LAFD Offers Halloween Night Safety Checklist

Thursday, October 31, 2013 |

In addition to our earlier list of tips for Halloween week preparedness, your neighborhood firefighters ask you to take a moment now - before nightfall - to review this checklist:

BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN:

  • A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
  • Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets or block doors with holiday lighting or special effects.
  • Avoid the use of candles. Battery powered lamps and chemical glow sticks are a much safer alternative.
  • Quickly test smoke alarms and identify the location of fire extinguishers.
  • Always keep Jack O' Lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes, decorations, flammable items or areas near children and pets.
  • Plan and review with children the route and behavior acceptable to you.
  • Do not permit children to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard.
  • Agree on a specific time when revelers must return home.
  • Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts should carry a phone.
  • Secure, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.
  • Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly.
  • Adult partygoers should establish and reward a designated driver.

WHEN TRICK-OR-TREATING:

  • A responsible adult should always accompany young children on neighborhood rounds. Do not allow escorts to chat on the phone or use headphones.
  • Remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • Use a flashlight and glow sticks, to see and be seen by others.
    • Stay in a group, walk slowly and communicate where you are going.
    • Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods at homes that have a porch light on.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the farthest edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards, use alleys or run between parked cars.
    • Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.
    • Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.
    • Always walk. Never run across a street.
    • Only cross the street as a group at intersection crosswalks. Always look left, right and left again to assure safety before proceeding.
    • Remove any mask or item that will limit eyesight before crossing a street, driveway or alley.
    • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters.
    • Make eye contact with drivers. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
    • Never consume unwrapped food items or open beverages that may be offered.
    • No treats are to be eaten until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.
    • Law Enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

AFTER TRICK-OR-TREATING:

  • Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
  • Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween.
  • Although sharing is encouraged, make sure items that can cause choking (such as hard candies), are given only to those of an appropriate age.

We hope this checklist and earlier posted tips for pre-Halloween planning help keep your family safe. The Los Angeles Fire Department wishes you a Happy Halloween!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Rips Through Encino Mansion; Injures 2 LAFD Captains & 2 Firefighters

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 |

ENCINO - Over 100 Los Angeles Firefighters battled a huge blaze raging at an Encino home that injured two Captains and two Firefighters on October 30, 2013.

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At 3:44 PM the LAFD received multiple 9-1-1 calls for a Structure Fire burning at 4440 Balboa Boulevard, south of Ventura Boulevard, in the hills northeast of the Encino Reservoir. As firefighters hurried up curvy narrow roads, a daunting plume of smoke could be seen in the distance, prompting responding firefighters to radio, "Loom Up", alerting the additional resources responding there was a working fire. They arrived to find a large three-story above ground Tudor style home at the end of a long steep private driveway with heavy fire on the third story. Additional resources were immediately requested as firefighters began a relentless aggressive interior fire attack.

Some firefighters had to hike equipment a 1/4 mile uphill to the structure and utilize chainsaws to strategically cut several holes in the sturdy wood shake shingle roof to reduce heat, smoke, fire and gases inside the structure. Additional firefighters ensured no one was inside the burning structure by performing a rapid search and rescue of the 7,779 square-foot home. A group of firefighters formed a Rapid Intervention Company and stood by with Firefighter/Paramedics in the event any of their own needed immediate rescue. Additional companies ensured flames didn't spread to nearby structures or brush, while others protected and saved what the homeowner referred to as "important belongings" in his home office. Firefighters long and relentless attack forced them to utilized entire air bottles, then go outside the blaze to get new bottles so they could reenter the fight.

Over 125 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Patrick Butler, fully extinguished the flames in two hours and 20 minutes. The Los Angeles Fire Department remained on scene through out the night.

Two fire Captains, one with a significant extremity injury and the other with dehydration, and two Firefighter/Paramedics, one with chest pain and the other with a moderate extremity injury were transported to local hospitals. Only one firefighter was released back to duty that day, the others required further evaluation and treatment. No civilians were injured. Two pet dogs were found beyond medical help on the third floor.

The cause of the afternoon blaze is considered accidental in nature but remains under active investigation. The estimated dollar loss is still being tabulated.
Dispatched Units: E83 RA83 E88 T88 E288 RA88 E109 EM9 BC17 BC10 E100 E293 T93 E39 E93 T39 E239 DC3 EM11 BC15 UR88 T27 E227 UR27 E3 BC5 RA827 E273 T73 E90 RA93 RA100 EM4 H0D H5 EM10 E87 E298 T98 AR2 EA1 RA99 RA39 RM3 E12 E289 T89 E98 E60 RA73 RT83 RA90 T37 E237 BC10 T5 E205
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Handles a Haz-Mat Fire in San Fernando

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SAN FERNANDO - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) including a Hazardous-Materials (Haz-Mat) Team battled a small fire on October 30, 2013 in a one-story commercial building that prompted a precautionary evacuation of three city blocks. Three people suffered minor injuries.

LAFD Handles a Haz-Mat Fire in San FernandoAt 9:09 AM the LAFD responded to a Chemical Investigation inside a one-story commercial building at 1133 Celis Street, doing business as Envision Life CALIFA. The owner had accidentally spilled a 55-gallon drum of 50% percent hydrogen peroxide solution, a strong oxidizer (a 3% solution is common for medical use). It slowly began reacting with the petroleum products in the carpet and approximately one hour into the incident it spontaneously combusted. Smoke and gas began to emit from the structure. The scene was upgraded to a Hazardous-Materials incident and additional personnel were immediately requested.

