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December 30, 2022

Here’s the latest news impacting Los Angeles Firefighters…


Man seriously injured in Arleta house fire

A man is in serious condition following a fire at a home in Arleta Thursday. According to officials, the fire was reported just before 8:30 a.m. at the two-story house located at 14261 W. Judd Street. The fire was knocked down in a little less than an hour. Fire officials had originally said one of the 11 people that lived in the home was missing but found that person a short time later. The 41-year-old man in serious condition was taken to the hospital for treatment of burn and respiratory injuries, authorities said. Two firefighters were also hospitalized for non-life threatening burn injuries.


A Bright Spot in The Sadness

While dealing with the devastating loss of their home, the Mendoza families were able to smile and laugh for a few precious moments as Your LAFD firefighters delivered toys so graciously donated via the Spark of Love program. Tragedy struck in the early morning hours of December 19th, when an electrical issue sparked a fire in their Canoga Park home. With fire showing upon the arrival of the first company, crews immediately initiated an aggressive interior fire attack and vertical ventilation operation on the roof. Despite their intense efforts, the blaze consumed the interior and extended up into the attic of the home. With only the walls left standing, the two families sharing the home stood outside consoling their children. The firefighters of Station 72, serving Canoga Park, could not just carry on with the rest of their day once the incident was complete. They began formulating a plan. Santa made a special delivery from Toy Central to Fire Station 72 and the crew went to work assembling bikes and sorting out the toys.


UFLAC Installs Executive Board

This week, UFLAC installed our new Executive Board for 2023-24.

We were honored to have newly-elected LA City Councilwoman Traci Park swear-in our Board and give remarks to our membership. We look forward to partnering with her to make the LAFD and public safety a top priority in the City.


Fire Watch

Person in grave condition after Arlington Heights house fire

One person was taken to the hospital in grave condition after a fire broke out at a home in Arlington Heights Wednesday. The fire was reported around 10 a.m. at the two-story home located at 1832 S. Arlington Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was contained in less than half an hour and was confined to the first floor, officials said. The gravely injured person was the only person inside the home, according to authorities.


Firefighter injured during garage fire in Studio City

A firefighter was injured while battling a garage fire in Studio City late Friday evening. According to Los Angeles Fire Department, crews were dispatched to the 3800 block of North Eureka Drive at around 11:50 p.m. after learning of a fire inside of the garage of a one-story building. Upon arrival, firefighters found a vehicle and other items inside of the garage burning. It took 30 firefighters around 25 minutes to extinguish the flames. The injured firefighter was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.


Discount store erupts in flames while open for business in Koreatown

Firefighters were called to a commercial building fire that was burning in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles Friday. The fire was reported around 10:45 a.m. at a one-story building located in the 300 block of South Berendo Street, according to a news alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Heavy smoke and fire were showing when crews arrived, fire department spokesperson Brian Humphrey said. The business was apparently a discount merchandise store that was open for business at the time of the fire, Humphrey said. Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze in about 20 minutes and confine it to the single business.


Fire at Mid-Wilshire High-Rise Knocked Down

Firefighters contained and extinguished a fire at a 13-story complex Friday evening in Mid-Wilshire near Park La Brea. The fire was reported at 11:21 p.m., and crews responded to 350 S. Fuller Ave., where they found flames coming from the kitchen of a unit on the building's seventh floor, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. Firefighters searched the building after gaining control of the flames and found two dogs, which they safely evacuated.


Crews put out fire in Van Nuys commercial building

Fire crews made quick work of a fire in a commercial building in Van Nuys Wednesday afternoon. The fire was originally reported around 1:45 p.m. at a building in the 7800 block of North Balboa Boulevard. The structure was a long, one-story building with multiple businesses housed within it. Flames could be seen flying through the roof as firefighters stood atop the building working to put the blaze out. There was briefly concern about the mobile home park south of the building, but according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the area was not damaged.


Firefighters Extinguish House Fire in South Los Angeles 13 Minutes

A fire at a one-story house in South Los Angeles was extinguished in 13 minutes by 32 firefighters Tuesday evening. The fire was reported at 9:37 p.m. and firefighters responded to 1341 W. 84th St., near Normandie Avenue, where they quickly contained the flames, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange.


