L.A. Marathon Cardiac Arrest Survivor Reunited with Rescuers and Hospital Staff

Monday, April 21, 2014 |

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) personnel and members of the UCLA and USC medical staffs joined 2014 ASICS LA Marathon runner Jode Lebeda on Monday as he was reunited with firefighters, paramedics, doctors and nurses who cared for him after he collapsed during the race.

L.A. Fire Chief Speaks at April 21, 2014 Press Conference where a Marathon Cardiac Arrest Survivor was Reunited with Rescuers and Hospital Staff
LAFD Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone addresses the media
at an April 21, 2014 press conference, where a man who collapsed in cardiac
arrest during the 2014 ASICS Los Angeles Marathon was reunited with rescuers.
Jode was running the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon on March 9, when at Mile 20, he collapsed in sudden cardiac arrest. Marathon medical volunteers from Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), the official medical provider of the ASICS LA Marathon, quickly reached 28-year-old Jode and began CPR, while LAFD EMTs and Firefighter/Paramedics stationed along the race course also arrived rapidly to provide Advanced Life Support measures. While being treated on the race course, Jode regained strong pulses and was transported by LAFD ambulance in critical condition to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.

He was admitted to the hospital’s Neurointensive Care Unit and over the next seven days, made a remarkable recovery. He has since returned to work and has resumed his normal daily activities.

"The sheer number of pieces that had to fall into place to enable me to survive is staggering to imagine," said Jode Lebeda. "Words cannot describe the gratitude I feel for the trained volunteers and LAFD members who reacted instantly to save my life. Additionally, the expert care I received from Dr. Vespa and the rest of the UCLA medical staff following the marathon has allowed me to be here physically, just as I was before the race." He added: "This experience has been one of those life-altering events that will forever change my perspective on all things. The importance of first-responders and human compassion in our society has never felt more real.”

LAFD Interim Chief James Featherstone commended the quick work of the medical personnel and the LAFD members assigned to the race that day, as well as the teamwork and coordination required to turn a potential tragedy into a joyful success.

"The amazing story of Jode’s sudden collapse and subsequent full recovery is not only a tribute to the strength of his spirit, but a testament to the effectiveness of the Chain of Survival in cases of sudden cardiac arrest," said Chief Featherstone. "It is always a pleasure to formally introduce an individual to the people who rescued him."

Dr. Paul Vespa, professor of neurology and neurosurgery and director of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center’s Neurointensive Care Unit, was the lead physician during Jode’s hospitalization. "When Jode remained in a coma, we suspected he was suffering from silent seizures, which are common after cardiac arrest, so we used brain monitoring to detect the seizures, and then treated him to protect his brain," said Dr. Vespa. "Our motto is 'To detect and protect,' and UCLA pioneered this type of brain monitoring, which is available only at specialized neurocritical care centers like ours."

Marathons are inherently complex events, with thousands of runners, spectators and volunteers lining the 26.2 mile course. The LAFD works closely with the ASICS LA Marathon organizers and allied public safety agencies to coordinate its medical coverage and response. In addition to providing life-saving treatment to Jode, the LAFD handled dozens of race-related incidents throughout the day.

Dr. Glenn Ault of Keck Medicine of USC is the ASICS LA Marathon Medical Director and was on hand to meet Jode and express his gratitude for a team effort to save him and assist all participants of the annual race.

"Keck Medicine of USC is proud to partner with the ASICS LA Marathon and the multiple jurisdictions providing medical care to ensure the health and safety of race participants,” said Dr. Ault. "Our medical volunteers, including physicians and nurses with expertise in emergency medicine, have assisted LA Marathon runners since 2012, and we’re glad we can be of help to them. In this case, the heroic efforts of many culminated in an incredible outcome for Mr. Lebeda, which we can all celebrate."

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Citywide 'Open Firehouse' Celebration

Sunday, April 20, 2014 |

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM all Neighborhood Fire Stations in the City of Los Angeles will be expecting your visit.

Father and Son
To increase community awareness of Fire Department services, the Los Angeles Fire Department designates the second Saturday of each May as Fire Service Recognition Day. This year, we highlight the fact that:

"Fire Burns. Smoke Kills."

During our 2014 open house, we are honored to provide personal tours of YOUR Neighborhood Fire Station and highlight the commitment of Los Angeles Firefighters in assuring the safety of those they are sworn to serve.

