Monday, May 28, 2012

Lakeside VFW Commemorates Memorial Day

Navy H-60 over the ballfield.

Lakeside, CA -

On Monday, May 28, 2012, firefighters from Lakeside Fire Station 2 (River Park) participated in the Memorial Day events at Lindo Lake Park in Lakeside.  The event was sponsored by Lakeside VFW Post 5867.  Along with engine 2 and medic 2, attendees were treated to displays of rotary aircraft from the Navy and San Diego County Sheriffs and CalFire. The Navy provided the event with an H-60 from the HSC-23 "WILDCARDS" and the county provided two of its helicopters.  A Bell MD-530 commonly known as ASTREA was in attendance along with a bell 205 from San Diego Sheriff/CalFire office that is used in firefighting operations.  There was food drinks and fun had by all.

Engine and Medic 2 at the event.

San Diego County Firefighting copter lands on the ballfield.

Sheriff's ASTREA "puts it down" in the park.

Story and photos by:  Captain Rick Dalldorf

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lakeside Fire to Auction Fire Station and Surplus Apparatus

Eucalyptus Hills -

June 1, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. is the date and time set for the
Lakeside Fire Protection District to auction off two surplus fire trucks and
the old Fire Station Number 2 on Valle Vista Road in Eucalyptus Hills.  If
you're interested in an opportunity to own this unique and historic
property, please see the information posted on the District's website at  Hope to see you there!

Fire Chief
Andy Parr
Lakeside Fire Protection District

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lakeside Firefighters Respond to Vehicle Fire with Extension to Residence

Lakeside, Ca-

Early on the evening on Thursday, May 17, 2012, Lakeside firefighters were dispatched to a reported vehicle fire in front of a residence on Amato Drive in Lakeside. On the arrival of Engine 1 (Riverview fire station), firefighters observed that the vehicle fire had extended into the garage of the residence with an exposure to the second floor above. The Engine 1 Captain (Lowe) immediately requested a full structure assignment consisting of 3 additional engine companies, 1 truck company, 1 medic unit, and division chief.  The Engine 1 crew quickly extinguished the vehicle fire and made access to the garage, limiting further fire spread.  On the arrival of additional fire companies, crews assisted with salvage and overhaul operations checking the rest of the house for fire extension and protecting personal property.  The cause of the fire is under investigation and no injuries were reported.

Lakeside units assigned to this call were Engine 1, Engine 2, Medic 2, and Division 4103.  Other agencies assisting were San Miguel, Heartland Fire Rescue, and CAL Fire.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Vegetation Fire Marks the Beginning of Fire Season


On Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 10:53 a.m., the Lakeside Fire Protection District received calls for a vegetation fire on Highway 67 midway up the Slaughterhouse Grade. Additional callers stated the fire was advancing up a hillside. Two structural engines, one brush engine, an ALS medic unit, and two staff officers were dispatched to the incident. In addition, CalFire sent a full response including aircraft to the fire.

The crew from Engine 2 and Medic 2 put in a hose lay in on the northern end of the fire.
Crews advance a hose lay up the perimeter on Division Alpha.
 On the arrival of Engine 2 and Medic 2 (Riverpark Fire Station), firefighters reported about a half-acre of light grass burning and advancing up an eastern facing slope next to the highway. Crews also had to deal with a number of spot fires near the main fire. Fortunately much of the fuel in the area is still alive, thus the fire was isolated to the light grass, resulting in a slower spread of the fire.

Copter 12 dropping water on Division Alpha
With the arrival of Brush 1 (Riverview Station) hose lays were established on both sides of the fire to control the forward advance. San Diego Copter 12 arrived and made a number of drops on the head of the fire stopping the up slope advance of the fire.

With the arrival of additional resources a final control line was placed around the fire and the entire burned area was overhauled. The final size of the fire was placed at about one acre. Cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

While not a major fire it is a reminder that fire season has arrived in the east county.

Lakeside Incident Commander: Division Chief Chuck Tockstein
Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

What Are Divisions?

