LAFD Week in Review 10.16.15

Grand Opening for Fire Station 15 | Photo by Hunter Clark

What’s on tap? The grand opening of Fire Station 7 is tomorrow, Sat. Oct. 17. Will we see you there? [more info]


This week, your LAFD responded to 8,260 calls and took 4,533 people to the hospital. Here’s a taste of what else happened:


Each day, firefighters in every city in every country of the world put their lives on the line. On the same day we held an annual commemoration to honor LAFD fallen firefighters, Kansas City stood tall to remember two of theirs who fell in the line of duty a week earlier. On Oct. 12, 2015, Fire Apparatus Operator Larry Leggio and Firefighter John Mesh of the Kansas City Fire Department died following injuries sustained from a massive fire and building collapse.

Photo by Mike Meadows

We honored their memory as well as those from the Los Angeles Fire Department whose sacrifices will not be forgotten.

The LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located within the LAFD Museum in Hollywood [more info] and includes a memorial wall, listing the names of every known department member who died while at an incident or as a result of a duty-related cause.

In front of this wall, a series of bronze statues, each one carefully representing an LA firefighter is on display. The concept for these statues was designed by Los Angeles Fire Captain Duane Golden.
The statues represent a fire company during an incident in the city. Two firefighters are involved in fire attack, while a fallen member is being attended to by another member. The Captain, responsible for his crew and the fire, is making a command decision relative to attacking the flames, while also providing care for the downed firefighter. Of special note, the firefighters are not wearing protective face pieces (as they normally would) so that you can see their faces and expressions.

We thank everyone who attended the ceremony including Councilmembers Paul Koretz, David Ryu and former Councilmember Tom LaBonge, as well as the Fire Chief and Command Staff of your LAFD.


The morning’s memorial gave way to a celebration as we inaugurated the new Fire Station 15, near the campus of USC. See more pictures here and please be our guest by visiting Fire Station 15 during normal business hours.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and California State Assemblyman Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, second from right, cut the cake. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Deputy Mayor of Public Safety Jeff Gorell, Fire Facilities Chief Curt Klafta and Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas | Photos by Hunter Clark
USC President C. L. Max Nikias, center, LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, Los Angeles Councilmember Curren Price cut the ribbon with members of the Board of Fire Commissioners and other guests. | USC Photo/Gus Ruelas
Kindergarten students pet Wilshire the fire dog. | USC Photo/Gus Ruelas
Putting a bow on it as the new Fire Station 15 trucks are unveiled. | Photo by Yvonne Griffin
Your LAFD South Bureau staff, from left to right: Assistant Bureau Commander Ronnie Villanueva, Deputy Chief Daren Palacios, Capt. Brian Jones, Capt. Tyler Dixon | Photo by Yvonne Griffin


Also over the weekend, the crew of Sylmar’s Fire Station 91 responded to a call of bees. Your LAFD donned its beehoods and went to work, clearing the area while other pest control services made their way to the area. Doing it all!


That night, your LAFD received a call from park rangers near the Hollywood Hills about a fallen horse. The preliminary information we received was the horse, which normally stays nearby in Hollywood stables, was on a narrow trail and possibly lost footing and fell approximately 60' down a ravine.

Firefighters and Urban Search and Rescue specialists immediately set up a rope system to lower firefighters down the ravine to assess and calm the horse. Once at the horses side, firefighters fortunately determined the horse appeared to have suffered only superficial wounds and they were able to keep it tranquil.

This was a prolonged operation to carefully and strategically bring the horse to safety. Firefighters worked from the ground and air with Park Rangers, Animal Regulations, USAR specialists, veterinarians, along with others to determine the best option to remove this 17.1 hand thoroughbred horse from harm.

A total of 30 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Dean Zipperman, took every precaution to provide exceptional care to the horse during this traumatic experience including placing cotton balls in the ears to reduce noise and an eye mask to keep any falling particles from entering the horses eyes while they attentively hoisted the horse via LAFD helicopter. Light sedation was delicately coordinated while harnesses were placed around the 1200+ pound horse, then heavy sedation just before going airborne and traveling to the south stables where further care was standing by.

Photo and video by Capt. Rob Scott


A brush fire ignited in the backyard of a Los Feliz home Monday evening. The crew from Fire Station 82 responded and immediately went to work, dousing the blaze on the 2400 block of Nottingham Drive on the wooden deck of a two-story home. Thanks to the quick action of firefighters, the fire was entirely contained to the backyard and neither the structure nor its residents were in harms way.


A less than one acre brush fire near Mandeville Canyon was contained by firefighters early Tuesday morning. One home was initially threatened but due to an aggressive air and ground attack, no damage was reported.


You’re at Venice Beach and are alerted there is a Tsunami Warning in effect. Do you know what to do? Where to go? Do you live in the identified “Inundation” zones that are specifically vulnerable when a tsunami washes ashore?*

Image via LAFD West on Facebook

Wednesday, your LAFD West Bureau hosted a Tsunami exercise in Marina Del Rey to ensure that the many responding agencies in the region are prepared to work seamlessly to accomplish our goals of protecting life and property.

Thank you to all the attendees, both public and private, for contributing to a very important discussion. *For answers, stop by your West Bureau office or your local LAFD fire station to become better informed and prepared.


Thursday’s annual Great Shakeout earthquake drill served a timely reminder that we are at risk for the Big One. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school, or even on vacation.

What we do now will determine our quality of life after our next big earthquake. Are you prepared to survive and recover quickly? []

KTLA’s four-part series on planning for disaster aired this week. Watch it here:

Some tips if an earthquake strikes if you’re inside:

Move to the floor against an interior wall or under a desk or chair and shield your head and neck with your arms until the shaking stops. Drop, cover and hold on!
Stay clear of windows, mirrors, hanging objects, tall furniture, large appliances, bookcases and cabinets where heavy objects are stored.
Always keep shoes near your bed so you can put them on during an earthquake to avoid stepping on broken glass and other objects.
Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible location near your bed because you could very possibly lose electric power and it is dangerous to grope around in the dark. []


Also Thursday, we were honored to participate in Councilmember Englander’s Excellence in Public Safety Awards ceremony.

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