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By Mary O’Keefe | April 18, 2008
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station recognized April 13 to 19 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. ?We are honoring those that work as dispatchers,? said Capt. David Silversparre. ?It is very important that we recognize what they do.? Dispatchers are many times the focal point between the deputies on the street and those who call the station for help. When someone in La Cañada, La Crescenta and the unincorporated area of Montrose dials 911 they will be connected to a dispatcher at the CV station.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | November 8, 2007
SOUTHWEST GLENDALE — With the flip of a switch at noon Monday, the 11 cities that have their 911 calls fielded through the Verdugo Fire Communications Center in Glendale opened an expanded network to coordinate emergency response in a 126-square-mile area. The new digital configuration enables dispatchers to interact seamlessly between 40 fire stations, including stations in Burbank, Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia and Monterey Park, said Don Wise, fire communications administration supervisor for the Glendale Fire Department.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2009
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Fire Communication Supervisor Jessica Latta doesn’t consider dispatching a job. She says she was born to do it. Latta and 15 other dispatchers spend most days behind several computer monitors in the Verdugo Communications Center answering emergency calls from residents of a dozen cities. “To me, it’s second nature now,” Latta said. “I just really love the job. I don’t seen any negatives to it at all.” She tries not to take her work home with her, but some gruesome calls, such as suicides, get to her, Latta said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | May 10, 2010
GLENDALE ? Verdugo Fire Communications Center, which serves 12 area cities, answered 99.1% of incoming emergency calls last year within 10 seconds, far exceeding statewide standards, officials said. The findings came as part of a review by the California 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Office of the center?s state-funded operations and equipment. The state requires 90% of emergency calls be answered within 10 seconds. ?Our people are the types who don?t like to hear the phones ringing,?
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | January 11, 2010
GLENDALE — More residents are abandoning their land lines for cell phones, a trend that public safety officials say is challenging how they respond to emergency calls. Of the 9,697 emergency calls in November received at Verdugo Fire Communications Center for fire and paramedic services, 31.5% were from cell phones, according to the Glendale Fire Department. Residential land lines made up 43.1%. The growing number of cellular calls has made responding to emergencies more challenging, said Don Wise, interim fire communications administrator for the center.
NEWS
May 3, 2005
Jackson Bell A frantic man called police looking for his suicidal wife, who had called him from an undisclosed hotel room off the Santa Monica (10) Freeway. Dispatcher Mary Gonzalez took the call. Gonzalez tracked down the hotel through the bank card his wife used to pay for the call, and then found her. "The woman had taken a lot of pills, and we were able to get her medical help," Gonzalez said. "From nothing, we were able to use our resources to help a woman out."
NEWS
December 2, 2000
Lolita Harper SUNLAND -- More than 80 drivers from City Cab, Checkered Cab and Yellow Cab staged a job action late Friday outside their corporate offices, refusing to pick up fares to protest we they called unfair dispatching practices are giving advantages to People's Taxi. City Cab, People's Taxi and Checkered Cab and Yellow Cab (the latter two are under the umbrella of Tri City Cab Co.) are all owned and run independently. But drivers working routes in the Burbank and Glendale areas have claimed dispatchers have shuttled their calls to People's Taxi.
NEWS
September 1, 2010
Two hikers were rescued by helicopter Sunday night after reporting they got lost while trekking the Verdugo Mountains, police said. They called emergency dispatchers for help, but the calls kept disconnecting, police said. A helicopter was dispatched about 11 p.m. to the area to look for the hikers, who were severely dehydrated. The helicopter crew spotted a glow from a flashlight at 3,000 feet and flew to the mountain ridge, where they found the hikers, police said.
NEWS
April 20, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Five hours of intense work fielding calls from phones that didn't stop ringing and hearing gunshots fired at friends might have been just another day on the job for five Glendale Community Service Officer-Dispatchers, but they are still being honored for their efforts. Those five hours happened May 29, when 47-year-old Jorge Beeton, who was later found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, began to shoot through the walls of his second story apartment at 400 Paula Ave. Lisa Stevenson took the first call at 11:10 a.m. from the building's handyman, and stayed on the phone with him throughout the ordeal.
NEWS
March 12, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman GLENDALE -- More than 40 years ago, Joel Markss' friends had a conversation that had a powerful impact on firefighting. "There was a group of guys I ran around with, and we were talking about what we were going to do with our lives," said Markss, a battalion chief for the Glendale Fire Department. "One friend started talking about being a firefighter, and the next thing you know, all six of us ended up in a fire department someplace."
