LAFD Paramedics Stress Hot Weather Safety

Sunday, June 30, 2013 |

High Temperature and Hot Weather Safety. Click to learn more...With high summer temperatures likely in Southern California, the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests you take action now to:

  • Minimize the risks of hot weather.
  • Prepare your household, pets and workplace.
  • Plan to get relief from and avoid the effects of heat.
Plan to wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing that covers as much of your skin as practical, and a well-ventilated hat with a wide brim - or carry an umbrella. Wear plenty of sunblock and stay in the shade whenever possible.

Adjust your attire and activities to limit heat exposure and exertion!

Water is normally the best drink during hot weather, and you'll need more than you think. If you have a medical condition or are under a doctor's care, consult with a physician.

Drinks with alcohol or caffeine can make the heat's effect on your body much worse. Avoid sugar-filled drinks and only use salt tablets if directed by a doctor. Plan on eating light, healthy meals.

Key Rules: Drink plenty of water before you become thirsty and rest in the shade before you become tired!

Limit your exposure to direct sunlight between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun's rays are at their strongest. If you feel ill, tell someone immediately. Symptoms of dehydration and heat illness may include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, nausea, muscle cramps, headache and vomiting.

Many heat emergencies occur to people exercising, working or staying alone. Use a buddy system and check on elderly, disabled or at-risk neighbors on a regular basis. If you suspect someone is experiencing a medical emergency from extreme heat exposure, call 9-1-1.

If your home does not have air conditioning, consider a cool place to visit or stay during the hottest part of the day.

Schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls and community facilities such as senior centers and parks may offer an air-conditioned refuge. If activated by officials during peak temperatures, designated cooling centers in the Greater Los Angeles area can be found by calling 2-1-1.

Pets, horses, and livestock are also susceptible to hot weather. See that the special needs of your animals are met, including copious shade and plenty of cool water.

Never leave children, pets or dependent adults alone in a hot car. Even with the windows down, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can quickly rise to lethal levels.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Children, Hot Weather & Cars = Danger!

Thursday, June 27, 2013 |

With 34 child deaths in the United States already this year attributed to children left alone in hot vehicles, the Los Angeles Fire Department is asking for your help:

We need to make sure no child dies as the result of being left alone in a hot vehicle.

It's a problem we can solve together!

  • Always put something you'll need - such as your phone, handbag, a sunshade, lunch or briefcase on the floor in the back seat. This will make you open the back door of your vehicle every time you reach a destination. This way, making sure no child is left behind becomes a habit. Safety experts call this the 'Look Before You Lock' campaign.
  • Keep a large teddy bear in the child's car seat when it’s not occupied. When the child is placed in the seat, put the teddy bear in the front passenger seat. It's a great visual reminder that anytime the teddy bear is up front, a child is secured in a child safety seat behind you!
  • Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you will always call them when your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled. This is not only common courtesy, but makes sure everyone involved in the care of your child is informed of their whereabouts. Ask these caregivers to always phone you if your child doesn’t show up when expected.
  • If you see a child (dependent adult or pet) alone in a hot vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly and safely as possible. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number for assistance as necessary.
  • Never leave your car keys where children can access them, and always make sure your car is locked so that children cannot get in without adult supervision.
  • Do not underestimate a child's capabilities. Teach your children about the dangers of a car, especially the car trunk. Most children can differentiate between a tool and a toy. Make certain they know that a car is not a toy!
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

City and County Firefighters Battle Industrial Blaze in South L.A.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department was called just before 1:30 pm on June 25, 2013 to 136 East 58th Street, where they found Antique Wood Craft, a one story furniture manufacturing business, heavily involved in fire.

LAFD Battles Major Emergency Industrial Blaze in South Los AngelesIt was quickly determined the stage and quantity of flames made an interior offensive firefight impossible. An exterior defensive fire attack ensued. Nearly 100 firefighters battled the hour long blaze. During this time, two adjacent commercial buildings were exposed to fire and sustain minor damage.

Quick action by firefighters and working fire sprinklers aided in rapid fire extinguishment. Nearly one dozen workers escaped the fast moving fire prior to the Fire Department’s arrival.

