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On behalf of the more than 3,400 Firefighters, Paramedics, Dispatchers, Inspectors, and Pilots of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 (UFLAC), I am honored to present the Seventh Annual Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Year in Review. This publication tells the story of our members in images taken throughout the year as UFLAC members responded to approximately 462,000 emergency calls for service in the City of Los Angeles. The 2019 wildfire season continued the unfortunate trend of property damage, loss of life, and mass evacuations as seen in recent years throughout California. Our Firefighters not only responded to significant incidents such as the Getty, Saddle Ridge, and Pacific Palisades fires in our local communities, but they also provided support to our surrounding region, including at the Ridgecrest earthquake in Kern County and the Easy Fire in Ventura County. 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. Last year, we were proud to advance that effort with the creation of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City Fire Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial support to Firefighters and their immediate families who suffer economic hardship as a result of illness, injury, or death in addition to offering educational assistance to children of fallen Firefighters. This book is dedicated to our rank and file members of the LAFD who risk their lives each and every day while responding to hundreds of thousands of emergency calls for service in one of the busiest fire departments in the country. UFLAC is honored to represent the most exceptional First Responders in the nation here in the City of Los Angeles. In Appreciation,

Captain II Freddy Escobar President United Firefighters of Los Angeles City International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 112


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OVERVIEW The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is an all-risk fire and rescue agency that serves approximately four million people in the second largest city in the nation. The mission of the LAFD is to preserve life and property, promote public safety, and foster economic growth through a commitment to prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery as an emergency service provider. The First Responders of the LAFD call 106 Fire Stations spread across their 471 square mile jurisdiction home. These neighborhood fire stations are staffed by 3,434 sworn rank-and-file Firefighters on three rotating shifts who respond to an average of more than 1,265 emergency calls for service on a daily basis.

LOS ANGELES CITY POPULATION 4,100,000

3,990,456

3,900,000 3,700,000 3,500,000 3,300,000

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019


CALLS FOR SERVICE 461,779

500,000

400,000

300,000

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2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

STAFFING LEVELS 3600 3,434

3500 3400 3300 3200 3100

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2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019


INCIDENT BREAKDOWN BLS

Fire

171,241

22,124

ALS

214,281

DAILY AVERAGES

EMERGENCY CALLS

Calls For Service

1,265

Total EMS

EMS

385,528

Other

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Total Non-EMS

54,133

Non-EMS

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT January 1 PANORAMA CITY - Fire Crews responded to an automobile versus motorcycle accident in the 8900 block of North Van Nuys Boulevard. After arriving on scene and assessing the needs of the situation, Firefighters treated and transported one patient.

Jacob Salzman

Jacob Salzman

TRIPLEX FIRE January 4 HYDE PARK - It took Firefighters just 26 minutes to fully extinguish a stubborn fire in one unit of a one-story residential triplex in the 3500 block of West Florence Avenue. Justin Johnson

DEADLY VEHICLE COLLISION January 6

Mike Meadows

PACOIMA - Despite the quick response of Firefighter/Paramedics, a man died at the scene and a woman was critically injured after their cars collided at the intersection of San Fernando Road and Osborne Street. Mike Meadows


Greg Doyle

Greg Doyle

Mike Meadows

RECYCLING YARD FIRE SPREADS January 6 VAN NUYS - A fast moving fire involving outside storage at an industrial recycling yard quickly spread to several unoccupied school buses stored at a private bus company in the 14700 block of Raymer Street. It took 53 Firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the stubborn flames. Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VEHICLE January 7 NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Firefighters treated an injured motorcyclist after he was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Burbank Boulevard and Satsuma Avenue. Mike Meadows


AUTO FACILITY FIRE January 8 NORTH HOLLYWOOD - It took 42 Firefighters 35 minutes to knock down the flames at an auto facility located in the 6800 block of North Lankershim Boulevard. The onestory automotive service building with approximately nine destroyed vehicles inside created challenges, including flammable Nitrous Oxide cylinders, as well as structural compromise caused by the fire. Two adult male workers from the premises were evaluated for injuries by Paramedics with one having a minor facial burn.

Mike Meadows

Jacob Salzman

DRIVER TRAPPED January 17 PORTER RANCH - Firefighters worked quickly and diligently to free a critically injured driver from the wreckage of a sedan that collided forcefully with a tree in the 11800 block of Wilbur Avenue.

Mike Meadows


AUTO INTO APARTMENT BUILDING January 19 Tim Werle

WILMINGTON - At 1:10PM, Firefighters responded to a reported auto into structure. The car had crashed into the kitchen area of a first-floor unit in an apartment building. While no one was injured, the damaged building needed to be shored up for stability. LAFD Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 85 led the operation and ensured occupants remaining in the building were safe.

Brandon Buckley

GARAGE FULLY ENGULFED January 19

Tim Werle

SYLMAR - At 11:50PM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 13800 block of West Polk Street and found a two-story, metal clad garage fully involved in fire and extending to a one-story garage directly behind it. It took 48 Firefighters just 36 minutes to achieve full knockdown.


COLLISION TRAPS DRIVER January 22 WILMINGTON - At 3:32AM, Fire Crews responded to a traffic accident in the 1600 block of North Alameda Street. Firefighters performed an extended extrication to safely remove an adult male patient from the wreckage caused by the violent impact of a semi and an asphalt truck collision.

Tim Werle

Eric French

STRUCTURE FIRE January 23 KOREATOWN - At 11:39AM, 45 Firefighters skillfully handled a fire in a two-story fourplex located in the 900 block of South Kenmore in 23 minutes.

Eric French

RESCUE FROM VEHICLE COLLISION January 26 PORTER RANCH - Firefighters extricated one patient from a three-vehicle collision on the Westbound 118 Freeway near Reseda Boulevard.

Rick McClure


BOAT INTO HYDRANT January 28 SHADOW HILLS - At 10:54PM, Fire Crews responded to a sheared hydrant in the 11200 block of West Peoria Street. Firefighters found a boat (detached from a trailer) next to the sheared hydrant. No vehicle was present at the scene.

Brandon Buckley Jacob Salzman

Jacob Salzman

APARTMENT DAMAGED BY AUTO January 30 NORTH HILLS - At 5:21PM, Firefighters responded to the 8900 block of North Orion for a reported auto into structure. Arriving Fire Crews found a small vehicle that had crashed into the bottom floor of a two-story apartment building. Urban Search & Rescue 88 later led a shoring operation to ensure stability of the building.


COMMERCIAL BUILDING BLAZE January 30 Peter Sanders

Peter Sanders

KOREATOWN - At 8:22AM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 300 block of North Vermont Avenue. Crews took only 25 minutes to knock down heavy fire in the three-story, vacant commercial building.

SWIFT WATER RESCUE BY LITTER BASKET January 31 LOS ANGELES - At 11:43AM, Fire Crews responded to the 1700 block of North Main Street to reports of a person in the river needing assistance. Firefighters conducted a litter basket operation to safely extract an adult male patient with minor injuries from the river. Matt Hartman Matt Hartman

SWIFT WATER RESCUE BY BOAT January 31 LA RIVER - At 1:52PM, the LAFD responded to the LA River at Zoo Drive to reports of a man in the river in distress. The Swift Water Rescue Team conducted a safe extraction via a tethered, inflatable rescue boat and brought the uninjured man to shore.


CAR CRASHES INTO BRICK WALL February 3

Rick McClure

EAGLE ROCK - Firefighters arrived quickly to discover a mid-size coupe that had left the roadway and crashed through the cinder block wall of a motel located in the 1000 block of Colorado Boulevard.

MOTORHOME FIRE February 3 Robert Navarro

CAR CAREENS OFF FREEWAY February 3

MISSION HILLS - Firefighters quickly extinguished a motorhome fire with no reported injuries.

GRANADA HILLS - Four patients were injured, two critically, when a small sedan left the Golden State (I-5) Freeway near Roxford Street and landed in a ditch adjacent to the freeway.

