Quick and precise work by firefighting crews from Glendale and surrounding partners helped to cap a brush blaze that erupted behind Brand Park on Tuesday, bringing relief to the city in the wake of the state’s struggles with wildfires this year. Forward progression of the fire was halted at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Glendale Fire Department, not quite two hours after it was first reported at 2:15 p.m. The fire was fully contained by 7:15 p.m. In spite of its proximity to residential streets and the Brand Park and Library, miraculously no structures were damaged and there were no injuries.
When Glendale officials again extended the city’s residential eviction moratorium this week, it was clear that they also are looking with more urgency for guidance and relief from Sacramento. When the latest extension goes into effect Tuesday, Sept. 1, it becomes Glendale residents’ only protection from eviction, as the state Judicial Council’s pause on taking up eviction proceedings in courts is ending. The extension to Sept. 30 itself coincides with the expiration of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order allowing cities to implement the eviction protection measures.
On Monday this week, an emergency crew with the Glendale Fire Department returned to Garfield Avenue and paid a visit to 13-year-old Raylen, whom they rushed to a local hospital on July 24 after she was struck and dragged 30 feet by an SUV outside of her apartment. The crew — firefighter-paramedic Jesse Landeverde, ambulance operator Raul Salmeron, Capt. Mark Masto, firefighter-paramedic Chris Mays and ambulance operator Bao Nguyen — ended up together on the same shift again and decided to bring Raylen a get-well card. The motorist, who was driving a black Lexus GX460 SUV, remains at large. Those with any information about this crime, which occurred at 3:12 p.m. Friday, July 24, should contact the Glendale Police Department at (818) 548-4911.
As Silvio Lanzas sees it, transparency is a vital part of leadership and professionalism in the firefighting world.
The Glendale fire chief said that’s why he elected to publicly share the department’s summary report of the Jan. 16 response to 140 Carr Drive, an apartment building with a fully developed blaze on the first floor as well as the basement. The response ultimately injured two firefighters, but the four tenants who were inside were rescued — and, most important, there were no fatalities.
“Culturally, one of the things I’m trying to bring to the Glendale Fire Department is one of transparency,” Lanzas said in a phone interview this week. “I’m very proud of our organization, both for what occurred on that day and also equally as proud for their willingness to be open and transparent about what things could have been done differently and what things were done well. That’s really how you make the fire service better.” Continue reading “Fire Chief Clears the Smoke”
La Cañada Flintridge’s L.A. County firefighters, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department, Glendale Police Department and Glendale Fire Department were represented by more than 100 personnel during an emotional tribute that featured “Healthcare Heroes” representing USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital at two events last week. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the aptly-named “Healthcare Heroes Shout-Out” was essentially first responders honoring first responders last Wednesday afternoon during a “day shift” tribute, then again on Friday night for “night shift” workers.