Firefighters then ensured all occupants were out of the structure, took immediate precautions with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus to protect themselves from any harmful smoke, and evacuated nearby businesses as a precaution. Additional crews made a swift interior fire attack and strategically cut holes on the roof for ventilation. The flames were quickly extinguished and the water runoff was contained so as not to affect the environment. Over 75 firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Don Frazeur, handled the incident.

A total of three city blocks were evacuated as a precaution while the extensively trained hazardous materials firefighters assessed the severity of the problem. The evacuated area was scaled down in the afternoon, but some evacuations were still in effect near the business while arrangements were made to dispose of the hazardous material. The incident was soon declared "static" and turned over to the building owner, the City of San Fernando, and the Los Angeles County Health Haz-Mat department.

A total of three men suffered minor injury, all declined to be transported for hospital treatment. The 64-year-old owner of the business was treated for burns to his hands; a 36-year-old man was treated for smoke irritation; and a 30-year-old man was treated for eye irritation.

The cause was considered accidental and the dollar loss was estimated at $40,000 ($20,000 structure and $20,000 contents).

Dispatched Units: T75 E275 E87 SQ87 BC702 JT5 JT6 BC722 RA875 RA75 E287 T87 E94 E95 EM15 E98 E298 T98 E7 DC3 BC12 T94 E294 HM94 HM75 SQ95 RA87 RA894 DC1 AR1 BC15 AR2 E39 E289 T89 RA81 RA70 EM10 EM17 RA94 RT83 RA83 E90
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Don't Let Scary Become Deadly: Help LAFD Prevent Halloween Fires

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The celebration of Halloween is anything but a holiday for firefighters in Los Angeles and across our nation. Along with senseless injuries, such as alcohol related car crashes and trick-or-treaters struck by vehicles, is an increase in fires that can cause injury or take lives.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, for each year between 2009 and 2011, an estimated 11,300 fires were reported to Fire Departments in the United States over a three-day period around Halloween. These fires caused an estimated 30 deaths, 175 injuries and $96 million in property loss.


Halloween fires occur most frequently in the late afternoon and early evening hours, peaking during the dinner hours between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Fires then begin a slow decline, reaching their lowest statistical point between 4:00 AM and 7:00 AM.



The leading causes of Halloween residential fires include cooking (43%) and heating (15%). Careless and inappropriate action also leads to Halloween fires, as does the use of candles, hot lamps and overloaded electric circuits near highly flammable seasonal decorations.

The Los Angeles Fire Department asks you to survey your home for holiday hazards, and to take the steps necessary to keep your home and family safe this Halloween.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

30 Seconds of Prevention: Know How to Prevent Kitchen Fires and Burns

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...to keep your family safe from kitchen fires and burn injuries. Inspector Tony Akins of the Los Angeles County Fire Department explains:


Prevent Kitchen Burns and Fires

  • Cooking aromas entice children and pets to dangerous areas of the kitchen.
  • Enforce a child and pet free zone at least 3 feet from your stove and ovens.
  • Never serve or sample hot food directly to children from the stove top.
  • Cook on back burners whenever possible, and turn pot handles away.
  • Avoid dangling cords from cooking appliances.
  • Keep your stove top clean and flammable kitchen items away.
  • Carry and serve hot foods and liquids carefully in your home.
If You Suffer a Burn Injury

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For a serious burn call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires and burn injuries, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and related injuries requiring medical care. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Panorama City Apartment Fire Kills Woman and Injures 3

Monday, October 28, 2013 |

PANORAMA CITY - Firefighters quickly extinguished an apartment fire, where a woman was found deceased and three others were injured, on October 28, 2013.

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The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) was alerted of a Structure Fire at 8:39 AM with reports of a person possibly trapped inside. Firefighters quickly arrived to 8816 Tobias Avenue to find a seven unit, two-story apartment building with smoke pouring from second story and one unit fully involved in fire.

Due to an aggressive attack, a total of 39 firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Jack Wise, fully extinguished the fire in just 14 minutes. The bulk of flames were confined to the unit
of origin.

Sadly, during the initial Search and Rescue of the unit on fire, a 42 year-old woman was found in the hallway beyond medical help, and was determined dead. Three people suffered non-life-threatening smoke inhalation and were transported to local hospitals in Fair condition; two were brave Police Officers assisting in evacuation and the third was a 14 year-old boy, son of the deceased.

In examining the fire's aftermath, there was no immediate evidence of a functional smoke alarm within the residence due to fire damage. There was a front security door but no window bars to impair egress of the 52-year old residence, which was not equipped with fire sprinklers.

The scene was preserved for LAFD Arson Investigators and LAPD to closely examine the cause of the deadly fire. The fire remains under active investigation and the monetary loss is still being tabulated.

