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March 11, 2022
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Kristin Crowley confirmed as first female LAFD Chief
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously confirmed the appointment Tuesday of Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley to be the first woman to lead the Los Angeles Fire Department. The appointment is effective March 26, when Chief Ralph Terrazas is scheduled to retire. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Crowley's nomination Jan. 18 alongside City Council President Nury Martinez, Crowley and Terrazas outside the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center. Crowley already made history within the LAFD when she became the city's first female fire marshal in 2016. "I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to be the next fire chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and to lead the department into the future," Crowley said. "As the fire chief, if confirmed, I vow to take a strategic and balanced approach to ensure we meet the needs of the community we serve. We will focus our efforts on increasing our operational effectiveness, enhancing firefighter safety and well-being, and fully commit to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within the LAFD."

Firefighters battling blaze in downtown L.A.
Firefighters are battling a blaze at a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Thursday morning. The fire was reported at the one-story structure on 721 S. Ceres Avenue around 8:40 a.m., drawing over 90 firefighters who converged on the blaze and went into offensive mode. Crews faced with heavy smoke worked to find the seat of the fire as another worked on the roof, conducting vertical ventilation to help remove smoke from the building. Video from Sky5 showed thick, dark smoke billowing out from the structure as crews worked. Firefighters then switched to a defensive operation. “All firefighters are exiting the structure and coming down off the roof. LAFD Hazardous Materials Squad is evaluating a possible oxygen tank exposed to the fire,” LAFD said in an alert around 9 a.m. About 9:20 a.m., fire officials said they had extinguished the blaze.

Person found dead in Sylmar motel fire
A person was found dead inside their motel room Friday morning in Sylmar after a fire broke out at the property, fire officials said. The fire was reported around 6:15 a.m. at the motel located near the intersection of North San Fernando Road and Bleeker Street. Firefighters were able to knock down the flames in under 15 minutes. However, when searching the building, they found the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man, Woman Injured in Fire at Apartment in Echo Park
A man and a woman were seriously injured during a fire Sunday at a two-story apartment building in Echo Park, where two units were "significantly" damaged, authorities said. "Firefighters found two patients and evaluated and transported both to the hospital," said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The 100 firefighters dispatched at 4:54 a.m. to 1072 N. Kensington Road had the blaze out within 32 minutes, Prange said. Five people were displaced as a result of the fire.

Fire breaks out at Reseda apartment building featured in ‘Karate Kid’ and ‘Cobra Kai’
Firefighters responded to a well-known apartment building in Reseda after a blaze erupted in one of its units Monday night. The fire was reported at the South Seas apartment complex in the 19200 block of Saticoy Street shortly before 11:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than two dozen firefighters helped contain the fire to a single unit and extinguished the flames in about 13 minutes, according to the Fire Department. There was smoke damage to other units on the floor above and four patients were treated at the scene. At least two of those patients were transported to a local hospital in unknown condition, according to the Fire Department.

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Fire Damages Homes in Jefferson Park Community of Los Angeles
Firefighters Saturday knocked down a fire at a single-story home in the Jefferson Park community of Los Angeles. The 32 firefighters dispatched at 8:13 a.m. to 2162 W. 31st St. had the blaze out within 24 minutes of their arrival, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “(The fire) appeared to have started inside a wall and spread up to the attic,” Prange said.

Firefighters knock down house fire in Sherman Oaks
Fire officials say it took 81 firefighters an hour and 12 minutes to knock down a blaze that broke out at a two-story home in Sherman Oaks on Monday morning. The fire broke out around 5:40 a.m. in the 5400 block of North Nagle Avenue, located near the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Fulton Ave. Los Angeles Fire Department officials said there was a partial roof collapse as a result of the fire. Authorities also noted it appeared the home was new or undergoing renovations and that they do not believe anyone was inside the home.

Firefighter and 3 Others Hurt in Encino Apartment Fire
A Los Angeles firefighter and three others were hurt in a fire at an Encino apartment building Tuesday afternoon. A Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter was hospitalized in fair condition after suffering an injury described as non-life-threatening. Three residents — a 45-year-old man, a 24-year-old man, and an 80-year-old woman — were also hospitalized in fair condition with possible smoke inhalation, according to an LAFD spokeswoman. The fire was reported just before p.m. at the two-story apartment building at 5130 N. Yarmouth Ave., near the Ventura (101) Freeway, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Sixty-two firefighters contained the flames confined to a single unit, said Stewart. The fire was extinguished by 3:05 p.m.

LAFD Crews Knock Down One-Story House Fire in Hollywood Hills
A one-story residential blaze took Los Angeles Fire Department crews just over 20 minutes to extinguish Thursday. The one-story home was well-involved with flames when firefighters arrived on North Stanley Avenue. Sky9 Chopper flew over the home, where the fire appeared to be contained as crews were engaged with an offensive mode of attack. LAFD reported that it took exactly 23 minutes for the 32 firefighters on scene to knock down the flames.

