Why Did You Cut My Roof!

Do the job of firefighting long enough and eventually you will be posed with the question, “Why did you have to cut a hole in my roof?”

This question will probably be delivered to you by an agitated citizen that does not understand the fundamentals of what we in this career field do to mitigate a fire in their home. Most of them don’t have the concepts of fire behavior, fire attack strategies, tactics or many other fundamentals entrenched into their brain the way fire service professionals do. Therefor, it is up to each individual department to be proactive in the area of educating the public.

In California, San Bernardino County Firefighters have been working on developing a series of videos to educate citizens proactively. The following video is an example of taking such a stance to educate the tax-payer and also provides a training tool for enhancement at the firefighter level.


San Bernardino Firefighters Talk About Mass Casualty Incident

In a press conference where first responders answered questions regarding the tragedy that occurred on December 2nd, 2015, several of the first-in members from the SBFD discussed their actions and team efforts with law enforcement and mutual aid agencies in order to triage and treat patients. The interviews took place one week after the event occurred and gave law enforcement and fire rescue personnel the opportunity to honor the victims and survivors while reflecting on the incident.

San Bernardino Shooting: Calm response, training were key after shootings, tapes show

Worldwide attention is focused on the human toll of the San Bernardino massacre: 14 dead, 21 wounded among the deadliest attacks in recent U.S. history.

But it’s clear that the carnage could have been worse: both killers were heavily armed with assault rifles, pistols, seemingly unlimited ammunition, even explosives. They protected themselves with body armor and apparently detailed planning. Then they escaped.

It might seem police were lucky in finding the killers in just four hours and winning the resulting firefight. But recordings of the emergency radio calls suggest the victory was rooted in training, fast action, good decisions, teamwork, and the eerily calm and deliberate help of dispatchers, firefighters and helicopter crews.

“We do not know if we still have an active shooter,” a police lieutenant radioed just minutes after the killing began. “We supposedly have two down inside. We’ll be making entry.”

Tapes also show that Syed Farook was identified as a suspect almost immediately.

The rescue effort and manhunt unfolded with the speed of a thrill ride and the drama of a Hollywood movie. What follows are merely a few examples.

“We’re monitoring PD’s (radio) traffic,” a San Bernardino fire engine captain announced. “Go ahead and put Engine 4 on that call.”

Moments later, he explained his decision to act without specific orders.

“We’re trying to get hold of the chief,” he radioed. “We put ourselves on this call due to the number of people that are down.”

A sheriff’s dispatcher spread the word.

“San Bernardino has an active shooter,” she told deputies throughout the San Bernardino Valley. “They’re asking for all units that are available. 1365 South Waterman. 1365 South Waterman. Several victims down. We don’t have much further” information.

Ugly details soon emerged, broadcast calmly and clearly.

From an officer at the scene, a description of the getaway car and the danger.

“Four-door SUV, full size,” he radioed. “And they were carrying assault rifles, possibly AR-15s.”

The cast of characters mushroomed. Plans were born quickly and precisely. No words or time were wasted. Unmarked police cars shuttled gunshot victims to paramedics. Officials established two medical treatment areas, one north, the other south of the danger area.

But they couldn’t save them all.

“Sam 15,” a sergeant’s radio call sign rang out. “Per fire (department), we have 12 DOA in the south building.”

Then, they caught a break: the name of a suspected killer and possible details of the attack.

Using call sign Ida 9, an officer announced: “A male … left (the building) ‘out of the blue.’ Twenty minutes later, the shooting occurred. The subject’s last (name): Farook. First of Syed. He matches the physical (description) of one of the shooters.”

Another voice, this one excited: “The witnesses that were in the room (say) two males. They were wearing ski-type masks and had (bullet-proof) vests on.”

Worse news followed prompting all officers to evacuate the target building, already empty of living victims.

“Bomb-arson (squad) has seen a device,” an officer radioed. “They are going to (deal with) it via robotic means. They have pulled out of the building, as well.”

Meanwhile, helicopter crews were rushing some of the most seriously wounded to hospitals.

Other helicopter crews helped hunt for the getaway SUV.

“40King1,” a dispatcher called to one of the search copters. “Can you head towards Tennessee and State in Redlands? Look for a black SUV with Utah plate. It was just seen leaving the area.”

“There’s a black SUV at the light at Tippe(canoe) and Brier, right now,” a copter crewman replied. “It’s got a Utah plate.”

Officers swarmed the area. The gunfight was about to begin.

WARNING: The following audio contains violence that may upset some listeners.

A breathless voice: “Shots fired! One suspect down in the street. Two in the vehicle.”

A dispatcher her voice totally composed asked the crucial question: “Location, please.”

Breathless voice: “San Bernardino and, uh, Shedden (Drive), I think it is.”

“San Bernardino and Shedden,” she confirmed.

Again, the word went out to surrounding police agencies. Help needed. NOW!

A sheriff’s sergeant immediately recognized the location and ordered his deputies toward the sound of the guns.

“In the south (part of the) city,” 14 Sam radioed his dispatchers. “Is anybody in that area? Have them respond Code 3 (lights and sirens) 999,” shorthand for top priority: Officers need IMMEDIATE assistance.

Then, excited voices from the firefight.

“We need a BearCat,” one officer announced, asking for an armored vehicle.

“We need some support over here,” came another voice. “We’ve got multiple, multiple shots fired!”

Was the helicopter crew listening, and racing to help?

“40King,” the pilot replied with his call sign. “I am. I’m copying traffic. My partner is transitioned in the back seat with an M-4 rifle. But I’m going to be flying the helicopter and working the radios all at the same time. Go with the last information.”

The information and the situation was scary.

