Firefighters Injured in Four Alarm Strip Mall Fire

– Two firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm fire Thursday December 15 at a Monterey Park strip mall.

The large structure fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East Garvey Avenue, according to a Monterey Park Fire Department dispatcher.

During the firefighting effort, part of the mall’s roof collapsed. The flames were extinguished by about 4:45 a.m., the fire department reported.

The conditions of the injured firefighters were not immediately released officially, but news media outlets reported their injuries were minor.

About 40 people were evacuated from an apartment building just north of the fire scene, but they were allowed back into their residences around 4:45 a.m., police said.

The fire knocked out some electrical service in the area, including blacking out some traffic signals, but power was restored by about 7:30 a.m., police said. Also, Garvey Avenue was blocked between Alhambra and Russell avenues, but the roadway was reopened about 7:30 a.m., police said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately available.



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LAPD Stuffs a Chopper with Toys for Christmas

The LAPD responds to a challenge by the New South Wales Police Department to stuff a chopper with toys for kids this Christmas. Watch Chief Charlie Beck challenge the LA County Sheriff Department to do the same.

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New Paint Scheme for El Segundo PD Cars


The El Segundo Police Department has begun phasing in a new design for their patrol cars and the implementation will continue throughout 2017.

Pictured here is the first vehicle with the new design. The current patrol cars have graphics that have been in place for almost 20 years.

Be on the lookout for newly designed patrol cars coming to a street near you!

Follow El Segundo PD on Twitter: #elsegundopd

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Whistler to Update TRX-1 / TRX-2 Scanners with NXDN™


Bentonville, AR– (December 13, 2016) The Whistler Group, Inc., a leading industry supplier of state-of the-art mobile electronics, is in the homestretch to the highly-anticipated release of an NXDN™ update to the TRX-1 and TRX-2 which currently feature Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) capabilities.

The Whistler TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/Mobile) originally released in May of this year are multi-system adaptive digital trunking scanners with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR. Additionally, Whistler announced during the initial product debut, that development of NXDN monitoring was underway and the TRX-1 and TRX-2 would receive an NXDN™ upgrade later this year at no cost to the consumer.

NXDN™ is a Common Air Interface (CAI) technical protocol for mobile communications developed jointly by Icom Incorporated and JVC Kenwood Corporation. Many market segments such as security, transportation, railways, construction, taxi companies, hotels and more use NXDN™. In addition, areas of Public safety − with agencies from police, fire, municipal services and military are using NXDN technology.

“At this time we are very excited to announce that we will be releasing the NXDN upgrade for the TRX-1 and TRX-2 on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 12:00 Noon CST,” said Wendy Taylor, Marketing Manager for the Whistler Group. “When Whistler entered the scanner industry we were committed to bringing innovation and we are demonstrating that by our introduction of DMR earlier this year and our continued development to provide NXDN.”

The TRX-1 and TRX-2 began shipping in late June 2016 and have an MSRP of $649.95 and $729.95 respectively.

NXDN is a trademark of ICOM, Inc. and JVC Kenwood Corp.


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HRO Ham Jam 2016

Single Transmitter, Orange Section, in the Anaheim Ham Radio Outlet parking lot at HRO's Ham Jam, with K6VCR, K7JA, KL7MF, and N6MI, DM13. Photo by N6MI

Single Transmitter, Orange Section, in the Anaheim Ham Radio Outlet parking lot at HRO’s Ham Jam, with K6VCR, K7JA, KL7MF, and N6MI, DM13. Photo by N6MI

Our 5th Annual HRO Ham Jam is coming up!

Saturday, July 16, 2016 is the date, store hours are 10AM-5:30PM, and once again we will be hosting our local clubs and communications specialists in the store parking lot for another educational and fun event.

Come tour the OC RACES communications van as well as the Anaheim RACES trailer, learn about Hospital Disaster Services, and see how many of the clubs like the San Diego Six Shooters, the Motorcycle Amateur Radio Club, SOARA, WARA, and others who have not yet committed before newsletter deadline time make various activities available to local hams.

The Eagle Scouts will be providing a hotdog lunch this year, and Mr. Gordon West and representatives from ARRL, Comet Antennas, Ham Radio Deluxe, Icom, Kenwood, Pryme, and Yaesu will be available for questions (listen for announcements throughout the day for impromptu informational gatherings, satellite passes, or how-to sessions.)

License testing will also be available most of the day; if interested in testing, please call Janet at the store at 714-533-7373 with name and contact information so that we may plan for appropriate seating.