Rick McClure

Jacob Salzman


DEMOLITION SITE RESCUE February 6 KOREATOWN - Firefighters raced to the scene of a worker who was hurt at a demolition site in the 700 block of South Serrano Avenue. Arriving Fire Crews found a man who had sustained a fractured leg and swiftly stabilized the badly injured limb before loading the patient in a litter basket and carrying him to a waiting ambulance. Eric French

Eric French

Eric French


DEADLY VEHICLE CRASH February 9 CRENSHAW DISTRICT - Crews responded to a two-vehicle collision with four patients in the 3600 block of West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Firefighters on scene worked quickly and diligently to free those trapped in both vehicles, including a critically injured driver of one car who sadly succumbed to his injuries shortly after hospital arrival. The three patients from the other car were taken to a hospital and were expected to survive. Justin Johnson

Brandon Buckley

RV FIRE THREATENS HOME February 9 NORTH HOLLYWOOD - The aggressive response of Firefighters prevented injury and spared an adjacent home from serious damage after a motorhome that was parked alongside a residence in the 7500 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue erupted in flames.

Brandon Buckley


FATAL COLLISION February 17 CHATSWORTH - Firefighters arrived on the scene of a fatal traffic collision that occurred in the 9500 block of North De Soto Avenue. The severity of the collision caused two patients to be transported to local hospitals for further care, while two others were unfortunately pronounced dead at the scene. Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

LITTER BASKET RESCUE February 23 SUN VALLEY - Firefighters initiated a litter basket rescue operation to hoist an adult male with various injuries from a wash after he reportedly fell approximately 10 feet down. After being evaluated by Paramedics, he was transported to a local hospital. Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

CAR CRASHES INTO NAIL SALON February 26 RESEDA - Three people were injured, one critically, when a sedan drove into a nail salon at 18845 Sherman Way.

Mike Meadows


DEADLY BLAZE February 26 PICO-ROBERTSON - At 9:52AM, Firefighters responded to a twostory residential duplex ablaze at 850 South Bedford Street. Despite the valiant efforts of Firefighters and Paramedics who made their way through excessive personal storage inside the 1,575 square-foot upstairs unit, an elderly man was found unresponsive and perished after flames swept through his apartment. Approximately 55 Firefighters fully extinguished the flames in just 14 minutes.

Harry Garvin

TRAPPED DRIVER February 28 VALLEY GLEN - Firefighters worked swiftly to free a driver trapped in her vehicle following a collision in the 6000 block of Fulton Avenue.

Harry Garvin

Mike Meadows


Alex Gillman

Alex Gillman

Alex Gillman

Mark Masek

SPRING 2019 GIRLS CAMP March 2-3

Mark Masek

PANORAMA CITY - The LAFD Girls Camp is a two-day instructional program where professional female Firefighters from across the Western United States mentor young women, ages 14 -18, in a variety of Firefighting and EMS skills, giving them the opportunity to see what it takes to have a career in the fire service. The campers participated in hands-on activities with firefighting tools and equipment at the Valley Recruit Training Academy 81 to help them gain confidence, work together in teams, and explore new challenges.


SIX INJURED IN CRASH March 3 SYLMAR - Firefighters came to the aid of six people when three vehicles collided in the 12700 block of Foothill Boulevard. Crews used hydraulic rescue tools to free a pair of critically injured adults who were trapped in two automobiles and later transported them, in addition to an adult and an infant, to the hospital. Rick McClure

Mike Meadows

OVERTURNED TANKER March 10 SHERMAN OAKS - Firefighters responded to an overturned propane tanker truck loaded with 9,400 gallons of liquid propane on the southbound San Diego (I-405) Freeway just north of the Ventura (I-101) Freeway. Though there was no product leakage, fire, or injury, it took several hours to mitigate the hazards and offload the contents. As this operation took place, the tractor and tanker also had to be righted with the help of Heavy Rescue 3 before the busy highway could be reopened.

Mike Meadows

STRANDED CLIMBER RESCUED March 16 CHATSWORTH - Firefighters responded from the ground and air to assist a teenager who became stranded more than 50 feet above the ground while rock climbing at the Garden of the Gods Park. Crews, including an Urban Search & Rescue Team, quickly lowered the young man to safety avoiding injury.

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows


CITYWIDE RESPONSE TIMES EMS Turnout Time

…52 seconds EMS Travel Time

… 4 minutes and 33 seconds

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

Non-EMS Turnout Time

…51 seconds Non-EMS Travel Time

… 4 minutes and 31 seconds Call Processing Time

… 1 minute and 4 seconds Non-EMS Operational Response Time

…6 minutes and 23 seconds

GASOLINE TANKER FIRE SPREADS March 17 FLORENCE - Firefighters responded to a 9,000-gallon gasoline tanker leaking fuel onto the ground and down into a storm drain. The vapors found an unknown ignition source and burst into flames, forcing crews to back away from the tanker. The storm drains caught fire as well and became pressurized, displacing manhole covers. One house caught fire on the roof and in the attic from the fireball shooting from the tanker. Crews used aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) to put out the flammable liquid and extinguished the fire that spread to the home nearby.

EMS Operational Response Time

…6 minutes and 39 seconds Structure Fire Operational Response Time

…5 minutes and 1 second Critical ALS Operational Response Time

…5 minutes and 45 seconds


LAFD INCIDENT CLOCK An emergency medical service call every

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…13 minutes and 55 seconds A rescue every

…53 minutes and 27 seconds

Rick McClure

CAR INTO HOUSE March 20 ARLETA - Arriving Fire Crews found a vehicle that had rammed into a single-family home. The driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and Urban Search & Rescue 88 was called to assess the damage and structural integrity of the house.

TWO RESCUED FROM FREEWAY COLLISION March 26 MISSION HILLS - Firefighters worked quickly to rescue two women trapped in a mid-size sedan after their vehicle rear-ended a big rig cargo trailer on the Golden State (I-5) Freeway north of San Fernando Mission Boulevard.

Mike Meadows


MAN RESCUED FROM WASH April 2 PACOIMA - Firefighters responded by ground and air to reports of a person being swept downstream by the swift moving water of the Pacoima Wash. The man was pushed helplessly half a mile from his point of entry to a concrete abutment that preceded a deadly passage beneath a freeway interchange. Guided by timely and accurate reports, the arriving Fire Crews quickly deployed personnel to the embankment, while a Firefighter with a harness was lowered via an aerial ladder to successfully rescue the man. Mike Meadows Mike Meadows

DRAMATIC CRASH LEAVES FOUR INJURED April 3 LAKE BALBOA - Four people were injured, three seriously, in a multi-vehicle collision that briefly trapped two individuals in separate vehicles near the intersection of Balboa Boulevard and Vanowen Street.

Mike Meadows


HOUSE FIRE DISPLACES FAMILY April 9 PACOIMA - 28 Firefighters handled a structure fire which ignited during high winds in just 30 minutes. The Red Cross was on hand to assist the family who was temporarily displaced.

Cody Weireter


OVERTURNED SUV April 12 SUN VALLEY - Firefighters swiftly freed a trapped motorist by removing the roof of a compact sport utility vehicle following a three-car collision in the 7500 block of Lankershim Boulevard.

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

Brandon Buckley

FIRE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME April 14 CHATSWORTH - At 2:30AM, Fire Crews arrived to find a mobile home in the 21000 block of West Plummer Street fully involved in fire. Both occupants safely exited the structure, but sadly, a pet cat and dog were believed to have perished. The cause was determined accidental, but likely related to a candle.


Jacob Salzman

HORSE RESCUED FROM MUD April 21 HANSEN DAM AREA - At 9:31AM, Firefighters responded to reports of a rider and horse stuck in mud. While the rider had freed himself prior to LAFD arrival, the horse remained trapped. Working together with the rider and additional horsemen who were on scene, Fire Crews utilized a rope-rescue system to safely free the animal.

