Monday, January 31, 2011

Rollover Accident on Hwy 67 Traps Driver

Foster -  A rollover vehicle accident on Hwy. 67 north of Slaughterhouse Canyon Road brought several Lakeside Fire units to the scene early on the morning of January 31, 2011. Crews from Lakeside's Lake Jennings (fs3), Eucalyptus Hills (fs2), and Riverview (fs1) fire stations worked to extricate the single occupant from the upside-down vehicle. Lakeside firefighter/paramedics transported the driver to an area hospital. CHP is investigating the accident.

Lakeside units that responded to this call were E1, E2, R3, M1, and B1.

Firefighters work to free trapped driver on Highway 67

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

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Respond to
SUV vs. Oak Tree

El Monte Valley - 

An S.U.V. struck a large oak tree on El Monte Road on Sunday, January 30, 2011, requiring a full rescue response from Lakeside firefighters. Fire crews from the Lake Jennings (fs3) and Riverview (fs1) fire stations responded to the incident. A total of four patients were transported by Lakeside firefighter-paramedics to area hospitals. Several residents in the area were on scene assisting the injured parties prior to emergency responder arrival.

Units attending this call included E1, R3, M3, M1, and B1. CHP is investigating the accident.

Numerous SRS (airbags) deployed on impact with the oak tree.

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

Monday, January 24, 2011

Power Lines Down on Lemoncrest Drive

Lakeside - On the afternoon of Sunday, January 23, 2010,  the Lakeside Fire District received a call reporting that wires were down on the 12100 block of Lemoncrest Drive. Engine 1 from the Riverview fire station (fs1) was dispatched and found a SDG&E power pole had been broken at the base.

The lines kept the pole from toppling over completely

Electrical power was out to a large portion of the Lemoncrest Drive area.  The timing was unfortunate and had many residents wondering where they were going to go to watch the NFL playoff games.

The pole is located in a drainage ditch along Lemoncrest Drive
SDG&E arrived on scene and began the long process of replacing a pole with suspended wires.  This is a long intricate process that resulted in Lemoncrest being closed-down for several hours over the evening and into the night.

An SDG&E Lineman begins the process of restoring power

Story and Photos by: Engineer / Paramedic Bernie Molloy

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Concrete Truck Vs. Structure in Lakeside

Lakeside: On Thursday, January 20, 2010, at 7:15 a.m., the Lakeside Fire District received a call reporting that a concrete truck had rolled down the hill into a residential structure in the 12200 block of Gay Rio Drive. A full rescue response was dispatched including a structural engine, a rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and a battalion chief.

On the arrival of Battalion One (Tockstein), he reported a large commercial vehicle into the dwelling with major structural damage. Fortunately, responding firefighters soon discovered that the driver and occupants were accounted for and unharmed.

Concern soon turned to the stability of the structure. With a major bearing wall missing, there was concern that structural collapse could be an issue. The District called out their USAR-trained personnel (Fire Engineer Joe Vasquez, and Firefighter Nathan Fox) for consultation. There was fear that with the vehicle removed, the garage would be subject to partial collapse and shoring the structure would be necessary.
Fire Engineer Steve Schleif and Firefighter-Paramedic Jose Corona cut lumber to be used as emergency shoring.
Lakeside Fire personnel placed emergency shoring to prevent structural collapse.
Firefighters assembled two vertical spot shores in the garage area when measurements indicated progressive sag in the roof support members. Once the shoring was secured in place the situation stabilized.

A San Diego County Building Department representative yellow tagged the structure.

CHP is investigating the incident. A total of 14 Lakeside Fire personnel were on-scene.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Fire Chief Andy Parr and Fire Engineer Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire District

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Candle Ignites Bedroom Fire in Glenview

Glenview: On Tuesday, January 18th 2010 at 1:38 PM, the Lakeside Fire District received a report of a fire in a mobile home in the 13400 block of Highway 8 Business. Five structural engines, one truck company, an ALS ambulance, and battalion chief were dispatched to the incident.

En-route crews were advised that the occupant had knocked over a candle and it had ignited combustibles in the room. But on arrival crews had very little evidence of a fire from the exterior. Battalion Chief Laff assumed command of the fire while crews from station #3 (Lake Jennings Station) made entry. Upon entering the interior crews found a smoking interior door with a very hot door knob.

Upon opening the door crews were met with a well involved bedroom fire. Crews were able to rapidly knock down the fire, but due to zero visibility crews needed additional help to conduct an interior search for victims. Additional personnel from Lakeside, El Cajon, and CalFire were assigned to the interior to look for victims. Fortunately no victims, or domestic animals, were located.

Fire damage was held to the one room, but extensive smoke damage made the occupancy uninhabitable.

Damage to the coach will probably exceed $20,000. A total of 12 personnel from Lakeside responded to the fire. Crews were assisted by crews from El Cajon Fire (E8-Madison Station), and CalFire (3382-Flinn Springs Station).

