Leadership

Extensive Rescue Operations Follow Los Angeles Quake

Issue 6 and Volume 124.

Extensive Rescue Operations Follow Los Angeles Quake When a major earthquake struck Northeast San Fernando Valley and portions of the Newhall-Saugus area, Los Angeles City and County Fire Departments’ quick reaction promptly provided vital rescue operations. Damage from the disastrous temblor at 6 a.m. last February 9 is still being assessed, but could total more than $400 million to public and private facilities, including almost total destruction of three large hospitals and major damage to another. There were 64 deaths and three Los Angeles County fire stations were damaged beyond repair as a result of the quake—or series of quakes—which registered 6.5 on the Richter scale. Fire Fighters proved that their training made them the leaders in the major rescue operations at the badly damaged Veterans Administration Hospital. The quake destroyed communications, ruptured water distribution facilities, made a shamble of freeways and highways, and disrupted power to a large area…

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