Jacob Salzman

Mike Meadows

HIGH SPEED COLLISION April 21 WINNETKA - At 8:19PM, Firefighters responded to a traffic collision with people trapped in the 20500 block of West Roscoe Boulevard. Fire Crews extricated two patients from the wreckage and transported three patients to local hospitals. Mike Meadows


CAR SLAMS INTO AUTO DEALERSHIP April 24

Brandon Buckley

NORTHRIDGE - At 2:09AM, Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire in the 4200 block of North Lankershim Boulevard. Crews arrived to find an automobile that had crashed into a dealership building and caught fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and removed water inside the building due to sprinkler activation.

Brandon Buckley

DEADLY HOUSE FIRE May 2 LAKE VIEW TERRACE - Firefighters battled a one-story house fire in the 11300 block of Hunnewell Avenue. Sadly, one man perished and his brother was injured when flames swept through the home.

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

VEHICLE ROLLOVER May 10 CHATSWORTH - At 10:04AM, Fire Crews responded to a reported rollover traffic collision in the 9500 block of Winnetka Avenue and found one vehicle upside down in the wash. Crews utilized ladders to reach the vehicle and safely retrieve the patient. Jacob Salzman

Jacob Salzman


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Alex Gillman

FIRE SERVICE DAY May 11 LOS ANGELES - The LAFD celebrated Fire Service Day with an annual open house at all 106 neighborhood fire stations located throughout the city. Visitors interacted with local Firefighters, toured facilities, witnessed live demonstrations utilizing firefighting equipment, and received fire and life safety information, including Hands-Only CPR training. Mike Meadows


TRAPPED DRIVER FREED AFTER COLLISION May 12 Brandon Buckley

MISSION HILLS - Firefighters quickly freed an injured motorist from his vehicle following a broadside collision at the intersection of Rinaldi Street and Sepulveda Boulevard.

SEDAN FIRE ON FREEWAY May 15 NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Crews quickly smothered flames that charred a mid-size sedan alongside the northbound Hollywood (SR-170) Freeway north of Victory Boulevard. Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT May 16 GRANADA HILLS - Firefighters assisted patients out of their vehicles and transported three to local hospitals. This was one of many traffic accidents during a late Spring rainstorm.

Jacob Salzman


RV FIRE May 17 SUN VALLEY - At 11:52AM, Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire in the 10900 block of West Crockett Street. Crews found an RV engulfed in flames, exposing an adjacent single-family dwelling. Firefighters worked fast to achieve a quick knockdown of the fire, preventing major damage to the neighboring residence.

FIREFIGHTER APPRECIATION NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM May 30 LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers hosted hundreds of Firefighters and their families at their annual Firefighter Appreciation Night. LAFD Deputy Chief Everett threw out the first pitch and Smokey the Bear joined LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas and LACoFD Fire Chief Osby in saying the iconic words, “It's time for Dodger Baseball!“ The LAFD Honor Guard took center stage on the infield for the National Anthem. As an extra “Thank You,“ the Dodgers beat the Mets 2-0. Go Dodgers!

Mike Meadows

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca


David Ortiz

Harry Garvin


Harry Garvin

COMMERCIAL FIRE May 31 SOUTH LOS ANGELES - 105 Firefighters worked aggressively to extinguish a challenging blaze at a textile business. During the suppression operation, a roof collapsed after Firefighters had assumed a defensive position. Ladder pipes knocked down the bulk of the flames and hand lines finished it off, extinguishing the fire in one hour and 55 minutes.


VEGETATION FIRE June 3 PANORAMA CITY - 39 Firefighters worked efficiently to douse the flames of a brush fire in the 14700 block of Plummer Street after embers were carried by a breeze into volatile vegetation and debris. The swift and well-coordinated response held the wildfire to one acre and prevented flames from damaging neighboring structures. Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows Jacob Salzman

Jacob Salzman

STRUCTURE FIRE June 4 NORTHRIDGE - 40 Firefighters extinguished a fire that fully engulfed the garage of a single-family home in just 13 minutes, preventing the flames from spreading to the attached residence.


Justin Johnson

RUBBISH FIRE EXPANDS TO FAMILY HOME June 4 SOUTH LOS ANGELES - Firefighters from both the LAFD and LACoFD responded to a single-story home with flames showing from the rear. The blaze began as a rubbish fire in the backyard that spread to the residence, a vehicle, and the detached garage before being extinguished in just 18 minutes through a coordinated effort.

Zak Holman

FREEWAY AUTO FIRE June 8 Zak Holman

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - At 11:15PM, Fire Crews quickly handled an auto fire on the southbound Hollywood Freeway (SR-170) near the Sherman Way exit.


BLAZE STRIKES MULTIPLE BUSINESSES June 10 NORTH HOLLYWOOD - At 5:33AM, Firefighters responded to a structure on fire at 5241 North Lankershim Boulevard. The 94-year-old building had heavy fire and smoke showing upon arrival. Firefighters initiated an offensive attack with companies going to the roof and inside to combat the flames. 20 minutes into the battle, it became too dangerous to remain inside the structure and the operation transitioned into defensive mode. Truck Companies began ladder pipe operations, while Engine Companies used both the wagon battery and heavy stream hand lines. Despite the challenging conditions, 113 Firefighters achieved a knockdown in two hours and 16 minutes. The large building housed a dozen separate businesses and Firefighters were able to limit the damage to five at the epicenter of the blaze, saving seven. The scene remained active throughout the morning while Firefighters performed overhaul operations and the Arson Section conducted the cause investigation.

Erik Scott

Mike Meadows


Harry Garvin

Matthew Barnes

Mike Meadows


Alex Gillman

Alex Gillman

BRUSH FIRE HALTED June 12 SYLMAR - At 4:06PM, Firefighters responded to a brush fire in the 11300 block of North Hunnewell Avenue. Fire Crews contained the brush/mulch fire to less than three acres with no structures damaged and no injuries reported.

Alex Gillman


FATAL PLANE CRASH June 15

Leo Kaufman

SANTA SUSANA MOUNTAINS - A LAFD rescue helicopter, which preceded both LAFD and LACoFD Ground Crews, was the first to discover the wreckage of a small plane crash in remote terrain. A Firefighter/ Paramedic lowered down from the helicopter and unfortunately discovered a man (presumed to be the pilot) beyond medical assistance.

Cody Weireter

FIREFIGHTERS INJURED; BUSINESSES SAVED June 14 WOODLAND HILLS - At 5:26PM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 20934 West Victory Boulevard. Firefighters arrived to find a 16,544-square-foot, one-story row of commercial businesses with fire showing from the end unit. The Truck Company headed to the roof as fire attack initiated their entry through the front. With fire in the building’s common attic, it became an untenable position for interior fire attack and Crews transitioned to a defensive operation. Official knockdown was achieved by 106 Firefighters in 49 minutes. Their diligent efforts stopped this fire from moving across units, saving several businesses. Paramedics evaluated one civilian patient at the scene and two Firefighters were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

LAFD Yvonne Griffin

CHURCH FIRE June 27 PARK MESA HEIGHTS - 40 Firefighters took 14 minutes to extinguish a rubbish fire that spread to the back of a church and ignited the structure located at 4909 Crenshaw Boulevard. The homeless individual that allegedly started the fire was transported to the hospital.


Mike Meadows

Cody Weireter

FIRE IN ABANDONED APARTMENTS July 2 WESTLAKE - At 2:05PM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 800 Block of South Westlake Avenue. Arriving Fire Crews found a vacant, boarded-up, two-story apartment building with heavy smoke showing. The structure was well-secured, so Firefighters had to overcome forcible entry challenges to gain access to the building. The fire was located on the first and second floors, as well as in the walls and attic. Fire personnel worked aggressively to launch an offensive attack inside the building and on the roof, suppressing the fire in 45 minutes with no injures or damage to adjacent structures.

