On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4:32 PM, 12 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 3 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams and 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, a total of 89 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Chris Kawai responded to a Greater Alarm Structure Fire with Firefighter Injury at 11336 Dona Lisa Drive in Studio City.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived quickly to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the second floor of a 2 story hillside home.

Teams of firefighters extended ground ladders to the roof of the 2,151 square-foot residence as their colleagues extended hoselines within the structure - not occupied at the time of the fire; to do battle with fierce flames.

Working swiftly and efficiently, rooftop firefighters performed essential vertical ventilation, allowing crews beneath them to advance on the flames, as the deeply entrenched fire consumed joists between the first and second floors on its way to the adjacent and attached garage.

As scores of LAFD personnel turned back the flames, one Los Angeles Firefighter sustained a one-story fall, when the ground ladder he was descending suddenly gave way. Landing squarely on the driveway below, the 23-year LAFD veteran sustained musculoskeletal injury to his legs. In fair condition, he was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was treated and released that evening to remain off-duty.

The fire was confined to the structure of origin and extinguished in just 31 minutes. No other injuries were reported.

Fire loss to the 46 year old, non-fire sprinklered home was estimated at $200,000 ($150,000 structure & $50,000 contents). The cause of this late afternoon blaze was determined to be electrical in nature.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Veteran Firefighter Injured Tackling Studio City Blaze
Portable Electric GeneratorWith weather conditions having a seasonal impact on energy supplies, many people are turning to portable electric generators as a source of temporary electricity for their homes.

If improperly installed or operated, a portable electric generator can become deadly due to electrical shock and carbon monoxide fumes.

Using a generator indoors CAN KILL YOU IN MINUTES!

Firefighters encourage you to contact a licensed electrician to install your generator to make sure it meets all local codes. Never connect a generator directly to household wiring without an appropriate transfer switch installed and be sure to notify your utility, which may be required by State Law.

Power from generators connected directly to household wiring can backfeed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including lineworkers making repairs.

The Los Angeles Fire Department reminds you:
  • Generators can produce high levels of carbon monoxide (CO) very quickly, which can be deadly. Each year, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning.
  • Never operate your generator in an enclosed or partially enclosed space such as a patio or garage, and place it far, far away from any structure housing people or pets. Most of the serious carbon monoxide poisonings handled by Los Angeles Firefighters have been caused by generator exhaust fumes drifting into doors, windows, vents and crawl spaces.
  • Be certain to install and test carbon monoxide detectors in nearby enclosed areas whenever you operate a portable power generator.
  • Read the owner's manual thoroughly and make sure your generator is properly grounded and maintained.
  • Store fuel for your generator safely. Turn the motor off and let it cool before refueling.
  • Keep the generator dry, and make sure extension cords are rated for the load, free of cuts and worn insulation and have three-pronged plugs.
  • Do not overload the generator. A portable generator should be used only when necessary and only to power essential equipment or appliances
  • Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to help prevent electrocutions and electrical shock injuries
  • Turn off all appliances powered by the generator before shutting down the generator
  • Keep children away from portable generators at all times!

Remember: Electricity is a powerful tool, and odorless carbon monoxide fumes can quickly lull you to deep and deadly sleep!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Firefighters Stress Portable Generator Safety
Join members of the Los Angeles Fire Department and their families during December, when 'Big Apple' magic makes a rare trip west to benefit a special fire service charity...

Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes
Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 7:00PM
Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 12 Noon
Nokia Theatre at L.A. LIVE
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015

By experiencing America's Favorite Holiday Show with our LAFD Family during these two special showings, you'll be creating memories while supporting the Fire Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 charity assisting needy firefighters and their families, victims of fire-related incidents and fire departments within California.

Of course, this holiday spectacle for all ages takes place at L.A. LIVE, the new entertainment district featuring sports and music venues, night clubs, restaurants, a bowling alley, museum and movie theaters - so plan on making it an afternoon or evening your family will never forget!

Still not sure? Watch this video and then you'll know... 

Tickets for these special shows are only $75.00 each. Purchase your seats today by calling Dee Kuchler at (888) 5-FFF-Give or by e-mail at: dkuchler@firefamilyfoundation.org

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - 'Big Apple' Magic at L.A. Live to Benefit California Fire Service
Vehicle backover injuries and deaths occur when someone, without a driver's knowledge, is positioned behind a vehicle as the driver is backing out of a driveway or other parking spot.

Most victims of backovers are children and the elderly. To add to the tragedy of backover injuries and deaths, the driver is often a relative, neighbor - or even the parent of the victim.

Since most of these heartbreaking incidents occur in private driveways rather than on the road, they are not typically included in traffic-crash fatality data. Therefore, experts often don't agree on the exact number of persons injured or killed in backover incidents each year.

Even one person dying in a backover incident is one too many! Awareness of the problem is the first step toward reducing the risk.