“We’re at San Bernardino and Shedden. San Bernardino and Shedden,” radioed Nora 2. “We can see one guy down. There’s one guy in the back of the car. And we need that BearCat … Have the BearCat come to us.”

round the world, everyone knows the rest. The police won. The suspects died within hours, not days or months, of the massacre.

Experts will pick apart the events of that day.

But the recordings suggest many people did their best. Quickly. Decisevely. Effectively.

Press Enterprise



Police are now searching for a black sport utility vehicle that fled the scene of a mass shooting that left up to 20 people injured inside of a San Bernadino social services office on Wednesday morning, federal law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times.

A San Bernardino police spokeswoman also confirmed there “are fatalities,” but was unsure of how many people had been killed.

At least three suspected shooters fled the building after gunfire erupted, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because the investigation is active and ongoing.

It is unclear if the people inside the vehicle are witnesses or suspects.

Police also used a robot to detonate a “device” found inside the building, according to the sources, who also said investigators were assembling a battering ram to gain access to the office complex.

The San Bernardino Fire Department said the shooting took place in the 1300 block of Waterman Avenue, near Orange Show Road.

Sgt. Vicki Cervantes, the San Bernardino police spokeswoman, told reporters at the scene up to three shooters were reported inside the Inland Regional Center. Officers have not secured the building and are going door to door.

The suspects, she said, are heavily armed and were possibly wearing body armor.

“It’s a very active scene,” Cervantes said. “It’s very fluid.”
Television news footage showed police officers and firefighters at the scene as well as people being escorted out of the area.

Officials said they received a call about a shooting about 11 a.m.

One man whose wife worked in the building told KABC-TV that at least one gunman walked into the center and opened fire. She was able to lock herself in her office.

“They saw bodies on the floor,” he said.

The office where the shooting took place, the Inland Regional Center, provides services to disabled people and others in need.

The organization’s website states: “Inland Regional Center was built on the foundation of three core values — independence, inclusion, and empowerment. In following these core values, we hope to help provide each individual with a service system that helps identify and eliminate barriers for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families so they can closely live a typical lifestyle.”

The shooting rippled across San Bernardino.

Tom Brown said he and countless other employees and customers at San Bernardino Golf Club were on lockdown Wednesday.

“We’re not allowing anyone on the golf course. We got a big helicopter sitting in the middle of the No. 1 fairway,” Brown told The Times. “We’re several hundred yards away from the area. We can see fire and SWAT from here, but we’re not allowed to go any farther.”

Brown said his coworker said she heard gunshots nearby.

Meanwhile, the bus company that provides transportation for San Bernardino City Unified School District is offering its buses to transport victims and witnesses of the shooting, said district spokeswoman Linda Berdere.

Fred Henning was holed up inside the paralegal’s office where he works with his wife, about a block from the scene of the shooting. Henning said they were standing outside as helicopters swooped over the area, but fled back into the building as police began to flood the area.

“We just came inside because it could be stray bullets, who knows?” Henning said. “We did mill around outside for a while but we decided the better plan was to stay in. We’re stranded in here … we’re in an office building.”

The block where the shooting took place is home to a number of businesses, Henning said, including a three-building complex that houses his office and roughly 140 others. The street has been completely shut down.

“I see squad cars like you won’t believe,” Henning said.

Times Staff Writers James Queally and Paloma Esquivel contributed to this report.

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Bus fire kills 2, injures 4 in Vegas

NBC News

LAS VEGAS — Two people are dead and four others are injured after a fire tore through a minibus following a collision in Las Vegas.

Fire officials say the accident happened around 7 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of South Main Street and Charleston Boulevard.

They say a burning minibus was found lying on its side on the sidewalk and a car was in the middle of the intersection.

Several firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but the bus was a total loss.

According to police Lt. Jeff Goodwin, two people on the bus died at the scene. Two other passengers as well as two from the car have been hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police are on the scene investigating.

The intersection is expected to remain closed for several hours.

Firefighter, EMT stabbed at Boyle Heights hospital

A Los Angeles City firefighter and an emergency medical technician were stabbed by a patient while tending to another patient at White Memorial Medical Center in Boyle Heights.

According to investigators, the LAFD EMT and two hospital EMTs were aiding a patient in the hospital’s emergency room around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

That’s when another patient, already in the hospital for a mental health evaluation, suddenly pulled a knife and stabbed the firefighter and one of the hospital EMTs.

The firefighter was stabbed in the arm. He was transported to a different hospital in fair condition. According to the LAFD, he remained hospitalized as of Thursday morning and was set to undergo surgery.

One of the hospital EMTs was stabbed in the bicep and the other only suffered scratches in the scuffle.

All three injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.

According to a statement released by the hospital, the suspect was quickly subdued by other workers in the ER.

The man was then arrested by Los Angeles police and booked into jail for assault with a deadly weapon on a firefighter.

He was later identified by LAPD as 46-year-old Christopher Clay. He was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

OREGON WILDFIRES: Campfires, open flames ban continues this week


The statewide state park ban on open flames will continue for another week, according to a release from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

While temperatures have moderated in some areas and a little rain has fallen, especially on the Willamette Valley and coast, conditions have not improved enough to warrant relaxing the restriction. Fire crews are still heavily engaged in combating blazes in Central and Eastern Oregon, and resources in many local communities are stretched thin.

Fires are not allowed on properties owned and managed by the department, including the ocean shores. The ban includes but is not limited to fire pits, tiki torches and candles.

Propane stoves for cooking and charcoal briquettes for cooking are not covered by the statewide ban, but some parks have more restrictive bans in place that do cover briquettes.

Before traveling, visitors should verify what’s allowed at their destination by calling the park, calling the state park toll-free information line at 800-551-6949 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), or looking up the park online at http://oregonstateparks.org/

The restriction will be reviewed again next week.

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