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August 13, 2021
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52 firefighters douse Pacoima pallet yard fire before it spreads to commercial buildings nearby
Dozens of firefighters battled a pallet fire Sunday afternoon in Pacoima and kept it from spreading to neighboring buildings, officials reported. The fire was reported at 2:23 p.m. Sunday at an outside pallet yard located at 11017 N. Sutter Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an incident report. Responding crews reported “heavy fire” was threatening a one-story commercial building. It took 52 firefighters 31 minutes to extinguish the blaze, and keep the flames from spreading to nearby commercial buildings, LAFD reported.

Photo by Korey Cuico
The LAFD Welcomes a New Class of LAFD Divers
It’s been a long time since Your LAFD had a new class of divers, so the ceremony on July 29, 2021, celebrating their successful completion of a difficult training program was extra special. The following firefighters have joined the elite group of LAFD Divers: Damon Bowden, Mark Chavez, Ryan Considine, Towner Douglas, Skip Kanemaki, Craig Kredell, Nicholas Miller, Jonathan Scully, Paul Young, and Matthew Westmoreland.

LA Firefighters Welcomed DHS Deputy Secretary John Tien
LA City Firefighters welcomed US Deputy Secretary John Tien of the Department of Homeland Security to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 33 in South LA. We appreciate his visit to meet our members and show his gratitude and support for the hard work that our firefighters do for our great city.

Fire Watch
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Two-story home catches fire in Tarzana
A fire damaged a two-story home in Tarzana Monday evening and forced its four occupants to find somewhere else to stay, but no one was injured. The fire was reported about 6:25 p.m. on the 19600 block of Valdez Drive, near Marvin Braude Gateway Park, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was fully extinguished in a little over 30 minutes by 57 firefighters. The blaze was declared knocked down at 6:57 p.m., Prange said.

Fire Damages Two East Hollywood Homes
A fire sprang up at an East Hollywood home Wednesday night and damaged two buildings, Los Angeles Fire Department said. The blaze was reported around 9:27 p.m. at 1412 N Alexandria Ave. Firefighters arrived to find a one story home, which may have been vacant, with fire showing from the rear of the house and another building exposed to flames. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire in the exposed building, and were forced to take a defensive position against the primary house as flames continued in the attic. A knockdown was called at 10:04 p.m. thanks to the work of 36 firefighters.

Photo by Ismael Miranda
Dog Killed in Granada Hills Fire
A dog was killed in a patio fire at a house in Granada Hills tonight. Firefighters responded at 9:49 p.m. to 17745 Ridgeway Road where a fire had spread to a two-story, 1,345 square-foot home, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. As the heat and smoke cleared, they found the dog lifeless and beyond veterinary help, Humphrey said.

Residential Fire Extinguished in Studio City
Twenty-six firefighters knocked down a residential fire in 26 minutes Thursday morning in Studio City. Crews responded at 2:40 a.m. to 4135 N. Vantage Ave., where they found a one-story, single-family dwelling with fire showing, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The fire extended across the roof, so firefighters were forced to move to an interior attack to extinguish the final pockets of the blaze, Stewart said.

Fire Breaks Out at Hollywood Hills Apartment Building
An apartment fire broke out in the Hollywood Hills Tuesday night, filling hallways of the building with smoke before firefighters were able to extinguish it. The fire was reported around 5:56 p.m. at 1950 N Tamarind Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Flames sprung up in one unit at the four-story building, and smoke billowed through the second and third floor, which was under construction. "Residents sheltered in place within their living quarters to avoid coming in contact with the smoke and potentially toxic byproducts of combustion," said Nicholas Prange of the LAFD. Firefighters brought hose lines to access the second-floor unit, and a knockdown was called at 6:20 p.m. thanks to the work of 32 firefighters.

Firefighters Extinguish House Fire in Silver Lake
Firefighters today are investigating the cause of a fire at a one-story vacant single-family home in Silver Lake. Firefighters were called at 11:23 p.m. Tuesday to 3452 1/2 Plata St., near Hoover Street and the Hollywood (101) Freeway, where the blaze, which began at the rear of the home, had damaged a neighboring detached garage, said Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was extinguished in 17 minutes by 26 firefighters and no injuries were reported, Prange said.

