great mentors in gaining skills that will help you throughout life."

Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation, said "We are proud to see these valuable programs make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work, such as Los Angeles.”

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation welcomes your creative ideas and energy in supporting the Firefighters and Paramedics that serve your neighborhood. To learn more about this well run and highly respected charitable organization, please visit:

SupportLAFD.org

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Cause Determined in Fatal West Hills House Fire

Saturday, December 08, 2012 |

WEST HILLS - Los Angeles Firefighters found an adult male without vital signs of life in his bedroom while extinguishing a house fire Saturday afternoon.

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Deadly West Hills House Fire

Just after 1:00 PM on December 8, 2012, LAFD arrived at 23062 Baltar St to find a single-story residence with fire showing. Firefighters quickly suited up and kicked down the front door which was surrounded with flames. Inside, there was heavy fire to the left, particularly in the kitchen and living room, and thick black smoke to the right.

During a systematic Search & Rescue operation of the 1,625 square-foot home, firefighters discovered an approximate 50 year-old male laying prone in a bed within the burning structure. He was immediately pulled out and a team of Firefighter / Paramedics aggressively provided CPR, Advanced Life Support, and rapidly transported him code-3 to a local hospital. After further treatment by hospital staff, he was sadly beyond help and pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.

A well coordinated effort by 46 Los Angeles Firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Joseph Foley, extinguished the blaze in just 20 minutes, confining it to the structure of origin.

The home was fitted with smoke alarms, however their functional status was not able to be determined due to extensive fire damage. There were no security doors, window security bars or obvious non-fire factors to impede the man's egress. The 50-year old dwelling was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.

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.

Estimated monetary loss from the fire is $150,000 ($100,000 structure & $50,000 contents).

Dispatched Units: E105 T105 E305 E72 RA872 RA96 EM17 BC17 E84 E104 RA105 E106 E296 T96 AR2 AR11 AR7 AR23
LAFD Senior Arson Investigator David Liske stated the cause of the afternoon blaze was from a, "discarded or misplaced cigarette".
Did you know? Every year, almost 1,000 smokers and non-smokers are killed in home fires caused by cigarettes and other smoking materials. You can make a difference!
 
firesafecigarettes.org

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

125 Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Sun Valley Commercial Building Blaze

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SUN VALLEY - A hit-and-run driver struck a power pole in Sun Valley, causing a power surge inside a business, creating a fire that heavily damaged a commercial building Saturday morning.

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At 3:05 a.m. on December 8th, 2012, Los Angeles Firefighters responded to what was originally reported as a transformer problem at 10817 Sherman Way, across the street from Bob Hope Airport. As firefighters arrived on scene, a security guard assisted them inside a large single-story concrete commercial building which was heavily charged with smoke. Additional firefighters were rapidly requested.

An aggressive attack ensued as firefighters surrounded the unoccupied building. Hoselines were brought inside the 8,400 square-foot structure and firefighters above performed louvered vertical ventilation on the lightweight panelized roof, assisting in preventing fire spread.

Due to well entrenched flames and the threat of heavy air conditioning units falling through the weakening roof on firefighters inside, a defensive attack was ordered. Firefighters got out of the roughly 150' x 100' building and poured on water from the perimeter. However, quick progress was made and an offensive attack was once again made.

A Knockdown of the Major Emergency Structure Fire was obtained by approximately 125 firefighters, under the direction of Battalion Chief Randy Beaty, in one hour and 20 minutes. Due to the hard work of firefighters, the blaze was contained to the building of origin, sparing adjacent businesses from damage. A fire wall assisted in preventing the spread of flames. No one was injured.

"It was a difficult fire in that the mezzanine area was hard to get to, we had to bring ladders into the inside of the structure, and actually put water down on top of the fire," said Assistant Chief Andy Fox with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The business which occupied one quarter of a long subdivided building was Wet Design, which makes elaborate fountains and attractions. Their famous work can be found in front of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and The Grove in Los Angeles, among other projects throughout the world.

