Week in Review 8.5.16

Q: How often does a fire department resource — a fire truck, engine or ambulance — respond to an incident? Answer below.
Firefighters battle a Studio City structure fire in the late hours Monday | Photo by Rick McClure. Story below.
Your LAFD responded to 9,479 incidents this past week and transported 4,320 people to local hospitals. Here’s a glimpse at what else happened:


An elderly couple died and two persons were injured, including a firefighter, after flames erupted Saturday evening in a remote canyon home in the Verdugo Mountains of the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The LAFD received the first of several calls initially reporting a brush fire at 8:04 p.m. Firefighters responded quickly to 9145 La Tuna Canyon Rd., where they instead found a cluster of several hillside homes inside a large gated residential compound, with one home well involved with fire.

Read more → http://www.lafd.org/news

That same night, firefighters had their hands full in Studio City. Crews responded to a structure fire at 11:34 p.m. in the 11400 block of W. Decente Ct., stomping flames in its track, limiting the fire to the home’s attic. While no injuries were reported, despite their best efforts to locate, rescue and revive the family dog, it was beyond help.

Photos by Rick McClure | More photos here.

We may be the Los Angeles FIRE Department, but of the thousands of incidents we respond to each week, only a fraction are fire-related. On Sunday, an eight-inch subterranean water main in Hollywood gushed an estimated 1,000 gallons of water per-minute. Crews immediately responded, working to stem the swift flow of water that threatened a handful of homes and one apartment building. KTLA has the story:

Water flowing down Hollywood. Photos by David Ortiz (L) and Harry Garvin (R)


The Erickson Sky Crane| Photo by Peter Benesch

The LAFD’s 150-day contract with this Erickson SkyCrane started Monday. The S-64E started is housed at Van Nuys Airport, the site of LAFD Air Ops’ Fire Station 114, and will be on call to help protect Los Angeles during the main months of brush season. Capable of dropping more than 2,600 gallons of water per drop, this helitanker will supplement the LAFD’s fleet of 6 multi-mission helicopters.

Photo by LAFD Valley on Facebook

We go where we’re called. This week, crews from the LAFD joined firefighters from throughout the state at the Soberanes Fire near Big Sur. More than 5,550 firefighters and 18 cooperating agencies are battling high temperatures and dry conditions as they work to contain the 50,000-acre fire.

For updates, please see → http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4888/

From the sky to the seas: Firefighters rescued five people Monday night after a 25-foot boat struck the breakwall near the Port of Los Angeles. CBS2 has the story:


The busy week continued → The LAFD began receiving calls at 1:29 p.m. Tuesday of a small plane down near — but not in — Van Nuys Airport. Crews located the wreckage after the pilot, experiencing trouble with landing gear, sadly crashed into the side of a building. He was the only on board and there were no other injuries.


A column of flame shot up in the air Wednesday after gas line ruptured in Woodland Hills Wednesday. Scores of firefighters responded to the call. Upon arrival, they found a backhoe fully engulfed beneath a towering flame that shot skyward fed by the leaking gas. Crews from SoCal Gas worked to shut down the line as firefighters worked to limit any damage to surrounding homes, including ensuring nearby trees did not catch fire.

Photos by Jeremy Oberstein

As things cooled down, firefighters joined neighbors throughout Los Angeles for National Night Out, locally sponsored by the LAPD. The annual event encourages the community to mingle with their local fire stations, law enforcement and create strong bonds to prevent crime.

Members from Fire Station 67, Chief Hogan and Councilmember Mike Bonin pose for a photo during the National Night Out festivities at Concert Park in Playa Vista — Photo by LAFD West on Facebook


While many were enjoying their first cup of coffee, firefighters from Lincoln Heights rushed to the 1900 block of N. Broadway, where a two-story apartment building was on fire. Igniting on the first floor, the fire spread to the second floor. LAFD crews contained the fire in 30 minutes. A 30-year-old person was rushed to a local hospital in grave condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Photo by Julie Stone via Twitter.

Horrific crime and we need your help to locate the suspect. Please watch and share. This is not acceptable.

If you have any information, please contact LAFD Arson Unit at 213–893–9800. He is known to frequent the area around the intersection of Vermont and Avalon. Do not approach. If you see him, please immediately contact LAPD Newton Division at 323–846–6547

Sunglasses, check. Sunscreen, check. Ready to have fun, check. Now that you’re all set for a great afternoon swimming with the family, you’re probably thinking you’re all set to go…right? Well, almost.

It never hurts to brush up on pool safety:

For those kids out there who love showing off their best canon-ball, here are a few tips how they can stay safe as well.


#LAFD Friday.

A: Every 34 seconds, a fire department resource responds to a call somewhere in the 470-square mile jurisdiction the LAFD covers.
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