Thursday, December 11, 2014

Plumbing Repairs Starts Structure Fire in Johnstown

Lakeside, CA -

On December 11, 2014, at 2:40 p.m., the Heartland Communications Center received an emergency phone call from a resident in the 8500 block of Cordial Rd. The caller stated that a wall was on fire in the home after some plumbing repairs had been undertaken. The initial response sent four structural engines, one truck company, an ALS medic unit, and two chief officers to the afternoon fire.

With the arrival of Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Fire Station), firefighters discovered a home quickly filling with smoke. They determined that the fire had moved up the wall and was now burning in the attic. Crews started the tedious job of quickly removing dry wall to get to the underlying fire. Crews also accessed the attic area to cutoff the progression of the fire.

The fire was brought under control in 17 minutes and did extensive damage to two rooms. Fortunately, the occupants had vacated the structure without injury.

A total of 10 Lakeside firefighters responded to the incident assisted by units from Heartland Fire & Rescue, Alpine Fire Protection District, and the Santee Fire Department. The Lakeside Logistics Volunteer Group responded to the incident and provided essential support to the crews.

Mark Grow, Social Media Coordinator, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Monday, November 10, 2014

Vegetation Fire in Rios Canyon Brings Multi-Agency Response

Rios Canyon-

On Monday, November 10, 2014, at 2:03 p.m., the Heartland Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a vegetation fire burning in the canyon in the 14300 block of Rios Canyon Road. The Central Zone sent one brush pumper, two structural pumpers, a water tender, ALS medic unit, and a chief officer to the incident. Simultaneously, CalFire started a response that included engines, hand crews, and aircraft.

Lakeside Fire crews take action to stop the spread towards dwellings.
On the arrival of Lakeside Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Fire Station), firefighters located a fire burning in light flashy fuels, intermixed with downed tree limbs. The fire was making an uphill run towards an adjoining mobile home park. Engine 3's crew initiated a hose evolution that would cut-off the spread towards occupied dwellings. Additional engines from CalFire and Alpine Fire Protection District took up positions to contain the fire to an area a little over an acre.

Lakeside, CalFire, and Alpine crews mop-up hot spots.
A CalFire hand crew cut a containment line around the fire perimeter.
Both the fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft were cancelled as crews made good progress on the fire.

No structural damage was reported. CalFire is currently investigating the cause of the fire.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Passing of Retired Lakeside Fire Engineer Michael Stovall

The Lakeside Fire family has recently lost a member of their extended family. Retired Fire Engineer Michael Stovall has passed at the age of 71 from a sudden illness.

Mike served a long and fulfilling career with the Lakeside Fire Protection District. In his time with the District Mike saw enormous growth during his tenure with the agency. From a small two station agency, Mike saw the addition of two more stations, the introduction of paramedics, and the hiring of a number of employees that still carry-on with skills that were passed on by Mike.

Mike retired from the Lakeside Fire District in 2000. Mike was also a long time Lakeside resident.

Mike leaves behind his wife Patsy, and many other members of his family.

KSON's John and Tammy Kick-Off Food Drive in Lakeside


KSON's hit morning crew picked Lakeside as the starting point of their annual Food Drive. John and Tammy came to the Lakeside Cafe to collect canned good for hungry families in the region. Partnered with the San Diego Food Bank they are on a mission to see that families have food on their tables this holiday season.

The Lakeside Firefighters are proud to be associated with this grass roots effort. This year the crew from Lakeside Engine One paid a visit to the event and make their contribution of a barrel full of items.

This event will carry on throughout the month of November at locations throughout San Diego. If you would like to drop-in and make a contribution please visit their website. Just click on the KSON sign below and it will take you to that site.

Lakeside Fire Fighters with John and Tammy (and crew) from KSON

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lakeside Comes Through for Rady Children's Hospital

Lakeside, CA-

Once the again the community of Lakeside opened their hearts and their wallets, and gave generously to the 2014 Kid's News Day held on October 21, 2014. Firefighters and the Logistical Volunteer Group members staffed four locations in the Lakeside, Glenview, and Blossom Valley areas. Most of the locations quickly sold out of their allotment of papers.

