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Van Nuys Tanker Base

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Located at Van Nuys Airport, our Department’s Tanker Base is the home for our Contract Aircraft Program, which is more than 20 years old.  Our Contract Aircraft Program provides additional firefighting weapons to the standard arsenal of our Air and Wildland Division. Department Historian retired Captain David Boucher explained that the Tanker Base was originally located at another part of the airport but because it was too close to the runway, it was moved to the Burbank Airport. Several years later, it returned to the Van Nuys Airport to  a safer location. Read More

Get Ready for the Great Shakeout October 16

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On October 16, our Department will participate with over nine million Californians in “The Great Shakeout” Earthquake Exercise. Developed by a multi-disciplinary group, including members of our Department, the ShakeOut Earthquake Exercise focuses on testing, evaluating and improving California’s earthquake readiness. The ShakeOut drill began in 2008 in Southern California to educate the public on how they can prepare and protect themselves during a large earthquake. In 2009, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger designated “The ShakeOut” as an annual statewide exercise. It is now the largest disaster exercise in the world. Currently over 19 million global participants are registered for the 2014 Great ShakeOut Exercise. Read More

Grateful Hearts: Quartz Hill Couple Thanks 84s Six Years in a Row

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Every July 24 for the past six years, Pam Nua, often accompanied by her husband James, has brought a card and gifts to personnel at Fire Station 84 in Quartz Hill to express their gratitude for saving her life.  The story began on  July 24, 2008, when Pam and James were preparing for a family vacation with their children to Lake Mead. James had only returned three and a half months ago from serving a tour of duty with the National Guard in Operation Iraqi Freedom Seven. He was three minutes into his commute to Castaic Lake for dive training as part of his job with the Los Angeles Port Police. Suddenly something extraordinary happened. As he neared Bouquet Canyon Road which has no cell service, his boss called him and made an offer he had never heard in 22 years and hasn’t heard since: “Hey J., I know you and Pam are going on vacation. You just got back from Iraq. Just take the day off.” Astonished, James accepted the offer and turned around for home. Read More