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October 2014

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Change Your Clock / Change Your Batteries

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As we change our clocks one hour back on Sunday, November 2, 2014, the Los Angeles County Fire Department reminds residents to change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in their home.

Carbon monoxide detectors are required by SB-183 to be installed outside of each sleeping area in traditional dwellings.  For maximum protection against CO gas, the Los Angeles County Fire Department also recommends that a CO device be installed in each sleeping room.

Follow these simple tips when handling and maintaining smoke detectors:

  • Test your smoke alarms for proper operations at least twice each year.
  • Clean your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors so they are free of lint and dust build up.
  • Change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in your home at least twice each year when you change your clocks.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms are now required by law in California. (SB-183)
  • Most importantly!  Have two (2) planned escape routes from your home with a designated meeting place outside for all members of your family, and conduct fire drills at home regularly.

 

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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

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

Mahendra Visnagra Receives 2014 Perpetual Award of Excellence

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Mahendra-Mike-VisnagraAt the September 23 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervising Fire Prevention Engineering Assistant Mahendra (Mike) Visnagra was honored as the recipient of this year’s Perpetual Fire Prevention Award of Excellence. Board Chairman Don Knabe presented Visnagra with a five-signature scroll on behalf of the Board, as Fire Chief Daryl Osby, Deputy Chief John Todd, Assistant Chief Phil Cocker, and Visnagra’s family and friends were in attendance to congratulate him as he received this special recognition. Read More

L.A. County Heat Wave & SW Swell Thur 10/2 – Sun. 10/5

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The National Weather Services has forecasted a Heat Wave this weekend in L.A. County starting Thursday October 2nd through Sunday October 5th. Temperatures are forecasted to reach near 90’F in the coastal areas and even hotter inland, with areas of  inland L.A. County reaching into the triple digits. furthermore a Santa Ana wind event (See Graphic Above) will create dangerous fire weather as well. For a list of Cooling Centers in L.A. County website.

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