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Navy Names Next Two Destroyers

USS Arleigh Burke

USS Arleigh Burke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today the next Arleigh Burke-class
(DDG) will be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye.


“As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these
ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero.”
Mabus said.  “For decades to come, the future USS Paul Ignatius and USS
Daniel Inouye will represent the United States and enable the building
of partnerships and projection of power around the world.”


The future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) honors Paul Ignatius
who served as secretary of the Navy 1967–1969 and as assistant
secretary of defense under President Lyndon Johnson.  The future USS
Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) is named to honor former Sen. Daniel Inouye,
D-Hawaii.  Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in
Tuscany, Italy, during World War II and later became a U.S. senator.
USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye will be the first naval ships
to bear these names.


Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of
operations from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control
and power projection.  They are capable of fighting air, surface and
subsurface battles simultaneously and contain a myriad of offensive and
defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare.


DDG 117 and DDG 118 are part of the DDG 51 multiyear
procurement with the contract award to the building yard pending.  The
ships will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be
capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots.


Additional information about the Arleigh Burke class destroyers is available online at http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=900&ct=4 .



LAFD Sends Command Staff to Assist with Oklahoma City ( Moore) Tornado


Erik Scott, Spokesperson Los Angeles Fire Department

OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Command Staff are sent to assist those affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma City.

On May 20, at 3:56 pm EDT, a tornado developed near Newcastle, OK (pop. 7,847) and swiftly moved ENE across Moore (pop. 56,315) before dissipating at 4:36 pm EDT. The tornado was reported to be a mile wide with winds of at least 166 mph creating widespread damage and casualties.

In support of the national response to the events that occurred in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan areas of Moore and Newcastle, two members of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Command Staff have been activated and are being sent to Oklahoma as members of FEMA’s overhead command team. California Task Force One (CA-TF1) has not been activated. However, LAFD Urban Search and Rescue Teams are standing by.

One OutFor more than two decades, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has helped organize and support a system of regional Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Forces available for mobilization by State and Federal government on an as-needed basis.

Comprised of specially trained and equipped local firefighters and other certified responders, this nationwide network of 28 FEMA USAR Task Forces includes eight in the Golden State, two of which are maintained here in Los Angeles County (CA-TF1: Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) & CA-TF2: Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), similar sounding but separate organizations).

The LAFD along with FEMA urge residents in impacted areas to listen carefully to instructions from their local officials and take the recommended protective measures to safeguard life and property while response efforts continue. Listen to state, local and tribal officials who ask you to remain in shelters, homes or safe places until they give the “all clear” to travel. Roads are very likely to be damaged or blocked by debris, and traffic jams slow emergency managers and first responders as they attempt to reach hard-hit areas.

We encourage individuals in the affected areas following a disaster to monitor local radio, TV stations, the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov or a NOAA weather radio for the latest weather and emergency information.

We strongly remind all that NOW is the time to get prepared for tornadoes and other disasters such as earthquakes that threaten the Los Angeles area.

There are tools and resources available online to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from any type of disaster. Visit www.ready.gov to learn more. The Spanish language site – listo.gov. Those with a Blackberry, Android or Apple device can download the FEMA app to access safety tips, shelter locations, and more.

Member’s of the Los Angeles Fire Department hearts go out to those affected by the devastating tornado and we tip our helmets to all First Responders, particularly those bravely assisting in Oklahoma this week, which is National Emergency Medical Services Week (May 19-25, 2013).

LAFD Supports “National EMS Week” May 19-25

Many are surprised to learn the Los Angeles Fire Department commenced ambulance service in 1927. In the decades that have followed, the LAFD has remained a proud provider of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across what is now a 470 square mile jurisdiction and home to nearly four million people that live, work and play in Los Angeles.

National Emergency Medical Services Week

This year’s theme, “EMS: One Mission. One Team”, marks the 40th annual National Emergency Medical Services Week from May 19-25, 2013. This is not only an opportunity to affirm our long-standing commitment to EMS, but more importantly to applaud the less visible members of a national EMS system that seek to assure the comfort, recovery and survival of all who turn to them when afflicted with sudden illness or injury.

This week, we proudly recognize the around-the-clock devotion of 9-1-1 dispatchers, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, nurses, physicians, hospital technicians and support staff who work alongside us in a noble pursuit.

It is our hope that you will join us this week in reaching out to the providers of EMS in your community, not only to say thank you, but to allow them an ability to better understand your needs and concerns related to emergency health care.

Want to get involved?