Mike Meadows

DEADLY TRENCH COLLAPSE July 3 ENCINO - Fire Crews responded to 5055 Louise Avenue and discovered an adult male construction worker trapped and in grave condition when the 10-foot deep trench he was working in or near collapsed, burying him chest deep. Firefighters, including those specially trained and certified in Urban Search & Rescue, swiftly secured the trench, but sadly found that the man had succumbed to his injuries.


Rick McClure

BRUSH FIRE NEAR FREEWAY July 7 PANORAMA CITY - Firefighters quickly contained a brush fire on the side of the San Diego (I-405) Freeway near Roscoe Boulevard.

SHEARED HYDRANT July 8 MISSION HILLS - Firefighters responded to a vehicle that collided with a hydrant, shearing it off at the base. A tall geyser of water resulted and lasted until Firefighters could shut it down. Rick McClure

BRUSH FIRE July 4 BELL CANYON - Firefighters from the LAFD, LACoFD, and the Ventura County Fire Department joined together in a well-coordinated attack by land and air to quickly contain a three-acre brush fire near the 100 block of Bell Canyon Road. The trio of agencies responded to the gated Ventura County enclave near their common borders in accordance with a longstanding automatic aid agreement that considers the volatile vegetation of the remote private community to be a wildfire mutual threat zone.

Jacob Salzman


Mike Meadows

Steve Gentry

GREATER ALARM FIRE July 11 LOS ANGELES - At 4:19AM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1220 South Wall Street in the Downtown Fashion District. Arriving Fire Crews found a 50’ x 100’ row of businesses with heavy smoke showing. The 6,900-square-foot building built in 1924 presented challenges to Firefighters in reaching the fire. While working to locate the origin of the fire, conditions became too dangerous, so responders transitioned into defensive mode and worked to protect two attached buildings. A total of 102 Firefighters achieved full extinguishment of the conflagration in one hour and 49 minutes, saving the adjacent structures. Harry Garvin


Jacob Salzman

FIRE LOSS IN $ Property Loss

$83,597,701 Content Loss

$49,457,003 Total Loss

$133,054,704 Jacob Salzman

AUTO FIRE CAUSES SERIOUS INJURY July 12 CHATSWORTH - At 2:35PM, Firefighters responded to an auto fire in the 21300 Block of Devonshire Street. Arriving Fire Crews found a vehicle well involved with flames and an adult male suffering from significant burn injuries. Paramedics provided immediate, lifesaving treatment and transported him to a local hospital while Fire Crews handled the blaze. Mike Meadows


VACANT STRUCTURE FIRE July 14 ADAMS-NORMANDIE - 66 Firefighters took just 13 minutes to suppress a fire in a two-story vacant residence located at 1825 West 24th Street. During the attack, a significant section of the second floor was well involved with fire and collapsed, forcing Crews to transition to a defensive operation. Yvonne Griffin

AUTO EXTRICATION July 16 ENCINO - A man traveling down Sepulveda Boulevard sustained serious traumatic injuries when his vehicle struck a large tree near the road, entrapping him in the passenger compartment. Crews worked rapidly to cut the doors and roof off of the car, extricate the individual, and secure and transport the patient - all in less than 20 minutes from arriving on scene. Mike Meadows

BIG RIG COLLISION & FATALITY July 17

Chris Eckenrode

SYLMAR - Just before midnight, LAFD and LACoFD Firefighters responded to a big rig that hit a pylon located on the southbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway. The force from the crash shifted the load forward, impacting the cab and trapping two people. The Urban Search & Rescue Team was called in for extended extrication. One patient was transported in serious condition to a local trauma center and the second patient was sadly found to be dead on scene.


FATALITY ROLLOVER July 19 NORTH HILLS - At 3:22AM, Firefighters responded to a reported rollover collision on the southbound San Diego (I-405) Freeway near the Roscoe Boulevard exit. Arriving Crews found one vehicle down the freeway embankment on its side. One patient was outside of the vehicle and determined dead on scene. A second patient was transported with only minor injuries. Zak Holman

CHALLENGING BRUSH FIRE July 20 SAN PEDRO - At 5:43PM, the LAFD dispatched Firefighters to a reported rubbish fire in the 900 block of North Gaffey Place. The rubbish fire turned out to be a quarter-acre brush fire that was threatening several homes and the incident was upgraded to a full brush fire response. Approximately 15 mph winds were driving the blaze and embers from the numerous palm trees created spot fires in the vegetation along the homes at risk. Crews positioned at the top and bottom of the hillside cut off the fire and coordinated water drops with Air Operations to gain the upper hand. 111 Firefighters held the blaze to three acres and fully extinguished it in just over 90 minutes.

Harry Garvin


BRUSH FIRE July 24 LADERA HEIGHTS - 43 Firefighters quickly extinguished a half-acre brush fire with no reported injuries.

Harry Garvin

Zak Holman

PHYSICAL RESCUE July 24 LAKE VIEW TERRACE - At 2:39AM, Fire Crews responded to a truck that drove off the road. Arriving Firefighters stabilized the vehicle and then extricated the patient, who was transported to a local hospital.

Zak Holman


Harry Garvin

Rick McClure

Mike Meadows

BRUSH MUTUAL AID July 26

RV FIRE July 25 ARLETA - At 11:24PM, Firefighters responded to a RV fire exposing two structures to intense heat. The flames were extinguished in just 16 minutes, protecting the structures from further damage.

Jacob Salzman

TOPANGA CANYON - At 4:45PM, Firefighters responded as part of a brush mutual aid incident to the 1400 block of Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County. LAFD resources assisted in the containment and extinguishment of an approximately two-acre fire.


SEPULVEDA BASIN WILDFIRE July 30 LAKE BALBOA - Nearly 140 LAFD Firefighters responded by ground and air, along with LACoFD, to battle a winddriven brush fire in the in the Sepulveda Dam Recreation Area. Firefighters held the blaze to just seven acres, but not before displacing scores of homeless people who had taken up residence in the area's thick vegetation. Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

Leo Kaufman


TREE FIRE August 1

STRUCTURE FIRE August 13

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Fire Crews working in 92°F heat quickly extinguished the torch-like flames of a burning cypress tree in the 6800 block of Beck Avenue before they could cause serious damage to an adjacent home.

WESTLAKE - 42 Firefighters knocked down flames in the garage of a one-story, single-family home in 26 minutes. A gas line had caught fire in the garage, requiring Firefighters to shut off the utilities to eliminate the hazard while extinguishing the fire. One patient was assessed and treated for a minor laceration.

Mike Meadows

Adam VanGerpen


Zak Holman

Zak Holman

DOWNTOWN BLAZE ERUPTS August 14 LOS ANGELES - At 4:29AM, Firefighters responded to 2501 South Main Street to find a 50’ x 100’ commercial building with fire showing on all sides. Firefighters deployed master streams to include ladder pipes and large diameter hand lines to the well involved fire. As the roof collapsed on the 66-year-old structure, Crews continued to combat the blaze from the exterior. Once conditions were determined safe, Firefighters returned to an offensive operation in order to reach isolated pockets of fire. 115 Firefighters waged the battle for one hour and 29 minutes before a complete knockdown was achieved.

Zak Holman

Zak Holman

Zak Holman


CANDLE IGNITES HOUSE FIRE August 17 PACOIMA - Firefighters responded to a one-story home at 9926 Tamarack Avenue that was on fire and burning fiercely after being ignited by a toppled candle. Fortunately, the tenant was able to escape unharmed, which allowed Fire Crews to focus their attention on stopping the flames that swept through the 1,008-square-foot residence.

Rick McClure

Mike Meadows

HORSE RESCUE August 17 LAKE VIEW TERRACE - More than two dozen Firefighters, including the Urban Search & Rescue Team, worked for nearly two hours to safely rescue Chino, an approximately 1,000-pound male Peruvian Paso horse, who was trapped up to his chest in thick mud in a remote section of the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. LAFD

GUEST HOUSE FIRE August 17 GRANADA HILLS - 38 Firefighters prevented flames from causing injury or damaging an adjacent two-story occupied home after fire engulfed a detached one-story guest house and volatile vegetation at the rear of a property in the 12400 block of Henzie Place.

