LAFD Week in Review 1.8.16

Los Angeles Firefighters came to the aid of several motorists stranded in their vehicles by rising stormwater near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Tuxford Street on Jan. 6, 2016. | Photo by Mike Meadows

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This week, your LAFD responded to 9,501 calls and took 4,612 people to the hospital. Here’s a brief glimpse behind the scenes at what else happened:


Happy New Year!

We were proud to be in Pasadena New Years Day, working with our partners to help ensure that anyone who needed help during the Rose Parade — especially those marching for miles along Colorado Boulevard and beyond that morning — received help.

While many celebrated, our crews were hard at work. Saturday, LAFD resources responded to the 12300 block of Sylvan Street in Valley Glen, where a garage was on fire. Flames raced into the home as firefighters fiercely attacked the blaze.

Photos by Rick McClure


A broken water main in a hillside neighborhood sent a steady stream of water onto the roof of one home in the 4000 block of Alcove Avenue in Studio City.

Photos by Rick McClure


Just after midnight on Tuesday, a call came in about a two-story, single family home on fire in Granada Hills. Crews from Fire Station 87 jumped on the call, streaming toward the 17400 block of Blackhawk street, where flames raged from the windows. Firefighters took to the roof, ventilated the home before declaring a knockdown 48 minutes after arriving. Though a Christmas tree was among the contents that fueled the blaze, it was not the origin of the fire.

Photos by Rick McClure

El Niño made good on constant warnings this week, packing a punch with rains that drenched the Southland. We took once last chance — or three — to urge preparedness…

And preparedness…

And preparedness…


Swift Water Rescue crews were ready, including these teams who responded to two calls during on Tuesday January 5, 2016. Fortunately, no victims located.

LAFD Photo by Daniel Lievense


The rains continued Wednesday, closing down the Sepulveda Basin as city crews from multiple departments worked to keep Angelenos safe.

Photos by Jeremy Oberstein

As crews watched out along Burbank Boulevard, calls came in about a possible child in the L.A. River. After an exhaustive search, no one was found.

However, that day, crews did locate a dog in the River, which was rescued and reunited with its owner.

During this week’s storms, Downtown L.A. collected 2.71". Year to date, Downtown recorded 3.75'’, which is still below normal.


We bid farewell to retiring Chief Deputy Mario Rueda, whose storied, 35-year career with the Department will forever be remembered. While this may be the end of the line for Chief Rueda, he now takes his tremendous skill set to the Verdugo Cities Fire Department, where he becomes of the Fire Chief of a region that includes the Cities of South Pasadena, San Marino and San Gabriel.


Forty graduates, including a few from your LAFD, graduated from the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care Paramedic Education Program today. Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and his staff helped congratulated the graduates as they embark on new waves of their career.

And finally…

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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 email: and we may feature your photo here or on social media.

Submitted by Jeremy Oberstein | Spokesperson Los Angeles Fire Department