Learning to save lives is a family event in Inglewood.
Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel are always busy in the community. Here is a snapshot of what Department members are doing across the county.
LACoFD teaches Hands-Only CPR at Hispanic Heritage Festival
by Pearl Castillo
On Sept. 17, the city of Inglewood hosted its annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. The festival was free to the public and took place at Crozier Middle School.
Firefighters from Fire Station 171, along with Medium Truck Driver Elliot Hoffman and Printer I Humberto Gomez, taught residents how to save lives with Hands-Only CPR.
“When I received a phone call from Rosemary Vivero to volunteer, I immediately said yes,” Gomez said. “I volunteer every chance I get—I love teaching people how they can help save lives.”
Paramedics Praised for Off-Duty Response
by Carmen Mackey
Two firefighter paramedics with the Los Angeles County Fire Department exemplified the Department’s core values of teamwork, caring and community during their response to a multiple casualty collision in north Los Angeles County on Sept. 11.
Fire Fighter Paramedic Mike Bickly of Fire Station 84-C and Fire Fighter Paramedic Jacob Windell of Fire Station 135-C were off-duty when they arrived at the scene of the crash involving two vehicles and a motorcycle on San Francisquito Canyon Road. The paramedics quickly assisted other first responders with the nine patients and kept the chaotic scene under control.
“They gave their free time for the people of this community and are examples of what this Fire Department is about,” said Fire Fighter Steve Betteridge of Fire Station 111-B.
The traffic incident was intense and required two paramedic squads, four ambulances and two helicopters to respond. The injuries were severe for five pediatric patients and four adults, one of whom was in critical condition.
We thank these selfless men for their unwavering commitment to the Department’s mission.