Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lakeside Firefighters Handle Drive-up Motorhome fire

El Cajon, CA

The Medic 3 crew was just finishing up their morning routine at Lakeside's Lake Jennings Fire Station (fs3) when a citizen drove up to the front of the station in his 27-foot class-C motorhome — that was on fire! The driver noticed smoke coming from the back of his motorhome while he was on eastbound I-8 approaching the Lake Jennings Park Rd. exit. Aware of the location of the nearest fire station, he immediately headed there.

The Medic 3 firefighters notified dispatch of the still alarm and proceeded to don their turnout gear. With the Engine 3 crew out of quarters, Firefighter-Paramedic Jamie Hazlewood prepared to put the reserve fire engine in service. Just as the call was dispatched, Engine 3 pulled up to the now well-involved motorhome directly in front of the fire station. Firefighters quickly pulled attack lines and established a water supply at a nearby hydrant. The fire was extinguished in around 10 minutes.

FF-PMs Jamie Hazlewood and Andrew Shaba finish up extinguishment.
FF-PM Steve Russo pulled an additional attack line.
Engineer-Paramedic Richard Smith at the pump panel.

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lakeside Firefighters Perform Home Pool Safety Inspection

Lakeside, CA - 

Firefighters from Lakeside's River Park Fire Station (fs2) helped a local resident with a pool safety inspection on Friday, August 28, 2015. The district's pool safety program is a resource to help residents with creating a safe environment in and around backyard pools and to decrease the incidence of drowning-related calls within the fire district.

According to district pool safety program coordinator, Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Moore, pool safety is as easy as A,B,C,D:

A - Adult Supervision should always be present when kids are in or near the pool. During parties or
      gatherings, a designated "Water Watcher" should always be present;

B - Barriers such as fencing and self latching, child-proof gates should be in place;

C - CPR trained persons should be present and a cell phone or landline should be immediately
      accessible for emergencies;

D - Devices to help someone in trouble should be available like life rings or hooks. Use of approved
      flotation devices;

Additional safety information includes:

- Removing and storing all pool toys after use;
- Providing steps or ladders at each end of the pool;
- Keeping the water level at least 3 inches below the pool deck to provide a hand hold;
- Store pool chemicals away from the pool area;
- Keep chairs and ladders away from the pool area fencing;
- Provide for an unobstructed view of the pool from windows.

Lakeside Firefighters welcome the opportunity to provide this important service to our residents. If you would like a home pool safety inspection, contact us at 619-390-2350.

For more information on pool safety, visit the district website here:

Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Moore checks the water level. Note the toy in the pool.
An example of an approved flotation device for a child.

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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Strike Team 6440C Demobilized

Lakeside CA -

Members of Strike Team 6440C

After 14 days on the fire line at the Route Complex and the Mad River Complex, firefighters from Lakeside, Barona, El Cajon, Alpine and Sycuan have been demobilized and heading home. Good job gentlemen and have a safe trip back!

Post by M. Brown, LVG
Photo provided by Captain M. Buzzell, Lakeside Fire

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Update on Strike Team 6440C

Lakeside, CA -

L-R: Captain M. Buzzell, Engineer R. Smith and FF/PM P. Sellers

Strike Team 6440C has been busy with the Lassic Fire in the Mad River Complex. The Mad River Complex includes the Lassic, Pickett and Gobbler fires and includes 36,055 acres, and is currently 54% contained. The Lassic fire, as of August 25, 2015, has burned 16,791 acres, and is 7 % contained. On the west side of the fire perimeter, wind has pushed the fire hard but air resources mitigated the fire's advancement. Crews will continue to provide structure protection in the Rutledge area where residents have been evacuated.  The plan for the Lassic fire is to patrol and mop-up areas along the northern and northeastern edge and continue efforts to apply direct control tactics on the western edge of fire. Direct control tactics is a method of suppression in which the fire perimeter or burning edge is treated by wetting, cooling, smothering, or chemically quenching the fire, or by mechanically separating the fire from unburned fuel.  Additionally, control lines will be added as needed on southern and eastern divisions of fire.  Fire crews and support personnel have come from all over the country and as far away as North Carolina, Mississippi and New York to aid in suppression and management of these fires. 

Strike Team 6440C
The Strike Team has a tentative demobilization date of Thursday, August 27, 2015.

Post by M. Brown, LVG
Photos by Captain M. Buzzell, Lakeside Fire

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lakeside Fire Sends out Relief Crew to Strike Team 6440C

Lakeside, CA -

Late last week, personnel from Brush 1 (Station 1), part of the Strike Team 6440C, were relieved by Captain M. Buzzell (Station 1), Engineer R. Smith (Station 3), and Firefighter/Paramedic Patrick Sellers (Station 3).  The first crew spent two weeks on the fire line at the Willow, Rocky and the Route Complex fires.

The Route Complex is at 31,487 acres and 33% contained.  The Mad River Complex was added to the Route Complex on Tuesday, August 17 and is 24,836 acres and 65% contained. A Type 1 incident management team from the Northern Rockies will be assuming command of the Mad River Complex. Officials have announced an estimated containment date of Monday, August 31st.

Strike Team begins two hour drive from base camp to the fire

Brush 1 (Lakeside Fire) and Brush 8 (Heartland Fire/El Cajon)

The Strike Team on nightly patrol

Wind carried embers quickly ignite dry tree tops

Post by M. Brown, LVG
Photos by Captain M. Buzzell, Lakeside Fire

OES Strike Team Demobilized

Lakeside, CA -

Pictured above L-R: Engineer D. Leetch, Captain C. Palmore, FF/PM S. Daunis and FF T. Welch.

The OES Strike Team has been in Northern California, River Complex, since August 4th. This morning they were notified they were being demobilized after 15 days of firefighting. Lakeside's firefighters will be returning to the area and resuming their duties within the next couple of days. 

Post by M. Brown, LVG
Photo supplied by Engineer D. Leetch, Lakeside Fire

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Lakeside Fire Protection District Open Recruitment for Administrative Analyst Position

Lakeside, CA -

For position description and application packet, click here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Update on OES Strike Team

Lakeside, CA -

OES Strike Team continues to aid in the fire attack at the River Complex. The River Complex is managing a total of three fires that have merged in the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. Acreage is currently 39,445 and containment at 18%.  High temperatures and low humidity will continue today with smoke hampering air operations until the inversion layer lifts. Crews are continually constructing contingency lines to protect the communities of Denny, Bell Ranch, Hoboken, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar, Dailey, the Highway 299 corridor, and to protect life, property resources, and cultural values of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation.


Crews receive briefing from the 
Strike Team Leader

Engineer Leetch keeps an eye out
 for tumbling debris

From July 29 -31, 2015, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest received 440 lightning strikes that resulted in over 60 fires.

Firefighters head up a fire road illuminated by the Engine

Due to current fire conditions in Northern California, fire closures and/or restrictions on public lands are expected for the 2015 hunting season. If you plan to hunt U.S Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management lands this year, it is important that you monitor the individual forest and/or resource area websites for updates on potential closures. Click on the following link for more information California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Post by M. Brown, LVG
Photos by Engineer D. Leetch, Lakeside Fire