Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lakeside Comes Through for Rady Children's Hospital

Lakeside, CA-

Once the again the community of Lakeside opened their hearts and their wallets, and gave generously to the 2014 Kid's News Day held on October 21, 2014. Firefighters and the Logistical Volunteer Group members staffed four locations in the Lakeside, Glenview, and Blossom Valley areas. Most of the locations quickly sold out of their allotment of papers.

The funds generated by the sales goes directly to assist families with sick and injured children at Rady-Children's Hospital. In addition the Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary uses some of the funds for wellness and injury prevention programs.

The Lakeside Fire Fighters would like to thank the community of Lakeside for their continued support of this program. This year's effort generated $3846.90.

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fire Sprinklers Stop Residential Fire in Lakeside

Lakeside, CA - 

An accidental fire in an occupied residence was controlled by a residential fire sprinkler in Lakeside on Monday, October 20, 2014. The fire, which started in pump equipment below a large aquarium, was held in check when one nearby sprinkler head, sensing the heat from the flames, began discharging water. Lakeside Engine 3 (Lake Jennings fire station) arrived and reported light smoke from the residence. Firefighters stretched a hoseline and extinguished the remaining hotspots.

This incident is an excellent example of the value of residential fire sprinklers. This fire was quickly stopped in its incipient phase and was not allowed to grow uncontrollably and threaten the lives of the residents of this home. As the banner on our district web site states: "Residential Fire Sprinklers Save Lives."

Facts About Home Fire Sprinklers

  • Home fire sprinklers can control and may even extinguish a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive on the scene.
  • Only the sprinkler closest to the fire will activate, spraying water directly on the fire. In 84% of home fires where the sprinklers operate, just one sprinkler operates.
  • If you have a fire in your home, the risk of dying is cut by about one-third when smoke alarms are present (or about half if the smoke alarms are working), while automatic fire sprinkler systems cut the risk of dying by about 80%.
  • In a home with sprinklers, the average property loss per fire is cut by about 70%
    (compared to fires where sprinklers are not present.) 

The fire was spreading rapidly up the wall.

This (one) fire sprinkler head kept this fire from spreading.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Captain Wes Barnes, Lakeside Fire District

Lakeside CERT Rises to New Heights

Lakeside, CA -

The Lakeside Fire District’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) continues to improve with each passing month. With nearly 80 active members, this invaluable program adds greatly to the disaster response capabilities of the community. Citizens trained as CERT volunteers learn and practice skills to help their families and neighborhoods to not only be better prepared for emergencies, but also how to organize a response to local and widespread disasters.

Lakeside Fire Captain Chuck Palmore briefs CERT members before the exercise.

The team recently conducted refresher training and an exercise at the fire district’s River Park Fire Station and administrative complex on Lakeside Avenue. Rescue, medical triage, and emergency communications were practiced with assistance from the district’s other active community service groups, the Logistics Volunteer (LVG) and Communications Volunteer (CVG) Groups.

CERT members practice rescue skills.

Lakeside Fire Captain Chuck Palmore and Engineer-Paramedic Lance Buford organized a full day of activities which kept the teams busy. Multiple scenarios were presented to challenge the CERT members’ skills and abilities which emphasized teamwork and helped all the participants become better prepared for the “real thing.”

Citizen responders are faced with multiple "victims" requiring triage.

The next CERT academy is anticipated to occur next spring. For more information on the program or to submit your interest in attending the next academy, please visit the district’s web site at http://www.lakesidefire.net.

Engineer-Paramedic Lance Buford conducts an "After-Action Review" to discuss lessons learned.
Post by: Lakeside Division Chief Jim Kirkpatrick
Photos by: Lakeside LVG

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lakeside's Cedar Fire Monument Needs Your Help

Lakeside, CA - 

The ongoing effort to make the Cedar Fire Historical Monument a reality is moving forward. The site chosen for the monument is adjacent to Lakeside's River Park fire station on Lakeside Ave.

The Cedar Fire Historical Monument will be a place that will be forever set aside for our community to remember the devastating wildfire that touched all of our lives. It will be a place for reflection and remembrance of those that tragically lost their lives. It will also be there to provide education and awareness for the next time wildfire threatens our community.

While the project is moving forward, financial help is still needed to make this important historical monument a reality.

The San Diego Regional Fire Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, is accepting donations on behalf of the Cedar Fire Historical Monument project. For more information on this project and to make a donation, visit the following webpage provided by the Lakeside Fire District:

                                 Lakeside Fire District Cedar Fire Historical Monument Webpage

Lakeside LVG Jack Williams laying-out the site.
The monument site from above.
Lakeside firefighter climbs E202s above the monument site.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District

Dry Fuels Still a Problem Even in Cooler Weather


On Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 9:50 a.m. the Lakeside Fire Protection District dispatched Engine 3 (Lake Jennings Station) to Interstate 8 near Tavern Rd for a series of vegetation fires next to the freeway. In addition resources from Alpine, CalFire and USFS were also dispatched to the incident.

Fortunately on the arrival of emergency resources the fires were found to be relatively small, and were quickly controlled. And while this was not a significant fire, it's a constant reminder that our vegetation is still tinder dry and ready to burn.

Crews from multiple agencies finish the mopping up phase of the fire.
While the recent cold front has cooled temperatures it's done little to change the flammability of the fuels found in the surrounding wildland. With recent changes in weather patterns the fire season in San Diego County has become a yearlong event, so remember to keep your guard up...!