Along with personal tours of Neighborhood Fire Stations, there will be a smoke alarm video, demonstration and give-away, coordinated to our "Fire Burns. Smoke Kills." campaign, along with special "Hands-Only CPR" demonstrations, and enhanced displays at these locations: 

Fire Station 27 & LAFD Museum
(8:30 AM - Noon Pancake Breakfast )
1327 North Cole Ave

Fire Station 56
2759 Rowena Ave
Silver Lake

Fire Station 63
(8:00 AM - Noon Pancake Breakfast )
1930 Shell Ave

Even Moms & Kids are Firefighters for a DayVenice

Fire Station 65
1801 East Century Blvd

Fire Station 69
15045 Sunset Blvd
Pacific Palisades

Fire Station 77
9224 Sunland Bl
Shadow Hills

Fire Station 86
(8:00 AM - Noon Pancake Breakfast)
4305 Vineland Ave
Studio City

Fire Station 88
5101 North Sepulveda Blvd
Sherman Oaks

Fire Station 94
4470 S Coliseum St
Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw

Fire Station 112
444 South Harbor Boulevard
San Pedro

Those unable to attend on Saturday due to religious observance, are warmly welcomed to join us on Sunday, May 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at three special locations:

Fire Station 58
1556 South Robertson Blvd

Fire Station 61
5821 West 3rd St
Fairfax District

Fire Station 102
13200 Burbank Blvd
Valley Glen

Informational packets with literature on smoke alarms, home safety plans, disaster prep and recruitment materials will be available at all 106 Fire Stations.

Please Note: Due to the ongoing statewide drought, water demonstrations will be eliminated this year.

We look forward to meeting you at any City of Los Angeles Fire Station during our Annual Open House Celebration!

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Street Closure, Transit Status and Freeway Information for Los Angeles

Saturday, April 19, 2014 |

Call 5-1-1 for travel, transit and transportation information
When traveling in Southern California, we encourage you to drive safely and listen to local radio stations - especially AM news stations with frequent traffic reports. Public agencies work with broadcasters to help you make the best travel choices.

If your phone is handy, our region's 5-1-1 telephone system is a free and convenient way to obtain timely personalized information about traffic, transit and transportation.

For those near a computer or smartphone, here are some Los Angeles area links you may wish to bookmark now or e-mail to a friend:

When seeking the status of a road, transit system or freeway in Los Angeles, please listen to news radio, visit the websites above or call 5-1-1 (not 9-1-1) for information to get you moving!

As always, the LAFD urges you to periodically monitor the State of California's EDIS website and listen to NOAA Weather Radio and local news sources for emergency bulletins.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

San Pedro Elks Lodge Heavily Damaged by Fire

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 |

Updated April 16, 2014 4:30PM. - Updates in bold.

SAN PEDRO - It took more than a hundred firefighters to extinguish a non-injury fire that heavily damaged an Elks Lodge early Tuesday morning.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 2:50 AM on April 15, 2014 to 1748 Cumbre Drive in San Pedro, where firefighters arrived quickly to discover the large two-story San Pedro Elks Lodge #966 well involved with fire.

Less than twenty minutes into a fierce battle against towering flames, firefighters were forced to move to a defensive posture, as the roof of the 33,744 square-foot building constructed on a bluff, began to fail.

A total of 104 Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Ernest Bobadilla were able to spare a large auditorium from the bulk of fire damage, which ravaged other parts of the iconic facility. Flames were fully extinguished in less than two hours, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters spent several hours at the scene gingerly extracting memorabilia and carefully salvaging belongings that had not been consumed by flames. Monetary loss to the 47 year-old building is still being tabulated.

The fire was determined to be an intentional act, having been categorized as "incendiary" by LAFD Investigators, who are joined by Los Angeles Police officials and other law enforcement agencies in what remains an active investigation.

Anyone with information about this fire is encouraged to contact Investigators at the Los Angeles Fire Department - Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section at (213) 893-9850
Dispatched Units: E101 RA101 E248 E48 T48 RA848 E285 T85 EM13 BC6 E36 E112 E264 T64 E85 E266 T66 DC1 EM11 BC13 T5 E205 E5 UR5 RA5 UR88 BC4 E79 E38 E295 T95 E221 T21 EA2 AR1 RA112
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Salute America's 9-1-1 Dispatchers


Saluting those who answer the call. Click to learn more...On most days, they're the last people you want to talk to. However, when things go wrong - even terribly wrong, their mere presence on the phone can drop your pulse rate by 50 beats while assuring help is on the way.