LAFD Battles Second Apartment Blaze of Night in Watts
Los Angeles Fire Department crews were engaged with their second apartment building fire of the night in Watts just after 10:05 p.m. The first fire was reported at around 9:30 p.m. on the second-floor of a two-story apartment building on East 103rd Street, which took 43 firefighters a little over 20 minutes to contain within the lone apartment. They were called to the scene of a second fire less than a mile away, on South Juniper Street at a separate apartment building, which also showed heavy smoke and fire escaping from one of the building’s units.This fire was reported knocked down after 34 minutes with 46 firefighters on scene. LAFD officials disclosed that both of the units involved were vacant, and no injuries were involved in either.

1 Burned in Possible Explosion at Hyde Park Home
One person was burned Tuesday in a house fire in the Hyde Park area that may have been the result of an explosion. Reports of the fire in the 3100 block of West 78th Street were called in to the Los Angeles Fire Department at 8:03 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find a two-story single-family home with smoke showing, according to LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The fire was out within 15 minutes, but a detached garage with “obvious signs of an explosion” was found, Stewart said. At least one person was found in the home with burn injuries, but Stewart said that person is not cooperating with firefighters and paramedics for evaluation.

Firefighters Extinguish Blaze at Hyde Park Complex, Residents Displaced
Fire crews fought to control a blaze at a two-story apartment building Friday in the Hyde Park area of South Los Angeles that left at least five people temporarily without homes. Firefighters were called at 3:38 a.m. to 2319 W. 54th St. where they found flames coming from a second floor unit that had spread into the floor, wall, and attic spaces of the building as well as to an adjacent duplex, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. Prange said it took 40 firefighters 63 minutes to extinguish the flames.

LAFD Knocks Down Fire in Downtown Building
Firefighters knocked down a fire Sunday evening inside a six-story building in downtown Los Angeles. The fire at 334 S. Main St., west of Third Street, was reported at 8:41 p.m. according to Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The department dispatched 74 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the flames on 38 minutes, Stewart said.

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LAFD Extinguishes House Fire in Panorama City
Firefighters knocked down a house fire Sunday in Panorama City. The fire at 9460 Cedros Ave. was reported at 5:35 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The department dispatched 29 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the flames in 31 minutes, Stewart said.

Fire in Fireplace Spreads into Wall of West LA Apartment
Flames spread from the fireplace of a West Los Angeles apartment into the wall and started rising Saturday before being put out by firefighters. The fire was reported at 8:25 p.m. on the second floor of the three-story building at 11060 W. La Grange Ave., near Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Nicholas Prange. A resident in a second-floor apartment told the fire department about smelling smoke and the wall next to the fireplace feeling hot, Prange said. “It took 41 firefighters 28 minutes to locate, confine and extinguish the fire,” he said.

Fire Damages Apartment in Baldwin Hills Area
Fire damaged a unit on the second floor of a two-story apartment building in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles Sunday, authorities said. Firefighters dispatched at 7:38 a.m. to 4633 W. August St. had the blaze out within 16 minutes of their arrival, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “The quick interior attack made by firefighters prevented the fire from extending beyond the unit of origin,” Stewart said.

First Responder News
1 Killed After Vehicle Rolls Over Several Times, Slams Into 118 Freeway Sign in Granada Hills
At least one person has died in a multi-car crash on the eastbound 118 Freeway in Granada Hills. The crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes, just west of the 405 Freeway. One of the vehicles involved flipped several times before slamming into the center divider and the pole holding up the sign spanning all lanes of the eastbound side. A second vehicle involved apparently landed in the westbound lanes of the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol. Five lanes, including the carpool lane, were blocked for an unknown duration for the fatal crash investigation and clean up.

Man in North Hollywood Dies After Getting Trapped Under a Trailer
The Los Angeles Fire Department was able to free the man from underneath the trailer however he was “beyond medical help” and died at the scene. According to LAFD, crews were dispatched to the 4700 block of North Tujunga Avenue at around 3:40 p.m., after receiving reports of a patient trapped under a trailer that was about 25 feet. Crews rescued the man from under the trailer that was attached to a pickup truck. He was being evaluated by paramedics and it was determined he could not be helped. The man was determined dead shortly after. The Los Angeles Police Department believes that the dead man was involved in a road rage incident with the driver of the Toyota Tundra towing the trailer. According to LAPD, the deceased attempted to engage the Tundra driver, by jumping onto the wheel well of the trailer. Unaware that the man jumped onto his trailer, the driver went forward which is when the man fell and was trapped before eventually dying.

8 injured following crash involving school bus in South LA
At least eight people were injured following a collision in South Los Angeles Wednesday night. The crash was reported around 7:30 p.m. at 248 W 108th St. A school bus and another vehicle were involved in the crash. According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were attempting to stop a suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle. The suspect did not stop, which led to a short pursuit. Shortly after, the stolen vehicle collided with the bus. According to LAFD, one person was taken to the hospital after the crash.

