Join LAFD in the 'Spark of Love' Toy Drive

Saturday, November 30, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department and ABC-7 (KABC-TV) are proud to announce the 21st annual Southern California Firefighters' Spark of Love Toy Drive for needy children.

Spark of Love Holiday Toy Drive - Click to learn more...

Los Angeles residents are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or sporting good to any Neighborhood Fire Station.

Through your generosity, Spark of Love will provide joy to local children who would otherwise go without a gift this holiday season.

To learn more about Spark of Love in Los Angeles, call (213) 847-3816. We welcome you to join us at the many special events throughout Southern California or to donate online. Every dollar collected goes towards the purchase of toys, sports equipment and gifts for needy local children and teens.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Fire Causes $200K Damage to Vacant South Los Angeles Building

Friday, November 29, 2013 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - It took nearly one hundred Los Angeles Firefighters less than a half-hour to tame flames that threatened to consume an entire row of vacant businesses early Friday morning.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 12:56 AM on November 29, 2013 to the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street, where crews arrived quickly in light rain to find fire in the central section - and heavy smoke throughout - a 140' x 45' one-story row of vacant businesses that shared a common attic.

The first arriving firefighters pushed back flames that threatened occupied homes to the west, as their colleagues forced entry into each section of the segmented 6,210 square foot masonry building. With neighbor reports that transients had been using the site for shelter, rooftop crews performed strategic ventilation of the 89 year-old building's multi-layer roof, allowing for a thorough search of the smoke and heat charged premises - which yielded no victims.

Ninety-six Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Gene Bednarchik confined flames to the centrally located section of the building at 5973 South Figueroa Street, extinguishing the fire in just 29 minutes. Though there was considerable smoke damage throughout, the flames did not harm other vacant storefronts, including a long inactive church at the far south end of the building.

No injuries were reported. The fire caused $200,000 in structural damage, with no estimable content loss. Though believed accidental, the early morning fire remains under investigation.
Dispatched Units: Data Pending
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Swift LAFD Response Confines Fire within Koreatown Billiard Parlor

Thursday, November 28, 2013 |

KOREATOWN - Quick action by Los Angeles Firefighters confined a blaze within one unit of a two story strip mall early Thanksgiving morning.

On November 28, 2013 at 12:34 AM, the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to 2716 West Olympic Boulevard. Fire companies arrived within 4 minutes to find an "L" shaped strip mall with smoke coming from Mo Shire Billiard.

An aggressive fire attack ensued while coordinated ventilation operations were performed on the roof, which limited the spread of fire to adjacent businesses.

Ninety-one firefighters, under the command of Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas, confined the flames to the unit of fire origin - with minor smoke and water damage to adjacent units. The blaze was extinguished in just 25 minutes. Ten patrons of the business, which was open at the time of the fire, safely self evacuated. No injuries were reported.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health was requested to examine adjacent restaurants that may have been impacted by smoke or water from the fire.

Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The fire, which started in a closet, was determined to be electrical in nature.
Dispatched Units: Data Pending
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

LA Fire Chief Joins Family Who Lost Everything in a Tragic Holiday Fire to Send Holiday Safety Message

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - A child creates a menorah for a holiday decoration at his elementary school. One evening, the family lights the handmade object in the kitchen. At some point, they leave the room and within 30 minutes, the entire room is ablaze, and after attempting to squelch the blaze, the flames only grow, requiring an evacuation of the entire family and visiting grandparent.

Family Who Lost Everything in a Tragic Holiday Fire, LAFD Interim Fire Chief Speaks to MediaThis tragic fire causes them to lose every material thing (family photos, gifts, clothing, furniture) – but they escape the home safely with the family members and pets.

Los Angeles Interim Fire Chief James G. Featherstone joined this family and wished the community a happy holiday season and cautioned the public on the dangers of open flames as the Festival of Lights begins.