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Fire Engineer Carl Chiodo, Lakeside Fire District

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Engine 3 Crew Assists at Heartland 21st Fire Academy

El Cajon, CA -
The C-division engine crew from Lakeside's Lake Jennings Fire Station (fs3) spent a busy day helping train the firefighter recruits at the Heartland 21st Firefighter Academy on Saturday, January 15, 2011. The firefighter trainees, who are just finishing their first full-week of the 15-week academy, worked on basic hoselays. This important skill, which involves establishing a continuous water supply from a fire hydrant, is typically one of the first evolutions new recruits are taught.

Fire crews from several of the Central Zone fire agencies will assist the academy instructors with this training over the next few months.

A fire recruit charges the supply line as Engine 3 waits for water.

A recruit "wraps" the hydrant.

Lakeside Fire Engineer Chris Downing supervises reloading the hosebed on E3.

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

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Captain Steve Streck Retires from the Lakeside Fire District

Fire Chief Andy Parr with Retired Fire Captain Steve Streck
" It is a bittersweet day for our Fire District. The Board wishes to present Steve Streck, Our longest serving Fire Officer, and District employee, with a token of appreciation for his service to the District.

Steve Streck started work with the District September 16th, 1970. Just 10 days later the Laguna Fire started in San Diego's back country (near Kitchen Creek). That fire, like the Cedar Fire, burned from the back country into the suburban hillsides and hamlets, consuming hundreds of homes in its path. The Laguna Fire burned 186,000 acres. That fire was more than 40 years ago.

When you think of it, 40 years on the job means that Steve was hired here only 7 years after the District formed in 1963.

Steve, your presence with the District has been long and valued"

Fire Chief Andy Parr

Shirts Recalled due to Violation of Flammability Standard


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

January 11, 2011
Release #11-090
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 999-6568
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Men's Sherpa Shirts Recalled by Foria International Due to Violation of Federal Flammability Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Men's Fleece Sherpa Shirts

Units: About 20,800 units

Importer: Foria International Inc., of City of Industry, Calif.

Hazard: The shirts fail to meet the federal flammability standard for wearing apparel and pose a risk of burn injury.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received two reports from consumers stating that the shirts quickly caught on fire. No injuries were reported.

Description: The recalled men's pullover Sherpa shirts have a four-snap placket and long sleeves with rib-knit cuffs. The shirts are made from 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester blend brushed Sherpa fleece in olive and burgundy. A "Norm Thompson" woven label is located at the center back neckline of the garments.

Sold at: Norm Thompson catalogs and website and at Norm Thompson Stores in Lake Oswego, Lincoln City, Troutdale, Portland, and Portland Airport, all in Oregon; and in North Conway, N.H. and Kearneysville, W.V. from September 2003 through November 2009 for about $45.00.

Manufactured in: India

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled shirts immediately and contact Foria International for information on returning the shirts for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Foria International toll free at (888) 999-6568 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at

Friday, January 7, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Extricate Trapped Driver

Lakeside, CA-
 A rollover vehicle accident with entrapment brought several Lakeside Fire units to Highway 67 in the early-morning hours of January 7, 2011. Under the command of  Battalion 1 (Tockstein), firefighters from Lakeside's Riverview (fs1), Eucalyptus Hills (fs2), and Lake Jennings (fs3) fire stations utilized stabilization struts and hydraulic rescue tools to free the trapped driver from the upside-down vehicle. Lakeside firefighter/paramedics transported the driver to an area trauma center.

Units attending this incident included E1, E2, R3, M1, and B1. The CHP is investigating the accident.

Firefighters removed the entire side of the vehicle to access the trapped driver.

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

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lakeside Firefighters Finish Up a Busy 2010

Lakeside, CA -

Lakeside Firefighters finished 2010 with 11,406 unit responses. That was over 31 unit responses average per 24-hour shift. Individual company responses were as follows:

Riverview fire station (fs1)

Engine 1  - 2336 runs
Medic 1  - 2953 runs

Eucalyptus Hills fire station (fs2)

Engine 2  - 1038 runs
Brush 2   -  48 runs

Lake Jennings fire station (fs3)

Engine 3  - 1204 runs
Rescue 3 - 502 runs
Medic 3  - 2228 runs
Battalion 1 - 448 runs

Blossom Valley fire station (fs26)

Engine 26s  - 620 runs
Brush 26   -   29 runs

Heartland Fire Communications ended 2010 on incident number 62,553. A busy year by any measurement!

Submitted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Fireworks Cause Major Trauma in Glenview Area

Glenview: On New Years Day, 2011, at 12:07 a.m., the Lakeside Fire District received a call for a victim that had suffered injuries while setting off fireworks. A structural engine and an ALS ambulance were dispatched to the incident.

Arriving units treated a male patient that had suffered a "major traumatic injury" to the hand. The patient received initial trauma care by Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Station) but was quickly moved to Medic 6 (El Cajon Fire Department) for transport to UCSD Trauma/Burn Center for further treatment.

SDSO was contacted for follow-up on the device that caused the injury.

All fireworks are illegal in San Diego County, not only for the fire danger, but for their ability to cause devastating injuries such as this incident.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District