El Segundo Fire Turns 100
El Segundo Fire Department Celebrates Its 100 Year Anniversary
A hundred years ago, the founding fathers of the city signed a resolution identifying a need for a fire department. On April 18, 2017, the El Segundo Fire Department (ESFD) celebrated its Centennial with a ceremonial badge pinning and a historical march down Richmond Street. The march was led by traditional bagpipes and color guard and ended at the original Fire Station 1. City dignitaries, retired fire department members, invited guests and the community at large shared on this momentous occasion to honor 100 years of service.
Watch a couple of videos from the event. The first one below was produced by Fire Engineer Geoffrey Gerny, who also spearheaded the momentous event. The second video is a news footage by KABC-TV that you may watch here.
Purpose Statement & Values
ESFD recently facilitated a leadership program in which all fire personnel participated and collaborated on a new purpose statement and values. It was a historical moment that will drive the next 100 years of fire service. Our purpose and values is a declaration of who we are and will guide us as we stay committed to delivering the highest level of emergency services to our community.
RUN FOR EDUCATION
We are proud of our very own Fire Engineer Geoff Gerny and Firefighter Jose Zambrano for supporting the El Segundo Parent Teacher Association by participating in the El Segundo Run for Education. They ran the 5K wearing their full personal protective gear including their helmet and self-contained breathing apparatus, altogether weighing 40-50 lbs. Fire Engineer Gerny and Firefighter Zambrano were happy to represent and bring attention to a major fundraiser for El Segundo’s K-12 public schools.
Posted by El Segundo Fire Department on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
ANNUAL BURN RELAY
El Segundo Firefighters donated $1,000 to the Alisa Ann Burn Foundation and participated in the 25th Annual Southern California Relay. The relay raised money for the foundation that positively impacts the lives of burn survivors and their families.
Captain Lee at Fire Girls Camp
There are some 11,000 women in the U.S. workforce as career firefighters and officers according to i-women.org. Meet one inspiring woman, ESFD Captain Deena Lee who is leading the charge to empower and enable women to be successful in the fire and emergency services.
Fire Captain Lee participated as a mentor in the second annual Los Angeles Fire Department Girls Camp and Women’s Conference held April 1-2, 2017, at Fire Station 81 (in the Valley) and participated in drills at Tower 40 in San Pedro. The two-day camp brought over 50 teen girls from across Southern California to introduce them to the exciting possibilities of a career in the Fire and Emergency Management Service. As a mentor, Captain Lee introduced the fundamentals of firefighting and emergency medical services, instructing basics on personal protective equipment (PPE), operating charged hose lines, ventilation techniques used during structure fires, and many other tactics used in the fire service.
As part of the two-day experience, Captain Lee participated as a student as well adding new tools and techniques to her already impressive abilities and experience. She received classroom instruction on Rapid Intervention Crews (RIC), building construction, and green cell simulations. She also sharpened her skills by participated in firefighter survival, auto extrication, engine operations, truck operations (roof ventilation), and live fire training. Her participation contributes to her mastery of fire service.
Captain Lee shared that it was an amazing experience, especially knowing she was making a difference in the girls’ lives while also working amongst female firefighters, of different ranks, and from different departments across the Country. As well as she will be taking with her all that she learned to fulfill on her commitment to protecting our community from all risks.
The goal of this conference was recruitment and retention of women in the fire service. Having Captain Lee representing El Segundo Fire Department was a great opportunity to showcase our department and community, as well as an opportunity for Captain Lee to build on her experience and make connections with many women in the fire service who are role models for young women; Just like Captain Lee!
WELCOME FIREFIGHTER DOUEK
We continue to introduce our new firefighters and today, we’d like you to meet Edan Douek. Edan was born and raised in Los Angeles. Prior to joining ESFD, Edan was an Auxiliary Firefighter for the Downey Fire Department. In 2009, Edan was hired as a full-time firefighter by the Asheville Fire Department located in North Carolina. While there, he climbed the ranks from firefighter to senior firefighter and then onto fire engineer. Along with his extensive experience, Edan holds an AS degree in Fire Protection Technology and is completing a BS in Emergency and Disaster Management. When asked what he enjoys about the El Segundo Fire Department Edan stated, “I love how this city is so community oriented. I like how the residents and public safety work together to get the best out of their community.” Firefighter Douek is currently staffed on Engine 32 at Station 2. Please join us in wishing him the best on his career with ESFD.
“I love how this city is so community oriented. I like how the residents and public safety work together to get the best out of their community.”
Firefighter Edan Douek