LAFD's Chaplain, Rabbi Hershy Ten, shares
 "8 Fire Safety Tips for the 8 Days of Chanukah”:
1. Place the Menorah in a safe, secure, and looked after area.
2. Avoid placing the Menorah on unsteady tables or surfaces.
3. Make sure candle wax or oil used in the Menorah is in stable holders.
4. Avoid placing a burning Menorah near curtains, shades, tablecloths, plants, books, or under counters.
5. Adult supervision should always be present when children light the Menorah.
6. Make sure infants and toddlers are unable to reach or access the Menorah.
7. Avoid leaving your home while the Menorah is burning.
8. In the event of a fire dial 911.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD: Something Never to Miss at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show


The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Click to learn more...LOS ANGELES - The 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show now underway (November 19 - December 1, 2013) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is expected to draw more than 900,000 spectators - including many researching a new car purchase.

With hundreds of vehicles and the latest automotive technology showcased across 870,000 square feet of exhibits, it may be easy to overlook an important item: the safety rating associated with each new car on display.

The U.S. Federal Government's 5-Star Safety Rating is required on all new vehicles for sale. Before you add a new vehicle to your dream list or finalize a purchase, the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests you take a close look the Monroney labels (window stickers) that are required on all new vehicles, or visit a special website from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Arson Investigators Announce Arrest in Morning's Los Feliz Fire

Friday, November 22, 2013 |

LOS FELIZ - On 11/22/13, at 7:04 AM, Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) resources were dispatched to a structure fire at 4462 Dundee Drive. Smoke was visible to responding companies, and initial reports stated that an explosion had occurred in the garage preceding the fire.


Firefighters approached what appeared to be a one-story single family dwelling. Upon their arrival, they reported fire showing from a tri-level hillside home, the top story is visible from the street with two subterranean levels.

Firefighters encountered fire on the street level and first subterranean level of the unoccupied home and commenced a swift battle.

A total of 49 Firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Joseph Castro, fully extinguished the flames in just 25 minutes, before anyone was injured.

Arson Investigators were requested with the Department’s Accelerant Detection K-9, and an assisting Special Agent from the ATF. 

While investigators were conducting their examination of the scene, they were notified by LAPD Hollywood Division that an “arson suspect” had turned himself in at the station. Investigators went to the police station where they ultimately determined that the person who had turned himself in was responsible for setting the Dundee Dr. fire. The suspect was subsequently arrested and booked by LAFD Arson Investigators at the LAPD Hollywood Division for a violation of 451(b) PC, Arson of an Inhabited Dwelling and bail was set at $250, 000.

Suspect Info: Barsegian, Siregan, 62 year old male resident of Hollywood and occupant of the involved home.

The motive for the fire is still being established, though the property is reportedly the subject of a family dispute. The manner in which the fire was set will not be released at this time.
Dispatched Units: E235 T35 E56 RA56 E82 RA82 E250 T50 EM11 BC5 E52 RA835 T27 E227 E27 DC3 AR2 AR17 AR1 AR9
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Four Los Angeles Firefighters Injured Battling Textile Building Blaze

Thursday, November 21, 2013 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - Four Los Angeles Firefighters were injured while fighting an early morning commercial blaze in a textile building.

At 3:18 am, November 21, 2013, the Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned to a report of smoke at the intersection of 31st street and Central Avenue. Firefighters arrived quickly to find flames billowing from the rear of 943 East 31st Street, a one story 8,000 square-foot, industrial building.


Upon arrival, an aggressive interior fire attack ensued. Simultaneously, firefighters climbed ladders to perform vertical ventilation, cutting holes in the roof to remove gas, heat, and smoke. During roof operations, a firefighter was engulfed by the building and flames when a partial structural collapse occurred. The firefighter fell to the ground inside the building where his colleagues affected a rescue.

Evacuation of all personnel was ordered and the firefight continued from the exterior. Just over 100 firefighters, all under the command of Battalion Chief Greg Gibson , extinguished the flames in one hour. Although surrounding buildings were brushed by flames, the intense blaze was contained to the building of origin.

