Sunday, June 30, 2013

Lakeside Cub Scouts "Pack 3" Visit Station #2

River Park Fire Station-

The fire crew at the River Park Fire Station had a special treat when the members of Cub Scout "Pack 3" paid a visit for a tour of the new station. Based out of OLPH (here in Lakeside) the pack was given a tour of the new quarters and looked over the equipment at this station. The crew demonstrated some of the duties of fire fighters, and participated in safety discussions.

The pack is shown some of the firefighting equipment on Engine 2.

Firefighter-Paramedic Danny Leetch shows the group equipment worn by firefighters during structural fires.

The members of Pack 3 with Captain Rick Dalldorf, Firefighter-Paramedic Josh Wilson, Paramedic Intern Tim Worthy, Firefighter-Paramedic Danny Leetch, Firefighter-Paramedic Josh Raczka, and Engineer Carl Chiodo (L to R)
It was great to have these young people at the new fire station...

Photos and Story By: Captain Rick Dalldorf, Lakeside Fire District

Driver Escapes Serious Injury on Interstate 8 Vehicle Accident

Flinn Springs-

The sole occupant of a eastbound SUV escaped serious injury when his vehicle left the freeway landing some 50 feet down a ravine. On Sunday, June 30th, 2013 at 8:23 AM, the Heartland Communications Center dispatched first-responders to a reported vehicle "over-the-side" on eastbound Interstate 8 just west of the Dunbar Lane off-ramp. Two structural engines, a rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and a duty chief were sent to the incident.

Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm starts the assessment on the sole occupant of the vehicle.
While responding to the call Medic 3 came across a multi-patient incident on Los Coches Rd near the freeway. While they stopped to render aid an additional medic unit was sent to the Interstate 8 incident.

Passenger side damage like this typically results in severe, or fatal, injuries. Fortunately nobody was in the front passenger seat.
With the arrival of Rescue 3 (Lake Jennings Station), Engine 17 (Alpine Fire) and Division 4103 (Laff) crews contacted the sole occupant who had amazingly suffered relatively minor injuries. Upon accessing the vehicle fire crews were surprised to see the amount of damage that had occurred.  Realistically, had a passenger been in the front seat, their survival would have been questionable.

CHP is currently investigating the accident. A total of 7 Lakeside personnel responded to the incident. Lakeside was assisted by Alpine and Heartland Fire and Rescue.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Multi-Agency Response to Fire in Santee

Santee, CA -

Firefighters spent the hot afternoon of Friday June 28, 2013, battling a blaze off of Prospect Avenue in Santee, just north of Gillespie Field. As resources were being released from the vegetation fire on Muth Valley Road, another fire was breaking out in Santee.

Heavy smoke showing on arrival.

Reports began coming in to Heartland Communication Center that there was both a vegetation fire and a structure fire taking place. Lakeside Fire Chief 4101 (Parr) arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke and fire visible with several vehicles and rubbish on fire behind a building. Santee Engine 4, Engine 5 and Lakeside Engine 3 arrived in short order and began attacking the fire from different access points.

Lakeside Engineer Shawn McKenna attacking the fire.

The fire was burning across several lots in the 10500 block of Prospect Avenue. There was vegetation, structures, cars, trash, cargo container's and other debris that burned. During the fire several propane tanks ruptured sending the sounds of explosions throughout the areas surrounding the fire. There were also compressed paint cans that exploded flying over 100 feet from the fire. This fact illustrates the reason the public should not try to get close to these events when they happen. To complicate the suppression efforts there were several fences that obstructed the firefighters ability to reach all of the debris that was on fire.

Lakeside Captain Bernie Molloy checking access.

The fire was suppressed after approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters remained on-scene for an extended period of time. The overhaul needs from this fire were extensive. All of the vegetation and debris had to be thoroughly covered in water to ensure there were no hidden embers that would later result in more fires.

Lakeside Fire Captain Ian Lowe confers with San Diego Engine 34's Captain.

The response included 14 engines, 2 trucks, 2 ALS medic units, 6 chief officers and the Lakeside Fire Logistical Volunteer Group. Of these units Lakeside Fire supplied 2 fire engines 1 brush engine, 1 ALS ambulance, 3 chief officers, and the LVG support personnel. Other agencies assisting Santee Fire were Lakeside Fire Protection District, Heartland Fire and Rescue, San Diego Fire and Rescue, and Viejas Fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Story By: Captain Bernie Molloy
Photos By: Captain Rick Dalldorf and Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Russo

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Wildcat Canyon Brush Fire Halted by Multi-Agency Response

Lakeside, CA -

On Friday June 28, 2013, at aproximately 1:45 p.m., Heartland Dispatch Center began receiving calls reporting a vegetation fire near Wildcat Canyon Road and Muth Valley Road.  Firefighters from Lakeside, Barona, Santee, and Cal Fire were dispatched to the area.

