On November 9th and 10th, 2013 the Los Angels Fire Department (LAFD) conducted an extensive emergency high-rise training exercise. LAFD partnered with multiple nearby Fire Departments, LAPD, Massey Disaster Planning, Brookfield Office Properties, at Ernst and Young Plaza high rise. The building is over 900,000 square-feet, 41-story, granite and glass tower situated in the hub of the LA's Central Business District.
This training focused on the First Responders and incorporated a Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI) as a result from an Active Shooter. The drill was designed to demonstrate the partnership and cooperation between multiple agencies during a complex emergency that confronts local communities and First Responders.
At a high rise emergency incident, the difference between a successful operation which is brought to an early conclusion and one that becomes a protracted effort, often heavily taxing department's resources, depends greatly on training and actions taken by first arriving companies.
The scenario: Firefighters arrived to 725 S. Figueroa, for bells ringing and a fire alarm sounding on the 40th floor. Simultaneously, LAPD arrived for a report of a man with a gun on the same floor. First responders found smoke and multiple victims down in a “warm zone”.
This drill created an immediate need for LAFD and LAPD to communicate and work together. Participants exercised a Unified Command system, high rise firefighting evolutions, Tactical EMS, and a MCI. The entire training exercise lasted approximately four hours.
Please note, this drill was scheduled months before the recent Wishire high-rise fire on October 18th and the active shooter incident at LAX airport on November 1st. It is impressive to see how timely and accurate this scheduled emergency drill truly was. The LAFD knows that proper training and experience plays a vital role in the success of an incident. That's why we train as if our life depends on it, because it does.
Dispatched LAFD resources:
(3) Battalion Command Teams / Battalion 1, 11 & 18
(3) Light Forces / LF 61, LF 12, LF 94
(3) Engine Company’s / E 10, E 34, E 68
(2) EMS Battalion Captain / EMS 1, 11
(3) ALS Rescue Ambulances / RA 68, RA 92, RA 43
(3) BLS Rescue Ambulances / RA 810, RA 834, RA 894
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department