In this incident about 1/4 of an acre was burned. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lakeside Fire Fighters to hit the Streets in Support of Kid's News Day

Lakeside, CA -

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, during the early morning commute time, Lakeside Fire Fighters will be selling the Kid's News Day paper throughout the Lakeside area. This annual event collects much needed funds to assist families and support programs at Rady Children's Hospital. This event is supported by  UT San Diego, KNSD NBC-7, and  Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary.

Engineer Rich Smith, Firefighter-Paramedic Josh Raczka and Chris Williams at the 2013 event.

So look for us at the following locations:
  • Woodside Ave and Winter Gardens Blvd.
  • Los Coches Rd and Highway 8 Business
  • Olde Highway 80 at Lake Jennings Park Rd.
Last year the community raised over $4000 for this cause. Help us beat last year's numbers...!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lakeside Fire Fighters Team Up with Eastbound Grill to make a Dream Come True

Lakeside, CA -

On October 12, 2014, Lakeside Fire Fighters teamed up with the Eastbound Bar and Grill to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Specifically for a young man suffering from a life threatening heart condition. This fund raiser is part of the regional "Octoberstache" effort that Central Zone fire agencies are participating in. But the whole Octoberstache has its unique beginnings right here in the East County.

Six years ago, the El Cajon Professional Firefighters started a friendly competition between their members. The idea was to see who could grow the most impressive mustache. An idea centered around bragging rights soon morphed into a competition with a strong connection to local fundraising.  Over the years many groups have received funds from the fundraiser including a number of local charities.

The El Cajon Firefighters felt that this could be a better fundraiser if multiple agencies were approached with the idea of participating in an effort to work together. But this would also provide a better competition to see who could grow the best mustache and have bragging rights over a much broader group of participants.

The concept was that each participating agency would hold a local fundraiser by locating participating merchants that would like to work with the groups. In addition, T-shirt sales would be conducted at these events to provide additional funds.

Lakeside Fire Fighters were contacted by Erwin Sanchez and Gabe Vevloli of the El Cajon Professional Firefighters about participating in this event. Lakeside Firefighter-Paramedic Danny Leetch volunteered to coordinate the local effort.

The Eastbound Bar and Grill was quick to sign onto the effort offering their establishment for a fundraiser. The event was held on the evening of October 12. Eastbound donated 10% of the proceeds to the "Make-A-Wish" foundation.

The staff from the Eastbound Bar and Grill pose with Lakeside and El Cajon Firefighters at the Octoberstache event in Lakeside.
The Eastbound Bar and Grill has always been an eager participant to help with local charities. The Lakeside Fire Fighters hold an annual "Demolition Derby" event at the Eastbound where the proceeds go to children affected by burn injuries.

As always, there was a great crowd at the Eastbound where everyone enjoyed some exceptional food and surroundings. Once again, Lakeside Fire Fighters would like to thank the Eastbound Bar and Grill for their continued generosity.

Erwin Sanchez (El Cajon Professional Firefighters) rounded up the entire family to help sell Octoberstache shirts.
From left to right is Lakeside Fire Fighters Jamie Hazlewood, Danny Leetch and Beto Lawler. In the center is Nathan who will be this year's recipient. Next to him is Erwin Sanchez and Gabe Vevloli of the El Cajon Professional Firefighters. 
A young man by the name of Nathan will be the recipient of this year's fundraiser. Stricken with a life threatening heart condition, Nathan will have the opportunity to fulfill his wish from this effort. Any additional funds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to assist with others.

Now for the good part! If you missed tonight's event you still have the opportunity to attend the big event where the mustaches will be judged and the winner of the Octoberstache will be determined. This is going to be a great finale that you won't want to miss. The event will be held on:

October 29, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.
URBN El Cajon
110 North Magnolia Ave.
El Cajon, CA

Submitted By: Mark Grow, Lakeside Fire Protection District

Fully-Involved Motorhome Brings Full Response in Lakeside

Lakeside, CA -

A motorhome on fire next to an occupied residence required a full structure fire resource response in the Glenview area of the Lakeside Fire District on Sunday, October 12, 2014. Initially dispatched as a large vehicle fire (two engines and a duty chief), Heartland Fire Communications dispatchers quickly upgraded the incident to a structure fire resource assignment (four engines, one truck, one medic, two chiefs) as additional calls and information were received.

Lakeside Engine 3 (Lake Jennings fire station) was on scene in just over six minutes reporting heavy smoke showing from the rear of a single-family residence. Engine 3 Captain Wes Barnes assumed Incident Command (IC) and ordered multiple hoselines to be stretched to protect the adjacent homes and attack the fully-involved motorhome in the backyard. The rapid response coupled with the aggressive actions of the first-in companies confined the fire to motorhome and kept the fire from extending to nearby homes.

Lakeside Fire would like to acknowledge our automatic-aid partners for their timely assistance in fighting this dangerous fire. Assisting agencies attending this incident included: E4, T4 (Santee); E8 (Heartland Fire-Rescue); Chief 4801 (Barona). Lakeside unit response included : E3, E1, OES305, M2, Div.4105, Div.4104, Chief 4101. San Diego Sheriff's deputies also assisted.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighter-Paramedic Josh Raczka mops-up the motorhome.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District.