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Misc.: Profile: LACoFD Station 8
DPhyre writes "From 1st Responder Newspaper March/April 2004
By Derek Cutler

Los Angeles County station 8?s located in the City of West Hollywood has grown up around Hollywood stardom, and became stars themselves in the TV shows Rescue 8, staring Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries, which aired 1955-1960, and also in the all famous TV series Emergency! which focused on the LA County FD Paramedic Program.

Station 8?s began operations in the early 1900?s, and moved into their current station at 7643 Santa Monica Blvd in 1953. Station 8 operated one of the first ladder trucks in the department, and also used some of the first paramedics that joined the LA County FD.

The City of West Hollywood covers 1.8 square miles, and has a population over 37,000. LACoFD provides fire protection on contract, and the LA County Sheriffs department provides police services. LACoFD provides 2 stations to the City of West Hollywood. Station 7 located on the far Western end of the city provides protection with an engine company, paramedic squad, and a battalion chief, while 8?s operates an engine, squad, and light force. The city of West Hollywood is surrounded on three sides by LAFD area, and on one side by the city of Beverly Hills. LAFD provides automatic aid on all structure fires. The next county resource into West Hollywood; station 58?s located in Baldwin Hills is about 12 miles away.

Located in 8?s district is the Famous Sunset Strip which has such famous places as the House of Blues, Hotel Mondrian, Hyatt on Sunset, Standard Hotel, and many clubs and bars, also a Hi-rise senior citizen retirement building is located in the district. 8?s is one of the few districts in LA County that you can be exposed and trained to fight hi-rise fires in the many apartments and hotels in the northern portion of the district. The Famous Warner Brothers Studios on Santa Monica were located here until they transferred hands recently, and there is also a large immigrant Russian population centered in the district.

LACoFD holds a Class 4 ISO rating, and has a yearly budget over 500 million dollars. There are 4428 personnel, and they staff a total of 158 stations making it the third largest department in the United States.

Station 8?s has 39 members, and has a crew of 13 per shift. Each shift is made up of 2 captains, 3 engineers, and 8 firefighters.

Squad 8 which is staffed with 2 paramedics operates a 2000 Ford F-350. They carry all standard medical equipment, chain and rotary saws, forcible entry tools, and MCI equipment. Squad 8 is one of a handful of ?Heavy? squads in the county that carry this extra MCI equipment; which includes 14 backboards, extra oxygen and additional medical supplies.

Engine 8 operates a 1995 KME 1000gpm engine. Engine 8 carries 500 gallons of water and has a foampro foam proportioner. They carry the standard LACOFD specified hose load of 800? of 4?, 800? of 2 ??, 750? of 1 ??, (2) 100? 1 ?? hosepacks, and (2) reel lines of 250? of 1?. In addition they also carry 100? of 1 ?? and 50? of 1? wildland hose packs. In the past, Engine 8 operated apparatus such as a 1924 American La France Type 25, 1938 Sweetheart 100gpm pumper, and a 1985 Seagrave among others.

Truck 8 and Engine 208 are paired up as a light force and are rarely broken up, except for in times of high volumes of brush response. Combined they are staffed with a crew of 7.

Truck 8 is a 1998 KME 100? Tillered Quint. It has a 1000gpm pump, and carries 300 gallons of water, and 25 gallons of foam. They also have a pre-piped aerial waterway. Truck 8 carries 600? of 4?, 400? of 2 ??, 400? of 1 ??, and a 100? 1 ?? hosepack. The truck also carries 218? of ground ladders, an Amkus System, 7 air bags, and numerous additional equipment. Truck/Quint 8 is used to supplement available resources rather then combining an engine/truck combination. Truck 8 has operated units in the past such as a 1973 American La France Pacemaker rear mount, a 1985 Spartan/Van Pelt ladder tower, and a 1989 Seagrave 100? TT.

Engine 208 is a 1990 KME 1000gpm engine. It carries the same complement of hose and ladders as Engine 8 does. In the past, Engine 208 has operated a 1938 Seagrave, a 1977 Crown and various others over the years.

Communication is handled through the LACoFD dispatch center located in East Los Angeles at the Headquarters Complex. LACoFD uses 12 Blue channels in the UHF band and 8 tactical channels in VHF. Dispatching is done off of Blue 8, and the command channel for 8?s area is Blue 3.

On average per year 8?s receives about 3000 calls for the station. In the year 2002 station 8 responded to 16 working structure fires, and 2290 medical runs. The engine totaled up 3134 runs, the light force 765, and the squad totaled 2652.
Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 @ 17:24:18 PDT by adminfire
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