During the roof collapse and subsequent rescue, four firefighters sustained non-life threatening burn injuries. All were transported to area hospitals in what was initially reported as serious condition. The four firefighters were evaluated, treated, and later released from the hospital.

Monetary loss is estimated at $500,000 ($200,00 structure and $300,000 contents). The cause of the early morning blaze is under active investigation by the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section.
Dispatched Units: E14 RA814 RA14 E21 T21 E221 E215 T15 BC1 SQ21 E15 E9 T9 E233 T33 DC1 EM11 BC13 BC11 BC18 T3 E203 UR3 RA3 RA803 E27 UR88 BC5 E10 E226 T26 RA15 RA21 EM13 RA209 EA1 AR1 AR7 RA14 AR9 AR17 EM17 SQ21 E10
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

Agencies Issue Joint Statement Regarding November 1 Incident at LAX

Saturday, November 16, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - The following statement was released jointly on November 16, 2013 by Los Angeles World Airports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles Fire Department, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration:

Friday, November 1, 2013 was a tragic day for the community of Los Angeles and for professionals that have dedicated their lives to protecting others. The life of TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez was taken when he and other TSA employees were targeted by alleged gunman Paul Ciancia at Los Angeles World Airport's Terminal 3. Hundreds of officers, firefighters, and paramedics responded to the incident and did their utmost to identify the nature of the incident, safely assist the injured, locate and apprehend the suspect.

Command officers and airport administrators were faced with a wide range of important objectives, including conducting a complete search to rule out additional gunmen or explosives, identifying and treating all injured victims, and coordinating the needs of the thousands of arriving and departing travelers that were impacted by the incident.

In the aftermath of an incident of such significance, we are rightfully evaluating where improvements can be made should we ever be faced with such an incident in the future.

Various statements have been made regarding the incident, some of which are untrue and others that merit serious consideration by our respective agencies. Numerous actions are underway relative to this incident and the ensuing response. These include the federal criminal investigation, officer-involved-shooting investigation, and an After Action Workgroup that is rigorously analyzing all aspects of the multi-discipline response.

The principal agencies involved in responding to the incident will await the findings of the After Action Workgroup, which will provide the best perspective from which to draw conclusions, make recommendations, or take other corrective action.

Once the After Action Workgroup has completed its report, its key findings will be released to the extent permissible under State and Federal law. We ask for your patience as we move through this process.


Grand Opening of LAFD Station 94 in Baldwin Hills / Crenshaw


LAFD Station 94

The Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcomes you to join civic and community leaders, including Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone, at the formal dedication and public grand opening of recently modernized Fire Station 94 in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw District of Los Angeles:

Saturday, November 16, 2013
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
LAFD Station 94
4470 Coliseum Street
Los Angeles, CA 90016

This event will be held rain or shine!

We're pleased to offer an interactive map that provides driving, transit, cycling and walking directions to this superbly updated facility, now actively serving southwest Los Angeles.

Following Saturday's dedication ceremony, you can meet Wilshire the Fire Dog, enjoy food and entertainment, static displays of fire and rescue equipment, a helicopter flyover - and a chance to tour Southern California's most recently renovated Fire Station.

All members of the community are welcome at this family-themed event. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, November 16, 2013 for the public dedication of LAFD Station 94!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Holds Unified Command High-Rise Fire and Active Shooter Exercise

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 |

On November 9th and 10th, 2013 the Los Angels Fire Department (LAFD) conducted an extensive emergency high-rise training exercise. LAFD partnered with multiple nearby Fire Departments, LAPD, Massey Disaster Planning, Brookfield Office Properties, at Ernst and Young Plaza high rise. The building is over 900,000 square-feet, 41-story, granite and glass tower situated in the hub of the LA's Central Business District.


This training focused on the First Responders and incorporated a Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI) as a result from an Active Shooter. The drill was designed to demonstrate the partnership and cooperation between multiple agencies during a complex emergency that confronts local communities and First Responders.

