April 29, 1986: Firefighters - Not Fiction - at LA's Central Library

Monday, April 29, 2013 |

Each time a member of your Los Angeles Fire Department walks into the magnificent Los Angeles Central Library, they take reverent pause to consider how easily it could have disappeared - all of it - but for the work of more than 350 of their Brothers and Sisters who gave their utmost on an April day in 1986.

The next time you visit the Central Library, hopefully for a free public tour, along with the magnificent art and architecture, we hope you'll take a moment to view the plaque on the north wall just inside the Library's Flower Street entrance. There you will find the names of every firefighter described in this official correspondence...
"On the morning of April 29, 1986, one of the most challenging structure fires in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department occurred at the Los Angeles Central Library, 630 West 5th Street.

Extinguishing this blaze required sixty fire companies, nine rescue ambulances, two helicopters, forty command officers and support personnel, a complement of over 350 Firefighters and Paramedics, and assistance from virtually every element of the Department.

Extinguishing this blaze was accomplished by the maximum commitment of bravery, courage, and determination to succeed by all those 350 members.

The members of this department performed beyond the expectations of many and through their combined efforts defied the predictions that this fire could not be extinguished short of a total loss.

Those members assigned on the historic Central Library Fire have, by their actions, set a new mark for the reputation of the Los Angeles City Fire Department by limiting the potential of a $160 million loss to $22 million in structure and contents fire damage.

These members are to be commended for their bravery, courage, determination and outstanding effort in controlling the loss to this precious resource of the City of Los Angeles."

Chief Engineer and General Manager
Los Angeles City Fire Department

On April 29,1986, the mammoth Los Angeles Central Library was ablaze. Before the fire was extinguished, 7 hours and 38 minutes had passed as the men and women of LAFD battled one of the most remarkable structure fires in American history.

Approximately 45% of the on-duty Fire Department resources were committed to the fire. Fifty Fire Department members were treated for injuries with twenty-eight members requiring transport to medical facilities. Amazingly, there were no deaths or critical injuries and only one minor civilian injury.

To read, in chronological order, the amazing events that took place from the receipt of the alarm at 10:52 AM until "Knock Down" of the flames at 6:30 PM, please click on the link below:

LAFD Report on the Central Library Fire of April 29, 1986

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Investigators Seek Cause of Intense Blaze at Los Angeles Church

Friday, April 26, 2013 |

LEIMERT PARK - A multi-agency fire investigation is underway to determine the cause of a blaze that heavily damaged a southwest Los Angeles church early Friday morning.

The fire was reported to the Los Angeles Fire Department at 1:54 AM on April 26, 2013. Firefighters arrived quickly to 4909 South Crenshaw Boulevard, where they found heavy fire inside the Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church.

The combination of a steeply pitched roof, high ceilings and the volume of fire, lead firefighters to quickly transition to defensive operations. Nearly 100 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, had the flames extinguished in just 50 minutes. A well-coordinated effort by firefighters limited the blaze to the 86 year old building of fire origin. No injuries were reported.

Twenty-nine additional LAFD personnel were called to the scene over the next fourteen hours, to assist in salvaging items from the sanctuary and supporting the investigation.

With clergy expressing a strong interest in maintaining Sunday services, firefighters helped churchgoers set up for worship in the community center next door. "This church is a cornerstone of the community", said Fire Captain Jaime Moore, adding "we're doing everything we can to help them get back on their feet".

Monetary loss from the fire is estimated at $2 million ($1.5M structure & $500,000 contents). Pursuant of protocol, the fire remains the focus of an active investigation by the multi-agency House of Worship Arson Task Force, which has yet to declare a cause for the blaze.
Dispatched Units: E66 E294 E94 T94 RA94 RA894 EM11 BC18 E15 DC1 T66 E266 E34 E26 T26 E226 E215 T15 EM9 BC11 T27 E227 E27 UR27 RA27 RA927 UR88 BC5 E10 AR1 E233 T33 E11 AR11 AR17 RT59 RA867 AR9 E94 BP94 AR17 T94 E294
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

Extensive Drill of LAX's Emergency Response Plan was a Success

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - On April 24, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) along with the Los Angeles International Airport successfully tested its emergency response plan with a two-hour exercise that included nearly 300 participants, representing more than 30 organizations. About 100 of the participants were volunteers wearing makeup to simulate injuries and played the roles of victims.


The drill, dubbed ``LAX AIREX 2013,'' began at 11 a.m. Such exercises are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as LAFD's "Life Fire Training".

