Monday, December 26, 2011

Multiple Agencies Assist with a Commercial Fire in Lakeside

Lakeside, CA -

On Monday, December 26, 2011, at 8:20 p.m., the Heartland Communications Center received a report of smoke rising from the roof of a commercial structure in the 12500 block of Lakeshore Dr. Five structural engines, one truck company, one ALS medic unit, and Division 4106 (Kirkpatrick) were dispatched to the alarm. Enroute to the fire, additional calls were received now stating there were "flames" on the roof of the building.

Upon the arrival of Engine 1 and Medic 1, firefighters observed a commercial occupancy charged with smoke and light smoke showing from the roof of the building. Crews pulled attack lines and made entry into the occupancy to discover a commercial clothing dryer had ignited, possibly spreading fire to the roof.

Fire Engineer Steven Schleif and Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm check for fire extension.
On the arrival of Engine 2,  a supply line was laid from a hydrant on Lakeshore Dr. to the fire scene. Truck 4 was requested to ladder the roof and check for fire extension. In addition, smoke had entered a second occupancy which required crews to ventilate the area before additional damage could occur. The crew from E4 setup additional smoke fans to deal with the issue.

Crews discovered that the fire was isolated to the dryer unit. After partial dismantling of the unit crews were able to fully extinguish the fire.

A total of 12 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the fire, assisted by crews from Santee and CalFire.
Engine 1
Medic 1

Lakeside Fire
Engine 2
Lakeside Fire

Engine 3

Lakeside Fire

Engine 4
Truck 4
Santee Fire

Engine 3352

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Assist El Cajon with Vehicle Rescue

El Cajon, CA -

Firefighters from Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station (fs3) assisted units from El Cajon Fire on a rescue vehicle accident early on the morning of December 24, 2011. The crew from Engine 3 arrived just after 4:30 a.m. for a vehicle that left westbound Interstate 8 near Greenfield Dr. ending up in a concrete drainage ditch. Subsequent responding units were directed to access the scene through Circle RV Park on East Main Street. One vehicle occupant was extricated by firefighters. Despite the high-speed and obvious vehicle damage, both occupants appeared to have minor injuries. Other units attending this incident included B3, E8, M8, and T6. CHP is investigating the crash.

Vehicle sustained major damage.
Story Submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Friday, December 23, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Help Local Families During the Holidays

Lakeside, CA -

Lakeside Firefighters were able to make the holidays a little happier for two local families this holiday season. As they have for the past several years, Lakeside Fire District employees, including operational and administrative personnel, and fire board members, were able to provide a little help for a couple of families that had some needs at this time of the year. On-duty and off-duty firefighters and some of their kids were joined by Lakeside Fire Board members Susan Conniry and Jon Lorenz (and Jon's son) to deliver gifts and food in time for the Christmas holiday.

This annual event, known as adopt-a-family, is coordinated by Lakeside Firefighters' Association  members Engineer-Paramedic Chris Downing and Firefighter-Paramedic Jose Corona. Lakeside Firefighters would like to thank everyone involved for their donations of time and money and wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

Lakeside Firefighters and Fire Board members spreading a little holiday cheer.

Story by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Lakeside Structure Fire Sends Three to UCSD Burn Center


On Friday, December 23, 2011, at 4:36 a.m., the Heartland Communications Center received an urgent phone call from the occupants of a structure fire stating that their travel trailer was on fire and they were unable to exit the dwelling. Dispatchers stayed on the line prompting the occupants to "get out." In response to the call, five engine companies, one truck company, one ALS medic unit, and two division chiefs were sent to the fire in the 13400 block of Highway 8 Business.

On the arrival of Engine 3 and Medic 3, firefighters discovered SDSO deputies moving the occupants away from the fire building in fear that stored oxygen cylinders may explode. Two victims were suffering from severe smoke inhalation and were in need of immediate medical intervention. A third victim showed mild signs of smoke inhalation.

Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm and Firefighter Reserve Patrick Sellers care for one of the smoke inhalation patients.
A request for an additional medic unit was made which brought a response from Lakeside Medic 1. After receiving initial advanced life support at the scene all three victims were transported to UCSD for further evaluation.

