Fire Blotter: Vehicle Collison Requiring the 'Jaws of Life'

Arcadia Firefighters rescued a driver in a vehicle collision with the "Jaws of Life."

The responded to a variety of emergency calls during the week of Sept. 18-24 The following is a breakdown of incident types for this period:

Fires: 2
EMS/Rescues: 57
Hazardous Materials: 2
Good Intent Calls: 5
Service Calls: 2
False Alarms: 7
Total Incident Count: 75


At 2:01 p.m., Engine 105, Engine 106, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105 and Battalion 105, with Monrovia and Los Angeles County Fire units, responded to a report of smoke inside the structure with smoke detector activation in the 2500 block of Woodruff Way. Fire crews made entry into the structure to find the smoke and fire alarm activation was caused from burnt food on the stove. Fire crews utilized the thermal imager to determine if there was any fire spread in the walls of the structure.

Sept. 20

At 9:34 p.m., Engine 107, Engine 105, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105, Battalion 105, with Monrovia Fire units, responded to a major appliance fire in the 300 block of Sycamore Avenue. Fire crews discovered an oven fire residents had extinguished prior to firefighters' arrival.

Sept. 22

At 10:00 a.m., Engine 106 responded to a reported electrical pole fire in the 100 Block of West Santa Anita Terrace. Fire personnel found a small vegetation fire to the front of the residence as a result of downed power lines. Firefighters secured the area and called Southern California Edison regarding the downed line.

Sept. 23

At 1:38 p.m., Engine 106 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a traffic collision in the 200 block of West Huntington Drive. Fire crews found a single vehicle accident with one patient in need of extrication. Truck 105 and Battalion 105 was requested for extrication and additional personnel. Fire personnel utilized the “Jaws of Life” to pry open the driver’s door and remove the patient. The patient received advanced life support measures, including full cervical spinal immobilization. The patient was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.


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