Week in Review 5.27.16

Your LAFD responded to 8,658 incidents the past six days and transported 4,070 people to local hospitals. Here’s a glimpse at what else happened:

Saturday/Sunday

The weekend kicked off in fine style at the LAFD Foundation’s annual gala, Fahrenheit 2016. The event transformed a normally staid Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center into a beautiful venue commensurate with the work of the Foundation, which each day supports the men and women of the Fire Department.


A relatively quiet Saturday gave way to a busy Sunday. At 7:47 a.m., your LAFD responded to a structure fire in Studio City, where firefighters encountered a one-story home with fire showing.

After a 29-minute firefight, crews knocked down the fire in the vacant home that was under construction. SoCal Gas was requested for a possible gas leak and the DWP was requested to assist with power lines. The cause remains under investigation by the LAFD Arson Section. No injuries.


Later that day, across the hill, LAFD Capt. Craig Nielsen of Fire Station 92 in ‪‎Century City‬ was honored at the Westside Neighborhood Council’s “Pick Pico” Street Fair. Since Capt. Nielsen’s birthday was the day before the event and he is nearing retirement, the Westside Neighborhood Council wanted to honor him for his service by presenting him with a certificate of appreciation and a birthday cake. Congratulations on a wonderful career, Capt. Nielsen and happy birthday! Thanks to the Westside Neighborhood Council for putting on a great event and honoring us!

Monday

First responding crews found just five acres of brush burning uphill. Upon the initial size up, it was clear that reinforcements would be needed. Soon, crews from the LAFD were joined by firefighters from LA County and Angeles National Forest to the 11000 block of Wheatland Avenue in Lake View Terrace, as winds topped out at 19 mph. About 200 firefighters worked from the ground and sky as the fire swelled to 200 acres through the hills but did not threaten any structures.

Tuesday

LAFD Central Units were dispatched Tuesday morning to a possible Hazmat incident in Boyle Heights. Quick action by Los Angeles Firefighters determined it to be a minor allergic reaction to an irritant on fabric being handled by workers. A total of four people were transported to local hospitals.

Wednesday

Your LAFD bid farewell to one of the greats Wednesday, as Assistant Chief Mark Stormes prepares to retire. Chief Stormes started his career with the LAFD in 1977, moving through the ranks during his 38 years of service.

Chief Stormes has dealt with countless emergencies, disasters, and noteworthy events, including the Central Library Fire in 1986, 88 First Interstate Tower fire, the 1993 Malibu Brush Fire, 2008 Chatsworth Metrolink train crash and more.

Assistant Chief Stormes served the LAFD as the Fire Marshal and Commander of the Fire Prevention Bureau and Public Safety Bureau from 2012 to 2013, and as Acting Commander of Emergency Operations from 2013 to 2014.

Congratulations in retirement and thank you for your service!


Thursday

Despite the added challenge of a growing vegetation fire and multiple homes at risk, LAFD firefighters Thursday contained a well involved structure fire before it could cause further damage.

The structure fire in ‪‎Mt. Washington‬ involved medium brush running uphill behind the house. LAFD Crew 3 was called in to assist. Crew 3 is an All Volunteer Wildland Cadet Post managed by LAFD firefighters. These crew members train and respond to callouts on their own time. Many are building invaluable experience in their pursuit to become firefighters.

We are grateful for their dedication, hard work and commitment. If you would like to learn more, visit www.lafdcrew3.org.

Read more → www.lafd.org/news/


Nearly two-dozen of your LAFD achieved new ranks Thursday when Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas promoted 22.

To see the full list and more pictures → flickr.com/photos/lafd


LAFD, LA County Fire, and Ventura County Fire trained together Thursday to review critical communication plans in Mutual Threat Zones to improve operational efficiency on shared incidents. The informative and interactive event created great dialogue and was very successful.

Photos by Danny Wu

Friday

IG Friday — black and white edition.

Don’t forget to use #LAFD on Instagram for us to see and possible use below:

LosAngelesFireDepartment

Written by

The official Medium channel of the #LAFD. For incident alerts follow @LAFD. To report an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch
Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore
Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade