UPDATE: Motion filed in council
Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl will introduce a motion asking the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) to immediately report to the City Council about the findings of a recent Los Angeles Times story which analyzes response times throughout the City.
Rosendahl, who plans to introduce the motion during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Friday, November 16, will ask the LAFD to provide recommendations on how to improve response times in the communities most impacted, which includes the hillside communities of the 11th District.
“This article underscores the concerns I have always expressed about the geographic isolation of my hillside communities,” said Rosendahl. “I believe we’re going to have to initially focus on adding more LAFD resources in these areas, but that the long-term solution will require a combination of additional resources and the construction of new fire stations; there’s just no other way around this reality.”
Despite the hard-fought efforts of Rosendahl during the City’s annual budget deliberations to shield the Pacific Palisades community from cuts in fire services, Engine 69 was disbanded in July of 2011, leaving just one fire company and a paramedic ambulance to handle calls. This not only reduced the daily staffing at Fire Station 69 from 12 firefighters to just eight, but also resulted in the loss of a critical emergency resource.
“Over the last year and a half I have fought for the restoration of an engine company at Fire Station 69, which not only provided an additional resource in the Pacific Palisades, but also served as a back-up unit for my neighboring Brentwood and Palisades Highlands communities when their resources were tied up on calls,” said Rosendahl. “Now, when any of my fire stations are tied up on an emergency incident and another call comes in, help is going to have to come from much further away. This is the scenario I worry about the most and where the lengthiest delays occur.”
Rosendahl’s motion asks for the LAFD to conduct a comprehensive Citywide study to identify where new fire stations may need to be constructed, what additional Fire Department resources are necessary and for community specific factors such as traffic, access routes and geographic isolation to be assessed and identified in a report back to the City Council.
Council President Herb Wesson introduced the motion on behalf of Rosendahl. The motion was seconded by Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Jan Perry.
Councilmembers Eric Garcetti and Mitch Englander co-presented a second motion which calls for LAFD managers to report to the next council meeting.
Bill Rosendahl has both of the motions on his Scribd.