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January 16, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The Los Angeles City Council may soon decide whether to make new technology available citywide that would allow emergency vehicles to control street lights in their path. Early next week, the council is expected to hear a motion introduced by Councilman Richard Alarcon that would instruct city, fire and police department officials to study the feasibility of installing the technology at key, congested intersections throughout the city.
April 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Laura Nelson
A man appeared to have jumped in front of a Metro Red Line train bound for North Hollywood on Thursday afternoon, causing service delays, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The incident was reported around 1:41 p.m. at the Civic Center/Grand Park station in downtown Los Angeles, where a man appeared to have jumped in front of a train heading to North Hollywood, said MTA spokesman Luis Inzunza.   The man was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
May 29, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Douglas L. Barry, who took office two years ago with a mission to reform a highly respected agency that had become tarnished by allegations of racism and retaliation, will retire at the end of August.
April 21, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles police detectives asked for the public's help Monday in finding the person who fatally shot a 25-year-old man over the weekend in Boyle Heights. The shooting of Ramon Gerardo Vera occurred about 12:20 a.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of East Olympic Boulevard, police said in a statement. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Investigators said Vera was shot multiple times with a 12-gauge shotgun in a parking lot of an apartment complex. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics with the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Detectives said they believe the shooting was gang-related.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Hollenbeck homicide detectives at (323)
September 23, 2012 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles firefighter Greg Pascola spotted a column of smoke from the corner of his eye - a fire burning on a distant hillside. He looked east from his vantage point on a mountaintop road near Mulholland Drive and felt wind at his back. It was 3 p.m. on a September Friday that would see record-breaking heat, and cars choked every lane of the 405 Freeway for miles. He and his partner gunned their motorcycles. They are part of the Los Angeles Fire Department's pilot motorcycle response team, a five-man unit that can speed to the side of an injured victim, provide information to dispatchers and skirt traffic to scout fires and other problems.
When Ellie Vargas of Woodland Hills feels anxious about earthquakes, she comforts herself with this image: thousands of rescue workers in pea-colored helmets and vests freeing trapped victims, fashioning splints out of newspapers for the injured and shutting off gas mains. The battalions are no fantasy, but Vargas' fellow graduates of a city-sponsored program that has trained 10,000 volunteers to respond to the next big disaster.
September 1, 1988 | CARLA RIVERA, Times Staff Writer
Reynaldo Rojo, a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department who said his main concern while moving up the ranks was "surviving," was appointed deputy chief Wednesday, becoming the highest-ranking Latino on the force. Mayor Tom Bradley announced the appointment at a City Hall news conference attended by Fire Department officials, members of the Fire Commission and leading members of the city's Latino community.
April 6, 1995
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday passed a motion requesting that the Fire Department delay any internal investigations of bias allegations until the council's Personnel Committee completes its own closed-door inquiry into the matter. The motion, sponsored by Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, also requests that Chief Donald O. Manning order all members of his department to cooperate fully with the committee's probe.
February 16, 1995
The Los Angeles City Council has asked the Fire Department to help enforce a state law that bans smoking in most indoor workplaces. The council corrected an oversight that occurred when officials didn't select a local agency to enforce Assembly Bill 13, as the law requires city councils and county boards of supervisors to do. As a result, AB 13 was not enforced in Los Angeles after the law took effect Jan. 1, although City Atty. James Hahn's staff continued to field formal complaints.
In an effort to save money and improve services, the Los Angeles Fire Department will soon share forces with at least one Westside municipality and is considering doing the same with others. By a 12-0 vote, the Los Angeles City Council has approved an agreement for the department to share some essential fire and emergency medical services with the Culver City Fire Department. The council also asked city fire officials to consider seeking similar agreements with other, unspecified cities.
