Tag Archives: Burbank Fire Department

State Fire Marshal’s Office Chooses Media Capital Of The World For Safety Class

This week, the Cal Fire Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been teaching fire safety officers, firefighters and production personnel all the laws and related information needed to have safe productions.

An explosive device is demonstrated during the class. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

Using the Burbank Fire Department’s training facility, the class had guests from many states including New Mexico and Georgia and even as far away as Canada.

Pyrotechnics are used in many film and television productions along with artificial smoke, gunfire, electrical shorts and many other explosive and hazardous techniques.

On Thursday, November 7, the group ventured from the classroom to the Burbank Fire Department’s Helipads near Starlight Bowl. Eric Elias, a state-certified pyrotechnics technician, showed off hundreds of different tools of the trade and how to deal with them safely and properly.

The final demonstration which had everyone in anticipation was the “body burn.” Stuntman Stephane Fiorenza suited up with many layers of protective materials. A gel-like material was spread over his entire body. When exposed to warm air, the gel changes, so time is of the essence.

The safety of the actor or stuntperson is a priority, so before shooting a scene, the stunt coordinator goes over every detail. When the director calls “rolling,” everything moves quickly. The seconds are counted out so the stuntperson who will be on fire can hear everything. During Thursday’s stunt, the safety officers had four CO2 extinguishers ready to extinguish the actor.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Thursday’s demonstration scene went off and in 18 seconds the burning actor ran, arms swinging, and he hit the ground giving the signal to extinguish the flames.

 

 

 

Major Accidents Keep Burbank Police and Fire Busy Saturday Evening

Burbank Police and Fire Departments were kept busier than usual Saturday night when they were required at two different traffic accidents requiring rescue and extrication within minutes of one another.

A Burbank Accident Investigator collects evidence and measurements at the scene of this two-car head-on crash Saturday night. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

The first accident occurred on Victory Blvd at California Street at 7:19 pm. The Fire Department dispatched a Full Rescue Response as it was reported with people trapped, upon there arrival they had two cars that appeared to have struck each other in the middle of the street head-on.  Paramedics found it was necessary to request an additional Rescue Ambulance to treat and transport additional victims from one of the autos. One of the patients the driver of one of the cars was transported to a local Trauma Center because of the extent of the injuries involved.

The Burbank Police Traffic Investigators responded to investigate the accident and determined that one of the cars that was traveling eastbound Victory Blvd had veered into oncoming westbound traffic striking the other auto.  They also determined that the driver of the eastbound auto was driving under the influence and had alcohol in his car. He was going to be treated and booked for driving under the influence.

Firefighters use the ‘Jaws of Life’ to cut this driver out of his overturned van Saturday night. ( Photo by Ross A Benson)

The second accident occurred only 24 minutes later in the 800 Blk of Hollywood Way where a van struck a parked car and rolled over on its side. That accident required a full rescue response as the driver was trapped inside his vehicle.

With Burbank Paramedics busy on the previous accident Fire Department Mutual Aid kicked in and a Glendale  Engine company and Advanced Life Support Ambulance was required to transport the victim who appeared to only suffer minor injuries. 

Both accidents required the major streets to be closed for an extended time for the investigations and clean up and cars. 

Burbank has had several major accidents within a week. On Thursday a motorcyclist was killed while traveling at a high rate of speed while going northbound on Glenoaks Blvd, and last Saturday night Burbank Police investigated another accident that occurred on Glenoaks near Walnut Ave were driving under the influence and speed were the contributing factors.

Burbank Fire Department And St. Joseph Medical Center Help Hundreds Learn Sidewalk CPR

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Fire departments across Los Angeles County stepped out into the communities they serve for this year’s Learn Side Walk CPR. Burbank teamed up with nurses from St. Joseph Medical Center’s Emergency Department and joined forces to teach CPR.

Burbank Fire Department has been teaching the community about a new way to do CPR called Sidewalk CPR.

Hundreds took advantage of the pop-up display at the corner of Palm and San Fernando Boulevard. Nurses and firefighters taught all ages, from young kids to seniors, to do hand only CPR.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The American Heart Association reports that if a person goes into cardiac arrest and a bystander starts CPR within seconds, the patient has a greater chance of full survival.

