Air & Wildland

S-234 – IGNITION OPERATIONS CLASS

Fire Captain Drew Smith discusses the Ignition Ops class that was given at the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Del Valle Training Center this November for our wild land firefighters. Watch the video as they demonstrate how the cadre let’s students put “live fire” on the ground to give them a realistic and practical training opportunity.

The 2013 SIT/STAT APPLICATIONS

The Los Angeles County Firefighter’s Association continues to produce effective smart phone applications for firefighters. These apps increase situational awareness and provide tools for the wild land firefighter to have the information and knowledge they need to perform a difficult and dangerous job. The SIT/STAT APPS are available to download to your iPhone, iPad, and Android devices through the app store. The information provided within these applications are specifically designed to assist LACoFD firefighters during emergency incidents. The information within the application may not be useful to firefighters from other fire departments.

The TMAC App Tutorial

The TMAC app provides a quick and effective way to navigate through 43 zones and 1872 different channels on the UHF, VHF and 800 mhz radios used by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The app helps you find radio channels quickly, thereby enabling you to better communicate with adjoining forces and cooperating agencies. The TMAC app is available to download to your iPhone, iPad, and Android devices through the app store. The information provided within the application is specifically designed to assist LACoFD firefighters during emergency incidents. The information within the application may not be useful to firefighters from other fire departments.

AIR OPERATIONS CLIFFSIDE RESCUE

Firefighter Paramedic Chuck Groves is a crew chief with Air Operations Section of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. On March 22nd, he responded with his partner on the Air Squad to a call for a “person on a cliff”. Watch as they perform a cliff pick-off to rescue the stranded hiker in the local mountains of Los Angeles County.

Helicopter Emergency Egress Device

Every year, Air and Wildland Division’s Air Operations crew members must re-certify in HED’s Training to ensure they are prepared to evacuate safely during an unscheduled water landing.  This year, Crew Chief Firefighter Paramedic Rafael Ortiz (Air Ops) is running the crew members through their paces.  Ortiz talks us through what to do if the helicopter goes down in water.

Fire Shelter

Superintendent Rudy Gilson and the crew from Camp 12 have a challenge for all of us.

Fire Behavior Analysts

Superintendent 13 Drew Smith reminds us that situational awareness begins with forecasted and onsite weather and fuel conditions. Recognize the potential and observed fire behavior before engaging.  Local thresholds must be identified when engaging in firefighting operations. The fires exposure to wind, slope steepness, and solar preheating of fuel must be identified. The firefighting tactics should be determined by the fires potential and character. Fire character being topography, fuel driven, or wind dominated. Proper tactics rely on the type of fire. Watch the Channel 2 news story, The Science of Fire.

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