Members of the public attended the Fire Service Day event held at Los Angeles County Fire Department station 129 in Lancaster, California on May 14, 2016. The event featured a chili cook-off, interactive displays and demonstrations by the Sikorsky S-70A Firehawk helicopter, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), live auto fires, physical rescues, hoist rescues, helicopter water drops and more. © DurlingMedia
At around 7:45pm on March 10th, 2016 LAFD units arrived on scene of a reported structure fire at 1566 Rio Vista Ave in Boyle Heights to find a large, 700 x 150 ft commercial structure with heavy fire showing. The massive fire was brought under control in under two hours with the assistance of eight ladder pipes and numerous hand lines and deck guns. No injuries were reported and the cause of the blaze was under investigation at the time of this posting. © DurlingMedia.com
A fast moving two-alarm brush fire along the 14 Freeway just north of Los Angeles this afternoon was kept to under 15 acres through the aggressive, combined effort by the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. and Los Angeles Fire Department.
At approximately 7:45pm on April 7, 2015 LAFD responded to a reported high-rise structure fire at 1543 W. Olympic Blvd in the Westlake District of Los Angeles. Upon arrival heavy fire was seen from the upper floor with occupants trapped inside and seen in upper level windows trying to escape the flames and smoke. Over 170 firefighters soon arrived to the seen and kept the fire confined to the original floor. After numerous rescues only minor injuries were reported.
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 / firegroundaction.com
While skimming through some old footage I came across some stuff I shot TEN YEARS AGO while on a tour of Fox Air Tanker Base in Palmdale, CA. Fox is home to the region's air resources for the United States Forest Service. During the tour, presented for area fire photographers, aircraft was dispatched to brush fires started by several lightning strikes in the area. Unfortunately I was shooting on tape and much of the footage from the tour was unusable due to age (it happens!). I managed to piece together enough footage to make this video. Enjoy!