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!