The main fire in the 75’ by 100’ metal-clad building was so intense, that an ember traveled one and a half blocks, where it ignited a fire at 327 East 58th Street. There, the blaze was limited to a surface fire on the roof, swiftly extinguished through the combined effort of LAFD and Los Angeles County Fire Department responders.

Fire loss is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.

Dispatched LAFD Units: E33 T33 E233 RA833 RA33 E221 E21 T21 SQ21 E46 BC13 BC11 E14 E266 T66 DC1 EM13 BC1 BC2 E215 T15 E11 E66 T10 EM11 T3 E203 E3 UR3 UR88 BC4 RA3 RA803 RA62 EM5 RA79 EA1 E210 TP1 TP3 LD1 LD2 DT2 DT3 AR2 AR1 EL3 T94 E294 E27 E85 E64
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Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

Suspicious Blaze Injures Two Los Angeles Firefighters

Sunday, June 23, 2013 |

EAST HOLLYWOOD - A suspicious blaze in an abandoned two-story home sent a pair of Los Angeles Firefighters to the hospital Sunday morning with painful but non-life threatening injuries.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 8:30 AM on June 23, 2013 to 714 North Kenmore Avenue, where they discovered fire on the second floor and attic of an unoccupied 1,744 square-foot two story home.

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Forty-six LAFD personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Joseph Klein forced entry into the minimally secured building, confining flames within the unfurnished residence in just 19 minutes.

During a tenacious attack on intense flames, two Los Angeles Firefighters sustained painful first- and second-degree burns to their ears and necks. In fair condition, the men were taken by LAFD ambulance to Torrance Memorial Medical Center for specialized burn care, where they were treated and released to remain off-duty.

No other injuries were reported.

Loss to the 99 year-old vacant wood frame home was limited to the structural value of $100,000. The fire is presently categorized as suspicious, and remains the focus of an active LAFD investigation. Those with information about the fire are asked to call the Los Angeles Fire Department's Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 893-9800.
Dispatched Units: E6 RA6 E52 RA52 E220 T20 E235 T35 E13 EM11 BC11 BC5 E29 AR2 E82 EM13 AR9
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire in South L.A. Auto Repair Business Claims Life

Sunday, June 16, 2013 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - A fire in an automotive repair firm proved deadly to a man early Sunday morning, when he was unable to escape his makeshift living space inside the business, as flames fed on the dense storage within.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 1:36 AM on June 16, 2013 by a 9-1-1 call from a passerby who noted smoke pouring from the 45' x 20' one-story building at 8002 South San Pedro Street.

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LAFD crews arrived quickly to find fire showing from the well-secured 900 square foot building. Forcing entry through metal security doors to battle flames fed by pack-rat conditions amid thick floor-to-ceiling smoke, firefighters promptly encountered the body of a man just inside the front doorway.

The pulseless and non-breathing adult male was swiftly carried from the burning building by firefighters, who soon determined he was beyond medical help, and declared him dead at the scene.

It took 30 Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Anthony Matthews, just thirteen minutes to fully extinguish the flames. No other injuries were reported.

The commercial building, within which a small area had been converted to living space, contained excessive storage and was not equipped with smoke alarms or fire sprinklers. The front security door included a double-cylinder (key required on both sides) deadbolt lock. Such locks are known to impair egress in the event of a fire, and are not locally permitted in residential settings.

A positive identification of the dead man, as well as the specific cause, time and manner of his death, will be determined the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated, while the cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: RA833 RA33 E264 E64 T64 E21 EM13 BC13 E46 T33 E233 AR1 DC1
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Rescue Scores of Animals from Hollywood Pet Store Fire

Monday, June 10, 2013 |

EAST HOLLYWOOD - A fast-moving fire at dawn Monday in a pet store, led to the dramatic rescue by firefighters of more than a hundred animals, before the intense blaze was brought under control.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 6:07 AM on June 10, 2013 to 1183 North Vermont Avenue, where they discovered heavy smoke showing from the roof of a one-story 120' x 110' L-shaped shopping center.

