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  1. Thanks for the information Kevin1988. I remember that they were running with Tower Ladder back in the 90's so it's good to hear that they stiil are using one.
  2. That's one of the great things about the Los Angeles Fire Department Light Force concept is that the Trucks can also be used as an Engine company if necessary and in effect they are a two piece Quint. That particularly comes in handy when there is an extra alarm fire or fires taking place and companies are needed to change quarters. For example in a Task Force house you could use the single Engine company to change quarters and the Light Force can still act as an Engine or a Truck company in it's district despite the Engine company being out of it's district. It would be good if the LAFD could start putting the 7 Light forces that were taken out of service during the recession ,back in service,
  3. Emt FS 46 is the one at Station 4 the "Sober Unit" or is that some other unit? Is the Sober Unit still in service and is it at Station 4?
  4. Thanks Casey. So it looks to me that now there is an AP unit at Stations 58.82,7, and 15 in addition to the Original one at Station 64. Whether the "Sober" Unit at Station 4 is included I am not sure. Anyhow it looks like there may now be 5 such units in service.
  5. Does anybody have any information on the Nurse Practitioner Units. I know that around in 2015 the Los Angeles City Fire Department had put in service an ambulance with a Nurse Practitioner and a Paramedic or EMT aboard whose purpose was to respond to the EMS requests of the frequent users so they could be treated or referred to the appropriate resources on the scene instead of always taking them to hospital emergency rooms so the "Ambulances" could be used for the real emergencies. The last that I had heard the "NP" unit was on duty about 4 days a week and worked about 10 hours a day and the first one was put in service at Fire Station 64 in Watts. About a year after the pilot program had begun the city had announced it intention of adding several more "NP" units to the fleet. I had heard they were talking of 4 such units which doesn't include the "Sober" Unit which was for the use of the Alcoholic frequent users. So how many Nurser Practitioner Units are currently in service and where are they stationed and is there still a "Sober" Unit service and is it still at Station 4? The Nurse Practitioner Unit seemed to be a good idea as they were aimed at getting the none urgent or "low accuity" patients from tying up the EMS units on non emergencies and there were a few other places that were using similar units.
  6. Speaking of Platforms , I find it odd that the Long Beach fire department has been running with a Tower Ladder at their Truck 7 for a long time now yet they seem to be the only fire department that I know of in Los Angeles County that runs with a Tower Ladder. They are the 7th largest city in California with a little under half a million people. The fact that they have been using a Tower Ladder does throw cold water on the idea and the concept that they are unable to effectively use Tower Ladders (Platforms) in the Los Angeles area. As far as Los Angeles City goes I know that up in the Santa Monica Mountains where there are narrow winding streets their Tiller Ladders come in handy and are probably the only large aerial rigs that can be maneuvered there however I don't see why a Platform or a Tower Ladder can't be used in the rest of the city ( south and north of the Santa Monica mountains) where there seem to be quite a few wide boulevards. There were at one time a couple of other fire departments that in tthe Los Angeles County area that ran with a few Platforms or Tower Ladders but I don't think they still are running with them. I am not from the area so perhaps someone might have more accurate information on Tower Ladders in that area. I am keeping the subject primarlly to Tower Ladders as I know that years ago during the (mid 60's and 70's) some fire departments were using "Snorkels" in the Los Angeles area , but that is another story.
  7. Since this topic on Heavy Rescues was begun Heavy Rescue 56 has been relocated to Station 3 for a while now. So it is now Heavy Rescue 3.
  8. I have a few questions regarding some of the Rescue Ambulances. Is the ambulance at Station 103 a Paramedic unit or is it a BLS unit? In other words is it a 900 unit? Are there any variable staffed RA's paramedic units or are they all BLS units. If so which ones are ALS and which ones are BLS units? Are there now 4 Low acuity units (frequent flyer ambulances) in service and if so where are they located? As of the last budget request the fire department wanted to have on in each of the 4 field bureaus. Are there now also 4 Fast Respone units in service as in the budget request they also wanted one in each of the 4 field bureaus? If I am correct the original one is still at Station 91 and the second one is at Station 9 but was originally located at Station 20 correct?
