Monday, April 23, 2012

Crews Make Good Use of New Facility

Riverpark Station-

During the design phase of the new Riverpark Station one of the features was a training tower that would allow Lakeside Fire crews to train on a multitude of skills locally. The training tower was designed not only to provide a prop for fire suppression activities, but to allow for training on unique rescue skills.

Crews construct a tripod made from carbon-fiber elements
One of the design features was a series of openings that would allow crews to train on their “below grade” skills. These are rescue skills that allow crews to raise victims out of areas that present unique challenges. The tower allows for the lowering, and raising, of crews up through the three story tower through a series of narrow openings.

Firefighter-Paramedic Jon Jordan is lowered through the opening on the top story.
Captain-Paramedic Rick Dalldorf on his way down three stories.
The new training tower continues to provide outstanding training opportunities for crews.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm

Lakeside Firefighters Participate in 47th Annual Lakeside Western Days Parade


Lakeside Firefighters on Saturday 4/21/2012, along with Lakeside Logistical Volunteer Group and Lakeside CERT members participated in the 47th annual Lakeside Western Days Parade.  The parade is put on by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce each year to coincide with the Lakeside Rodeo which had it's 48th running this year.   The overall theme of the parade was "Lakeside; A Community Building Leaders."  The parade gave many organizations and groups in San Diego's East county the opportunity to highlight their cause.  The Chamber of commerce was awarding 7 trophies this year with categories ranging from a Community Trophy to the Grand Marshal award for the entry that had the best portrayal of Western Days.
E2 Leading the Parade with some bull horns for good measure
The fire department in Lakeside looks forward to the opportunity to participate in incidents such as the Western Days Parade.  These gatherings provide us the opportunity to show the citizens we serve some of the services we offer them.  This year the department entered the parade with the theme "A salute to our community volunteers".   Included this year in our parade entry was Engine 2 and Medic 2 from the new River Park Fire Station as well as our CERT  trailer and the support vehicle used by our LVG (Logistical Volunteer Group).

Medic 2 just behind E2
After the primary response vehicles came the support vehicles, which were operated by members of our Logistical Volunteer Group.  First up was the CERT trailer, which houses the equipment community members of the CERT team would use to aid the department  in the event of a large scale emergency.

Lakeside Utility 3 towing the CERT Trailer
Following the CERT Trailer was Support 4140, the vehicle used by Lakeside's Logistical Volunteer group.  The LVG are part of the Logistics Section of Lakeside fire and perform functions that support operations personnel (firefighters) with supply chain management, transportation of equipment and personnel, and many other logistics functions such as incident support.

Support 4140, the LVG Vehicle
Lakeside Fire thanks our volunteers who truly make our job easier.  If you would like to find out information on our volunteer programs please refer to the corresponding website for the volunteer program you are interested in.

Story By: Captain Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Quick Action by Neighbors Limits Damage at Residential Fire

Lakeside, CA -

A fire on the porch of a residence was extinguished thanks to the quick action of neighbors in Lakeside on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Several nearby residents put water on the fire using a garden hose as Lakeside firefighters responded to the call. Upon arrival of firefighters from Lakeside's Riverview fire station (fs1), the fire was mostly knocked down. The crews from Lakeside Engine 1, Engine 2, and Medic 2 checked for fire extension into the residence and secured utilities to the home. Damage was limited to the porch and outside wall. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Fire damage was limited to the porch and outside wall.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lakeside Engine 2 Responds To Power Lines Down

Eucalyptus Hills, CA -

Lakeside firefighters responded to a report of power lines down on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in the area of Eucalyptus Hills Drive and Pinehurst Drive. Once in the reported area, the crew from Lakeside Engine 2 found that a Pepper tree had fallen onto the electric and telephone service loops of a private residence just west of the intersection. This caused the power pole supporting these lines to snap and drop the lines onto the ground and into the path of traffic on Eucalyptus Hills Drive.

Lakeside Firefighter directs traffic.

Once the Engine 2 captain surveyed the situation, a request was made for CHP and SDG&E to respond. Engine 2's personnel then isolated the incident and denied entry to civilians until the scene could be made safe by SDG&E.

An SDG&E linesman goes to work.

Story and Photos by: Lakeside Fire Engineer Carl Chiodo