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I am very proud to share this video. Why? Because I wrote the majority of the script! As a Training and Communications Specialist for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, I am regularly asked to write scripts for our training videos. I already knew this project was special because it involves an innovative partnership between my department and the 30 other fire departments in the Los Angeles region to train together to prepare for possible terrorist attacks. But to have Harrison Ford as our narrator was beyond anything I had ever anticipated! To hear and see an actor of his caliber saying words I wrote is pretty overwhelming as an aspiring writer (I shed a few tears when I first saw the draft of this tbh). I hope this is the beginning of more famous people speaking words I write in the future!

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Seaworld tried to turn down helping the rescued Gray Whale, JJ

On Friday morning, January 10, 1997 at about 8:30 AM the Whale Rescue Team received a call from Lieutenant Morrow of the Los Angeles County Fire Department-Lifeguards. There was a stranded baby Gray Whale in the surf line, estimated to only be a few days old. The lifeguards had already tried to help the baby back into the deep, but she swam erratically and once again beached herself.

Because of their lack of facilities and the slow response time of the NMFS, the Whale Rescue Team tried to buy time by pushing her into deeper water and monitoring her behavior while another team set out in an attempt to find her mother. At this point the team had reached out to Seaworld asking for aid, which they refused. 

Hours of searching later, and there was no sign of JJ’s mother. Time was beginning to run out, as each minute without her mother, JJ was in grave danger, especially if she was ill. Seaworld once again refused to offer up facilities, or even send over a rescue truck to help. They were aware of how big adult gray whales get, too big for permanent live display in captivity, and they didn’t want to help with anything they couldn’t keep. They just spend 10 million dollars on a complex for captive Orcas, they didn’t want a gray whale taking up space in it.

The rescue team made calls into the media. The story began spreading like wildfire, putting more pressure on Seaworld as to why they were not coming to this animals aid despite boasting having high quality facilities and rescue teams.  

24 hours of searching for a mother later, Seaworld finally caved to media pressure, and it was decided to bring JJ into captivity to rehabilitate her.

However, Seaworld still tried to weasel their way out of the deal. They made a deal that, despite having their own transportation they could have offered up, if the Whale Rescue Team could drive the animal the 3 hours to their park, only then would they help. 

After a desperate search for a rental ruck large enough to carry her and hours of getting her to strand again to be placed in the truck, the Whale Rescue Team managed to get JJ to Seaworld.

After JJ was taken to Seaworld, her rehabilitation efforts were put on display for the world to see, so that they could get as much attention and profit off of this animal as possible. She was hand fed, constantly surrounded by crowds, and they even attempted to train her tricks, all extremely poor methods of keeping this whale wild to condition her for a life in the wild away from human care.

14 months of displaying her to the public later, Seaworld carted JJ off to the Pacific Ocean to release her. With a large amount of publicity, they attached a tracking device to her, sent her back to the water, and called it a success.

Her tracking device fell off days after her release and no follow up was performed. No one knows if she survived for a significant amount of time or not, because no one at Seaworld cared anymore. They got their publicity, they got their pat on the back for releasing her, they were done with her.

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One of the things I like about the Emergency episode “Equipment” is that we get to see the LA County Fire Department Headquarters, including the dispatch center and dispatcher Sam Lanier.

This episode was directed by Kevin Tighe. I wonder if it was Kevin’s idea to include these scenes? It’s much more interesting than a shot of the station’s speaker when they get a call from Dispatch.

Sam Lanier was the voice of the LA County Fire Department dispatch on Emergency, but I think this is the first episode where we get to see him. Correction: We first see him in “Stewardess,” the first episode of Season 5.

Sam was a real-life dispatcher for LA County. According to an article reprinted on emergencyfans.com,  Sam worked as a dispatcher from 1958 to 1977. He later worked as a Fire Safety Adviser to film production companies in the Los Angeles area, until his sudden death in 1997.

Water Main Break Bursts In Hollywood Hills Neighborhood

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—According to authorities a water-main broke in a Hollywood Hills neighborhood on Wednesday, May 18 causing flooding and mud flows. Water came gushing down the Sunset Boulevard and caused a number of streets to be closed. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. in the 8400 block of Grand View Drive. Streets were closed off due to the mud and debris that flowed into lanes and driveways.

According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power were on the scene. Crews are currently working with fire officials to restore water to the area and clean up the debris. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department posted on its Twitter page advising residents to avoid Sunset Boulevard between Kings Road and Queens Way due to the main break. Residents will be facing slow traffic if they drive thru the affected areas.