To help manage fires they are broken down into geographic areas that are managed by a Division Leader. This provides for better management and accountability of personnel on the fire ground.   Typically the left side of the fire is designated Division Alpha, while the right side is given the designation of Division Zulu. As the fire grows additional divisions are added as needed.  

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lakeside Fire Fighters Battle Well-Involved Residential Fire

Firefighters stretch hoselines for fire attack.
Lakeside, CA-

Shortly after shift change on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2012,  Lakeside firefighters were dispatched to a well-involved residential structure fire not far from the new River Park fire station on Lakeside Avenue.  Once enroute, Engine 2 reported to Heartland Dispatch and responding units that heavy smoke was visible from their quarters. Lakeside Division 4103 arrived and assumed Incident Command (IC) assigning incoming fire units to necessary tactical assignments . After laying over 700 feet of 4 inch supply line from the closest fire hydrant, Engine 2 was assigned fire attack, assisted by Engine 4 (Santee).  Shortly after making entry into the well involved structure fire, crews had to back out due to heavy fire conditions inside the large single family home.  After Santee Truck 4 arrived on scene and was able to cut some holes in the roof to ventilate much of the heat and smoke, fire crews where able to make entry once again and knock down the fire and extinguish it.

Santee Truck 4 performs roof ventilation operations.
The Truck 4 crew placing ground ladders.

After the Sheriff Bomb-Arson Investigators had finished their investigation, firefighters were able to finish overhauling the structure and removing anything that might cause the fire to reignite.  Once this labor intensive task was complete, crews were able to rehab with water, gatorade, and snacks provided by the Lakeside Logistics Volunteer Group.

Firefighters faced heavy smoke and fire conditions.

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Lakeside Fire would like to acknowledge the timely assistance provided to us by our automatic aid partners during this challenging incident. Units assigned to this fire included: E1, E2, M2, 4103, 4105, 4106, 4140 (Lakeside); E4, T4, E5 (Santee); E6, E206 (El Cajon); E19, E21, LA23 (San Miguel); T27, 4803 (Barona); 4702 (Alpine).

Post By: Engineer/Paramedic Matthew Buzzell
Photos By: Firefighter/Paramedic Bryon Peters

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Early Morning Fire Damages Garage

Lakeside, CA-

At 4:34 a.m., on the morning of May 4, 2012,  Lakeside firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire with multiple reports of smoke and fire in a multifamily residential complex on Summersun Lane . Responding from the Riverview fire station (fs1) just one block away, Engine 1 firefighters arrived just minutes later to face heavy fire coming from a garage unit with flames threatening the living space above it. San Diego Sheriff Deputies were on scene evacuating residents. Engine 1 initiated fire attack and was soon supported by personnel from Engine 2 and Medic 2 from the Riverpark fire station (fs2). San Miguel Engine 19 from their Bostonia fire station arrived next and was assigned to protect and check for fire extension in the adjoining living areas. Santee Engine 4 and Truck 4 from Cottonwood fire station 4 were right behind and they were put to work supporting the operation.

Lakeside Division Chief 4103 (Laff) took over Incident Command(IC) from Engine 1. El Cajon Battalion 3 (Snow) arrived to assume the role of Safety Officer. The fire was brought under control by the quick action of all fire personnel on scene. All fire units were on scene in less than ten minutes from the time of the initial dispatch. Fire damage was confined to the garage with minor smoke and water damage to the adjoining garage. Fire did not extend to any of the attached living areas.

The garage was a total loss.

Support Unit 4140 was requested by the IC to provide logistical support to the incident. Unit 4140, staffed by members of the newly established Lakeside Logistics Volunteer Group (LVG) arrived with cold water, coffee, and food for the firefighters, scene personnel, and the temporarily displaced residents.

Lakeside LVGs assist with incident support.

Members of the Sheriff Bomb/Arson unit were on scene to determine the origin. The cause of the fire is under investigation. SDG&E also responded personnel to secure the damaged gas and electric utilities. This incident is another example of the excellent cooperative efforts of multiple agencies to provide public safety to the citizens of Lakeside. Thank you to all who assisted.

Submitted by: Chuck Palmore, Lakeside Fire Captain
Photos by: Dennis Canfield, Lakeside LVG Member