Firefighters Gaining Control of Fire in Westchester

Firefighters have put out most of a greater alarm fire in Westchester Saturday but continue to battle flames in the rear of the building. The fire was reported at 3:08 a.m. and fire crews were dispatched to a one-story commercial building at 8900 S. Sepulveda Westway and began defensive operations, where a large part of the fire was located in the rear of the building, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.


Firefighters Battle Two-Story Home Fire in Mt. Olympus Area

Firefighters extinguished a fire in a two-story home in the Mount Olympus area of the Hollywood Hills Sunday. The fire was reported around 5 p.m. Sunday in a descending hillside home at 2453 North Jupiter Drive, west of Nichols Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A total of 30 firefighters extinguished the fire in 25 minutes, the fire department reported.


First Responder News

1 killed, 1 injured when crash sends car over side of road in Santa Susana Pass

At least one person was killed in a crash that sent a vehicle hundreds of feet down the side of a mountain in the Santa Susana Pass on Christmas Day. The crash was reported around 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of Santa Susana Pass and Box Canyon roads. The car, which had two people inside, fell more than 300 feet down the mountainside, according to the CHP. People were trapped inside the vehicle and authorities dispatched at least two helicopters to help with the rescue. One injured patient was transported to a local hospital. The other occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.


One dead, one injured in single-car crash in Reseda

Authorities are investigating a single-car crash that left one person dead in Reseda on Sunday. According to Los Angeles Fire Department, the crash was first reported at around 4:50 p.m. at the intersection of Wilbur Avenue and Saticoy Street. Aerial footage from the scene showed the car, a silver Toyota Camry, lying on its side against a light pole. One person was pronounced dead at the scene. On Tuesday, she was identified as Jennifer Barrios, 16. A second occupant of the vehicle was able to exit the vehicle on their own.


1 dead in Griffith Park crash

One person was killed in a two-car crash in the Griffith Park area Thursday afternoon. The crash was reported around 12:50 p.m. in the 6300 block of Forest Lawn Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The site is near Forest Lawn Memorial Park. One victim needed to be rescued from one of the involved vehicles, but that person was declared dead at the scene, officials said. Another person was being evaluated before being transported to a hospital.


One person killed in 110 Freeway crash

One person died Saturday evening when a white van and tanker truck collided on the 110 Freeway in the Vermont-Slauson area of south Los Angeles. The crash was reported at 7:09 p.m. on the southbound Harbor Freeway at Gage Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers said the victim was a man in his mid-40s. One person was pronounced dead at the scene, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The tanker truck did not spill its cargo or catch fire.


Woman Killed by Train In North Hollywood

A woman was struck and killed by a train Wednesday evening in North Hollywood. The crash occurred at about 5 p.m. at 12201 W. Sherman Way, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department's Margaret Stewart. The incident shut down the Metrolink tracks in the area during the afternoon rush hour. According to Stewart, the woman died at the scene.

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Hiker survives 200-foot fall in the Hollywood Hills area

A hiker survives what is believed to be a 200-foot fall in the Hollywood Hills area Wednesday afternoon. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call in the 2000 block of North Fuller Avenue a little before 3:30 p.m. According to LAFD, not only did the male hiker survived the fall, he told paramedics after being rescued in a helicopter that he wouldn't need to be taken to the hospital.


Body found on Pacific Palisades hiking trail

A person was found dead on a hiking trail in Pacific Palisades Thursday afternoon. The body was discovered around 3 p.m. in the 17900 block of Surfview Lane, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A hiker encountered the deceased person on the trail and alerted authorities.


1 person in critical condition after vehicle crashes into Hollywood Hills building

A crash involving a vehicle into a building in the Hollywood Hills Sunday left a 30-year-old man in critical condition. The crash at 2260 N. Cahuenga Blvd. was reported at 8:09 p.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Firefighters used hydraulic tools to free the man, who was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries, Humphrey said. It was unclear if the patient was the driver of a passenger in the vehicle, and there were no immediate reports of any other injuries.