On investigation it was discovered that the occupants had lit a candle in response to the power failure. At some point the fire spread causing moderate damage to a back bathroom.

A total of 12 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the incident. Lakeside was assisted by units from El Cajon, Santee, San Miguel, CalFire, and Barona Fire. Units sent to the incident:

Engine 3
Medic 3

Engine 1
Medic 1



Truck 4


Monte Vista

Battalion 8

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Vehicle Accident Results in Widespread Power Outage


On Friday, December 23, 2011, at 12:48 a.m., the Lakeside Fire District received calls reference a vehicle accident in the vicinity of Lakeview Rd and East Lakeview Rd. Reporting parties reported a loud crash with a power outage in the area. One structural engine, one rescue company, and an ALS Medic unit responded to the incident.

CHP officers inspect one of the many poles damaged in the incident.
On the arrival of Rescue 3, firefighters discovered a vehicle that had completely knocked down one power pole, causing major damage to two adjoining poles. Power lines lay strewn across the roadway and front yards of homes in the affected area.Crews also discovered the involved vehicle was unoccupied.

CHP and Lakeside Fire units closed traffic on Lakeview Rd, West Lakview Rd, and East Lakeview Rd. It's likely this traffic control will remain in effect until repairs are completed.

SDG&E has no estimate on repairs. CHP is currently investigating the incident.

A total of 8 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the incident. Units involved in the incident:
Rescue 3
Medic 3

Engine 1

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Lakeside Fire Dedicates New Station

Lakeside, CA -

Lakeside Fire Protection District dedicated the "River Park Fire Station" on Friday, December 16, 2011, during a ceremony to honor all of those who were involved in the process of making this station a reality.  The new station is designed to be a headquarters station, replacing both an outdated fire station and a separate administration office making it possible to bring them under a single roof.  This state of the art fire facility was designed to serve the citizens of Lakeside and our regional partners for many years to come.
The ceremony began with opening remarks from Lakeside Fire Chief Parr as the flag was lowered at the current Station 2 and brought to the new station to be raised.  As is tradition in the fire service, the crew from station 2 raised the flag to the sounds of the Star-Spangled Banner being played to the El Capitan High School Marching Band.
Once the flag was raised, the ceremony proceeded with representatives of Congressman Duncan Hunter and State Senator Joel Anderson recognizing the Lakeside Fire Protection District board members for their work in  making sure this fire station was built to serve the citizens of Lakeside.   Board President Nick Johnson was on hand to represent the board during these proceedings.
The Fire District took time to honor longtime Lakeside Fire Board member R.A. Smith, who passed away earlier this year.  Director Smith's Family was on hand to receive a plaque as the Board room of the new facility was dedicated and named in his memory.
The final speaker was Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who was instrumental in ensuring this facility was built in Lakeside.  During her time at the podium Supervisor Jacob praised the Lakeside Fire Protection District for being on the forefront of the growing movement to address fire protection on more of a regional basis.  With this facility, Lakeside has built a facility that will last long into the future and is well-suited to address whatever changes come to the fire service for years to come.
Lakeside Fire Protection District would like to thank the citizens of Lakeside for their patience as we built this station.  We are aware that the burden of having a construction project of this size was at times trying.  The added traffic and dust will prove to be worth it as this station comes on line.  It is for the citizens of Lakeside that this station was built and we look forward to being able to better service our community from this station.  The fire station, which has been covered on this blog many times, is nearing completion and looks to be  fully operational within a month. For a complete set of pictures from this event please see our photo album.  For coverage of the construction of this facility feel free to browse the label River Park update on our blog.

Photos by: Captain Mark Grow
Story by: Captain Bernie Molloy

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Assist in Harbison Canyon

Harbison Canyon, CA - 

Firefighters from Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station were called to assist Alpine Fire with a vehicle versus tree in Harbison Canyon late on December 10, 2011. The small car had apparently left the roadway at a high speed and struck an oak tree high up an embankment. In addition to the need for stabilization, two occupants were trapped in the vehicle and required extrication. Firefighters from Rescue 3 and Medic 3 (Lakeside) worked with the Engine 17 crew (Alpine) to stabilize the vehicle and then used hydraulic rescue tools to "pop" a rear door. Both occupants were awake and talking to crews with what appeared to be minor injuries. The CHP is investigating the accident.