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SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 1, 2014
GLENDALE - With new coaches occupying their respective dugouts, the Glendale High and Burroughs baseball teams have been eager to begin Pacific League action. The wait for the Nitros and Indians ended Tuesday, when the squads met at Glendale. Glendale junior starting pitcher Jack Porras grabbed the spotlight with a quality effort. Porras gave the Nitros a big boost, as he scattered seven hits in a shutout effort to propel Glendale to a 4-0 victory. Porras, a right-hander, needed just 74 pitches to turn back Burroughs in the first of two head-to-head matchups.
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SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 6, 2014
GLENDALE - Most times when Ryan Kovarik found himself in front of the net, the Glendale High boys' volleyball team got a favorable result. The junior middle blocker found himself right in the middle of things for Glendale, providing quality defense and some timely kills Thursday against crosstown rival Hoover in a Pacific League-opening match for both teams. “Blocks just seem to come natural for me and you try to find the open spots to get kills,” said Kovarik, who finished with 11 kills and 10 blocks to lead host Glendale to a 22-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-15 win. “You try to stay confident and not get frustrated.
SPORTS
From Staff Reports | October 15, 2013
GIRLS' TENNIS Crescenta Valley 14, Burroughs 4: The visiting Falcons won all nine doubles sets Tuesday in a Pacific League match. Crescenta Valley (8-4, 7-3 in league) saw its No. 1 doubles team of Alexa Gregorian and Jackie Dilanchyan win, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. Glendale 10, Marshall Fundamental 8: Glendale (6-6) got two singles wins from Veronika Galstyan (6-3, 7-5) and two doubles victories from Dani Fabian and Imani Story (6-4, 7-5) to notch a nonleague home victory Tuesday.
SPORTS
By Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, Special to the Glendale News-Press | October 10, 2013
GLENDALE - Serene Snaer looked for the most vulnerable opponent and simply tried to attack her. Whether it was on a kill attempt or a set, the senior on the Glendale High girls' volleyball team had numerous opportunities to frustrate her cross-town rivals. Snaer had a match-high seven aces and added six kills, as the Nitros needed just 65 minutes to defeat host Hoover, 25-13, 25-15, 25-14, in Thursday's Pacific League match. “When it comes to serving, I like to look to someone to pick on and it comes out the way it does,” said Snaer, who had four aces and a pair of kills in the final game.
SPORTS
By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 7, 2012
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE - It took three and half hours longer than expected, but for the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team, Wednesday evening's CIF Southern Section playoff win was worth the wait. The host Rebels, who were informed a few hours before the start of their Division V playoff match versus Whittier High that their pool was inadequately sized, made Burbank High their home in winning 12-7. With the triumph, the Prep League runner-up Rebels (17-8), the fourth seed, earned advancement to Saturday's divisional quarterfinal at Inland Valley League champion Riverside Poly (17-10)
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 8, 2012
PASADENA - With the Maranatha High boys' tennis team potentially in position to play two playoff matches in as many days, it embraced the challenge. The Minutemen entered the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs fresh off finishing second in the Olympic League and with several players performing well in the league tournament last week. More importantly, they appeared to be well conditioned. Maranatha used its physical preparation as an advantage en route to a convincing 13-5 win against visiting Nogales in a wild-card match at Muir High.
SPORTS
By Gabriel Rizk | April 26, 2012
LA CRESCENTA - It was all hands on the pool deck for the Crescenta Valley High boys' swimming team for Wednesday afternoon's Pacific League home dual-meet finale against Arcadia. While the trio of Young Tae Seo, Harrison Thai and Louis Wojciechowski are widely expected to lead the Falcons to contention for a CIF Southern Section Division II title in May, seeing all three competing simultaneously at a regular-season meet has been a rarity. All of them put aside club swimming, training and other commitments to give Crescenta Valley a full-strength attack that showed in a 117.5-52.5 win that clinched at least a share of the Falcons' 20th straight league crown.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 21, 2012
SOUTHEAST GLENDALE - Once Ashley Aquino got to around the 20-yard line, she liked her chances to score. What the Glendale High girls soccer player needed was a perfect shot. She got it and helped Glendale get the best of its cross-town rival in the first of two head-to-head meetings. Aquino scored in the 30th minute to spark host Glendale to a 2-0 victory against Hoover on Friday afternoon in a Pacific League match. Aquino, a senior midfielder, corralled a loose ball and dribbled up to about the 20-yard line and lofted a shot past the outstretched arms of Hoover goalkeeper Yvonne Cruz.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 5, 2011
With the switch of a color-coded light, Glendale firefighters will now get a jump start on emergency calls before leaving the station. The new system, installed in Glendale fire stations at the end of November, sends out a digitalized voice message and signals with a color-coded light, alerting specific fire personnel to the type of equipment needed to respond to a particular emergency, officials said. “The bottom line goal is to get the folks out the door quicker,” said Don Wise, the Verdugo Fire Communications Center's executive administrator.
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