Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lakeside Firefighters Battle Motorhome Fire

Lakeside, CA - 

Early on the morning of February 9, 2016, Heartland Communications (HCFA) dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a large motorhome on fire in the 11500 block of Oak Creek Drive in the Eucalyptus Hills area of Lakeside. HCFA alerted Lakeside fire stations 1 and 2 at 5:27 a.m. for a large vehicle fire response. Lakeside Division 4105 (Molloy) and E2 arrived in just over seven minutes reporting a large class A motorhome in a residential driveway well-involved with fire. Division 4105 assumed Oak Creek IC and assigned E2 to attack the fire. E1 arrived and assisted with establishing a water supply and pulled an additional hoseline to help extinguish the fire. During extinguishment, the electrical service to the home burned through and dropped in the street. The fire was confined to the motorhome.

As was the case with this incident, fires in motorhomes progress very rapidly and generate a tremendous amount of heat due to the types of materials used in their construction. The quick fire department response to this incident helped ensure that this dangerous fire did not extend to the nearby house.

Resources attending this incident included E1, E2, Div.4105, Chief 4101. Assisting agencies included S.D. Sheriff, CHP, and SDG&E. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The view from the Incident Command Post.

E1 arrives to assist.
Getting water on the fire.
Engineer-Paramedic Jamie Hazlewood managing his pump panel.
FF-PMs Bing Tom and Chase Mashburn overhaul the fire.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Division Chief Bernie Molloy and Engineer Shawn McKenna, Lakeside Fire District

Monday, February 8, 2016

Lakeside Fire Assists Alpine at Fatality Traffic Collision

Alpine, CA - 

Lakeside Firefighters responded to assist Alpine Fire with a freeway traffic collision with a trapped driver on westbound I-8 in Alpine on Monday, February 8, 2016. B-division crews from Lakeside's Blossom Valley (fs26) and Lake Jennings (fs3) stations were alerted to respond at 5:21 a.m.

Sadly, the incident became a body recovery as it was confirmed early-on that the trapped driver had sustained fatal injuries. The subsequent extrication was described as "very complicated" by Lakeside Fire Captain Ian Lowe, who responded with Lakeside Rescue 3. It took firefighters around 40-minutes to complete the operation.

This incident exemplifies the close working relationship that east county firefighters rely on virtually every day. Other responding resources included Chief 4701 (Paskle), E17 (Alpine), and Medic 7296.

The van sustained major damage.

E17 and R3 spot to protect the scene.

Post by: Captain Scott Culkin, Lakeside Fire District
Photos by: Firefighter-Paramedic Colby Ross, Alpine Fire District

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Lakeside Firefighters Assist with Mountain Rescue

Mount Laguna, CA - 

Firefighters from Lakeside's Lake Jennings Fire Station (fs3) were dispatched to assist in the rescue of a horse and rider that plunged 200 feet down a cliff off Sunrise Highway on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Lakeside Rescue 3 was part of a multi-agency team that accessed the injured rider using a technical rescue rope system. Other agencies attending the incident included CalFire, U.S. Forest Service, S.D. Sheriff, Park Rangers, and San Diego Fire-Rescue.

Lakeside Rescue 3.

Post by: Captain Ian Lowe, Lakeside Fire District