The LAFD utilized two-dozen fire engines, several command vehicles, Airport Crash Rigs, and one helicopter during the simulation. Organizations participating in addition to the LAFD were: LAX Operations, Los Angeles Airport Police, the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Transportation Security Administration, and the American Red Cross.

LAFD at Extensive "LAX AIREX 2013" Drill

The scenario included simulated audio of an FAA Air Traffic Control Tower alert; a "crashed'' Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a simulated debris field of aircraft parts; and a medical triage area with a number of fatalities and injured people. This provided Emergency Responders an opportunity to successfully put into action and work out kinks of the emergency response plan, in particular the critical first two hours of a large scale emergency.

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Rescues Occupants from North Hollywood Apartment Blaze; 1 Resident Dies

Monday, April 22, 2013 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Los Angeles Firefighters rescued several residents and halted an intense fire that ripped through a two-story apartment building in North Hollywood late this morning, leaving one man dead and another hospitalized.


Just after 10:00 AM on April 22, 2013, scores of firefighters rushed to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at 5158 Riverton Avenue. They arrived on scene to find fire blowing out of a second floor unit of a two-story apartment building over parking. Additional resources were immediately requested.

LAFD Rescues Occupants & Battles North Hollywood Apartment BlazeAs firefighters ran in the main entrance and half way up the stairs they were met by intense heat and flames billowing overhead. They relentlessly pushed forward knowing occupants were likely trapped inside.

Truck Companies promptly extended ladders to second story balconies and rescued at least two occupants who were scared for their lives. Quickly following, additional firefighters climbed to the roof to perform strategic vertical ventilation with chainsaws.

The next wave of firefighters performed a rapid and systematic search and rescue utilizing infrared cameras which helped locate an unconscious adult male in the dark, smoked filled upstairs hallway. He was pulled out and rushed to awaiting Firefighter/Paramedics whom provided immediate advanced medical aid and hurried him to a local hospital.
LAFD Rescues Occupants & Battles North Hollywood Apartment Blaze
As firefighters emerged with blackened helmets, multiple bystanders on scene praised them for outstanding work, some even shaking their hands.

Due to firefighters swift and aggressive attack, occupant's lives were saved and the intense flames were halted quickly.

Sixty four firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Trevor Richmond, fully extinguished the inferno in just 25 minutes.

There were a total of five patients. The adult male transported in grave condition was sadly later pronounced dead at a local hospital. An additional adult male, assisted outside by caring bystanders prior to fire department arrival, was transported with non-life-threatening injuries. Three others victims on scene were evaluated but did not require transport to the hospital.

Of the 24-units in the building, five suffered significant fire damage and portions of the second and first floors had smoke and water damage.

LAFD Rescues Occupants & Battles North Hollywood Apartment BlazeThe cause of the fire is undetermined and under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section, who tediously combed the entire building.

Approximately 30 residents from 15 units were displaced and offered assistance from the American Red Cross. Occupants of nine units were happy to be rehoused and stay the night in their apartments. Water and power was restored to the building and the gas is expected to be turned on in the morning.

The estimated dollar loss is $350,000 ($300,000 structure & $50,000 contents).
Dispatched Units: E260 E60 T60 RA60 E86 RA86 EM14 BC14 E76 E102 E278 T78 DC3 E289 T89 E27 BC9 RA89 RA78 EM88 T39 E239 RA77 AR2 EA2 EA1 RA60 RA86 E90 E86 E289 T89 E227 T27 T78 E278 RA889

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Ride for 9/11 Documentary at Newport Beach Film Festival


NEWPORT BEACH - This weekend the documentary film, “Let’s Roll” based on the “Ride for 9/11” will be airing at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The film chronicles the 3308 mile journey of six Los Angeles Firefighters riding their bicycles across the United States. This intense tour was called "Ride for 9-11" and was in honor of those that lost their lives on September 11th, 2001.

The 45-day journey commenced on July 24th, 2011 in Hollywood, and ended on Friday, September 9th, 2011 in New York City at the FDNY Firefighters Memorial, on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. The goals of the event was to honor the Public Servants that lost their lives on that horrific day and raise money for two charities: The Leary Firefighters Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The documentary will be showing twice at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

1) Saturday, April 27th at 3:30 PM at the Triangle Theatre in Newport Beach.