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Lakeside Division Chief 4103 (Laff) was first on scene and reported a vegetation fire on Muth Valley Road that was approximately 1/2 acre in size with a moderate rate of spread.  Barona Brush 27 was the first fire apparatus on scene and began a hose lay on the right flank of the fire.  Lakeside E3 arrived just behind Brush 27 and began a hose lay on the left flank of the fire.  Lakeside Brush 1, Santee Medic 4 and several engines from Cal Fire arrived to supplement the hose lays.

Cal Fire Crews Mark the Point of Origin
Crews Move down along the edge of the fire

The fire was held at just under a half of an acre due to the quick response and the fast actions of the firefighters.  This vegetation fire is another great example off how the mutual aid system in East County San Diego ensures the citizens always get the closest suppression units no matter where they live or what agency serves them.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Burn was held to approximately 1/2 of an acre

Story By: Captain Bernie Molloy
Photos By:  Engineer Lance Buford

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Changed Feed Might Affect E-Mail Delivery

Lakeside Fire-

A few months ago we experienced some difficulties with our RSS feed that sends our blog stories to our Facebook and Twitter account. A change was made that fixed the problem, but probably discontinued the email delivery of blog stories to our viewers.

If you have noticed that you are not receiving the stories to your account it may be necessary to sign-up again. In the right margin, near the top, is a box to enter your email address to receive the blog stories.

We are sorry about this inconvenience...

Captain Mark Grow
Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, June 23, 2013

World War II Veteran Stops by Lake Jennings Fire Station


Lakeside resident and WWII veteran Jack Roland was the guest speaker at the Civil Air Patrol Squadron 47 weekly meeting on Camp Pendleton Marine Base on the evening of June 25th. 

Jack has an amazing story in that he was in the 103rd Infantry Division and took part in Operation Market Garden. When Jack was 18 years old the 103rd parachuted into Marseille in Southern France were most of his Division was decimated and Jack and a hand full of others were taken prisoner and sent to Nuremberg Germany. He took place in the Battle of the Bulge and was also in the infamous Death March. 

Shot three times and with 6 kills to his credit, Jack received the Silver Star, Three Purple Hearts Four Battle Medals among other honors. A German officer uniform to Jacks credit is on display at the Veteran Building in Mission Valley. We want to recognize and thank Jack Roland for his outstanding service to his country and for spending and evening with the 47th.

Lake Jennings Fire Station-

Local Veteran Mr. Jack Roland came to station 3 for a station tour with his caregiver and a family friend. Firefighter Todd Welch and his family set up the station tour. Mr. Roland has spoken at multiple community events, and is going to be speaking at Camp Pendleton at a Civil Air Patrol meeting in a few days.

 Mr. Roland is a World War II Veteran and was involved in combat operations in the European theater. Mr. Roland was part of the 103rd infantry, and served in several combat operations including "The Battle of the Bulge", and Operation Market Garden.

The crew from Station #3 welcomes Mr. Rowland. Firefighter-Paramedic Eric Stamm, Mr Jack Rowland, Fire Engineer-Paramedic Rich Smith, and Probationary Firefighter-Paramedic Marc Poynter (L to R)
Mr. Roland was captured by the Germans and was imprisoned in a POW camp for over a year. The crew would like to thank Mr. Roland for his service to his country and his community, and it was a great honor for us  to have him tour our station.

Submitted By: Jamie Hazlewood, Firefighter-Paramedic and Firefighter Todd Welch, Lakeside Fire District


Lake Jennings Area-

Late Saturday night on June 22, 2013, firefighters from the Lakeside Fire Protection District responded to a report of a vehicle accident that had a patient trapped and another vehicle on fire. Engine 2, from the River Park fire station, was the first unit on scene and found a four-door sedan and a four-door Jeep had collided head-on just west of the El Monte Road and Lake Jennings Park Road intersection with both vehicles having major damage. The vehicle fire had been extinguished with multiple fire extinguishers by Sheriff deputies before fire units arrived.

