LAFD Week in Review 1.29.16

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This week, your LAFD responded to 8,904 calls and took 4,277 people to the hospital. Here’s a brief glimpse behind the scenes at what else happened:


We ran to remember Sunday as more than 100 crew and staff from your LAFD participated in the inaugural run to benefit fallen law enforcement and first responders. LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas paced the way and a strong showing from the Los Angeles Women in the Fire Service rounded out the day’s 10k and half marathon.

Earlier, that weekend, your Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the 18000 block of Chatsworth Street in Granada Hills for a traffic collision. Three people were injured, two in critical condition, one with minor injuries. All three were quickly treated by firefighters and transported to local hospitals. One of the critically injured was tragically pronounced dead at the hospital.

Photos by Mike Meadows


What’s it like to be a firefighter? We try to give you a glimpse each week but this Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation video offers a pretty stunning peek behind the scenes. If you are interested in being a firefighter, we invite you to If you would like to support us, please visit


Photos by Daniel Lievense

A structure fire in Boyle Heights Tuesday claimed a portion of a home. Due to significant damage inside the home, firefighters gave the family a $100 SAVE card. When a family’s place of residence is damaged, they are often in shock and confused about what to do next and many times they are left without basic necessities such as medicine or food. The SAVE program offers immediate assistance for a meal, or other vital essentials such as clothes or a place to stay the night.

LAFD’s In-Service Training Section teaches a “Firefighter Survival” course. Tuesday’s hands-on course at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City introduces life-saving self-rescue techniques for firefighters if they find themselves in a precarious position.

“Train as if your life depends on it, because it does.”

The unofficial LAFD motto carries over into all aspects of the work we do and rings especially true when we consider how best to protect our community from active shooter situations.

This video shows how we train with LAPD and what we do if the worst day happens. We can never fully prepare, but we will work daily to hone our skills.

A different kind of training occurred Tuesday night, when we teamed up with LAPD in South LA to talk CERT — Community Emergency Response Teams. Want to be on the front lines of helping your community show an emergency strike? We’re glad you asked how:


A woman’s place is…behind the wheel of a fire truck.

We are only as strong as our staff and, for 33 years, LAFD Senior Arson Investigator David Liske, helped create one of the strongest units in the country. We said goodbye and thank you Wednesday to Mr. Liske, who worked on some of the most newsworthy and interesting cases during his three decades in the LAFD.

A cabinetry business sustained heavy damage but aggressive firefighting prevented complete destruction of a commercial building during a late night fire in the Harbor Gateway area.

At 11:57 p.m. firefighters rushed to 1647 W. Sepulveda Blvd., where they found smoke showing from a one story, concrete commercial building. Immediately, rotary saws sparked to life as firefighters cut open multiple rolling steel doors to gain access to the fire unit.

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An explosion involving a propane tank and tar pot sparked a fire in an apartment building in Downtown Los Angeles Thursday, ABC7 reported

The blast occurred at 2:45 p.m. during a roofing operation amid construction at a five-story apartment building. Though the plume could be seen from throughout Downtown and the explosion heard from miles around, there were no injuries and the blaze was knocked down by 75 firefighters in 20 minutes.

Photos by Daniel Lievense

A Tarzana home Thursday sustained damage after a fire ripped through the structure. No injuries were reported as 43 firefighters spent 23 minutes extinguishing the blaze.

We pause to remember the sacrifice of those who gave their lives 30 years ago aboard the space shuttle Challenger.


Have a great weekend be safe (and dry) out there!

Stay tuned to @LAFD, @LAFDtalk and our local Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Have a safe and fantastic weekend and if you feel we missed anything or to leave a comment please email us anytime. Have you seen the LAFD in action? If you have and want to share any pictures you’ve safely taken, please and we may feature your photo here or on social media.

Submitted by Jeremy Oberstein | Spokesperson Los Angeles Fire Department

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