Intense flames destroyed a 75 'x 100' portion of the roof, along with equipment and company records. The dollar loss is being tabulated, preliminary estimations are over a million dollars.
Dispatched Units: E89 E289 T89 RA89 RA889 E77 E260 E60 T60 EM14 BC14 BC12 E81 E102 E24 E7 E239 E39 T39 E298 T98 E278 T78 E274 T74 DC3 SQ21 EM11 BC5 T88 E288 E88 UR88 RA88 BC10 E86 RA77 EA1 AR2 E98 E87 BC11
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Submitted by Erik Scott & David Ortiz, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Stress Need for Menorah Safety

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The month of December is full of tradition and religious observance. It is also a time when many households use candles - sometimes with tragic results.

With the Jewish celebration of Chanukah calling for the use of lit candles, firefighters remind you that the same safety precautions for general candle use, also apply to the multi-branched candelabrum known as the Menorah.

To assure a safe celebration, the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests:

  • Place the Menorah in a safe, secure, and well watched area.
  • Never place a lit Menorah near curtains, shades, tablecloths, plants, books, or under counters.
  • Be mindful of drafts and air currents from heating/ventilation systems.
  • Do not put the Menorah on an unsteady table or surface.
  • Avoid leaving the Menorah unattended when burning.
  • Do not have open flame if medical oxygen is being used in the home.
  • Make sure any oil used for the Menorah is stored in a stable holder, well removed from the flame or heat source.
  • Adult supervision is essential when children light the Menorah.
  • Assure that infants, toddlers and pets are unable to reach or access the Menorah.
  • Store matches and lighters up high and out of children's sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Holiday Candles: More Deadly Than You Think

Friday, December 07, 2012 |

Holiday Candle Safety Depends On You!For many of those served by the Los Angeles Fire Department, the coming days will be anything but a holiday. Fires caused by candles and carelessness with fire will certainly damage homes, dampen spirits - and sadly, may take lives.

As we enter the peak of the holiday season, the men and women of the LAFD ask you to join them in putting a stop to these needless and often tragic blazes.

Is there a really a problem?

Citing statistics for 2006-2010, our friends at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) report that twelve percent of home candle fires occur in December, 1.5 times the monthly average.

Why is the LAFD sharing this message now?

Many Americans consider candles as benign holiday gifts, or use them with little thought of safety during Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa celebrations. Christmas Day remains the peak day for home candle fires with New Year’s Day and Christmas Eve following close behind.

The danger not always where you think...

Candles cause 3% of all home fires in our country and an alarming 1 out of every 20 home fire deaths. More than one-third of home candle fires start in bedrooms, where 42% of candle associated deaths and nearly half of associated injuries occur.

The danger is real - and far from seasonal!

Annually, an estimated 11,640 home structure fires started by candles are reported to Fire Departments in the United States. These fires result in approximately 126 civilian deaths, 953 civilian injuries and a direct property loss of $438 million.

Yes, the impact of candles can be staggering.

According to the NFPA:

  • More than half of all candle fires start when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains or decorations, were too close to the candle.
  • In nearly one-fifth of such fires, candles were left unattended or abandoned.
  • An alarming number of fires are started by people (often children) playing with candles.
  • 11% of candle fires start after the candle user falls asleep - a factor that was prevalent in 43% of home candle fire deaths!
To stay safe...

The Los Angeles Fire Department suggests you consider safe alternatives to candles. If candles must be used:

  • Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or going to sleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12" away from any flammable items, including areas cluttered with holiday decorations - and especially distant from children and pets.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Use sturdy non-combustible candle holders that won't tip over easily and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
  • Don't place lit candles in or near windows, blinds and curtains.
  • No one should sleep in a room with a lit candle.
  • Store candles, matches and lighters up high and out of children's sight and reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Never use a candle if medical oxygen is used in the home.
  • Don't use a lit candle when searching for items in a confined space or checking pilot lights or fueling equipment.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles for emergency lighting.
  • And finally, please consider gifts other than candles this holiday season!
Please accept our warmest wishes for a *safe* holiday season!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD: Do You Have a 'Killer' Christmas Tree?

Thursday, December 06, 2012 |

In light of fatal fires involving Christmas trees and holiday decorations in recent years, the Los Angeles Fire Department reminds you:

"It can take seven years to grow a Christmas tree... and seven seconds for it to become an inferno."

