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Friday, January 17, 2020

VIDEO: 2 firefighters rescued by colleagues, hospitalized after being trapped in burning apartment building in Glendale

Two firefighters were transported to a hospital Thursday afternoon after being trapped in a burning apartment building in Glendale and rescued by fellow firefighters, authorities said. The blaze erupted about 3 p.m. at a multi-story structure in the 100 block of Carr Drive. Firefighters attacked the flames from the roof and on the ground while launching a search operation for people who were possibly inside. Six people, including at least one child, were medically evaluated. Three of them were transported to a hospital with minor smoke inhalation. A witness captured video of a woman and her child trying to jump out of the window on the top floor as firefighters were arriving. Crews were able to get a ladder up to their apartment and were able to rescue them. Video from AIR7 HD later showed firefighters pulling two of their colleagues from the building and attending to them on the grass outside. Chief Silvio Lanzas said they fell from the first floor of the building into the basement.
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Los Angeles Fire Department Station 9: Meet the fire station helping the homeless on Skid Row

VIDEO: Los Angeles Fire Department's Station 9 is one the busiest in the nation and the area it services is Skid Row. During the course of several months, ABC's Matt Gutman spent time with firefighters working on the front lines of the state's homelessness crisis for a "Nightline" exclusive look at the daily operations at the station. Gutman witnessed firefighters responding to overdoses, homeless camp fires and dramatic efforts to save lives. LAFD Station 9 averages about 80 calls a day, and many of the 7,000 homeless people living on Skid Row rely on them as their primary health care provider. Often the hardest factors to deal with is mental illness. The crew at Station 9 says they treat people without bias because their patients are human beings. And their mission is always to help people.
KABC-TV ABC 7 Los Angeles

Related: Homeless Mentioned In Nearly 13% Of All San Diego Fire Dispatch Calls

Fire incident calls tied to homelessness are on the rise in San Diego. Last year, they made up nearly 13% of all fire-related calls. “We’re addressing it as best we can,” said Assistant Fire Chief Chris Webber, who added that the growing homeless problem is “no secret.” While the number of all fire calls has fluctuated over the past five years, fire calls that mentioned the homeless have steadily increased. In 2018, they totaled about 10% of all fire calls. That was also the year Webber issued an August memo to fire personnel ordering that fire calls with a possible homeless connection be tracked with keywords and other details so the department could work more closely with police to prevent wildfires that threaten homes and other structures.
KPBS-TV 15 PBS San Diego

Fire tears through View Park area home in Los Angeles

VIDEO: A homeowner was displaced after a fire tore through their home in the View Park area Friday morning. Arriving firefighters were called to the three-story home located on the 3600 block of West Mt. Vernon Drive, located near Crenshaw Boulevard. Fire crews arrived to smoke billowing out of the home and shortly discovered a partial roof collapse near the back of the house. Residents in adjacent homes were temporarily evacuated. "It was like a shock because nothing like this happens around here," a stunned neighbor told FOX 11. Firefighters fought the flames defensively and were able to knock down the blaze within 45 minutes, officials said. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KTTV-TV FOX 11 Los Angeles

Judge may order PG&E to hire more tree trimmers to prevent wildfires

A federal judge announced in San Francisco Thursday that he is considering ordering PG&E Co. to hire and train enough workers to trim or remove all trees that could fall on power lines and spark wildfires. U.S. District Judge William Alsup scheduled a Feb. 19 hearing on whether he should issue such an order. The announcement came a day after the utility submitted a report to the judge stating that it was making progress but was not fully in compliance with state laws on vegetation management and clearance or with PG&E's own wildfire mitigation plan. Alsup is overseeing PG&E's probation in a criminal pipeline safety case that stemmed from the fatal explosion of a natural gas pipeline in San Bruno in 2010. If the judge decides next month to order PG&E to hire more tree clearance workers, the order would be an additional probation condition.
KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area

House fire in Anderson starts with big boom, neighbors say

VIDEO: A house fire in Anderson woke up the neighborhood with a loud boom. A home on Green Acres Drive, about a mile south of the Historic Hawes Farm, caught fire around 3:00 a.m., Thursday. The woman inside the home got out okay and told officials she was the only one inside. The Red Cross assisted her. Neighbors say it all started with a loud boom and small booms followed. They say the large flames miraculously didn't touch nearby houses despite the wind. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Cal Fire.
KRCR-TV ABC 7 Redding

