The Arcadia Fire Department responded to a variety of emergency calls during the week of Jan. 6-12. The following is a breakdown of incident types recorded for this time period:
Hazardous Materials: 2
Public Service Assistance: 7
Good Intent Calls: 4
False Alarms: 15
Total Incident Count: 107
Medical Assist: Difficulty Breathing
At 10:12 a.m. on Jan. 6, Engine 107 and Rescue Ambulance 105 responded to a medical assist in the 100 block of West Forest Drive. Fire crews treated a man experiencing difficulty breathing. Paramedics performed advanced life support measures on scene, including 12-lead electrocardiogram, glucose monitoring, oxygen saturation measurement, intravenous access, drug therapy and oxygen therapy. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
Medical Assist: Sick Elderly Man
At 8:52 a.m. on Jan. 7, Engine 105 and Rescue Ambulance 106 responded to a medical assist in the 2100 block of South Seventh Avenue. Fire crews treated a weak and dizzy elderly man. The patient also complained of numbness and tingling in his arms and legs. In addition, further assessment revealed dysrhythmias. Paramedics provided advance life support measures on scene, including 12-lead electrocardiogram, intravenous access, cardiac medications and oxygen therapy. The patient was transported to Arcadia Methodist Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.
At 9:31 a.m. on Jan. 8, Engine 105, Engine 106, Engine 107, Truck 105, Rescue Ambulance 105, Battalion 105, along with units from the Monrovia Fire Department, responded to a reported appliance fire in the 1700 Block of North Santa Anita Avenue. Fire crews reported light smoke from the structure. Fire personnel investigated the structure and discovered a stovetop fire that was extinguished prior to arrival.
Upon further investigation with a thermal imaging camera, firefighters found the flames had spread into the cabinets adjacent to the stove. Interior walls were breached to access and extinguish any fire extension. Fire crews assisted with smoke removal prior to release of the structure.
Homeles Camp Fire
At 7:21 a.m. on Jan. 9, Engine 107 responded to smoke in the proximity of East Colorado Boulevard and North Second Avenue. Fire crews discovered light smoke coming from beneath the freeway overpass in the flood control wash. Additional resources were requested to assist in determining the exact location and source of the smoke. Fire crews entered the wash and found a smoldering bed mattress from a homeless camp. The mattress was extinguished and overhauled. Los Angeles County Flood Control personnel responded to the location to dispose of the burned mattress.
Smoldering Transformer Sparks Vegetation Fire
At 7:37 p.m. on Jan. 10, Engine 106 responded to a reported electrical pole fire in the 700 block of Arcadia Avenue. Fire personnel discovered a smoldering transformer on an electrical pole and a small vegetation fire to the rear of the residence due to downed power lines. Fire personnel extinguished the fire and overhauled the area utilizing an extinguisher and hand tools. The area was secured and released to Southern California Edison personnel for further evaluation and repairs.
Women Stuck on Bus When Her Electrical Wheelchair's Battery Dies
At 3:12 p.m. on Jan. 11, Engine 106 responded to a public assist request in the intersection of West Duarte Road and South Baldwin Avenue. Fire personnel found a disabled person in a motorized wheelchair that had lost power while on a public bus. Fire personnel assisted the disabled person off the public transportation bus and assisted her in reaching her desired location.
Vehicle Drives Into Glass Window
At 11:40 a.m., Engine 107 responded to a reported hazard investigation in the 100 block of Santa Clara Avenue. Fire crews investigated and discovered that a vehicle had accidentally driven into a large plate glass window in a structure and had backed out prior to Fire Department arrival.
The vehicle sustained front-end damage and was parked in front of a storefront with a broken window. Arcadia Police Officers requested Fire Department personnel to assess structural damage to the building. This request was referred to a Building Official for determination of structural integrity. No civilian injuries resulted from the accident.