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October 21, 2022

Here’s the latest news impacting Los Angeles Firefighters…


Sherman Oaks Woman, Small Dog Killed in Early Morning Fire

An investigation is underway into a deadly fire that broke out in Sherman Oaks. 29 firefighters responded to a three-story garden-style apartment building at 5259 N. Sepulveda Blvd. at 4:23 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was extinguished by 4:38 a.m. When crews arrived at the scene, there was a lot of smoke on the first floor, especially around the pool area. Once firefighters took control over the flames, they discovered a woman dead inside a one-bedroom unit along with a small dog. The woman's identity has not yet been shared.


One Killed in Early Morning Brentwood House Fire

One person was killed early Thursday in a Brentwood house fire. The fire was reported in the 400 block of South Cliffwood Avenue at about 6 a.m. Firefighters found the person dead on the first floor of the two-story building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Details about the victim's identity were not immediately available. The fire was extinguished in about a half hour.


Firefighter injured battling Van Nuys blaze

A firefighter has been hospitalized as dozens of Los Angeles Fire Department personnel fought a greater alarm fire at a commercial building in Van Nuys Wednesday evening. The injured firefighter suffered a “non-life threatening medical complaint (no trauma injury),” fire officials said in an alert. The LAFD later clarified it was “heat exhaustion.” That firefighter’s condition is unknown.


Photo by Gary Apodaca

LAFD Recruit Training Academy Class 2022-1 Graduates

The men and women of LAFD welcome the newest members of your Los Angeles Fire Department, as LAFD Recruit Training Academy Class 22-1 graduated on Thursday, October 6, 2022. View the event replay here:


Photo by Shawn Lenske

2022 LAFD Fallen Firefighter Memorial

On Saturday, October 8 2022, the Los Angeles City Fire Department welcomed the public to join members of the LAFD past and present, as well as civic leaders and the LAFD Historical Society, at the 2022 Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony at the LAFD Museum and Memorial in Hollywood, as we honored the 277 members of the Department who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our City.


Fire Watch

Brush fire contained in Pacific Palisades

A brush fire ignited in Pacific Palisades Sunday night, and the Los Angeles Fire Department attacked the blaze from the ground and air, eventually containing it at about 9:45 p.m. The fire burned in the 15000 block of Corona del Mar in medium-to-heavy brush, the LAFD said in an alert, prompting a response from 85 firefighters and three helicopters. The blaze reached greater-alarm status as it burned uphill between Corona del Mar homes and Pacific Coast Highway, fire officials added.


Home erupts into flames in Pico-Union

A fire at a vacant two-story apartment building was extinguished Thursday in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. LA City Fire Department firefighters battled the blaze around 1:43 a.m. It happened at 1654 W. 20th Street west of Vermont Avenue. Firefighters there discovered heavy flames showing on the building's second floor that extended to the attic, said LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. It took 42 firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish the flames.


Small vegetation fire breaks out at Hansen Dam

Los Angeles Fire Department crews managed to fully contain a vegetation fire that broke out in the Hansen Dam recreation area on Thursday. Firefighters managed to establish a perimeter on the fire that started at one-half of an acre, with potential to grow to three acres. By the time the perimeter was set up, the Orcas Fire was contained to a quarter of an acre. There were no injuries reported nor were there any damaged structures. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and firefighters will remain at the scene for at least two hours to handle smoldering debris, according to LAFD.


Photo by Leo Kaufman

Flames Damage Winnetka Garage

Flames damaged a detached garage that contained a wood shop behind a house in Winnetka Monday morning. The fire was reported at 3:56 a.m. at 8547 N. Keokuk Ave., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. Flames were showing from the structure when firefighters arrived, Prange said. The bulk of the fire was out at 4:57 a.m. but it was expected to take some time to put out the last of it due to the contents of the wood shop, he said. Two people were evaluated at the scene for smoke inhalation but refused to be taken to a hospital for treatment, Prange said.


Firefighters Quell Small Fire at Metal Plating Facility

Firefighters in Sun Valley Sunday knocked down a small fire within a container at a metal plating facility, which was held in check by the structure's fire sprinkler system, authorities said. Firefighters were dispatched at 6:59 a.m. to 9939 N. Glenoaks Blvd., where they used a hand-held fire extinguisher to douse the flames, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear what was inside the container. No injuries were reported. "Per protocol, an LAFD Hazardous Materials team has been summoned to assist with a detailed site assessment," Humphrey said.


