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    ‘A Challenging November’ – LA County Fire Gives WeHo Public Safety Report

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    During a West Hollywood Public Safety Commission meeting on Monday, December 11, 2023, firefighter Zachary Gates of the Los Angeles County Fire department gave a report on the department’s activity in West Hollywood for the month of November. “It’s been a challenging November,” he told the Commission. “Obviously, because of the winds and some of the things that we’ve had going on of recent.”

    According to the report, The Los Angeles County Fire Department received 16 total fire calls, 404 Medical rescues, 11 hazardous condition type calls, 27 various service calls, and 170 good intent calls that tally to a total of 628 calls to West Hollywood’s two fire stations, which are Station 7 and Station 8.

    Gates said that of the 404 calls, the three most common calls were general sickness due to the approaching flu season, major injuries resulting from trips and falls. There were also calls where unconscious patients were found in different areas of the city.

    Of the 404 medical calls, LA County transported 182 patients with basic life support, and also transported 93 patients with advanced life support.

    Of the 16 tight fires that LA Fire responded to, 10 were rubbish fires in and around West Hollywood that were kept from exposing other buildings. There was one cooking fire in the kitchen of a residence and there were four structure fires, which is up from the previous report.

    Hazardous condition type calls were generated from gas leaks, downed electrical lines, vehicles that crashed into a structure and carbon monoxide exposure.

    Commissioner Adam Eramian asked for an update on the cause of the fire at 1030 N Sierra Bonita Ave, but that fire is still under investigation and a cause has not been determined.

    Commissioner George Nickle asked if the rubbish fires started due to unhoused individuals seeking warmth, to which Gates said was he could not characterize. “I don’t want to point them all in one direction,” he said “I think obviously, as we’re getting into the colder months, yes… some of these are being used for warmth or for shelter and things like that. But I can’t tell you that it’s all of them.”

    Commissioner Nickle also asked what La County Fire needed from the city to secure empty buildings that are potential fire hazards. “That’s not an area of expertise of mine, I apologize,” said Gates. “Obviously, the more you fortify a construction site or an abandoned structure, the better. A lot of the structure fires that I’ve presented to you tonight, most of them are abandoned… we’re not in the business of securing the buildings.”

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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]
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