Rick McClure


TRAPPED MOTORIST RESCUED August 18 NORTHRIDGE - Firefighters quickly came to the aid of a motorist trapped in a sedan after the vehicle collided with parked cars and a utility pole in the 9900 block of Zelzah Avenue. Jacob Salzman

Rick McClure

CAR AND DRIVER RESCUED August 18 SAN FERNANDO - The Heavy Rescue joined neighborhood Fire Crews in rescuing a young driver and the convertible sports coupe he was operating from the Pacoima Wash near San Fernando Road.

GARAGE FIRE August 19 PORTER RANCH - 31 Firefighters worked quickly to successfully prevent injury and contain flames within the attached garage of a 2,700-square-foot one-story home located at 18157 Chatham Lane.

Jacob Salzman

Jacob Salzman


TRAIN VS. SUV August 20 NEWHALL PASS - Firefighters responded to a collision involving a Metrolink commuter train and a sport utility vehicle near the 14800 Block of North San Fernando Road. Witnesses surmised that the SUV may have tumbled from a freeway overpass, landing in the path of the approaching train. The injured SUV driver and three train passengers with various complaints were taken to area hospitals. All were expected to survive. Mike Meadows

DUMP TRUCK PLOWS INTO APARTMENT August 20 PACOIMA - Two people were hospitalized, one in serious condition, after a two-vehicle traffic accident sent a large, loaded dump truck through one unit on the first floor of an apartment building on the east corner of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Branford Street. Though the male dump truck driver declined medical attention, the woman driving a compact sedan required hospital care for moderate injury, while a woman who had been in the damaged apartment was in serious condition after having been severely injured. Dozens of families were displaced from the 28-unit apartment building, which was temporarily deemed unfit for occupancy.

BLAZE GRAVELY INJURES ONE August 25 SOUTH LOS ANGELES - At 1:18AM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 717 West 52nd Place, finding a one-story, single-family dwelling well involved with intense flames and reports of people trapped. Crews entered the home and searched for victims, quickly locating an unresponsive 17-year-old female whom they brought out for immediate medical care. With lifesaving treatment underway, she was rapidly transported in grave condition. A 59-year-old male suffered non-life-threatening burn injuries and was transported to the hospital and a 28-year-old female from a neighboring home was also transported for injuries unrelated to the fire.

Mike Meadows

Branden Silverman


BRUSH FIRE HALTED August 25 EAGLE ROCK - At 4:09PM, the LAFD responded to a reported brush fire in the 2900 block of West Colorado Boulevard. Fire Crews arriving on scene found approximately one acre of brush burning in between the transition roads of the Glendale Freeway 2 (SR-2) and the Ventura Freeway 134 (SR-134). While Firefighters worked to get a water supply established on the freeway, the wind picked up embers and carried them across to the north of the 134 Freeway creating a new spot fire. Additional resources were immediately requested, and the incident quickly grew to a Major Emergency status. Ground Crews from the LAFD, Glendale Fire and the LACoFD worked together to anchor the base of the fire and establish hand lines around the lower flank. Multiple helicopters from the various agencies coordinated continuous water drops to attack the flames burning uphill into the City of Glendale where a community of approximately 100 homes were at risk. Over 215 LAFD Firefighters plus resources from the Glendale Fire Department and LACoFD halted all forward progress of the fire by 7:30PM. Crews remained on scene throughout the night to extinguish hot spots and ensure that there were no flare-ups.

Matt Hartman

Rick McClure


Matt Hartman

ARSON STATS Matt Hartman

Mike Meadows

ARSONIST TORCHES BRUSH August 30

Total Investigations Total Arrests

118

Total Responses

612

Cases Cleared by Arrest

HOLLYWOOD HILLS - More than 60 Firefighters responded by ground and air after an arsonist torched nearly half an acre of grass near the Hollywood Bowl. Crews tackled the flames and provided medical care as well as hospital transport for the agitated arson suspect who was taken into custody by police. Mike Meadows

2,043

19.20%


RUNAWAY TRUCK PLOWS INTO GARAGE August 31 MOUNT WASHINGTON - At 1:23PM, Firefighters responded to the scene of a concrete truck with no driver that had rolled down a hill and came to rest inside the garage of a home, severely damaging the structure. Fire Crews worked with a towing company to extricate the concrete truck from the front of the home and diked the area to ensure any amount of leaking fuel would not turn into toxic runoff. Thankfully, no one was injured during the incident and the home was still safe to occupy.

Cody Weireter

VACANT BUILDING GOES UP IN FLAMES August 31 HOLLYWOOD - Upon arrival to the scene of a structure fire on Sunset Boulevard, Firefighters initially found moderate smoke coming from a two-story vacant building. However, the fire quickly grew as Crews encountered challenges in accessing the boarded-up building. The initial interior attack uncovered an electrical hazard toward the rear with wires down. Firefighters worked carefully and methodically to knock down the flames on both floors and the roof in 44 minutes, protecting nearby structures.

Cody Weireter

Branden Silverman

Branden Silverman


TWO-STORY COMMERCIAL BLAZE September 1 CHINATOWN - Firefighters arrived on scene to find a 50’ x 50’ two-story commercial building with smoke billowing out. Fire Crews aggressively attacked the flames and worked to overcome poor visibility inside of a large warehouse to locate the origin of the fire and extinguish the flames.

FREEWAY WILDFIRE September 8

Branden Silverman

MISSION HILLS - A swift air and ground response by Firefighters, with timely ground support from the LACoFD, prevented fast moving flames from damaging homes or highway infrastructure when a brush fire erupted on the right shoulder and median of the eastbound Ronald Reagan (SR-118) Freeway near the Golden State (I-5) Freeway.

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows


Mike Meadows

Chris Hubble

Mike Meadows

Chris Hubble


ARTS DISTRICT INFERNO INJURES THREE FIREFIGHTERS September 9 LOS ANGELES - 186 Firefighters battled for nearly three hours to extinguish fierce flames that consumed a fabric firm in the 1900 block of East 7th Street. Two adjoining Arts District businesses were spared damage, but three Firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the firefight. Harry Garvin

Chris Hubble


9/11 REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY Public safety personnel and civic leaders gathered at Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center to remember those who gave their lives on that fateful September day in 2001, including more than 400 dedicated First Responders. The Training Center houses a 23-ton section of metal recovered from the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City. The metal wreckage is the largest remnant of the devastated World Trade Center outside of New York City. Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca


HAY BURNS NEAR FREEWAY September 14 LAKE VIEW TERRACE - 56 LA City Firefighters were joined by Crews from the Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire Departments to battle a brush fire that involved a large amount of baled hay in a field adjacent to the westbound Foothill (I-210) Freeway east of the Ronald Reagan (SR-118) Freeway interchange. While one trailer was destroyed, there were no reported injures. Shane Salzman

Rick McClure

Mike Meadows


AUTO INTO STARBUCKS September 14 CANOGA PARK - At 10:36AM, Firefighters responded to reports of a vehicle into a building in the 7200 block of North Canoga Avenue. Arriving Fire Crews found a car had traveled through a large window and into the lobby of a Starbucks. One patient was transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

Jacob Salzman

FLAMMABLE STORAGE FIREFIGHT September 14 LOS ANGELES - An outside fire that threatened a large downtown storage building constructed beneath an elevated portion of the Santa Monica Freeway at 328 East 18th Street was suppressed, preventing serious damage to the structure due to the strong efforts of Firefighters. Dense cardboard and other combustible storage on top of the building was ignited by the flames with fire extending into the contents of eight full-sized storage containers. It took 86 Firefighters nearly two hours to extinguish the stubborn fire. Crews remained on scene for several more hours to conduct overhaul operations.

Jacob Salzman

Harry Garvin

Chris Conkle

STRUCTURE FIRE September 19 KOREATOWN - At 6:12PM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 3900 block of West 1st Street. Arriving Fire Crews found a detached garage fully engulfed in flames. 40 Firefighters needed just 23 minutes to extinguish the fire. A nearby utility pole was exposed to flames, but all neighboring properties were protected.

