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Two Guantanamo Detainees Released To Algeria

Washington, D.C. (August 29, 2013)   The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Algeria.

           As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were approved for transfer by consensus of the six departments and agencies comprising the task force. In accordance with Congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer these individuals.

           The United States is grateful to the Government of Algeria for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Algeria to ensure these transfers took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.

           Today, 164 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

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Over 100 LAFD Firefighters Battle a Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 Occupants Injured

THIS ARTICLE IS REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT.  aS THE LAFD POINTS OUT THE FIRE COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT LESS COSTLY AND EASIER TO FIGHT IF THE MOTEL’S GUESTS HAD TAKEN A SECOND TO CLOSE THEIR ROOM DOORS ON THE WAY OUT. THEY ARE NOT OUT TO BLAME ANYBODY, BUT LIKE US WANT EVERYBODY TO LEARN WHAT WE CAN FROM THIS INCIDENT. WHEN FIRES HAPPEN CLOSED DOORS SAVE LIVES !

VAN NUYS – Over 100 Los Angeles Firefighters battled a blaze in a Van Nuys motel where four were injured on August 24, 2013.

At 11:14 am the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) arrived at 6500 Sepulveda Boulevard in four minutes to find smoke billowing out of the second story of a two-story “O” shaped motel, named the Voyager Motor Inn. Additional companies were immediately requested.

LAFD Battles a Greater Alarm Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 Injured Firefighters rushed inside with hose-lines and laddered the second story windows helping trapped victims to safely escape. Additional firefighters performed vertical ventilation on the roof with chainsaws while others kicked in doors of units to perform rapid Search and Rescue operations.

Fire attack was difficult due to the building lay out and the volume of fire throughout the second floor. The motel had 120 units, 60 were occupied.

The fire appeared to have originated in unit 246. The occupant rushed out leaving the door open and the flames rapidly spread, additional occupants did the same, causing the fire to blow down the hallways like a horizontal chimney, fueled by a light wind.

LAFD Battles a Greater Alarm Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 Injured The bulk of the damage occurred on the second floor. Flames and smoke damaged approximately 50 units, and multiple units on the first floor suffered water damage. The motel was equipped with smoke alarms, not with fire sprinklers.

The flames were confined to the motel and no nearby structures were damaged. A total of  147 firefighters (including those initially dispatched and additional firefighters assisting with overhaul), all under the command of Battalion Chief Don Reyes, extinguished the flames in one hour and 16 minutes. Firefighters remained in an offensive attack.

The LAFD worked closely with various departments and organizations including CERT. The Emergency Management Department played a key role in collaborating the with the American Red Cross and with Recreation and Parks to open up the Delano Recreation Center for the approximately 50 displaced residents. Additionally, Metropolitan Transportation Authority was utilized to transport these residents from the fire scene to the shelter location. LAPD assisted with scene security and authentication of proper occupants during the collection of personal property.

LAFD Battles a Greater Alarm Motel Blaze in Van Nuys; 4 InjuredA total of four persons were treated on scene. Three patients ranging from a five month-old female to a 32 year-old female, all with non-life-threatening injuries were transported to local hospitals. No one was burned.

The cause of the fire is Undetermined, and remains under active investigation by the LAFD Arson Section. The estimated dollar loss is still being tabulated.

Dispatched Units:  E39 E288 T88 E90 RA881 E100 RA100 E289 T89 EM14 BC5 BC10 E102 E81 BC14 E489 E7 E273 T73 E293 T93 DC1 EM17 BC12 UR88 T27 E227 E27 UR27 BC5 AR2 RA27 RA39 EA1 E290 T90 E261 T61 E105 E83 RA88 RA90 EM9 T60 E260 E5 E26 T12 E212 E27 DC1 BC14 T39 E239

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

WHEN DISASTER STRIKES, VOLUNTEER EFFORTS ARE CRUCIAL

FED - FEMA | Federal Emergency Management Agency

FED – FEMA | Federal Emergency Management Agency (Photo credit: Inventorchris)

LINCROFT,
N.J. — As Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey last October,
many residents who had lived in harmony with the oceans, rivers and bays
of New Jersey for decades found themselves in life-threatening
situations.

The emergency inspired hundreds of heroic acts. Among them:

  • In Brick, a couple who were lifeguards saved some 50 people from the floods.
  • A Vespa-riding school teacher carried gas and emergency supplies for people in desperate need of help.
  • An off-duty nurse delivered a baby by the side of the road.
  • A volunteer firefighter braved chest-deep water to rescue his neighbors.

In all of the areas impacted by the storm, people performed extraordinary acts of bravery and compassion.

Neighbors helped neighbors, community volunteers including first
aiders and firefighters worked around the clock to rescue those in need
and protect the safety of their neighbors.

And as the wind, rain and flood waters, receded, a veritable army of volunteers joined forces in the recovery effort.

As the one year anniversary of this historic storm approaches, it is a
good time to remember and celebrate the role of volunteers in helping
the residents of New Jersey meet the enormous challenges they faced in
the weeks and months of recovery that followed the storm.

To date, 507 volunteer organizations have participated in the
recovery effort in New Jersey. Of those, 124 have reported 166,598
volunteers who have contributed 951,731 hours worth $26.8 million.

