Friday, February 26, 2010

Lakeside Crews Support Event at Los Coches Creek Middle School

Flinn Springs: Los Coches Creek Middle School 6th graders got to see fire/emergency vehicles, and were taught fire/disaster preparedness information, at an event sponsored by the Greater Alpine Fire Safe Council. Lakeside Fire, CALFire, Viejas Fire, US Forest Service, SDG&E, American Red Cross and others had booths at this event. 

Lakeside Fire Protection District crews are committed to spreading the message of Fire Prevention and Disaster Preparedness to Lakeside residents and guests. If Lakeside residents wish to have a fire engine at your upcoming educational event please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 619-390-2350.

Lakeside firefighters spend some time talking to 6th graders at Los Coches Creek  Middle School about fire prevention and safety topics.

Submitted By: Interim Fire Chief Andy Parr

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lakeside Traffic Collision Injures Two

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Two adults suffered minor injuries in an afternoon vehicle accident in the Glenview section of Lakeside. Firefighters from the Lakeside Fire District's Johnstown (fs3) and Blossom Valley (fs26) fire stations attended the incident. Lakeside Battalion 1 (Tockstein) directed the efforts of firefighters from E3, R3, E26, M3, and M4 (Santee). Lakeside Firefighter/Paramedics transported both patients to a local hospital.

Submitted by Captain Scott Culkin

Lakeside Station 3 units on scene of traffic collision
Photo by Scott Culkin
From fs3-c

Monday, February 22, 2010

Vehicle Rescue on Highway 8 Business

Johnstown: On Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 10:08 PM, the Heartland Communications Center dispatched one engine company, one rescue company, and an ALS ambulance and Battalion Chief to the 14000 block of Highway 8 Business for a "rescue vehicle accident" with trapped occupants.

Battalion 1 (Chief Laff) arrived within minutes to find a vehicle on its roof with two occupants inside. SDSO had also arrived and were attempting to communicate with the occupants.

Firefighters had to stabilize the vehicle before operations could begin.

On the arrival of Rescue 3 and Medic 3 (Lake Jennings Station) they determined that the passenger had become entangled in her shoulder belt and it had become wrapped around her neck during the roll-over. Crews immediately breached the vehicle and cut her free of the entanglement.

E26s (Blossom Valley Station) arrived and assisted crews in stabilizing the vehicle and started cutting operations to remove the occupants. After crews had removed the doors they were able to free both occupants. An additional ALS ambulance was requested and both occupants were transported to the Trauma Center at Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Crews begin cutting operations on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Although one of the occupants became entangled in her shoulder belt it was determined that had she not been wearing her seat belt she would have likely been ejected from the car when it overturned.

Eleven Lakeside Firefighters were on-scene during this incident.

Currently the CHP is investigating the cause of the accident.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Highway 67 Rollover Fatality

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Multiple units from the Lakeside Fire District responded to a single vehicle rollover on rain-slickened Highway 67 in the northern area of Lakeside this afternoon. Crews from E1, E2, and M1 under the supervision of Battalion 1 (Lawler) attended to a single patient who suffered major trauma. Several passers-by including off-duty fire and police personnel performed CPR on the victim until Lakeside Fire units arrived. Unfortunately, the driver was unable to survive his injuries and was pronounced dead on scene. Assisting agencies included the California Highway Patrol.

Submitted by Captain Scott Culkin

photo by Matt Buzzell
photo by Shawn McKenna
From fs3-c

Friday, February 19, 2010

Show and Tell

One of the many duties firefighters from the Lakeside Fire Protection District 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. Today the show and tell was at Winter Gardens Elementary School. The children were taught age appropriate actions to take in several fire and medical related situations. Our school outreach programs are taught with children in mind, letting them discover the sight and sounds of the fire department so they will be less frightened if they ever have to interact with firefighters. Fires and medical emergencies can be very frightening, especially to children, it is with this thought in mind that our firefighters teach children they can trust us when they are exposed to these and other traumatic situations. Today's classes were taught by E2 and M3. The school show and tell programs are taught by engine companies and medic units that are on shift the day of the event so a unique experience is always delivered.

If you have children in a school within the Lakeside Fire Protection District, ask your school to request a show and tell from the Fire Department. Contact the department through our website at to set up an appointment. Unfortunately for the children, we do not have any Dalmatians that we get to bring along.