Fire in Silver Lake Knocked Down in 17 Minutes

A fire on the top floor of a two-story duplex in Silver Lake Wednesday evening was extinguished by 36 firefighters in 17 minutes. Firefighters responded at 8:54 p.m. to 956 N. Hoover St., about two blocks south of Santa Monica Boulevard, where they located the fire in a small laundry room, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. One man was evacuated from the first floor.


First Responder News

Hazmat team called to Harbor City for ruptured pipeline along railroad

A hazardous materials team was called to Harbor City Monday after an apparent rupture of a subterranean pipeline along the railroad right-of-way, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It happened at 1676 W. Oakhorne Drive around 8:30 a.m. Firefighters said the rupture was accompanied by loud sounds and the apparent leak of an unspecified type of liquid. The flow of the liquid has been controlled by workers in the area reportedly performing pipeline-related maintenance. Though a rail tanker car was parked in the area, it does not appear to have been involved, firefighters added. There were no reports of injuries and no evacuations took place.


1 evaluated after freezer compressor leak at Playa Vista CVS

One person was medically evaluated Wednesday after a freezer compressor leak at a Playa Vista CVS, officials said. The incident was reported just before 11 a.m. at 12746 W. Jefferson Blvd., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Hazardous materials experts were at the scene assessing the situation and later determined a “light haze” was associated with a store freezer compressor, fire officials explained in an update. One person was evaluated at the scene and did not want to be transported to a hospital. There was no further hazardous materials waste released within the one-story store and the building was ventilated.


State News
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2022 VALOR Awards

VALOR is the Los Angeles Fire Department’s (LAFD) annual award ceremony honoring exemplary LAFD members for outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty. Tickets to the 2022 VALOR Awards are now on sale. Join us for an exclusive dinner experience on the field of Dodger Stadium while we honor and recognize our LAFD heroes. Visit for more information.


In Remembrance
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters

Fire Inspector II

Martin G. Garza

Deceased: 10/6/2022

Appointed: 2/16/1975

Assignment: Legal Liaison

Retired: 4/28/2012


Jerry L. Jackson

Deceased: 10/6/2022

Appointed: 6/27/1959

Assignment: FS 42

Retired: 2/19/1983


Frank J. Bowman

Deceased: 10/1/2022

Appointed: 2/1/1955

Assignment: FS 112

Retired: 7/10/1983

Firefighter III

Robert L. Young

Deceased: 9/28/2022

Appointed: 2/5/1968

Assignment: FS 80

Retired: 9/6/2003


Lewis E. Dickinson

Deceased: 9/27/2022

Appointed: 7/12/1949

Assignment: FS 95

Retired: 7/1/1974


Charles N. Olds

Deceased: 9/16/2022

Appointed: 6/16/1955

Assignment: FS 79

Retired: 10/1/1969


Jack L. Peterson

Deceased: 9/15/2022

Appointed: 2/1/1955

Assignment: FS 92


Apparatus Operator

Kenneth R. Thompson

Deceased: 9/14/2022

Appointed: 2/3/1958

Assignment: FS 93

Retired: 2/16/1982

Firefighter III

Anthony A. Brown

Deceased: 9/11/2022

Appointed: 8/29/1964

Assignment: FS 42

Retired: 6/18/1990


Hugh B. Harmon

Deceased: 9/7/2022

Appointed: 11/19/1946

Assignment: FS 84


Firefighter III

Ronald W. Rogers

Deceased: 9/5/2022

Appointed: 6/28/1969

Assignment: FS 4

Retired: 7/14/1990

Firefighter III

Timothy S. Wilson

Deceased: 9/4/2022

Appointed: 1/29/1978

Assignment: FS 108

Retired: 9/30/2011

UFLAC’s 2021 LAFD Year In Review
UFLAC is proud to present the 2021 Los Angeles Fire Department Year in Review. UFLAC’s mission is to lead the way to protect and advocate for the health, safety, working conditions, wages and benefits of our members and their families. This publication tells the story of our dedicated First Responders who continued to protect lives and property in Los Angeles while risking their own safety during another extraordinary year.
In 2021, our Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 475,000 emergency calls for service throughout Los Angeles - an average of 1,300 calls per day. As an all-risk fire and rescue agency serving more than four million people, the LAFD is one of the busiest and most understaffed big city fire departments in the entire country. UFLAC is honored to help showcase the dedication and commitment demonstrated by the men and women of the LAFD. Click HERE to view the publication.
About UFLAC: Since 1918, UFLAC has been the labor organization of the proud men and women that serve as firefighters and emergency medical responders protecting the City of Los Angeles. The members of the Los Angeles Fire Department rely on UFLAC to focus on the wellbeing and safety of those that protect the lives of others. For more information, visit
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