2)Wednesday, May 1st at 5:45 PM at the Island Theatre in Newport Beach.
Tickets for the film festival are on sale now and are available through the website below. Tickets will be available at the door, but it may sell out. Proceeds from the film will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

These determined riders were unfazed by rain, triple-digit heat and hail, adhering strictly to a daunting schedule and course that brought them to New York City in time for the tenth anniversary of that dark day. We hope you join in viewing this special film!


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Handles Van Nuys Brush Fire that Closed SB 405 Freeway

Saturday, April 20, 2013 |

VAN NUYS - Los Angeles firefighters quickly surrounded a four-acre brush fire that forced the closure of all southbound lanes on the 405 Freeway near Victory Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.

On April 20, 2013, multiple commuters contacted 9-1-1 around 2:45 p.m., alerting firefighters of a 1/2 acre grass fire just south of Victory Boulevard near Haskell Avenue, west of the 405 freeway. Pushed along by a nine mph breeze, flames began spreading into nearby dry brush and trees. Additional firefighters and water dropping helicopters were immediately requested.
A total of 75 hard working firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Trevor Richmond, battled through portions of steep terrain in 91 degree heat and 11% humidity, fully containing the flames to four acres by 4:30 p.m.

Fortunately there were no structures threatened, however an additional concern was a nearby homeless encampment, which firefighters thoroughly searched, ensuring no one was in danger. The encampment proved to be empty and no one was injured.

Firefighters, including members of LAFD Crew 3, remained on scene for over four hours ensuring no hot spots reignited.

The flames temporarily shut down all south lanes of the 405 at Victory Boulevard, the Roscoe Boulevard on-ramp and the Victory off-ramp. A SigAlert was declared by the CHP at 3:17 p.m. As soon as safely possible CHP progressively opened lanes until the SigAlert was cancelled at 6:27 p.m.

Dispatched Units: E288 T88 E39 E290 T90 BC10 E100 E88 WT88 E83 DC3 CW3A BP83 RA100 E13 E81 E102 EM17 BC14 H5 H1 BC12 E61 E7 E93 H5
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Responds to 'Madison' Wildfire in Monrovia


Pursuant of a formal Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned one Strike Team of firefighters and one LAFD Helicopter to assist the Monrovia Fire Department and allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire near Madison Avenue and Crescent Drive in Monrovia, California, approximately 9 miles northeast of our City.

View Larger Map of Madison Fire vicinity (You can also pan, click & zoom the map above!)

These 25 personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the Madison Wildfire in accordance with the California Fire Service and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid Plan.

Administered by the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA), the plan is designed to ensure resources for local jurisdictions when their own assets are committed or insufficient for a specific emergency incident.

The City of Los Angeles remains protected by the use of additional staff and reserve apparatus to cover foreseeable local needs.

The men and women of the LAFD ask motorists to remain watchful for these and other convoys of emergency apparatus, and to be mindful of the space necessary for them to safely maneuver on local roads and highways.

Pursuant of protocol, official public and media information regarding this wildfire, including the actions of assigned LAFD personnel, will be provided by the Monrovia Fire Department, which maintains daily jurisdictional authority of the area where the fire is burning.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

70 Years Ago Today: LAFD Suffers First World War II Casualty

Friday, April 19, 2013 |

Members of your Los Angeles Fire Department are proud to serve a purpose greater than themselves. Of the many active-duty LAFD members called to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, nine nobly gave their lives during our Second World War.

The first of those brave men died Seventy Years Ago Today...

First LAFD War Casualty

John M. Randall
The Los Angeles Fire Department suffered it first war casualty when Staff Sergeant John M. Randall lost his life near Shreveport, La. The army bomber in which he was serving as bombardier-navigator, crashed while on a training flight from Barksdale Field where he was stationed. The accident occurred the morning of April 19, 1943.

John Randall joined the Los Angeles Fire Department May 10, 1941. After completing his training at the department drill tower he served his probation in a number of companies in district eleven. He served the major portion of his time with the department at Engine Company 11, at 1819 West Seventh Street.

Joining the United States Army July 29, 1942, he requested and received appointment to the Army Air Corps. At Las Vegas, Nev., Randall received training in Gunnery School. Upon completion there he was transferred to Carlsbad, N.M., where he went through training of both bombardier and navigator schools. He was then transferred to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, and promoted to Staff Sergeant. He was undergoing further training at the time of the crash.

John Randall was born February 4, 1917, ironically, during the early fury of World War I. He is survived by his father, three brothers, and three sisters, most of them living in the Middle Western states. One sister, Mrs. Irene Taylor, lives in Los Angeles. A brother Marvin, is a member of the Army Coast Artillery, stationed at Seattle, Wash.

