American Heroes Air Show - Hansen Dam - June 20, 2015

Helicopters from numerous local, county, state and federal public safety agencies converged on Hansen Dam Recreation Park in Los Angeles on June 20, 2015 for the American Heroes Air Show. The event was open to the public and free of charge, featuring static displays, airborn demonstrations and interactive displays.

"Vanowen IC" - Fatal Plane Crash - LAFD

On 1-9-15 at around 2pm LAFD and LAPD personnel responded to numerous reports of a small airplane down in the intersection of Vanowen and Hayvenhurst in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles. The pilot of this experimental aircraft was reportedly doing touch-and-goes at nearby Van Nuys Airport when, just after take-off, the aircraft reportedly fell from the sky. Aside from the single fatality (pilot) no other injuries were reported.

 All images Copyright © Craig Durling

"Brand IC" Brush Fire - Glendale, CA - June 22, 2014

On June 22, 2014 a small brush ignited above Brand Park in Glendale, California.  The fire quickly grew to 10 acres and burned in rugged terrain limiting primary firefighting efforts to aircraft.  LAFD and LACoFD helicopters joined forces with ground crews to limit the fire to approximately 150 acres.  No structures were lost in this fire and only minor injuries were reported as numerous hikers were assisted from trails in and around the fire.  All images © Craig Durling

American Heroes Air Show - June 21, 2014

Paid a visit to the annual American Heroes Air Show at Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Los Angeles.  This  is a great show with helicopters, live demonstrations, helicopter rides, food and vendor booths.  It's a great day to be sure.  Check out the next show in your area at  All images © Craig Durling.


LACoFD Firehawk Demo - Fire Service Day - May 31, 2014

The Sikorsky S-70A Firehawk (Copter 15) performed demonstrations for the public throughout the Fire Service Day event at LA County Fire Station 129 in Lancaster, CA on May 31, 2014.  An 13,000+ people attended the popular annual event.  This is a brief compilation shot and edited with my iPhone 5. (Hey, it's all I had with me!)   © Craig Durling /

Hancock IC - LAFD Commercial Scrap Yard Fire - May 27, 2014

At just after 8pm on May 27, 2014 LAFD units responding to 1809 Hancock Street in Lincoln Heights reported heavy fire showing from an automotive scrap yard with explosions reported. They immediately requested two additional task forces ultimately bringing nearly 100 firefighters to the scene. One minor firefighter injury was reported. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 


Cabrini IC - LAFD Rollover Traffic Collision - March 8, 2014

At around noon on March 8, 2014 units from LAFD and Burbank Fire responded to a rollover traffic collision with a sheared hydrant at Cabrini Drive and Glenoaks Blvd in Sun Valley. The driver of a white van, who was transported to an area hospital, reportedly struck several parked cars and trees coming down Cabrini Drive ultimately. One parked vehicle was struck so hard it rolled over onto the grass after being pushed for over 30 feet. No other injuries were reported and the exact cause of the collision is under investigation by LAPD.

To view the entire gallery from this incident click on the image below or HERE.

Image Copyright ©2014 Craig Durling