All Vehicles Have Blind Spots

In the case of a backover incident, the blind spot is the place behind your vehicle that you cannot see in the rear or side view mirror or even by craning your neck out the driver's side window. Generally speaking, the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. Blind spots for shorter drivers tend to be significantly larger as well. In addition, the elevation of the driver's seat, the shape of a vehicle's windows and mirrors, and the slope of a driveway can affect the size of the blind spot behind your vehicle.

Technologies and Backover

At this time, no technology on the market is considered by experts to be foolproof in preventing backover incidents. Even if an accurate preventive technology is developed, it's important to remember that no technology alone can protect your children. Keeping pedestrians safe from a backover tragedy requires education, supervision and vigilance. Los Angeles Firefighters recommend the following tips to help drivers reduce the risk.

Safety Tips for Motorists:
  • At home and away, seek to park your vehicle where the need to drive in reverse is minimized.
  • Check your vehicle reverse lamps and brake lights periodically by having a responsible adult observer stand safely toward the rear but alongside (not directly behind!) your vehicle.
  • Whenever backing is required, use a responsible adult observer in the identical location to safely guide you.
  • Ensure children and pets are properly supervised at all times, especially where motor vehicles might be present.
  • Teach children never to play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Always assume children or diminutive adults could be present and carefully check the street and driveway as you approach your vehicle. The LAFD always recommends a complete 'circle check' before you get behind the wheel.
  • Avoid making your driveway a playground. If you do allow children in this area, make sure that it's only when there are no vehicles present. To further protect children who may be playing outside, separate the driveway from the roadway with some type of physical barrier to prevent any cars from entering.
  • To prevent curious children from putting a vehicle in gear, never leave the motor running or keys within the vehicle. Keep every vehicle, even those in your driveway and garage, locked up tight.
  • When backing up, always know where all children are and have them stay together in your full view and well away from your planned path of travel. Don't even think of backing until your radio or entertainment system is turned completely off, and your wireless phone is put away.
  • Look behind you as you back out S-L-O-W-L-Y with your windows rolled down to listen for those who may have dashed behind your vehicle suddenly - and be prepared to stop!
  • If you're driving an SUV, truck or van, remember that the blind spot behind your vehicle can be especially large: Use extreme care whenever you back up.
Finally, talk with your neighbors about backover incidents and ask them to teach their children not to play in or around any vehicle or driveway. By working together, we can help prevent these tragic incidents.

To learn more, please visit:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Help Firefighters Prevent 'Backovers' In America's Driveways
Terrorism forces us to make a choice. We can be afraid... or we can be ready. To prepare your home, family and workplace for an emergency, please visit ready.gov

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness...

If you see an actual emergency or pending act of terrorism, call 9-1-1.

Those witnessing suspicious activity in Los Angeles should report their observation by calling the Los Angeles Police Department Terrorism Tip Hotline at 1-877-A-THREAT (1-877-284-7328) or visiting iWatchLA.org

For more information about iWatchLA, please view this short video or speak with a Police Officer in your community.

In other parts of the United States, suspicious activity should be reported to local law enforcement or the nearest field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Terrorism Forces Us To Be Ready and Responsible

The Apple-1 computer was hand build in Steve Wozniak's parents garage. Steve Job's came up with the idea of selling it. The Apple-1 was first demonstrated in April 1976 at the HomeBrew Computer Club in Palo Alto.

Originally, the Apple 1 sold for $500 when it was sold to a reseller 1976. It was made out of wood and was billed as the first "personal computer." The retailer marked up the Apple-1 by 33% giving it a price of $666.66.

An Apple I reportedly sold for $50,000 USD at auction in 1999, with another apparently selling in 2009 for $17,500.

Fast forward to November 2010. This same Apple I (with serial number 82) sold for $178,000 ($213,600 including the 'buyer's premium') at Christie's auction house in London , making it by far the highest price paid for this model to date, at £133,250 ($210,000).

The high value of this particular example is likely due to the rare documents and packaging offered in the sale rather than the computer itself; namely (and amongst others) the original packaging (with the return label showing Steve Jobs' parents address, the original Apple Computer Inc 'headquarters' being their garage), a personally typed and signed letter from Jobs (answering technical questions about the computer) and the original invoice showing 'Steven' as the salesman.

Story Sources: EpochTimes, Wiki, Gather
READ MORE - Wozjob Apple 1 sells for Nearly a Quarter of a Million USD
Los Angeles Firefighters have commenced their annual Spark of Love Toy Drive for needy children. Now through Christmas Eve, Los Angeles residents are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy or sporting good to any Neighborhood Fire Station or CVS/pharmacy.