In 1934, young Randall graduated from Jennings High School and lived with his father until 1936. In May of that year he joined the Civilian Defense Corps. spending six months in Oberlin, Kan., and six months at Salmon City, Idaho. For about a year he worked in Denver, Colo., and then spent a time in a logging camp in Oregon. Later he migrated to Los Angeles and, after a short time, joined the Fire Department.

Every station at which young Randall worked, the reaction of all the members to him was just the same. In the parlance of the engine house, John was a "right guy." Cheerful and willing, he was always ready to do even more than his share of the work around quarters. At a fire, if there was any choice, he was always in there taking the hot, or heavy work. With a smile that was infectious, he had a spirit that seemed to buoy anyone up that was around him. In the short time he was with the fire service he gained many friends around the department. They will miss him. When war was declared, like many another, he was visibly affected. Repeatedly he said "The least I can do is to get in there and help. His patriotism was intense and sincere. As many American lads already have, and as many will yet do, John Randall gave his life that America might defeat her enemies and once again bring freedom and sanity back to the world.

My fighting days were started
On a bright December morning
When the Japanese attacked us
Without a word of warning.

When all the shooting started
I was a peaceful man;
But now I'll go down fighting,
A defender of our land.

When Uncle Sammy told us
Some Gunners he would need,
I listened to his pleading,
And to his word, took heed.

Now a Gunner has a tough job,
No glory will he get,
But a Yankee Gunner never
Has run from danger yet.

So I listened not to rumors
that said I was a fool,
For when it comes to shooting
A Yank is sure to rule.

So I became a Gunner,
Through study and hard work;
For now I had a duty
Which I had no wish to shirk.

And when it is all over,
I'll know I've done my part;
And I'll come flying home again
With peace inside my heart.

By Staff Sergeant John M. Randall
474th Bomb Squadron
Barksdale Field, La.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Destroys Fabric Wholesale Firm in Downtown L.A.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - More than 130 Los Angeles Firefighters fiercely battled flames early Thursday morning, when a major emergency fire erupted in a textile firm in downtown L.A.'s Warehouse District.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified of the blaze at 2:07 AM on April 18, 2013 by Los Angeles Police Officers on patrol, who noted fire within a fabric business at 710 East 7th Street.

Firefighters arrived quickly and forced entry to find heavy fire deep within the building laden with flammable products. An aggressive interior effort to subdue flames was made possible by LAFD crews opening the roof with chainsaws to release intense heat, smoke and flame.

The twenty minute interior offensive under the guidance of Assistant Chief Emile Mack was successful in saving the business office - before a severe structural compromise of the rest of the building forced a transition to defensive tactics, with the exterior use of heavy streams. The strongly held defensive posture of 133 firefighters prevented flames from spreading to nearby businesses.

The fire was controlled in just 92 minutes, as firefighters again entered the heavily damaged building to complete their task. Teams of Los Angeles Firefighters - including some using Fire Department bulldozers, ultimately labored for more than eighteen hours to salvage essential belongings and assure complete ember extinguishment among tons of stacked and rack mounted fabric.

No injuries were reported.

Fire loss to Sharp Fabric is still being tabulated. The cause of the early morning inferno remains undetermined.
Dispatched Units: E9 T9 RA809 RA209 E4 E10 T10 E210 SQ21 EM1 BC1 BC11 E15 E17 E3 T3 E203 DC1 E211 T11 EM11 BC13 T27 E227 E27 UR27 RA27 RA827 UR88 BC5 RA900 E2 E202 T2 EA1 RA10 RA858 RT59 AR1 DT1 TP2 TP3 LD1 LD2 DT2 DT3 EA1 T3 E203 E12 E3 T2 E202
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Fire Station 29 Celebrates Its Centennial with a Pancake Breakfast

Monday, April 15, 2013 |

We are proud to say that tomorrow, Tuesday April 16, 2013, Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Station 29, proudly serving Wilshire Center and Hancock Park areas, will turn 100 years-old. Join LAFD Fire Chief Brian Cummings, Board of Fire Commissioners, Councilmember Tom LaBonge and local firefighters, in celebrating the Centennial of the 1913 formation of Engine Company 29, and the opening of the original Western Avenue station at the "new" firehouse located at 4029 Wilshire Boulevard.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit. The event will be marked with a good, old-fashioned firefighters' pancake breakfast and provide a great chance for all to talk about the "ol days" with 29's alumni along with those presently assigned. Fire Station 29 is known for perennially producing some of the LAFD's finest. Congratulations 29's!