Chris Conkle


FIREFIGHTER APPRECIATION MONTH September 20 LOS ANGELES - Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and the California Fire Foundation recognized members of the FEMA CA-TF1, administered by the LAFD, at an LA City Council meeting as a part of Firefighter Appreciation Month. 41 members from CA-TF1 had recently been deployed to assist in the Hurricane Dorian response. LAFD

COMMERCIAL FIRE September 21

Mike Meadows

CHATSWORTH - At 1:23PM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 9500 block of North Owensmouth Avenue. A single-story industrial building with six units had fire showing from one unit. Fire Crews began a coordinated roof ventilation and interior fire attack operation that resulted in the stubborn fire being primarily contained to the one unit. 39 Firefighters took just 29 minutes to fully extinguish the blaze.

OCCUPANT DIES IN HOUSE FIRE September 28 GRANADA HILLS - Just after 5:00AM, 72 Firefighters arrived at the scene of a one-story home engulfed in flames in the 10400 block of Densmore Avenue. Excessive storage conditions inside and out impeded efforts to quickly access the burning structure. It took 50 minutes to extinguish the blaze. After the flames were knocked down, Fire Crews searched through the destroyed residence and sadly discovered one deceased occupant, a 73-year-old female.

Greg Doyle

STRUCTURE FIRE CIVILIAN FATALITIES

8


FATALITY COLLISION September 29

Mike Meadows

SUNLAND - At 11:56AM, Firefighters were dispatched to reports of a vehicle collision with fire in the 12200 block of North Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Arriving Fire Crews found a total of four patients, one who was tragically determined deceased on scene and three who were transported with trauma-related injuries to a local hospital.

Gary Apodaca

BRUSH FIRE September 30 PACIFIC PALISADES - More than 120 LAFD Firefighters responding by ground and air to the 500 block of Palisades Drive were assisted by LACoFD Hand Crews to douse a brush fire in steep terrain fanned by light winds.

Branden Silverman

MAJOR EMERGENCY WAREHOUSE BLAZE October 3 DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - 120 Firefighters took less than an hour to fully extinguish a major emergency blaze in a 250’ x 100’ one-story School District warehouse located at 1425 South San Pedro Street in the Fashion District.

Gary Apodaca


Chris Conkle

ATTIC FIRE October 7 WESTLAKE - At 1:06AM, 63 Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the 180 block of South Virgil Avenue. Fire Crews forced entry and took 31 minutes to knock down the flames in a vacant, two-story craftsman-style home.

PHYSICAL RESCUE October 7 NORTHRIDGE - At 8:04PM, Firefighters responded to the 19200 block of West Nordhoff Street to a traffic accident with one person entrapped. Crews worked quickly to extricate one patient from the vehicle and provided transport to the hospital. Jacob Salzman

Greg Doyle

Greg Doyle

CIVILIAN DIES AND FIREFIGHTERS INJURED IN SADDLE RIDGE FIRE October 10 NORTH SAN FERNANDO VALLEY - Fire Crews were dispatched in the evening hours to a brush fire that broke out in Sylmar during a Santa Ana wind event and burned through Granada Hills and Porter Ranch. Firefighters battled violent flames in extreme fire weather conditions while nearly 18,000 homes were threatened by the wildfire. In total, the fire consumed 8,799 acres and destroyed 19 structures, while damaging 88 others. Tragically, one civilian suffered cardiac arrest and died at the hospital and eight Firefighters sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Greg Doyle

Zak Holman

Zak Holman


VESSEL SAVED October 14

LAFD

SAN PEDRO - Firefighters arrived at a slip near the Port of Los Angeles to find a vessel taking on water. LAFD dispatched boats, divers, and Firefighters who worked together to remove water from the vessel to keep it from going under.

AUTO WEDGED UNDER BIG RIG October 19

LAFD

Mike Meadows

NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Firefighters from Heavy Rescue 3, US&R 88, and neighborhood fire stations responded to the scene of a vehicle that had collided with a big rig and became wedged underneath, with one patient trapped. Firefighter/Paramedics began patient care as Crews worked to free the driver. The approximately 45-year-old male was rushed to a local trauma center in critical condition. Mike Meadows

HILLSIDE BRUSH FIRE October 21 PACIFIC PALISADES - Firefighters took to the steep hillsides with hand tools and hoses, aided by air support, and worked aggressively to protect residents and homes after a brush fire broke out in extremely challenging terrain near 800 North Palisades Drive. A total of 42 acres burned, but not a single home was lost or damaged due to the strong multi-agency effort.

Mike Meadows


FIRE DESTROYS BUILDING October 27 EAST HOLLYWOOD - At 8:33AM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 4760 West Melrose Avenue. Arriving Fire Crews found a two-story, vacant apartment building with heavy fire showing. Interior fire attack began immediately, while the Truck Company headed to the roof to provide vertical ventilation. Intense fire was encountered both on the first and second floors and as Firefighters successfully extinguished the bulk of the fire on the first floor, the structural integrity of the building started to falter. With visible signs of pending collapse, Crews were ordered to transition to a defensive operation. All Firefighters safely exited the structure and left the roof to establish ladder pipe operations and hand lines for an exterior fire attack. A total of 81 Firefighters took one hour and 22 minutes to achieve a knockdown.

Adam VanGerpen

Austin Gebhardt

Adam VanGerpen

Austin Gebhardt


GETTY FIRE October 28 SEPULVEDA PASS - More than 1,000 Firefighters from across Southern California were summoned to battle the wind-driven Getty wildfire incident. The rapidly spreading wildfire erupted in the 1800 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard near the San Diego (I-405) Freeway and moved westward. Thankfully, the blaze led to no loss of life or serious injury, but consumed more than 700 acres, displaced thousands of residents, destroyed 12 homes and damaged five others.

Rick McClure


PALLET YARD FIRE October 30

Greg Doyle

LOS ANGELES - Firefighters responded to the 9400 block of South Alameda Street to provide assistance to Los Angeles County Fire Crews in handling a large pallet yard fire. Before being fully extinguished, the fire expanded over half a city block.

Mike Meadows

Greg Doyle

Chris Conkle


Greg Doyle

Greg Doyle

MUTUAL AID PROVIDED AT MARIA FIRE October 31 VENTURA COUNTY - The Maria Fire ignited in the evening hours and exploded rapidly due to a strong Santa Ana wind event. LAFD Strike Team 188C was assigned to the wildfire to assist in the aggressive attack by First Responders. Due to the extreme fire weather with 20-30 mph winds whipping in the canyons, the blaze became a full-scale conflagration within the first several hours of burning. The wildfire ultimately consumed over 9,400 acres and threatened more than 1,800 homes south of the community of Santa Paula in the area of Somis before being contained after several days.

Austin Gebhardt


SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION CAUSES MAJOR EMERGENCY FIRE November 1 NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Painting-related chemicals combined with the rags they were saturating created a chemical reaction and produced enough heat for them to spontaneously combust, igniting a massive commercial structure fire on Lankershim Boulevard. Firefighters arrived to find fire blowing through the roof of the commercial building. The heavy fire load in the business quickly grew the conflagration, which spread to two more commercial buildings nearby. The combined 40,000-square-foot inferno burned for over three hours, while 127 Firefighters worked the perimeter to “surround and drown“ the fire. Firefighters navigated around electrical wires down as well as roof and wall collapses during the attack. Fire Crews and Heavy Equipment Operators stayed on scene for days following to overhaul the buildings and turn over the debris pile to ensure nothing flared up. Mike Meadows

Zak Holman Steve Gentry

Mike Meadows

Zak Holman


NEW FIRE STATION 39 GRAND OPENING November 2

Cheryl Getuiza

VAN NUYS - Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, UFLAC, City Council Members Nury Martinez and Paul Krekorian, and other City officials commemorated the grand opening of the new LAFD Fire Community Fire Station 39 located at 14615 Oxnard Street. In November of 2000, voters approved a bond measure to fund construction of 19 new or existing LAFD fire stations throughout Los Angeles. New Fire Station 39 was the 23rd and final station built with Proposition F funds. The previous Fire Station 39 was built in 1939 and was the oldest operating LAFD station in the city.