Forcing entry into well-secured businesses - including the heavily smoke charged Kim's Pets and Fish, teams of firefighters began the swift rescue of imperiled animals from pens, cages and aquariums as flames raged overhead.

LAFD personnel swiftly took to the roof of what proved to be two interconnected buildings, to commence a short-lived effort at vertical ventilation, before the roof proved untenable and collapsed into the premises below.

As firefighters made a decisive stand against flames deep within ornamental framework that connected the two buildings, their colleagues continued to push back fire with hose lines inside the burning pet store, supporting the ongoing removal of birds, mice, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, fish, reptiles and 25 puppies - all of which were rescued unscathed.

The relentless effort of 138 Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, brought the stubborn flames under control in just 55 minutes.

Though no human injuries were reported, smoke and structural collapse led to the demise of several birds, fish and reptiles who proved beyond LAFD help.

During final fire extinguishment, the discovery of several turtles trapped deep within debris buoyed the spirits of firefighters, who soon formed a human chain to crawl beneath tons of unstable and smoldering rubbish to safely rescue the reclusive reptiles prior to the application of firefighting foam, which would have led to their demise.

Monetary loss from the blaze, which heavily damaged the southwest portion of one non-fire sprinklered building, was still being tabulated late Monday. Los Angeles Fire Department Investigators determined the fire, which originated in the attic above the pet store, to be accidental in nature.
Dispatched Units: E235 T35 RA835 RA35 E82 E6 E52 E220 T20 EM11 BC5 BC11 E29 E56 E13 E229 T29 E250 T50 DC3 EM2 BC2 T3 E203 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 UR88 BC1 E11 BC14 BC18 E227 T27 E211 AR2 E33 E202 T2 E60 E215 T15 EA2 RA892 EA1 AR17 RT59 AR1
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Keep Sunland Brush Fire to Just 4 Acres

Saturday, June 08, 2013 |

SUNLAND - A brush fire scorched over four acres before it was extinguished by over 100 LAFD firefighters along with other allied agencies. No structures were damaged and no one was injured.

LAFD Stomps Four Acre Sunland Brush FireAt 3:40 p.m. on Saturday June 8th, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to the 9400 block of Foothill Boulevard where they found two acres of medium brush burning uphill. A strong attack from the ground and air ensued and additional resources were requested, including mutual aid from our friends at Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and Angeles National Forest (ANF).

LAFD Stomps Four Acre Sunland Brush FireFortunately there was minimal to no wind and the fire was driven by topography. The swift arrival of precise water-dropping aircraft, along with firefighters who labored on the ground by extending hose lays up steep terrain, stopped the flames from burning out of control.

Over 100 LAFD firefighters along with LACoFD and ANF, all under the command of Assistant Chief Andrew Fox, battled through steep hills in 77 degree heat and 55% humidity, and fully contained the flames to 4.025 acres by 5:53 p.m. Firefighters performed an extensive overhaul and scratch line around the fire, then remained on scene into the night to ensure there were no flare-ups. The cause of the fire is under active investigation.

LAFD Stomps Four Acre Sunland Brush FireResidents living in brush areas are reminded to remain compliant with brush clearance regulations and to review Ready Set Go.

Dispatched Units: E24 E274 T74 BC12 E77 E98 T98 E298 E289 E89 T89 BC15 E60 E90 H1 H4 H5 WT77 BP74 RA898 BP98 WT88 DC3 RA77 T90 E290 T88 E288 RA98 EM14 RA89 RP88 BC14 E88 E7 E39 E91 E81 E86 E102 E70

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Respond to Helicopter Crash in Griffith Park

Thursday, June 06, 2013 |

GRIFFITH PARK - A small private helicopter on a routine flight over Los Angeles made a hard landing after experiencing mechanical problems, today in Griffith Park, four people aboard suffered minor injuries.


Just after 2:00 PM the Los Angeles Fire Department received multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding a downed helicopter near McComb Helispot, above the Roosevelt Municipal Golf Course.

LAFD Handles Helicopter Crash in Griffith ParkThe Robinson helicopter was on a routine flight from Redlands, circled over Santa Monica and was headed back to the Inland Empire when it started experiencing mechanical trouble.

