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Firefighter Nearly Engulfed in Flames while Battling Blaze in Sherman Oaks

A firefighter was nearly engulfed in flames while battling a blaze in Sherman Oaks late Monday night. The fire began in a one-story commercial building shortly before midnight in the 13400 block of West Ventura Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire … Continue reading

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Tim Lynn is Retiring as KTLA Sky 5 Pilot Reporter

Many of us scanner users like to listen to the news media, and especially to their helicopters, to find out what is happening when news breaks. You might be interested in this news from Tim Lynn’s Facebook post: In June … Continue reading

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OC Man Charged with Setting Fire to Santa Monica Police Car

An Irvine man was taken into federal custody Tuesday on charges alleging he set fire to a Santa Monica Police Department car during civil unrest amid widespread protests in late May. Nathan Wilson, 27, is charged in a federal criminal … Continue reading

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Firefighters Battling Boyle Heights Blaze Discover Marijuana Grow

Firefighters battling a Boyle Heights blaze early Wednesday morning discovered a marijuana growing operation inside an industrial building. The fire was reported at 2:40 a.m. at a single-story building on East Olympic Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. … Continue reading

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LAFD Reports a Staggering Rise in the Number of Fires, Outpacing Any Year in Recent Memory

The latest public data from the Los Angeles Fire Department shows the number of fires that have burned so far this year has outpaced any other year in recent memory, with a staggering number of fires tied to the city’s … Continue reading

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LAFD Marks First Use of Robot To Fight Fire in United States

A robotic firefighting vehicle was used for the first time in the United States to battle a major emergency fire in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, officials said. The fire broke out in a textile business and spread to an adjacent … Continue reading

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L.A. County Considers Hiring Non-Sworn Force to Patrol Parks

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to reconsider how to ensure safety in county parks following Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s announcement that he will close the department’s Parks Bureau, provoking the sheriff to accuse the board of “defunding” the LASD. … Continue reading

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NOTICE: SCMA Meetings

Due to limitations on social gatherings because of the Coronavirus, SCMA Meetings are being held virtually online until further notice. To join us, you must be a member of the SCMA Yahoo Group Email List to receive invitations to the … Continue reading

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Cal Fire Tanker 96 Crashes at Rohnerville Airport; No One Injured

One of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s S-2T air tankers, Tanker 96 (N440DF), had a mishap July 28, 2020 at the Rohnerville Airport in northern California. Rohnerville is 15 miles south of Eureka, California. “Yesterday at about … Continue reading

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New Fire Station 1 Opens to Serve Santa Monica

Beginning this month, the Santa Monica Fire Department will operate out of their new Fire Station 1 at 1337 7th Street serving the Downtown community. The new essential services facility has been under construction since June 2018 and replaces SMFD’s first and oldest station.   Fire Station … Continue reading

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