Three prize drawings will be held throughout the day at 11AM, 1:30PM, and 3PM. Winners will need to be present to win goodies from many of our suppliers who have donated some really great stuff!

Come join us for a fun-filled Saturday of ham radio; make it your goal to leave having learned at least one new thing and/or shared your own knowledge with at least one new ham.

Kind 73,
Janet Margelli, KL7MF
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BMW Wins LAPD Electric Car Contract, Beating Tesla


German automaker BMW has beaten California-based Tesla Motors Inc. by winning a contract to supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 electric cars.

BMW is leasing 100 of its i3 all-electric plug-in vehicles, which the LAPD plans to use for community outreach and other police business — but not patrols or car chases.

That will bring to almost 200 the number of electric vehicles the city is using in its various departments.

In the last year, the LAPD has been seen testing Tesla’s P85D, a variant of the Model S that has been discontinued. The Police Department was apparently looking at buying or leasing the replacement, the P90D, but decided on the BMW i3 instead.

Weak and small compared with the mighty Tesla, the BMW is also more affordable. The small German electric car costs $42,000, or well under half the Tesla’s price.

Vartan Yegiyan, who oversees the LAPD’s motor transport division, said the BMWs would be leased for $387 a month. A three-year lease for 100 cars will total about $1.4 million, including maintenance and repairs, he said.

Yegiyan said it will cost an additional $1.5 million for the infrastructure to charge the BMWs and other electric vehicles purchased in the future.

Although the Tesla is capable of massive acceleration, top speeds suitable for high-speed chases and a range of almost 300 miles, the smaller, more moderate i3 accelerates quickly, has a lower top speed and can go only 80 to 100 miles on one electric charge.

But for an additional fee, the i3 is also available with a gas-engine “extender” that increases the range to about 150 miles.

The LAPD’s i3 lease could lead to a deal for vehicles more suitable for patrol work. Police Chief Charlie Beck said the department was continuing to work with BMW, Tesla and other automakers to create a more capable electric vehicle.

“We want to go to the next step,” he said. “They will absolutely be the patrol cars of the future.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hailed the move, saying, “We should be thinking green in everything we do,” and adding that the adoption of electric cars will “also save money and resources.”

Garcetti said the LAPD is leasing the vehicles as part of a three-year agreement with BMW, enabling the city “to be flexible and to change as EV technology evolves further.”

He also said the city plans to acquire 100 additional electric vehicles this fiscal year.

In making the announcement, BMW said the availability of a large network of BMW “i centers,” which can service electric vehicles, influenced the LAPD’s decision.

The fact that the LAPD uses BMW motorcycles in its fleet may also have helped seal the deal.

BMW said Greenlots, a Californiabased company that manages electric vehicle charging networks, would supply 100 Level 2 and four DC fast chargers to the LAPD.



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Long Beach Fire Department Debuts New Boat

Long Beach Fire Boat

After adding some finishing touches on Long Beach Fire Department’s Fireboat 20, it’s ready for its official debut.

Fire Chief Mike DuRee said the department has had the vessel for a couple of months, and used it in fires, such as the blaze at the old Ruby’s Diner at the end of the Seal Beach Pier.

But, there were a few minor things that needed to be tweaked.

“There was a punch list that needed to get fixed,” DuRee said. “It also gave our crew the opportunity to get familiar with it.”

The vessel, called “Protector,” has its dedication from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at the Port of Long Beach Joint Command and Control Center. The ceremony isn’t public, port media relations lead Lee Peterson said.

The Protector was built in Washington State, DuRee said.

“They build all boats up there, don’t they?” he said.

The boat has a laundry list of features, DuRee said, needed to battle fires these days.

“The reality is because of the types of ships we see in port, we needed it to enhance our capabilities,” DuRee said. “We have much greater issues to deal with in the port.”

The port’s biggest container ships can carry 18,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit), whereas older ones had 4,500 TEUs. DuRee said initial estimates for the Protector said it could discharge 45,000 to 50,000 gallons of water per minute, but he said it actually flows about 60,000 gallons of water per minute.

“It’s a very capable vessel,” DuRee said.

The fire department’s other boats were built in the mid-1980s, DuRee said, and flow about 10,000 gallons of water per minute.

“They’ve outlived their expectancy,” DuRee said.

DuRee said the boat is 108 feet long and designed much like a tugboat with its Voith Schneider drive system.

“It’s like an egg beater,” DuRee said. “The whole system is unique. It can stay on station and is an industry standard. It’s a lot more maneuverable and designed with a number of features combined… There are no other boats around like it.”

In the Ruby’s Diner fire, the Protector extinguished the fire within three minutes by throwing environmentally friendly Novacool foam on it with its 10 water cannons.

