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July 29, 2022
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2 dead, multiple wounded in shooting at San Pedro park
Two people were killed and five more were wounded after a shooting at Peck Park in San Pedro Sunday afternoon. The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. at the park, which is located at 560 N. Western Ave. in San Pedro. The Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert that seven people were wounded, four men and three women, at or near a car show at the park. The shooting was initially reported near the baseball diamond, though there were 500 people in the park at the time, including many for the car show, which was unpermitted but did bring a lot of people to the scene, according to police.

1 dead after fire destroys home in Glassell Park
One person was found dead inside a home in Glassell Park that was destroyed by fire Saturday morning, authorities said. The fire erupted at a building located at 2603 W. Crestmoore Place at 9:50 a.m. Firefighters said there were three buildings at the property, and when they arrived, one was fully engulfed while another was left damaged. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the blaze, preventing it from spreading to nearby brush and other homes. Authorities said one firefighter had to be treated for smoke inhalation and was taken to the hospital.

Building Fire in South LA Causes Facade to Collapse, Injuring Firefighters
A large commercial building caught fire in South Los Angeles early Thursday morning, causing an awning to collapse and injuring multiple firefighters in the process. Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters faced a challenge while battling the blaze at 460 West Manchester Avenue in Vermont Vista. The LAFD received the call about a commercial fire in the area around 4:52 a.m., with heavy fire and smoke coming from the building, which at one point operated as a laundromat. It was not clear whether the laundromat was still in operation. Video posted to Citizen App showed large flames extending into the pre-dawn sky as cars passed by. At least three firefighters sustained mild injuries as they contained the flames.

Two Rescued from Roof of Partially Submerged Car After Hollywood Hills Water Main Break
Two people stranded on the roof of a partially submerged car were rescued by firefighters following a water main break that flooded a Hollywood Hills. The break in a 12-inch pipe was reported at 2 a.m. Wednesday at 2330 N Cahuenga Blvd. in the Hollywood Hills. Two women were in a car that was almost entirely submerged under water as a result of the main break as water flowed down Cahuenga Boulevard near the 101 Freeway. The women were able to safely make it to the roof of the car before responders arrived and helped them off with a ladder. No injuries were reported, The LAFD's Swift Water Rescue Team came to the scene to survey the area and ensure there were no other people or cars stranded. They positioned a ladder on the ground and extended it to the car, creating a bridge for the women to cross.

UFLAC Presents the 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.

Fire Watch
Firefighters knock down fire at commercial building in downtown LA
Firefighters knocked down a fire inside a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles Saturday. The blaze at 1112 S. Main St. was reported at 9:01 a.m., according to spokeswoman Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The department dispatched 81 firefighters to the scene, and they extinguished the flames in the one-story building in 22 minutes, Stewart continued. There were four distinct occupancies in the building, she said. The fire burned all the contents on the first floor and then made its way into the attic.

LAFD Knocks Down Commercial Building Fire in Vermont-Slauson Area
Firefighters knocked down a fire burning inside a one-story vacant commercial building in the Vemont-Slauson area of Los Angeles. The blaze at 5967 S. Figueroa St. was reported at 6:17 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The department dispatched 52 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the flames in 30 minutes, Humphrey said. 

LAFD Knocks Down Stubborn House Fire in Harbor Gateway Area
Firefighters knocked down a stubborn house fire Sunday in the Harbor Gateway area. The blaze at 17224 S. Hoover St. was reported at 2:27 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The department dispatched 34 firefighters to the location, and they extinguished the flames in 24 minutes, Humphrey said.

Firefighters Knock Down Fire at Auto Shop in North Hills
A fire at a corrugated metal automotive repair shop in North Hills is under investigation Saturday. Firefighters were called at 3:19 a.m. to 15421 W. Plummer St. where they encountered flames coming from the outside of a 50 x 100 one-story structure, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. It took 34 firefighters 39 minutes to fully extinguish the fire.

Crews Battle 2 Story Townhome Fire in Del Rey
A fire damaged a townhome in the Del Rey area of Los Angeles today, but no one was hurt. It took 32 firefighters 16 minutes to extinguish the two-story townhome. The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the home located at 4625 S Stoner Avenue around 8:45 a.m. Friday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.Firefighters are in the offensive mode. There is at least one additional unit exposed.

Heavy Flames Compromise Brentwood Home
Firefighters waged a defensive battle Monday morning against a blaze that heavily damaged a one-story home in Brentwood. The fire was reported in a 2,537-square-foot house at 4:28 a.m. at 468 N. Tigertail Road, said the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey. Arriving firefighters saw heavy flames in an attached garage and fought the flames from outside the house after fire spread through the attic and compromised the integrity of the structure built in 1938, Humphrey said. The 42 firefighters put out the flames in 69 minutes and no injuries were reported, he said.

First Responder News
Shuttle bus crash at LAX leaves 9 injured
Nine people were injured Thursday during a crash involving a shuttle bus at the Los Angeles International Airport, city fire officials say. It happened around 12:45 p.m. when authorities began receiving reports of a bus crashed into a pole near one of the ramps to Sky Way. According to authorities, there were 24 people on board - including the driver - at the time of the crash. A total of 10 ambulances were requested. Most of the people on the bus weren't injured, but officials say two people were rushed to the hospital in serious condition and seven others were sent with minor injuries.