Two patients were trapped in their vehicles and one had self-extricated.  One victim was pronounced deceased at scene and two others were transported to area hospitals after a short extrication.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Lakeside Firefighters assessing the scene. Both vehicles suffered severe damage resulting in two extrications. (Photo By: Jeff Holz)
Fire crews stand-by till the arrival of the Medical Examiner. (Photo By: Jeff Holz)
Units on scene from Lakeside Fire were Engine 2, Engine 1, Rescue 3, and Division 4106.  Agencies that assisted were Santee Medic 4 and El Cajon Medic 6.

Story and Photos by: Matt Buzzell, Fire Engineer-Paramedic, Lakeside Fire District
Additional Photos By: Jeff Holz
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lakeside Amateur Radio Club conducts Field Day Operations from the Administrative Headquarters "Annex"

Lakeside Administrative Annex-

A 7.8 earthquake has occurred along the San Andres fault just outside of Palm Springs. Almost immediately internet and cable services have gone down. Your cell phone has been rendered worthless as the sites have no power. The remaining fire and police frequencies are taxed as units respond to multiple rescues throughout San Diego County. Coordinating the delivery of disaster aid is difficult as the scope of the incident is still unknown.

Members of the Lakeside Amateur Radio Club with Lakeside Fire Board Member Susan Conniry, and Division Chief Jim Kirkpatrick.
But even in these circumstances teams of trained amateur radio operators are mobilizing to provide much needed communications. Local nets have formed and information is being passed to fire and police agencies. The Salvation Army, Red Cross and RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services) have activated their teams of ham radio operators. Other hams are bouncing their signals off the earth's atmosphere helping coordinate the Federal response.

This scenario has been played out each and every year as disasters have occurred around the globe.

A LARC member making contact on a radio capable of global communications.
On Saturday, June 22nd, 2013, the Lakeside Amateur Radio Club moved their antennas and radios to the Administrative Annex located next to the new fire station on Lakeside Ave. For the next 24 hours they will communicate with amateur radio operators from all over the world. This yearly test is coordinated by the ARRL (American Radio Relay League). It tests the ability of amateur radio to provide reliable, global, communications in disaster conditions.

A LARC member making contact through a digital format known as PSK. In a real disaster the room would probably be this busy.

The Lakeside Fire Protection District has also partnered with the Lakeside Amateur Radio Club to form a Communications Volunteer Group. These highly trained hams can be activated for local events and emergencies. In situations where communications are compromised this group of local "community" volunteers are ready to fill the gap.

Operating a ham radio from a computer screen.
 If you are interested in obtaining your amateur radio license contact the Lakeside Amateur Radio Club. This is a very active club that holds monthly meetings locally.

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

Vehicle Catapults off Highway 67


A driver traveling north on Highway 67 suddenly found himself 150’ below the freeway when he lost control of his vehicle at the top of Slaughterhouse Grade. On Monday, June 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM, the Heartland Communications Center received a 911 call from witnesses that saw the car depart the roadway. Two structural engines, one rescue company, one ALS medic unit, and a duty chief were dispatched to the incident in the 13100 blk of Highway 67.

Lakeside Fire crews prepare to carry out the victim in a stokes basket.
On the arrival of the Lakeside duty chief (Laff), he located the vehicle below the highway and directed firefighters from the River Park station into an area to attempt access from a nearby residence. The crew from Engine 2 and Medic 3 accessed the area on foot and initiated an assessment on the single occupant who had suffered moderate injuries.

Lakeside firefighters hike the patient out to an awaiting medic unit.
With the arrival of Rescue 3 (Lake Jennings Station) firefighters attached a wheel to the stokes basket and accessed the scene. The patient was carefully removed from the area and transported by paramedics to Sharp Memorial Trauma Center for further evaluation.

CHP is currently investigating the incident.

A total of 12 Lakeside personnel responded to the incident.

Submitted By: Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District 
Photo By: Firefighter-Paramedic Steve Russo, Lakeside Fire District
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Lakeside Assists with Northcote Structure Fire


On Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 4.38 PM, the Heartland Communications Center received a call from a homeowner stating she had a fire in the carport area of her home. Three structure engines, a truck company, a rescue company, one ALS medic unit, and two duty chiefs were sent to the fire in the 9200 block of Northcote Rd in the City of Santee.