  9. Has anyone seen how they are doing on the project of building new fire station 39 at 14615 Oxnard. Is the target date for openng the new station still set for March of 2019 are they moving it up?
  10. I was wondering are the ambulances going to be located at fire stations and if so what stations will they be located at? I also assume that since the paramedics are employed by a private company on that they will normally be on eight hour shifts as opposed to 24 hours shifts like the fire department employees? Do you know what hours that the three "peak hour" units will be on duty? Thanks.
  11. It's good to see that at least some fire departments near San Diego still use Aerial Platforms.
  12. Shoub in recent years the only Platform in San Jose that am familiar with had been aasigned to Truck 29 on the north end of town which has been using a Tower Ladder for a long time . I understand that the Tower Ladder that Truck 29 had been using is no longer at Truck 29 however it may be a reserve Truck now unless it was reassigned. it was a 1993 Simon. As far as their other Truck companies go I know that before the y started purchasing and receiving their latest TIllered Aerial Ladders from Pierce they were using several some rear mounted and at least one mid mounted straight Aerial Ladder and I know that they did have a Pierce Snorkel in service which may still be a reserve unit unless it was sold by now. I also know that the Truck companies in San Jose were running as 2 piece companies for a long time and the second piece was a utility Squad that carried some Heavy Rescue Squad tools and power and Lighting equipment however I don't believe that they are still running with the second piece anymore. Could you tell me which Truck companies in San Jose were running with Aerial Platforms and when they were assigned plus the type of Platform that they were running with? Thanks.
  13. Rescue 51 I have noticed that also and I'm not from San DIego but I am a fan of the San DIego fire department and I know that the San Diego Fire Department was one of the few West Coast fire departments that was still using some Aerial Platforms in the late 1990's and the early 2000's. At one time they did own 4 Tower Ladders and they had a Snorkel running as Truck 14. When they went to solid red fire engines and started buying their current Pierce Aerial Ladder Trucks they have seemed to forgo purchasing any Tower Ladders or Snorkels. I know that San DIego was having serious financial problems and budget shortfall's during the recession and I also know that San DIego was running behind in building new fire stations however over the last few years it is attempting to catch up with buiding some newer stations that have been called for. Perhaps they were only buying straigtht aerials because they were on a tight budget and the straight aerials were less money then a Tower Ladder. They also could have had some weight problems with thier tower ladders and they could have had some clearence problems on some of the streets or in some of the fire stations. This is only speculation however as I am not from San Diego.
  14. Thanks for the information. I'm glad to see that San Diego does have a border drop automatic aid agreement.. I know that fire departments in the Phoenix Arizona metro area operate like that. It's also interesting to know that there still is at least one fire department in the San DIego area that is using an elevating plaform. At one time San Diego did have 4 "Tower Ladders" that were built on LTI Aerial Ladders however they had gotten rid ot them I know that in the late 1990's around 1998/99 Truck 10 and Truck 28 were operating with Tower Ladders and Station's 41 and 43 each had a Tower Ladder that were "jump companies" which meant that if called for the Engine company crew would "jump" to the Tower Ladder and become the Tower Ladder crew. Before they were relocated to Station 41 and 43 one of them had been assigned to Truck 1 downtown and the 4th one had also been assigned as a regular Truck company. The last elevating platform that I know of on the San Diego fire deparment was Truck 14 which was using a red over white Pierce Snorkel which was in the old San DIego fire departrment color scheme. I understand that it was replaced by one of the newer Pierce rearmounted Aerials in the mid 2000's.
  15. I noticed that the Valley Bureau Headquarters is at Station 83 however when the 4 new bureaus replaced the 2 remaing fire divisions wasn't the Valley Bureau quartered at Station 88 at first then moved to Station 83 or was the new Valley Bureau always at Station 83? While I'm on the subject of the new Bureaus I was wondering why the south bureau is located at San Pedro City Hall instead of the fire station such as 48's ,112's or 36's? Don't they have room the fire stations for a Bureau Cheif? and isn't there a bureau Cheif on duty 24 hours because I was wondering if they set up a bunk room for the for the Bureau watch commander for the South Bureau at San Pedro City Hall?