At a high rise emergency incident, the difference between a successful operation which is brought to an early conclusion and one that becomes a protracted effort, often heavily taxing department's resources, depends greatly on training and actions taken by first arriving companies.

The scenario: Firefighters arrived to 725 S. Figueroa, for bells ringing and a fire alarm sounding on the 40th floor. Simultaneously, LAPD arrived for a report of a man with a gun on the same floor. First responders found smoke and multiple victims down in a “warm zone”.

Responders Conduct Crisis Training in Los Angeles High RiseThis drill created an immediate need for LAFD and LAPD to communicate and work together. Participants exercised a Unified Command system, high rise firefighting evolutions, Tactical EMS, and a MCI. The entire training exercise lasted approximately four hours.

Please note, this drill was scheduled months before the recent Wishire high-rise fire on October 18th and the active shooter incident at LAX airport on November 1st. It is impressive to see how timely and accurate this scheduled emergency drill truly was. The LAFD knows that proper training and experience plays a vital role in the success of an incident. That's why we train as if our life depends on it, because it does.

Dispatched LAFD resources:
(3) Battalion Command Teams / Battalion 1, 11 & 18
(3) Light Forces / LF 61, LF 12, LF 94
(3) Engine Company’s / E 10, E 34, E 68
(2) EMS Battalion Captain / EMS 1, 11
(3) ALS Rescue Ambulances / RA 68, RA 92, RA 43
(3) BLS Rescue Ambulances / RA 810, RA 834, RA 894


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Pre-deploys Additional Resources for Wildfire Danger


As a result of the anticipated increased winds and lowering relative humidity, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) will pre-deploy additional resources beginning at 8:00 AM on Wednesday November 13th, 2013. These additional firefighters will be placed at select Neighborhood Fire Stations serving high hazard brush areas for an anticipated 24 hours, pending re-evaluated weather conditions.

      These Fire Stations include:

8 (Porter Ranch)
28 (Porter Ranch) 
35 (Los Feliz) 
71 (Bel Air, Beverly Glen, UCLA Campus)
77 (Sun Valley, Shadow Hills, La Tuna Canyon)
78 (Studio City / Valley Village) 
83 (Encino) 
84 (Woodland Hills)
91 (Sylmar, N/E City of San Fernando)
97 (Laurel Canyon & Mulholland Drive)
99 (Beverly Glen and Mulholland Drive)
106 (West Hills, Chatsworth Lake, Canoga Park)
109 (Encino Hills)

The specific stations and locations are based on fire experience, area access and fire potential.

Additional staffing includes:  11 Engines, 6 Brush Patrols (4x4 trucks able to access remote areas, equipped with water and hose), one Bulldozer Team, two Water Tenders (apparatus containing a large amount of water), one EIT (Firefighter Staff Assistant) for each Battalion and Division Chief, two Metro Fire Dispatchers, one Air Operations Officer and two Helitac (helicopter) members.
'Red Flag' No Parking Sign. Click to learn more...
When fire weather conditions dictate, the City of Los Angeles may enact special parking restrictions in areas historically prone to wildfire. These are critical areas (very narrow roads, hairpin turns, and key intersections) where parked vehicles could delay citizens trying to evacuate and delay fire companies attempting to gain access during a fast moving Brush Fire.

This local declaration of parking restrictions is separate from regional forecasts from our friends at the National Weather Service.

To determine current Red Flag Alert Parking Restrictions in the City of Los Angeles, please call 3-1-1 or visit:

The Lowell Fire in Sunland on May 13, 2008
You Can Help!

While terrain is readily assessed, and many hazards are managed by our annual Brush Clearance Program, the LAFD asks you to remain cognizant of local fire weather.

Your personal awareness of overall wildfire danger, combined with readiness to take quick action are key to our collective survival of brush fires.