Through public generosity, Spark of Love will provide a gift to a child who would otherwise go without one this holiday season. To learn more about our local program, call (213) 626-2871.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - L.A. Firefighters Begin 'Spark of Love' Toy Drive
On Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 5:41 PM, 18 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 12 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 2 Arson Units, 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 5 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Emergency Air, 1 Emergency Lighting, 1 Rehab Air Tender, 1 Bulldozer Team, and 1 Volunteer Service Utility under the direction of Assistant Chief Daryl Arbuthnott responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 158 East 58th Street in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived on scene in less than four minutes to find a large 1-story commercial building well involved in fire. Additional assistance was quickly requested as firefighters aggressively made their way inside the inferno, arming themselves with large 2 1/2" hose lines. The 4,880 square-foot building ventilated itself as 20' high flames roared through the roof. Within ten minutes the Incident Commander ordered all firefighters to get out of the 53 year-old structure and fight defensively due to the integrity of the building being compromised. Shortly thereafter the roof collapsed. Additional life threatening hazards endangered firefighters as transformers from power lines exploded, electrical wires sagged toward the ground, and the loading dock filled with water.

Just under 150 firefighters surrounded the building, pouring copious amounts of water into it while protecting nearby businesses. The devastating blaze was confined predominately within the business of origin. One adult male firefighter suffered possible heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was admitted for observation, but remained in good condition. Two civilians expressed minor medical complaints and were evaluated, however did not require transport to a hospital. The cause of the fire is under active investigation and the dollar loss of this furniture manufacturing business is still being tabulated.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Massive Fire Destroys Building In South L.A.
To help identify toys and children's products that have been recalled, the Los Angeles Fire Department and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are again teaming up this holiday season to provide a 'Toy & Children's Product Recall' widget that is easy to share with friends and family.

This free 'widget' displays the most recent child product and toy recalls from CPSC - and is easily added to your personal website or blog.

Will You Help Us?

During the holiday season, we're asking webmasters and bloggers across our nation to include this widget on their sites. You can share this real-time display on Facebook, MySpace (or other on-line site) by simply clicking on the 'Get Widget' button above - or visiting:


Go Ahead, Give It a Try!

...and then learn more about our friends at CPSC, by visiting and bookmarking:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - LAFD 'Toy Safety' Widget Arrives For the Holidays
In an attempt to 'take a bite out of crime', some business owners in California have recently turned to an illegal and highly dangerous method of stymieing burglaries and robberies.

Referred to as "Security Fog Intruder Protection Systems", these seemingly benign installations are seeing an upswing in The Golden State, where they have long been prohibited by law.

NOTE: This video was placed on-line by an overseas firm.
Such systems may be allowed or unregulated outside California.

Designed to fill an entire room - or even warehouse within seconds, with a thick floor-to-ceiling zero-visibility cloud that lingers (some vendors say for 25 minutes or more), the concerns of firefighters remain on safe egress and false alarms, the latter of which occurred this week in Los Angeles.

Responding with lights and sirens through crowded city streets, Los Angeles Fire Department crews discovered "heavy smoke" emanating from a commercial building. After forcibly entering the business and cutting holes in the roof to allow the massive smoke and anticipated heat to escape, the veteran team of firefighters discovered the source of their false alarm to be a security fog intruder protection system clearly prohibited by local municipal regulations and California Fire Code Section 316.4:

316.4 Security Devices. Any security device or system that emits any medium that could obscure a means of egress in any building, structure or premise shall be prohibited.

We encourage business and homeowners to employ only reputable and licensed alarm firms that know and obey the many lifesaving regulations of Fire and Life Safety Codes. Before any contract is signed, be certain to obtain an affirmation that any and all features of your business or home alarm system are compliant with local, regional, State and Provincial law.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - California Firefighters Decry Use of Illegal and Dangerous Alarm Feature
dell record salesOn Thursday, November 18th, Dell reported their third quarter earnings to be record breaking due to the increased demand for PCs and computer services. Despite this report from Dell, consumer revenue for the company only showed a 4 percent increase for the third quarter and is predicted to have little to no increase for the fourth quarter and holiday season.

Dell’s reports were pretty incredible, despite what consumer revenue says. They reported a net income of $822 million, which is a 144 percent increase from the same period a year ago, and $15.39 billion in revenues, which is up 19 percent from the same period a year ago.

“Our strong results demonstrate that we are listening to customers and delivering what they want,” stated Michael Dell, chief executive of Dell. “It validates that our strategy to offer choice and efficiency at every level of the IT enterprise computing stack is taking hold, and we are more focused than ever to being a true partner – not merely a provider – to our customers. Dell is growing in the right areas, and I'm very excited about our momentum."

Dell executives have said that the company has been focusing on “profit share” instead of market share when it comes to units sold. Chief financial officer Brian Gladden said, “I believe that the third quarter results demonstrate the strategy we have described to you over the past year is the correct one,” in a conference call with analysts on Thursday.

Dell’s Large Enterprise revenue came in at $4.3 billion, which is a 27 percent increase from last year, with an operating income of about $400 million (or 9.2 percent of revenue). Their Small and Medium Business revenue came in at $3.7 billion, which is a 24 percent increase, with an operating income of $391 million. Their consumer revenue came in at $3 billion, which was only a 4 percent increase, as was mentioned above. Dell said that for operating income the consumer segment improved to breaking even for the quarter, despite the “muted” consumer demand.

