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Rosie Tos that were featured in the Battalion News last year. She painted a beautiful mural and the kitchen table top at Fire Station 63. This year Rosie is at it again. She was recently commissioned to enhance the atmosphere at FS 5 and has transformed the station with huge murals. She painted a 32’ x 12’ mural at the entrance to the firehouse, 13’ x 3’ work in the kitchen and a 28’ x 10’ wall painting in the new gym. Great job Rosie – thanks! For those that think 51’s just kicks back in the trailer . . . got news for ya . . . THEY RUN!! The station is pretty comfy. But their last stats looked like this - 5,513 runs per year. They had 855 automatic alarms. And if they gotta find the pull station? They are walk- ing through a HUUUUGE terminal. The last time the stats were compiled, the Tom Bradley terminal ran a few calls less than 9’sdid to one of THEIR regular spots, 601 South San Pedro . . . aka “The Mission”. If ya think 51’s has it easy, work over there. Just knowing how to drive on that airport is trick: lights, lines, FAA guidelines, huge planes all over the place. Heck just trying to get through all the doors and passageways is like a maze. Try finding a fire control room at LAX or an FDC. I got it pretty easy over there working SOD as an en- gineer, these guys tell me where to drive. And the guys at 51’s are always having a good time and are no doubt great ambassadors to the fire service. I am sure all these travelers, whether passing through or coming back home, get a good taste from the guys at 51’s. And they are an all-risk fire company as you can see by the little fella they managed to wrangle up. You will see that some RA’s in the city have a rotary saw and some forcible entry hand tools as their unofficial inventory. Rumor has it RA 63 will be receiving these in the near future. Without the usual F/E resources, they were first on scene of a working fire and one of the members had to improvise to gain entry into the structure via a window (see photo). Not a bad idea, I think. It doesn’t require any maintenance, no special knowledge or ridicu- lous “numbers” to spit out for a drill, can be used by anyone, and it was proven extremely effective, and no one was hurt. Ya can even find one laying around outside of almost every structure. Now that’s thinking on your feet.


Fire Service Day at Fire Station 63. Photos by Yvonne Griffin


Improvised forcible entry tool July 2015 • 19


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