Earlier this month your Los Angeles Firefighters instructed Hand’s Only CPR to hundreds who visited seven LAFD Fire Stations. Due to the positive feedback from participants, the LAFD will host a free “Sidewalk CPR” event at various locations throughout Los Angeles on June 4th, 2013 where you will have an opportunity to practice this life saving skill on mannequins. We look forward to providing you with more details on this exciting upcoming event soon.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman

IC3 2012 Internet Crime Report Released

Today the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released the 2012 Internet Crime Report—a summary of reported fraudulent activity, including data and statistics. In 2012, the IC3 received and processed 289,874 complaints, averaging more than 24,000 complaints per month. Unverified losses reported to IC3 rose 8.3 percent over the previous year.

A new section in this year’s report includes charts for each of the 50 states detailing demographic, complaint, and dollar-loss data. The section allows for easy comparisons and convenient reference. Additional content includes frequently reported Internet crimes, case highlights, and graphs that explain the lifecycle of a complaint. The most common complaints received in 2012 included FBI impersonation e-mail scams, various intimidation crimes, and scams that used computer “scareware” to extort money from Internet users. The report gives detailed information about these and other commonly perpetrated scams in 2012. The IC3 works to educate the public and law enforcement about fraud trends.

“The 2012 Internet Crime Report reveals both the volume and the scope of Internet crime, as well as the efforts of IC3 and law enforcement to combat these crimes,” said National White Collar Crime Center Director Don Brackman. “As technology continues to advance, so will our efforts to stay one step ahead of cyber criminals.”

Richard A. McFeely, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch, said: “Criminals are increasingly migrating their fraudulent activities from the physical world to the Internet. Computer users who suspect or become victims of online fraud schemes—including suspicious e-mails, fraudulent websites and Internet crimes—should report them to the IC3. The IC3 analyzes and makes connections among these reports and packages them for potential action by law enforcement.”

IC3 is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). Since its start in 2000, the IC3 has become a mainstay for victims reporting Internet crime and a way for law enforcement to be notified of such crimes. IC3’s service to the law enforcement community includes federal, state, tribal, local, and international agencies that are combating Internet crime.

About IC3


IC3 receives, develops, and refers criminal complaints of cybercrime. IC3 gives victims a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the local, state, federal, and international levels, IC3 provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving online crime.

Army Announces Investigation at Fort Hood, Texas

The Army announced today that an Army sergeant first class assigned to III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates.

            The ongoing investigation is being conducted by special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID.

            The soldier had been assigned as an Equal Opportunity Advisor and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program coordinator with one of the III Corps’ subordinate battalions when the allegations surfaced.

            The accused was immediately suspended from all duties by the chain of command once the allegations were brought to the command’s attention.  There have been no charges filed or preferred at this time.

            To protect the integrity of the investigative process and the rights of all persons involved, no more information will be released at this time.

            During testimony last week before the House Appropriations Committee Defense subcommittee, Secretary of the Army John McHugh expressed anger over sexual assaults and sex abuse crimes in the military.

            “This is so contrary to everything upon which the Army was built,” he said.  “To see this kind of activity happening in our ranks is really heart wrenching and sickening.”

            McHugh told members of Congress that Army leaders are focused on efforts to prevent sexual assaults.

            “As I said to our new brigadier general corps when I spoke to them about two weeks ago, ‘You can do everything from this point forward in your military career perfectly, but if you fail on this, you have failed the Army’,” he said.

            Secretary McHugh apprised Secretary Hagel this morning of these allegations and the Army is moving forward, along with the other services, with Secretary Hagel’s directive to re-train, re-credential and re-screen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters.



Statement by Press Secretary George Little on Allegations of Misconduct


            Earlier today Secretary Hagel was informed about the allegations of criminal behavior against an Army sergeant first class who was a sexual assault prevention and response coordinator at Fort Hood.  I cannot convey strongly enough his frustration, anger, and disappointment over these troubling allegations and the breakdown in discipline and standards they imply.

            Secretary Hagel met with Army Secretary McHugh this morning and directed him to fully investigate this matter rapidly, to discover the extent of these allegations, and to ensure that all of those who might be involved are dealt with appropriately.

            To address the broader concerns that have arisen out of these allegations and other recent events, Secretary Hagel is directing all the services to re-train, re-credential, and re-screen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters.

            Sexual assault is a crime and will be treated as such.  The safety, integrity, and well-being of every service member and the success of our mission hang in the balance.  Secretary Hagel is looking urgently at every course of action to stamp out this deplorable conduct and ensure that those individuals up and down the chain of command who tolerate or engage in this behavior are appropriately held accountable.