A positive identification - to include the age and gender - of those who died, as well as the precise cause, time and manner of their deaths, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
Dispatched Units: E81 RA881 RA81 E90 E275 T75 E298 T98 EM12 BC12 E98 E7 RA98 AR2 AR7 DC3 AR9 E98 T98 E298
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

30 Seconds of Prevention: Heating Your Home Safely

Sunday, October 27, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...to keep your family safe from burn injuries. LAFD Captain Jaime Moore explains:


Home Heating Mistakes Can Be Deadly

If You Suffer a Burn Injury

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For a serious burn or any emergency, call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires and burn injuries, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and related injuries that require medical care. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Ralph J. Scott Fire Boat Turns 88 Today

Saturday, October 26, 2013 |

SAN PEDRO - Today, Saturday October 26, 2013, the remarkable Los Angeles Fire Department Ralph J. Scott fire boat turned 88 years-old. Originally named Los Angeles City No. 2, she was built in 1925 for $214,000 and was involved with most of the significant fires in the LA Harbor area. The fire boat went to sea with a crew of 14 officers and firefighters and she proudly served longer than any other single piece of apparatus in the LAFD. She was later renamed the Ralph J. Scott, in honor of the city’s most innovative Chief engineer during the early 1900s.


In case you are one of the many that have not yet had the privilege of seeing inside this amazing boat, we thought we'd bring her to you with the help of Bruce Ecker, a volunteer who has taken these beautiful panoramic photos. Click on the image and drag to navigate 360 degrees.


 

Today, Old Fire Boat No. 2 sits behind active Fire Station 112 in San Pedro. The Port of Los Angeles has begun the process of developing a multi-million dollar facility to house the rehabilitated vessel. It is a beautiful new environment for the old boat, and will be adjacent to Fire Station 112 and very close to Ports of Call Village. We warmly welcome you and your family to visit this unique National Historic Landmark in person!


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Urge Pre-Halloween Safety Planning

Friday, October 25, 2013 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department want your Halloween celebration to be memorable for all the right reasons. Our friends at Safe Kids Worldwide explain...


Help firefighters and paramedics by following and sharing these LAFD safety tips!

BEFORE HALLOWEEN:

  • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
  • Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
  • Secure emergency identification (name, address, phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet.
  • When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant.
  • Because a mask can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic and hypoallergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative.
  • Do not use decorative contact lenses without consulting a qualified eye care professional.
  • Think twice before using simulated knives, guns or swords. If such props must be used, be certain they do not appear authentic and are soft and flexible to prevent injury.
  • Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries and glow sticks for all children and their escorts.
  • While children can help with designing a Jack O' Lantern, leave the carving to adults.
  • Avoid Halloween related fires by purchasing small battery powered lamps or chemical glow sticks for use in decorations and costumes.
  • This is also a great time to buy fresh batteries for your home Smoke Alarms.
  • Teach children their home phone number and to how call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
  • Review with your children the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll", should their clothes catch on fire.
  • Openly discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior at Halloween time.
  • Consider purchasing individually packaged healthy food alternatives (or safe non-food treats) for those who visit your home.
  • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Check your property for flower pots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house.
  • Plan now to protect your pets from frightful sights, sounds and hazards.
  • Learn or review CPR skills to aid someone who is choking or having a heart attack.
  • Consider safe party guidelines when hosting an adult or office party.
Think of unique ways you can safely share the fun in your neighborhood!

PLAN FUN ALTERNATIVES:

  • Find a special event or start one in your own neighborhood.
  • Community centers, shopping malls and houses of worship may have organized festivities.
  • Share the fun by arranging a visit to a retirement home or senior center.
  • Create an alliance with college fraternities, sororities or service clubs for children's face painting or a carnival.
We hope these preparedness tips for the days leading up to Halloween are helpful in planning a safe celebration. We're pleased to offer a separate LAFD Halloween Night Safety Checklist for the hours before nightfall on October 31!


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

30 Seconds of Prevention: Basic Kitchen Safety

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The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...to keep your family safe from burn injuries. LAFD Captain Jaime Moore explains:


Basic Cooking Rules and Kitchen Clean-up Prevents Fires

  • Never leave food unattended while cooking on the stove.
  • Clean all cooled stove and oven surfaces once cooking is completed.
  • Follow manufacturer instructions for stove and oven cleaning and maintenance.
If You Suffer a Burn Injury

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For significant burns, call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires and burn injuries, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and related injuries that require medical care. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

30 Seconds of Prevention: Does Your Kitchen Have a Kids Free Zone?

Thursday, October 24, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...to keep your family safe from burn injuries. LAFD Captain Jaime Moore explains:


Every Kitchen Needs a Safe Space for Cooking

  • Keep a 3 foot 'Kids Free Zone' in front of your stove and ovens.
  • Keep all pets an equal distance away to avoid burn injuries.
  • Use similar precaution with hot plates, toaster- and microwave ovens.
If You Witness a Burn Injury

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For significant burns, call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires and burn injuries, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and related injuries that require medical care. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Join LAFD at L.A. Kings 'Firefighter Appreciation Night'

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department and their families invite you to join them for an action-filled evening, as the Los Angeles Kings host:

Click here or on the image above for complete information

Firefighter Appreciation Night - with Special LAFD Postgame
Saturday, November 30, 2013
7:00 PM - L.A. Kings vs. Calgary Flames
Los Angeles, CA 90015

See the L.A. Kings take on Calgary, followed by a post-game matchup featuring LAFD Hockey and L.A. Kings Alumni.

