Some positive news from Los Angeles City following last night’s fire. Reports now are that 11 Firefighters were taken to County-USC Medical Center. All of them were “awake and alert” on arrival, and all are expected to survive. The injuries ranged from first- to third-degree burns. At least one firefighter is expected to require skin grafts. Four were taken to the burn intensive care unit, while the others were taken to the burn ward and 2 Firefighters were on ventilators because of “early indication of swelling of the airway.”
Firefighters initially responded to a blaze near Little Tokyo and Skid Row last night when “light to moderate” smoke was coming out of a building.” The building was locked, so the crews had to force their way in. Some firefighters entered on the ground while others climbed up on a ladder to try to ventilate the roof. While operating, firefighters started to hear a rumbling, high-pitched sound, and a call was made for everyone to get out. Suddenly, an explosion shot flames and smoke into the sky. The crew members had to “go through a fireball” when they were coming down the ladder.
HERE IS THE VIDEO SHOWING THE FIRE CONDITIONS AS THE MEMBERS ESCAPE DOWN THE AERIAL:
HERE is the video of that same time frame, but from a distance, giving you perspective on the enormity:
…as well as this photo (attached).
HERE is the video with LA City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas
An initial assessment found the business might be a wholesaler of products used to make concentrated cannabis, a process that usually requires the use of highly flammable butane…as butane canisters were found in the street. Butane is a highly flammable, colorless gas.
NEW YORK FIREFIGHTER, 57, COVID-19 DEATH
We regret to pass on that 57-year-old Suffern, NY (Rockland County, north of NYC) Firefighter Jason Weinger has died from Covid-19; he passed away yesterday, Saturday. He had previously served as a Firefighter in Melbourne, Florida and was a Lieutenant with the Ocean Beach Fire Department, Suffolk County, New York. Our sincere condolences to his many friends and family including his wife Jill and his two children, his parents, Jerry and Eileen Weinger and his sister Hilary and her family. Rest In Peace.
TIME TO TAKE A SHORT BREAK….Vintage Fire Video From PowerArc:
1968 BATHHOUSE FIRE IN TOLEDO, OHIO shows some real classic squads (looking quite different from today’s heavy rescues) as well as some open cab Peter Pirsch aerials and American-LaFrance apparatus:
v=qmTSU0lp-NI (3 minutes)
1925 THE “VISITING FIREMAN” VISITS THE TOKYO, JAPAN FIRE DEPARTMENT – a great demo of the unique ways the TFD operated back in those days. Noe the rigs-but definitely the PPE….as well as footage from a working freightyard fire.
v=_A0UkkZ59Sc (3 minutes)
2020 Tokyo Fire Department Turnout & Fire Apparatus:
Tokyo Fire Apparatus Parade: https://www.youtube.
AND LASTLY, considering last nights incident in L.A., HERE are a few classic, vintage clips of the Los Angeles City Fire Department:
1940 7-Minutes on COMPANY TURNOUT AND RESPONSE:
v=zfX4a-eUL7I (1940 7 minute “Company Response”)
1949: “THIS MAN NEEDS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT!! EVERYBODY NEEDS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT!!”
(A 3-minute clip on dispatch operations and turnout at the LAFD)
Take Care. Be Careful. Pass It On.
The Secret List 5/17/2020-1208 Hours