Mother, Daughter and Family Dog Rescued from Hollywood Hills West Slope
A woman, a girl and a dog stranded in the middle of a slope off Runyon Canyon Road were rescued by firefighters Saturday afternoon. The Los Angeles Fire Department used a two-line rope system to send two rescuers down the slope about 3:45 p.m. in the 3000 block of Runyon Canyon Road, according to LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange. At 5:27 p.m., the trio was brought up the slope, evaluated by paramedics and found to have no illness or injury, Prange said.

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Car Slams into Garage in West Hills
A car slammed into a garage Sunday in West Hills. The crash took place at 22570 W. Lull St. around 9:05 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The two occupants of the car suffered minor injuries. One was transported to a hospital, Stewart said.

State News
California Fire Map & Tracker
An interactive map of wildfires burning across the Bay Area and California.

National News
Wildfires are getting worse across the globe. How does California compare?
An alarming new United Nations report warns that the number of extreme wildfires is expected to increase 50% globally by the end of the century, and that governments are largely unprepared for the burgeoning crisis. Even the Arctic, previously all but immune to the threat, faces growing wildfire risk because of climate change and other factors, according to the report, which was published Wednesday ahead of the upcoming U.N. Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. The findings likely sound all too familiar to California residents, who for years have been living with the reality of hotter, more frequent and more intense wildfires. The five largest blazes recorded in the state have all occurred since 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
In Remembrance
Tears, laughter fill memorial service for LA County fire captain
Tears and laughter. Both were in large supply Friday at Calvary Chapel Golden Springs in Diamond Bar for the memorial service for Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Captain Steven McCann. McCann died Feb. 9 from a medical emergency while on duty for Station 166 in El Monte. He was just 48, leaving behind three daughters, a new-born grandson and a deeply affected group of friends and colleagues. The office of the L.A. County Medical-Examiner Coroner lists the cause of death as deferred pending additional investigation. Dozens of fire trucks lined the parking lot at Calvary Chapel. One, from Station 166, was adorned with a tribute: “In Memory of Captain McCann.” A huge American flag was hoisted in the air near the entrance to the sanctuary, where hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the fallen firefighter.

Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Engineer
Donald A. Kusar Jr
Deceased: 3/3/2022
Appointed: 4/1/1973
Assignment: FS 40
Retired: 9/20/2008

Engineer
Robert W. Dockery
Deceased: 2/26/2022
Appointed: 6/17/1952
Assignment: FS 104
Retired: 7/1/1977

Firefighter III
Dexter G. McDaniel
Deceased: 2/25/2022
Appointed: 12/21/1989
Assignment: FS 79
Retired: 3/31/2020

Captain II
Robert A. Witherspoon
Deceased: 2/21/2022
Appointed: 2/20/1971
Assignment: FS 80
Retired: 5/1/2002

Firefighter III
John E. Burgan
Deceased: 2/17/2022
Appointed: 1/6/1976
Assignment: FS 110
Retired: 7/12/2008

Engineer
Richard M. Summers
Deceased: 2/16/2022
Appointed: 11/24/1962
Assignment: FS 47
Retired: 8/27/1984

Apparatus Operator
David W. Freeman
Deceased: 2/14/2022
Appointed: 7/22/1973
Assignment: FS 48
Retired: 8/1/2003

Engineer
James C. Nolan
Deceased: 2/11/2022
Appointed: 6/16/1955
Assignment: FS 48
Retired: 7/1/1975

Firefighter III
Robert C. Klopfenstein
Deceased: 2/5/2022
Appointed: 7/22/1973
Assignment: FS 114
Retired: 6/30/2010

Engineer
Lawrence L. Tackett Jr.
Deceased: 2/5/2022
Appointed: 8/23/1969
Assignment: FS 87
Retired: 1/7/1995

Apparatus Operator
William E. Shern
Deceased: 1/19/2022
Appointed: 2/28/1977
Assignment: FS 2
Retired: 5/1/2002

Firefighter III
Frederick C. Miller
Deceased: 1/17/2022
Appointed: 4/30/1966
Assignment: OCD Dispatch Section

UFLAC’s 2020 LAFD
Year In Review 
On behalf of the approximately 3,400 Firefighters of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC), we are proud to present the 2020 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 book helps to tell the story of our dedicated First Responders who continued to protect lives and property in Los Angeles while risking their own safety during an extraordinary year.
In 2020, our Firefighters and Paramedics responded to more than 444,000 emergency calls for service throughout Los Angeles - an average of 1,213 calls per day. As an all-risk fire and rescue agency serving more than four million people, the LAFD is one of the busiest fire departments in the country and we are ready to answer any call that may come our way. 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 www.uflac.org.