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Burbank Firefighters Kept Busy with Freeway Emergencies

The Burbank Fire Department is kept busy with two freeways running through town on regular basis.

Monday nite it was no different, they were called a couple of times with accidents, fires, and even a physical rescue.

A complete physical rescue was called at 9:50 pm with a reported car over the side of the embankment. The dispatch included 2 engine companies, a truck company with the ‘Jaws of Life’ a rescue ambulance and a Battalion Chief. 

Upon their arrival Westbound 134 just east of Buena Vista they located a Mini Cooper over the side resting against a large tree. Firefighters had to secure the car from moving so they secured it with a safety strap and chain to a parked fire truck company on the freeway. Once they got it secured two Paramedics got inside to treat the passenger, the remaining firefighters worked on cutting the roof off and spreading doors to get the patient out on a backboard.

Firefighters worked quickly as Paramedics treated the patient while making contact with the hospital, advising them what they were working on. Even thought the emergency was within 5000 feet of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center the Paramedics determined the injuries required them to transport to a Trauma Center and the closest was Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. 

California Highway Patrol was on scene to take a report and direct traffic around the emergency. They issued a SIGALERT for that part of the freeway while they investigated and allowed the firefighters safety.

The firefighters cleared away all their equipment while a tow truck was figuring a way to remove the car.

All the while Burbank Firefighters across town were working on another incident on the I-5 at Burbank.

 

 

 

 

Was It Really Necessary To Go That Fast To See Jay Leno?

Burbank Review
By Stan Lynch

Knowing that previous visits by the President really messed up traffic in Burbank, I stayed home Tuesday afternoon when his motorcade  — well, messed up traffic in Burbank.   However I did look at the cell phone video a reader had sent us, and it really disturbed me.

With streets closed the motorcade traveled quickly northbound Hollywood Way back to the Bob Hope Airport. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

CHP Motorcycles are seen escorting the motorcade which traveled quickly northbound Hollywood Way back to the Bob Hope Airport. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Why is it necessary for the California Highway Patrol to have their motorcycle officers race at high speeds through our streets during a Presidential motorcade?

If you haven’t seen the video, check it out at the end of this story.  It was taken at the intersection of Hollywood Way and Victory Blvd.  The President is on his way from Bob Hope Airport to appear on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.   His limo appears to be moving at about 40 mph.  The CHP motorcycles look like they are going at least 90 mph.

Over the years I’ve seen motorcycle officers speed ahead of one kind of procession or another to block an intersection.  When the Burbank Rose Parade float is towed over to Pasadena, the Burbank Police motor officers race ahead of the float that is being towed at less than 20 mph.   And we’ve all probably seen the private motor officers escort slow moving funeral processions.

But this Presidential motorcade was different.  The motorcycles were flying down Hollywood Way.  And for what purpose?  All of the cross streets were blocked by police cars.  Several other police departments besides Burbank were utilized to perform this huge task.   So those CHP motorcycles weren’t going to block any streets.

Maybe they were looking for cars that somehow got onto Hollywood Way or Alameda Ave.  What were they going to do, ram them with their motorcycles?   Maybe they were there to tell folks to stay on the sidewalk — a job that could more effectively be done by a police car with a loud speaker.

Possibly they were there to stop any would be assassins.  At 90 mph they could spot a guy with a gun in the crowd along the street, right?  And what if someone did try and attack the Presidential limo.  It’s built like a tank.  And the Secret Service, whose job it is to protect the President, would be all over the place, whisking the President to safety and taking out the threat.

So what are the CHP motorcycle officers really there for?  I don’t want to cast dispersions on them.  I’m sure they are among the CHP’s finest, and law enforcement professionals.  But from what I saw on the video, it sure looks like they were trying to impress the Prez.

I’ve talked to some of our police officers about this, and they too have concerns about the high-speed maneuvers they have seen.  One told me he just stays way out of the way when the CHP motorcade detail comes to town. That’s probably good advice for all of us.

But here is something to think about.  What if a child or a cat or dog were to run out into the street, or someone accidentally pulled their car onto the street as these motorcycles were zooming by.  A child or an officer could be killed (as has happened in other parts of the country during Presidential motorcades).   Is it really that important for anybody, even the President of the United States, to have motorcycles racing at high speed to get to an appearance on a TV show?

