Friday, February 21, 2014

Attention Lakeside CERT Team Members....!

All Lakeside CERT Members,

For the last 10 plus years, Lakeside Fire Protection District’s participation in the CERT program has been equivalent to a train and release program. We have talked about additional training and refresher training but have not been able to deliver these to you so far. We are now in the position to take the program to the next level. We will be having two meetings in March that will go over the new plans and topics below. Please make every effort to attend one of the March meeting dates to learn some new information and reconnect with us all.

March meeting Topics:
1) Understanding the future of the Lakeside CERT program
2) Registering with the County Office of Emergency Services (OES)
3) Completing a county Disaster Service Worker (DSW) form
4) Certification renewal
5) Neighborhood CERT organization
6) Disaster Communications plans
7) Checking backpacks
8) New CERT assignments

March CERT Meetings:
Dates: March 8th and 15th (choose one to attend)

Time: 1:00 – 3:00

Location: Lakeside Fire Station 2
12216 Lakeside Avenue
Lakeside, CA 92040

Attire: Casual, bring your backpack to check and share

CERT Program Manager
Lance Buford (Eng./FF)
(619) 390-2364

CERT Lead Instructor
Chuck Palmore (Captain)
(619) 390-2364

Lakeside CERT
Community Disaster Preparedness

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lakeside Fire District's Newest Engine Displayed at Firehouse World Expo.

San Diego Convention Center -

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Lakeside Fire Protection District Chief Andy Parr attended the 2014 Firehouse World Convention at the convention center in downtown San Diego where Lakeside's newly-delivered fire engine was on display. The custom Smeal pumper, built in Snyder, Nebraska, is a twin to the engine assigned to Lakeside’s River Park Fire Station (fs2) which was placed in service last year.

After a week or two of additional work to customize it for use in the Lakeside Fire District, this new apparatus will be assigned to Engine Company 3 at the Lake Jennings Fire Station (fs3).

Fire Chief Andy Parr with Lakeside's newest fire engine.

 Submitted By: Fire Chief Andy Parr, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vehicle Accident Creates Complex Problems


On Wednesday, February19, 2014, at 11:19 a.m. the Heartland Communications Center received a 911 call reference a car that had driven through a carport and was on a slope above other homes in the 13400 block of Highway 8 Business. The caller stated that the occupant was still in the vehicle in an extremely unstable location. A rescue response was initiated that sent one structural engine, one rescue company, an ALS medic unit, and two chief officers.

The vehicle sits perched on a retaining wall on the property below.

The victim is removed from the vehicle and evaluated by crews below.
On the arrival of Rescue 3, and Medic 3 (Lake Jennings Fire Station), firefighters located a vehicle about thirty feet down an embankment resting on a retaining wall below. The crew from Rescue 3 attached a winch cable to the vehicle to stabilize it while the crew from Engine 8 (Heartland Fire & Rescue) and Medic 3 accessed the victim and removed him from the vehicle.

The vehicles final resting spot. A fortunate deployment of the airbag probably helped in preventing serious injuries.
As plans were made to remove the vehicle it was quickly discovered that a gas main and possibly underground electrical could be compromised as the car was pulled up the hill. After discussing the issues with the property management, the decision was made that the Rescue 3 crew would cut the gas piping to prevent further damage. As the car crested the embankment it was suddenly evident that the carport was in the way and required partial dismantling. To execute this plan the rescue crew would have to construct shoring to transfer the weight of the roof. Crews constructed a spot shore that allowed the uprights to be removed.

Rescue 3 crew constructed shoring to prevent collapse of the carport.
A total of 6 Lakeside personnel responded to the incident. Lakeside was assisted by Heartland Fire & Rescue and the Barona Fire Department. Crews from SDG&E responded to assist fire crews in evaluating hazards. CHP is investigating the incident.

Story and Photos By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire District

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Winter Gardens Elementary School Fire Safety Demonstration

Lakeside, CA -

On February 18, 2014, firefighters from Lakeside's River Park fire station (fire station 2) came to Winter Gardens Elementary School for a fire safety demonstration. The Firefighters answered some great questions and showed off their gear and equipment for 50 preschool and kindergarten-aged children. When the demonstration was over, the crew from Engine 202s raised the 65-foot aerial ladder to replace the halyard on the school's flag pole.

Lakeside firefighters visit schools all over the district throughout the year. We replace a few halyards every year too!

Teachers and children pose for a photo.

Lakeside Fire Engineer Scott Smith in full protective gear

Firefighter-Paramedic Jamie Hazlewood replaces the halyard.

Post and Photos by: Firefighter-Paramedic Jamie Hazlewood, Lakeside Fire District

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lakeside Firefighters "Love Your Heart"

Lakeside, CA - 

Can you think of a better day than Valentine's Day to "Love Your Heart?"

Firefighters from the Lakeside Fire District spent a good part of Valentine's Day at the Lakeside Community Center performing free blood pressure checks as part of the annual "Love Your Heart" community event. This annual countywide event is coordinated by the County of San Diego Live Well initiative and is aimed at educating the public about the risk factors for heart disease.

