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November 6, 1993 | GEOFF BOUCHER
County transportation officials will decide Monday whether to give the green light to a countywide system allowing police and firefighters on emergency calls to control traffic signals from their vehicles--despite some resistance from cities worried about snarled traffic.
November 10, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Two people were killed and at least 22 more were injured when gunfire erupted at a large house party outside the city late Saturday. Sheriff's investigators were seeking two suspects early Sunday in connection with the shooting. Harris County Sheriff's officials said they planned to release additional information at the scene in the 7300 block of Enchanted Creek Drive in Cypress, about 30 miles northwest of Houston. More than 100 people, mostly young adults, were at the party when the shooting began, officials said.
It's risky business when police and firefighters responding to emergency calls must race through busy intersections, relying only on their sirens and flashing lights to alert motorists to get out of the way. Some drivers--windows rolled up, stereos blaring, cell phones on--don't see or hear emergency vehicles until they are practically on top of them. "As police officers, we see it all the time," said Monrovia Police Chief Joseph A. Santoro.
August 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Despite Saturday's deadly hit-and-run crash in Venice, there were signs Sunday that life on the famed boardwalk was continuing on as usual. The 37th annual Festival of the Chariots parade, sponsored by the International Society of Krishna Consciousness, proceeded along the boardwalk shortly after 11 a.m. and passed the crash site, where one person was killed and 11 injured Saturday evening. The colorful parade is part of a yearly festival that includes entertainment, food and arts and craft booths.   One woman said that what happened the night before was sad, but that festivalgoers just want to spread peace and happiness.
Responding to years of complaints about public safety hazards created when construction projects block the narrow streets of hillside neighborhoods, city officials are finally preparing for a crackdown.
Joseph Ortiz Jr. is retired from the Los Angeles Fire Department, but surrounded by more firetrucks and ambulances than ever. And making it pay. Ortiz's lifelong passion for firetrucks and other emergency vehicles has led him to amass a fleet of them on a dirt parking lot, where he is visited by Hollywood filmmakers, organizers of small-town parades and anyone else who wants to rent a big, shiny firetruck covered with hoses and gleaming brass fittings.
Drivers faced with black-and-yellow speed bumps that break up the smooth flow of Dove Canyon's neighborhood streets have a choice: slow down or continue full speed ahead and risk mangling their vehicle's suspension. Most drivers choose to hit the brakes, explaining why speed bumps are one of the most effective ways to slow down traffic in residential neighborhoods, said Battalion Chief Scott Brown of the Orange County Fire Authority.
February 24, 1990
A disaster preparedness drill is planned for Monday at the Naval Training Center in Loma Portal. Emergency vehicles will be seen in the area, Gate 1 on Lytton Avenue will be closed and Gate 3 on Rosecrans Street will be open only to emergency vehicles. Normal traffic should use Gate 6 on Rosecrans and Gate 10A on Harbor Drive. The drill is intended as a practice exercise for handling large numbers of casualties.
August 31, 2003
"Fire Engine Limits Set" (Aug. 19), subsequent letters and "Curbing the Obstructionists" (editorial, Aug. 27), on the L.A. Fire Department setting speed limits for emergency vehicles, overlook a major reason why motorists don't yield: They often have no place to do so. This is definitely a problem on major thoroughfares that now carry more traffic than they were originally designed for, such as Cahuenga Boulevard, the route used by emergency vehicles leaving...
January 28, 1997 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR
The Ventura City Council gave the go-ahead Monday to the city manager to apply for a state grant to install a high-tech system that would help emergency vehicles avoid accidents when speeding through intersections. With the system, when a firetruck, police car or ambulance gets within a quarter of a mile of a traffic light, a special device turns the light green--and lights in the opposite direction red.
July 8, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Laura J. Nelson
One of the two Chinese teenagers killed Saturday in the Asiana Airlines runway crash at San Francisco International Airport may have been run over by an emergency vehicle, officials said. Two 16-year-old girls from China were found dead on the tarmac after the crash. One was seemingly ejected from the plane when it struck a sea wall near the runway and broke apart. The other was found near the wreckage of the plane, San Mateo County Coroner Robert J. Foucrault said. The second victim had "injuries that were consistent with having been run over by a vehicle," a San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times on Sunday.