Cheryl Getuiza

HAY BALES BURN November 3 SHERMAN OAKS - About 100 hay bales located near an archery range in the Sepulveda Basin caught fire, prompting the response of Task Force 88 who arrived quickly to extinguish the quarter-acre blaze.

Rick McClure

Rick McClure


VALOR BEYOND THE CALL AWARDS November 6 Each year, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation honors members of the Department who have demonstrated exceptional bravery, excellence, and commitment to their community. Gary Apodaca

VALOR

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Medal of Valor: A member is entitled to consideration for this award by performing an act of conspicuous heroism and/or bravery under extreme personal risk above and beyond the calculated personal risk demands of the fire service.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a retiree of the Department who exemplifies the true spirit of “Service to the Community� through their actions while on active duty and as a retired member.

Honoree: Captain I Matthew Nolan

MERIT Award of Merit: Earned by members taking conspicuous action in rendering aid during a life-saving or life-threatening situation under circumstances which pose calculated risk to the members or performing an endeavor which brings significant credit to the Department.

Honoree: Assistant Chief Roy Harvey

COMMUNITY SERVICE The Crystal Flame Community Service Award: Presented to a sworn member of the Department who has gone beyond their regular duties, demonstrating exceptional compassion and personal commitment to the community. Honoree: Secretary Rebecca Alvarado

Honorees: Firefighter III/Paramedic Derek Cook Helicopter Pilot II Joel Smith

SPECIAL COMMENDATION Letter of Special Recommendation: An act performed of unusual character during emergency or non-emergency conditions, requiring initiative or ability worthy of recognition entitles a member to consideration for this commendation. Honorees:

Helicopter Pilot III David Norquist (Retired)

Deputy Chief Kristin Crowley

Firefighter III/Paramedic Daniel Harris


Chris Eckenrode

BARHAM BRUSH FIRE November 9 HOLLYWOOD HILLS - Hundreds of Firefighters responded quickly to battle a wildfire that ignited remote terrain in the vicinity of Barham Boulevard and Coyote Canyon Road. A well-coordinated air and ground assault by LAFD and allied agencies stopped all forward progress of the brush fire in a matter of hours, while crews remained for days mopping up hot spots and smoldering debris. Mike Meadows

Mike Meadows


DEADLY CRASH November 17 WINNETKA - Firefighters responded to the 20600 block of Parthenia Street to reports of a collision between a SUV and a pair of parked cars. Arriving Fire Crews found that the SUV had overturned after striking the parked vehicles. Sadly, two teenage brothers died and another man was injured.

FIRE ERUPTS AT PAPER RECYCLING CENTER November 18 SUN VALLEY - 30 Firefighters worked quickly and efficiently to douse the flames of a fire that erupted amongst tons of paper waste inside a 500’ x 100’ industrial recycling facility located at 8701 North San Fernando Road. Fire Crews worked with heavy equipment operators to spread and soak the smoldering debris to prevent reignition.

Chris Eckenrode

Mike Meadows

DEADLY COLLISION November 20 GRANADA HILLS - Firefighters arrived on scene to find a white coupe that had collided into the rear of a trash truck. Three 18-year-old men inside the vehicle were immediately rushed to the hospital after Firefighters extricated them from the wreckage. Sadly, two of the three men later succumbed to their injuries. Matt Hartman

Jacob Salzman


Harry Garvin

MAJOR EMERGENCY FIRE November 22 EAST HOLLYWOOD - At 7:36PM, a total of 115 Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 1200 North Vermont Avenue. Firefighters arrived to find a 5,546-square-foot vacant medical clinic with fire showing from the second floor. Crews quickly made entry, but with fire burning above them and the roof deemed unsafe for vertical ventilation, the incident transitioned to a defensive operation. Heavy streams from ladder pipes and hand lines were used to fully extinguish the fire in one hour and 51 minutes. Mike Meadows

Harry Garvin

Branden Silverman


BIG RIG FIRE November 22 SYLMAR - At 2:20PM, Fire Crews handled a big rig fire quickly and efficiently on the northbound Golden State (I-5) Freeway.

Rick McClure

Rick McClure


Rick McClure

SUSPICIOUS FIRE DAMAGES VACANT BUILDING November 24 VAN NUYS - A fire described as suspicious in nature swept through all five stories of a vacant office building located at 7101 North Sepulveda Boulevard. It took 125 Firefighters less than 90 minutes to extinguish the flames.

Rick McClure


CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS EXAMINED November 24 SAN PEDRO - At 9:17AM, Los Angeles Port Police requested the assistance of LA City Firefighters to examine several persons who had been ill aboard a docked cruise ship in the Port of Los Angeles. Paramedics on shore evaluated a total of six passengers for an unspecified illness as they disembarked the docked cruise ship. Of the six evaluated, four desired further medical treatment and were transported via ambulance to a local hospital.

Raphael Richardson

CAR TUMBLES OFF BRIDGE December 5 CAHUENGA PASS - Firefighters freed a trapped driver from a compact sport utility vehicle after her car tumbled from the Mulholland Drive Bridge and onto the embankment of Cahuenga Boulevard.

Zak Holman

TRAPPED DRIVER FREED December 9 STUDIO CITY - It took Firefighters nearly 20 minutes to disassemble a full-size pickup in order to free a seriously injured driver who became trapped after his vehicle overturned in the 3100 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

Zak Holman

Raphael Richardson


Zak Holman

VEHICLE FIRE December 9 NORTH HOLLYWOOD - Firefighters found a vehicle ablaze after receiving reports that someone was trapped inside the burning auto in the 6300 block of Beck Avenue. After thoroughly searching the vehicle and dousing the flames, Fire Crews were relieved to determine that there was no one trapped or injured. Zak Holman

APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE December 10

LAFD

Jacob Salzman

PANORAMA CITY - At 11:13AM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 8400 block of North Willis Avenue. A total of 35 Firefighters achieved a knockdown on both the first and second floors of a two-story garden style apartment building in 15 minutes.

Jacob Salzman

Yvonne Griffin

DUPLEX FIRE December 17 SOUTH LOS ANGELES - Firefighters conducted roof operations at a fire that struck one unit of a duplex located at 135 East Gage Avenue.

Yvonne Griffin


STRIP MALL FIRE December 20 WOODLAND HILLS - At 3:07AM, over 100 LA City and County Firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at 23383 West Mulholland Drive. The first arriving Fire Crews found a large, commercial strip mall ablaze with heavy fire showing through the roof of one unit. Crews immediately initiated a coordinated fire attack and roof operation. After battling the flames for one hour and 18 minutes, a knockdown was declared and only two of the four businesses suffered heavy damage.

Jamie Stewart

FIRE SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL December 21 PACOIMA - At 5:21AM, Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 12700 block of West Wingo Street. A total of 42 Firefighters worked together to douse the flames in just 20 minutes. Two patients, including a 4-month-old child, were transported in fair condition to a local hospital.

Zak Holman

AUTO ROLLOVER December 24 PACOIMA - At 10:46AM, Fire Crews responded to an automobile rollover in the 12300 block of West Garber Street. Firefighters swiftly extricated the driver of the vehicle. Jacob Salzman

Zak Holman


SHEARED HYDRANT December 24

FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU INSPECTIONS

SAN PEDRO - At 10:59PM, Firefighters responded to a traffic collision involving a fire hydrant in the 500 block of West 9th Street. Raphael Richardson

High Rise

VEHICLE EXTRICATION December 29 PANORAMA CITY - At 1:40AM, Fire Crews responded to a traffic collision in the 18800 block of West Sherman Way. Firefighters extricated two trapped victims and transported them to the hospital.