On Thursday Dell also announced that its new Inspiron Duo laptop was just made available for pre-order. All of these announcements come a day after the announcement that Dell communication chief Ron Garriques was leaving the company. This has caused some speculations about what will happen to Dell’s plan of creating a line of cell phones.

In the conference call though, Garriques resignation from the company was barely even addressed. The questions were focused more towards the “management changes” at Dell and the impact that the tablet industry will have on the company. Executives responded by saying that Dell’s 2011 tablet release will address “all the opportunities we see for tablets.”

Michael Dell went on to say, “We are very much in the mobile space, working very much with both Android and Windows Mobile 7 and encouraged with the development of both of those and see them as a great opportunity for us.”

Steve Felice, the president of consumer small and medium business for Dell, made an apparent reference to tablets and the general mobile space by saying, “We want to mainstream the supply chain, the sales capability, and the marketing capability. All of this is aimed to bring this more to scale in faster fashion than we normally envisioned.”

In the conference call Dell did not present any target revenues for the fourth quarter. Instead the company said, “Fourth quarter revenue is expected to track in-line to slightly up from the third quarter as commercial demand remains stable while consumer demand remains more muted.”

READ MORE - Record Profits For Dell Due to Increase in Demands
As our nation comes together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the Los Angeles Fire Department joins the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its United States Fire Administration (USFA) in reminding residents to cook and celebrate safely and Put a Freeze on Fires.

According to data from USFA, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the United States, resulting in an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries and $21 million in property loss each year.

Click to learn more about safety while cooking...

The leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking, and these fires occur most frequently from Noon to 4:00PM.

"What causes frustration among firefighters nationwide, is that smoke alarms were not present in 20 percent of Thanksgiving Day fires that occurred in occupied residential buildings" says Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, calling the lack of functional smoke alarms "a thoroughly avoidable recipe for disaster".

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said "Disasters can happen any time, anywhere, but some emergencies at home can be avoided by taking a few simple steps for safety", adding "Don't forget this holiday season, while gathered around the table with family and friends, is a great time to talk about your family emergency plan, and what you would do in the case of a disaster."

"Thanksgiving marks the start of a very busy time for all firefighters," said Acting Fire Administrator Glenn Gaines, adding "holiday decorations, heating and increased indoor cooking all present just some of the causes of residential fires. Your place of residence should be the safest place of all. Protect it with working smoke alarms and know what to do if a fire should occur."

Of particular concern to firefighters and safety experts this holiday season is the increased popularity of deep-fried turkey - a meal that can cause backyard chefs to sacrifice safety in the interest of taste.

To assist cooks in their decision to fry turkey safely, the Los Angeles Fire Department has posted information on-line at:


LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey summed it up by saying "No matter where or how you celebrate this most American of holidays, firefighters encourage you to always cook with care".

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Firefighters: Thanksgiving Fires Are Preventable
You’ve heard the reports on the news...
  • "Firefighters discover couple dead from gas heater fumes."
  • "Family found unconscious, overcome by carbon monoxide."
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the leading cause of unintentional poisoning deaths in America, claiming more than 400 lives each year. CO is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas that can lead to brain damage and even death.

Known as 'The Silent Killer', CO is produced whenever fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned - and can be produced by common household appliances. Sources of CO poisoning can include:
  • Gas water heaters
  • Home heating systems
  • Kerosene space heaters
  • Grills, hibachis or portable gas camp stoves
  • Idling motor vehicles
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Propane-fueled forklifts
  • Gas-powered concrete saws
  • Indoor tractor pulls
  • Swimming behind a motorboat
  • Spray paint, solvents, degreasers, and paint removers

The symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can mimic the flu, and you may not be inclined to think of CO poisoning. At a low level exposure, shortness of breath, nausea and headaches are common. At a moderate level, victims experience more severe headaches, dizziness and confusion, and often become nauseated or faint. The longer the exposure to CO, the greater the chance of death.

If You Think You Have Been Exposed to Carbon Monoxide:
  • Move quickly to fresh air, away from the suspected source of exposure.
  • Seek medical care in a hospital emergency department or contact your doctor.
  • If severe, life-threatening symptoms are present, call 9-1-1.
  • Get a qualified professional to investigate and repair the source of CO.
What can you do to protect yourself?
  • Never use a grille or any type of barbecue indoors.
  • Never burn any type of charcoal indoors.
  • Have a certified technician service your home heating system each year.
  • Be careful with generators.
  • Do not allow your vehicle to idle in an enclosed space or near a door or window to your home.
  • Get a Carbon Monoxide Alarm!
Though preventing CO from becoming a problem is your best bet, Carbon Monoxide Alarms are both affordable and widely available. Do some research on alarm features and don’t select solely on the basis of high or low cost. For safety sake, please follow the DO’s and DON’Ts listed above.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms are already mandated in most newly constructed California homes, and will be required by law in most existing single family homes in California by July 1, 2011.