New U.S. Department of State Memorial Honors Fallen Advisors

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 14, 2013




The U.S. Department of State has commissioned a new memorial to honor personnel who lost their lives while supporting overseas criminal justice assistance programs. These criminal justice advisors, including police, corrections, and support staff will now be honored through a permanent memorial housed at the Department’s Headquarters.

  • The memorial to the fallen advisors commemorates 86 personnel who lost their lives between 1989 and 2012 while supporting U.S. Department of State criminal justice missions abroad administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
  • Most of the personnel died supporting missions in Iraq (28), Peru (18), Afghanistan (15), Colombia (14), and Bosnia (5).
  • The memorial honors all personnel, regardless of nationality, who died while supporting INL’s criminal justice programs. Sixty-seven U.S. citizens are listed alongside 19 non-U.S. citizens. The U.S. citizens hailed from 26 different states.
  • Most of the personnel memorialized on the wall were contract employees; others include U.S. Federal Agents. Many of those killed were former police officers, corrections officers, support staff, security professionals, and drug eradication pilots.
  • Many of the contract employees were employees of DynCorp International, Engility Corporation, Pacific Architects and Engineering and Civilian Police International.
  • The wall itself measures 54”x36” and consists of a glass panel with the world map etched on it. On top of this large glass panel are three individual panels with the names, dates of death and location of death of the honorees.

For further information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov.

PRN: 2013/0562

Partnering with State and Local Authorities to Support International Criminal Justice Sector Assistance

Fact Sheet

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 9, 2013




For the past three years, the U.S. Department of State has made a sustained effort to recruit state and local law enforcement, corrections officials, prosecutors, and judges to participate in our criminal justice assistance programs abroad. Through trainings and exchanges, our partners are helping foreign law enforcement personnel undermine criminal networks where they develop and helping reduce criminal threats both in the United States and in our partner nations.

  • The Department of State has forged partnerships with more than 50 federal, state and local criminal justice agencies in 25 states over the past three years. The program is managed by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
  • Establishing linkages between U.S. domestic law enforcement agencies and their international counterparts addresses the need for greater cross-border cooperation to counter the increasingly global and complex and global nature of criminal threats such as money-laundering, transnational organized crime, and terrorism.
  • Programs to train and mentor foreign criminal justice personnel are key U.S. Department of State foreign assistance priorities. A goal of these programs is to improve the ability of other nations to become effective global partners in combating crime, thereby reducing crime within U.S. borders as well as abroad.
  • Since 2010, with funding provided by the Department of State, dozens of U.S. local and state police officers from six states have deployed to seven countries.
  • Among the program participants is the New York Police Department (NYPD), which has supported 12 deployments to Haiti over the past three years. Sixty-eight Creole-speaking NYPD officers have rotated through Haiti to train and mentor their Haitian counterparts on community policing, police patrol operations, and investigations. The NYPD deploys six active-duty Creole-speaking police officers every four months to serve on 90 to 120-day rotations in various Haitian cities.
  • State and local partnerships are mutually beneficial. The Department of State benefits by tapping into the unique skill sets, knowledge and expertise of active serving police officers, corrections officers, and legal professionals. State and local partners expand their ties to countries with which their communities have links, develop new skill sets, and represent their country. Host country counterparts benefit from working with active-serving U.S. counterparts and learning their proven law enforcement methods. Most importantly, these partnerships create people-to-people connections and foster lasting relationships between U.S. law enforcement and criminal justice sector actors and their counterparts in nations receiving U.S. assistance and training.

For further information, please contact INL-PAPD@state.gov.

PRN: 2013/542

The LAFD talks about ICE



Monday, August 06, 2012 |

Chances are that your e-mail inbox has filled with messages like this:

Make the Paramedics job easier with ICE. ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency”. If you add an entry to the contacts list of your cell phone under the name “ICE”, Paramedics will call that number if they find you unconscious or…

The Los Angeles Fire Department has received thousands of e-mail inquiries, all seeking to know “Is this true”?

The quick answer?

The original “ICE” concept for listing your personal emergency contact on a mobile phone is well known to LAFD responders. It is obviously an idea that gives people peace of mind – yet should not be relied upon as a sole source for personal identification or emergency contact.

It is important to note that the original ICE concept is both free and simple: you choose an appropriate person to be contacted in case of an emergency and label their phone number as “ICE”.

As one might anticipate, some businesses have sought to offer “fee-based” services and smart-phone applications related to ICE. Contrary to what some may infer, it is not necessary to register or pay money to make an ICE entry on your personal wireless phone.