The stabilization struts known as "Rescue 42's" were purchased as part of a federal grant for rescue equipment.

Stabilization struts help keep the car in place.

A rescue strap is used to "marry" the car to this oak tree.

Rear door was forced with hydraulic spreaders. Note damage to roof.

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

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Grand Opening of Fire Station 2 in Lakeside - You Are Invited

Lakeside, CA -

The Lakeside Fire Protection District would like to invite you join us for the public grand opening of Lakeside Fire's new Headquarters Station.  Bring your family and friends to tour Southern California's newest fire station, all members of the public are invited.  This will be your opportunity to see the fire station before it goes into service in a few weeks time.

Saturday, December 17, 2011
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
New Fire Station 2
12216 Lakeside Ave
Lakeside, CA 92040

To download the above flyer click here.  Parking for this event will be at a premium so we encourage ride sharing when possible.  Use the interactive map below for directions to the event.  For more information on the Lakeside Fire Protection District, please see our website at: .

View Lakeside Fire Station 2 Grand Opening in a larger map

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Donate $2000 to the Lakeside Longhorns Cheer Squad


The Lakeside Longhorn Midget Cheer Team has been making a name for themselves. After competing locally, the girls found their way to the Regional Finals in Long Beach. In Long Beach, the girls went up against teams from Hawaii, Arizona, and the Southern California area. Once again the team placed first, which meant they were headed to Orlando, Florida for the National Finals.

The Lakeside Longhorn Cheer Team with the Lakeside Firefighters, and a $2000 check!
The Lakeside Firefighters were treated to a goodbye cheer.... Good Luck Girls!
But moving an entire cheer team across the country is not cheap. Looking at costs of about $24,000, the team started an aggressive schedule of fundraising in the community. With the support of the community and local businesses, the girls came to the Lakeside Firefighters with a very impressive amount already in their war chest.

On the morning of Saturday, December 3, 2011, the entire squad showed up at a recent Lakeside Firefighters Association meeting to make a presentation. From that meeting the Lakeside Firefighters were glad to contribute $2000 to the effort. This is a very impressive group of young people and we wish them the best of luck next week in Florida!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brownie Troop 6675 Visits Fire Station 3

Lake Jennings - 

The firefighters at Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station (fs3) got a special visit from some great kids on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. Brownie Troop 6675 came by for a station tour and visit. The on-duty crew showed the girls (and their moms) our quarters, offices, dayroom, and kitchen. They were also given a tour of all the apparatus housed at fire station 3. We also had a brief talk about home fire safety and demonstrated a smoke detector for the girls. The brownies were working on their first aid badges and this tour helped them toward attaining that goal.

The "C" division crew with Brownie Troop 6675. From left, Reserve Firefighter Matt Schaldach, Firefighter Shawn Mckenna, Engineer-Paramedic Chris Downing, and Captain-Paramedic
Scott Culkin.

Story submitted by:  Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Head-on Collision on Highway 67 Brings Multiple Rescue Response

Lakeside:  Just after 1:00 p.m. on November 17, 2011, Lakeside Firefighters were dispatched to a reported head-on collision on Highway 67 just north of Vigilante Road. On arrival of Engine 2 (Eucalyptus Hills fire station), it was discovered that each vehicle had a trapped victim in critical condition. An early request for assistance brought multiple agencies together for a coordinated extrication effort.
Major damage to both vehicles required a lengthy extrication effort. 
Numerous tools and advanced rescue techniques were used to complete the rescues.
Arriving firefighters were assigned to each vehicle in order to provide patient care and conduct rescue operations. Lakeside Battalion 1 (Chief Laff) provided incident command and directed the efforts of several agencies including Lakeside, Santee, and San Miguel Fire Departments as well as Mercy Air who provided aeromedical transport for one of the victims. Both extrications took approximately 30 minutes and required the use of tools from two rescue units. A total of 24 fire personnel were involved in the incident. CHP is currently investigating.