Santee and Lakeside Fire units on Northcote Rd
Medic 4 (Santee Cottonwood Station) arrived and started a search to make sure the residence had no occupants inside. The fire was soon located in an enclosed area utilized as a washroom. With the arrival of Engine 1 (Riverview Station) lines were pulled and the fire was quickly knocked down. Crews used infrared handheld units to make sure the fire was fully extinguished.

Lakeside Fire Engineer Steve Schleif attaches a four inch supply line from a nearby hydrant.
Santee crews conducted an additional secondary search to make sure all occupants, and pets, were out of the building.

The fire cause was determined to be lint build-up around the dryer unit. The U.S. Fire Administration estimates 2,900 dryer fires occur each year resulting in 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 miilion dollars in loses. This might be a stark reminder to check your dryer ventilation system today!

A total of 7 Lakeside personnel assisted with this incident. Another example of cooperative automatic aid between agencies in the Central Zone.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Fire Captain Bernie Molloy, Lakeside Fire District
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Bob Robeson Awarded "Volunteer of the Year" by the Resource Conservation District

Bonita –

At the June 7, 2013 RCD Annual Awards Luncheon Bob Robeson was given the Volunteer of the Year award for his tireless effort working for the Eucalyptus Hills Fire Safe Council.  Bob is so active and engaging, you can’t help but become enthusiastic about the doing your part about keeping your home (and your family) fire safe…but Bob doesn’t stop there; Bob also assists the Lakeside Fire Protection District volunteering as their District Liaison Officer.  In this this position at the FPD Bob represents the Fire District and does a fabulous job in spreading the word of both defensible space and personal preparedness.  But wait, there’s more…Bob is also is assisting the new El Capitan Fire Safe Council with their process in becoming a full-fledged FSC by assisting with their CWPP and attending collaboration and other meetings, giving freely of his effective and insightful opinions and advice

Bob Robeson with the "Volunteer of the Year" award.
Bob’s lifelong career was as a CALFIRE Chief Officer so he brings with him a ton of knowledge and experience about fires of the past, fire prevention and other fire service based experience.  In Bob’s acceptance speech for this award he said; “After my time at CDF I thought I had done a lot of good stuff.  But, I will tell you, my time serving my community as a volunteer is the most rewarding time I have ever spent.”

Congratulations Bob on your award and thank you so much for all you do for the Lakeside FPD.

Submitted By: Fire Chief Andy Parr, Lakeside Fire District

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Police Pursuit Ends on Cresthill Place

Pepper Drive Area -

A police pursuit that originated in the City of El Cajon came to an abrupt end when the suspect's vehicle struck an occupied residence on Cresthill Place. On Thursday, June 13th, 2013, at 11:53 AM the Heartland Communications Center received a request by law enforcement to have fire crews respond and evaluate a single patient from the vehicle, and the stability of the structure that had received damage. 

El Cajon Police search the suspects vehicle.
 Initially a full first alarm assignment was sent to the call which included three structural engines, a truck company, a rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and two duty chief officers. On the arrival of Medic 2 (River Park Station) it was quickly determined that the occupant was uninjured. Engine 2 inspected the structure for damage and instability. After it was determined that the structure was safe the additional companies were cancelled.

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This incident is being investigated by El Cajon Police Department.

Lakeside Fire District received assistance from Heartland Fire & Rescue, and the Santee Fire Department.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photo By: Todd Welch, Lakeside Fire District

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Stork Visits Flinn Springs - Lakeside Firefighters Assist with Newborn Delivery

Flinn Springs, CA - 

An expectant mother didn't quite make it to the hospital early Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013. The car she was traveling in pulled over on westbound Interstate 8 and 911 was called when the baby could not wait any longer. Firefighters from Lakeside's Blossom Valley fire station (fs26) were alerted at 3:49 a.m. and quickly responded to help.

By the time firefighters had arrived, a healthy baby boy had already delivered. The crew assessed both mother and baby and prepared both for transport to Grossmont Hospital. Lakeside Medic 2 from the River Park fire station (fs2) arrived to provide transport.

Ironically, Engine 26 had just returned to quarters from another childbirth-related call when this call was dispatched.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 -

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Traffic Collision with Entrapment on Wildcat Canyon Road

Lakeside, CA - 

A driver suffered major injuries in a head-on traffic collision on Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. Firefighters were alerted at 5:15 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2013, for the accident just north of Muth Valley Road. Barona Engine 27 was first on scene reporting a high-speed collision with patient entrapment. Firefighter-paramedics from Lakeside's River Park fire station arrived soon after and deployed their hydraulic rescue tools to begin patient extrication and treatment. Lakeside Rescue 3 arrived and assisted with their larger complement of rescue equipment.