Submitted by: Firefighter/Paramedic Bernie Molloy

Captain Gonzalez, Firefighter McKenna, and Firefighter-Paramedic Peters demonstrate the gear used in structural firefighting. It's important to expose kids to the noises firefighters make when searching a building as some kids become scared and will not call out for help.
From Winter Gardens Elementary Show and Tell 2/19/10

Firefighter-Paramedic Bryan Peters shows kids the gear used in fighting fires.
From Winter Gardens Elementary Show and Tell 2/19/10

Firefighter-Paramedic Bernie Molloy shows the kids around the engine.
From Winter Gardens Elementary Show and Tell 2/19/10

Lakeside Fire Fighters “Rescue” Toddler Locked in Residence

February 19, 2010

In a great example of the wide range of services firefighters are routinely called on to perform, Lakeside Engine 3 assisted a worried mother in safely accessing her home after she accidentally locked her toddler inside. Upon being freed, the little guy expressed his great love of fire engines and was promptly presented with a “junior firefighter” badge.

Submitted by Captain Scott Culkin

Lakeside Fire Engineer Steve Schleif and Firefighter/Paramedic Lance Buford with
Lakeside's newest "Junior Firefighter."
From fs3-c

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lakeside Community Conversation

"Lakeside Community Conversation" to be held Tuesday March 2, 2010, 7:00 pm at the Lakeside Community Center.

Interested persons are invited to take part in the "Lakeside Community Conversation," a public meeting to discuss public safety issues affecting the Lakeside community.

The meeting will be held at the Lakeside Community Center 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside. Participating agencies include the Santee Sheriff Station, Lakeside Fire District, California Highway Patrol and the US Postal Inspector.

For more information, contact:

Alyssa Dean, Crime Prevention Specialist
Santee Sheriff's Station
(619) 956-4021

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fatality on Los Coches Rd

Lakeside: On February 16th, at 8:58 AM, the Heartland Communications Center dispatched one company, and an ALS ambulance to the 9200 blk of Los Coches Rd for a reported vehicle vs. pedestrian.  Arriving crews discovered a female patient that had been struck by a vehicle and was in cardio-pulmonary arrest. Engine 1 and Medic 1 initiated treatment but efforts failed to revive the victim.

CHP is investigating the accident. Further information is available through the CHP (El Cajon Office)

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Lakeside Responds to El Monte Crash

El Monte Valley: On February 7th, at 7:19 PM, two companies, two ALS ambulances, and two Chief Officers responded to a high velocity vehicle accident in the 14900 block of El Monte Rd. On arrival crews discovered a large pick-up truck, and a smaller sedan, with major damage to both vehicles. During the initial "triage" phase medics identified two patients that required transport to area trauma centers (later a third patient was located). Battalion Chief Ron Laff assumed overall control of the incident while Interim Fire Chief Andy Parr responded to assist in operations.

Ambulances from the Lake Jennings Station, and the Lakeside Station (Riverview) quickly loaded a total of three victims that all were transported to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center in Kearny Mesa. CHP closed El Monte Rd till the scene could be cleared. CHP is investigating the accident.

Captain Blane Darby and Engineer Carl Chiodo secure one of the vehicles involved in the crash.

A total of 12 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the incident.

Additional information can be obtained from the CHP (El Cajon) Office.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Extrication Accident on Lake Jennings Park Rd

Lakeside: A high-speed head-on traffic collision with entrapment brought a multi-agency response to Lake Jennings Park Rd. in Lakeside on Saturday, February 06, 2010. Lakeside Battalion 1 (Tockstein) assumed “Jennings IC” and directed operations for the crews from R3, E1, E26s, R27, M3 and M4. Barona Battalion 8 (Kremensky) assisted as incident Safety Officer. Crews used hydraulic rescue tools to extricate the front seat passenger of one vehicle. Firefighter/paramedics from Medic 3 (Lakeside) and Medic 4 (Santee) provided advanced life support care and transported a total of three patients to the trauma centers at Sharp Memorial and Scripps Mercy hospitals.

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This incident is another example of the excellent automatic aid system and the seamless interagency cooperation we have in the Heartland Operational Zone. Assisting agencies included Lakeside, Barona and Santee fire departments and California Highway Patrol.

The crews from Rescue 3 and Engine 1 work to free an occupant.


Engineer Joe Vasquez stands-by with a hose line while crews continue to cut away at the vehicle.

Submitted by Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire