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December 3, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
In a bid to roll back cuts that followed the economic downturn five years ago, the Los Angeles Fire Department is considering a request to boost its budget by nearly 10% next year, pushing annual spending to a high of more than $600 million. The proposed increases, which would need to be approved by the City Council and mayor, would go toward hiring 280 new firefighters with an overhauled recruitment effort and fund further improvements to the department's widely criticized technology, according to a draft debated by the city Fire Commission on Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A public memorial will be held Sunday morning for renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. A. Richard Grossman , who pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients in Sherman Oaks. The memorial will be held at 11am at Hollywood's Old Fire Station 27 at 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., which houses a museum run by the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society. The Los Angeles Fire Department invites all to attend. "Dr. Grossman was certainly one of us," LAFD Interim Fire Chief James Featherstone told City News Service.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles firefighter was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after he was burned in a West Adams house fire that was being investigated by arson squad members. The burns to the firefighter's hand were described as minor by a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear how the firefighter sustained the burns. The cause of the blaze at the single-story home in the 4100 block of  West Jefferson Boulevard was under investigation by the LAFD's arson section, department spokesman Erik Scott said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
The president of the union representing Los Angeles firefighters on Monday told the mayor that suspending a controversial hiring program is "patently unfair" to candidates on track to be included in future classes. Capt. Frank Lima voiced his concerns in a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti , who announced last week that he was halting the program amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism.  A class of trainees is underway at the LAFD drill tower in Panorama City, but a class of about 70 additional recruits that was scheduled for the summer has been scrapped . Those recruits were part of pool of several hundred who have passed a written exam, a physical fitness test and oral examinations.    "You are penalizing qualified individuals who had no role in this broken system," Lima told the mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
The Los Angeles Fire Department's top internal watchdog was removed from his post in the latest shakeup at the LAFD under new Mayor Eric Garcetti. The city Fire Commission voted, 5-0, to dismiss Stephen E. Miller, 59, from his position as the fire department's independent assessor on Tuesday. The job was created by a ballot measure approved by voters in 2009, partly in response to soaring settlement costs in employee harassment and discrimination lawsuits at the fire department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people were injured Tuesday night in a car accident in Boyle Heights that left one victim in grave condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The other victims suffered critical and minor injuries in the accident in the 2700 block of East Washington Boulevard, an LAPD spokesman said. Firefighters had to rescue at least one person trapped in the vehicle. The accident was reported shortly before 9:30 p.m.  Los Angeles Police Department investigators were dispatched to the scene. No other details were immediately available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Ben Welsh
Following criticism from city fire commissioners and union leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers are dropping a plan to staff home games with city firefighters and ambulances. The deal came under fire last week after LAFD officials acknowledged it required shifting on-duty units from other parts of the city and would result in some cost to taxpayers. Dodgers spokesman Steve Brener said that amid the criticism, the team decided it was better to instead contract with a private ambulance company.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to approve the slate of new commissioners appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to a civilian board that oversees the Los Angeles City Fire Department, an agency the new mayor has identified as needing significant reform. With an 11-0 vote, council members confirmed four new members for the five-person panel. They are: Jimmy Hara, a retired physician who said he served as Garcetti's personal doctor; Delia Ibarra, a business litigator; Andrew Glazier, an executive at a local affiliate of AmeriCorps; and Jimmie Woods Gray, a retired teacher who has been active in local politics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Yeah, yeah, yeah, lots of celebrity chefs are going to be slicing and dicing at The Taste, the L.A. Times' food and wine festival this weekend at Paramount Studios. But do any of them have an edge over the best chefs in the Los Angeles Fire Department? Maybe, but it's close. And if you don't believe me, come join me Sunday at 2:15 when I host a rematch of the firehouse cook-off, with Capt. Mark Curry of Station 29 in Koreatown throwing his best at firefighter Cruz Macias of Station 87 in Granada Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
The president of the union representing Los Angeles firefighters on Monday told the mayor that suspending a controversial hiring program is "patently unfair" to candidates on track to be included in future classes. Capt. Frank Lima voiced his concerns in a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti , who announced last week that he was halting the program amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism.  A class of trainees is underway at the LAFD drill tower in Panorama City, but a class of about 70 additional recruits that was scheduled for the summer has been scrapped . Those recruits were part of pool of several hundred who have passed a written exam, a physical fitness test and oral examinations.    "You are penalizing qualified individuals who had no role in this broken system," Lima told the mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez and Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, responding to a barrage of criticism about a Fire Department hiring system that eliminated thousands of qualified applicants, announced Thursday afternoon that he is scrapping the process. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," Garcetti said in a statement. The mayor said he made his decision after he discovered that Fire Department "staff organized special recruiting workshops for LAFD insiders. " A class of 70 new recruits is in training.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | Robert J. Lopez, Ben Welsh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended the city's firefighter recruitment program Thursday amid concerns about mismanagement and nepotism, including new emails that show special recruitment workshops were organized for relatives of department insiders. "I have determined that the Fire Department's recruiting process is fatally flawed," the mayor said in a statement Thursday. The action follows a Times report last month that thousands of candidates who passed a written test were excluded from consideration for a new training class because some of their paperwork wasn't received in the first 60 seconds of a filing period last spring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A hiker died at Runyon Canyon Park on Sunday after falling ill, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. A fire helicopter joined ground crews in responding to reports of a male adult hiker who had collapsed and stopped breathing just before 2:30 p.m., authorities said. Less than an hour later, the LAFD tweeted that the man had died on the trail at the popular hiking destination. “He was just walking and then he just tumbled and lost consciousness,” John Zahedi, who witnessed the hiker's collapse, told KTLA-TV . Jenny Gittler, a nurse who was on the trail at the time, administered CPR to the man for seven minutes before the EMTs arrived by helicopter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I'm guessing that if you call 911 to report a fire in Los Angeles, you probably wouldn't want me showing up with a hose and a helmet. But just in case I had an untapped aptitude for putting out blazes, I decided to try my hand at the sample test questions posted for would-be firefighters on a city website. The LAFD could always use a few more good men and women, after all. The rank and file may be top notch, but in the upper echelons, it's been one white-hot controversy after another regarding the 911 system and misleading claims about response times.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
The creator of computerized scripts that Los Angeles firefighters use to assess medical emergencies during 911 calls is threatening to cut off the service. The warning came Tuesday in response to a decision by city leaders to direct the Los Angeles Fire Department to begin developing its own series of questions to judge how best to respond to victims. Last month the LAFD announced that it would create a structured program of questions for call takers that are tailored to the department's specific needs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
The creator of computerized scripts that Los Angeles firefighters use to assess medical emergencies during 911 calls is threatening to cut off the service. The warning came Tuesday in response to a decision by city leaders to direct the Los Angeles Fire Department to begin developing its own series of questions to judge how best to respond to victims. Last month the LAFD announced that it would create a structured program of questions for call takers that are tailored to the department's specific needs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2012 | By Kate Linthicum
A Los Angeles mayoral candidate took an early campaign swipe at his leading opponents this week and inadvertently exposed the city Fire Department for publishing misleading performance data. Top brass at the Los Angeles Fire Department on Friday admitted that for years the agency put out data that made it appear that firefighters were arriving at the scene of emergencies faster than they actually were. The dust-up began Thursday, when candidate Austin Beutner complained in an online Huffington Post column that recent Fire Department budget cuts have sent response times for medical emergencies soaring.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I'm guessing that if you call 911 to report a fire in Los Angeles, you probably wouldn't want me showing up with a hose and a helmet. But just in case I had an untapped aptitude for putting out blazes, I decided to try my hand at the sample test questions posted for would-be firefighters on a city website. The LAFD could always use a few more good men and women, after all. The rank and file may be top notch, but in the upper echelons, it's been one white-hot controversy after another regarding the 911 system and misleading claims about response times.
OPINION
March 4, 2014
Re "Two L.A. fire commanders reassigned," March 1 City Councilman Paul Koretz's statement that he wasn't troubled by the fact that 24% of recent new candidates at the city's Fire Department had relatives in the officer corps could get the city sued, and cost the taxpayers money. If the 60-second cutoff time frame for applicants to submit a key piece of paperwork wasn't public knowledge, then it's not a statistical anomaly that those with relatives inside the department were the ones selected.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
After a five-year hiring freeze, the Los Angeles Fire Department is beginning to select its next generation of firefighters, and it is finding that there is tremendous demand for the jobs. Last year, 70 open slots at the fire academy drew 13,000 applications. Some 6,500 candidates passed the written exam and were invited to submit paperwork showing they had passed the physical fitness test. With such a huge pool of applicants, the LAFD should have picked the very best - those with the highest test scores and the most training, and experience in emergency medical response, which has become a significant part of a firefighter's job. But that didn't happen.
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