By the way, in the past, Presidents have been able to land in their helicopters at NBC, thus sparing the public from the inconvenience — and in this case the danger — of a motorcade across town.

This video ‘tweeted’ in by @edithc32 shows the motorcade traveling down Hollywood Way at Victory.  The motorcade is going about 40 mph and the CHP motorcycles are speeding by.

Burroughs High School / Police Kick Off California Teen Safe Driving Week

By John Savageau
myBurbank.com

On Tuesday morning students from John Burroughs High School, law enforcement officers from the Burbank Police Department and California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the Mercedes Benz Driving Academy joined forces to kickoff California Teen Safe Driving Week and National Distracted Driving Month.  The objective – get the word out and raise awareness on the dangers of distracted driving.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Carloyn Duchene, Director of the Mecedes-Benz Driving Academy advised “90% of vehicle crashes are the result of human error, and crashes are the #1 killer of teens.”  Teen drivers often feel they are invincible, able to multitask while driving by adding texting, mobile phone calls, loud music, and a load of passengers while navigating the roads.

According to Sgt Darin Ryburn, Media Relations Officer with the Burbank Police Department, “just handling a car is difficult enough.  Braking, acceleration, making all the decisions necessary to handle a car are bad enough, but adding other distractions such as texting or a group of friends talking and screaming in the car just add to the problem.”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The kickoff event also included demonstrations for both students and adults, hosted by the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, on the impact of distracted driving.  Cones were set up along Clark Ave., in front of John Burroughs High School defining a test driving course.  Drivers hopped into one of the cars supplied by Mercedes-Benz, loaded with noisy news crews, loud music, and smartphones, and students took their best shot at driving the course with and without distractions.

Most did a great job navigating the course without distractions, but routinely flattened cones when driving distracted.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Duchene added “teen drivers are 4 times more likely to have a crash in the 1st month of driving” while gaining critical skills.  Additional statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identify distracted driving accounting for 25% of all reported crashes in the United States, totaling 1.3 million crashes, with a shocking 75% of all teen crashes being attributed to driver error.

Burbank Police Chief Scott LaChasse emphasized “we must reinforce (distracted driving) awareness on a recurring basis.  If you are a teen driver, do not tolerate distractions while driving.”  LaChasse continued “we prefer to engage in driver education, not enforcement.  All of us have investigated too many fatal and injury accidents”

CHP Officer Jose Barrios agreed, adding “distracted driving is a huge problem in the 16-25 age group.  Adults must present a good example to new drivers.  When driving with teens, and children, do not drive while putting on makeup, eating, nothing that would cause a distraction.”  And more importantly providing a bad example for young or future drivers.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“For the most part young drivers know they are making a mistake or violating the law” noted Barrios.  “New drivers must know they could be presenting a danger to themselves, their passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians.”

Several speeches by dignitaries including Commissioner Joseph Farrow of the CHP, Dr. Kelley Browning from Impact Teen Drivers, Burbank Mayor Dave Golonski, Superintendent Jan Britz from the Burbank Unified School District, and an emotional testimonial from Ms. Bonnye Spray, mother of a teen driver killed while driving distracted.  All strongly emphasized the importance of developing a culture of safe driving.

Burbank Councilman Jesse Talamantes concluded ”the community has a responsibility to build a culture of responsibility,” and events like the Burroughs High School demonstration is a good step in that direction.

 

CHP Asks For Help In Fatal Accident On I-5 Freeway At Scott Road Tuesday Morning

Photos By Ross A. Benson

The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help is seeking information into this traffic accident that took the life of a Sunland resident. The accident occurred late Monday night southbound I-5 near Scott Road. Burbank Fire Fighters were called for the rescue of a car over the side, upon their arrival they found this Honda Pilot resting against  this huge tree, with 3 people trapped inside. Fire fighters using the ‘Jaws of Life’ pulled 2 male victims out but the driver was pronounced DOA by paramedics. The injured were transported to USC Medical Center. The freeway’s right 2 lanes and San Fernando Blvd remained closed during the accident’s investigation. The driver, Ernesto Lopez, 25, of Sunland, was pronounced dead at the scene by Burbank Fire Department paramedics.  His two passengers, Jose Lopez, 21, and Guadalupe Vasquez, 25, both of Sunland, were transported to County-USC Medical Center with moderate injuries.  Anyone with information or who was traveling along that part of the freeway is beings asked to call CHP at: 818-296-8100