Truck Hauling Concrete Mixer Knocks Over Fuel Pump, Hits 3 Cars in Panorama City
A truck driver hauling a concrete mixer slammed into a gas station pump and several cars, leaving 11 people including children with minor injuries Tuesday in Panorama City. The crash happened at 4:47 p.m. at 13750 W Roscoe Blvd., authorities said. The truck was hauling a concrete mixer when it entered a 76 gas station across from a Kaiser Permanente hospital. The truck hit three cars, knocked over a fuel pump, and left five children and 6 adults with minor injuries. Seven were taken to the hospital to get checked out.

Crews work to recover body discovered at Griffith Park
Emergency crews worked to recover a body that was found in heavy brush in Griffith Park Saturday morning. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the body was found by park rangers around 8:55 a.m. on the 2800 block of E. Observatory Road. The Fire Department responded to the scene and confirmed that the person was deceased. Fire crews remained on scene alongside police and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office to assist with the body recovery. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the death.

Woman falls to her death from Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro
A woman fell to her death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro Tuesday evening. Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters were called about 6:55 p.m. to the area of the bridge on reports of a possible jumper and found the woman had "plummeted to her death" prior to their arrival, according to the department's Nicholas Prange. The woman's name was withheld pending notification of her next of kin, and events leading to her falling from the bridge were under investigation. The westbound lanes of the Vincent Thomas Bridge were closed for an unknown duration as authorities investigated the woman's death.

Man rescued from ventilation pipe
Firefighters rescued a man who became stuck in an 18-inch ventilation shaft at a two-story restaurant at 8367 W. Beverly Blvd. in Beverly Grove.

Woman rescued after falling in Los Liones trail in Topanga
After falling and suffering facial trauma, a woman who was hiking in the Topanga State Park was airlifted to a local hospital by Los Angeles Fire Department air operations. The woman, who has not been identified, was hiking on the Los Liones Trail when she fell and suffered a facial injury. LAFD ground and air operations managed to safely rescue the hiker from a remote part of the trail. A flight paramedic medically assessed and stabilized the woman before she was airlifted into the LAFD helicopter to be transported to a hospital.

7 injured in crash on the 405 near Brentwood
Seven people were injured in a freeway collision in the Brentwood area Wednesday. The collision involving at least two vehicles was reported at about 1:35 p.m. on the northbound 405 Freeway near Mulholland Drive, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. One person suffered serious injuries in the collision and another suffered moderate injuries, while the remaining patients had only minor injuries. The LAFD reported some of the patients were taken to a hospital, but could not confirm the exact number or their conditions.
 
State News
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Community
As San Fernando Valley sees hotter days, officials explain how to get alerts and save pets if wildfire hits
As the drought gets worse and the region continues to face longer wildfire seasons, officials warn it’s critical to prepare for wildfires, especially communities in the San Fernando Valley and its adjacent hilly areas including Sylmar, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Calabasas where devastating fires burned homes and neighborhoods in recent years. Massive and destructive fires broke out near and in the San Fernando Valley area in recent years. The 2008 Sylmar Fire, also known as the Sayre Fire, burned 489 homes. The Woolsey Fire of 2018 destroyed 1,600 homes and buildings, killing three people and forcing thousands to evacuate after fire broke out in Simi Valley. It burned through Conejo Valley and swaths of Agoura Hills, and raced through the Santa Monica Mountains to Malibu. If the Los Angeles Fire Department needs to warn Angelenos that their home is near an active fire, or their community is threatened by fire, or that evacuations are being ordered, they alert tens of thousands of Angelenos via their cell phones and computer alerts that go directly to affected homes. But you need to set up the fire alert system offered by LAFD, to be among those who get timely digital warnings at home. One of the ways to prepare for an emergency, officials say, is to set up the LAFD fire system alert at https://www.lafd.org/alerts.
In Remembrance
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Fireboat Mate
Brian E. Nichol
Deceased: 7/26/2022
Appointed: 4/30/1960
Assignment: Fire Boat 1
Retired: 8/25/1980

Apparatus Operator
Fred J. Ramsey
Deceased: 7/16/2022
Appointed: 8/8/1980
Retired: 2/28/2013

Engineer
Duncan R. McDiarmid
Deceased: 7/11/2022
Appointed: 12/17/1951
Assignment: FS 108
Retired: 6/1/1977

Fireman
Jack O. Broyles
Deceased: 7/8/2022
Appointed: 2/10/1968
Assignment: Operations Control Dispatch
Retired: 6/28/1993

Firefighter III
Russell N. Nakamura
Deceased: 7/7/2022
Appointed: 2/10/1980
Assignment: FS 114
Retired: 2/13/2015

Firefighter III
William K. Maxwell
Deceased: 7/7/2022
Appointed: 7/24/1965
Assignment: FS 60
Retired: 8/4/1996

Firefighter III
Wilbur J. Eveland
Deceased: 7/4/2022
Appointed: 5/12/1962
Assignment: FS 18
Retired: 6/17/1990

Fireman
Paul I. Ferkinhoff
Deceased: 7/3/2022
Appointed: 2/4/1961
Assignment: FS 98
Retired: 2/18/1989

Firefighter III
Jeffrey G. Willey
Deceased: 6/30/2022
Appointed: 2/10/1968
Assignment: FS 47
Retired: 1/4/1999

Captain
Roger A. Yacoby
Deceased: 6/29/2022
Appointed: 4/30/1966
Assignment: Supply & Maintenance Division
Retired: 1/10/1993

Engineer
Herbert G. Riggs
Deceased: 6/28/2022
Appointed: 5/13/1972
Assignment: FS 70
Retired: 3/9/2003

Captain
Lee H. Kebler
Deceased: 6/26/2022
Appointed: 3/18/1947
Assignment: FS 112 Boat 2
Retired: 6/1/1978

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 www.uflac.org.