It is a fact that heart disease is the second-leading cause of death for county residents and the number one killer in our country as a whole. Knowing your risk factors is the first step in helping prevent or manage heart disease.

As paramedic service providers, your Lakeside Firefighters have daily experience with this public health epidemic. That is why we are committed to helping educate our citizens and help lessen the prevalence of heart disease in our community.

In addition to the firefighter-paramedics attending, the Lakeside Fire Logistics Volunteer Group were on hand to provide support with coffee, water, oranges, and a much-needed shade structure.

Some colorful characters get their blood pressure checked.

At the Community Center, we checked 78 blood pressures.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Firefighter-Paramedic Jamie Hazlewood, Lakeside Fire District

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lakeside: Let's Talk Blood Pressure...!

"Love Your Heart" Event 2014

On February 14th, yes Valentines Day, the Lakeside Fire Protection District, in coordination with the County of San Diego "Live Well" program, will be checking blood pressures in the community. Starting at 9:00 a.m. and running till 4:00 p.m. Lakeside Fire personnel will be present at the Lakeside Community Center to take blood pressures and provide information to help with life style modifications.

 The Lakeside Community Center is located at 9841 Vine Street in the Community of Lakeside. So grab your Valentine, or come alone, and get that pressure checked. We look forward to seeing you there....!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Commercial Fire in Lakeside Brings a 2nd Alarm

Flinn Springs-

On Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 9:27 a.m. the Heartland Communications Center started receiving multiple 911 calls about a large fire in the 15200 block of Olde Highway 80, in the Flinn Springs area. Initially dispatched were four structural engines, a truck company, an ALS medic unit, and two chief officers. Responding engines companies could instantly see a large plume of black smoke rising in an area between Olde Highway 80 and the Interstate.

Lakeside Fire Captain Chuck Palmore assessing the fire scene prior to placing hose streams.
Fire crews from Lakeside and Alpine get water flowing on the fire with multiple handlines.
Fire crews coordinate their effort with a heavy equipment operator.
On the arrival of Engine 26 (Blossom Valley) they reported a large pile of dismantled vehicles spreading to other areas of the yard. As more engine companies arrived multiple hose lines were put into action to knock the heat out of the fire. With the assistance of a heavy equipment operator the pile was broken down and spread out over an area where crews could get to hot spots.

One of the major hazards was fire crews working in close proximity to the heavy equipment.
Truck 4 (Santee Fire Department) and Engine 8 (Heartland Fire & Rescue) set up an aerial master stream (600+ gallons of water) on the south side of the fire to limit spread in that direction. Fire managers were concerned that fire spread in that direction could create a hazard at a nearby propane distribution site. A second alarm was requested which sent another three structural engines, a truck company, and two additional chief officers to the fire. Because of concerns about potential contamination the hazardous material team from the San Diego Fire Department, and San Diego County Department of Environmental Health, responded to evaluate those concerns.

The Lakeside Logistics Volunteer Group responded and setup a rehab location for firefighters. The group also transported fire equipment between the scene and the stations.

At 10:51 a.m. it was determined that the fire had been brought under control. Many units were able to return to their coverage areas, while other engines remained on-scene well into the afternoon hours checking for hot spots.

A total of 15 Lakeside personnel responded to the incident, assisted by the Alpine Fire District, Heartland Fire & Rescue, Santee Fire Department, San Diego Fire Department, and the San Diego County Hazardous Materials unit. The Logistics Volunteer Group responded to the scene to establish a rehab location.

Story and Photos By: Fire Captain Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District
Additional Photos By: Firefighter-Paramedic David Csik, Lakeside Fire Protection District 

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Lakeside Assists Alpine on a Two Alarm Structure Fire

Alpine, CA -

On Friday, February 7, 2014, at 10:59 p.m., the Heartland Communications Center received a call from a resident stating that a fire had started in their Alpine home. A first alarm structure response was sent to the home in the 3100 block of Via Viejas, on the eastern edge of Alpine. The initial alarm sent four structural engines, a truck company, one ALS medic unit, and two chief officers.

Heavy fire conditions were encountered by arriving companies.
On the arrival of Engine 17 (Alpine Fire District) firefighters reported a home with heavy smoke and fire conditions from the roof of the structure. With the arrival of additional companies, an interior attack was initiated while crews went to the roof to open up additional ventilation holes. Firefighters operating on the roof encountered heavy fire and smoke conditions.

The crew from Lakeside Engine 3, and Viejas Medic 25, work the roof.
As the running attic fire extended, a call for a second alarm was made which brought an additional five engines, two additional chief officers, and a rescue with light and air capabilities.

Crews continued to work on both the interior and roof in an attempt to cut off the fire. Finally at 12:56 a.m., the call was made that the fire was under control. Left in its wake was an extensive job of salvage and overhaul. Most units were committed into the predawn hours.

Crews on the roof continue to work to get a knockdown on the fire.
Assisting Alpine Fire were crews from Lakeside Fire District, Viejas Fire Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, CalFire, San Miguel Fire District, Barona Fire Department, and the Santee Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Story and Photos By: Firefighter-Paramedic Bing Tom, Lakeside Fire District

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