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Sacramento Fire Departments Work To Prevent Suicide Among Firefighters

Twice as many firefighters in the U.S. die by suicide than in the line of duty. Now fire departments are sounding the alarm. Karen and Lew Lewis still treasure the mementos from their son Billy’s dream job, working as a firefighter-paramedic for the Sacramento Fire Department, at the busiest firehouse in the city. “Twenty bad calls a shift, you know, that involved everything from suicides to gunshot victims to knifings and fights,” Lew Lewis said. “These guys see some things that you can’t un-see. The Lewis family said they believe the things Billy saw and experienced changed him. “We knew he was deteriorating and we were helpless,” Karen Lewis said. Karen says a brutal domestic violence call was a breaking point. “This woman was laying on the ground covered in blood in front of her children. And when they got back to the station he apparently was throwing things and he just lost it,” she said.
KOVR-TV CBS Sacramento

Arsonist Sought After Video Shows Man Setting Fire to Lake Forest Apartment Leasing Office

VIDEO: Surveillance footage released Wednesday shows a man brazenly setting fire to a Lake Forest apartment leasing office in what appears to be a "targeted attack," the Orange County Fire Authority said. Authorities are asking for the public's help finding the person who set the blaze in the early morning hours Tuesday along El Toro Road. Video shows a hooded person pouring a liquid outside the building, tossing a lit match on the ground and then running away as the flames erupt. The fire was burning just 50 feet away from occupied apartments and the attacker appeared to be familiar with the area, fire officials said. The blaze caused over $100,000 in damages to the building, according to the Fire Authority. “This is concerning because he is pretty brave in the way that he acts," Orange County Fire Capt. Shaun Miller said.
KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles

Here’s Why A Palo Alto Firefighter Is Hiking 28 Days To San Diego

Hiking, John Preston says, is "something I actually don't enjoy doing." But for 29 days, the Palo Alto firefighter will be doing just that, making his way on foot from Palo Alto all the way to the deck of the USS Midway San Diego. It will be an arduous journey, for an important cause: Preston, an Iraq War veteran, is making the 625-mile trek to raise awareness of mental health issues among veterans and first responders. Preston, an Iraq War veteran, is all too familiar with the crisis. He struggled with post-traumatic stress upon his return from Iraq, and his brother, Michael, died by suicide following his own deployment. So, during his hike, Preston plans to stop in towns along the California coast to "let the veteran community know that we're here, let the first responder community know that we're here," he said in a video about the project.
South San Francisco Patch

Merced firefighters rescue dog with equipment donated by Girl Scouts

Five family members are dealing with the loss of their home and one of their dogs after an apartment fire in Merced. Firefighters managed to save a second dog with the help of equipment that was recently donated by a local Girl Scouts troop. Video recorded by the Merced City Fire Department shows crews battling the blaze that broke out inside an apartment on 19th near T Street Tuesday morning. Merced Fire Battalion Chief Mickey Brunelli says, "The first engine at scene reported smoke and fire showing from one of the apartments. It was reported that all occupants were out of the building when they got there." As firefighters made their way inside, they discovered a dog suffering from smoke inhalation. They carried him to safety and started working to revive him with the help of a pet oxygen kit recently donated by Girl Scout Troop 3003.
KFSN-TV ABC 30 Frenso/Visalia

Update: Delta Air Lines Pilot Told Air Traffic Control He Didn’t Need to Dump Fuel

A day after a Delta Air Lines plane dumped jet fuel over several Los Angeles schools, federal authorities said the pilots of Delta Flight 89 did not ask for approval to release the fuel as part of their emergency landing. Air crews will typically notify air traffic control of an emergency and indicate they need to dump fuel, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Air traffic controllers direct the plane to the appropriate fuel-dumping area. "A review of yesterday's air traffic control communications shows the Delta Flight 89 crew did not tell air traffic control that they needed to dump fuel," the FAA said in a statement. Delta spokesman Adrian Gee said the airline didn't have comment because the investigation is ongoing.
KTLA-TV CW 5 Los Angeles

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