Firefighters Win Funding for New Garage Door

The new garage door will allow for faster response times.

Highland Park Fire Station 12's garage door can get pretty hot during the summer time, occasionally reaching 140-degree Farenheit, according to Capt. Chris Segovia.

Segovia explained that the engines and fire trucks at Station 12 are often charging or idling, which keeps the temperatures mercilessly high.

As a result, the garage's back door is often left open, to allow cool air to flow in, and provide the crew a modicum of relief.

However, as it's one of the oldest stations in the city, Station 12's back door needs to be manually closed by firefighters every time they leave the station, which is a minor but unnecessary increase to response times, Segovia said.

On Thursday evening, the Historic voted unanimously in favor of giving a $900 Neighborhood Purposes Grant (NPG) to the firefighters to be used to install a brand new automatic garage door opener.

Capt. Gene Bednarchik promised the council that the money would go a long way in serving the community.

"With the budget crisis in the city, it's really tough to get things done around the station and to get new equipment, especially for a station the age of fire station 12. We consider this an early Christmas gift for the fire station," he said.

"It's going to benefit you folks, also," Bednarchik added. "It allows us to get out of quarters that much faster. Right now, it's a manually opening door, and every time the door opens you gotta pull on the chain, we gotta make sure it's secured when we leave, and that takes a lot of time. Now, with the garage door opener, all we have to do is push a button, so we can get out of quarters that much faster."

Ruben Del Portillo November 19, 2011 at 01:33 AM
I support this action. I used to be a firefighter myself and know all too well the politics involved in obtaining much needed equipment.
Susan R November 19, 2011 at 03:00 PM
I support this action. But the city should be funding it. Greater Cypress Park neighborhood council just approved around $5,000 for LAPD Northeast gang unit to buy some much needed safety equipment to help keep our officers safe. I was very happy to help approve this.
ChickenBoyFan November 19, 2011 at 04:34 PM
I agree with Susan. Where does the city stand on these kinds of issues? Why can't there be money from the city to fund this and other pressing needs?
Charles Inman November 19, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Recieve is receive. Charles Inman
Ruben Del Portillo November 19, 2011 at 05:52 PM
The city does not have money because the employees that make over a $100K will not take a pay cut. And don't get me started on L.A. D.W.P. Talk about over paid! We are victims of crooks and thieves that run our city just like other residents in other cities. It is our own fault because everyone talks and no one has the guts to do anything about it. We need to unite and weed out the bad apples! Any takers?
Tony Cardona November 19, 2011 at 08:45 PM
I support this since the northeast and east side of los angeles took the biggest hit with the permanent closures. I'm sure that the fire stations down south and west of los angeles also need repairs but the hispanic community took the biggest impact with the closures. Approximately 8 companies out of 16 were shut down in our area alone, Our council leaders need to look at the statistics and how much we loss but yet our taxes are the same.
Tony Cardona November 19, 2011 at 08:56 PM
The fire department says they are EMS oriented that's an excuse they are giving for shutting down truck 47 in el sereno. Station 16 in el sereno station 42 eagle rock and station 50 in Glassell Park don't even have a paramedic rescue assigned, which means any transportation to a hospital needs to come from other stations near by, thus leaving those areas without that service. Other stations in the city have from 2 to 3 rescues assigned and now we need to raise money for a door
Ruben Del Portillo November 22, 2011 at 12:21 AM
L.A. has very good. How would you like to receive a bill from the fire department for services rendered? I work in the Midwest as a Firefighter/EMT. Did it all Fire, Rescue, Medic, you name it. Guess what? The city would bill you for medical services and supplies used. The fire department is not a money maker like the police dept. They do not issue citations and do not bill for services. We are lucky to have this service. Again, greedy politicians and department supervisors. That is who has the MONEY.
Charles Inman November 22, 2011 at 01:04 AM
What about all the carbon monoxide from all those idling trucks. Does the station have installed carbon monoxide detectors? In winter will those doors be closed? I understand the FD bills for services rendered.
Ruben Del Portillo November 22, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Idling trucks in the SoCal area sounds dumb. Even in Wisconsin our trucks never idled in the station. (1) Not necessary, (2) too dangerous, and (3) plain stupid to do. I do not understand why they would idle the trucks inside. Let me know if you find out the reasoning for LAFD to idle trucks inside quarters.
SIMON November 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I think what was meant by idling in the station was when they startup the trucks to go out or when they return into the station. You can't just start up a heavy truck and immediately step on the fuel and take off, same goes before you shut it down you need to let it idle for a few seconds or even minutes to let it cool down otherwise you can damage the seals in the turbo and that would create a more serious problem which would lead to a mechanical breakdown. LAFD does bill patients who are transported to the hospital by their ambulances and in that bill is all the equipment used for the patient. This is how LAFD makes some of its money which is why they want to incline more for EMS and shut down Fire trucks
Ruben Del Portillo November 23, 2011 at 01:32 AM
Thanks for the clarification Simon. Fire trucks are staffed by EMT's and some Engine Co's have a PFR (Paramedic First Responder). The trucks carry the fire suppression and extrication equipment so I do not understand why they want to shut down stations. As for the idling I agree, but the amount of time that they idle is of minimal consequence. Simply politicians like to play games sometimes to fund their own special interest agenda. Hopefully if there is a huge earthquake or fire the station close to their house will be shut down and Oh Well.
SIMON November 23, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Thanks Mr D for sharing good information regarding first responders, I agree with you regarding politicians. In difficult times it shows where their interests are. I believe that a lot of these budget cuts are because that new football stadium that they want to build even though they said no public funds were going to be used. The fire chief should be fighting to get his fire companies back and not fold in to these politicians
Ruben Del Portillo November 23, 2011 at 04:15 PM
I think he is, but as I do not know him I can not say for sure. I was an officer myself and know for a fact that the higher in rank you are the more politics you see. His hands are probably tied and he must be pretty frustrated. I am not sure how things work here in SoCal, but public support always helps.
Joe Walker November 23, 2011 at 05:05 PM
14 comments on a $900 garage door? If a lost dog was involved this thread would break 100 by Thanksgiving!
Ruben Del Portillo November 23, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Maybe so Joe Walker. Should we make a run for it? LOL Happy Holidays!


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