The Los Angeles County Fire Department incident priorities are life, incident stabilization, and the protection of property and the environment. Battalion Chief Dennis Breshears discusses the importance of critical thinking and decision-making on the fire ground, and how controlling the fire is often the best way to protect lives and ultimately extinguish a structure fire.
TONNER CANYON EXERCISE
On May 12-14, LACoFD participated in the annual Tonner Canyon training exercise. This annual drill helps foster better communication and partnerships with neighboring agencies who share Tonner Canyon as a common geographical area – San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside (SOLAR) Counties. Over three days, an impressive list consisting of 10 different agencies gathered in the canyon to participate in an exercise specifically designed to address a dynamic wildland fire incident.
THE “SMOKEY PACK”
In 2013, the Los Angeles County Fire Department officially adopted the “Smokey Pack” as the department standard wild land hose pack. The use of a “Smokey Pack” allows our firefighters to deploy a progressive hose lay while simultaneously fighting fire. The configuration of both 1 1/2” and 1” hose lines ensures that the lead firefighter always has a loaded hose line in their hand while putting in a line around the fire. Last year, our Training Services Section utilized the on-line training platform, BlackBoard, to train all 3,000 of our firefighters. These are the videos we used to give our firefighters the skills and knowledge to effectively use of the “Smokey Pack”. Watch the videos to see how to the LACoFD uses the “Smokey Pack” and how we rebuild those packs back at the station.