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August 28, 2013
Since the Glendale Fire Department feels the need to fill their bloated staff with approximately 15 new employees, it is time for there to be some real reform in that department, which has no females on staff. Cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego have many women on board who are part of the fire department and its management staff. The fire department hides behind the usual scapegoat idea of “upper body strength” even though we have women in our military who are fighting all over the world.
NEWS
December 17, 2010
The Glendale Fire Department received a $5,000 donation Thursday to help pay for equipment used in urban search and rescue and hazardous materials training, officials said. The donation was made possible through the State Farm Insurance "Good Neighbor" program, which offers additional funding to fire departments struggling with budget constraints. The Fire Department will use the grant to pay for props and materials used for training in mass casualty response and regional terrorism incidents, officials said.
NEWS
By By Jason Wells | July 24, 2007
GLENDALE — The city's fire chief, Chris Gray, announced his retirement Monday and will move into the same position in San Rafael later this year. The announcement was made at the Glendale Firefighters Assn. Union meeting and comes six years after he took over as the city's top firefighter, according to a statement issued by the Fire Department. In addition to helping push through the Glendale-based Verdugo Dispatch Center and greater inter-department operability between area cities, Gray, 50, has been widely credited by city officials with having the public relations touch in reaching out to the community over the years.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | September 30, 2009
CITY HALL — With city finances tight, fire and police are the latest city departments to introduce new fees as a way to recover the costs of providing services. The City Council on Tuesday voted 4 to 0, with Mayor Frank Quintero absent, to approve a new $135 police booking fee and a $30 charge for fire inspections, which officials said would help the two departments recoup the costs of staff time spent on the tasks. “It’s become very difficult to offset all of our costs through general-fund budgeting,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.
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By Robert S. Hong | May 14, 2007
Crowds of people packed the halls of the Glendale Fire Station No. 21 Saturday for family fun, education and a chance to better know their fire department. The scene was the department's Centennial Fire Service Day, and the department went all out to let people know what it is all about. "It's kind of like an open house, we're trying to let the community see who we are and what we do, Glendale Fire Capt. Tom Propst said. The event closed off part of Columbus Avenue, leaving an open area with several fire engines on display.
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By Jason Wells | May 19, 2009
CITY HALL ? Caught between a growing budget deficit and pledges to leave public safety budgets alone, the City Council this week is scheduled to review police and fire services for possible cost-cutting measures as the new fiscal year looms. How the council approaches possible reductions for the Police and Fire departments, which together make up the lion?s share of the city?s general fund budget, will affect how other city services are impacted when the final cuts are made. Having already sustained millions in cutbacks over the past year as tax revenues plummeted with the economy, some city executives have already warned that any more significant reductions could spell the end of certain programs, or even employee layoffs.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | October 26, 2009
GLENDALE — Testing is underway for approximately 80 ambulance operator hopefuls, who look forward to joining the Glendale Fire Department’s Basic Life Support emergency program. Out of 218 applicants, 160 showed up for the department’s written exam and the remaining candidates have gone through interviews, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey, who oversees emergency service operations. Some of the candidates are locals, while others live in nearby cities, he added.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | January 27, 2010
GLENDALE — Twelve ambulance operators have officially become members of the Fire Department’s new Basic Life Support program, which is scheduled to start today. The 12 members of Class 1 graduated Tuesday from the Fire Department academy, earning the right to count themselves among the city’s first-ever ambulance operators. Starting at 7:30 a.m. today, two ambulance operators will start answering service calls to transport patients with minor injuries to local hospitals, officials said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | October 9, 2008
GLENDALE — Hoover High School student Adeh Tarverdian was on a bus with his soccer team Dec. 21, 2007, about to leave for a game when he heard cries for help. He and coach Charles Martinez ran to find a man lying on a grass field. They performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the man was taken to the hospital. Four days later, a high school secretary notified Adeh that the man survived and that they had saved his life. “The man said if it wasn’t for us doing CPR on him, he probably wouldn’t be alive,” Adeh said.