Due to the extended extrication, a Mercy Air helicopter was requested for transport. A team of firefighter-paramedics worked to stabilize the patient while Medic 2 was driven to the Landing Zone at El Capitan High School. The patient was tranported to the care of Mercy Air 6 and flown to Sharp Memorial Hospital Trauma Center.

Units attending this incident included: Engine 1, Engine 2, Rescue 3, Medic 2 (Lakeside); Engine 27 (Barona); Battalion 3 (Heartland Fire-Rescue).

Mercy Air 6 arrives at the "LZ."
MA-6 on the ground with E1 and M2.

Heartland Fire-Rescue Battalion 3 (Kakuris) was the Incident Commander.

Post and photos by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Danny Leetch Drives the 2-20 into the Finals at the Firefighter's Demolition Derby

Del Mar-

With a strong entry, and a pit crew made up of family and firefighters, Danny Leetch drove the 2-20 into the finals at the 2013 Farmers Insurance Fire Expo and Demolition Derby. This event is conducted every year in support of the Burn Institute.

Danny Leetch, and wife Rory (on right) poses with neighbors (and pit crew) Nichole, Joe and Robert.
After a strong showing in the second heat Danny drove to the pits with significant mechanical problems. Crews were given four hours to make the repairs before the finals. With a pit crew composed of family members, and Lakeside firefighters, repairs to the body and a radiator swap was done expeditiously.

Lakeside firefighters Jose Corona, Carl Chiodo, and John Hisaw (L to R) swap out the radiator.
During the second heat Danny took a blow to the front of the vehicle that ruptured the radiator and drove metal into a rear tire. But even with those problems the rest of the car was in "competition shape", and a hopeful to take the finish flag.

Lakeside's John Hisaw works to repair bodywork that was rubbing on the rear tire.
As the flag dropped for the final event the 2-20 was looking strong. But the 2-20's time in the arena would come to an end with a crushing blow that would drive the car into a safety berm and ultimately kill the engine. In the end the Bonita Firefighter's "#38 Car" would win the event....congratulations!

We wanted everyone the have the opportunity to see the event, so the video link below has all three heat races and the finals.

Thank you for your support Lakeside.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

Friday, June 7, 2013

Lakeside Firefighter's Scholarship Presented to El Capitan Student

El Capitan High School-

On June 6, 2013, representatives from the Lakeside Firefighter's Association attended the El Capitan High School awards ceremony to award the 3rd annual Lakeside Firefighter's Scholarship. After carefully reviewing the applications of the many deserving students a committee of firefighters narrowed the field down to one winner. This year the award went to Tyler Scott Leone.

Lakeside Firefighters Corey Palmore, Steve Russo, and Carl Chiodo (L to R) make the presentation at the El Capitan awards ceremony.
Community service is one of the major factors on which a college bound Senior can win this award. Tyler really excelled in this area along with having a strong GPA. According to his teachers, Tyler has not let his confinement to a wheelchair  stop him from participating, influencing, and inspiring the community around him. Tyler has overcome adversity to participate and assist with the boy's basketball and football teams as well as being incredibly active in the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Tyler joins firefighters on stage to receive his scholarship.
Tyler has done numerous T.V. interviews at various MDA fundraising events, has been on the MDA telethon, and raises money each year to assemble a team for the MDA walk. He has been the MDA Goodwill Ambassador of San Diego County and then the Goodwill Ambassador for the entire state of California! These are just a few of the things Tyler has been involved with.

Tyler with the Lakeside Firefighters.
The Lakeside Firefighters would like to congratulate Tyler on his graduation from high school and thank him for his incredible service to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and for being an inspiration to us all.

Story By: Fire Engineer Carl Chiodo, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Fire Captain Rick Dalldorf, Lakeside Fire District

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Community Turns Out for Sidewalk CPR


Sidewalk CPR Day was established to instruct the community on "hands only" CPR. Recent research has shown that correct chest compressions applied in a timely manner can have a significant impact on the survivability of patients.

In the past this event has attracted 60-70 people who received the training from Lakeside Fire District personnel. But this year an amazing 151 people received the training from firefighters at two locations in the community.

If you missed today's training we encourage you to visit the American Heart Association's website dedicated to "Hands Only CPR"..