Along with caring properly for your Christmas tree by keeping it watered at all times and away from any heat source, the LAFD asks you to pay close attention to the video, so as to understand The Facts About Fire:

Fire is FAST!
There is little time! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house. In minutes, a house can be engulfed in flames. Most fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape.
Fire is HOT!
Heat is more threatening than flames. A fire's heat alone can kill. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees or more at eye level. Inhaling this super hot air will scorch your lungs. This heat can melt clothes to your skin. In five minutes a room can get so hot that everything in it ignites at once: this is called flashover.
Fire is DARK!
Fire isn't bright, it's pitch black. Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up to a fire you may be blinded, disoriented and unable to find your way around the home you've lived in for years.
Fire is DEADLY!
Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire uses up the oxygen you need and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill. Breathing even small amounts of smoke and toxic gases can make you drowsy, disoriented and extremely short of breath. The odorless, colorless fumes can lull you into a deep sleep before the flames reach your door. You may not wake up in time to escape.
In the event of a fire, time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!

Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside. Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room. Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.

Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered. Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life!

Having functional smoke alarms and practicing your home escape plan will dramatically increase the chance that you and loved ones will survive what you hopefully now have learned - are the facts about fire.

The LAFD wishes you a joyous and *safe* holiday season!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation Honored as 2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Wednesday, December 05, 2012 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department congratulate the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, honored this week with the prestigious 2012 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

"We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit," said Karen Wagener, President of the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which creates partnerships to provide resources, programs and equipment that assist firefighters and paramedics in protecting life, property and the environment.

"We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including providing 2,000 firefighters with new flashlights and having two LAFD helicopters outfitted with night vision goggles", Wagener added.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients.

For example, one person wrote:
"The LAFD Foundation is an outstanding non-profit organization that has greatly assisted the Los Angeles Fire Department during these current budgetary times. As the Deputy Chief in charge of training for the Department, we have been very fortunate to have the Foundation assist with our current Leadership program, recruitment projects, and other training programs. The Foundation's funding has allowed the Training Bureau to provide a higher level of training programs that is reflected in our overall professionalism as emergency service provider. Thank you again to the Foundation and all the contributing members for all that you do for the LAFD!"
Being on the Top-Rated List comes at an important time for the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, as donors rightfully seek reputable and well-run causes for their year-end charitable giving.

To learn more about the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation, call (310) 552-4139 or visit:
SupportLAFD.org


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Rescue Dog From Burning Westchester Home

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 |

WESTCHESTER - A pet dog trapped in a burning home was rescued and resuscitated by Los Angeles Firefighters on Tuesday evening.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 5:19 PM on December 4, 2012 to 8300 South Georgetown Avenue in Westchester. LAFD crews arrived quickly to find a one-story home fully involved with fire. Forcing entry to battle flames, firefighters braved intense heat within the 1,552 square-foot residence, that was filled from floor-to-ceiling with thick, blinding smoke.

Systematically searching the building on their hands-and-knees as colleagues used hoselines to push back flames, firefighters found a non-breathing pet dog and swiftly pulled her from the smoke into the waiting arms of LAFD Paramedics, who labored passionately to resuscitate the seemingly lifeless soot-covered pet.

Administering oxygen with manual stimulation, the team of veteran Fire Department rescuers were able to restore breathing and consciousness to the 8 year-old mixed breed dog - to the great relief of her owner as she arrived at the scene.

Twenty-seven firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Michael Bowman were able to extinguish the flames in just fifteen minutes, and no human or other animal injuries were reported.

Determining the smoke-exposed canine to be in need of continuing care, LAFD personnel assisted the owner in bringing her companion animal to the Advanced Veterinary Care Center in Lawndale, where she is expected to survive.

The accidental fire, caused by a wall furnace, led to $210,000 ($200,000 structure and $10,000 contents) damage to the 62 year-old home, which was not equipped with fire sprinklers.
Dispatched Units: E5 T5 E205 RA5 E67 RA867 EM9 BC4 E62 AR2
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department