The victim from this vehicle was transported by Lakeside Medic 3
 to the trauma center at Sharp Memorial Hospital.
Incidents such as these demonstrate the value of interagency cooperation and joint training. The Lakeside Fire Protection District is thankful for the assistance provided by our neighboring agencies and is proud to provide similar help when needed.
Story submitted by: Captain Jim Kirkpatrick, Lakeside Fire District 
Photos provided by: Fire Chief Andy Parr, Lakeside Fire District

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Attend "Heroes" Breakfast at Lakeside Farms School

Lakeside, CA -

The C-division firefighters at Lakeside's Riverview fire station (fs1) were treated this morning to a "Heroes Breakfast" at Lakeside Farms Elementary School. This annual event is hosted to honor those people that the students regard as "heroes."  In addition to the firefighters, several active duty and veteran personnel from the military also attended.  The heroes were thanked for their service as the students passed through the auditorium to view walls decorated to celebrate the heroes and the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Thanks again to the PTA, staff, and students of Lakeside Farms.

Attending the event were: Captain Wes Barnes, Engineer/paramedic Ian Lowe, Firefighter Nate Fox, Firefighter/paramedic Steve Russo, and Firefighter/paramedic Danny Leetch.

Engine and Medic 1 crews with the kids at Lakeside Farms School.

Story and Photo submitted by: Captain Wes Barnes, Lakeside Fire District.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Extinguish Small Vegetation Fire

Lake Jennings - 

A small vegetation fire brought a wildland resource response from Lakeside firefighters on Thursday, November 10, 2011. Firefighters from Lakeside's Lake Jennings fire station (fs3) made quick work of the small fire on Lake Jennings Park Road not far from Engine 3's quarters. Despite the recent rains, the vegetation remains very dry and still poses a fire danger. Resources on scene included: E3, M3, B1 (Lakeside); E3382 (CalFire).

A ground ladder is used to access the fire area.  

Story submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.
Photo by: Engineer-paramedic Chris Downing, Lakeside Fire District.

High-Speed Head-On Collision Brings Full Rescue Response on I-8

Alpine, CA -

An apparent wrong-way driver collided head-on with another vehicle on eastbound Interstate 8 just east of the Peutz Valley bridge this afternoon just before 1:30 p.m. Firefighters from Lakeside's Blossom Valley (fs26) and Lake Jennings (fs3) fire stations responded to the scene. Alpine Battalion 7 (Paskle) assumed I-8 Incident Command and requested additional resources including an aeromedical transport helicopter.

Firefighters were faced with one critically injured patient and two additional patients with moderate injuries. Due to the major vehicle damage, fire control measures were also put in place.  The CHP eventually closed-down eastbound I-8 to allow the Mercy Air 6 helicopter to land. The critically injured patient was loaded and transported by MA6 while the other two were ground transported by Medic 17 (AMR) to an area trauma center. The CHP is investigating the accident.

Fire resources assigned to this incident included: E26s, R3, M3, B1 (Lakeside); E19 (San Miguel); B7 (Alpine). Also assisting were SDSO, CHP, AMR, and Local Tow Company.

Lakeside firefighter/paramedics work on critically injured patient.

Both vehicles sustained major damage.
Mercy Air 6 lands on eastbound I-8.
Photos and story submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lakeside Units Assist Barona Fire with a Fully Involved Structure


On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 2:10 a.m., the Heartland Communications Center received calls reference a fully engulfed residential structure on fire in the 1100 blk of Ak Uunyaa Wy on the Barona Reservation. Initially dispatched was five structural engines, one rescue company, one water tender, an ALS medic unit, and a battalion chief.

Engine 27 and Engine 1 operating at the fire scene.
Fire extends throughout the home under construction.
 On the arrival of Engine 27 (Barona), firefighters discovered a 4000+ square foot, residential structure (under construction) fully involved in fire. A request was made for brush engines as embers from the fire had the potential to ignite the nearby vegetation. CalFire dispatched two brush engines to assist.

The crew from Lakeside Engine 1 arrive on-scene.
On the arrival of Engine 1 (Riverview Station), they were tasked with assisting with knock down on the fire, and obtaining a water source. The problem was that the nearest hydrant was about a quarter of a mile from the fire. With the arrival of Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Station) and Engine 4 (Santee-Cottonwood), crews laid out an extensive hose lay to the hydrant. With a secure water source, Engine 27 was now able to use master streams (a hose stream in excess of 500 gallons per minute) to take the heat out of the fire.