April 16, 2013
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
The history of the Los Angeles Fire Department is one of the most unique and inspiring in U.S. fire service history. An all-volunteer department for nearly two decades in the mid 19th Century, the department became an official agency of the City of Los Angeles on February 1, 1886. We encourage you to learn more about your LAFD by visiting your neighborhood station.
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle Massive Koreatown Blaze


KOREATOWN - Over 148 Los Angeles Firefighters battled an unrelenting fire in a large three story, six unit, apartment building, where one firefighter was injured.

LAFD Battling Major Emergency Koreatown Apartment FireOn April 15, 2013, just after 2:00 AM, firefighters arrived at 3390 West San Marino Street, to find fire coming from the attic of a three story U-shaped apartment building. An aggressive fire attack was made on this 100’ by 300’, 81 year old structure. Initial concerns of occupants at this early morning blaze were put at ease when it was confirmed to be a vacant building under renovation. A thorough search continued during the fire fight to ensure there were also no transients inside. This massive structure proved challenging with the attic fully involved in fire, compromised stairwells, and debris that spread fire throughout all floors.

Firefighters aggressively fought this blaze from the interior while additional companies provided vertical ventilation on the roof. After nearly an hour of intense flames, the remaining uncut sections of roof began to sag. Firefighters were immediately evacuated from the compromised roof, without incident.

LAFD fire companies, under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, had the bulk of the fire extinguished in 90 minutes. Companies remained on scene for several hours to perform a complete overhaul.

The Department of Building and Safety, "Red Tagged" the structure, deeming it unsafe for entry. The dollar loss is still being tabulated. The cause of this early morning fire remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Counter Terrorism Section, who is considering it suspicious in nature. The injured firefighter sustained minor, non life threatening injuries.


Assistant Chief Robert Franco commends firefighters on confining the flames to the building of origin. Noting their aggressive fire attack prevented damage to an adjacent school that was able to conduct classes today. "Firefighters did a good job, it was an intense fire fight", Franco said.
Dispatched Units: E229 RA858 E29 T29 RA829 RA29 E13 E226 E26 T26 EM11 BC11 BC5 E52 E211 E11 T11 E6 E10 T10 E210 E261 T61 DC1 EM1 BC18 T27 E227 E3 UR3 RA3 UR88 BC1 E61 E215 E15 T15 T92 E292 AR1 BC9 BC13 T94 E294 RA13 RA52 AR1 EA1 RT59 E66 E233 T33 E34 RT59 SU2

Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

Donated LAFD Equipment on Display at Woodland Hills Fire Station

Thursday, April 11, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - On Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2013, Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings visited Fire Station 84 in Woodland Hills where newly donated emergency services equipment was displayed.

LAFD Emergency Services Equipment on Display at Fire Station 84

Councilman Dennis P. Zine transferred nearly $200,000 in discretionary funds to support critical Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) emergency service needs in the San Fernando Valley. The funding was used to buy equipment that will be spread throughout the stations in LAFD’s Battalion 17 which covers Council District Three.

The Los Angeles Fire Department thanks Councilman Zine for his generous appropriation of funds to purchase critical equipment and supplies that will be used to enhance our service. These funds have been earmarked for the Fire Stations serving the communities of Canoga Park, Reseda, Winnetka, Woodland Hills, and Tarzana.

Battalion Chief Joseph Foley, who serves as the liaison to CD3, appreciates the Councilman’s support of the LAFD and his continuous commitment to public safety saying, “Councilman Zine understands how crucial it is for the LAFD to have the proper life saving equipment in its efforts to provide world class public safety service.”    

"The Firefighters, Paramedics, and Inspectors in the Los Angeles Fire Department are dedicated to their career as civil servants, and they work tirelessly every day despite drastic budget cuts to save lives and protect property,” said Frank Líma, President, IAFF Local 112, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City. “This additional funding from Council District 3 comes at a great time when our Fire Department has seen unprecedented budget cuts. Councilman Zine has stepped up not only for our Firefighters, but the community as well. The purchase of this life saving equipment will be essential in helping our Firefighters be more efficient, and much more effective when the lives of the public are on the line. This additional funding will help Firefighters do their jobs, and it clearly shows that Councilman Zine truly does put public safety first."

