Leadership

L.A. City Uses Handsets and Wire in High-Rise Fire Fighting

Issue 4 and Volume 128.

L.A. City Uses Handsets and Wire in High-Rise Fire Fighting features The Los Angeles City Fire Department has developed a sound-powered field phone system for emergency use during high-rise fire fighting operations. The system was developed and tested in Battalion 5 which covers the Hollywood area. And as of January 1, sets were put in use in L.A. City’s three field divisions, in addition to Battalion 5, Battalions 1 (Downtown), 11 (high-rise areas west of Downtown), 10 (Mid-San Fernando Valley), and 18 (Century City and west). Battalion 5 Chief Dale Booth said that the need for better communications during high-rise emergencies first occurred in the spring of 1972 when the chief was drilling several companies in a simulated fire in a Hollywood high-rise area. “We discovered that our handytalkies didn’t really work well inside of the new sealed high-rise buildings of the type being built in Los Angeles,” the chief…

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