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Girl Scouts Meet Role Model at Fire Station 44

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“Trust in your dreams and don’t be afraid to step outside of the box to achieve them,” said Battalion 16 Chief Veronie Steele-Small to members of Girl Scout Troop 4701 during their visit to Fire Station 44 on October 7. As a part of the tour, these young scouts were given positive career advice by an accomplished female role model. Steele-Small expressed that “one of the keys to achieving your dreams is to not use your situation as an excuse.” She  shared stories about her own obstacles she endured to become the community leader she is today. Because she was a five-foot-three-inch petite model, she did not fit the profile of a firefighter. Read More

Passing of Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Tom Barnett

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Barnett-ThomasOur Department mourns the loss of Ocean Lifeguard Specialist Tom Barnett, who passed away on October 15 at the age of 61, following a short-term illness. Barnett joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division on June 1, 1997, and most recently served in the Southern Section of the Lifeguard Division. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers, as we all continue to cope with his loss. Read More

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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