We are of course, speaking of 'Public Safety Telecommunicators', or in normal citizen speak: the folks who answer your 9-1-1 call and coordinate the timely response of law enforcement, fire fighting and emergency medical service personnel.

April 13-19, 2014 is
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

While their effort assisting 9-1-1 callers is largely known, you may not be familiar with other aspects of a Public Safety Dispatcher's work. An essential task - or should we call it multi-task, is accounting for and assuring the safety of emergency responders at simultaneous critical incidents.


In the City of Los Angeles, the duty of answering calls and coordinating response to the broad spectrum of Fire Department emergencies falls upon a small cadre of specially trained firefighters who staff the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center (MFC).

As veteran rescuers trained in the actual control of emergencies, their "virtual presence" is an asset not only to 9-1-1 callers, but also to their fellow firefighters - who respond to emergencies by land, sea and air within our City more than 2,0000 times each day.

No Matter Where You Live...

Please join us in saluting all who 'Answer The Call'. To learn more about National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week and how you can support the 9-1-1 dispatchers in your area, please visit:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Help Los Angeles: Become a Crisis Response Team Volunteer


City of Los Angeles Crisis Response Team volunteer programYour Los Angeles Fire Department encourages City of Los Angeles residents to join the Mayor's Crisis Response Team (CRT) volunteer program.

Overseen by the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, Crisis Response Team volunteers are professionally trained to provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, emotional support and referrals to victims and families involved in traumatic incidents such as:

  • Abused/Neglected Children
  • Homicides
  • Death Notification
  • Major Car Accidents
  • Drive-by Shootings
  • Natural Deaths
  • Fires
  • Suicides
The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) is activated by the LAPD or LAFD following a traumatic event, crime or disaster - when people often feel helpless, confused or are in emotional shock.

Deploying specially trained CRT volunteers allows emergency personnel to resume their primary duties, while ensuring victims and their families are provided with support and counsel for as many hours as they need.

Bilingual volunteers are strongly encouraged to apply. The Spring training will take place Monday & Wednesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM between May 5 and June 18, 2014.

To learn more about this rewarding program and submit your application, please contact:

Becca Doten
Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
Crisis Response Team
200 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 978-0697
Email: lacrt@lacity.org

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Woman Injured When Fire Chars San Pedro Duplex

Friday, April 11, 2014 |

SAN PEDRO - The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a fire Friday afternoon, where they found the master bedroom, hallway and laundry room of one unit in a two-story residential triplex well involved with fire.

The fire was reported at 1:25 PM on April 11, 2014 at 2425 South Gaffey Street in San Pedro.

Under the command of Battalion Chief Ernest Bobadilla, firefighters made a rapid and aggressive attack. Due to the magnitude and size of the complex, 83 firefighters were dispatched to the fire, which was quickly knocked down by the first arriving crews in just 12 minutes.

A 57 year-old woman was rescued during a primary search of the structure. She was rapidly treated for minor burns and transported to an area hospital in fair condition.

Loss from the blaze is still being tabulated. The cause of the fire was deemed electrical.

Dispatched Units: E248 E48 T48 RA848 E101 RA101 E112 E285 T85 EM13 BC6 BC13 E36 RA112 E40 E49 E264 T64 E266 T66 DC1 EM4 BC18 E85 T5 E205 UR5 UR88 BC4
Submitted by Shawn Lenske and Brian Humphrey, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple Injuries

Thursday, April 10, 2014 |

RESEDA - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) responded to a fierce structure fire at 17000 block of W Vanowen Street on April 10, 2014 that injured multiple people.


Firefighters received several 9-1-1 calls starting at 12:46 PM for a Structure Fire with a person possibly trapped inside. The LAFD arrived to a one-story home with garage converted to living quarters in the rear, both well involved in fire, and the flames were rapidly spread to a neighboring home and garage. An aggressive fire attack ensued.

Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple InjuriesOver 75 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Jeffrey Elder, fully extinguished the stubborn flames in one hour and 16 minutes.

