Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Car Fire Lights Up the Sky


On Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 12.02 a.m., the Heartland Communications Center received a 911 call reference a vehicle fire in the WalMart parking-lot in the 13400 block of Camino Canada (Glenview area).

Firefighter-Paramedic Josh Wilson pulls an attack line on the fire.
On the arrival of Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Station) they discovered a well involved sedan in the middle of the parking area. Fortunately no other cars had parked adjacent to the fire scene so the fire was isolated to a single car. Sheriff deputies had arrived just prior to the engine's arrival and checked that no occupants remained in the vehicle.

No injuries were reported. The vehicle is considered a complete loss.

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Firefighters Rescue Injured Horseback Rider from River Bottom

El Monte Valley:

Firefighters from Lakeside were called Thursday April 10th, 2014 to assists a horseback rider who had been thrown from their horse.  The rider had reportedly been injured on the trail in the river bottom that runs through the El Monte Valley but the exact location was not known.  The San Diego Sheriff's Department assisted the fire department in trying to find the downed rider.  After a short time, the rider was located on the trail.

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Crews from Lakeside Engine 2 and Medic 3 hiked into the scene and began rapid treatment of the patient.  Rescue 3 arrived just behind the other units to assist with extricating the patient off of the trail.  The Patient was carried out in full spinal precautions to M3.   Once in the ambulance the patient was transported to a local trauma center.
Firefighters from E2, M3, and Rescue 3 carry the injured rider out of the river bottom

The injured rider is loaded into M3 for transport to the trauma center

Photos by Captain Mark Grow
Story by Captain Bernie Molloy

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

County Firefighters Prepare for the Wildfire Season

Viejas Reservation, CA -

Firefighters from all over San Diego County recently took part in the S.D. County Wildland Fire Preparedness Exercise at the Viejas Indian Reservation in Alpine. The annual drill was hosted over three days finishing up on April 7, 2014.

The all-day drill gives the local fire service a chance to focus on the unique skillsets required to mitigate fire in the wildland and wildland-urban interface areas our county is well known for. This comprehensive training is the result of hundreds of hours of planning and preparation by a dedicated group of fire professionals representing federal, state, and local agencies. Its three-day format allows for the attendance of a wide cross-section of fire agencies with myriad work schedules.

Unique to this particular drill is that it is dispatched as an "incident" with resources grouped in the familiar "strike team" and "task force" configurations used in actual local and state mutual aid incidents. Assigned resources respond to the incident base and receive a briefing on the daily Incident Action Plan (IAP) before heading to their assignments. The IAP for the drill consisted of three Branches, each offering practice on important wildland firefighting skills.

In addition to the ground forces, three Type II helicopters were assigned to the incident. From the helibase, they were dispatched by Incident Communications to assist the Branches from the air. Each copter made several water drops to practice this important fire control skill.

Providing support to the incident this year were Lakeside's Logistics Volunteer Group (LVG). Wearing their familiar light blue duty shirts, they provided hydration and shade and made themselves available to assist the incident Logistics Section with other needs that came up.

During this year's drill, all personnel took some time to reflect on the tragedy of last year's loss of nineteen firefighters from the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew during the Yarnell Hill fire near Prescott, Arizona. It was a sad reminder to all of the dangerous nature of fighting fire in the wildland environment.

Crews assemble for the incident briefing.

Incident Commander Brad Rushing (Alpine F.D.) addresses the troops.
Lakeside Logistics Volunteers support the incident. I think their sign says it all!
Central Zone Strike Team 6441C.
Engineer-Paramedic Chris Downing (l) and Firefighter-Paramedic Gavin Doudna on LKS Brush 1.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Copter 1 leaves the incident helibase.
Lakeside Logistics Volunteers providing support to Branch II.

Post and Photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.

Friday, March 28, 2014

$5672 Raised for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Lakeside, CA -

Due to the generosity of our residents, Lakeside Fire Fighters raised a whopping $5672 during the annual "Fill the Boot" fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The funds raised yesterday morning (March 27, 2014), will go directly toward MDA San Diego services including their clinic at Rady Children's Hospital and the annual summer camp in Descanso.