For additional information about Carbon Monoxide:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Carbon Monoxide, the 'Silent Killer'
On Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7:51 AM, 11 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 1 LAFD Rescue Ambulance, 2 Helicopters, 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Assistant Chief Mark Stormes responded to a River Rescue in the LA River x 1st Street bridge near Boyle Heights.

If you wish to view 'full screen' or obtain a copy
click here for higher definition video at Vimeo.

Due to recent heavy rain, local flood control channels remain swelled with storm-water, causing the Los Angeles Fire Department to remain in a "River Rescue" preparedness status. Over 60 firefighters were rapidly and strategically placed near the LA River bank, on bridges, overpasses and in the air, all searching for an adult male wearing dark colored clothing that was swept away. In approximately 20 minutes the fast moving water carried the victim from the 1st Street bridge south until he was rescued near Bandini Boulevard and Washington Boulevard. A firefighter was skillfully lowered out of a LAFD helicopter into the rough water, where he grabbed hold of the 54 year-old and both were hoisted up. Once safe inside the helicopter the patient received medical aid and was transported to County USC hospital in stable condition. A special thanks is extended to our friends at the Los Angeles Police Department and Vernon Fire Department for their expert assistance.

The LAFD reminds citizens that when rainstorms impact the Los Angeles area, flood control channels, rivers, and arroyos can quickly fill with fast-moving water, creating a potentially life-threatening danger to anyone who gets caught or swept away. Please keep all animals under supervision and remember it is against the law to be inside a flood control channel in Los Angeles, regardless of the weather.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - LAFD Helicopter Crew Rescues Man From L.A. River
Click to learn more about portable electric heater safety...With temperatures diminishing across the nation, many Americans are using portable electric heaters.

While they can be an efficient way to warm a room or supplement central heating, portable electric heaters can also be a fire or electric shock hazard if not used properly.

The Los Angeles Fire Department joins the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) in encouraging the safe use of portable electric heaters:

  • Read the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels before using your heater.
  • Never leave an operating heater unattended and always unplug the heater when not in use.
  • Unplug the heater by pulling the plug straight from the outlet. Inspect the power cord regularly, and never use a heater with a damaged cord.
  • Check periodically for a secure plug/outlet fit. If the plug does not fit snugly into the outlet or if the plug becomes very hot, the outlet may need to be replaced. Check with a qualified electrician to replace the outlet.
  • Do not use a power strip or extension cord to power your heater. Overheating of the power strip or extension cord could result in a fire.
  • Do not plug any other electrical device into the same outlet as your heater. This could result in overheating.
  • String the included power cord above any rug or carpeting. Anything you place on top of a cord - including furniture, may damage it.
  • Keep combustible materials such as furniture, pillows, bedding, papers, clothes, curtains, paint, gas cans and matches at least three feet from the front of the heater and away from the sides and rear. Do not block the heater's air intake or outlet.
  • Unless the heater is designed for outdoor use or in bathrooms, do not use in damp or wet areas. Parts in the heater may be damaged by moisture.
  • Place the heater on a level, flat surface. Only use a heater on tabletops when specified by the manufacturer.
  • Heaters should be kept away from pets and children and never used in a child's room without adult presence.
  • Seniors, the disabled, those living alone or in student housing may be at increased risk due to careless or improper use of heaters. If you know someone in this risk category, please share this safety list and your concerns.

To learn more, listen as FDNY Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso discusses portable electric heater safety:

...and describes how you can receive AHAM's free "Stay Safe!" brochure, by calling (888) 785-SAFE or visiting:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - 12 Point Checklist for Portable Heater Safety
For those of us who have worked alongside him, it is seen as an honor long overdue...

LAFD Firefighter/Paramedic Ruben Terrazas
Eagle Rock Paramedic of the Year

Aaron Proctor
Eagle Rock Patch

At Eagle Rock's Fire Station 42, next to [Eagle Rock] City Hall , Ruben Terrazas is known as the jovial guy who's never short of a smile or a joke. But to his LAFD colleagues, Terrazas is the paramedic who has spent the past 31 years responding to medical emergencies at the oddest hours, particularly after midnight. Nicknamed "pee-wee" by his... (read more...)

Thank you Ruben, for more than three decades of selfless service to the people of Los Angeles. It is my honor and that of many others to call you both a mentor and a friend.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Ruben Terrazas Named Eagle Rock Paramedic of the Year
On the evening of November 15th, 2010 Fire Engine 77 responded to a 9-1-1 call for a person trapped under a vehicle at the 8000 block of Norris Avenue in Sun Valley. Firefighters arrived on-scene and found a flatbed tow truck with a SUV that appeared to have fallen half way off. A victim's feet were sticking out from underneath the vehicle, the rest of his body was pinned, rendering him unable to breath.

