Three Firefighters Injured in Arson Hollywood Apartment Blaze

Friday, May 31, 2013 |

HOLLYWOOD - The Los Angeles Fire Department battled a long and intensive fight in an intentionally set fire that scorched an apartment building in Hollywood, leaving three firefighters injured and 42 residents displaced.

Just before 11:00 AM on May 31, 2013 Los Angeles Firefighters responded to a Structure Fire at 5957 Barton Avenue, near Santa Monica Boulevard and Gower Street. They arrived on scene to find a two-story apartment building on a raised foundation with smoke billowing from small basement windows. Additional firefighters were quickly requested.

LAFD Battles Stubborn Hollywood Apartment BlazeAn aggressive attack ensued that was concentrated on the basement area near a laundry room and a simultaneous search was performed to ensure all residents and pets were safely out. Firefighters had a long and exhaustive battle ahead...

LAFD Battles Stubborn Hollywood Apartment Blaze    Flames continued to creep inside the walls and climb up pipe alleys, around 3" gaps in fire blocking in some places, and quietly across the attic of the structure. Firefighters thoroughly went through all 16 smoke charged apartment units using thermal imaging cameras to sense heat and flames hidden behind the walls, and remained on scene for hours suppressing stubborn hot-spots and flare-ups. In approximately two and a half hours 155 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Charles Butler, were confident of a complete knock down of the blaze and performed a thorough overhaul and salvage of property. Then a list was created of resident's important belongings inside and firefighters searched through the debris to find them and bring them to the owners.

Several arson investigators remained on scene for hours carefully combing through debris, examining fire patterns, using highly trained K9's, and talking with bystanders. The cause of the fire was determined to be arson and it remains under active investigation.

LAFD Battles Stubborn Hollywood Apartment BlazeThe total estimated dollar loss was $1.2 million ($1,100,000 structure & $100,000 contents). The Department of Building and Safety, "Red Tagged" the structure, deeming it unsafe for entry. The Red Cross arranged temporary housing for the renters in a nearby shelter.

It is important to note that hard wired smoke alarms with battery backup, appropriate to city building code, provided the occupants early detection and allowed for safe self evacuation.

Three firefighters were injured: One suffered burns to his hands, another a laceration to his hand, both were transported to local hospitals. A third firefighter suffered heat exhaustion from the battle and was treated but did not require transport. No civilians were injured.

We strongly encourage anyone with information that may assist the investigative efforts to please contact the Arson Counter-Terrorism Section at (213) 893-9800.
Dispatched Units: E227 T27 RA827 E52 E82 RA26 EM18 BC5 E76 T61 E261 E27 E235 T35 AR2 EA1 E202 T2 E3 E27 E10 E229 T29 E294 T94 RA61 DC3 EM5 BC18 BC14 T3 E203 UR3 E89 UR88 BC1 RA803 RA27 RA41 EM18 E12 E82 E235 T35 RM2 SQ21 RA892 RT59 AR1 AR23 AR9 AR17 E94 T33 E233 E37 T88 E288 RA27 T11 E211
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

L.A. Firefighters and Police Officers Battle in Charity Football Game

Thursday, May 30, 2013 |

In the Battle for Los Angeles, only one team can reign. We are of course, talking about the annual face-off between the Los Angeles Heat and LAPD Centurions football teams.

Come witness one team leaves the field as champion:

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Kickoff 5:30 PM
Los Angeles Heat vs. LAPD Centurions
Walnut High School
400 Pierre Road

Walnut, CA 91789

The true winner of this matchup however, will be the charities supported by both teams. For the L.A. Heat, proceeds from your attendance benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, and for the LAPD Centurions, The Blind Children's Center.

The L.A. Heat and LAPD Centurions are proud members of the National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL). Every NPSFL player is a public safety professional adhering to an on-field code of honor and integrity that mirrors that of their sworn duty.

This is a game you don't want to miss, and one your entire family can feel proud in attending. For more information, please visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

What Parents Need to Know About Child Passenger Safety Seats

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 |

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. According to our friends at AAA, child restraints (car seats) reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduce the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children in seat belts alone. Booster seats reduce the risk of nonfatal injuries by 45% among 4 to 8 year olds.