Flames Damage Florence Duplex
Firefighters put out flames in 13 minutes Saturday evening in a two-story residential duplex in the Florence area of Los Angeles. The fire was reported at 8:09 p.m. at 1148 W. Florence Ave., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey. The flames were out at 8:22 p.m. Firefighters confined the fire to the ground-floor unit, Humphrey said.

Montecito Heights Brush Fire Contained by Firefighters
A brush fire in the area of 4570 N. Griffin Ave. in Montecito Heights was accelerating uphill and had the potential to grow before firefighters contained it, according to Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Friday. Five fire engines were added to the response. There were 88 Firefighters that held the fire to one acre in 65 minutes, according to LAFD.

Grass Fire Burns Alongside Freeway in Studio City
Drivers along the southbound U.S. State Route 101 may have noticed large plumes of smoke from a grass fire burning along the freeway in Studio City. The fire started Thursday evening around 6:02 p.m. in the area of Vineland Avenue and Moorpark Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters arrived to find less than a quarter acre of grass burning along the freeway. No structures were threatened, although traffic was impacted as officers needed to use the right lane to attack the blaze.

LAFD Extinguishes El Sereno Hillside House Fire
Firefighters extinguished a house fire Sunday in El Sereno. The blaze inside a three-story hillside home at 4782 N. Hillsdale Drive was reported at 7:48 p.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. Firefighters had to ventilate the rooftop while they battled the flames inside the house, Prange said. The department sent 30 firefighters to the scene and extinguished the flames in under 20 minutes, he said.

Brush Fire Breaks Out Along Mulholland Drive in Brentwood
Los Angeles firefighters made quick work of a small brush fire near Mulholland Drive in Brentwood Tuesday afternoon. The quarter-acre blaze was reported at about 1:30 p.m. in the 16200 block of West Mulholland Drive east of Bel-Air Church, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. The fire was burning amid heavy brush driven by light wind gusts, said Prange. Crews were able to douse the flames within 25 minutes to protect nearby schools, a church, and homes, added Prange.

First Responder News
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Firefighters use ropes to rescue motorist trapped 100 feet below 118 Freeway in Chatsworth
Firefighters performed a rope rescue early Thursday morning of a person who was trapped in a vehicle that went off the road and approximately 100 feet down an embankment in Chatsworth, authorities said. Firefighters responded at 2:23 a.m. to a location near Indian Drive off the eastbound 118 Freeway and used ropes to bring the person up the side of the embankment, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart. The person was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Stewart said.

Photo by Mike Meadows
Three Injured in Valley Village Crash
A two vehicle collision in the 12400 block of Magnolia Boulevard caused one car to topple, briefly trapping an occupant before they were quickly rescued from beneath the vehicle by Los Angeles Fire Department responders on August 8, 2021. The crash sent a total of three persons to the hospital, including two with serious injury.

Three Injured When Vehicle Crashes into Fourplex in Hollywood
Three women were injured Tuesday evening, one seriously, when a vehicle drove into a fourplex in Hollywood. The crash occurred at about 6:55 p.m. at 1849 N. Wilcox Ave., at the southwest corner of the intersection with Franklin Avenue, according to Nicholas Prange of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Two women were taken to a hospital in moderate condition, and a third was in serious condition, Prange said.

Photo by Rick McClure
LAFD Rescues Driver of Overturned Vehicle in the Wash
LAFD responded to the 15100 block of West Parthenia Street at 10:25 PM on Sunday, August 1, 2021 and found a sedan upside down in the wash. One patient self-extricated with seemingly minor injuries. LAFD firefighter-paramedics removed the 35-year-old male patient from the wash with a litter basket operation, and transported the patient to a local hospital due to mechanism (the large amount of force exerted on the vehicle, suggesting injury is likely). Unknown condition and circumstances.

