Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wildcat Canyon Collision Sends Two to the Trauma Center

Wildcat Canyon Area-

On Thursday, January 31st 2013 at 8:43 PM, the Lakeside Fire Protection District received a call reference a vehicle accident that was blocking all lanes on Wildcat Canyon Rd just north of Willow Rd. A standard response for vehicle accidents in this area was initiated which sent two structural engines, a rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and a duty chief.

CHP starts the investigation after the patients had been transported.

As Engine 2 and Medic 2 arrived ( River Park Fire Station) they located two heavily damaged vehicle some distance apart. Command of the incident was assumed by Captain Hisaw. A request was made to send an additional medic unit due to the distance and status of the two injured drivers. Medic 3 (Lake Jennings Fire Station) was sent to the incident.

Both injured parties were transported to the trauma unit at Sharp Memorial Hospital in Kearny Mesa. CHP is investigating the accident which resulted in an extended closure of Wildcat Canyon Rd. For those that got stuck in the traffic jam, thanks for your patience and understanding.

Units assigned to incident:

Engine 1

Engine 2
Medic 2

Rescue 3
Medic 3

Battalion 3

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

School Bus Vs. Fire Hydrant

Wintergardens Area-

On Friday, January 18th 2013 at 1:29 PM, the Lakeside Fire Protection District received a call about a "knocked off hydrant" in the 9700 blk of Winter Gardens Blvd.   As crews responded from Lakeside fire station #2 (River Park Station), about a mile away, a large geyser of water could be seen shooting in the sky.  Fire crews arrived at scene to find a bus located in front of the Fresh and Easy store and a fire hydrant knocked off at the base with a large column of water flowing directly into the interior of the bus.  No children were in the bus at the time of the accident. 

Water sprays over the parking area on Winter Gardens Blvd
Fire crews worked with Lakeside Water District officials to shut down the the flowing hydrant.  The local business were not flooded and one vehicle located adjacent to the bus received minor flooding to the drivers compartment. 

 CHP officers were at scene investigating the cause of the accident.

Submitted By: Fire Captain John Hisaw, Lakeside Fire Protection District
Photo By: Division Chief Chuck Tockstein, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lakeside Assists on Carveacre Structure Fire


On Tuesday, January 22nd 2013 at 6:59 AM, the Lakeside Fire Protection District received an automatic aid request to respond Rescue 3 (Lake Jenning Fire Station) to a structure fire in the Carveacre area east of Alpine. The San Diego Rural Fire District had received calls of a well involved structure in the 3500 blk of Big Cat Trail. In addition a request was made to have Lakeside Division Chief Ron Laff respond to the incident to assist with operations.

Fire conditions on the arrival of first responders.
Captain John Hisaw (Lakeside Fire) lives in the immediate vicinity, and noticed a large column of smoke near his home. He responded to the dwelling to assure the occupants had evacuated and removed a number of domestic pets prior to the arrival of fire units.

Sheriff Fire Investigators look over the scene.
The crew from Rescue 3 was assigned to assist Rural, USFS, and CALFIRE units on the interior of the home. The fire had extended to the attic and the crawl space under the floor making control difficult as much of the floor had burned away. Crews eventually knocked down the fire and were able to make entry. Fortunately all occupants had made it out safety and were accounted for.

View 2013 Incident Map in a larger map

Rescue 3 provided a paramedic to render ALS care to an occupant that suffered smoke inhalation. Care continued till the arrival of an AMR paramedic ambulance. 

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District
Photos By: Division Chief Ron Laff, Lakeside Fire Protection District


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lakeside Fire Welcomes New Employees

Lakeside Fire-

The Lakeside Fire Protection District has hired five firefighter-paramedics to full time positions. All of the new employees have served the District as reserve firefighters. During their time as reserve firefighters they were carefully evaluated as to their capabilities in the various roles that they will serve. All of these employees also have experience working for other fire agencies, and paramedic providers throughout San Diego County.

Lakeside's new firefighters receive their badges from family members
At the January 8th meeting of the Lakeside Fire District Board of Directors, the new employees received their badges. They will now enter into a three year training program that will teach new advanced skills. The new Firefighter-Paramedics are:

Brett  Watte
Corey Palmore
Kyle Zauss
Marc Poynter
David Csik

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Lakeside Firefighters Battle Stubborn Garage Fire

Winter Gardens, CA -

A fire in a detached residential garage required the attendance of several fire companies and chief officers on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, in the Winter Gardens area of Lakeside. Heartland Fire Communications received numerous calls just after 9:00 a.m. for a large column of smoke in the 9400 block of Riverview Avenue. Lakeside Division 4103 (Laff) was first on scene reporting heavy smoke visible from the garage with possible extension into the residence. Engine 1 (Riverview station) arrived on scene within four minutes and firefighters stretched attack lines down the driveway. While not visible from the street, the garage was not actually attached to the residence. Firefighters made entry through a side door and quickly knocked down a large amount of fire. Due to the quick response and aggressive fire attack, the fire was stopped before extending into the adjacent residence. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Units attending this incident included: E1, E2, E3, M2, Div. 4103, Div. 4105, Support 4140 (Lakeside); E4, T4 (Santee); E19 (San Miguel). S.D. Sheriff's deputies also assisted. As always, Lakeside would like to thank our automatic aid partners for their timely assistance on this incident.

Heavy smoke visible from garage.

Firefighter-paramedic Jose Corona moves a barbecue from the front of the garage.
Captain Scott Culkin directs the placement of the attack line.
Firefighters start ventilation after knockdown of the fire.
Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Firefighter-paramedic Steve Russo