Friday, January 23, 2015

Lakeside Logistic Volunteers Group "Life Saving" Program

Lakeside, CA -

In 2011, the United States had 1,389,500 hostile fires resulting in 3,005 fatalities.  These fires resulted in a loss of $11.7 billion dollars.  Undoubtedly, many of these fire deaths could of been prevented by a properly operating smoke alarm.

Logistic Volunteer Marilyn Brown explains the program to Katheryn Miller, which includes the Vial of Life Program
The Lakeside Fire District's Logistical Volunteer Group (LVG), has been working in conjunction with the local Burn Institute, to provide a free smoke alarm to anyone over the age of 55 who owns their home. Since the inception of the program in 2013, the LVG's have installed 152 smoke alarms to the residents of Lakeside. This program includes installing new detectors, testing and providing batteries to existing smoke alarms.

Dick Bailey prepares the smoke alarm for installation
The finished product; a properly installed smoke alarm.
According to the Burn Institute, 75% of seniors who perish in fires did not have a working smoke alarm. The aim of this program is to diminish these horrific statistics.

Lakeside residents in need of a new smoke alarm, or have questions about an existing smoke alarm, can contact the Lakeside Fire District Administration Office, (Monday - Thursday 7am to 4pm), at 619-390-2350.

Marilyn Brown, Logistic Volunteer Group

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Morning Fire Destroys Mobile Home

 Lakeside, CA -

On the morning of January 10, 2015, Lakeside Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at Gray Buckner’s Mobile Lodge on Woodside Avenue. The response included 4 structural fire engines, 1 truck company, 1 ambulance staffed with firefighter/paramedics, and a chief officer.
Engine 1 was on scene in under four minutes.

Engine 1 (Riverview Station) arrived to find the mobile home fully involved. After establishing a lengthy supply line from the nearest fire hydrant, crews attacked the fire with hand lines and were able to bring it under control in about 20 minutes. Overhaul of the fire was put on hold while deputies from the SDSO Bomb/Arson unit conducted an investigation of the origin and cause.
Captain Wes Barnes performs an assessment as the attack line is stretched.

Lakeside units were assisted by the Santee Fire Department, the San Miguel Fire Protection District and members of our very own Logistics Volunteer Group. In addition, volunteers from the Red Cross responded to provide the displaced occupant with temporary housing and basic necessities. Fortunately, no one was injured.

FF-PM Chris Williams protects the "D-side" exposure.

FF-PM Chris Williams gets a quick knock-down.

Supply line was laid from a hydrant several hundred feet away.

Story by Chief Jim Kirkpatrick
Photos by Captain John Hisaw

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Heartland Fire Fighters Celebrate the Life of Mike Stovall

San Elijo State Beach-

Mike Stovall often found solace in the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Drawn to the beach since childhood Mike would often come to the beach to decompress from the stress that slowly accumulates after years in the fire service. Mike, and wife Patsy, would often come to the San Elijo State Beach to enjoy the tranquility of the cliff side camping. Over time Mike had established that there was a single space in the campground that was his favorite. Every year they returned to the same location, thus it was appropriate that fire fighters from all over Heartland returned to give Mike his final send off from a spot that he loved so much.

Fire fighters move from the ceremony site to the beach.
As with the tradition of the fire service the day began with everyone telling stories about the career of Mike Stovall. More times than not these stories are often about humorous episodes that he would have prefer were forgotten with time. But true to the spirit within the fire service family these stories are often recalled in perfect accuracy.

The "Ocean Honor Guard" before taking to the water. These are firefighters from Heartland.
On January 7th fire fighters from agencies throughout Heartland showed up to see that Brother Mike was sent off with nothing but the love for a fallen friend. Many of the fire fighters that participated have long since retired from the service, but these were the crews that served at Mike's side. See Mike was lucky enough to have served during a time when fire fighters in Heartland were a close knit family. Sure we had different shoulder patches and badges, but peal that away we were Heartland.

We fought each others fires, we collectively reached out when a brother or sister had fallen, we knew each others families, and celebrated additions to the family. When one was fighting for their life we all shaved our heads and quietly prayed for our family member. This was the Heartland Mike knew .

We love ya Mike
Mike would have reveled to see all his family gather to take him home. He would have been the center of attention with his huge personality, but most of all he would loved that this group carried his memory out to sea.

Submitted By: Mark Grow, Social Media Contributor

Friday, January 2, 2015

Two Alarm Fire in Lakeside Brings a Multi-Agency Response

Lakeside, CA,

On Friday, January 2, 2015, at 10:52 a.m., the Lakeside Fire District received a report of a residential structure fire in the 9100 block of Single Oak Drive. The initial alarm sent four structural engines, one truck company, an ALS medic unit, and a chief officer to the fire.

Responding firefighters quickly knew they had a working fire as a black column of smoke could be seen in the area. With the arrival of Engine One (Riverview Station), they discovered a well established fire in an attached garage area with what appeared to be extension into the attic of the home. Firefighters entered the home to attack the fire and cut off the extension of the fire into the home.

While there was heavy damage to the garage area, crews were able to save the residential portion of the home.
Crews were met with heavy fire conditions as crews took action to get control of the fire. Some crew members were sent to the roof while others worked from the interior to cut off the fire's progress. A second alarm was requested by the incident commander (Lakeside Division Chief Tockstein) as all hands from the first alarm were committed.