Firefighter-Paramedic Jon Jordan, and Reserve Firefighter Corey Palmore use a heavy stream to knock down the fire.
Crews then extended handlines to continue with the extinguishing of the fire. Crews were pulled back due to the complete loss of structural integrity.

Currently the San Diego Sheriff Bomb-Arson team is investigating the fire.

Lakeside units dispatched to fire: Engine 1, Engine 2 (diverted to medical aid call), Engine 3, Battalion 1. 

A total of 10 Lakeside Fire personnel initially responded to the fire.

Photos and Story By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Monday, November 7, 2011

National Test of the Emergency Alert System is November 9th at 11:00am

At 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, the nation’s emergency services workers will be testing the National Emergency AlertSystem.  This national system has been put in place to distribute information to citizens through a trickle-down system of local emergency centers which are in place nationwide.  Commercial broadcasters, as part of their license to broadcast to a service area, agree to cooperate with state and local authorities in the use of this system.

San Diego County residents are familiar with frequent tests of our local Emergency Alert System (EAS) as well as the (thankfully) occasional advisories, usually for severe weather and other emergency information distribution.

In this first ever test on a nationwide scale, the national system will activate state relay centers that will, in turn, activate local emergency centers (San Diego County) sending the emergency signal to local broadcasters and cable providers. 

The test should last about 1 minute. 

So, on November 9, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. (PST), stand by for a test. This is a test of the emergency activation system.  This is only a test.

Submitted by Andy Parr, Fire Chief


Rescue 3 Assists the Rural Fire District in Harbison Canyon

Harbison Canyon-

On Monday, November 7, 2011, at 2:25 a.m., a request was made by the Rural Fire District to have Lakeside Rescue 3 respond an assist on a structure fire in the 600 blk of Silverbrook Dr in the community of Harbison Canyon.

Hoselines run up the driveway of the involved structure. The majority of the dwelling was saved.
On the arrival of Rescue 3, fire units were engaged in locating a fire that had originated in the fire place but now was running through walls and the attic space of a house. Rescue 3's crew was assigned to the roof of the structure to remove the enclosure around the chimney and any roofing involved in the fire.

Apparatus from multiple agencies line-up along the narrow road.
Once the enclosure had been breached, the crew located active fire running up the wall and into the attic space. Between the hoselines in the interior and those on the roof, crews were able to knockdown the fire.

In addition to crews from the Rural Fire District, there were personnel from CalFire, Sycuan Fire, and Lakeside Fire on scene.

A total of 3 personnel responded from Lakeside Fire.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, November 6, 2011

One Critical in Highway 67 Collision

Moreno Valley-

On Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 9:37 p.m., the Heartland Communications Center received multiple calls about a major collision that had occurred in the 11900 blk of Highway 67. Calls indicated that a head-on collision had occurred and one of the vehicles was engulfed in flames. Another calling party indicated an occupant was trapped in a vehicle near the fire. A full rescue response was dispatched that included two structural pumpers, a rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and a battalion chief (Darby).

Heavy damage is evident to both vehicles.
On the arrival of Engine 2 (Eucalyptus Hills), they discovered one vehicle on fire with a critically injured occupant lying in the roadway. The crew pulled an attack line to knock down the fire and initiated patient care on the victim.

With the arrival of Battalion 1, Engine 1, and Medic 1, crews identified a total of three patients. An additional ALS medic unit was requested which brought a response from Medic 3 (Lake Jennings Station). It was determined that no victims were trapped so the crew from Rescue 3 (Lake Jennings Station) was assigned to triage and patient care.

Fire Engineer Scott Smith on stand-by with a hose line in case of re-ignition of the fire.
All three patients were transported to the trauma center at Sharp Memorial Hospital. The accident is currently being investigated by CHP. A total of 14 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the incident.

Highway 67 was shut-down for an extended period of time while crews resolved the incident.

Lakeside Fire units dispatched to this incident included: Engine 2 (Eucalyptus Hills), Engine 1 and Medic 1 (Riverview), Rescue 3, Medic 3 and Battalion 1 (Lake Jennings).