Win a ride on the Zamboni during the first period of the game. Only 100 chances will be sold!
Zamboni raffle tickets $25 each (must be 21 or older)

All ticket purchases receive a commemorative puck, brought to you by the LA Kings!

The Los Angeles Kings have pledged a generous percentage of proceeds from ticket sales at this special game to benefit the non-profit Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

All friends of the LAFD are welcome! We hope you'll join us for an evening of family fun at Staples Center. Reserve your tickets today and/or enter the raffle by calling the Foundation directly at (310) 552-4171.

...or purchase game tickets now through:

LAKINGS.COM/FIREFIGHTERS

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

30 Seconds of Prevention: Microwave Oven Safety for Adults

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The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...to keep your family safe from burn injuries. Dr. Peter H. Grossman M.D. explains:


Adults and Microwave Ovens

  • Haste and inattention are common factors in adult burn injury in the kitchen.
  • Use the same caution with a microwave oven, as you do at the stove.
  • The microwave oven is not a "risk free" way to heat food.
  • Many burns happen when coffee, tea, soup and other hot foods are removed from the microwave.
  • Establish a child and pet free zone within 3 feet of any stove or oven.
If You Are Burned

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For significant burns, call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires and burn injuries, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and related injuries that require medical care. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

The LAFD Foundation Seeks to Purchase 3300 Brush Helmets

Monday, October 21, 2013 |

The LAFD Foundation Seeks to Purchase 3300 Brush HelmetsDid you know? Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) firefighters and paramedics sometimes have to buy their own equipment due to city budget cuts. That's where the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation steps in and helps purchase important items like flashlights, hose packs and more.

We are humbled that some of the public have asked what they can do to help. Right now the Foundation is working hard to purchase 3300 Brush Helmets for fighting wildfires - enough for every firefighter, and as previously mentioned, 70 Extractor machines for washing firefighter’s protective clothing gear - which protect firefighters from carcinogens and blood pathogens.


Whether it’s $45 to buy a brush helmet, or $6000 to buy an extractor machine, your support of the LAFD Foundation has a direct impact - and all donations are tax deductible.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

30 Seconds of Prevention: Microwave Oven Safety and Children

Sunday, October 20, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...to keep your family safe from burn injuries. Dr. Matt N. Young M.D. explains:


Children and Microwave Ovens

  • Children are at most risk of burn injury in the kitchen.
  • Keep kids away from the stove - and the microwave oven.
  • The microwave oven is not a "risk free" way to heat food.
  • Many burns happen when children are allowed to remove soup and other hot food from the microwave.
  • Make and enforce a safe, child-free zone in the kitchen.
If Your Child is Burned

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For significant burns, call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires and burn injuries, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and related injuries that require medical care. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Warn of Fake Fire Inspectors in Southern California

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Example of how a fake fire inspector *might* appear
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department is warning business owners to be on the lookout for phony fire inspectors.

Businesses in and near Los Angeles have been targeted by scam artists wearing official looking uniforms who claim to be examining fire safety systems by - or on behalf of - the Fire Department.

The fake inspectors ask an unsuspecting employee to sign a form authorizing the "inspection". Weeks or months later, a bill comes to the business owner for "work performed" or "services rendered".

The mailed statement, appearing to have been signed by an employee, usually demands immediate payment for an "annual inspection", threatening penalties for any failure to pay promptly.

The LAFD and Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office want workers and business owners to know that while Los Angeles Fire Department officials do examine businesses, they do not charge such fees for routine inspections.

Most troubling to firefighters is that fake inspections may cause workers and guests to falsely believe that fire extinguishers, alarm systems, emergency lighting, exit signage and fire sprinklers are fully up to code and operating effectively.

Before allowing any inspector to enter your business, require the individual to present government-issued identification and a business card. Local fire department officials all have badges, and their uniforms will clearly state their agency name. LAFD personnel are pleased to provide multiple ways for anyone to confirm their identity.

If you suspect suspicious activity or someone impersonating a Fire Department employee, contact law enforcement immediately and notify your local fire department.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Brentwood High Rise Fire Sends Eight to Hospital

Friday, October 18, 2013 |

BRENTWOOD - A fire in a 25 story high-rise apartment sent eight persons to the hospital Friday, including three Los Angeles firefighters. One pet dog perished in the flames.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 11:43 AM on October 18, 2013 to 11740 Wilshire Boulevard in Brentwood. Firefighters arrived quickly by ground and air to find heavy smoke showing from a two-bedroom unit on the 11th floor of Building A at the Barrington Plaza apartments.

As LAFD helicopters circled overhead, a well coordinated attack on the fire by 214 LAFD personnel under the command of Assistant Chief Kwame Cooper, took less than 45 minutes to confine the flames to the unit of fire origin in the central section, west side of the building. Complete extinguishment of the blaze was achieved just 71 minutes after the fire was first reported.

While scores of residents took immediate and appropriate action to evacuate the building by stairway when the noontime fire erupted, others were delayed in their departure and required assistance from firefighters and other building occupants.

Seven residents exposed to smoke were medically assessed by Fire Department Paramedics at the scene, with two of those residents declining further care. The remaining five, including a 2 year-old girl in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals by LAFD ambulance.

Brentwood High Rise Fire Sends Eight to Hospital © Photo by Steve Gentry. Click to view more...

