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By Veronica Rocha | May 31, 2010
GLENDALE — The Glendale Fire Department will get a $1.6-million federal grant to help pay for alarm systems at fire stations that will improve emergency response times. "As the community grows, we face many challenges just responding to the calls for the service," said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. Getting a grant for speeding up response times doesn't suggest that the Fire Department is slow, Scoggins said. "Our current response times are not slow at all," he said. "This is a way to continue to try and improve our times."
NEWS
January 29, 2013
It took Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies a minute longer to respond to emergency calls from unincorporated parts of the county than from cities that contract with the department for police services, according to a county audit. The finding comes days after Supervisor Gloria Molina accused Sheriff Lee Baca of "stealing" police resources from residents in unincorporated neighborhoods and threatened to hire "independent private patrol cars" to backfill cuts in sheriff's patrols.
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By: Lauren Vane | August 26, 2005
After months of testing out a new call-alert system in the Lido Isle fire station, the Newport Beach Fire Department has seen an improvement in response time and plans to implement the system in all stations. The new system allows 911 call information to get to the firefighters more quickly. As soon as a 911 operator answers an emergency call, preliminary information about the call is sent to the fire station and broadcast on a loudspeaker. Firefighters can then gather appropriate equipment and get out the door between 20 and 60 seconds faster than before, said Capt.
NEWS
April 13, 2012
A bill to improve emergency and disaster preparedness among California utilities was unanimously approved this week by a committee in the state Assembly. AB 1650, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), requires public utilities to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings every two years with the counties and cities they service in order to improve readiness for natural disasters. “In the wake of the fierce winds and power outages that caused so much damage in Southern California late last year, we need to look at these events in a different way,” said Portantino in a statement.
NEWS
March 29, 2008
Fire Department must take scrutiny It was refreshing to read the article in the Glendale News-Press on the problems brought to light by Bruce Philpott (?Fire officials rebut gripe,? Wednesday). The Fire Department has for far too long conducted themselves as being ?untouchable.? This is not the case and Glendale residents need to know more of what actually transpires down at the Fire Department. I attended a civil service meeting a month ago, and the fire captain (who is required to work only two days a week out of Station 26)
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By: Fred Ortega | September 1, 2005
The City Council approved a slew of speed hump requests throughout the city on Tuesday night, despite concerns by at least two council members that the traffic-calming devices might slow down emergency response times, and residents' worries that the humps would simply divert traffic onto their streets. The $90,000 project will involve construction of 13 new speed humps and lumps on Coronado Drive, Doran Street, Geneva Street, Highland Avenue and South Street and the reconstruction of 12 existing speed humps on Ethel Street, Glenoaks Boulevard and Los Olivos Lane.
NEWS
March 9, 2002
Laura Sturza BURBANK -- Burbank Residents tired of waiting for Charter Communications to answer their calls let the city know about it. Burbank Assistant City Atty. Sheri Ungar responded with a Feb. 28 letter threatening to charge the company $500 per violation plus enforcement costs if Charter did not "cure these violations" within seven days. The alleged violations stem from the franchise agreement between the cable operator and Burbank, which requires Charter to respond to calls in 30 seconds, and to provide written accounts of answer times, times callers are kept on hold and abandoned calls.
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By: Fred Ortega | September 20, 2005
The residents of Atwater Village had a message for the city of Glendale Monday night: If you proceed with plans to close off Chevy Chase Drive to through traffic, you'll have a fight on your hands. More than 400 people crammed into the Chevy Chase Recreation Center in Los Angeles, near the border with Glendale, to protest the city's plans, which would involve constructing cul-de-sacs where Chevy Chase meets the railroad tracks. The project, which would be funded with $640,000 secured by Rep. Adam Schiff through a major transportation bill recently passed by Congress, would limit vehicle access to the tracks near the site of last January's deadly Metrolink train derailment.
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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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By: Lauren Vane | September 29, 2005
A Huntington Beach company is improving the response time of emergency personnel -- in their city as well as in surrounding communities. Westnet, a local company in business for more than 25 years, has a line of products designed to streamline fire station operations, said Kelly McGeorge, the company's director of marketing. The newest system, called Smart Station, allows 911 call information to get to firefighters more quickly. The Huntington Beach Fire Department has used Westnet's products in their fire stations for more than 10 years, said Huntington Fire Chief Duane Olson.
