Twelve brave men went out the back doors of New York Fire Department’s Rescue 5 but 11 never returned. It is one of the many powerful stories from a day we will always remember, September 11, 2001. Rescue 5 is now a rolling memorial traveling across our nation to honor the men who gave their lives that day, and to teach those too young to remember 9/11. Read More
Congratulations to 47 members of the 139th Recruit Class who graduated on June 20 at the Cecil R. Gehr Fire Combat Training Center at LAO. These newest members of LACoFD have completed 17 weeks of intensive physical and mental training to prepare for the rigors of the firefighting profession. We look forward to working with these newest additions to our proud ranks and wish them the best as they officially begin their new assignments on June 21.
On June 8, thirty new ocean lifeguards participated in the 2014 Lifeguard Training Academy Graduation at the Dockweiler Youth Center in El Segundo. Almost 200 hopeful candidates began the process last September with a rigorous (and chilly) 1,000-meter ocean swim. Interviews, background checks and medical exams followed. A total of 30 candidates went on to participate in the 90-hour Training Academy. Read More
The morning of June 1 proved to be an exciting day for a one year old deer after he ventured out of Malibu State Park, across Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and onto the beach. It must have wandered overnight or maybe it was spooked when it ran from the protection of the hills across the highway. Whatever the cause, ou ocean lifeguards banded together with Fish & Wildlife personnel and a group of concerned Malibu residents to help save the life of this frightened young deer.
Throughout California, incidents are on the rise involving butane honey oil (BHO) extraction from marijuana. On April 8, the Health Hazardous Materials Division (HHMD) received three separate calls involving BHO operations. The first one took place in Malibu, the second in Glendale and the third in Huntington Park. These incidents involved two explosions and fires with a total of three people injured and transported to burn centers. Read More
Clear skies, 88 degrees, moderate wind, bagpipers and old glory welcomed close to 13,000 visitors to the 2014 North Region Fire Service Day event on May 31 at Fire Station 129. Fire Chief Daryl Osby welcomed Fire Department retirees as they enjoyed the “top of the morning” pancake breakfast. Great “fire” stories were shared and prizes were handed out during the traditional breakfast raffle. High Fives to Supervisor Rickey Washington and the Camp 2 and Camp 13 Crews for providing this amazing meal and overall support during the morning breakfast. Read More
Congresswoman Gloria Negrete McLeod whose District represents the City of Pomona recently selected 10 public safety employees for their outstanding service and for helping to make the 35th District a great place to live. Fire Fighter Paramedic Steven Chavez from Station 183 in the City of Pomona was selected as Division VIII’s honoree for his dedication, excellent service and commitment to youth as the Post 15 Explorer Program Advisor. On June 6, the Congresswoman hosted a luncheon in the City of Montclair and used this opportunity to personally thank each honoree. Read More
County firefighters trained 2,834 residents in Hands-Only CPR at 31 Department-sponsored locations during the third annual annual Sidewalk CPR Day held across Los Angeles County on June 5. Scheduled during National CPR Week to draw attention to the lifesaving power of CPR, this one-day event was once again coordinated by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency (EMS), our Department and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Heart Association.“When someone has a heart attack, the first few minutes are critical,” said Fire Chief Osby at the morning press conference held to kick off the training day. “Most bystanders are not sure what to do. Well, on Sidewalk CPR Day, we will teach them what to do.” Read More
Onlookers were warned—they saw a dramatic rescue of a young drowning victim found in a pool. The screams of a panicked mom could be heard over the loudspeakers, “She’s not breathing! She’s not breathing!” While the 9-1-1 call was real, the drowning simulation was a message of caution to those attending the Fourth Annual Children Drown Without a Sound Water Safety Expo on May 31 at Fire Station 126 in Valencia. Read More
Acting Assistant Chief Greg Hisel and Division III firefighters collaborated on June 1 with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in an active shooter drill hosted by the Westfield Town Center Mall in Valencia. Over 200 sworn personnel took over the mall after business hours. Numerous engine companies, squads, along with Chief Deputy John Tripp, Battalion 4B, Battalion 6C, and Battalion Chief Doug La Count, staged for the drill designed to help facilitate a unified plan between the agencies. Read More