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July 2014

Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips

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The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms for the Antelope Valley, Catalina Island, Los Angeles County Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley areas this afternoon and evening. To help prepare residents and businesses for thunderstorms and lightning, the following are some safety tips:

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Meet Lifeguard Section Chief Chris Linkletter

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lg-chief-chrisAt age 5, Chris Linkletter was “thrown into a pool” to learn how to swim – and loved it. What would have traumatized some children at that age was the jumping off point for her lifelong passion for swimming, being in the water and working outdoors. That was 1971. Forty-three years later, Linkletter is still in the water – and enjoying every minute of it. Read More

“One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire” Campaign Addresses Everyday Causes

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It’s a fact: approximately 90 percent of all wildfires in California are caused by people. That is why fire agencies need the public’s help to prevent them. Whether it’s ensuring a campfire or landscape debris burn of leaves and branches is completely extinguished, or keeping a vehicle well maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires. Read More

Fire Chief Warns of Intense Fire Season

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This week, Fire Chief Daryl Osby met with federal, state, and local fire chiefs, forestry experts and administrators to discuss what is strongly predicted to be an intense wildland fire season. Following the meeting detailing the impact of the continuing drought on local vegetation, a press conference was held to share their predictions with local reporters, featured  in this article carried by the Contra Costa Times  Read More

The Sometimes Forgotten North County Fire Shop

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100_2967-Main-buildingLos Angeles County is a vast area comprising 4,083 square miles, and many times we focus on the urban areas and forget about its outlying areas.  The Fleet Services Division’s North County Fire Shop is one of those far away, sometimes forgotten places in the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Located in the City of Lancaster in the western Mojave Desert and hidden behind Fire Station 129, it is out of sight and out of mind but the work performed there is vital to our emergency operations. Read More

Division II Hosts Interagency Wildland Scrimmage

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To ensure streamlined communications and operations between emergency response agencies during a wildland fire incident, Division II co-hosted its annual interagency wildland scrimmage on June 24-26.  During the three-day drill approximately 200 firefighters from neighboring agencies including the Cities of Duarte and Azusa, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Forest Service, the Red Cross, and the Monrovia, Arcadia, and West Covina Fire Departments all converged at Encanto Park in Duarte to practice critical exercises ranging from foam operations to structure defense.   Read More

Bear Classic Softball Tournament is a Hit

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1st_2nd_Place-WinnersOn June 7, firefighters from throughout the Los Angeles County Fire Department played in the 5th Annual Bear Classic Softball Tournament at La Mirada Regional Park.  Hundreds of people came out to enjoy a day of food, drinks, games and fun to help raise money for the Explorers.  Dollars raised will provide scholarship awards, equipment and various other expenditures that Explorer posts must pay for their Explorers. Read More