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Video By: Fire Captain Jerry Daoust, Lakeside Fire District

Traffic Accident Causes Traffic Snarl on Lake Jennings Park Rd

Lake Jennings Area-

On Sunday, November 6, 2011, at 5:08 p.m., the Lakeside Fire District responded to the intersection of Harritt Rd and Lake Jennings Park Rd for a reported vehicle accident. On arrival, crews conducted assessments on the four occupants in the two involved vehicles. Fortunately nobody was seriously injured and only one occupant required transport to the hospital.

Lakeside paramedics work on the injured occupant who was later transported to Alvarado Hospital.
It was soon recognized the heavy traffic from people returning home from their weekend activities was backing-up into the Lakeside area on Lake Jennings. Crews assisted CHP with traffic control to keep Lake Jennings Park Rd open to travel. After tows arrived for the involved vehicles traffic was returned to normal conditions.

Currently the incident is under investigation by the CHP. A total of 9 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the incident.

Dispatched Lakeside Units included:  Rescue 3 and Medic 3 (Lake Jennings Station), Engine 26s (Blossom Valley Station)

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

You Changed Your Clocks. Did You change Your Batteries?

Lakeside, CA-

It is that time again. Last night, we all got an extra hour of sleep as we changed our clocks back one hour to standard time.  It is also time to replace those batteries in your smoke alarms.

Lakeside Fire District wants to remind everyone that a properly functioning smoke alarm is your best chance to escape a residential fire. Smoke alarms should be placed in hallways outside of sleeping areas, in every bedroom, and on every level of your home. Also, remember to test your smoke alarms every month!

Lakeside reserve firefighter David Csik changes a smoke detector battery at fire station 3.

Photo and story submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Friday, November 4, 2011

A Great Day at Lakeside Station #3

Lake Jennings Area-

On October 13, 2011, the crew from Lakeside Fire Station #3 received a report that a teacher at Lakeview Elementary School had lapsed into unconsciousness. In a series of fortunate events, a teacher from another classroom had discovered Vickee Cloniger at her desk unresponsive. A call was placed for help and the school nurse responded to the classroom.

Discovering that Vickee was now pulseless, CPR was started until the arrival of the fire department engine company and paramedic ambulance. Upon entering the scene, the crew discovered that the patient continued to be pulseless. Advanced cardiac life support was initiated which included a series of defibrillations to re-start the heart. Soon paramedics detected a pulse and the monitor indicated that Vickee's heart had started beating again.

Vickee, and husband CJ, present the crew at station #3 with a "thank you" cake. (from L to R): Firefighter-Paramedic Lance Buford, Fire Engineer Steve Schleif, Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Williams, CJ Cloniger, Vickee Cloniger, Fire Captain Mark Grow, Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm
Medications were administered to keep the heart functioning normally and the crew rapidly loaded her into Medic 3 for the short ride to Grossmont Hospital. En route to the hospital the crew was amazed as the patient not only started breathing on her own, but had regained consciousness and was holding a conversation with the medics.

Over the weeks of recovery, the crew was able to follow Vickee's recovery through reports from the hospital. But the best reward occurred on November 4, 2011, when Vickee, and her husband visited the crew at the fire station.

Fully recovered, Vickee has returned to the job she loves; as a 1st grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Vehicle Rescue on Scripps Poway Parkway

Highway 67 Corridor-

On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 11:50 p.m., the Lakeside Fire Protection District received a report of a vehicle that had left the roadway on Scripps Poway Parkway just west of Highway 67. A full rescue response was sent which included two structural engines, one rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and a battalion chief (Laff). Enroute, based on location, Battalion 1 requested a response from the Poway Fire Department.

Rescue 3 uses their light tower to help crews working over the side.
On the arrival of Engine 2 (Eucalyptus Hills), they discovered a badly damaged vehicle off of the roadway in steep terrain. The crew made contact with a sole occupant that had multiple traumatic injuries. During the assessment it was discovered that the patient may have been sitting there for several hours before her discovery.

