Week in Review 4.8.16

Firefighters methodically attack a grass fire in North Hollywood this week. Read how it turned out and see more pictures below. | Photo by Mike Meadows

Your LAFD responded to 9,134 incidents this week and transported 4,370 people to local hospitals. Here’s a glimpse at what else happened:

Saturday / Sunday

We got the weekend off on the right foot as crews in the Valley worked on basic training skills.

Photos by Cody Weireter

Training came in handy the next day, when a sedan discovered burning in an alley near the 2000 block of West Manchester Avenue was quickly extinguished early Sunday morning without injury or structure damage.

Photo by Tod Sudmeier

Later, across town, firefighters extinguished a grass fire Sunday in a North Hollywood patch near Bellaire Avenue and Hatteras Street. Less than two acres of heavy grass burned in a large lot behind an old radio station. A total of four companies had the fire knocked down in about a half an hour.

Click to zoom in. | Photos by Mike Meadows


Firefighters arrived quickly Monday to the 15600 block of Lemarsh Street where they found a full-sized pickup truck well involved in flames. No one was injured in blaze.

Photos by Greg Doyle


Eighty years ago Tuesday…

What happened? → facebook.com/LosAngelesFireDepartment

He’s among the few Los Angeles Fire Department members who never arrived at their last alarm, and the only one in LAFD’s 130 year history to never make it out the door of the fire station when that alarm bell rang.

Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department, including Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, joined the Los Angeles Fire Commission on Tuesday in formally recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Dr. Carolyn Odom Burleson, a community member who has taken a leadership role in the Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program. Thank you for your tremendous work, Dr. Burleson!

Dr. Carolyn Odom Burleson, left, with family and Capt. Stacy Gerlich, a leader of CERT in Los Angeles. Fire Chief Terrazas, right, joined by LAFD Commissioners Delia Ibarra,

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section proudly debuted the newest member of their team — an accelerant detecting canine named Blue Tuesday.

Photos by Jeremy Oberstein

A celebration of life for a public safety hero as we honored Bill Rosendahl during his memorial on Tuesday. The former L.A. City Councilmember passed away March 30 after a great, great, great, career serving our community.


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Photo by Christian Riley
Photo by Christian Riley

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A deadly, fast moving house fire claimed two lives early Thursday morning as crews raced to save a third and reduce wider danger to the community. At 1:41 a.m., crews from your LAFD responded to two-story home well involved with fire in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.

The unique, circular second story of the home presented a challenge to the 78 firefighters on scene.

Three family members were in the home when the fire broke out. The 48-year- old son attempted to save his father, 77, and mother, 74. The son managed to wake his father as both were driven out by flames, the father escaping onto the first floor roof and down to the ground. Prior to the arrival of the LAFD, the son reentered the home on the first floor but did not make it back out. Firefighters found his body on the first floor and his mother’s on the second. Sadly, both were beyond medical help.

— — — — Read more → lafd.org/news/hyde-park-fire — — — —

Photo by Harry Garvin

Multiple ‪LAFD‬ resources responded from the land, sea, and air to the cliffs of San Pedro Thursday afternoon.

LAFD members utilized multiple methods to reach the patient: Urban Search and Rescue ‎to rappel down a cliffside, rescue divers from fire boats and a helicopter to attempt an air rescue. An adult male patient transported in grave condition

Photo via LAFD South on Facebook
Photo via LAFD South on Facebook
Photo via LAFD South on Facebook
Photo via LAFD Air Ops on Twitter


Last week, after we went to print, we checked back in with a new vehicle the LAFD debuted just six months ago. Since it’s been in service to the people of Downtown L.A., the Fast Response Vehicle has responded 641 times. Here’s what it looks like behind the scenes of this busy mobile intensive care unit and fire suppression resource as the crew and their rig show how innovation can help save lives and money, increase efficiency and decrease response times.



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