Firefighters quick thinking and the use of a specialized tool led to a rapid rescue. A battery powered Holmatro Rescue Tool was carefully placed under the frame of the vehicle on the drivers side and lifted the SUV enough for firefighters to remove the pinned victim. All this, along with using cribbing to stabilize the vehicle was completed within just two minutes. Firefighters on scene stated, "We feel the victim would not have survived if we did not have this tool". The LAFD has hydraulic powered Holmatro tools placed strategically through out the city, predominately on Truck Companies. However thanks to the generosity of La Tuna Canyon Community Association, Karen Bristing, Deken Jones & Neighborhood Councils this $9,823.00 tool was purchased just 9 months earlier for Engine 77. The donation of this unique tool led to a rapid extrication which along with medical aid rendered from Firefighter/Paramedics greatly improved the patients condition. He reportedly even asked to make a phone call to his boss while in the back of an ambulance on the way to Holy Cross Hospital. We are happy to state the patient was admitted for observation and is labeled in serious but stable condition. The Los Angeles Fire Department stresses the importance of using extreme caution if you ever have to go under a vehicle.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Firefighters Use Specialized Tool to Save Man's Life
On Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6:09 PM, 13 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit, 2 EMS Battalion Captains, 2 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, 1 Division Chief Officer Command Team, under the direction of Battalion Chief Kevin Pearson responded to a Structure Fire at 6310 Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived within four minutes to discover fire showing from the roof of a one story, 100’ x 300’ commercial building. Firefighters used rotary saws to force entry through rolling steel doors, allowing their colleagues to extended hand-lines inside. Vertical ventilation was performed on the conventional construction sawtooth roof to remove smoke and heat. The seat of the fire was difficult to locate due to decreased visibility and an abundance of wood-furniture, paint and additional contents. The bulk of the flames appeared to be in a spray-booth and quickly traveled to the roof. This 71 year-old building was equipped with fire sprinklers which assisted holding the flames in check and aided 80 firefighters to extinguish the fire in just 27 minutes. A division wall prevented the flames from spreading horizontally to adjacent units. Fire loss to the A & S Furniture Manufacturers was limited to $125,000 ($100,000 contents and $25,000 structure). One firefighter sustained a minor injury and was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in good condition. No civilians were injured. The cause of this fire is undetermined.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Fire in Furniture Manufacturers Building In South L.A.
A longtime regional favorite, deep-fried turkey has become increasingly popular across North America, thanks to celebrity chefs.

What television and magazine chefs won't mention though, is the significant danger associated with deep-fat turkey fryers.

Your Turkey or Your Life?

After watching the video, you'll understand why Los Angeles Firefighters want you to think long and hard before frying a turkey. Without proper planning, your tasty meal could end in disaster.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is joined by safety experts from Underwriters Laboratories, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Code Enforcement Officers in reminding you to never sacrifice safety when preparing meals.

"We're worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," says John Drengenberg, UL consumer affairs manager. "Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."

Why a turkey fryer can be dangerous:
  • Many units easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • If the cooking pot is overfilled, or a partially frozen turkey is used, hot and flammable cooking oil will spill.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
  • With no thermostat controls, the deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.
If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer:
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or any enclosed space.
  • Remember that overfilling the fryer will lead to danger.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. Wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect you from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird.
  • Be careful with marinades. Remember that oil and water don't mix. Even a small amount of moisture can cause oil to spill over, leading to a fire or explosion hazard.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Frying a turkey requires full-time adult attention.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even hours after use, the oil inside can remain dangerously hot.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby, and know its proper use and limitations. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire!
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, have some immediately call 9-1-1.
  • Use your best judgement. If the fire is manageable and you can do so safely, use the all-purpose fire extinguisher.
The Los Angeles Fire Department encourages you to always cook with care!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Firefighters Ask: Your Turkey or Your Life?
1955 La Tuna Canyon Fire. Click to learn more...In the annals of the Los Angeles Fire Department, there is no fire so uniformly referred to as "wicked" as the 1955 La Tuna Canyon blaze - actually a series of widswept fires spanning five days in the Verdugo Mountains of the northeast San Fernando Valley.

"As nearly as it can be determined, the La Tuna Canyon holocaust had a very innocent and unspectacular birth. Two eight year old boys, in their own back yard in the 9600 block of La Tuna Canyon, and, without any malicious plans for the future, were preparing a noonday feast. A strong easterly wind..."

In the days that followed, one Los Angeles Fireman would die, and at least a hundred more would be injured as the firestorm consumed 4500 acres, 2 homes, a pair of guest houses, several out-buildings, automobiles and trailers.

Map of 1955 La Tuna Canyon Fire. Click to enlarge...

In chronicling action during the most intense firefight, LAFD officials noted...

"As the main body of the fire swept over the position, all water was directed to protect the men and the equipment from the effects of the intense heat. Men without hose lines laid in the mud and were kept wet from nearby rigs. Some men stacked up on the ground like hot cakes with the top man keeping the pile wet with a hose line."