“In a disaster such as Superstorm Sandy, the efforts of volunteers
are critical to the recovery,” said Gracia Szczech, federal coordinating
officer for FEMA in New Jersey. “The work of volunteers contributed
substantially to helping New Jerseyans respond to the challenges they
faced and begin their recovery.”

A coalition of volunteer organizations, the National Voluntary
Organizations Active in Disaster
(VOAD), has worked with federal, state
and local agencies to provide a wide range of services to New Jerseyans
as they moved forward with their recovery.

FEMA supported their efforts by identifying populations with access
and functional needs, identifying available federal assistance programs
and providing coordination and donations management. Together, the
agencies form a Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG). FEMA’s Voluntary Agency
Liaisons work with the voluntary groups at the state and local levels
and also refer people to the LTRG for help with specific needs.

The voluntary organizations’ work includes helping with flood debris
cleanup as well as home repairs and reconstruction, providing short-term
food, clothing and shelter assistance, and counseling services.

Among the local and national VOAD organizations that have been active
in the continuing recovery are: the American Red Cross, the Community
Food Bank of New Jersey, Church World Service, World Renew, UMCOR
(United Methodist Church), Mormon Helping Hands, Operation Hope, United
Church of Christ, Catholic Charities, NECHAMA (Jewish Response), ICNA
(Muslim Humanity) Rebuilding Together, Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran
Disaster Response, Presbyterian Disaster Services, the Salvation Army,
certain United Way organizations as well as faith-based volunteers from
numerous other denominations, individual churches, synagogues and
mosques.

Sandy survivors who are still in need of assistance with their recovery may access available resources online at www.nj211.org/hurricane.

 

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to
ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve
our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover
from, and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.facebook.com/fema, and www.youtube.com/fema. Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate’s activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not
endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Tourists, Residents Flee Huge Fire Near Yosemite

More and updated information on the RIM Fire out in California. This information comes from the website of  a local radio station, and was called to our attention by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.

Tourists, Residents Flee Huge Fire Near Yosemite.

Evening Briefing Provides Snap-Shot of Rim Fire Activity

Cal OES Newsroom

The Tuolumne CountyEmergency Operations Center (EOC) was a full house during the evening Rim Fire Incident Briefing. Representatives from the National Forest Service, Cal FIRE, American Red Cross, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, Caltrans, California Highway Patrol and Tuolumne County Animal Control gathered to exchange information about progress in response and recovery efforts.

Maps indicating the fire perimeter, jurisdictions and access points draped walls and tabletops, providing centerpiece for the evening’s discussions. Peak fire burn period for today began at 6:00 p.m. and is expected to continue until midnight tonight. Dry fuels and rugged terrain remain a concern.

Cal Fire is currently working in Unified Command with the U.S. Forest Service, and the battle has benefitted from the deployment of additional resources through Cal OES Fire Mutual Aid Coordination.

“There are over 1,000 firefighters working tonight…they did an outstanding job today protecting the community of Pine Mountain…

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LAFD Captain Collapses, Dies While on Duty

THE FOLLOWING IS REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE BLOG OF THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT. oUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO THEM AT THIS MOMENT OF PROFOUND LOSS. WE ENCOURAGE YOUR PRAYERS FOR THE LAFD AND THE McKNIGHT FAMILY. MAY OUR FALLEN BROTHER REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.

 

LOS ANGELES – With great sadness, the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department announce that a City of Los Angeles Fire Captain has died while on duty.

LAFD Captain Matthew McKnight (1962-2013)
LAFD Captain/Paramedic Matthew McKnight
(1962-2013)

On Monday, August 12, 2013 at 1:07 AM, Los Angeles Firefighters discovered on-duty Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight unresponsive after his unwitnessed collapse inside the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center at 500 East Temple Street in Los Angeles.

Captain McKnight, age 51 – and a 31 year veteran of the LAFD, was last seen at 12:55 AM near the conclusion of a busy five hour watch, where he directly supervised eleven Firefighter/Dispatchers in overseeing the life safety needs of America’s second-largest city.

Despite an exhaustive effort by colleagues who immediately performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and instituted advanced life support measures, Captain McKnight proved beyond medical help and was declared dead Monday morning at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.

Pursuant of fire service protocol, the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner will perform a detailed investigation into the cause, time and manner of Captain McKnight’s passing.

Memorial arrangements are pending. Updated information will be posted here on the LAFD News & Information blog as soon as it becomes available.

The members of your Los Angeles Fire Department are deeply appreciative of the kindness and support of so many at this difficult time. Those wishing to offer an on-line note of condolence, are encouraged to post their sentiments below or via Facebook.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

DEA Statement on Release of Rafael Caro-Quintero from Mexican Prison

English: The Seal of the Drug Enforcement Admi...

English: The Seal of the Drug Enforcement Administration (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Drug Enforcement Administration is deeply troubled to learn of the decision by a Mexican court to release infamous drug trafficker Rafael Caro-Quintero from a Mexican prison.  Caro-Quintero had been serving a 40 year prison sentence in connection with the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in February 1985.  Caro-Quintero was the mastermind and organizer of this atrocious act.  We are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Special Agent Camarena and DEA will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Caro-Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed.