LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT - OPERATIONS VALLEY BUREAU
CHIEF’S MESSAGE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP – WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER NO ONE COULD HAVE FORESEEN WHAT A PANDEMIC WOULD DO
BUREAU COMMANDER DEPUTY CHIEF Trevor Richmond ASSISTANT BUREAU COMMANDERS ASSISTANT CHIEF GUY TOMLINSON Corey Rose Patrick Butler John Drake TRAINING OFFICER CAPTAIN II Ben Culp EMS/RESILIENCE OFFICER CAPTAIN I Justin Clayton EMS EDUCATOR Bob Heaton MANAGEMENT ANALYST II Sol Lopez SECRETARY Emma Garcia
TO OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW OUR WORLD WOULD SEEMINGLY BE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MATTER OF A COUPLE OF MONTHS. OVER THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE STRUGGLED TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY TO KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE AND FOUGHT TO MAKE SENSE OF THIS UNFAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT. WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT OUR ENVIRONMENT IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING. WHETHER IT IS THE RESULT OF THE WEATHER, A PANDEMIC OR THE POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT, WE CAN BE ASSURED THAT OUR ENVIRONMENT IS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF EVOLUTION AND OUR SUCCESS WILL ULTIMATELY BE DETERMINED BY OUR COLLECTIVE UNRELENTING SPIRIT TO ADAPT TO THOSE CHANGES. THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT RELIES ON OUR COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP TO ASSIST US THROUGH THESE CHANGES AND BUILD RESILIENT STRATEGIES THAT ADAPT TO OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. WE SIMPLY CANNOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU AND TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER. COMMUNITY LEADERS DO NOT NECESSARILY NEED TO CONFORM TO A FORMAL LEADERSHIP ROLE BUT CAN COME FROM ANYWHERE IN THE COMMUNITY. BY BEING PREPARED TO ADAPT, YOU ARE ASSISTING THE WHOLE COMMUNITY. THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL ALWAYS CONTINUE TO MAKE PUBLIC SERVICE OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. YOUR SAFETY AND THE PROTECTION OF YOUR PROPERTY, REGARDLESS OF YOUR CULTURAL BACKGROUND, ETHNICITY OR SOCIETAL STATUS, WILL ALWAYS BE THE STANDARD BY WHICH WE EXIST. THERE IS NEVER A DISTINCTION MADE IN WHO WE HELP AND WHO WE DON’T. WHEN ANYONE IN THE COMMUNITY CALLS 911, YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT HIGHLY TRAINED FIREFIGHTERS AND PARAMEDICS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO HELP YOU.
For non-emergency requests such as those listed below, you can use myla311.com, dial 311, or download the MyLA311 app for Apple or Google Play. -Report abandoned vehicles -Animal Services -Bees -Storm Drain Issues -Street Repair
-Fire Prevention Questions -Parking Enforcement -Street Light Outages -Vegetation issues -Graffiti Removal
OFFICE 4960 Balboa Blvd. Encino, CA 91316 818-728-9921 818-728-9931 Fax lafd.valleybureau @lacity.org
Proudly serving: Arleta, Bell Canyon, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, City of San Fernando, Encino, Granada Hills, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, Noho Arts District, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sunland/Tujunga, Sylmar, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Tujunga, Universal City, Van Nuys, Warner Center, West Hills, Winnetka, Woodland Hills.
BRUSH CLEARANCE Guidelines for Property within the Very High Fire Severity Zone (VHFSZ) 1) Maintain all weeds and grasses at a maximum height of 3 inches. 2) Maintain the lower 1/3 of trees and shrubs by removing all leafy foliage, twigs, and branches up to a maximum of 6 feet from the ground. (i.e. tree 18 feet or greater requires only 6 feet of clearance). 3) Remove all dead trees and shrubs. 4) Maintain 5 feet of vertical clearance between roof surfaces and portions of Lafd.org/fire-prevention/brush overhanging trees and shrubs. 5) Remove any portion of a tree or shrub within 10 feet of a chimney outlet. 6) Maintain roofs of all structures free of leaves, needles, twigs, and other combustible matter. 7) Remove all dead/dry undergrowth and material within trees and shrubs to include all dead or dry palm fronds/branches. 8) Once brush clearance is conducted, remove and safely dispose of all cut or bagged vegetation, all dead trees and all debris. This includes all combustible junk, trash, or debris regardless of how it got there. 9) Cut vegetation may be chipped and spread as ground cover not to exceed 3 inches in depth within 30 feet of structures. 10) Trim native shrubs/brush so foliage is removes from lower 3rd up to a maximum of 6 feet. 11) Maintain all other landscape vegetation to not provide an available fuel supply to augment the spread of fire or to impede emergency vehicles. 12) Firewood shall be located 30 feet away from any structure or shall be enclosed within a fire resistive closed container. 13) Trim back vegetation and maintain 3 foot radius around fire hydrants 14) Vegetation/branches extending past curb and over the street shall be trimmed back to the curb line and up a minimum of 14 feet vertically from the roadway surface to the lowest overhanging branch to provide clearance for emergency vehicles.
EMERGENCY MEDICINE LAFD and the Pandemic Since before the COVID-19 pandemic began the LAFD has been on the front lines for the citizens of the City of Los Angeles. With new and innovative programs such as the Advanced Practitioner Units, and the LAFD Telemedicine program, it is no surprise that we would also take on the monumental task of administering COVID testing at our 7 LA City sites, and administering the COVID-19 vaccines at our 6 vaccination sites. In addition, the LAFD has remained the primary care for many people at risk for COVID-19 through the 911 system. To keep our Firefighters and Paramedics safe, and in turn keep you, the public safe, we have increased our safety protocols and ensured transmission of COVID–19 is as limited as possible. VALLEY AREA COVID TESTING & VACCINATION SITES
* Hansen Dam * Pierce College *San Fernando Park
For information on specific site locations, the appointment system, eligibility, and vaccination information please visit::
LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT — OPERATIONS VALLEY BUREAU
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