Week in Review 10.28.16


LAFD crews began a week-long search Saturday morning for the body of the missing home owner believed to be somewhere in the debris of a three-story home that caught fire Friday evening on a Mt. Washington Street.

On the evening of Thursday, October 20, the LAFD responded to 911 calls of a structure fire at the home on Sea View Avenue around 8:40 p.m. Arriving firefighters found the large, three-story hillside home well involved in fire. Firefighters from across the city responded to fight the challenging blaze. More than 150 LAFD members took nearly three hours to get a knockdown on the fire. One 74-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital in good condition for treatment of smoke inhalation. A 32-year-old resident of the home managed to exit through a ground floor window with her dog and was aided to the street by firefighters. She was examined on scene by paramedics, but declined transportation to the hospital.

On Thursday, October 27, the search would finally be called off.

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Police say a reckless driver ran a red light Sunday rather than call 9–1–1 for a passenger possibly experiencing a medical problem, causing a three vehicle collision that led to a trio of serious injuries at the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Nordhoff Street in North Hills.

Photo by Rick McClure

While most of the weekend was cloudy with light showers in some places, that didn’t stop Operations Valley Bureau Adjutant/Captain Mike McIndoe from taking first place in the LA Fire Tri Club at the Playa Del Rey Triathlon Sunday afternoon. The event raised money for the UCLA & USC Triathlon Teams and helped support LAFD Strategic Goal 5: Improving firefighter wellness.

Congrats Capt. McIndoe. Photos by LAFD Valley on Facebook.

Later that day, a future LAFD pilot — daughter of an LAFD pilot — took part in her dad’s homemade flight simulator.


The crew of Engine 72 began their week by joining the “Dark Side” for the day as they supported the Strike Against Child Abuse to Spare the Kid event put on by Yes I Can at the Winnetka Bowl. This fun-filled event included bowling, a silent auction, raffle prizes and the chance for kids to meet-and-greet some of favorite their Star Wars characters and LAFD firefighters.

According to yesican.org:

“ We believe that the only way we can prevent child abuse and domestic violence is to break the cycle of abused children growing up to become abusers or individuals who are unable to protect their children or themselves because they don’t know how.”
LEFT: It appears the crew of Engine 72 has sided with the dark side. RIGHT: Kids of all ages had a chance to tour a fire engine during the event and pose for photos.
Firefighter Rockey explains the many tools inside a fire engine. Three photos by LAFD Valley on Facebook.


The recruits of LAFD Class 16–01 (the first class of 2016), started their long journey to becoming full fledged members of the Department this week. Step inside as we show you #LifeAtTheDrillTower:

Around the same time class 16–01 was getting their first taste of fire, members of Taskforce 90 responded to a reported structure fire that turned out to be the rear of a garbage truck on fire next to a building in the 8700 block of Woodley Avenue in Van Nuys


A series of photos captures crews containing a fire in the rear of a garbage truck from all angles. Two photos by Greg Doyle.

Later that morning, it was time for Class 15–06 to put their knowledge gained in the classroom and Drill Tower to the test working with crews from Station 6.

A few hours later, our recruitment unit went to Los Angeles Valley College to greet students and provide information to those interested in joining the fire service.

As the afternoon wore on, we fired up the time machine and took viewers back 38 years to see what was once the department’s most advanced ambulance back in October 1978.


You may have heard the old saying, “you learn something new everyday,” while you were in school. Students at Reseda High School got to experience the meaning of this phrase first hand as LAFD paramedics and MySafe:LA personnel worked together to teach students how to perform hands-only CPR.

Later that morning, kids from the Joy Picus Child Development Center and their families visited Los Angeles’ City Hall as part of the center’s annual Halloween Festival. Offering guests a chance to meet with elected officials in their offices and other department’s based Downtown, the LAFD made sure kids didn’t leave without some candy for their baskets along with a fire helmet to wear and a junior-firefighter badge.

Captain II/Paramedic Mark Woolf and Captain II/Paramedic Amir Caspian took a welcome break to give out some official LAFD goodies to preschoolers. Photo by Alex Gillman.


Your LAFD Thursday successfully rescued a 30-year-old man who fell into a deep hole on San Ysidro Drive in the Beverly Crest neighborhood.

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Firefighters remained busy Friday morning. Just before 5 a.m., firefighters responded to the 2700 block of Francis Avenue in Koreatown to find an abandoned 2-story duplex with fire showing. The fire was extinguished in 31 minutes, before anyone was injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

#LAFD Friday — this week’s highlights.