Some have asked, "What exactly is Ready! Set! Go!?" Here's a brief explanation. Those three words can prepare you and your family for a Wildfire:

Get Ready: Help protect your property by creating defensible space around your home. That means removing brush and replacing shake-shingle roofs. Assemble emergency supplies and plan your escape routes.

Get Set: If a wildfire threatens your neighborhood, act immediately. Place valuables in your vehicle, roll up the windows and back your vehicle into the driveway. Remove flammable materials from around your house.

Go: You don't have to wait to be told to leave, but if told to do so, do it. Remember firefighters need room in which to work. By leaving, you give them the best chance to protect your property.


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

The LAFD Asks You: What is a Vet?

Monday, November 11, 2013 |

Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department take pride in a credo of service that places the needs of others ahead of their own.

There are times however, when our efforts - no matter how valiant - should be rightfully overshadowed. One such time is this 11th day of the 11th month. Please join us in taking time to ponder the following question...


Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in their eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: a soul forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.

What is a Vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -or- didn't come back at all.

He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".

Remember, November 11th is Veterans Day.

One fine man often stated...

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag." Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC Veteran
Rest Assured: The Men and Women of the LAFD Will Never Forget!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

James G. Featherstone Appointed LAFD Interim Fire Chief

Friday, November 08, 2013 |

On November 1, 2013, James G. Featherstone was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti as Interim Fire Chief of the LAFD.  Featherstone, a native of Washington D.C. and veteran of the United States Navy, began his service with the City of Los Angeles in 1986 as an LAFD firefighter.

In his capacity as a firefighter and officer, Featherstone worked during numerous major local and regional incidents and events including the 1992 Civil Disturbance, the 1993 Firestorms, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, and the 2000 Democratic National Convention.  His varied assignments with the LAFD included tours as Public Information Officer, Recruit Academy Peer Instructor, Chief Officer’s Staff Assistant, Station Commander, Task Force Commander, and Tactical Training Officer.  Additionally, he served on both the Executive Board and Negotiating Team of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112.

In 2007, Featherstone was appointed General Manager of the City of Los Angeles’ Emergency Management Department (LA EMD).  He successfully reorganized the Department and restructured LA’s emergency management process by prioritizing coordination between disciplines and agencies while focusing on all-risk readiness.  The LA EMD is now nationally recognized as a model of modern, effective emergency management.  Featherstone is the current Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Featherstone earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from Union Institute and University and is an alumnus of the National Fire Academy, and the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.  He has completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Leadership in Crisis Programs at Harvard University, where he is an Ash Fellow in the Kennedy School of Government's Program on Crisis Leadership.  He is currently enrolled in the Executive Masters of Leadership Program at the University of Southern California.

Jim and his wife Shawn live in Los Angeles.  Their adult daughter, Chuva, lives abroad.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Quickly Extinguishes Downtown LA Textile Building Blaze


DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - 90 Los Angeles Firefighters battled an early morning blaze at a Major Emergency Structure Fire in a textile building in L.A.'s Warehouse District. 

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified of the blaze at 1:48 AM on November 8, 2013 by a passer by, who reported fire coming through the roof of a fabric business at 719 East 9th Street.

Firefighters arrived within two minutes to find flames burning through the roof of American Fabric and forced entry into a heavily secured 50' by 100' one-story building containing bolts of fabric rolls. An aggressive interior fire attack and coordinated roof ventilation quickly subdued the flames.

Under the command of Battalion Chief Greg Gibson 90 firefighters had the fire completely extinguished in just 17 minutes. The intense blaze was confined to the building of origin. Fire companies remained on scene throughout the night to monitor the building. No injuries were reported.

Overhaul of the structure began at day light utilizing teams of Firefighters including Fire Department bulldozers.

Monetary loss was estimated at $400,000 (200,000 structure and 200,00 contents). The cause of the early morning blaze is under active investigation by the Arson Counter-Terrorism Section.