732 Hydrants

60,248 Brush Zone

140,448 CUPA Inspections: Hazardous Materials Inventory And Business Emergency Plan Inspections

Chris Eckenrode

6,450

BLAZE QUICKLY HANDLED December 31

Underground Storage Tank Inspections

1,228 Above Ground Petroleum Storage Tank Inspections

157 California Accidental Release Prevention Inspections

NORTH HILLS - At 4:03PM, Firefighters raced to a structure fire in the 9400 block of North Sepulveda Boulevard. 38 Firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the blaze in 18 minutes.

15 Greg Doyle

LAFD


LAFD CREW 3 LAFD Crew 3 is a Volunteer Type II Handcrew managed by the Los Angeles Fire Department. Crew 3 Members receive wildland classes and hands-on training as well as professional guidance to help with successful careers in the Fire Service. Crew 3 is managed and run by LAFD Members with extensive wildland training and handcrew experience.

Harry Garvin


Gary Apodaca

LAFD RECRUIT TRAINING ACADEMY GRADUATIONS In 2019, the LAFD held two graduation ceremonies from Drill Tower 81 located in Panorama City. A total of 108 new Firefighters joined the ranks. The Academy Graduations are a celebration of the completion of a 20-week rigorous training program that prepares recruits for a successful career with the Department. The Swearing-In Ceremony and Badge Presentation are followed by a comprehensive skills demonstration. These graduates enter a year-long period of assessment as probationary Firefighters as they work alongside tenured members of the Department. UFLAC is proud to welcome our newest Firefighters into our ranks. Gary Apodaca

Leo Kaufman

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca


Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca

Leo Kaufman

Leo Kaufman

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca

Gary Apodaca


COMMUNITY ST. BALDRICK’S FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER

MDA FILL THE BOOT CAMPAIGN

Scores of caring community members and First Responders, including LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and LAPD Police Chief Michael Moore, gathered at Fire Station 89 in North Hollywood for the 17th Annual St. Baldrick's Foundation Fundraiser to raise awareness and funds to help conquer childhood cancer. This incredible event organized by LAFD Captain Danny Wu and LAPD Lieutenant Greg Doyle included a pancake breakfast, blood and bone marrow registration, fire and police apparatus displays, and head shaving stations to support childhood cancer research.

The LAFD partnered with UFLAC for the 14th Annual MDA Fill the Boot Campaign to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Los Angeles. For more than 60 years, MDA and the IAFF have been working together to help conquer Muscular Dystrophy and other related life-threatening diseases in kids and adults. More than $116,000 was collected to help local kids and adults living with muscle debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger. Funds raised build on decades of muscle disease research progress, helping push science in the search for treatments and cures. The dollars raised also support MDA’s life-enhancing programs, including state-of-the-art clinics and support groups as well as the Adventure Camp where kids with muscle disease can enjoy summer camp.

Adam VanGerpen

Mike Meadows

Adam VanGerpen


Steve Gentry

Adam VanGerpen

May Braido

HOPE FOR FIREFIGHTERS

FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNEY

SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE

Several Downtown businesses created the Hope for Firefighters event in 1998 as a tribute to our fallen Firefighters and it has become the Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association's Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Firemen’s Fund’s largest annual fundraiser. Every year, Hope for Firefighters features live music, delicious meals prepared by fire stations throughout the City, merchandise booths, and exciting Firefighter Muster games where sponsored teams compete for trophies and prizes in events like the bucket brigade, Firefighter suit-up, and an old-fashioned hose pull contest.

On November 4th, UFLAC hosted its first ever golf tournament to support the newly created nonprofit organization, the UFLAC Fire Foundation. Thanks to the generous support from individuals and corporate sponsors, more than $150,000 was raised that will directly go to aid Los Angeles City Firefighters and their families who are experiencing hardships as a result of illness, injury, or Line of Duty Death. In addition, the UFLAC Fire Foundation will also provide educational assistance to the children of fallen Firefighters.

ABC7 and local Firefighters teamed up once again to collect new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties. The annual Stuff-A-Bus event was held at the Topanga Westfield Shopping Center in Canoga Park for 14 hours and collected thousands of toys to be distributed locally throughout the Holiday Season.

Steve Gentry

Steve Gentry

TEAM STEVENS NATION & AXE ALS At just 29 years old, a month after marrying his college sweetheart Amanda, Eric Stevens was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Eric is a LAFD Firefighter and former NFL Football Player for the LA Rams. Since Eric was diagnosed, Team Stevens Nation has taken the world by storm raising awareness for ALS. The inaugural Fight for Hope Fundraiser and Cornhole Tournament drew over 3,000 people. Thank you to all the generous sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to support our brother.

Leo Kaufman


HONORING INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS FALLEN FIRE FIGHTER MEMORIAL The LAFD Honor Guard and UFLAC Executive Board Members attended the 33rd annual IAFF Fallen Fire Firefighter Memorial Ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado to honor the memory of our Fallen LAFD Brothers Captain II Cecil Morris, Captain I Kenneth Edwards, and Fire Inspector I Michael Reddy. The IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Wall of Honor includes the names of those who died on the fire ground and the alarming number who succumbed to occupational illness such as cancer, heart disease, and post-traumatic stress. The IAFF added 250 fallen Firefighters from the United States and Canada to the Wall of Honor at this year’s memorial.

CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL CEREMONY The California Fire Foundation hosted their 17th Annual California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony on September 28th in Sacramento. 34 fallen Firefighters’ names were added those already inscribed on the California Firefighters Memorial Wall outside the State Capitol Building, including the LAFD’s own Captain II Cecil Morris. Dedicated in 1995, the twosided limestone wall pays tribute to Firefighters who died in the line of duty or from work-related illness. UFLAC Board Members, the LAFD Honor Guard, and Chief Terrazas were all in attendance at the Ceremony.


OUR FALLEN LAFD FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL CEREMONY Each year, the LAFD Historical Society joins community and civic leaders to gather with the friends and family of LAFD members who have died in the line of duty in service to the City of Los Angeles. This ceremony recognizes the brave 269 Firefighters of our Department we have lost and honors their ultimate sacrifice to protect our City. We will never forget these heroic Firefighters who have courageously served the citizens of Los Angeles.

CAPTAIN JAMES V. COMO The Los Angeles Fire Department mourns the offduty death of active duty Captain James V. Como, who passed away on November 3, 2019. Captain Como joined the LAFD on November 27, 1990 and was assigned to Fire Station 84 in Woodland Hills. Our Brother will be deeply missed.


RECOGNITION PHOTO CONTRIBUTORS Gary Apodaca

Chris Conkle

Austin Gebhardt

Matt Hartman

Mark Masek

Raphael Richardson

Jamie Stewart

Matthew Barnes

Greg Doyle

Steve Gentry

Zak Holman

Rick McClure

Jacob Salzman

Adam VanGerpen

May Braido

Chris Eckenrode

Alex Gillman

Chris Hubble

Mike Meadows

Shane Salzman

Cody Weireter

Brandon Buckley

Eric French

Cheryl Getuiza

Justin Johnson

Robert Navarro

Branden Silverman

Tim Werle

Yvonne Griffin

Leo Kaufman

David Ortiz

FireStat Manager Drew Steinberg

Arson Forensic Photographer Harry Garvin

LAFD Public Service Officer Brian Humphrey

Public Service Officer Nicholas Prange

Public Service Officer Margaret Stewart

Public Information Officer Erik Scott

Public Information Director Peter Sanders

All photos and images used in this publication are subject to the copyrighter of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

UNITED FIREFIGHTERS OF LOS ANGELES CITY EXECUTIVE BOARD President Freddy Escobar

1st Vice President Chuong Ho

2nd Vice President Adam VanGerpen

Secretary David Pimentle

Treasurer Domingo Albarran

Director Steve Addleman

Director Kent Koffler

Director Dave Riles

Director Adam Walker

Director Randy Yslas

Paid for by United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, IAFF Local 112 - Issues Committee


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