If you look carefully you can see the side mounted winch used to stabilize the vehicle on the slope. Rescue 3 has the capability to mount the winch on all four sides of the apparatus.
On the arrival of Engine 1 and Medic 1 (Riverview Station), they were assigned to patient care. It was determined that the driver-side door would require removal to extricate the occupant. With the arrival of Rescue 3 (Lake Jennings Station), the car was stabilized on the hillside with a winch and hydraulic tools were used to provide access to the patient.

The vehicle came to rest on the edge of a steep canyon.
The patient was transported to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center in Kearny Mesa for further care. The accident is being investigated by CHP. A total of 13 Lakeside Fire personnel responded to the incident assisted by 3 personnel from the Poway Fire Department.


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

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lakeside Fire Welcomes Cub Scout Troop 387

Lake Jennings-

The crew from Lakeside Fire Station #3 got to spend the evening with Cub Scout Troop 387 (Lakeside). This is great opportunities to deliver a safety message covering topics from fire safety to the use of the 911 system. As always, the Scouts had some really great questions about the daily job of the firefighters. During their visit they got to see the equipment on Engine and Rescue 3, look over the specialized medical gear on Medic 3, and tour the fire station.

It was great time.......come back soon!

Firefighter-Paramedic Justin Loffredo discusses the equipment used by paramedics.
Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Williams shows the troop the unique tool on Rescue 3.
The kids get an introduction to the hydraulic rescue tools used in vehicle extrications.
Captain Mark Grow demonstrates the safety gear used in structural firefighting.
Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm has a safety discussion with the group.
Lakeside Cub Scout Troop 387

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow
Photos By: Fire Engineer Steve Schleif

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Way to Go Lakeside....!

Lakeside, CA -

On the morning of October 25, 2011,  Lakeside Firefighters hit the streets selling the Kid's NewsDay newspaper in support of patients and families at the Rady Children's Hospital. Crews went to three different locations in Lakeside, Glenview, and the Lake Jennings area. This year's event was coordinated by Fire Engineer Chris Downing

Lakeside Firefighters Rich Smith, Josh Raczka, and Chris Williams at the intersection of Los Coches Rd and Highway 8 Business.
The crews were given until 9:30 a.m. to sell their allotment of newspapers but given the fantastic response by the community, most crews were out of papers by 8:30am.

Rich Smith makes it hard to say NO.
In many cases, people only wanted to contribute to the cause and refused the paper (to be sold later). Others contributed more than the $1 price of the paper. In the end, Lakeside Firefighters delivered $3249 to benefit Rady Children's Hospital!

Firefighter-Paramedic Jose Corona

Nobody is safe from the sales pitch.
The community has always responded to this fundraiser, making the job easy for us. Thanks for the support Lakeside....way to go!

Monday, October 24, 2011

After the Fire: Do You Know Who You're Dealing With?

In the aftermath of a structure fire the occupants are commonly approached by a number of "private contractors" who make claims that they are responding to the fire at the request of the "Fire Department" to start restoration services.This is a complete fabrication....! The Lakeside Fire Protection District has NO notification process for these services, nor do we maintain a relationship with any company for purposes of "fire restoration."

As always, the Lakeside Fire Protection District recommends that you contact your fire insurance company and follow their directions prior to signing, or making any type of agreement for these services.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Friday, October 21, 2011

Trash Truck Fire Creates a Big Mess for Lakeside Firefighters

Foster - On October 20, 2011, Lakeside firefighters responded to the area of Highway 67 and Vigilante Road for a reported "Large Vehicle Fire." Lakeside Battalion 1 (Barnes) arrived and discovered a full-sized semi tractor trailer rig with smoke showing from the cargo area. The driver was found in a safe location and confirmed the load as regular household waste (trash). On the arrival of Lakeside Engines 2 and 3, firefighters laddered the trailer and confirmed a deep-seated fire in the trash load.

Past experience with these types of fires dictated that the load be dumped out and the fire accessed from the ground. A representative from nearby Daily Disposal offered-up his yard for the load to be dumped in. Once on the ground, the trash fire was quickly extinguished.

Thanks to Daily Disposal for the use of their yard, bobcat and water tender. It was a great help in taking care of this fire.
Lakeside firefighters assess the situation.
A ground ladder helps firefighters make access.
A couple of "locals" offer to help out!

Story and Photos Submitted by: Acting Battalion Chief Wesley Barnes, Lakeside Fire District.