LAFD Hazmat Squad on scene at Sun Valley recycling center
A hazardous materials team was sent Thursday morning to a recycling center on the 9200 block of Tujunga Avenue in the Sun Valley area, where some people may have been exposed to an unknown chemical, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters evaluated the 49 people who evacuated the building at Waste Management’s Sun Valley Recycling Park, and there were no medical complaints, said LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

Hiker Rescued in Pacific Palisades
A hiker was reported lost on Tuesday, August 3 at 1501 N. Will Rogers State Park Rd. Officials from the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the call at 6:54 p.m. and conducted an extensive search for the hiker. Ground and aircrews located the hiker, who was identified as a 60-year-old male, stranded in deep terrain. Officials lifted the hiker out of the location to safety with special equipment. After the rescue was completed, paramedics from the LAFD assessed the medical condition of the hiker who did not sustain any injuries.

Budget
Presenting 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.
State News
Tracking coronavirus vaccinations in California
Experts say about 85% of Americans will need to be vaccinated to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control. This page tracks California’s progress toward that goal using data from state and federal authorities.

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

Above & Beyond
There's an Olympian in The Family
From her earliest days, Amanda Longan was meant to be in the water. Her passion, drive and dedication transformed her from a swimmer into an Olympian and a member of the USA Water Polo team competing in Tokyo. Where does she believe her inner strength and commitment to excellence stems? Directly from her father, Los Angeles City Fire Department Captain II Jon Longan.

Local Firefighters Begin 40-Day 9/11 Memorial Ride Cross-Country, From Santa Monica To New York City
About a dozen local firefighters are about to embark on a long journey to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “We got 42 days until 9/11,” said Batt. Chief Buck Buchanan, a retired LA County firefighter. “I’d really like to see a groundswell of patriotism come back.” Buchanan helped organize the cross country bike ride that got underway Sunday at the Santa Monica Pier and was expected to take 40 days to reach New York. In all, eleven firefighters were taking part in the memorial tribute. “We’re going to pay our respects for those that were lost on 9/11 and to try to bring awareness to the American people about how important a date this is,” said Buchanan. “A lot of people aren’t aware of the fact that we are coming up on more people dying, firefighters dying in the aftermath of 9/11 from working the pile, recovery, from 9/11 related cancers and illnesses.”

Events
In Remembrance
Honoring the Legacy of Richard Trumka
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 join our brothers and sisters in organized labor throughout the country in mourning the passing of Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. We will honor your legacy by continuing the fight to uplift the working families of our country.
Remembering Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters
Fire Inspector I
Jean C. Samson
Deceased: 8/10/2021
Appointed: 4/27/1975
Assignment: Environmental Unit
Retired: 7/23/2009

Firefighter III
Gregory A. Des Baillets
Deceased: 8/7/2021
Appointed: 8/23/1969
Assignment: FS 96
Retired: 3/29/1997

Fireboat Pilot
Arthur L. Donaher
Deceased: 8/6/2021
Appointed: 4/19/1948
Assignment: Fireboat 2
Retired: 6/1/1976

Firefighter II
Ronald L. Zulick
Deceased: 7/27/2021
Appointed: 4/18/1959
Assignment: FS 50
Retired: 7/24/1979

Firefighter III
Henry A. Munoz (Active Duty)
Deceased: 7/22/2021
Appointed: 5/21/2001
Assignment: FS 107

Engineer
Gary L. Kahler
Deceased: 7/22/2021
Appointed: 4/17/1971
Assignment: FS 23
Retired: 7/12/2008

Captain
James E. Craig
Deceased: 7/21/2021
Appointed: 2/4/1961
Assignment: FS 96
Retired: 2/11/1990

Fireman
Alexander Delianedis
Deceased: 7/13/2021
Appointed: 7/2/1956
Assignment: FS 56
Retired: 12/5/1988

Captain II
Charles W. Casper
Deceased: 7/9/2021
Appointed: 4/1/1957
Assignment: FS 28
Retired: 4/1/2007

Engineer
Robert G. Parmelee
Deceased: 7/1/2021
Appointed: 12/19/1955
Assignment: FS 37
Retired: 9/10/1981

Fireman
Paul J. De La Garrigue
Deceased: 7/1/2021
Appointed: 1/2/1962
Assignment: FS 63
Retired: 6/29/1982

Captain
Reginald Ballard
Deceased: 6/30/2021
Appointed: 7/12/1949
Assignment: FS 81
Retired: 5/1/1978

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.