By LAFRA Staff
I have had the great pleasure of being the cadet post advisor at Fire Station 47 for close to two years now. I had been involved with the cadet program at my previous assignments, however I was never “the advisor.”
I grew up involved in Fire Explorers. I know the impact that it had on me and my pursuit of this career. If I ever run into my mentors, I am sure to thank them for being such a positive influence in my life. They not only taught me about firefighting, they instilled in me the core values that I believe as firefighters, we all possess. I hope I have been able to pass these along to the cadets of Post 47. Read more…
By LAFD Arson/Counter Terrorism Section
On January 9th, 2011, Engine 1 responded to a vehicle fire at 564 W Solano St. As firefighters were extinguishing the fire, an explosion occurred critically injuring Captain Robert Rosario.
A 10-month long joint investigation consisting of members of the LAFD Arson – Counter Terrorism Section and detectives from the California Department of Insurance resulted in the identification and apprehension of two suspects for arson and insurance fraud.
On 2/5/13, 38- year old Rigoberto Diaz pled no contest to 1 count 451 (a) P.C. - Arson with Great Bodily Injury and was sentenced to 14 years in state prison. His co-conspirator pled no contest to insurance fraud and was sentenced to felony probation.
After having been off IOD for 4 months, Captain Rosario has since returned to duty and continues to make steady progress from his injuries.
By Gregory Holly and Jody Garfield
Photos by Dave Wagner, Editor
Captain I Derek Vehling sustained a severe spinal cord injury in 2009 while on an Urban Search and Rescue incident. Since then Derek has undergone numerous surgeries, countless hours of therapy and hundreds of doctors’ appointments.
On January 22, 23 & 24, 2013 a work party was held to help Derek and his family. During this three-day event, more than 300 people came out to show their support and tackled numerous projects that Derek has been unable to complete, as well as projects that focused on improving the quality of life for both him and his family.
Over the past 17 years, Derek was devoted to giving to the LAFD and its members. Derek was instrumental in providing training that undoubtedly has resulted in safer operations at brush incidents. He worked feverishly to procure equipment and deliver training that has taken the LAFD to new levels in Wildland Firefighting. Read more…
Read a message from Mollie Vehling. Click here.
On the weekend of January 18-20, Mike Reitmayer and Doug Weber kicked off the 16th Annual Buzzard Bait Family Fun Ride. More than 250 entrants found Chamber of Commerce weather at the Ocotillo Wells Off Road Vehicle Area. Every conceivable type of off-road motorcycle, side by side, dune buggy and baja bug (except Doug’s) could be seen plying the trails looking for the hidden sites.
This year’s theme revolved around the beaches and oceans. One site was set up to dig for sand crabs, bringing the lucky finder a bonus at the raffle. Another area was set up as an underwater canyon with a thousand jellyfish (at least) floating just overhead. A couple of other sites just sported some buckets to play in the sand. The park had recently graded a few new trails which Mike and Doug put to good use. The course kept things interesting without overwhelming the kids too much. Read more…