Los Angeles Autofireman James Catlow. Click to learn more...
"It was during this momentary eternity that Autofireman James Catlow brought everlasting credit to himself as well as everyone in the fire service. Hose Wagon 39 was in a narrow spot in the road, as the fire hit there too fast to actually get set. He was able to get two lines into action, and by working one, he performed superhumanly in an effort to protect his equipment for future use, and to keep the road open for men who were ahead of him. His injuries were not accidentally incurred, as he could have retreated merely 10 yards to relative safety. His act of heroism required unbelievable determination and demonstrates to all to see and realize that a devoted fireman will do his full duty regardless of personal cost."

Assistant Fire Chief Leonard Eggleston would later describe Catlow's stand as "the most outstanding example sheer courage" he had ever seen.

Suffering burns over more than 75% of his body, James Catlow fought bravely to survive, succumbing to his painful injuries six days later on November 12, 1955.

A veteran of World War II submarine service, and an active supporter of charitable causes, Catlow drew end-of-life solace in knowing that the Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund would take take full and proper care of his wife Frances.

James Catlow was posthumously awarded the LAFD Medal of Valor.

To learn more about historical emergency incidents in the City of Los Angeles, including the La Tuna Canyon Fire of 1955, we encourage you to visit the LAFD Museum in Hollywood, or view the on-line LAFD Historical Archive at:


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - The 1955 La Tuna Canyon Fire: None More Wicked

The LAFD Asks You: What is a Vet?

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The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department take pride in a credo of service that places the needs of others ahead of their own.

There are times however, when our efforts - no matter how valiant - should be rightfully overshadowed. One such time is on this 11th day of the 11th month. Please join us in taking time to ponder the following question...


Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in their eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: a soul forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.

What is a Vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -or- didn't come back at all.

He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.

Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".

Remember, November 11th is Veterans Day.

One fine man often stated...

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

Father Denis Edward O'Brien, USMC Veteran
Rest Assured: The Men and Women of the LAFD Will Never Forget!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - The LAFD Asks You: What is a Vet?

LAFD Offers Quick Tips on Wind Safety

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Beware of Gusty North to Northeast winds in the greater Los Angeles area. Wind advisories may even be extended through the weekend. The LAFD encourages the following tips:

  • Use extreme caution while driving.
  • Report nearby smoke and flames immediately to 9-1-1.
  • If you encounter downed wires, assume they are energized.
  • Treat all non-functioning traffic signals as a four way stop.
  • Minimize the use of candles, lighters, fire pits and barbeques.
  • Secure household items, such as outdoor furniture.
  • Be watchful of toppling trees and wind-blown debris.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - LAFD Offers Quick Tips on Wind Safety
The Los Angeles Fire Department is a highly regimented agency that endorses paramilitary command principles. The men and women of the LAFD therefore admire, respect and praise all who have honorably served in our nation's Armed Forces.

The tenth day of November however, is a special day on which we as sworn yet civil servants, extend our profound appreciation and well wishes to those who are United States Marines.

November 10, 2010 is the Marine Corps 235th birthday.

As is tradition, United States Marines past and present will gather in a dignified manner across the globe - including at several Los Angeles Fire Stations - to briefly celebrate the 235th anniversary of the Corps, and to hear a Birthday message from the Commandant.

In celebration of the remarkable men and women of the USMC, members, retirees and supporters of the LAFD will proudly host a public gathering to honor active, reserve and veteran Marines, including those who now serve as Los Angeles Firefighters.

Members and veterans of all military branches and civilian friends of the Corps are cordially invited to join Marines at this special event:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010
8:00AM - 9:30AM
Los Angeles Fire Department Museum
1355 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028

Military attire is welcome.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Join LAFD in Celebrating the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday
Most Americans remembered to change their clocks to Standard Time on Sunday, November 7, 2010 to keep from missing an appointment.

Few of our friends and neighbors however, were mindful of placing fresh batteries in their Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors, a simple act that can save lives.

You need to change your batteries!

The LAFD urges you to take the few minutes necessary to change every Smoke Alarm and CO Detector battery in your home. The simple act of changing batteries and then testing these devices can protect you from two relentless killers.

We can't think of an easier task that offers such reward!

FACT: You'd never let a simple convenience like your television remote control go without batteries. Why then ignore the most important devices in your home?

More information can be found on the official Facebook page for the Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery! campaign.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Did You Change Your Clock - and Something Else?
On Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 8:40 AM, 3 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 5 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains, 1 Battalion Chief, under the direction of Battalion Chief D. Spence responded to a Multi Patient Medical Incident at 4410 South Mckinley Avenue in South Los Angeles.

Firefighters quickly responded to George Washington Carver Middle School for a possible overdose, where they found eight students that became ill after eating an unknown type of chocolate. Three boys and five girls, ranging from 12-14 years-old were in the Nurses Office complaining predominately of increased heart rate and blood pressure. Firefighter Paramedics along with the school nurse evaluated the students and determined they should be further analyzed by a doctor. Four ambulances transported two patients each to L.A. County USC Medical Center. We are glad to report that they were in good condition. Exactly what was ingested and if it had an illegal substance in it is was not determined on scene. Further information will come from school officials.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - 8 Students Transported To Hospital After Eating Chocolate
On Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 5:59 PM, 32 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 8 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 Arson Units, 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit, 1 Rehab Unit, 1 Emergency Air Unit, 1 Hazardous Materials Team, 2 EMS Battalion Captains and 6 Battalion Chief Officer Command Teams, a total of 205 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Assistant Chief Daren Palacios, responded to a Major Emergency Structure Fire at 9260 Owensmouth Avenue in Chatsworth.