The funds generated by the sales goes directly to assist families with sick and injured children at Rady-Children's Hospital. In addition the Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary uses some of the funds for wellness and injury prevention programs.

The Lakeside Fire Fighters would like to thank the community of Lakeside for their continued support of this program. This year's effort generated $3846.90.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fire Sprinklers Stop Residential Fire in Lakeside

Lakeside, CA - 

An accidental fire in an occupied residence was controlled by a residential fire sprinkler in Lakeside on Monday, October 20, 2014. The fire, which started in pump equipment below a large aquarium, was held in check when one nearby sprinkler head, sensing the heat from the flames, began discharging water. Lakeside Engine 3 (Lake Jennings fire station) arrived and reported light smoke from the residence. Firefighters stretched a hoseline and extinguished the remaining hotspots.

This incident is an excellent example of the value of residential fire sprinklers. This fire was quickly stopped in its incipient phase and was not allowed to grow uncontrollably and threaten the lives of the residents of this home. As the banner on our district web site states: "Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives."

Facts About Home Fire Sprinklers

  • Home fire sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene.
  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire. In 84% of home fires where the sprinklers operate, just one sprinkler operates.
  • If you have a fire in your home, the risk of dying is cut by about one-third when smoke alarms are present (or about half if the smoke alarms are working), while automatic fire sprinkler systems cut the risk of dying by about 80%.
  • In a home with sprinklers, the average property loss per fire is cut by about 70%
    (compared to fires where sprinklers are not present.) 

The fire was spreading rapidly up the wall.

This (one) fire sprinkler head kept this fire from spreading.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Captain Wes Barnes, Lakeside Fire District

Lakeside CERT Rises to New Heights

Lakeside, CA -

The Lakeside Fire District’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) continues to improve with each passing month. With nearly 80 active members, this invaluable program adds greatly to the disaster response capabilities of the community. Citizens trained as CERT volunteers learn and practice skills to help their families and neighborhoods to not only be better prepared for emergencies, but also how to organize a response to local and widespread disasters.

Lakeside Fire Captain Chuck Palmore briefs CERT members before the exercise.

The team recently conducted refresher training and an exercise at the fire district’s River Park Fire Station and administrative complex on Lakeside Avenue. Rescue, medical triage, and emergency communications were practiced with assistance from the district’s other active community service groups, the Logistics Volunteer (LVG) and Communications Volunteer (CVG) Groups.

CERT members practice rescue skills.

Lakeside Fire Captain Chuck Palmore and Engineer-Paramedic Lance Buford organized a full day of activities which kept the teams busy. Multiple scenarios were presented to challenge the CERT members’ skills and abilities which emphasized teamwork and helped all the participants become better prepared for the “real thing.”

Citizen responders are faced with multiple "victims" requiring triage.

The next CERT academy is anticipated to occur next spring. For more information on the program or to submit your interest in attending the next academy, please visit the district’s web site at

Engineer-Paramedic Lance Buford conducts an "After-Action Review" to discuss lessons learned.
Post by: Lakeside Division Chief Jim Kirkpatrick
Photos by: Lakeside LVG

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lakeside's Cedar Fire Monument Needs Your Help

Lakeside, CA - 

The ongoing effort to make the Cedar Fire Historical Monument a reality is moving forward. The site chosen for the monument is adjacent to Lakeside's River Park fire station on Lakeside Ave.

The Cedar Fire Historical Monument will be a place that will be forever set aside for our community to remember the devastating wildfire that touched all of our lives. It will be a place for reflection and remembrance of those that tragically lost their lives. It will also be there to provide education and awareness for the next time wildfire threatens our community.

While the project is moving forward, financial help is still needed to make this important historical monument a reality.

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, is accepting donations on behalf of the Cedar Fire Historical Monument project. For more information on this project and to make a donation, visit the following webpage provided by the Lakeside Fire District:

                                 Lakeside Fire District Cedar Fire Historical Monument Webpage

Lakeside LVG Jack Williams laying-out the site.
The monument site from above.
Lakeside firefighter climbs E202s above the monument site.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District