Three Los Angeles Firefighters suffered painful though non-life threatening burns during fire attack, with two suffering moderate leg injuries, and a third sustaining a moderate ear injury. The three men were taken by Fire Department ambulance to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center for primary care.

No other injuries were reported.Brentwood High Rise Fire Sends Eight to Hospital © Photo by Steve Gentry. Click to view more...

During more than 55 hours of continuous duty at the scene, rotating teams of Los Angeles Firefighters - numbering 347 in all, addressed safety, pet evacuation, tenant access for critical needs and wellness among the building's estimated 700 residents, including nearly 150 unable to immediately return to their units on the ninth, 10th and 11th floors.

The American Red Cross established a temporary shelter at University High School, while Community Emergency Response Team volunteers supported the logistical needs of LAFD responders.

Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire is, "Undetermined, most probably discarded smoking material."

The Barrington Plaza's 240 unit 'Building A' was not equipped with fire sprinklers, a feature not required when the building was constructed in 1961.
Dispatched Units: E237 T37 RA837 E59 E19 RA19 E71 E292 T92 E81 T39 E239 H0E H0F H0A EM9 BC9 BC17 E61 T90 E37 E263 T63 DC3 EM14 BC18 E88 UR88 T27 E227 UR27 RA27 BC5 E39 H2 H3 H4 H6 RA71 RA92 E63 E269 T69 EM5 E288 T88 E94 AR2 RA62 AR7 E26 E62 E205 T5 T61 E109 E41 E278 T78 E295 T95 RA59 RA63 RA69 RA61 BC4 BC10 BC1 BC14 EA1 AR2 CM3 E211 T11 T89 E289 BC6 UR89 RA89 RA889 E89 E90 HT1 AR17 RT83 AR23 E21 E60 E203 T3 E266 T66 AR9 RA37 RA892 RA869 RA58 RA62 T33 E233 E13 T10 E210 E85 BC12 E29 T93 E293 T15 E215 E3 CP2 CP3 HL1 RA59 T26 E226 E10 HL3 RA43 E95 T94 E294 RA26 T29 E229 E11 RA37 E42 E5 T10 E210 AR9 AR23 E64 BC9 T15 E215
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

30 Seconds of Prevention: Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire

Thursday, October 17, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...to keep your family safe from burn injuries. Dr. Matt N. Young M.D. explains:


Hot Liquids Burn Like Fire

  • In most homes, the kitchen is the busiest - and most dangerous room.
  • Hot liquids like coffee, tea or soup can cause 3rd degree (serious) burns.
  • Keep hot liquids out of the reach of children.
  • Make sure children stay at least three feet away from the stove.
If Your Child is Burned

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For significant burns, call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires and burn injuries, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and related injuries that require medical care. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man Dies, Woman Saved by Smoke Alarm in NoHo Fire

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - One man died and a woman was injured, when a fast-moving fire swept through their North Hollywood home Wednesday evening.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 8:13 PM on October 16, 2013 to 6904 Agnes Avenue in North Hollywood. Firefighters arrived quickly to discover heavy flames throughout the front portion of a one-story 1,044 square foot home.

Smoke Alarm Allows Woman to Escape Deadly North Hollywood Blaze. © Photo by Jeffrey Geller. Click to view more...With word that people were trapped by the inferno, LAFD crews mounted a fierce attack on the fire, encountering an apparently uninjured woman outside the home. She told responders she had been in the rear portion of the three bedroom house when a smoke alarm sounded. Investigating the noise, she discovered the living room at the front of the home - where her husband was last known to be, well involved in fire. As the home began to fill with thick smoke, she was able to swiftly exit via a door at the rear of the building.

With fire attack underway, LAFD Firefighter/Paramedics assessed the woman for smoke exposure, later taking her by ambulance to an area hospital in fair condition for further medical evaluation.

Smoke Alarm Allows Woman to Escape Deadly North Hollywood Blaze. © Photo by Rick McClure. Click to view more...Forty-four firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Mark Akahoshi confined the flames to the structure and extinguished the blaze in just fifteen minutes. While quelling flames, firefighters discovered human remains in the living room, believed to be those of the woman's missing 79 year-old husband.No other injuries were reported.

There were no window bars, security doors or obvious non-fire factors to impede the victim from exiting the home. The residence was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers. A positive identification of the decedent to confirm his age, as well as the cause, time and manner of his death, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

Monetary loss to the 87 year-old building and contents is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze is considered accidental, and attributed to smoking.

Dispatched Units: E89 T89 E289 RA889 RA89 E60 T60 E260 EM14 BC14 E77 E102 E239 T39 RA60 RA77 EM11 EM17 AR2 AR7 AR23 DC3
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Use Heart, Hand Tools - and Half-Eaten Hamburger to Rescue Trapped Feline

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles Fire Department crew rescued a kitten trapped in a storm drain early Tuesday morning.

Summoned at 1:33 AM on October 15, 2013 by Los Angeles Police Officers unable to access the trapped feline, a crew from LAFD Station 33 arrived promptly with heart, hand tools - - and a (news photographer's) half-eaten hamburger - - to lure the cat to safety.

Videographer Martin Nate Rawner captured the humane effort...


The cat was safely transferred to the security of an LAPD patrol car, and was to remain in police department care until personnel from the Department of Animal Services were available.

