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March 2014

Super Scoopers Help Knock Down Pine Fire Quickly

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super-scoopersThanks to an aggressive air and ground fire attack, the dynamic and challenging second-alarm Pine Fire was knocked down without any injuries to local residents or property damage.  The blaze broke out in the westernmost part of the Antelope Valley near Quail Lake, and was first reported by a motorist at 1:18 p.m. on Friday, March 14.  It was ignited by a vehicle fire in the brush. Read More

An Epic Day to End Epilepsy: Callie’s Cause

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CallieHave you ever had an uncontrollable muscle twitch or tremor? Have you ever felt a little shock of electricity go through your body? You walk across the carpet and reach for the doorknob and ZAP!!! You get a static shock and your body immediately reacts to that unpleasant sensation. Now imagine experiencing that sensation, multiplied by 100, 30 to 40 times a day. Now imagine watching your 19-month-old baby experiencing that every day.  Read More

Passing of Fire Fighter Paul Cooke

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paul-cookeOur Department mourns the loss of Fire Fighter Paul Cooke, who passed away unexpectedly on March 18 at the age of 37. Fire Fighter Cooke joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department on April 4, 2009, and most recently served the public from Fire Station 92 in the community of Littlerock. A flag ceremony was held at the station on March 27 to honor his life and faithful service to the public. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers, as we all continue to cope with his loss. Read More

Captain Roy Ortiz: In the Right Place at the Right Time

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Roy-Ortiz_smEarly Sunday morning, March 9, as Captain Roy Ortiz was leaving Fire Station 106 to make his way to West Hollywood for the LA Marathon Operational Briefing, he came upon a traffic collision with fire at the intersection of Crenshaw and Palos Verdes Drive. He noticed a Sheriff’s deputy and bystander both circling the car frantically, so he pulled over to help. The engine compartment was well involved. Read More

Pancake Breakfast Honors Colby Fire Responders

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Grateful members of the Glendora community hosted a pancake breakfast on March 20 at Clubhouse 66 in Glendora to honor Colby Fire first responders. Chuck Castellanos and Michael Beatty, two local musicians and members of Foothill Musicians Giving Back, partnered with the Glendora Chamber of Commerce, Glendora Rotary Club and Clubhouse 66 Restaurant to say thanks to the many firefighters, police officers, pilots and Forest Service officials for their heroic, skillful and coordinated response to the Colby Fire that swept across the foothills above Glendora and Azusa on January 16. Read More

Kudos to Fire Captain Steve Harper

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Steve-Harper-story_smA well deserved recognition dinner for Fire Captain Harper was hosted last week by the City of Santa Clarita Mayor, the Elks Lodge, and many community stakeholders. Harper was selected because he appreciates his job, does not complain, and always volunteers his time by going the extra mile. He is part of the Honor Guard, and teaches CERT classes throughout Division III and the County. Harper is known for being active in his work community.  He stops to buy lemonade for his crew from local kids trying to raising money, works with the Sand Canyon Community to offer his time identifying safe zones, and just pitches in when he sees the need. Read More

March is Red Cross Month

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RedCrossMonthThe Board of Supervisors has proclaimed March as “Red Cross Month” throughout Los Angeles County, and it is a good time to bring awareness to this organization that provides compassionate care at home and around the world.  The American Red Cross provides humanitarian efforts to approximately 70,000 disasters at home in the United States, and to 187 countries throughout the world.  A special team of volunteers use donations from everyday people to meet these great responsibilities and challenges each year. Read More

LACoFD Larger than Life in Antelope Valley

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billboard-picIf you live in the Antelope Valley area, you may have seen the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) new “larger than life” digital billboard along Sierra Highway near Enterprise Parkway. This exciting high profile advertising campaign is designed to help raise awareness about our upcoming Firefighter Preparatory Seminars. This project is part of our Department’s extensive efforts to recruit the best candidates possible. It also serves to provide positive reinforcement about a person’s decision to apply to be part of our firefighting family. This marks the first time ever that our organization has ventured into this aspect of publicity and marketing as a way to promote our Department. Read More

Birthright Armenia Alum Led by Passion to Help

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Growing up as a third-generation Armenian in Southern California, Armenian culture was always a part of Jamie Kolar’s family and something that she wanted to learn more about. With a maternal grandmother of Armenian descent born and raised in Fresno, family reunions took place there while growing up, and still do. In May 2013, just months shy of her 30th birthday, Kolar took a bold step in her quest to learn more about her heritage. The medically trained firefighter paramedic at the Los Angeles County Fire Department joined Birthright Armenia, and boarded a plane to her ancestral homeland to carry out volunteer service through the Armenian Volunteer Corps (AVC). Read More

Colby Fire: Fundraisers for Fire Victims and Kudos

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BandAidShirtThe Colby Fire, which broke out on January 16 above the cities of Glendora and Azusa, and the severe rainstorms six weeks later, drew the widespread attention and concern of residents and city leaders alike. We were pleased to receive letters of appreciation from Glendora Mayor Joe Santoro and Azusa Police Chief  Sam Gonzalez regarding our emergency response efforts, shared with you below. Read More