NEWS
June 2, 2001
Alex Coolman NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- About 300 Glendale students gathered at Verdugo Park Friday for the Fire Department's annual Junior Fire Program picnic. The event featured a fairly lavish giveaway -- with prizes ranging from plaques and teddy bears to tickets to concerts and amusement parks. Fire Department Capt. John Wray said the point of the event was to reward students who perform well in the fire education programs that district fifth-graders study.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 19, 2014
Atop a 100-foot-tall fire truck ladder, a new recruit with the Glendale Fire Department on Monday hooked his belt to the ladder, leaned back and extended both arms freely into the air as part of an exercise. And it was only the first day of training. "[The exercise] is a confidence builder so that you could trust the equipment and help you overcome any fear of heights," said Capt. Brian Richey, one of three instructors who are shaping a batch of 16 new recruits into the city's newest firefighters.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 7, 2014
Southern California residents may have to fend for themselves when the next big temblor rattles the region and ties up public-safety resources. But Glendale residents Ani Aharonian and her husband, Reza Seraji, aren't waiting for the Big One to hit to get ready. “We need to be prepared to survive on our own,” Aharonian said. The couple attended their first disaster-preparedness lesson this week with the Glendale Fire Department. Their goal is to become certified members of the city's Community Emergency Response Team.
NEWS
December 20, 2013
Good morning, 818 readers. Temperatures for today, Friday, Dec. 20, are expected to hit lows of around 44 degrees and highs around 63. Here are the top headlines in the 818 area code: Changing faces of the Glendale police department and fire department: Robert Castro was sworn in as the new police chief Thursday afternoo n , replacing retired Police Chief Ron De Pompa. In a separate ceremony Thursday, Stuart Tom, formerly the building official for the City of Glendale, was sworn as the city's newest fire marshal . An eight-year dream came true for 21-year-old La Cañada resident Kate Hansen , 21, with her selection to the U.S. Olympics luge team this week, two days after turning in the best performance of her career at the fifth Viessmann Luge World Cup in Park City, Utah.
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By Tim Traeger, tim.traeger@latimes.com | December 19, 2013
This posted has been corrected. See details below. There's a new marshal in town. Fire marshal, that is. Stuart Tom, who for the past 16 years was the face of all things to do with building permits in Glendale, was sworn in Thursday as the city's newest fire marshal. At first, it may seem strange to have the city's building official take such a high-ranking position with the Glendale Fire Department, but Tom had a burning devotion for safety in his former post. “The Fire Department is just a great organization.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 3, 2013
Off-duty firefighter Brian Williams was at home when he heard a loud explosion. He noticed fire coming from his neighbors' home garage, so he asked his father to call for help and then escorted his elderly neighbors to safety. His neighbors' pets were still inside their home, so Williams entered the home to make sure the animals were safe. But Williams wasn't done. He grabbed a spare firehose, attached it to a hydrant, and battled the blaze. PHOTOS: 2013 Fire Awards Luncheon As he was fighting the flames, propane tanks inside the garage erupted.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
Since the Glendale Fire Department feels the need to fill their bloated staff with approximately 15 new employees, it is time for there to be some real reform in that department, which has no females on staff. Cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego have many women on board who are part of the fire department and its management staff. The fire department hides behind the usual scapegoat idea of “upper body strength” even though we have women in our military who are fighting all over the world.
NEWS
By Katherine Yamada | May 9, 2013
A small notice in a 1916 edition of the Glendale Evening News informed readers, "Emil Kiefer, an employee at the White Store, is now working for Pulliam Undertaking Co. He intends to make this his life's work. He is a young man of great energy. He came here from Minnesota two years ago and has made many friends. " But shortly after this notice ran, Kiefer said good bye to his many friends - including a young lady we'll meet later in the story - and left town. He was in the first group of volunteers who responded to the call to fight in the Great War, as World War I was known in those days.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
Firefighters were able to contain a fire in a third-story apartment unit from spreading Tuesday afternoon, officials said. Fire crews arrived about 3:35 p.m. to find flames rising from the third-floor apartment window in the 600 block of East Chevy Chase Drive, said Brandy Villanueva, Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman.  The building's residents were quickly evacuated, she added. No one was injured in the blaze. Fire officials are still trying to determine whether any residents have been displaced from their homes as a result of the fire, Villanueva said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 31, 2013
Glendale police and fire officials received more than $850,000 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants this week for intelligence-gathering equipment and search-and-rescue training. Enhancements to video equipment on police helicopters, upgrades to night-vision capabilities, new police protective wear and equipment for the city's regional training center at Scholl Canyon are some of the projects that will be funded through grants, Police Capt. Ray Edey said. The funding will also pay for license plate camera recognition systems to be installed on two patrol vehicles and for new cameras along the rail systems in the San Fernando Road corridor, he said.
NEWS
January 8, 2013
We would like to thank all the Glendale and county firefighters that responded to our house fire on Dec. 17. We had a chimney fire that went into the attic, and we had no idea it was happening. There was no smell of smoke or smoke alarms that went off. An unknown, good neighbor seeing flames from our chimney called 911, and the Fire Department arrived and started to work its magic. In no time at all, some were on our roof cutting holes to ventilate the fire while others were doing whatever they could to protect our belongings within.
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