Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lakeside Firefighters Train for Engineer's Test

Lakeside, Calif. - 

Engine companies in Lakeside have been putting in a lot of time lately training their firefighters to take the upcoming engineer promotional exam. The engineer position on the fire department (sometimes referred to as apparatus operator) is the firefighter responsible for driving and operating all of the assigned fire apparatus including pumpers, aerials, and rescues. In order to qualify to take the exam, a firefighter must have several years on the job.

In addition to operating the apparatus, engineers are tasked with preventative maintenance and other duties to ensure the constant readiness of all district rolling stock.

One of the most important aspects of this training is to practice pumping hoselines and utilizing both pressurized (hydrants) and static (tanks) water supplies. Engineers are required to calculate pump pressures using complex formulas that involve consistent, real world scenarios. To that end, our engine companies may be seen flowing hoselines during drills.

With the ongoing drought conditions in California, our fire crews are very sensitive of the need to minimize our water use during these drills. Please be assured that we are taking every precaution to use the least amount of water possible while providing realistic training for our engineer candidates.

FF-PM Steve Russo (l) at E-1's pump panel while Engineer Robert Williams assists.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Lakeside Fire Board Votes to Relocate Fire Station 1

Lakeside, Calif.

As the next step in a multi-year fire station realignment project, the Lakeside Fire Protection District board voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, to begin the long-awaited process of relocating Lakeside Fire Station 1 (Riverview).

The station realignment project, an integral part of the district's long-term strategic plan, is aimed at improving emergency response times and ensuring uniform coverage for the citizens in the 55-square-mile fire district. The first phase of the project, which began in 2010, saw the relocation of the district's Eucalyptus Hills Fire Station (fs2) approximately 1.5 miles to the south to its new location at 12216 Lakeside Avenue. The new River Park Fire Station houses a paramedic engine company, advanced life support (paramedic) ambulance, and the district's water tender. In addition to the fire station, the district administrative offices are located at the new site.

The second phase in the multi-year project included moving the Riverview Fire Station (fs1). In support of the district's strategic plan, the district board commissioned a detailed study by Citygate Associates in 2014. The comprehensive report strongly affirmed the need to relocate Lakeside's Riverview Fire Station toward the south end of the fire district.

After months of hard work, district staff identified several potential locations that would best serve the district's needs. While the exact location is not yet decided, it is generally going to be in the area of Winter Gardens Boulevard and Pepper Drive. This location will provide excellent coverage of the Pepper Drive and Winter Gardens areas of the fire district while still allowing quick response to the Riverview and Lakeside areas.

Lakeside Fire District station locations - March 2015.

Lakeside's River Park Fire Station opened early 2012.
Posted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lakeside C-Division Training Day

Lakeside, Calif.

 On Sunday, March 22, 2015, the C-division firefighters from Lakeside fire stations 1 and 2 got together to drill on wildland fire operations. The crews practiced pump-and-roll, drafting, relay pumping, and water supply operations utilizing Brush 1 and Water Tender 7251.

 One of the most frequent questions we get from our citizens is "what do firefighters do during their workday."In today's fire service, firefighters have little "down time" during their shifts. Each day of the week comes with a routine that includes vehicle, apparatus, and station maintenance; fire prevention inspections, public education events, and obviously calls for service. One activity that happens virtually every day of the year is training.

Due to the "all-risk" nature of the modern American fire service, our firefighters must constantly train. We strive to maintain competencies in a wide range of areas including structural and wildland firefighting; technical rescue to include vehicle, rope, and water rescue; emergency medical services at the advance life support (paramedic) level; hazardous material, gas and electrical emergencies. Within each of these broad subject areas are myriad other competencies that need to be trained on.

The Lakeside Fire District has always prided itself on its training program and the professional competency of our personnel. As our district training motto states: we train for "Readiness, Safety, and Duty."

Engineer-PM Jon Jordan (r) and FF-PM Bing Tom train on Lakeside Brush 1.

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lakeside Engine 1 Puts New Pumper in Service

Lakeside, CA - 

The Lakeside Fire District has placed a new apparatus in service at Engine Company 1. The new custom Smeal Triple Combination Pumper began service at the district's Riverview Fire Station on March 18, 2015.

This fire engine is the third custom Smeal pumper that Lakeside has put into service since July, 2012, as part of the district's planned apparatus replacement program. It will replace a KME engine that will be placed in reserve status.

Manufactured in Snyder, Nebraska, the pumper is built on a Spartan custom chassis and features a 1500 gallon per minute single-stage fire pump and a 500 gallon water tank. The short wheelbase and excellent ground clearance make it highly suitable for the varied geography of the fire district.

New Smeal pumper at Lakeside fire station 1 on Riverview Ave.

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Join Lakeside Firefighters for "Love Your Heart 2015"

Lakeside, CA -

 The Lakeside Fire Protection District will be participating in the Live Well San Diego Love Your Heart event on Friday, February 13, 2015. Lakeside Firefighters will be performing free blood pressure screenings at two local locations. The event will take place at the Lakeside Community Center at 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside, CA 92040, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m., and at the Vons in the East County Square, 13439 Camino Canada, El Cajon, CA 92020. Please come down and get some info about hypertension and some ways to prevent it.  Visit the link to get more information on the event.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rollover Traffic Collision Sends Driver To Trauma Center in Helicopter


On Saturday February 7, 2015 Lakeside Firefighters were called to Lake Jennings Park Rd. and Interstate 8 for reports of a rollover traffic collision.  Lakeside Rescue 3 was first on scene and found that a pickup truck had rolled over and the driver had been ejected from the vehicle.  Rescue 3 crews quickly began treating the critically injured patient and determined that it would be in the best interest of the patient to be flown via Mercy Air to a trauma center.
Mercy Air Taking off of the Trauma Center with the Patient on Board
Alpine Engine 17 went to ensure there was a safe landing zone for Mercy Air 6 and Lakeside Engine 26 assisted Rescue 3 on scene with patient care.  When Santee Medic 5 arrived at the scene the patient was quickly loaded and transported to the landing zone to rendezvous with Mercy Air 6.
Crews Work on the Critically Injured Patient
Engine 17 found an appropriate landing zone in the parking lot at Lake Jennings Park.  Without specific helipads in the district it is necessary that we use large open safe places to land rescue helicopters.  There are many suitable areas, but if a single car is parked in the wrong place it can completely exclude a pre-designated landing zone.  Fortunately, on this particular Saturday, there was plenty of room at the closest possible landing zone.

Mercy Air on the Ground

The patient was transferred to the helicopter and flown to a local trauma center.  California Highway Patrol was on scene and is investigating the cause of the accident.

Story and Photos by Acting Division Chief Bernie Molloy

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lakeside Firefighters Train Residents in Hands-Only™ CPR

Lakeside, CA - 

On January 30 and 31, 2015, firefighters from Lakeside's Lake Jennings Fire Station (fs3) helped train some local residents in Hands-Only™ CPR. A total of 43 residents from the Lake Jennings Mobile Home Park on Harritt Road attended the training.

Hands-Only™ CPR is a simple, effective form of CPR shown to improve survival from cardiac arrest.  Hands-Only CPR™ is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
  1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. 
When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.

Hands-Only™ CPR is also known as "two-minute CPR" as that is all it takes to learn this life-saving skill.

Lakeside FF-PM Brian Moore shows how it's done.

Lakeside FF-PM Jamie Hazlewood helps with the skill.

 Post by: Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Moore

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