Dispatched Units: E9 RA209 RA9 E210 E10 T10 E17 E203 T3 SQ21 EM1 BC1 BC11 E15 RA900 RA809 T9 E4 E14 DC1 E211 T11 E202 T2 EM11 BC13 E3 UR3 RA3 RA803 T27 E227 UR88 BC5 AR1
Submitted by Katherine Main, Spokesperson
Los Angeles Fire Department

Make Your Voice Heard in LAFD's Community Based Strategic Plan

Monday, November 04, 2013 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is developing a new, community-driven strategic plan and is teaming up with EmpowerLA to get the word out to members of the community.
The partnership between the two city departments is the first of its kind and assists in connecting us to Los Angeles residents, to engage them in the process of charting our organization’s future.

The process went live at the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) meeting last Saturday when LAFD Chief John Drake and Captain Kristin Crowley presented the plan to leaders from all 95 Neighborhood Councils.

Simply put, in order to dedicate time, energy, and resources on services most desired by its community, your LAFD seeks to understand community priorities, expectations, and areas of concern.

Your perspectives and input will be utilized in the development and creation of the LAFD's community driven strategic plan.

Make your voice heard! Join in the conversation by taking a quick electronic survey by December 1, 2013, and help your Los Angeles Fire Department develop an optimal public service model.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Join LAFD for All-Star Night of Comedy to Benefit 'Operation Gratitude'

Sunday, November 03, 2013 |

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome those age 21 and older to join them for an evening of all-star comedy to benefit Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to U.S. Armed Forces.

9th Annual Comedy Night for Operation Gratitude
Saturday, November 9, 2013
7:00 PM
The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601

TICKETS: $25 in advance, $30 at the door -- 100% tax deductible

Purchase tickets now at

Questions? Contact or the Federal Bar at (818) 980-2555.
NOTE: This event is for guests age 21 and older. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to the event, and will not be eligible for a refund.
Learn more about Operation Gratitude at

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Responds to Ill and Injured from LAX Shooting

Friday, November 01, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Fire Department aided six persons ill or injured as the direct result of a shooting incident at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Friday morning, said LAFD Battalion Chief Armando Hogan. Hogan explained that five patients were taken promptly by ambulance to area hospitals, while a sixth person declined medical care.

Summoned by airport officials at 9:28 AM on November 1, 2013 to Terminal 3, Fire Department personnel arrived quickly to an active shooter incident, to find the assailant quickly neutralized and scene secured by law enforcement officials.

During the prompt triage, treatment and transport of the five patients, LAFD joined a Unified Command with the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, as the airport premises were combed for additional hazards. With none discovered, LAFD transitioned to the role of an "assisting agency", as law enforcement officials continued their active investigation.

In the twelve hours that followed, LAFD strategically deployed more than 125 personnel on a rotating basis to serve the tens of thousands who were isolated within or refrained from reentering the 3,425 acre airport property. Working closely with American Red Cross volunteers, firefighters distributed water, snacks and information to as many persons as possible.

Throughout the day, LAFD Paramedics medically evaluated an additional 27 persons not involved with the shooting, who suffered illness or minor injury while evacuated from, sheltered within or waiting to deplane into terminals at the nation's third busiest airport. Thirteen of those persons were taken to areas hospitals by LAFD Ambulance for further evaluation.

No further details were made available regarding the age, gender, condition, affiliation or circumstances involving those who were ill or injured.

Those seeking additional information are asked to contact the Los Angeles Airport Police Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security - Transportation Security Administration and LAX Airport Administration.

Dispatched LAFD Units: E51 RA51 E95 RA95 EM4 BC4 RA63 RA62 EM9 DC1 BC18 E295 T95 E5 E205 E263 T63 BC722 TM8 TM1 RA64 RA66 RA894 RA94 RA43 RA892 EM18 TM5 RA58 BC9 DC718 HL1 E63 E94 E266 T66 E292 T92 H3 RH114 T90 E290 JT4 CM3 CP3 RA62 RA11 RA29 RA11 RA29 RA29 RA892 RA867 RA894 RA257 RA95 RA63 CS3 RA29 CP2
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department