June 29, 1999 |
The tarnished brass horn resounded through the hills of Sierra Madre almost every day for 59 years, a tradition of the all-volunteer Fire Department that seemed to root this foothill town in its beloved past. When the horn was installed, one local said it sounded like a "600-horsepower bullfrog with a battery in its throat." Still, many residents found it comforting, an old friend shared by the community like the long-gone cannery whistles in Monterey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1997
One firefighter was hospitalized and five others were slightly injured fighting a house fire in Arcadia on Sunday. Three of them were trapped briefly when the roof of the burning home on Oak Drive collapsed, Arcadia Fire Capt. Ken Marston said. The hospitalized firefighter, a member of the Sierra Madre Fire Department, was not identified. He was being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning at a Pasadena hospital. The other firefighters were treated at and released from Arcadia Methodist Hospital.
October 10, 1991
The City Council approved a request by the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a retired 1967 ladder truck for $4,500 from the city of Glendale. Fire Chief Edward Tracy told the council that the Seagrave model truck could improve the department's insurance rating, thus lowering insurance rates for businesses in the city. The truck is equipped with an 85-foot aerial ladder and has the capability of directing a "master stream" of water, useful in fighting building fires from above.
November 30, 1989
Voters will be asked in April to decide whether the city should establish a paramedic program and whether City Council members should be limited to two consecutive terms. The council Tuesday approved putting the two measures on the April 10, 1990, municipal election ballot. The paramedic program, recommended by Sierra Madre's volunteer Fire Department, would be funded by user fees, assessments on residents and the city's General Fund.
April 5, 1987 |
Monrovia fire officials' plans had suddenly gone up in smoke. They had scheduled a series of controlled burns at an empty office building last week to train about 100 firefighters from 12 San Gabriel Valley cities in how to battle fires inside dark, smoke-filled buildings. The plan had been to set eight fires that would be fought at different times.
May 12, 1991 |
Steve Smith drives a red vehicle to fires. But it's not a firetruck. It's a refrigerator repair van. Such is life in the world of Sierra Madre's volunteer firefighters, where bankers, plumbers and business people drop everything at the buzz of a pager to hasten to the front lines of any blaze that strikes their city. For some of the force's 45 members--including refrigerator repairman Smith, who works in Los Angeles--that means quite a drive.