Most people who stopped by and took the 5-minute lesson were rewarded with a LifeSaver candy because someday they just might be a lifesaver.

 

 

Fire Service Day And National Police Week Observed With Saturday Events

The Burbank Fire Department will hold their annual Open House at Department Headquarters for Fire Service Day on Saturday, May 11.

The fire department will have plenty of displays, help teach sidewalk CPR while showing how they extricate people from cars at the scene of a traffic accident. They will have fire sprinkler displays and answer questions on anything fire related.

Tours of where the firefighters live while on duty and prepare the meals will also be held. Burbank Fire Corps will be there and Burbank’s Haz-Mat will put on a display of Hazardous Materials.

Burbank Bike Angels will have a Kid’s Obstacle Course, and there will be a Fire Train Display.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

This year, Lil’ Squirt and Pluggy will be on hand entertaining the younger members of the family.

The Hollywood Burbank Airport Fire Fighters will have a “Crash Rig” on hand allowing kids to measure up to the huge tires.

Members of Burbank Firefighters Union will be cooking and making pulled pork sandwiches to raise funds to help restore their antique fire equipment.

The Burbank Police Department, acknowledging National Police Week, will also have a large display of the equipment they use including their SWAT trucks, helicopter and police motorcycles. Members of the Burbank Animal Control will also be on hand to answer questions.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Members of myBurbank.com will have a display showing pictures that have graced their website the last couple of years and answer questions guests may have.

The activities start at 9:00 a.m. and will go till 2:00 p.m. and headquarters is located at 200 North Third Street in Burbank.

 

Firefighters Knock Down House Fire on Chandler

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Firefighters were quick to the scene on the 4300 block of Chandler on Saturday, February 23 when called for a possible attic fire in a residence.

Engine 12 was first on scene after receiving the call at 5:35 pm and reported seeing heavy smoke coming from the attic. They went to work fast and were able to contain the fire to the attic and had a knockdown by 5:51 pm.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

There were no injuries to the public but a firefighter had to be taken to a local hospital after suffering a fall while battling the blaze. He was released from the hospital later that night.

The fire caused $200,000 in damage to the structure and approximately $5,000 to the contents inside. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Burbank Firefighters Knock Down Early Morning House Fire

Early Thursday morning December 6 at 4:32 am, Burbank Fire received a call of a possible house fire at 726 N. Frederic.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Engine 14 was first to arrive at the scene and reported seeing smoke coming from a gable vent (attic) on the front side of the home and were met by the owner at the front of the home who stated that there was no one inside and they would not be able to gain access through the front door, according to Battalion Chief John Owings, Public Information Officer for the Burbank Fire Department.

Engine 12 was next on scene and pulled a hose line to the rear of the residence while Truck 12 assisted in venting the roof.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire by 5:03 am and a Glendale Investigator was requested to come and determine the cause and origin of the fire.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Members of the Red Cross arrived to assist the now displaced homeowner and the Animal Shelter arrived on scene to help with her animals.  A further search of the structure concluded with two deceased cats.

Owings said that the Burbank Building Department was called to the scene to assess structural integrity and livability.  There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

 

Brush Fire Causes Evacuations of Country Club Drive Residences

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

Burbank Fire Department responded to a report of smoke  in the hills above Wildwood Canyon and the Burbank Police Range at 1:02 pm. Those units responding requested an additional  2nd alarm at 1:08 pm along with helicopter support and Los Angeles County Camp Crews.

The fire was well established and making a progressive move uphill in mild winds as additional firefighters moved into place.  Los Angeles County Fire Department arrived on the scene with 2 water dropping helicopters shortly followed by 2 helicopters from Los Angeles City Fire Department.

Burbank Fire requested the 3rd Alarm and with it came additional firefighters from Los Angeles  City and several units from Area C departments such a San Marino, Pasadena, and others. 

The fire started to move in a southern direction and while making forward progression it was decided that as a precaution the homes on Country Club should be evacuated and Burbank Police started that.

(Photo by Ross A Benson)

The firefighters on the ground made great advancements with handlines in very rough terrain as helicopters made numerous water drops throughout the afternoon.

While the homes were in the process of being evacuated warnings were put out to hikers and all using the recreational areas above Sunset Cyn were to leave the area.

