Friday, September 21, 2012

Morning Fire on Aurora Drive Displaces Family


On Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 8:43 AM, the Heartland Communications Center received a call reporting smoke coming from the structure at 13217 Aurora Drive. The neighbor reported that he could hear a smoke alarm, and that the "windows were hot to the touch." A first alarm structure response was sounded bringing units from Lakeside, El Cajon, Santee, and the San Miguel Fire District. A total of four structural engines, one truck company, an ALS medic unit, and two chief officers responded to the call.

On the arrival of Engine 3 and Medic 3 (Lake Jennings Fire Station) they encountered heavy smoke coming from the dwelling. With the arrival of Engine 8 (Heartland Fire & Rescue, Madison Station), and Engine 19 (San Miguel Fire, Bostonia Station) crews made entry and located the fire in a back bedroom. Crews conducted a search for occupants and domestic pets, fortunately none were found.

Crews were able to confine the fire to the bedroom, but heat and smoke damage was present throughout the structure. The Red Cross was notified to assist the family with their immediate needs.

The Logistics Volunteer Group responded and provided rehab support to the crews on-scene.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. A total of 20 fire personnel responded to the incident.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Video By: SDSO Deputies

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lakeside Fire District Annual Open House

Lakeside, CA -

The Lakeside Fire District will hold our annual open house on September 29, 2012. The location will be Lakeside fire station 3 (Lake Jennings station) at 14008 Highway 8 Business in unincorporated El Cajon. Please come check out your local fire department between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lakeside Firefighters Assist Santee with House Fire

Fire attack operations get underway.

Truck 4 crew performing roof operations.

 Santee, CA-

 Just before noon on Monday, September 17, 2012, Lakeside engine 1 and Medic 2 were dispatched to to a residential structure fire in Santee.  Division Chief 4106 from Lakeside Fire District was first on scene reporting a well-involved garage fire.  Santee units arrived on scene and coordinated ventilation and fire attack to quickly knock-down the fire while Lakeside and El Cajon units arrived to assist in stopping the fire from spreading through the attic of the home.  One civilian was assessed for injuries and released at scene.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Units on scene from Santee were engine 4, truck 4, rescue 5, and battalion 2.  Units from Lakeside were engine 1, medic 2, and engine 9 from El Cajon.

Dinner at Lakeside fire station 2

 Lakeside, CA -

Sunday night, a lucky family was able to take a private tour of the new fire station 2 on Lakeside Ave and then sat down to enjoy a dinner prepared by the on-duty firefighters.  The Lakeside Firefighters donated "A Dinner at The Fire House" to the Lakeside River Park Conservancy to be raffled off for charity at a fund raising dinner.  The Peers family was the lucky winner and were able to treat themselves and their immediate family to a dinner headed-up by firefighter/paramedic Jose Corona.  Along with the tour of the station and a closer look at the fire apparatus, the family got to know a few of the first responders in their community.

As the event came to an end, the Station 2 units received a call and everyone got to watch as engine2 and medic 2 headed to a call.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lakeside Fire Fighters Climb in Memory of 9-11

San Diego, CA -

September 8, 2012,

A group of Lakeside Fire Fighters joined hundreds of other firefighters and civilians in remembering the events of 9/11 during this year's annual 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb in San Diego. The event, held by the charity Firefighter Aid, includes an opening ceremony honoring the sacrifices made by emergency services personnel and a remembrance of all who died on September 11, 2001. Each person participating in the event climbs with a photo of one of the 343 FDNY firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the twin towers that day.

The first team of firefighters started the 110-story stair climb at 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of the exact time the north tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan was struck. This year's inaugural team was a large group of chief officers from San Diego Fire-Rescue including fire chief Javier Mainar. Lakeside's nine-member team started our climb at 9:32 a.m. and completed the challenge in just over one-hour!

With many very generous donations, our team raised nearly $1000 for FireFighter Aid, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to caring for Firefighters and their families through sickness, distress, and death.

Lakeside Fire Fighters look forward to participating in this challenging and worthwhile event every September.

The 30-story San Diego Bayfront Hilton hosted the event.

Junior Lakeside Firefighter Caleb Zauss looks ready to climb!

Looking fresh after the climb from l, Reserve FF-PM Kyle Zauss, Reserve FF-PM Marc Poynter, FF-PM Danny Leetch, Captain Ian Lowe, Captain Scott Culkin, Captain Beto Lawler, Reserve FF-PM Corey Palmore, Captain Chuck Palmore.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Amanda Zauss

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lakeside Fire Fighters Quick Response Limits Damage at Residential Fire

Lakeside, CA -

On Saturday morning, September 8, 2012, Heartland Fire Communications received numerous calls for a fire in an apartment complex in the 12600 block of Julian Avenue in Lakeside. Responding firefighters arrived in just over six minutes and encountered heavy fire showing from a single-story, multi-unit apartment building with one apartment well-involved with fire. Crews quickly stretched hoselines and secured a water supply at a nearby fire hydrant. Firefighters coordinated an aggressive interior fire attack with a primary search of the dwelling for occupants. Other arriving fire companies stretched additional hoselines to protect adjacent structures. The quick response coupled with rapid fire attack limited fire damage to only one apartment in the four-unit building. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The following fire units were assigned to this incident: E1, E2, E3, M2, Div 4103, Chief 4101, Support 4140 (Lakeside); E4, T4, R5, Deputy 4202 (Santee); E6, E9, T6, B3 (El Cajon); E18, E19, Div 4606 (San Miguel). As always, Lakeside is grateful for the assistance received from our automatic-aid partners.

Posted by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Lakeside CERT Training Starts Sept. 15th

There is still room available in the next Lakeside Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) academy which is scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 15th.

CERT members are trained to safely extinguish small fires

The CERT program educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Lakeside. Students are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Training includes how to locate and treat injured disaster victims

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members will be able to assist family members and others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Putting it all together
For more information and to register, please visit the CERT page on the Lakeside Fire District website at

Submitted By: Chuck Palmore, Lakeside CERT Coordinator 

Lakeside Fire Fighters Assist Santee on Industrial Fire

Santee, Ca -

On Saturday, September 1, 2012, Lakeside firefighters responded to assist Santee with a fire in an outside storage yard in the 10900 block of Woodside Avenue North. Lakeside Engine 1 (Riverview fire station) was the first arriving unit reporting smoke visible from behind a large metal security gate and fencing. Firefighters used a rotary saw with a metal cutting blade to cut the lock and make access to the occupancy. Once inside, fire was discovered in and around an outdoor storage shelving area. The crew from Engine 1 stretched an attack line and quickly knocked down the fire while Engine 2 (River Park fire station) layed a supply line in from the closest hydrant. Other units attending this fire included E5 and R5 (Santee); T6 (El Cajon); M2 and Divison 4106 (Lakeside). The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Engine 1 on scene with smoke showing.
Lakeside firefighter-paramedic Josh Raczka cuts the lock.
Lakeside Captain Ian Lowe gives a report on conditions.
Fire is attacked with preconnected handline.
Story and photos by: Lakeside firefighter-paramedic Steve Russo