As we all know, fire is unpredictable and will burn in any direction, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries. Our automatic aid agreements with neighboring fire agencies continue to prove their value in ensuring that all available fire resources work together to save life and property no matter where they occur. Recently, the West Covina Fire Department called upon us to assist during two second alarm house fires. West Covina Fire Chief Paul Segalla was extremely grateful for our help, and wrote to us to express his appreciation:
"On behalf of the West Covina Fire Department, I would like to personally thank your agency for mutual aid assistance at the Miranda Drive house fire and the Merced house fire. The professional cooperation and coordination of fire operations ensured a resounding success. [LACoFD Engine Co. 61, Truck Co. 118 and Battalion Chief Ed Gandara responded to the Miranda Drive house fire. LACoFD Engine Co. 26 and Battalion Chief Ken Douglass responded to the Merced house fire.] LACoFD resources provided extremely valuable support to the fire attack, rapid intervention, and overhaul. Battalion Chiefs Gandara and Douglass also assisted command with logistical support and strategic oversight. Your department also provided resources to cover our city with move up units until we were in a position to restore our service levels.
Please share our extreme appreciation with members of your department who responded and completed numerous tasks in a professional manner. I also want to express my gratitude to your department for covering our City while our resources were committed to this incident. Again, thanks for being there when we needed you the most." Great job everyone!