South LA crash involving Metro train leaves 2 injured, car split in half

Two people were injured and an SUV was split in half following a horrific crash involving a Metro Blue Line train in South Los Angeles Thursday afternoon, according to authorities. L.A. Fire Department officials say the crash was reported just before 3:45 p.m. in the 1600 block of E. Vernon Avenue, near Vernon Station. Footage from the scene showed the vehicle severely damaged and squeezed between the train and a small fence. Preliminary information indicates the driver made a left turn in front of the train, resulting in the collision. Firefighters extricated a woman from the vehicle and transported her to a hospital in unknown condition.


Firefighters Rescue Two Elderly People After Solo-Vehicle Crash

Two elderly people were rescued after a solo-vehicle crash Sunday in San Pedro. The crash was reported about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at 1500 S. Gaffey St., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Nicholas Prange. A man and a woman, both described by the fire department as about 90 years old, were trapped and required extrication. They were taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.


Man in Serious Condition after Truck Overturns Near Freeway Offramp

A pickup truck driver was seriously injured today when the vehicle overturned off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the North Hills area. The crash was reported around 4 p.m. on the southbound freeway at the Roscoe Boulevard offramp, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, was alone in the gray extended-cab pickup, which rolled over and came to rest against a building. Fire officials said his arm was ``badly trapped'' in the wreckage, and he had to be carefully pulled from the wreckage. He was taken to a hospital in serious condition by LAFD paramedics.


Two-vehicle crash leaves 3 injured in Woodland Hills area

A two-vehicle crash in the Woodland Hills area today left three people injured, one critically. The crash was reported about 8 a.m. in the 21400 block of West Ventura Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. A 35-year-old woman was critically injured and a 57-year-old man and 66-year-old woman were seriously injured, the LAFD reported. Paramedics transported them for hospital treatment. Firefighters extinguished a fire in one of the vehicles. The circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

LA Daily News

Window washers rescued after getting trapped on side of Los Angeles high rise

Two window washers required rescue Friday morning after becoming trapped near the 25th floor of a high rise building in downtown Los Angeles. The incident was reported in the 400 block of South Broadway Street just before 10:20 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Search and rescue crews were responding to help the workers, who were on a swing when the rig motor broke.


Massive water geyser erupts after Sun Valley crash

Police are searching for a driver who sheared a fire hydrant in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles overnight and then left the scene. The incident was reported around 11 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of San Fernando Road and Sunland Boulevard. Water from the sheared hydrant could be seen shooting about 70 feet in the air, according to witnesses. Firefighters were sent to the scene but had trouble shutting off the hydrant due to power lines in the area.


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In Remembrance
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters

Firefighter III

James Dougherty

Deceased: 12/16/2022

Appointed: 5/15/1977

Assignment: FS 114

Retired: 5/31/2016

Captain II

Francis D. Howard

Deceased: 12/12/2022

Appointed: 2/9/1963

Assignment: FS 35

Retired: 7/20/1997


Eugene G. Tanner

Deceased: 12/11/2022

Appointed: 4/1/1973

Assignment: FS 40

Retired: 3/31/2011

Captain II

Bruce A. Froude

Deceased: 12/7/2022


Assignment: FS 48

Retired: 5/30/1993


Douglas R. O Brien

Deceased: 12/5/2022

Appointed: 6/21/1954

Assignment: FS 80

Retired: 6/27/1980


Frederick G. Stablein

Deceased: 11/21/2022

Appointed: 2/3/1958

Assignment: FS 24

Retired: 3/30/1986


William C. Bortels

Deceased: 11/20/2022


Assignment: FS 25

Retired: 9/11/1988


Firefighter III

Kenneth E. Brink

Deceased: 11/9/2022

Appointed: 9/1/2007

Assignment: FS 88

Captain I

Duane D. Reese

Deceased: 11/8/2022

Appointed: 4/30/1966

Assignment: FS 100

Retired: 1/13/2002


Jerold D. Freeman

Deceased: 11/8/2022

Appointed: 2/4/1961

Assignment: FS 87

Retired: 1/12/1989

Apparatus Operator

Ronald H. Carr

Deceased: 11/4/2022

Appointed: 7/22/1973

Assignment: Rescue Maintenance

Retired: 5/27/2006


Paul R. Fulton

Deceased: 11/3/2022

Appointed: 2/3/1958

Assignment: FS 3

Retired: 7/31/1988

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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