Our friends at Snopes.com offer information about the history of ICE – and some regretful hoaxes that have followed. The Los Angeles Fire Department supports the original ICE concept as a free and potentially helpful tool in the minutes and hours that follow an emergency.


Contrary to e-mail warnings, ICE is not something that Paramedics rush to look for the instant they arrive at an emergency, and is certainly not required for LAFD Paramedics to provide quick, focused and compassionate emergency care.

We tell people: Add ICE contact information in your cell phone only after you’ve affixed similar information to (or near) the official photo identification you routinely carry in your wallet.


With so many types of wireless phones, it can take precious minutes to learn how to access a phone’s directory. Many wireless devices are also found to be locked, damaged or have discharged batteries following an incident, rendering ICE unusable.

Please encourage your interested friends and colleagues to make a free ICE entry in their cell phone, especially if it will give them peace of mind – but never at the expense of written emergency contact and medical information.

The free original ICE concept works best when it is part of a comprehensive family or business plan for dealing with emergencies and disasters.

Whenever you have a question about the policies and procedures that Firefighter/Paramedics use in handling emergencies, do not hesitate to visit your Neighborhood Fire Station.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

CAL FIRE Announces Arson Awareness Week

Logo of the United States Fire Administration,...

Logo of the United States Fire Administration, a part of FEMA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Public urged to Report Suspicious Activity

CAL FIRE Investigator at work.

Sacramento –While encouraging
wildfire preparedness this week, CAL FIRE is also reminding residents of
the dangers posed by arson. CAL FIRE is pleased to join the United
States Fire Administration
(USFA) in announcing the theme for the 2013
Arson Awareness Week: Reducing Residential Arson. The goal for this
year’s Arson Awareness Week, which takes place May 5-11, 2013, is to
provide all residents with strategies to combat arson in their

According to the USFA’s National Fire Incident Reporting System
(NFIRS) during 2008-2010, an estimated 16,800 intentionally set fires in
residential buildings occur annually in the United States. These fires
result in an estimated 280 deaths, 775 injuries, and $593 million in
property loss each year. The average dollar loss for an intentionally
set fire in a residential building is $21,320. The fatality rate for
intentionally set residential fires was more than twice that of other
residential building fires.

“Arson fires rob neighborhoods and communities of valuable assets
such as lives, property and natural resources”, stated CAL FIRE
Assistant Deputy Director Clare Frank. “Residents can do a lot to
prevent arson by safeguarding their homes and keeping a watchful eye on
their neighborhood.”

What can I do to prevent my home against arson?

  • Illuminate exterior and entrances to your home.
  • Install motion-activated lights on all sides of the house. These are relatively inexpensive.
    Clear all obstructions. Trim or remove brush that blocks the view of a home from the street.
  • Install smoke alarms and fire sprinkler systems. The combination
    of smoke alarms and home fire sprinklers reduces the likelihood of
    death from a fire. This is the most effective fire loss prevention and
    reduction measurement.
    Keep doors and windows locked. A simple locked door could be the
    deterrent that saves a home from arson.
  • Clean your yard. Remove excess of piles of leaves or vegetation
    and clean around your house and garage to remove unused paper, trash,
    cans of paint or other materials.
  • Clean up vacant homes. Make sure to secure abandoned and vacant
    homes. Keep doors and windows locked or boarded up with plywood. Remove
    any abandoned vehicles. Make sure all utilities are disconnected.

Whether it is a wildland fire or a house fire, investigators need
your help. The public is encouraged to call the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline,
1-800-468-4408, if suspicious activity is observed. Details, such as
a description of suspicious people and vehicles are very helpful to
investigators. Rewards of up to $10,000 are available for information
leading to an arrest and conviction of persons responsible for
committing the crime of arson within State jurisdiction.

For more information and resources for the 2013 Arson Awareness Week campaign, visit www.usfa.fema.gov/aaw.

Berwyn To Donate Fire Truck To West (TX) Fire Dept. – Berwyn Fire Company

English: I took photo of train depot in West, ...

English: I took photo of train depot in West, TX, with Canon camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Fire Department in Pennsylvania has donated a used engine to the West, Texas Fire Department which recently survived a horrific expolsion that left 2/3rds of the department dead or in the hospital. Any of us who have ever been a part of the Texas fire service want to offer a big Texas thank you to the members of the Berwyn Fire Company. This is what brotherhood is all about !

Berwyn To Donate Fire Truck To West (TX) Fire Dept. – Berwyn Fire Company.

The donated engine is already on its way to Texas.