Fortunately, the pilot and three passengers, a 25-year-old man and two women aged 33 and 25 all suffered only minor injuries that did not require hospitalization. A 50-year-old Park Ranger suffered heat exhaustion while responding to the scene and was hoisted into a LAFD helicopter and transported to a local hospital in serious condition.

LAFD Handles Helicopter Crash in Griffith ParkFirefighters also quickly fixed additional concerns, including fuel leaking from the wreckage in the brush-covered surrounding area.

The Fire Department remained on-site for nearly four hours to assure safety, minimize environmental harm and preserve the scene for a coordinated investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

The Federal Aviation Administration's registry indicated the 2006 Robinson helicopter was owned by Mile High Rotors LLC, based in Colorado.
Dispatched Units: RH114 E235 T35 E52 E56 RA82 HR56 UR88 H0E H0A EM11 BC5 BC2 T27 E227 E27 H6 H3 E90 RA27 DC3 UR27 E290
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

June 4th 2013: Learn to Save a Life in 10 Minutes with “Sidewalk CPR”

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES – Can you spare 10 minutes to learn how to keep a cardiac arrest victim alive until paramedics arrive? The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), along with various other agencies is once again coordinating free hands-only CPR training on Sidewalk CPR Day, June 4, 2013 at multiple sites across Los Angeles County to help improve cardiac survivability.

Earlier this month on Saturday May 11, 2013 the LAFD successfully trained hundreds. Last year, more than 5,000 people in LA County learned how to save a life in just 10 minutes with a quick lesson from local firefighters and medical professionals. This year, the goal is to train at least 10,000 more, using simple mannequins.

“Citizen CPR is a fast-growing movement to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest,” says Cathy Chidester, director of the County EMS Agency. “We are glad to partner with the American Heart Association, fire departments and hospitals to bring Sidewalk CPR into local communities. With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, we need to help family and friends learn how to double or triple their loved one’s chance of survival.” 
Hands-only CPR focuses on the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time. While emergency responders are on their way to the scene, chest compressions using hands-only CPR will provide the ongoing blood flow needed to give the patient a much better chance of survival once responders arrive.  

Currently in Los Angeles County, less than three percent of the nearly 383,000 sudden cardiac arrest victims survive. Only 32 percent of victims receive CPR from a bystander. You can learn to save a life on your lunch hour.

Pick one of six easy locations:

1) Grand Park Downtown Farmer's Market (10AM to 2PM)

2) Food 4 Less Market / Shopping Center (10AM to 2PM)

3) Ralphs (10AM to 2PM)

4) Olympia Medical Center (10AM to 2PM)

5) Universal City Walk (4PM to 7PM)
Fountain Court in front of Camacho’s
100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

6) Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel Harbor 1 & 2 rooms (10AM to 2PM)

Click Here for additional training sites available through out Los Angeles and don't forget to join in the fun on twitter at #SidewalkCPR & #HandsOnlyCPR.

Don’t be a bystander in a cardiac emergency – be a lifesaver!

                       Sidewalk CPR Brochure - use the share links below


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Responds to 'Powerhouse' Wildfire in Angeles National Forest

Sunday, June 02, 2013 |

Pursuant to a Mutual Aid Request, the Los Angeles Fire Department has assigned one Strike Team of firefighters, one LAFD Helicopter with support crew, as well as specially certified Command and operational staff to assist the U.S. Forest Service and allied agencies in their battle against a brush fire that began on May 30, 2013 in the Angeles National Forest between Castaic and Palmdale (Antelope Valley), approximately 17 miles north of our City.

Click here to view a larger perimeter map of the Powerhouse Fire
(You can also click, grab and zoom the current status map above)

These forty personnel from the Los Angeles Fire Department have been dispatched to the Powerhouse 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 an emergency.

IMG_5593The 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 U.S. Forest Service (@R5_Fire_News) and/or Los Angeles County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) and/or Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (@LASD_News), which are in Joint Command of this incident that originated within the Angeles National Forest (@Angeles_NF).

Twitter Hashtag: #PowerhouseFire

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department