Week in Review 11.18.16

Heavy Hearts and Life Saving Kick Starts

Firefighters battle a garage fire that went on to spread to an outside shed Sunday afternoon in Sun Valley. See the full story and more below. Photo by Mike Meadows.
Your LAFD this week responded to 8,896 calls and transported 4,149 people to local hospitals. Here’s a brief glimpse at the week that was:

Inside the Wash, Rescuers Reach Deep

Working quickly, LAFD crews arrived on scene to discover a single teenager trapped in the L.A. River in Pacoima. The crew from nearby Fire Station rushed to the scene, extending an aerial ladder to lower firefighters down into the flood control channel, securing the teen who was unharmed.

Photo by LAFD Valley on Facebook.

Firefighters Can be Teachers Too

Safety first, indeed. Our thanks to the kiddos in Bel Air for having us this week.


Sun Valley Garage Bursts into Flames

It took the first arriving 20 firefighters just 15 minutes to fully extinguish heavy flames in a detached residential garage in the 9200 block of Cayuga Avenue Sunday. The non-injury fire, which remains under investigation, also burned outside storage and damaged a recreational vehicle parked nearby.

Photos by Mike Meadows.

Rollover, Minor Injuries in Woodland Hills

Nearby, the crew from LAFD’s Fire Station 84 responded to the scene of a car that rolled over. Thankfully, only minor injuries were reported.


Deadly Auto Collision in West Hills

The same, sadly, can’t be said for another collision Sunday in the West Valley, where two cars collided sadly leaving two men beyond medical help. One woman sustained non-life threatening injures. A sheared fire hydrant ,toppled traffic signal and downed high voltage power lines that energized the water were among the challenges faced by LAFD responders at the scene of the two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Platt Avenue and Vanowen Street.

Photos by Rick McClure.

Firefighters Tackle Billowing Flames Atop Business

Early Monday morning, a structure fire broke out in the 20800 block of Sherman Way requiring 106 LAFD firefighters to respond. It took less than an hour for the crews to fully extinguish flames inside a Canoga Park strip mall. During the fire fight, one firefighter sustained a non-life threatening burn injury to his hand.

Photos by Rick McClure.

Big Fire, Little Canyon

More than 100 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded by ground and air to join the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Angeles National Forest firefighters in the initial attack against a wildfire in the San Gabriel Mountains’ Little Tujunga Canyon Monday. No structures were threatened and the yawning brush fire was contained.

Photos by Mike Meadows

High School Students “Stay’n Alive” With Hands-Only CPR

Can YOU save a life if a friend, family member or person walking down the street suffers a cardiac arrest? Thanks to an ongoing collaboration between your LAFD and local nonprofit MySafe:LA, thousands of schoolers are now better equipped to administer hands-only CPR, which can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

Interested in getting trained? Email lafdrequest@lacity.org.

Photos by LAFD Valley on Facebook.

Body Found in Scorched Chinatown Apartment

Flames and smoke filled the 900 block of W. College St. Tuesday morning as firefighters rushed to a Chinatown apartment complex. Intense flames would require 80 firefighters to the incident as they spent close to a half hour dousing flames and ensuring it would not spread to nearby units. While the fire was contained, one adult was found deceased as firefighters searched each unit.


Students Band Together at LAFD Headquarters

We were thrilled to welcome the students of Banning High School Tuesday as they had an opportunity to watch the LAFD Fire Commission in action and get a first hand glimpse into the inner workings of the Department. These students are members of the elite LAFD Firefighter Magnet School program.


When in Hollywood, Always Make Time to See the Stars

What’s a walk through Tinseltown with a visit to Hollywood’s Fire Station 27? We welcome your visit to any of our 106 community #LAFD stations.


Flyover Chili

Last week, numerous public safety agencies participated in the annual “Chili Fly-In.” This is large-scale exercise with LAFD, LAPD, Sherriff’s Department and others help ensure safety in the air should disaster strike. Those helping out are then treated to a bowl of delicious homemade chili at LAPD’s Hooper Heliport. In all, there were 215 take-offs and landings, and over 400 individuals transported over the five-hour event.

Photos by Greg Doyle

Winner Winner

Big news. FireHouse Magazine published its third annual showcase of fire and emergency service facilities. The 2016 Station Design Awards is used to identify trends and educate readers using examples of new public safety facilities designed and constructed to meet the needs of an agency, the safety of its personnel, and the community which it serves. Read more below.

A few #LAFD grams from the week

And Finally…

It is with profound sorrow and a heavy heart that we mourn the passing of Inspector Michael Reddy.

Reddy leaves behind three beautiful children and a loving wife. He was 39. During his 15-year career, he worked as a Firefighter / Paramedic and left his post as an Inspector during which time he helped establish the Department’s first-ever Community Risk Reduction Unit.

On July 3, 2014, Reddy was diagnosed with poorly differentiated signet ring adenocarcinoma of the appendix. His prognosis was poor, even with chemotherapy and surgery considered. The little information available about signet ring appendiceal cancer made treating and controlling it extremely difficult. Reddy miraculously overcame his original prognosis by more than a year, working at full capacity and ranked in the top 30 on the recent Los Angeles City Fire Captain exam. His illness tragically returned and on Nov. 17 at 10:35 p.m. with his family by his side, Reddy passed away.

We join his wife Kim and children, Tyara, 24, Brent, 7, and Grace, 3, in mourning this tremendous loss.

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