All vehicle occupants need to be properly restrained by child safety seats or seat belts to prevent injury in case of a sudden stop, swerve or crash. Seat belts and car seats contact the strongest parts of the body, spread crash forces over a wide area, help the body slow down and protect the brain and spinal cord.

Did you know 3 out of 4 car seats are installed incorrectly?

Before you install a car seat, be sure to read both the car seat instruction manual and your vehicle’s owner manual. Also consider having an expert check the seat. The service is free! Though the Los Angeles Fire Department does not presently have certified technicians, locating a nearby expert for your free inspection is as simple as calling (866) SEAT-CHECK or clicking

The best car seat is one that:
  • Fits your child.
  • Fits the vehicle.
  • And you will use correctly every trip!
Research indicates that safety belts and car seats are the most effective devices in preventing serious injuries and deaths in vehicle crashes. For information on child passenger safety, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Sends Command Staff to Assist with Oklahoma City Tornado

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 |

OKLAHOMA CITY - A member of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Command Staff was sent to assist those affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma City.

On May 20, at 3:56 pm EDT, a tornado developed near Newcastle, OK (pop. 7,847) and swiftly moved ENE across Moore (pop. 56,315) before dissipating at 4:36 pm EDT. The tornado was reported to be a mile wide with winds of at least 166 mph creating widespread damage and casualties.

In support of the national response to the events that occurred in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan areas of Moore and Newcastle, one member of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Command Staff has been activated and is being sent to Oklahoma as a member of FEMA’s overhead command team. California Task Force One (CA-TF1) has not been activated. However, LAFD Urban Search and Rescue Teams are standing by.

One OutFor more than two decades, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has helped organize and support a system of regional Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Forces available for mobilization by State and Federal government on an as-needed basis.

Comprised of specially trained and equipped local firefighters and other certified responders, this nationwide network of 28 FEMA USAR Task Forces includes eight in the Golden State, two of which are maintained here in Los Angeles County (CA-TF1: Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) & CA-TF2: Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), similar sounding but separate organizations).

The LAFD along with FEMA urge residents in impacted areas to listen carefully to instructions from their local officials and take the recommended protective measures to safeguard life and property while response efforts continue. Listen to state, local and tribal officials who ask you to remain in shelters, homes or safe places until they give the “all clear” to travel. Roads are very likely to be damaged or blocked by debris, and traffic jams slow emergency managers and first responders as they attempt to reach hard-hit areas.

We encourage individuals in the affected areas following a disaster to monitor local radio, TV stations, the National Weather Service at or a NOAA weather radio for the latest weather and emergency information.

We strongly remind all that NOW is the time to get prepared for tornadoes and other disasters such as earthquakes that threaten the Los Angeles area.

There are tools and resources available online to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of disaster. Visit to learn more. The Spanish language site – Those with a Blackberry, Android or Apple device can download the FEMA app to access safety tips, shelter locations, and more.

Member's of the Los Angeles Fire Department hearts go out to those affected by the devastating tornado and we tip our helmets to all First Responders, particularly those bravely assisting in Oklahoma this week, which is National Emergency Medical Services Week (May 19-25, 2013).

Members of the Media are welcome to visit Fire Station 88 today, May 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM to view members of CA-TF1 practice.

UPDATE (May 21, 2013 1:43 PM): Federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes since May 18, 2013. Individuals and families impacted can apply for assistance online at

Moore, Okla., May 25, 2013 -- Moore Emergency Manager Gayland Kitch, right and Officer Eric Thomas survey the damage where Thomas' home once stood prior to the recent tornado. Photo by: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA
Three important things for YOU & YOUR FAMILY to think about:

1) How will you locate loved ones during an emergency? After a disaster, phone lines may get congested. To get in contact with friends and family, use text messaging services and update social media networks. Try American Red Cross Safe and Well website.

2) How can you help children cope with disasters? Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, or has seen the event on television or has heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents and teachers to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur. Click here for more information.

3) How to clean up and return home after a disaster? After a disaster strikes, use extreme caution when returning home. You may be anxious to see your property but do not return to your home before the area is declared to be safe by local officials. Click here to learn what to do before entering your home.