April 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Los Angeles police are asking for the public's help in finding the gunman responsible for the fatal shooting of a delivery truck driver in South L.A., authorities said. Police responded to the 4700 block of South Flower Street around 7:30 a.m. Friday and discovered Pedro Antonio Rodriguez bleeding inside the cab of his delivery truck, authorities said. The truck was parked “askew at the curb,” an LAPD statement said. An investigation revealed that Rodriguez had also been the victim of a robbery, according to the statement.
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Elks Lodge in San Pedro nearly burned to the ground early Tuesday morning after a fire started sometime in the middle of the night -- the second blaze on the property this week. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which Los Angeles Fire Department officials said started sometime before 3 a.m. Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters found the 33,700-square-foot, two-story building completely engulfed in flames, officials said, and it took more than 100 firefighters more than two hours to extinguish the blaze.
April 14, 2014 | By Ben Welsh, David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's first proposed budget calls for hiring 140 firefighters and the start of a sweeping overhaul of the city's 911 dispatch system, part of a bid to speed the response to hundreds of thousands of calls for help each year. The revamped dispatch operation, outlined Monday by the mayor's office as it presented an $8.1-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year, would unify separate police and fire emergency call centers and gradually replace some uniformed firefighters with lower-paid civilian phone operators.
April 9, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A firefighter was injured in an early morning blaze Wednesday when the roof of a house partially collapsed on him. Los Angeles firefighters responded to a call around 5:15 a.m. on the 1500 block of West 37th Street in Exposition Park, city fire officials said. Firefighters conducted an immediate search of the one-story home, which they found was vacant. It took took 47 firefighters more than half an hour to knock down the blaze. After the fire was extinguished, a firefighter inspecting the damage was injured when part of the roof in the front part of the home collapsed on him. He was able to get out safely, and was treated immediately by paramedics outside and taken to a local hospital.
April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer and Joel Rubin
A gunman walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station lobby Monday night and opened fire, wounding one officer in an exchange of gunfire. The male suspect, who was not identified, was wounded when two officers returned fire inside the West Bureau Traffic lobby in Mid-City, police said. The officer was hit multiple times, with several of the rounds striking his vest and one bullet passing through his left arm, Cmdr. Dennis Kato said. He was in stable condition, Kato said.
April 4, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A man described as being about 60 years old was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Friday in Chatsworth, fire officials said. The man was struck around 8:45 a.m. near the 10800 block of North Santa Susana Pass Road, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main. No other injuries were reported. She said the tracks were initially shut down as four fire companies and an ambulance were deployed to the scene. Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said the Pacific Surfliner train with about 250 passengers aboard was northbound with a maximum expected speed of about 60 mph in the area when it stuck what she called an "individual trespasser.
April 25, 1994 | MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS, Mark Ridley-Thomas is the Los Angeles City Council member for District 8, which includes portions of Southeast, South-Central and Southwest Los Angeles. and
What do you want to be when you grow up? "A firefighter." This is one of the most common answers a child will give. These firefighters--men and women--perform a vital public-safety function and inspire respect for the best in each of us. But the dream of becoming a high-ranking firefighter has unfortunately been an unrealistic one for people of color and women. Several years ago, I witnessed an agonizing scene at Irv's Barber Shop, located on Martin Luther King Boulevard near Arlington Avenue.
April 3, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles building amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to help people relocate from the squalid and dangerous apartments. In recent years, the Hoover Street commercial building was converted into dozens of apartments, prompting a complaint to the city six months ago. But when the city ultimately forced the building to be vacated, its tenants were given little time to leave. A Los Angeles Fire Department order said they had to be out by Friday, citing "unsafe buildings" and "structural hazards.
March 23, 2014
Re "LAFD recruit program is suspended," March 21 As a retired L.A. firefighter, I'm outraged at the Los Angeles Fire Department's recent recruitment and hiring practices. There is the nagging suspicion that there is nothing recent about it at all. Doesn't the city have to adhere to rules of the civil service system that are supposed to ensure fairness and impartiality in hiring practices? The only way for the department to approach hiring is with complete openness and fairness.
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