Though animals in distress within the City of Los Angeles are often assisted by the Department of Animal Services Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (SMART), the highly trained team was not available early Tuesday.

When possible, Los Angeles Firefighters are pleased to assist animals in peril, while remaining available for the frequent priority of emergencies involving human life.
Dispatched Unit: LF33
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Take 30 Seconds: Know How to Prevent Fires and Treat Burn Injuries

Monday, October 14, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the world renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...during October to keep your family safe from fire and burn injuries. Dr. Peter H. Grossman M.D. explains...


Watch What You Heat

  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.
  • Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart

  • Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.
  • Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
Give Proper Treatment for a Burn Injury

  • Cool the burn with water. Do not apply ice, butter, ointments or home remedies.
  • Cover the burn with a clean dry cloth.
  • Contact a healthcare professional promptly. For significant burns, call 9-1-1.
With a focus on preventing kitchen fires, our month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and burn injuries. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters and staff at the Grossman Burn Centers encourage you to learn more at:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Smoke Alarms Help Chatsworth Couple Escape Blaze

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CHATSWORTH - A Chatsworth couple can thank their properly installed and maintained smoke alarms for waking them to a fire early Monday morning, which allowed them to escape the fire unharmed.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 3:42 AM on October 14, 2013 to 10003 Oso Avenue in Chatsworth, where firefighters arrived promptly to find the attached garage of a one-story 1,303 square foot home heavily involved with fire.

Relieved to learn that the man and woman were uninjured - and that no one remained in the thick smoke that filled their home, LAFD crews began an aggressive and well-coordinated assault on the flames, confining fire to the garage and a portion of the attic. Thirty-three Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the command of Battalion Chief Karen Richter extinguished the fire in just 25 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters limited fire loss to $70,000 ($40,000 structure & $30,000 contents). The blaze was attributed to the spontaneous combustion of items stored adjacent to the home, with flames spreading through a vent to consume the garage, heavily damage a car and threaten the pair sleeping in the residence.

Dispatched Units: E107 RA107 E296 T96 RA896 E70 E287 T87 EM17 BC15 E8 EM15
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings Announces Retirement

Thursday, October 10, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - We would like to share with you a statement from Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings:

"Effective November 1, 2013 the Mayor will be appointing an Interim Fire Chief.
Following a period of transition, I will retire from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

LAFD Fire Chief Brian CummingsServing those who, live, work and play in Los Angeles is an extremely rewarding experience. It is a profound honor to work with and lead you incredible men and women of the LAFD. Every day, responding to over 1,100 calls for service, you make a positive difference in the lives of so many Angelenos. LAFD employees and volunteers have risen to the multiple challenges of increased workload, decreased funding, staff reductions, fewer apparatus and aging equipment. All the while, you continue to provide world class public safety, save lives and protect property. I could not be more proud of what you accomplish each day.

I remain committed to the on-going success of this great Department. I will retire confident that Los Angeles’ strong support of Public Safety and the Los Angeles Fire Department will afford the continued provision of service befitting the City of Angels. Be well and be safe." - LAFD Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Escape Harm When West Adams Building Collapses

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 |

WEST ADAMS - Firefighters attempting to save a recently renovated Los Angeles business from flames escaped harm late Wednesday evening, when the roof of the building suddenly collapsed - just nine minutes after the fire was reported.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:59 PM on October 9, 2013 to 4100 West Jefferson Boulevard in the West Adams area, where firefighters arrived quickly to find flames through the roof of a one-story 50' x 50' building with a 20' addition to the rear.

Forcing entry into south side of the well-secured structure charged with heat and smoke, six firefighters took a brief moment for situational awareness prior to entry. Despite the clamor of a what would soon become a "Major Emergency" blaze, their experienced ears noted sounds of structural compromise - and they stood their ground - seconds prior to collapse of the building's roof in an area where they would have been standing.

A well-coordinated transition to defensive operations ensued as all personnel were accounted for and assured to be unharmed. Heavy streams were used to push back flames that briefly towered in the sky, as 121 LAFD personnel under the command of Battalion Chief Surgey Tomlinson held the fire in check. The blaze was skillfully confined to the non-fire sprinklered building of fire origin, and fully extinguished in just 54 minutes.

No injuries were reported.

Fire loss to the vacant building, zoned for light manufacturing and being prepared for lease, is still being tabulated. The cause of the blaze remains under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E29 E27 RA68 E26 T26 E226 E215 T15 RA15 EM13 BC11 BC5 E15 BC18 E229 T29 E43 DC1 BC5 E46 E261 T61 EM11 T3 E203 E3 UR3 UR88 BC1 E68 E210 T10 RA94 E10 T21 E221 E21 AR1 SQ21 T21 E221 AR2 T66 E266 T2 E202
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Make Every Day in October Fire Safe with '30 Seconds of Prevention'

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Building upon the theme of Fire Prevention Week, the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department are joined by the internationally renowned Grossman Burn Centers in asking you to take just..

30 Seconds of Prevention

...each day throughout the month of October to keep your family safe from fire and related injuries. LAFD Captain Jaime Moore explains...