According to the LADWP Superintendent Kirk Broyard, Sunset Bouvleard will remain open but repairs and cleanup is estimated to take about 10 to 12 hours. THe LADWP’s Twitter account stated that repairs have been made to the hydrant. Customer’s water services weren’t affected. Kimberley Hughes from the LADWP told Canyon News that “our crews have been on site, working in concert with the LA Fire Department and LA Bureau of Street Services to clean up the area.”

Hughes also told Canyon News that “our crews continue to work on the hydrant, so we can bring it back into service, as it is an area that could be prone to fires.” Hughes did state that the LADWP does not have an exact time when the water was turned off and do not yet have an estimate of how much water flowed from the hydrant.  According to Hughes the LADWP will work with fellow city agencies to clean up the area.

On May 13, a motorist crashed into a hydrant in Studio City that caused flooding and a mudslide on Coldwater Canyon Boulevard.

Water Main Break Bursts In Hollywood Hills Neighborhood was originally published on Canyon News

On Friday morning, January 10, 1997 at about 8:30 AM the Whale Rescue Team received a call from Lieutenant Morrow of the Los Angeles County Fire Department-Lifeguards. There was a stranded baby Gray Whale in the surf line, estimated to only be a few days old. The lifeguards had already tried to help the baby back into the deep, but she swam erratically and once again beached herself.

Because of their lack of facilities and the slow response time of the NMFS, the Whale Rescue Team tried to buy time by pushing her into deeper water and monitoring her behavior while another team set out in an attempt to find her mother. At this point the team had reached out to Seaworld asking for aid, which they refused. Hours of searching later, and there was no sign of JJ’s mother. Time was beginning to run out, as each minute without her mother, JJ was in grave danger, especially if she was ill. Seaworld once again refused to offer up facilities, or even send over a rescue truck to help. They were aware of how big adult gray whales get, too big for permanent live display in captivity, and they didn’t want to help with anything they couldn’t keep. They just spend 10 million dollars on a complex for captive Orcas, they didn’t want a gray whale taking up space in it.

The rescue team made calls into the media. The story began spreading like wildfire, putting more pressure on Seaworld as to why they were not coming to this animals aid despite boasting having high quality facilities and rescue teams. 24 hours of searching for a mother later, Seaworld finally caved to media pressure, and it was decided to bring JJ into captivity to rehabilitate her.

However, Seaworld still tried to weasel their way out of the deal. They made a deal that, despite having their own transportation they could have offered up, if the Whale Rescue Team could drive the animal the 3 hours to their park, only then would they help.

After a desperate search for a rental ruck large enough to carry her and hours of getting her to strand again to be placed in the truck, the Whale Rescue Team managed to get JJ to Seaworld. After JJ was taken to Seaworld, her rehabilitation efforts were put on display for the world to see, so that they could get as much attention and profit off of this animal as possible. She was hand fed, constantly surrounded by crowds, and they even attempted to train her tricks, all extremely poor methods of keeping this whale wild to condition her for a life in the wild away from human care.

14 months of displaying her to the public later, Seaworld carted JJ off to the Pacific Ocean to release her. With a large amount of publicity, they attached a tracking device to her, sent her back to the water, and called it a success.

Her tracking device fell off days after her release and no follow up was performed. No one knows if she survived for a significant amount of time or not, because no one at Seaworld cared anymore. They got their publicity, they got their pat on the back for releasing her, they were done with her.

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Man bitten by shark on Manhattan Beach in California

NBC Los Angeles: A long-distance swimmer was in stable condition after being bitten by a shark near Manhattan Beach Pier, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Officials said the shark was hooked to a fisherman’s line when the swimmer got too close. The swimmer was injured when the shark tried to bite through the line.

The beach was closed temporarily after the incident.

Photo: Mimi Miller via NBCLosAngeles.com

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California fire drives thousands from homes

Most of the roughly 20,000 evacuees forced out by a wildfire were cleared to go home, but firefighters still faced huge work Tuesday in taming an expansive wildfire in mountains north of Los Angeles.

The fire’s size increased modestly overnight to 58½ square miles (150.22 sq. kilometers) but containment more than doubled to 25 percent. Authorities, however, remained cautious.

“We’re not really out of the woods,” said U.S. Forest Service spokesman Justin Correll. “We’re not ready to relax. There’s still a lot of firefighting to do.”

A week of triple-digit temperatures awaited the nearly 3,000 firefighters battling flames in rugged terrain between Los Angeles and suburban Santa Clarita, where many homes are tucked into canyon lands. (AP)

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