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January 29, 2013
It took Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies a minute longer to respond to emergency calls from unincorporated parts of the county than from cities that contract with the department for police services, according to a county audit. The finding comes days after Supervisor Gloria Molina accused Sheriff Lee Baca of "stealing" police resources from residents in unincorporated neighborhoods and threatened to hire "independent private patrol cars" to backfill cuts in sheriff's patrols.
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April 13, 2012
A bill to improve emergency and disaster preparedness among California utilities was unanimously approved this week by a committee in the state Assembly. AB 1650, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), requires public utilities to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings every two years with the counties and cities they service in order to improve readiness for natural disasters. “In the wake of the fierce winds and power outages that caused so much damage in Southern California late last year, we need to look at these events in a different way,” said Portantino in a statement.
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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.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | May 31, 2010
GLENDALE — The Glendale Fire Department will get a $1.6-million federal grant to help pay for alarm systems at fire stations that will improve emergency response times. "As the community grows, we face many challenges just responding to the calls for the service," said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. Getting a grant for speeding up response times doesn't suggest that the Fire Department is slow, Scoggins said. "Our current response times are not slow at all," he said. "This is a way to continue to try and improve our times."
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 7, 2009
BURBANK — A newly reorganized Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority wasted no time delving into a smattering of issues, from pricey low-emissions buses to falling parking fee revenues and a decision to lobby against a proposed law that would require quicker response times for airport fire departments. Former Pasadena City Councilwoman and long-time authority board member Joyce Streator was elected Monday to her third term as president, with Glendale Mayor Frank Quintero chosen as vice-president.
NEWS
March 29, 2008
Fire Department must take scrutiny It was refreshing to read the article in the Glendale News-Press on the problems brought to light by Bruce Philpott (?Fire officials rebut gripe,? Wednesday). The Fire Department has for far too long conducted themselves as being ?untouchable.? This is not the case and Glendale residents need to know more of what actually transpires down at the Fire Department. I attended a civil service meeting a month ago, and the fire captain (who is required to work only two days a week out of Station 26)
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | September 29, 2005
A Huntington Beach company is improving the response time of emergency personnel -- in their city as well as in surrounding communities. Westnet, a local company in business for more than 25 years, has a line of products designed to streamline fire station operations, said Kelly McGeorge, the company's director of marketing. The newest system, called Smart Station, allows 911 call information to get to firefighters more quickly. The Huntington Beach Fire Department has used Westnet's products in their fire stations for more than 10 years, said Huntington Fire Chief Duane Olson.
NEWS
By: Fred Ortega | September 20, 2005
The residents of Atwater Village had a message for the city of Glendale Monday night: If you proceed with plans to close off Chevy Chase Drive to through traffic, you'll have a fight on your hands. More than 400 people crammed into the Chevy Chase Recreation Center in Los Angeles, near the border with Glendale, to protest the city's plans, which would involve constructing cul-de-sacs where Chevy Chase meets the railroad tracks. The project, which would be funded with $640,000 secured by Rep. Adam Schiff through a major transportation bill recently passed by Congress, would limit vehicle access to the tracks near the site of last January's deadly Metrolink train derailment.
NEWS
By: Fred Ortega | September 1, 2005
The City Council approved a slew of speed hump requests throughout the city on Tuesday night, despite concerns by at least two council members that the traffic-calming devices might slow down emergency response times, and residents' worries that the humps would simply divert traffic onto their streets. The $90,000 project will involve construction of 13 new speed humps and lumps on Coronado Drive, Doran Street, Geneva Street, Highland Avenue and South Street and the reconstruction of 12 existing speed humps on Ethel Street, Glenoaks Boulevard and Los Olivos Lane.
NEWS
By: Lauren Vane | August 26, 2005
After months of testing out a new call-alert system in the Lido Isle fire station, the Newport Beach Fire Department has seen an improvement in response time and plans to implement the system in all stations. The new system allows 911 call information to get to the firefighters more quickly. As soon as a 911 operator answers an emergency call, preliminary information about the call is sent to the fire station and broadcast on a loudspeaker. Firefighters can then gather appropriate equipment and get out the door between 20 and 60 seconds faster than before, said Capt.
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