Fire’s Community Impact
Fire Department Takes Delivery of (2) New Paramedic Rescue Ambulances
The El Segundo Fire Department is pleased to announce that we have taken delivery of (2) state-of-the-art Paramedic Rescue Ambulances. The Rescue Ambulances were designed by the El Segundo Fire Department Apparatus Committee with Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin Heronema taking the lead. We also had help from the City Maintenance Division during the entire design process. The Rescue Ambulances are built by leading ambulance manufacturer Braun Northwest out of Chelhalis, Washington. Each ambulance is built on a 2017 Ford F450 chassis and has a 6.7 turbo diesel engine with modern diesel emissions control systems. A comfortable ride is enhanced by ample space inside the ambulance and a silicon based “liquid springs” suspension. The Rescue Ambulances were designed with the patient’s care and comfort in mind while building a vehicle that will be reliable and durable for years to come. We hope you never have to be picked up by one of our Paramedic Rescue Ambulances. But if you ever do, rest assured, you will be in for a nice ride with highly trained paramedics by your side.
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Urban Search and Rescue Program (with recent training exercise)
The El Segundo Fire Department started their USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) program back in 1990 and today it is going stronger than ever. This program was developed for technical rescues that require specialized training for members in the program. These types of rescues include: Confined space, trench, high angle, low angle, building shoring and any technical specific rescue that may be needed. Our current USAR truck holds many types of different pieces of equipment that aid us during these rescues. Firefighters must train on an ongoing basis to keep their skills fresh and up to date. Last month we held our Trench Rescue class and were joined by surrounding agencies during the drill. The drill was a success as we implemented new techniques and equipment during the training. The El Segundo Fire Department is committed to keeping our USAR program going strong and is continually sending members of the department through training classes.
Annual 9/11 Pancake Breakfast
2017 marked the 16th year that The El Segundo Fire Department has hosted its annual charity Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station 1 in remembrance of 9/11. It’s an incredible event that gives the community an opportunity to meet our city’s Firefighters, enjoy some delicious food and donate money that directly affects local charities. This year we had a record turnout who not only enjoyed the pancakes and bacon, but also live music, a bounce house and the chance to see our new Fire Station 1 apparatus bay doors. We would like to thank all the local businesses who donated food and beverages to make this a special day. Also, we thank Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Davies who did an exceptional job orchestrating the day and putting it all together. Lastly, thank you to our community for supporting this event and making it the best one yet. We’ll see you again next year!
Welcome Chase Long!
In this newsletter we’d like to introduce the newest member to our department, Chase Long. Chase was born and raised in southern California and comes to the El Segundo Fire Department with an extensive background in both firefighting experience and EMS delivery. Chase started chasing his dream to become a professional firefighter at an early age after being invited into a nearby fire station with some of his local firefighters. He knew right away this job was his calling and his journey to prepare for it began. Chase started gaining experience as an Explorer with the Ontario Fire Department. He then obtained his EMT license and began to work on an ambulance for the next couple years. During this time he completed his fire academy at Moreno Valley College. His next stop was 29 Palms Fire Department where he worked as a reserve firefighter running emergency calls out of a fire station. Following his time at 29 Palms, Chase worked as an apprentice firefighter with the La Verne Fire Department and a volunteer firefighter with La Habra Heights Fire Department. After working side by side with paramedics, Chase found a passion for the medical side of the fire service and went to paramedic school where he gained his paramedic certification. Chase states though his life has been extremely busy in his pursuit of becoming a career firefighter he still always made time for his family and friends. Without them he could not achieve the goals he set out for himself. As you can see the El Segundo Fire Department has found another excellent firefighter with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Chase recently moved to Newport Beach with three friends and enjoys surfing and fishing in his spare time. He is currently stationed at Fire Station 2 on Engine 32. We welcome him to our fire family and congratulate him on reaching his dreams!