With a sustained effort from firefighters from multiple agencies the mid-morning fire was brought under control.

Assisting Lakeside were crews from Santee, San Miguel Fire District, Barona, and Heartland Fire & Rescue.

Crews remained on scene late into the afternoon checking for hot spots.

Submitted By: Mark Grow, Social Media Contributor

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lakeside Fire Promotes Two

Lakeside, CA -

The Lakeside Fire District recently promoted two veteran employees. In a brief ceremony at the December 9, 2014, fire board meeting, Fire Chief Andy Parr presented new badges to Chris Downing and Jon Jordan.

Downing, a 15-year district veteran was promoted from the position of Engineer to Captain. Captain Downing is involved in many aspects of district operation including Reserve Firefighter shift coordinator, small engine repair and service, Personal Protective Equipment, and training. Chris is assigned to Fire Station 3 on A-division.

Firefighter-Paramedic Jordan, a 10-year employee, will assume the position of Engineer at Engine 1 on C-Division.  Jon also keeps very busy as a member of both the Apparatus and EMS committees. He also has served as a shift training medic and helped with the new tablet-based engine company fire inspection program.

Fire department promotions are based on a highly competitive testing process and are the result of hard work and preparation.

We wish both of these firefighters all the best as they assume their new responsibilities.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Lakeside and El Cajon Fire Fighters Team-Up for Christmas

Lakeside, CA -

 Each year the Lakeside and El Cajon Fire Fighter Associations adopt a family for Christmas. Firefighters contact organizations in their respective areas and with the assistance of the San Diego Burn Institute identify a family in need.  This year Lakeside and El Cajon teamed-up to support a family that was recommended to us from the Burn Institute who lives in Lakeside.  Both Associations collected monetary donations from their member firefighters and administrative staffs and went shopping to fill out the families Christmas lists.  Both Departments were able to pull together and make the family's Christmas special.

Lakeside Firefighter/Paramedic Jose Corona is responsible for making the contacts for the Lakeside Fire Fighters' Association and interviewing the families.  This year he was contacted by Steve Cameron from El Cajon Fire Fighters and the two decided to join together to help this family who had a daughter who is a burn survivor.  The family was beyond grateful and once again this worthwhile program was a success.

Photos by: Engineer Matt Buzzell and Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Cameron

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Lakeside Fire Captain Mark Grow Retires

Lakeside, CA. -

After more than three decades of service, veteran Lakeside Fire Captain Mark Grow has retired. Hired in 1981, Mark served as one of a handful of firefighter-paramedics staffing the district advanced life support ambulance in the, then, relatively new paramedic service. Widely acknowledged as one of the best paramedics in our county, Mark was a mentor to several generations of Lakeside paramedics and was instrumental in solidifying our district's continuing reputation as a premier paramedic service provider in the region.

Encouraged by his mother, Mark took an early interest in the fire service, joining the Redondo Beach Fire Explorers program around 1972. After moving to unincorporated El Cajon (Lakeside Fire District) in 1974, He promptly joined the Santee Fire Department Explorer program. Upon graduating high school, Mark was hired under a federal program (CETA) by the Bostonia Fire Protection District where he served until 1978 when his position was eliminated. He continued to serve as a volunteer firefighter at both the Bostonia and Crest fire districts and worked as an EMT for Hartson's ambulance in San Diego. Hartson's selected Mark to attend paramedic training in 1979. Upon graduation from paramedic training, He worked in the Lemon Grove - Spring Valley area. With considerable fire and paramedic experience under his belt, Lakeside Fire offered Mark a position in 1981.

During his tenure, Mark was known for many accomplishments. Perhaps his most lasting legacy will be in the area of firefighter training. Using his considerable computer and graphics skills, Mark developed Lakeside's comprehensive, three-year firefighter step training program from the ground up. This excellent material serves as the foundation for our training program to this day.

One of Mark's most valuable (and visible) contributions is this Information Blog. Early on, Mark recognized the value of Social Media in informing our citizens of the activities of their fire district. The social media platform that he developed included our Information Blog, Facebook page, and coordinated Twitter feed. Because of Mark's hard work and frequent (daily) attention, Lakeside's social media effort has become a model program for the fire service nationwide.

Mark plans to stay busy in retirement and looks forward to spending time with his wife Sherry and children Kyle and Paige.

On behalf of the Lakeside Fire family, we wish Mark all the best for a long and happy retirement.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Monday, December 22, 2014

Special Heroes (San Diego Down Syndrome. Org) 2nd Annual Christmas Event

 Lakeside, CA -

San Diego Down Syndrome hosted their second annual Christmas event at Funbelievable in Lakeside Saturday, December 20, 2014. evening.  This is one of the fundraisers the organization does and last year this event was sold out as it was again this year.  Families where able to bring there kids to have a fun evening hanging out with Lakeside Firefighters, SDSO, visit a petting zoo, play inside on the play structure, and most importantly they all got to see Santa.  Engine 2 from the River Park Fire Station was fortunate to be able to be a part of the event this year.  The kids had a great time climbing in the fire engine, handling the equipment, and be able to talk to firefighters.  Engine 2 had to leave early to go on a call but it sounded like the event was a success.

A junior firefighter.

FF-PM Danny Leetch helps with some nozzle training.

Photos by: Rob Riingen Photography 
Post By: Engineer Matt Buzzell