If you feel moved to help the disaster victims, the State of Oklahoma has donation information available at OKStrong.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

L.A. Firefighters Support Extended Police Investigation in Palms

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 |

PALMS - On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 7:53 AM the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to assist the Los Angeles Police Department with their investigation of explosive devices in the 3800 block of South Overland Avenue, near Culver City.

The overnight arrest of a suspect by the LAPD generated a multi agency response when several homemade explosive devices were discovered in a 4 story apartment building. Evacuation of that building and several others nearby established a safety perimeter, as LAFD personnel coordinated the calm and orderly evacuation of hundreds, including a terminally ill resident taken to the safe refuge of an area hospital by LAFD ambulance.

Over 100 LAFD members under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas were committed to the incident for nearly 12 hours. The LAPD Bomb Squad carefully extracted devices from the building and rendered them safe. A telephone information line was established for displaced residents, as well as a shelter at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The joint agency response included the Culver City Police and Fire Departments, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the American Red Cross.

No injuries were reported. At 8:30 PM residents were allowed to return to their homes.
Dispatched Units: AR9 AR11 AR23 AR7 E43 RA43 BC18 DC2 DC1 EM18 BC1 BC5 UR27 SQ21 T27 E227 E27 E21 T21 E221 RA27 RA827 E94 E62 RA62 E58 RA58 E263 T63 EM9 EM13 HL2 HL3 HL6 CP3 EM9 RA59 T37 E237 E26 RT59 AR17 E29 BC5
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Salutes Partners in Emergency Care During 'National Nurses Week'

Thursday, May 09, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the American Nurses Association in celebrating National Nurses Week.

With a theme of "Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care", National Nurses Week 2013 is a chance for LAFD first responders to extend appreciation and raise awareness of nursing, especially the critical role nurses play in emergency health care throughout our community and across the nation.

In honor of the commitment and tireless effort of nearly 3.1 million registered nurses nationwide, the LAFD proudly salutes the entire nursing vocation. Learn more at:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

This Saturday LAFD Hosts Free CPR Instruction


As previously mentioned this Saturday, May 11, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department will be celebrating “Fire Service Day” throughout the City.

All 106 neighborhood fire stations will be open to the public beginning at 10:00 AM and conclude at 4:00 PM. During our annual Open House Celebration we will be hosting special demonstrations, enhanced displays, and instructing Free Hand's Only CPR for the public at the following LAFD Fire Stations (FS).

  • FS 5: 8900 South Emerson Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90045 (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
  • FS 27: 1327 North Cole Avenue Hollywood CA 90028 (8:00 AM - Noon *Pancake Breakfast*)
  • FS 63: 1930 Shell Avenue Venice CA 90291 (8:00 AM - Noon *Pancake Breakfast*)
  • FS 65: 1801 East Century Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90002 (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
  • FS 86: 4305 Vineland Avenue Studio City, CA 91602 (8:00 AM - Noon *Pancake Breakfast*)
  • FS 88: 5101 Sepulveda Boulevard Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
  • FS 112: 444 South Harbor Boulevard, Berth 86 San Pedro CA 90731 (10:00 AM - 2:00 PM)
Members of the LAFD, local LAFD Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and CPR instructors will be on hand to demonstrate the basics and proper techniques of Hands-Only CPR. Participants will have the opportunity to practice on mannequins this life saving skill. The training will not result in CPR certification, but information on how you can get certified will be available.


Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually and only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths. In fact, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. On the other hand, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. As a bystander, don't be afraid. Your actions can only help.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

May 8th is 'National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day'

Wednesday, May 08, 2013 |

With May 8, 2013 recognized as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Deputy Administrator Richard Serino joins the Los Angeles Fire Department in reminding you to plan for disasters with pets, horses and livestock in mind:

There are three simple steps you can take today!