An 18 year-old female was heroically rescued out the window by LAPD Officers and neighbors. She was brought to awaiting Firefighter/Paramedics who rapidly treated and transported her to a local hospital in fair condition. A 54 year-old female neighbor suffered minor smoke inhalation and was transported in fair condition. One Firefighter suffered minor burns through his glove to his hand during the fire-fight, and was transported in fair condition. Three Law Enforcement Officers were medically evaluated for minor injuries, declined transport, and were left in the care of LAPD Officers. Firefighters also rescued a litter of six kittens trapped inside the burning home, and they are in good health. Lastly, one pet bird was found dead inside. Animal control was requested for assistance.

A systematic search of the homes proved no others were injured or trapped inside.

Firefighters were met by multiple challenges:
Los Angeles Firefighters Battle a Reseda House Blaze; Multiple Injuries•Reports of extreme storage inside some residences, which can create complications to occupants attempting to escape and for firefighters attempting to rescue residents.
•Firefighters encountered live power lines that burned through and dropped to the ground creating a life threatening hazard.
•High temperatures created physical challenges to emergency personnel.
•Wind gusts rapidly spread the flames.

The fire cause remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section, and the estimated dollar loss is being tabulated.
Dispatched Units: E100 RA100 E273 T73 E103 RA903 E293 T93 EM10 BC15 E70 E83 RA83 T90 RA104 EM15 BC10 DC3 RA90 BC17 E93 T88 EM17 UR88 T89 E289 E89 UR89 BC4 EM12 RT83 CM2 DT1 RA873 AR1
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department.

LAFD Firefighter Injured Battling Exposition Park House Fire


EXPOSITION PARK - A firefighter was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after getting hurt battling an early-morning fire in the Exposition Park area of Los Angeles on April 9, 2014.


The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 5:17 AM to the 1500 block of W 37th Street. They arrived to find a vacant single-family-dwelling with heavy fire and smoke erupting from the attic.

An aggressive fire attack ensued. Firefighters laddered the roof and quickly determined the structure was beginning to compromise. Considering Risk vs Gain, compiled with the home being unoccupied, the Truck Captain and Incident Commander wisely decided to get firefighters off the roof and cease making an interior attack. A defensive attack of the flames commenced from the exterior of the structure.

Shortly thereafter, a portion of the roof collapsed in the front of the structure, causing a section of the roofline and debris to fall on top of a firefighter. Fortunately he was able to remove himself from the rubble and was treated and transported by Firefighters/Paramedics to a local hospital in fair condition. He has since been released and is recuperating off-duty.

A total of 47 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Michael Greenup, fully extinguished the flames in 27 minutes.

The estimated dollar loss is $140,000 ($120,000 structure and $20,000 contents), and the estimated dollars saved is $201,000. The cause of the early morning fire is under active investigation.
Dispatched Units: E215 E15 T15 RA15 E226 E26 T26 E34 RA834 SQ21 EM11 BC11 BC13 E46 RA34 RA15
Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Rescues Gravely Injured Woman From Lake Balboa House Fire

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 |

LAKE BALBOA - The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) extinguished a house fire that gravely injured a woman on April 8, 2014.

Woman Gravely Injured in Northridge House FireJust before noon firefighters quickly responded to the 17000 block of Elkwood Street to find a one-story home with black smoke billowing from the roof.

A total of 32 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Poirier, extinguished the flames in just 13 minutes. The bulk of the fire was confined to the kitchen and attic.

Firefighters commenced a rapid and systematic search-and-rescue of the residence and located a 21 year-old female in a back bedroom in cardiac arrest. The patient also suffered first and second degree burns in addition to severe smoke inhalation. Firefighter/Paramedics immediately began advanced life support and transported the patient to a local hospital. Due the aggressive medical treatment by LAFD Paramedics, they were able to regain pulses.

The cause of the blaze was cooking. The estimated dollar loss is $30,000 ($20,000 structure & $10,000 contents).

Dispatched Units: E100 RA83 E273 T73 RA873 E90 T90 EM5 BC10 E81 RA73 AR7 AR1 AR10

Tragically, the residence did not have functional smoke alarms. Therefore, the LAFD implemented the SAFE (Smoke Alarm Field Education) Program at approximately 4:00 PM that day. Firefighters along with a representative from Council District 12  were able to canvas the affected block on Elkwood, advise neighbors of the fire, and distribute a number of free smoke alarms and batteries. All of the residents we contacted were very grateful for LAFD's outreach.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department