By late afternoon firefighters were able to cut a line around the bulk of the fire and start to release the additional fire equipment that was in the staging area in the lower Castaways parking lot.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Total acreage was reported as 45 acres and Firefighters remained on scene overnight quelling hot spots within the burn area.

It was reported 1 camp crew member suffered heat-related problems and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

 

Suspicious Powder Causes Burbank Central Library to be Evacuated

The Burbank Police and Fire Department were requested to Burbank’s Main Library at 10:27 am Tuesday morning after a white powder substance was located near the First Floor Computer Area.

Burbank Fire Department responded a HazMat response which included  Burbank’s HazMat team and they were assisted by Glendale’s HazMat 24.

Donning protected gear the Burbank HazMat team under the Direction of Burbank Captain Jeff Carlon found the substance to be Talcum Powder. As a precaution as in most HazMat incidents, the building was evacuated of occupants till the area could be deemed safe.

Glenoaks northbound from Olive to Orange Grove was closed for Fire Equipment while the incident took place.  From the time requested Fire was on scene for a total of 90 minutes. 

The substance was cleaned up and the library was reopened to patrons.

 

 

Fire Service Day, National Police Week Celebrated By Thousands In Burbank

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Burbank Fire Department and Burbank Police Department hosted Fire Service Day and National Police Week on Saturday, May 12.

The Fire Department opened the doors to the main Burbank Fire Station on Orange Grove. They were joined by Hollywood Burbank Airport Fire Department, Disney Fire Department and several other organizations from Burbank including Bike Angels and myBurbank.com.

The Burbank Police Department had displays on their Notar helicopter, K-9, Foundation, Reserves and Motor units, SWAT and the Animal Shelter.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

 

Attendees took pictures with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and checked out demonstrations of car extractions, tours of the firehouse, a bike safety course, a physical agility course for kids, disaster preparedness, the Hazmat unit and more.

Here is a photo gallery of the day’s events. Click any picture to see it better.

 

Hollywood Burbank Airport Runs Successful Emergency Exercise

Wednesday, March 14, was a busy day at Hollywood Burbank Airport.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Not only was the airport the location where three Osprey Aircraft and two Marine Helicopters were based for President Trump’s recent Los Angeles visit, but The Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority, along with numerous local agencies, participated in an Airport Emergency Plan Full-Scale Exercise designed to test the airport’s readiness in case of a real incident.

Minutes after the aircraft used for the President landed around 9:30 a.m., pyrotechnics were set off in a field east of Runway 15/33, the Airport’s north-south runway where a fuselage and engine were placed simulating a crash landing. The explosion and fire, which were located at the engine, started the events of the day.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Crash Units from the airport were first on the scene (2:41 seconds from dispatch to arrival) and while one unit extinguished the fire, the others set up to rescue the passengers who were placed in the fuselage. EMT students from College of the Canyons and Glendale Community College volunteered as the victims needing medical attention at the scene. Volunteers reported to the site at 6 a.m. and were given a safety briefing and moulage makeup to simulate a variety of injuries.

Along with the Crash Units from the airport, there was a full call out of first responders from surrounding agencies. Emergency units from the Burbank Fire Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Glendale Fire Department and the Pasadena Fire Department all were standing by in the area and responding to the scene as their anticipated emergency drive time from their stations warranted.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

One of the primary goals of having all units respond on scene is for emergency responders to learn the rules of the airport when it comes to driving. When on the road, once a fire engine turns on its red lights and sirens, it controls the road.  In an airport, all emergency vehicle are under the direction of the airport’s tower and must receive permission before traveling across runways and taxiways.

“The exercise evaluated our operational capabilities and emergency management in a real-time, unrehearsed simulation, and it tested the functions of our Airport Emergency Plan in an incident where multiple local agencies are responding to the scene,” said Executive Director Frank R. Miller.

(Photo by © Ross A Benson)

Those functions included on-site incident command; victim rescue, triage, and treatment; management of friends and family; and communications and media relations.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the Airport Authority to conduct such an exercise once every three years. Between the actual drill years, a ’roundtable’ is held each year to discuss emergency contingencies with all agencies. All agencies working together in a Mutual Aid agreement must be able to communicate and be on the same page in case of an emergency.

The Airport continued with normal operations throughout the exercise, which lasted approximately two hours.