© Photo by Juan Guerra. Click to see more...Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from a one-story 165' x 100' commercial building that appeared to be closed for the business day.

Forcing their way through rolling steel and entry doors, firefighters discovered extreme fire conditions throughout a graphics design and direct mail marketing firm heavily loaded with combustible printing and printed materials.

The offensive interior attack on the fire proved short lived as flames roared through the roof, compromising the structure within ten minutes of the 9-1-1 call that brought scores of Los Angeles Firefighters to the scene.

Within minutes of a swift and well-coordinated transition to defensive operations, the intense heat within the structure caused the catastrophic failure of a forklift mounted propane cylinder, propelling shrapnel through a section of rolling steel door that had yet to be opened.

As flames leapt more than 50 feet into the darkening sky, multiple large diameter hoselines were deployed from strategically placed aerial ladders and key ground locations, as teams of firefighters entered nearby businesses to limit the horizontal spread of fire.

© Photo by Juan Guerra. Click to see more...
Though full roof failure occurred during an early phase of the firefight, the masonry walls remained intact as firefighters streamed massive volumes of water into the burning structure well into the night.

The fire was confined within the business of origin, and fully extinguished in less than five hours. No injuries were reported.

With concern that changing weather was causing potentially irritating smoke from the fire to linger uncharacteristically at ground level, experts from the South Coast Air Quality Management District were summoned to assure neighborhood comfort and safety.

Fire loss to the firm of "Aaron, Thomas & Associates" is estimated at $7,000,000 ($5,000,000 contents and $2,000,000 structure). The cause of this fire remains under active investigation.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Massive Fire Consumes Chatsworth Printing Firm
When it comes to vegetation fires in The Golden State, few months keep responders as busy as November - and few locations offer as much challenge and heartache as the often volatile and rugged Santa Monica Mountains that originate in and bisect the City of Los Angeles before commencing a 46 mile westward journey through the Counties of Los Angeles and Ventura.

It is both the suburban proximity and diversity of this scenic coastal range that makes it a national treasure and a vengeful adversary to firefighters.

© Photo by Martin Nate Rawner. All Rights Reserved. Click to learn more...

It was seventeen years ago today, on November 2, 1993 that a small blaze in the Santa Monica Mountains fanned by 40 mile-per-hour winds, would become a nine-day conflagration that killed three civilians, overran or entrapped 74 firefighters and led to 565 firefighter injuries.

Known as the "Old Topanga Incident" this massive and relentless brush fire continues to serve as a global example of Fire Service teamwork and commitment. The official report from our friends at the County of Los Angeles Fire Department remains a worthy read:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Nine Days of Hell in November: The Old Topanga Wildfire of 1993
On Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:44 AM, 7 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 4 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 1 Arson Unit and 1 EMS Battalion Captain, a total of 47 Los Angeles Fire Department personnel under the direction of Battalion Chief Joseph Klein, responded to a Structure Fire with Civilian Injury at 553 South Windsor Boulevard in the Windsor Square area of Los Angeles.

Firefighters arrived quickly to find smoke showing from a large 3 story single family home. Immediately entering the 11,205 square-foot residence, firefighters discovered and assisted a 74 year-old woman in exiting the smoke charged building.

As crews searched within the massive home, additional firefighters circling the nearly half-acre lot soon discovered three men - including one wheelchair bound, in distress on a second floor balcony. Raising a 35' ground ladder and climbing to the stranded men's location, a pair of firefighters rapidly determined the trio could be safely sheltered in place as LAFD crews tackled flames and strategically abated the smoke.

Within minutes, firefighters were able to safely utilize an interior stairway to evacuate the men, bringing them to waiting Paramedics. The two younger males, ages 38 and 40 declined medical treatment or transportation.

The 65 year-old man who had been utilizing the wheelchair, as well as the woman earlier assisted by firefighters, were taken to area hospitals in fair condition for examination of smoke exposure.


The stubborn flames were confined within the deep recesses of the walls and ceiling of the first floor kitchen, and extinguished in just 38 minutes.

No other injuries were reported.

The relationship between the four persons assisted by Los Angeles Firefighters could not be immediately ascertained. Pursuant of protocol, the LAFD did not formally determine or publicly release their identities.

Loss from the fire is estimated at $200,000 ($150,000 structure & $50,000 contents). The early morning blaze originated in the kitchen area, and is considered to have been accidental in nature.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department
READ MORE - Fire in Windsor Square Home Sends Two to Hospital

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