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Hello again from the 18th hole. Well, I guess one day 94’s had a still alarm at

the station and RA 34’s comes over to assist the engine company with patient care. The patient got a little out of hand so the captain grabs the radio from one of the medics to call for a LAPD backup. Well to show their gratitude for taking another run in 94’s district, the captain I decides to keep the radio from 34’s . . . by accident I’m sure. So 34’s takes off to the hospital when the get a call asking, “Where is your radio?” Meanwhile, the firemen from 94’s get on the MDC and inform the crew from 34’s that they owe cream. So the guys from the 34’s stop and buy cream, being the good guys they are. Something wrong here? You would think an “officer” would step in and say, “wait a minute!” But not this guy . . . he was the first one to get a scoop of cream. Can”t make this up.

Well, can you feel the change in the air

and another realignment? The men and women at 68’s aren’t happy campers. Captain Alexander was heard to say that he doesn’t give a you-know- what about the B/C coming over to 68’s . . . he cares about the six members that will be leaving and the reason for it. “Response Time”? FOR THE B/C? Please. What about the response time for the citizens in the mid-city area where 68’s is located? It seems that when they give a captain a set of horns you would think they would be able to handle and deploy a first alarm assignment. Well, none the less, the B/C is on the way to 68’s and six members from 68’s are headed to 58’s to ride the 800 two-thirds of the time. I think I just heard Capt Larsen scream “Yip-pee!”

Oh, what about the change over at OCD . . . I mean Metro, and the dispatch changes with the engines going on more automatic alarms, bells, smoke detectors alone. What are the trucks going to do? Could this be the beginning of the end for the truckees? Engines have chainsaws now, I think they can attach a blower on the tailboard. Maybe we can get some of those alu- minum ladders up by the hard suctions. But I’ve seen the Holmatro that engines carry and I gotta say I have a can opener at home stronger than that thing.

On a more positive note, I want to give

a “Thank you” to 61’s on the “C” for the great physical rescue drill they had over in 14’s district last month. Well done! Great drill for the young and old. Everyone had a great time playing with all the tools and tearing up the cars.

Thanks for the stories Be Safe

Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director, at (323) 259-5217 or email me at

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