Leadership

Los Angeles Fights Fire with Scuba

Issue 11 and Volume 118.

Los Angeles Fights Fire with Scuba Three teams of two men each make initial attack on underpier fires FIRST-ALARM land and marine companies of the City of Los Angeles Fire Department found flames swirling under an old wooden wharf adjacent to a steamship terminal. Quickly, a team of LAFD scuba firemen leaped into the water. Hugging their floating monitors in front of them, the frogmen turned on their spray nozzles as they flippered through the water and dipped under the burning wharf. In less than five minutes a potentially disastrous waterfront blaze was brought under control by these fire fighting frogmen in one of the nation’s busiest Before the formation of the LAFD scuba fire fighting group, this type of fire could well have meant repetition of the St. Patrick’s Day, 1960, $ 65-million Matson Line pier fire. There, fire beneath the deck caused $3-million damage. “If only our scuba…

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