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up on your MDC screen, whether they’re in somebody else’s district or even in the county. Just sayin’.

Anyone who has been to new 64’s knows that the department tried to go above and beyond with the new Fire Station. Big- ger, Better, and Positioned for the Future. Something the next generation can move right into . . . apparently, they positioned for the wrong “Next Generation” though. I’m curi- ous which formula they used? They must’ve thought it was 1927 when they went with the plans, because, with the simple addition of RA 264, they ran out of beds, lockers, and overall space for the newest members. Firefighters being firefighters, they were destined to make it work. Since there is a GIANT building outback used for meetings, training sessions, conferences, etc, the crews used a little com- mon sense and “make-it-work” attitude and

turned the “conference” room downstairs into a makeshift dorm. I’ve been told that it is not comfortable, it is loud, and since our Upper Management wouldn’t approve installing a Rescue Phone down there a whole new issue arises. One member from each RA (64,264) has to sleep upstairs and one downstairs. Evidently, when a run comes in after bedtime, the upstairs member has to pick-up the phone, decipher whose run it is, race downstairs to wake up their partner, and head out to the RA and press en-route. . . all within 60 seconds! That was until recently, when the Department Brass took the common right out of sense and demanded that 64’s turn that room back into a conference room. FS 64 is still awaiting the arrival of a conference table, chairs, and some AV equipment that never got delivered when the station opened over two years ago. Proba- bly a smart way to spend our department $, in-

stead of restoring crews and apparatus. Maybe they’ll get all that conference room equipment before they have the “Official Grand Open- ing” from when they opened two years ago . . . Just sayin’. (End note: Conference Room is cleaned out and cleared up and now they have six personnel for three ambulances upstairs, split between the crew’s dorm and the separate rescue dorm. Updates as I receive them.) Well, that’s all I’ve got. Remem- ber to stay safe and keep taking care of one another! . . . and remember, 2+2 makes sense, play nice, stay marginal, know your audience, get a cool nickname, and figure out which formula you use before the media gets a hold of it.

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In honor of Glenn Allen, the mem- bers of Fire Station 97, active and retired, Chief Benesch, Tom Abrams (Glenn’s brother- in-law) and Brandon McPhie constructed a swing set which was one of Glenn’s dreams for his grandson Nathaniel. The support crew consisted of Melanie Allen, Rebecca McPhie, Debbie Abrams (Glenn’s sister) and Robin

Mulvehill. They provided “quality control” during the construction and also served food and refreshments donated by Chief Benesch. The swing set was presented to Melanie Allen, Brandon and Rebecca McPhie and Nathaniel at his first birthday party which was held at Fire Station 97. The Allen family, along with the members of Fire Station 97 would like to

thank the Los Angeles Fire Department Foun- dation and the Children’s Burn Foundation for their generosity in sponsoring the purchase of this wonderful swing set. Nathaniel should get plenty of years enjoying playtime at Grandma Melanie’s house.

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