With a focus on preventing kitchen fires, this year's month-long campaign addresses the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries. Your hometown and neighborhood firefighters encourage you to learn more at:



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Injured While Battling South L.A. Church Blaze

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department battled flames that ripped through a 19th century wooden church on Tuesday October 8th, 2013. A firefighter was trapped in the burning rubble when significant portions of the Crouch Memorial Church collapsed during a Major Emergency Structure Fire.

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Firefighters were summoned at 9:27 AM to 1001 E 27th Street in South L.A. where they found a large two-story church with fire blowing out of the attic. Firefighters assumed an immediate aggressive attack with hose-lines inside the dark, hot interior and up to the second floor. Within fifteen minutes into the battle, a loud crash was heard outside as portions of the attic and second floor suddenly fell. A firefighter on the second story rode the floor down as it dropped to the first story. He was trapped in heavy burning debris and had to utilize his emergency air canister to breathe.
"I got fire all around me... I got fire all around me." - Chilling radio traffic from the trapped firefighter inside the inferno.
Several critical objectives were rapidly met by Battalion Chief Fligiel:
  • Activate Emergency Traffic on the radio alerting firefighters to the current conditions.
  • Determine the exact location of the trapped firefighter within the nearly 7,000 sq-ft structure.
  • Deploy a RIC (Rapid Intervention Company) Team to extricate him.
  • Ensure no others are unaccounted for by obtaining the location of each firefighter on scene.
  • Safely transition from an offensive interior fight to a defensive exterior fight.
Then a sense of relief...
"We have the firefighter... we are taking him out the front door." - Radio transmission. 
Shortly thereafter the trapped firefighter was carried down the church steps to safety.

Firefighters Injured While Battling South LA Church Blaze Over 150 firefighters, under the command of Deputy Chief Mario Rueda, fully extinguished the flames in three hours and 45 minutes. Over the next several hours, firefighters carefully salvaged items from the sanctuary and supported the investigation.
     
LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section (ACTS) Investigators were soon on scene, and in accordance with protocol, activated the regional "House of Worship Arson Task Force", bringing specialists from the Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to join the LAFD investigation.

According to LAFD ACTS Captain Michael Rueda, the fire appears to be accidental in nature. A declaration of the specific cause must await completion of the investigation.
 
The historic church suffered grave damage and is considered a total monetary loss.
 
Firefighters Injured While Battling South LA Church Blaze
A total of three firefighters were evaluated for injuries: The trapped firefighter was immediately transported to a local hospital where remained overnight before being released. The second firefighter was involved in the rescue and accompanied his colleague to the hospital. He was briefly evaluated and did not require treatment. Hours into the battle, a third firefighter suffered a possible electric shock while on an Aerial Ladder Truck that was pouring water into the structure. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.
Dispatched Units: E14 E210 T10 RA10 E9 T9 RA9 E21 SQ21 EM11 BC11 BC1 E15 E221 T21 E215 T15 DC1 BC13 E46 E203 T3 EM18 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 T5 E205 UR88 BC5 E17 RA814 RA21 RA15 EM13 EA2 AR1 E226 T26 E211 T11 E33 E11 EM9 RM2 RA46 RA246 E66 AR17 RT59 EA1 AR7 CM2 CM1 AR11 RA10 EM9 RA17 T33 E233 E11 T94 E294 E63 E98 SU2 BC13 EM13 AR17 T66 E266 E26 RA29
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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Charity Car Show in West Hills

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WEST HILLS - Los Angeles Firefighters welcome you to join them and automotive enthusiasts of all ages at the:

LAFD Charity Car Show
Sunday, October 13, 2013
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
22801 Roscoe Boulevard
West Hills, CA 91304


This family-themed car show - with free parking and admission for all spectators - proudly draws public participants from throughout California. Along with dozens of gorgeous full-sized cars, motorcycles, boats and trucks on static display, there will be hand-crafted miniature racers taking part in a Pinewood Derby.

Were that not enough, we welcome you to enjoy food cooked by firefighters, toe-tapping tunes and a raffle with some great prizes!

All proceeds from the LAFD Car Show benefit the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen’s Fund and the Firefighters Quest for Burn Survivors.

You can still register your show car at the gate. We look forward to meeting you and your family this Sunday at the LAFD Charity Car Show:


Follow @LAFDCarshow on Twitter
Like LAFD Car Show on Facebook

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

2013 Fallen Firefighter Ceremony in Hollywood

Monday, October 07, 2013 |

LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial. Click to learn more...HOLLYWOOD - The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department cordially invite you to join civic and community leaders as well as friends and family of the LAFD, as our community gathers to honor the 263 members of our Department who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to the City.

In addition, there will be a special tribute to the 19 brave men of the Prescott Arizona Fire Department's Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives earlier this year.

Los Angeles Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony
Saturday, October 12, 2013
10:00 AM
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum & Memorial
1355 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, California 90028


We are pleased to provide an interactive map with driving directions, and encourage you to consider public transit, carpool and bicycle use. All are welcome to attend the service and tour the adjacent museum on this special day of remembrance.

For further information, please call (323) 464-2727 or visit:

lafdmuseum.org


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Prevention Week: In the Kitchen - Keep Things Away from Heat

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The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration in recognizing October 6-13, 2013 as Fire Prevention Week. This year's focus:

Preventing Kitchen Fires

With families spending more time in the kitchen, safe cooking behaviors are worthy of family conversation. Cooking equipment, most often the range or stovetop, remains the leading cause of reported home fires - and home fire injuries - in the United States. The LAFD, NFPA and USFA want to change that, and they need your help!