This money was used to purchase critical supplies and equipment such as GPS’s, Battery Kits, and Sawzalls for LAFD Fire Stations 72, 73, 84, 93, 104, 105, and 106 in order to support the men and women who provide emergency services for the residents of the San Fernando Valley.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Illegally Configured Home Cooking System Sparks Boyle Heights Blaze, Displacing 12

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 |

BOYLE HEIGHTS - A fast-moving non-injury fire in a two story residential fourplex caused more than a quarter-million dollars in damage, leaving 12 persons homeless early Wednesday morning.

The fire at 156 South Soto Street in Boyle Heights was reported at 3:44 AM on April 10, 2013, bringing the swift response of 34 Los Angeles Firefighters, who arrived to find a fire that had quickly extended from the rear of the structure to take strong hold of the attic.

LAFD crews held the bulk of flames within the attic, fully extinguishing the stubborn fire in just 35 minutes without injury. Twelve residents displaced by the flames were offered charitable and emotional assistance on-site by Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross.

Loss from the fire is estimated at $280,000 ($200,000 structure & $80,000 contents). The blaze was reportedly sparked by an illegal cooking configuration involving propane cylinders.

Dispatched Units: E202 E2 T2 RA2 E25 RA25 EM1 BC1 E9 E4 T9 DC1
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Train vs Big Rig in Pacoima; LAFD Transports 9

Sunday, April 07, 2013 |

PACOIMA - On Saturday, April 6, 2013, a Metrolink train collided with a Big Rig truck, sending nine to the hospital. Fortunately no one, including the truck driver was seriously injured.

At 2:35 PM, a total of 64 Los Angeles Firefighters under the direction of Assistant Chief Richmond, responded to a Multi-Patient Collision involving a Train vs a Big Rig truck near the 9800 block of San Fernando Road in Pacoima.

Commuter Train and Dump Truck Collide in PacoimaFirefighters arrived quickly to find a destroyed crossing guard apparatus and an overturned truck that was subsequently struck by an approaching train. The driver of the truck was ambulatory and was rapidly evaluated then later released on scene.

On board the train there were approximately 130 passengers triaged. Though there were no obvious injuries to the riders or crew members aboard, 12 adult passengers required minor treatment. Out of the dozen passengers only nine stated a desire for further medical evaluation and were taken by LAFD Ambulance to area hospitals in good condition.

Commuter Train and Dump Truck Collide in PacoimaAn LAFD rehab tender truck was dispatched to the incident to assist with providing train passengers with refreshments due to a long delay in warm temperatures. The train was then moved to the Sylmar station for the travelers to safely disembark and continue to their destinations.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.
Dispatched Units: E298 E98 T98 E7 RA7 E77 RA102 HR56 EM17 BC10 UR88 RA77 RA98 EM15 DC3 RA898 RA89 EM14 EM17 BC12 EM17 EM14 E287 T87 E88 RA881 RA860 RP88 RA7 RA898 

Submitted by Shawn Lenske &  Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

National Public Health Week: Assuring a Healthy, Safe and Resilient L.A.

Thursday, April 04, 2013 |

The men and women of your Los Angeles Fire Department join the American Public Health Association (APHA) in recognizing April 1-7, 2013 as National Public Health Week.

This year's national observance highlights the value of prevention and the importance of well-supported public health systems in preventing disease, saving lives and curbing health care spending.

This year, we ask you to join us in championing the work of public health systems and workers - including members of your LAFD, who provide a significant return on investment (ROI) in our communities.

This week, we ask you to be our partner in a Healthy, Safe and Resilient L.A. by...

Learn how you can achieve this and more by visiting:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles City Council Sets $25K Reward For Sylmar Arsonist

Wednesday, April 03, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - The efforts of Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Investigators were bolstered on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by the Los Angeles City Council's unanimous approval of a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension and conviction of person(s) responsible for igniting more than a dozen recent fires in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The intentionally set blazes - which primarily targeted Italian Cypress trees, have spread to vehicles and nearby property in Sylmar, California between November 4, 2012 and March 17, 2013 as seen on the interactive map below:

View Larger Map with Detailed Information (or click, grab & zoom the map above)

LAFD Investigators believe the reward may motivate witnesses to come forward with additional information. At their request, Councilmember Richard Alarcon introduced the reward motion, taken for the immediate protection of public peace, health and safety. It will remain in effect for six months.

Those with information that can help the investigation are asked to call LAFD Arson Investigators directly at (213) 893-9850 or email: lafdarson@lacity.org. Anyone witnessing the active crime of arson should call 9-1-1.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department