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, and Firefighter-Paramedic Marc Poynter

Multi-Agency Response Holds Fire Off Vigilante Rd

Moreno Valley-

On June 4th, 2013 at 12:17 PM, the Heartland Communications Center received multiple 911 calls about a vegetation fire burning behind the businesses in the 12500 block of Vigilante Rd. A medium wildland response was initiated which brought 3 brush engines, three structural engines, one water tender, two duty officers, and an ALS medic unit. Cal Fire also initiated a response which included additional brush engines and aircraft.

Firefighter Todd Welch overhauling the fire area.

Crews from Lakeside and Santee continue the overhaul process in heavy overhead fuels.
The first arriving officer was Fire Chief Parr who located a fire burning in a creek bed near the businesses. Engine 2 (River Park Station), and engines from the Santee Fire Department took up positions to stop the spread. Additional companies were requested to assist with overhaul in the area. Brush 225 (Viejas Fire), and Cal Fire crews cut a containment line around the fire which was located in heavy fuels.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Lakeside Fire was assisted by Santee Fire, Viejas Fire, and Cal Fire. A total of 11 Lakeside personnel responded to the fire.

Submitted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Fire Captain Rick Dalldorf, Lakeside Fire District

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Lakeside Assists Cal Fire at Ramona Hay Fire


On Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 1:21 PM, the Lakeside Fire District received a request to respond Water Tender 7251 (River Park Station) to a well establish hay fire in the 2200 block of Dye Rd in the community of Ramona. Engine 2 and the water tender responded to the request where it was utilized to provide large volumes of water at the stubborn fire.

Engine 2 arrives at the incident in Ramona.
Ramona and Lakeside engines setup hose lines to supply the engine companies.

Given the amount of overhaul required on these types of fires the water tender assisted for four hours making multiple trips to deliver water to the scene. The water tender carries 2000 gallons of water.

Story By: Fire Captain Rick Dalldorf, Lakeside Fire District
Photos By: Captain Rick Dalldorf and Firefighter Todd Welch, Lakeside Fire District
Video By: Firefighter Todd Welch, Lakeside Fire District

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Amateur Radio Classes to be Offered in Lakeside

With the advent of the internet and digital communications many thought amateur radio (hams) had fallen off the face of the earth. But the reality is that amateur radio still provides one of the most reliable forms of emergency communications on the airwaves (not to mention it's a lot of fun).

With the local mountains dotted with repeater systems, and radio's linked to the internet, the world of amateur radio is limitless. Today many CERT teams in San Diego County have found that licensed amateur radio operators add versatility to the team in times of disaster communications.

In July (2013) classes will be offered to assist you in obtaining your license, and yes, you do need a license to broadcast on the amateur radio bands. So join in the fun and sign up for the class. It's always good to know you have that back-up communications in times of emergencies.

Posted By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District) and a licensed amateur radio operator!

Firefighters Attend Fishing Derby

Lindo Lake:

On Saturday June 1, 2013 crews from Lakeside Station 2 took part in the 10th annual Lakeside Optimist Fishing Derby.  The fishing derby, which has become one of the official kick off's to summer in Lakeside, is a great way to spend a free morning of fishing with your family and friends.  Prior to the event Lindo Lake was stocked with 1500 pounds of catfish.

A sunny day and a trailer full of fishing poles
Children under the age of 15 were invited to pick up free fishing poles and try their luck.  Awards were given out for both the biggest and the smallest fish that were pulled out of the lake today.

Engine 2 was a great attraction for the kids
The fire department was on scene to give tours of the fire engine and talk about fire safety with the kids.  In addition to the fire service and the fishing there were several other free activities for families including face painting, games, a petting zoo.  The optimists were even offering a free BBQ hot dog lunch for all of those that attended.  If you missed it this year make sure you try to make it next year!

The crowd gathered to see who the winners were

Story and Photos by Captain Bernie Molloy

Morning Rollover Accident on Interstate 8


Firefighters were called on the morning of Friday May 31, 2013 to reports of a rollover accident on Westbound Interstate 8.  The accident, which involved a white van that had rolled over, was found on the shoulder of the westbound lane just east of Lake Jennings Park Road.

The van came to rest on it's wheels
El Cajon Fire Battalion 3 was the first resource on scene, followed quickly by Lakeside E2.  When arriving at scene it was found that the vehicle had only one occupant.  M3 arrived and assisted E2 with patient care.  The driver of the vehicle sustained moderate injuries and was transported to an area trauma center.  The cause of the accident is under investigation by the CHP.

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Story and Photos by Captain Bernie Molloy