Safe Cooking Behaviors

It's a recipe for serious injury or even death to wear loose clothing (especially hanging sleeves), walk away from a cooking pot on the stove, or leave items that can catch fire, such as potholders or paper towels, near the stove. Whether you're cooking a holiday dinner - or a snack for the children, safe cooking behaviors keep you and your family safe.

Choose the Right Equipment and Use It Properly

  • Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
  • Follow manufacturers' instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment.
  • Plug microwave ovens and other cooking appliances directly into a wall outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance – it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
Watch What You Heat

  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.
  • Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you have to be alert. You won't be if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart

  • Keep anything that can catch fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains - away from your stovetop.
  • Keep the stovetop, burners, and oven clean.
  • Keep pets off cooking surfaces and nearby countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking. Loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire if it comes into contact with a gas flame or electric burner.
Learn more about preventing kitchen fires at: FPW.ORG


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Disaster Preparedness Fair in Granada Hills

Friday, October 04, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and Neighborhood Councils of the San Fernando Valley warmly invite you to the 6th Annual:
 
Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair
Saturday, October 5, 2013
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Los Angeles Fire Department Station 87
10124 Balboa Boulevard Granada Hills, CA 91344

Sponsored jointly by the Northridge East, Northridge West, Northridge South, Granada Hills South, Granada Hills North, Lake Balboa, Chatsworth, North Hills West, Porter Ranch and Mission Hills Neighborhood Councils, the Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is designed to help everyone in the community be prepared for emergencies and disasters.

Plenty of Food, Fun and Prizes!

The sponsoring Neighborhood Councils will be giving away 500 emergency preparedness starter kits (one per family while supplies last).

ENJOY: Free food from noon until 1:45 PM. Special drawings. A blood drive sponsored by Rotary and Kaiser hospital. The Yogi Bear Shakey-Quakey School House. Free Child ID's by Granada Hills Masons. Even Radio Disney will be there!

Hands On, Up Close and Focused on the San Fernando Valley!

Along with detailed preparedness information, plan to witness demonstrations and interact with local LAFD, LAPD, LADWP, HAM Radio Operators, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members as well as representatives from the Civil Air Patrol and American Red Cross. The first 100 CERT members (bring identification) to the event will receive a special appreciation gift.

It's a fun and free event for the whole family. FREE parking behind the Salvation Army Family Store on Balboa Blvd. We look forward to seeing you this Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills!

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Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

How Does LAFD Determine Wildfire Danger in Los Angeles?

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 |

Los Angeles Fire Department
How are decisions made by the Los Angeles Fire Department to pre-deploy resources on days of high wildfire hazard?

The answer is science.

To learn more, we spoke with Captain Daniel Curry, lead for the LAFD Fire Weather Program, who explains...

The LAFD utilizes a Burning Index (BI) to determine the Department’s commitment to pre-deploy resources. A number of procedures occur each day to determine the BI in Los Angeles.

First, dead vegetation fuel moisture readings are taken in the early afternoon at Fire Station 108 on Mulholland Drive near Coldwater Canyon, and communicated to LAFD's North Division Headquarters located at Fire Station 88 in the San Fernando Valley.

Second, a group of federal meteorologists at the Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center (SCGACC) in Riverside, California provide a "fire weather forecast" consisting of a predicted high temperature, low relative humidity, wind speed and direction for the next day.

Third, historical data (high/low temperature, high/low relative humidity and hours of rainfall in the last 24 hours) is mixed into the brew.

All of this information is fed into equations that make up the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS). The result is the BI. Theoretically, fire danger is elevated when BI’s reach high values.

The daily BI level is stated as a numerical value:

BI 0 to 37 = Low
BI 38 to 47 = Moderate
BI 48 to 110 = High
BI 111 to 161 = Very High
BI 162 and above = Extreme

On days of Extreme Fire Danger, the Los Angeles Fire Department may pre-deploy resources at select Neighborhood Fire Stations in-and-near areas prone to wildfire.

Not all forecasts become reality, so LAFD North Division staff conduct real-time weather surveys, monitor Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) in and near the City of Los Angeles and consult the National Weather Service (NWS) to stay abreast of fire weather conditions and forecasts.

Please remember that radio and television weather reports are broadcast to a wider community than the City of Los Angeles, and pass along information on "Red Flag Warnings", for instance, that may not apply to the area served by the LAFD.

The NWS and SCGACC may come to different conclusions on the forecast as well, based on which computer model each agency trusts. Ultimately, the LAFD makes decisions on pre-deployment based on all of these inputs – with a lot of experience mixed in.

Kindly note that LAFD uses the term "Red Flag Alert" to indicate forecasted or existing "Red Flag" conditions inside the City of Los Angeles. A "Red Flag Alert" is called when the wind speed is 25 miles per hour or more and the relative humidity is 15% or less. History has proven that a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential.

For this reason, parking restrictions may exist on certain narrow streets in brush areas during “Red Flag Alert” conditions. To determine current Red Flag Alert Parking Restrictions within the City of Los Angeles, please call 3-1-1 or visit:

lafd.org/redflag


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department