Other features of the Protector include a basket on the deck, allowing firefighters to be hoisted up to a fire, DuRee said. It also has two pilot areas, allowing it to maneuver into very tight quarters, as well as the latest and greatest in navigational equipment, medical station and more, he said. The boat also has CBERN (chemical, biological, explosive, radiological and nuclear) equipment, with its ability to become airtight and produce its own air, he said.

“I’m just scratching the surface of its capabilities,” DuRee said. “We’re absolutely thrilled we have this new asset in town. It’s the most comprehensive boat in the world. My crew down there is still learning… It gives us the ability to provide greater safety.”

To get the Protector and another boat next year, LBFD received about $19 million in federal grant money from the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), DuRee said, and the port matched that amount. He said he was unsure of the total cost. But, Peterson said the total cost for this boat is about $25.8 million.

“We’re very thankful to the Port of Long Beach to help maintain our presence,” DuRee said. “The port made a 50-year investment.”

The UASI assists high-threat, high-density urban areas to build and sustain the capabilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism, according to its website.

As far as money goes, DuRee said he has six crewmembers assigned to the Protector, which is fewer than eight on a similar boat in the city of Los Angeles.

“Not only do we have a better machine, but we don’t need as many to man it,” DuRee said.

He said that helps when it comes to budget talks.

“For the day in and day out operations of the vessel, we think six people is sufficient,” DuRee said.



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LAPD Considers Trading in Crown Vics for Some $100K Teslas


We may get the hippest, cleanest fleet in the country

The Los Angeles Police Department is looking to potentially upgrade their fleet of vehicles with none other than Tesla’s all-electric luxury Model S.

The Model S may be eco-efficient, but at $100,000, it’s not much of a thrifty buy. The LAPD’s annual $30 million vehicle budget allows up to 750 new vehicles a year, and the Model S would eat up a big chunk of that. The department is currently known for their thrifty, clunky Crown Victorias, though it’s been swapping in Ford Interceptor SUVs—outfitted with special features that make it more crash-resistant—as well as sleek Dodge Chargers, and even a Lamborghini.

Don’t expect an all-Tesla fleet soon; the department is treading lightly, testing two loaner Model S models for not only transportation uses but high-speed chases. The current price is a consideration, but LAPD brass believes Tesla costs will eventually drop and electrical charging stations will become more ubiquitous. “While that’s occurring we’ll be in the space learning and contributing to the process,” LAPD Police Administrator Vartan Yegiyan told CNBC.

The department’s faith in clean vehicles extends to its testing of the all-electric BMW i3—which run about $43,000—and its purchase of nearly three dozen electric scooters and motorcycles.

A statement from Ford—the current leader in the police market, with a 61 percent share—revealed a little anxiety over large police departments embracing younger companies like Tesla: “We are a leader in law enforcement, and we intend to remain the leader.”


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Scanners Now Able to Monitor MotoTRBO Frequencies

Within days of each other, both Uniden and Whistler announced that they would both be adding DMR scanning to their lineup.

whistler-logoWhister states that they will be releasing both a mobile and portable scanner capable of monitoring MotoTRBO, Hytera XPT, and conventional DMR frequencies in late June 2016.

UnidenLogoBlueUniden on the other hand, doesn’t yet have a solid release date, though you can pre-order the upgrade. They aren’t releasing a new product, but upgrading their existing BCDx36HP to be able to scan MotoTRBO and conventional DMR frequencies.

Click the logos above or the links below for more info.


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Shuttle Tank and LAPD Pursuit Photos

SCMA member and frequent photo contributor Chester Brown (LA-203, K6CRB) took these photos of the Space Shuttle tank on it’s way to the California Science Center in Los Angeles and the termination of a pursuit in North Hollywood.

Los Angeles, CA USA 21 May 2016 Space Shuttle Tank ET-94 is moved though city steets to the California Science Center ©  Chester Brown

Los Angeles, CA USA 21 May 2016 Space Shuttle Tank ET-94 is moved though city steets to the California Science Center ©
Chester Brown

Los Angeles, CA USA 21 May 2016 Space Shuttle Tank ET-94 is moved though city steets to the California Science Center ©  Chester Brown/Alamy Live News

Los Angeles, CA USA 21 May 2016 Space Shuttle Tank ET-94 is moved though city steets to the California Science Center ©
Chester Brown/Alamy Live News

Pursuit NOHO-0079

Termination of an LAPD pursuit on North Hollywood. © Chester Brown

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Termination of an LAPD pursuit on North Hollywood. © Chester Brown

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