Your firefighters are always amazed and humbled at the continuing generosity of the Lakeside community during our annual fundraisers. We feel honored and privileged to serve such a wonderful community. Thank You Lakeside!

Lakeside Fire Fighters showing off their muscles!

Post By: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Fire in Apartment Complex Brings Full Response

Lakeside, CA -

A strong smell of smoke prompted a Lakeside resident to call for the fire department early on the morning of March 28, 2014. Lakeside Firefighters were alerted at their stations at 3:47 a.m. for a possible fire in a large apartment complex on Ashwood Street. Lakeside Engines 1 (Riverview) and 2 (River Park) arrived in just under six minutes to find moderate smoke pushing from an outside electrical utility room. Firefighters established a water supply from a nearby fire hydrant and pulled attack lines for fire control. Residents from two adjacent apartments were quickly evacuated as firefighters opened up interior walls to search for the hidden fire. The fire was located in a wall behind the exterior water heater closet and was extinguished with a handline off of Engine 1. The rapid response coupled with quick actions kept this fire from extending into the adjacent occupied dwellings.

Units attending this incident included: E1, E2, M2, D4104 (Lakeside); E4, T4 (Santee); E19 (San Miguel). Lakeside would like to acknowledge the help of our automatic-aid partners in assisting on this incident. S.D. Sheriff's deputies also assisted with evacuations.

Engine 1 on scene.

The fire was in the wall here.
Attack line at the apartment door.

Post and photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

MDA "Fill the Boot" Fundraiser is Tomorrow

Lakeside, CA -

Lakeside Fire Fighters and members of the Lakeside Logistics Volunteer Group will be hitting the streets early tomorrow morning for the annual Firefighter Boot Drive to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Members of the Lakeside Fire Department along with the Muscular Dystrophy Association will host their annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to celebrate their 60-year partnership which benefits children and adults affected by muscle disease throughout the Lakeside and San Diego areas.

 Look for firefighters and their boots from 6:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the following locations in Lakeside:

           Woodside Ave. and Winter Gardens Blvd
           Los Coches Rd. and Highway 8 Business
           Lake Jennings Rd. and Olde Highway 80

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lakeside Vehicle Rollover Results in Fatality

Lakeside, CA -

Firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle vs.structure in the 12400 block of Rockcrest Rd.on the evening of Sunday, March 23, 2014. Heartland Communications dispatched a full first-alarm structure assignment consisting of three engines, a truck, a rescue, a medic unit, and a duty chief. Lakeside Engine 1 (Riverview fire station) arrived in just under three minutes reporting a single vehicle rollover into the front yard of a residence with the vehicle resting on the driver's side. Despite the initial reports, the vehicle had not contacted the structure. The Engine 1 crew established initial stabilization of the vehicle and quickly determined the driver had suffered fatal injuries.

Firefighters from Engine 1 and Rescue 3 remained on scene for approximately 90 minutes to assist the county medical examiner personnel with the extrication of the driver. The CHP is investigating the cause of the accident.

The vehicle came to rest next to the house.
Firefighters waiting to go to work on extrication.
Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Captain Wes Barnes, Lakeside Fire District

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Engine One Visits Winter Gardens Elementary School

On Wednesday March 19, 2014, Lakeside Engine One (Riverview Station) went to Winter Gardens Elementary to conduct a show-and-tell with the kids from kindergarten. One of the many duties firefighters from the Lakeside Fire Protection District have to fulfill on a daily basis is community outreach and education. In an effort to enhance fire prevention in the community the Lakeside firefighters do many show-and-tells with local schools teaching children about fire safety in the home.

Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Williams demonstrates the protective gear firefighters wear at structure fires.
 Today’s show-and-tell discussed what number to call if you have an emergency, and what to do if your clothes catch on fire.  Every presentation has to be adjusted for our audience, today the kids enjoyed seeing  the equipment used by firefighters, and climbing on the engine.

If you have children in a school within the Lakeside Fire Protection District, ask your school to request a visit from the Lakeside Fire Department. Contact the department through our website at http://www.lakesidefire.net/ to set up an appointment.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Eric Stamm, Lakeside Fire District