July 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Victoria Kim and Rosanna Xia
SAN FRANCISCO - Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, 16-year-old girls from the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, were supposed to arrive at West Valley Christian Church and School on Monday for a three-week American adventure. They were supposed to work on their English skills at the West Hills church-run summer camp in the mornings and tour local universities come afternoon. They were supposed to live with host families in the San Fernando Valley and go sightseeing on weekends. They were supposed to tour the Bay Area before heading south.
January 28, 2013 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
PORTLAND, Ore. - In the last week Vanessa Ogden could speak, she was telling everyone the story of how she herded customers into a storeroom as a gunman stalked the Clackamas Town Center mall. The 29-year-old clothing shop manager had barricaded the door as shots rang out in the nearby food court, and when a police officer knocked and said it was time to come out, Ogden insisted on going out alone to make sure it was safe. "She's a real take-charge person. She doesn't panic. She's pretty level-headed in any situation," said her mother, Vicki Porter.
August 31, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Eastern states took slow but steady steps toward normalcy Wednesday, coping amid rescue and cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irene turned parts of the rural Northeast into flooded disaster areas. Officials in Vermont continued to airlift supplies — including food, water, medicine and diapers — to people cut off by flooded streams and rivers. But roads across the state were open to emergency vehicles, a step up from Tuesday when at least 13 communities were isolated, according to the Vermont Emergency Operations Center.
June 29, 2010 | By Sam Allen and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The deaths of five officers in the line of duty — including two who died in separate accidents Sunday — have shaken the California Highway Patrol and again raised questions about safety procedures when officers stop cars on the highway. Officials said they can't recall this many officers dying in such a time. Three of the officers were killed in accidents on freeway or highway shoulders, where they were struck by cars. CHP officials and traffic experts said the deaths are the latest reminders of how dangerous the job of a CHP officer is — particularly when they are on the side of a freeway with no barriers or protection against fast-moving cars.
December 23, 2009 | By Robert J. Lopez
Critical minutes were lost in two recent emergency medical calls, including one in which a woman died, because nearby Los Angeles Fire Department engines had been taken out of service because of budget cuts, according to fire officials. In both cases, units from farther away responded to the calls. Since August, at least three people have died -- including a 3-year-old boy and a 65-year-old woman -- in incidents in which a closer fire truck had been shuttered because of cutbacks imposed by the Fire Department.
February 18, 1999 | SUE FOX
A proposal to speed the journeys of emergency vehicles citywide by rigging the traffic lights in their path inched forward Wednesday when the Los Angeles City Council agreed to solicit proposals for the project. The city, however, has no money earmarked for the system. The Department of Transportation has evaluated several technologies that would change traffic signals to a green light when ambulances, firetrucks and police cruisers approach.
January 31, 1985
Twenty-four cars, trucks and emergency vehicles collided in dense fog on both sides of Interstate 5 over the Grapevine, injuring nine, one seriously, and forcing closure of the highway to traffic for nearly two hours. California Highway Patrol Officer Bill Kemp blamed morning fog that limited visibility to less than 50 feet. "People were just driving too fast for the conditions, and we had a series of rear-end accidents," Kemp said.
October 10, 2005 | From Times Staff Writers
A man suspected of driving drunk compounded a previous traffic collision when he crashed into a paramedic rig Saturday night, injuring himself and six people, officials said. Inglewood police officers and a Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedic rig were investigating an earlier collision at the intersection of Hardy Street and Crenshaw Boulevard around 10:20 p.m., said Al Jackson, a supervisor with the county Fire Department.
September 25, 2005 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Rescue worker Rasoul Halool had four bleeding victims in the back of his ambulance and was rushing to save others when a second roadside bomb tore the truck apart. All the patients were killed. The blast sprayed shrapnel into Halool's eyes, neck and chest. He stumbled out of the burning ambulance to find guns pointed at him by U.S. and Iraqi soldiers, who were uncertain at that bloody moment whether Halool was victim or bomber. "Nobody would help me," the ambulance driver recalled.
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