  • Ensure your pet is wearing a collar with your current contact information. Because you may be mobile in a crisis, be sure to include your cell phone number on your pet's identification tag.
  • Create a basic disaster kit with enough dry food and water for each animal to last at least five days. Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container will prove helpful, as will garbage bags to collect pet waste.
  • Have sturdy leashes, harnesses and carriers you can use to transport animals safely in an emergency.
For more information on preparing pets for disaster, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Two Los Angeles Firefighters Injured in Sherman Oaks Blaze

Saturday, May 04, 2013 |

SHERMAN OAKS - Two firefighters suffered burns this morning battling a Greater Alarm Structure Fire at a three-story hillside home in Sherman Oaks on May 4, 2013.


Los Angeles Firefighters quickly made their way up a narrow, winding road to 4008 Sumac Drive, off Beverly Glen Boulevard, at 12:02 a.m. Arriving firefighters found at least one room ablaze in the unoccupied house, which had two stories below ground level (sub level 1 & sub level 2). An aggressive attack ensued and additional resources were immediately requested.

Los Angeles Firefighters Burned while Battling Stubborn Blaze in Three-Story Sherman Oaks HouseFirst arriving firefighters attacked the ground level flames and quickly realized intense flames were burning beneath them as well. Conditions inside the structure rapidly deteriorated. All three floors quickly became unstable due to extensive fire load. One veteran Fire Captain, low on air, was forced to call "Emergency Traffic" due to difficulty exiting the massive structure. He narrowly exited. Firefighters were ordered out of the structure and forced to fight the flames defensively from the exterior. Ultimately all three floors of the home were charred with extensive fire damage.

One hundred firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, took just over one hour to fully extinguish the blaze.

Los Angeles Firefighters Burned while Battling Stubborn Blaze in Three-Story Sherman Oaks HouseTwo firefighters were injured and transported to local hospitals. One Fire Captain in serious but stable condition and one Firefighter in fair but stable condition, both received minor burns. No civilians were injured.

Several arson investigators remained on scene for hours carefully combing through debris. The cause of this early morning blaze remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section.

Two Los Angeles Firefighters Injured in Sherman Oaks FireThis incident reminded many firefighters of the recent tragic fire at a hillside home on 1546 N. Viewsite Drive in Hollywood Hills where sadly LAFD Firefighter Glen Allen was killed.

The estimated dollar loss is $260,000 ($180,000 structure & $80,000 contents).
Dispatched Units: E99 E33 RA99 T88 E288 RA88 EM14 BC10 BC714 E81 E10 DC3 E278 T78 E108 BC9 E293 T93 UR88 RA78 E481 E109 RA83 T39 EM9 EM17 T27 E227 UR27 BC5 RA827 AR2 EA1 E37 RT83 CM3 AR11 AR9 CM2 SU2 T90 E290

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Responds to 'Springs' Wildfire in Ventura County

Thursday, May 02, 2013 |

Pursuant to a Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned two Strike Teams of firefighters to assist the Ventura County Fire Department and allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire between Camarillo and Newbury Park, California, approximately 17 miles west of our City.

View Larger Vicinity Map of the Springs Wildfire (You can also pan, click & zoom the map above)

These fifty personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the Springs Fire Wildfire Incident in accordance with the California Fire Service and Rescue Emergency Mutual Aid Plan. Administered by the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), 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 Ventura County Fire Department and/or the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), which are managing the incident.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Support National Water Safety Month

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 |

May is National Water Safety Month, and the Los Angeles Fire Department is proud to support the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Safe Kids USA and the National Drowning Prevention Alliance in their effort to remind every American to Pool Safely!

Pool Safely is a national public education effort to reduce child drownings, non-fatal submersions and entrapments in swimming pools and spas. Los Angeles Firefighters support this effort through their belief in the campaign slogan:

Simple Steps Save Lives...

Los Angeles Firefighters agree that swimming is one of the best exercises and it also provides fun and enjoyment for friends and family, however as local temperatures warm up we want to remind everyone to get the most pleasure possible from swimming by following the Seven Simple Steps to Pool Safely...

  1. Constant Supervision
  2. Proper Fencing
  3. Pool & Spa Safety Covers
  4. Door, Gate & Pool Alarms
  5. Safety Drain Covers
  6. Swimming Lessons
  7. Learning CPR
Don't think it will happen to you? The Galvin family almost lost their youngest child, Brooks, in a tragic accident at their family's pool...

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department