LAFD Week in Review 11.6.15

After a spell of rain this week, a double rainbow emerged over the Erickson Sky-Crane at your LAFD Air Operations in Van Nuys | Photo by Robert Curtis via LAFD AirOps

This week, your LAFD responded to 9,002 calls and took 4,315 people to the hospital. Here’s a taste of what else happened:


Early Saturday, at 5:03 a.m., your LAFD in the San Fernando Valley were dispatched to the 11100 block of Borden Avenue in Pacoima for a man trapped under a truck. Arriving on scene, crews found him pinned under the rear duals of a box truck. Thinking quickly, firefighters lifted the truck off the man’s body using extrication tools and slabs of wood. He was treated and transported to a nearby hospital. LAPD Foothill Division investigated the incident.

Photo by Rick McClure

Around midnight on Sunday, your LAFD raced to a Sun Valley apartment, where two units were ablaze in a Sun Valley neighborhood. After a 23–minute firefight, 79 firefighters from Operations Valley Bureau fully knocked down the flames. No one was injured but three adults and two children were displaced and received assistance from the Red Cross.

Photos by Rick McClure


Photo by Chris Conkle /

It was just after 4 a.m. Monday, when the call came in. One story commercial with smoke showing. Pacific Avenue.

Firefighters rushed to the commercial strip in San Pedro, where first on-scene crews initiated an aggressive interior attack on the fire and due to the size and magnitude transitioned to defensive mode. Working hard to minimize the spread of the fire to the surrounding businesses, including the historic Warner Grand Theatre, 146 firefighters worked for about two hours to fully extinguish the blaze.

The Major Emergency Structure Fire — dubbed the #PacificFire — required a large amount of resources. Of the 146 men and women who helped protect San Pedro were 19 Fire Companies, three Rescue Ambulances, three Emergency Medical Services (EMS) captains and seven Battalion Commanders.

Photo by Chris Conkle /

A new service delivery model was unveiled Monday, when Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, with members of the City Council and others, unveiled the new Fast Response Vehicle (FRV) Pilot Program.

The FRV is a quad-cab pickup truck/brush patrol that functions as both a fire-suppression vehicle and first-response Advanced Life Support unit. One FRV is based in the North San Fernando Valley and the other serves the Central City/Pico-Union/Echo Park area during peak weekday hours to provide flexible fire and EMS response in some of the City’s busiest areas.

The FRV carries all the equipment and medical supplies of a paramedic Mobile Intensive Care Unit and is also equipped with a 300 gallon water tank with pumping capacity. [Continue the story here]

Photo by Jeremy Oberstein / LAFD

That night, a fire ripped through a Hollywood Hills home.

Photo by Peter Sanders / LAFD via Instagram


Water. It’s our most precious resource and an absolute necessity to do our jobs. As our region continues to deal with a historic drought, how does your LAFD save water and lives? We will never compromise the safety of Angelenos, but we have worked to reduce the department’s usage of water in its drills.

On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Paul Koretz, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, and several city department general managers, celebrated a 16% reduction in water usage by Angelenos and in departments. City leaders also called on residents to continue saving, following a 2014 directive by the mayor that calls for a 20% reduction in water consumption by 2017.

So far, your LAFD has saved more than 9.5 million gallons of water by recycling water used during its annual Engineer’s Practical Exam. Andy Lipkis, founder and president of TreePeople, took note:

Is your home #LAFDReady from disaster?


A two-story residential unit on fire in Exposition Park was knocked down by your LAFD South Bureau in just 18 minutes. Here’s the scene directly after:


Thursday morning, crews responded to an apartment building in Hyde Park in your LAFD South Bureau, where an outside fire spread to a two story apartment. Crews managed to quickly confine the flames and knockdown the fire.

The city’s Emergency Management Department hosted a town hall Thursday to discuss this winter’s likely El Niño that could deliver historic levels of rain. Deputy Chief Phillip Fligiel, who commands the LAFD Central Bureau was there, as was ‪Emergency Operations Chief Mario Rueda (who took this video), city leaders and others. [Read more about storm preparedness]

And finally:

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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