Captured Events in the Year 2005
22:00 hrs on November 17 Units were dispatched to the 2700 block of East Cavett Drive for a house on fire. Engines 11, 5, & 14 - Truck
7 - Rescue 1 & District Chief 1 responded. When Engine 11 arrived
on the scene they reported a working fire. After several minutes
District Chief 1 (the I.C.) requested an additional Engine Co. and
Engine 7 was dispatched to the blaze. To see additional photos
or on the thumbnail.
Members of S.F.D. were some of the first Search and Rescue crews to
arrive in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Their first
job was helping to rescue 1100 patients from the
Medical Center Hospital on Jefferson
Davis Pkwy. Later other SFD members volunteered to respond to
New Orleans as they went on days-off. Busses and airplanes
brought many evacuees from the Gulf Coast and patients from
evacuated hospitals to Shreveport. Units of the SFD were
dispatched to the Hirsch Coliseum and Shreveport Regional Airport to
triage the arriving patients. To see additional photos
couple of photos from a paramedic that rode-out with SFD while here.
Dear Webmaster, maybe you'd like some pics of 2004. I did while
a rideout during my elective-term at LSU. Here in Germany I
work as a paramedic half-time while studiing. ragards, Manfred --
Click on image to see photos
fire in the 3500 block of Catherine St. took the life of an elderly
woman. A couple of civilians tried vainly to rescue the
woman who was inside, but were unable to get through the heat and
smoke. Firefighters arrived on the scene to find an intense
blaze, but fought their way
through the front door and found the 86 year old invalid in her
bedroom. A Medic Unit rushed her to LSU Medical Center where
she was pronounced dead upon arrival. After the woman had been
removed firefighters fighting the fire were hampered by
burglar bars over
windows in the home. The fire occurred a little after 2PM on
August 25 when the reported temperature in the shade was 102
two-story home in the 900 block of Linden, with fire going through
the roof, met first arriving companies. It was an one alarm fire
with a special call for 2 more engines and a truck. The call
came in around 3:30 PM on Monday, July 25. The temperature was
around 96 degrees and the heat index was over 104.
Firefighters were ordered to take alternating breaks at timed
intervals to be checked by Medic Unit members and cooled off before
returning to fight the fire. Once the fire was under control
other companies were rotated in and the original units were
released. The cause of the fire is thought to be from a faulty
water heater located on the second floor or attic.
here or on the thumbnail for more photos of this fire.
Cabinet Refacing Company was completely on fire when first alarm
companies arrived. This long time Shreveport business was gutted.
Due to the extent of the blaze and because pre-planning had revealed
a very hazardous environment, firefighters had to set-up in a
defensive mode to control the fire. The alarm came in
about 9:00AM and it was late afternoon before the last companies
were able to leave. The temperature was in the 90's, so fire
companies were rotated in and out after only a few hours on the
scene. This building is located almost directly behind old
central fire station.
Click on thumbnail for more
photographs of this fire.
Abandoned Houses in the 1000 blk of Foster were
fully involved when the first units arrived on the
scene. A 2nd Alarm was quickly transmitted for
the fire that occurred around 1:00AM on
Saturday, June 11. A broken 20 inch water main
in the northern part of the city caused a temporary
drop in water pressure at the fire scene. Two
Caddo Fire Districts were requested to respond mutual
aid with their water tanker trucks.
However, they were not used
because the pressure was quickly restored. The fire was very intense and
the red glow in the sky could be seen for miles.
Signal 51 was paged about 1:45AM and four members
responded in their personal vehicles because Unit 51 was
committed to another event. By a new agreement
made between Signal 51 and
doughnuts were donated. Mike Clikas delivered
the doughnuts to the scene where he, Father Guido
Verbeck, Fred McClanahan and Michael Gillispie served
them along with other refreshments to 63 firefighters
and 5 civilians. These Sig 51 members were on
the scene for over 3 hours.
Click here or on the thumbnail
for more photographs of this fire.
Guido Verbeck in the News! Signal 51 member
Father Guido Verbeck was on KTAL's 6PM news telling
about the 1961 Seagrave that he restored. His
plans are to make it a parade piece and to
place it in the Shreveport Firefighters Museum at the
Old Central Station on Crockett Street when it is
opened. Guido said the '61 Seagrave was bought
for him by some families in his congregation when they found
out he was very found of old fire trucks. He
also stated that he has purchased a 1941
American LaFrance and that he will soon be starting
restoration on it. Click on the thumbnail or
here for pictures from Channel
6 and some video clips showing the complete news
report on Father Verbeck and his fire engines.
Shreveport Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran was elected
chairman of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs section
of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Elected to the board five years ago, he has worked
his way up from board member, to secretary, to
treasurer, to vice chairman, and now chairman.
Cochran has chosen to run for the position of second
vice president of the association in 2006. Cochran
says the chairman of the metropolitan section of
I.A.F.C. has a term limit of one year. He has already
started his campaign for the position of second vice
Click here or on the photograph
to read more about Chief Kelvin Cochran.
Fire Engulfed 5 Abandoned Houses.
Firefighters discovered a body in the house where the
fire originated which resulted in the area becoming a
crime scene. The fire occurred on Sunday around
3:30AM on 5-22-05. Extra companies were called-in to
control the blaze. Signal 51 was paged at about
5:30AM. Unit 51 was driven to the fire location by
Mike Clikas. Members Guido Verbeck and Fred
McClanahan joined Clikas in serving refreshments to
the emergency workers. Photographs of the incident
were taken at the conclusion of the fire, and as it
turned daylight of the crews overhauling.
Click on the
thumbnail or here to see the photos
Air Balloon Accident Results in 2 Fatalities. Two
well-known balloonist lost their lives after their
basket apparently hit a 34,000 volt power line and
caught fire. Debris was scattered over an area
of about 3 miles from Barid Rd over Mansfield Rd to
South Park Mall. It was an all-night operation
as authorities and FAA officials examined the area.
Signal 51 was paged out and Unit 51 was supplied with
food and drinks and responded. Members Katie
Allen, Michael Clikas, Michael Gillispie and Fred
McClanahan spent many hours making sandwishes and
supplying Gatorade to the emergency workers.
Members had to make several runs for extra food and
coffee as they depleted their supply.
on the thumbnail for more pictures of the balloon.
PUMPERS ARE IN! New
Engine 1 and 4
were at the shop on Friday, 5-13-05 being outfitted
and will be placed in service soon. The other new
rigs were at various places in the city - Some having
radios installed, etc. This will put all engine
companies in the white-over-red paint scheme.
It will be awhile before the remaining all-white hook
and ladder truck companies (16 and 20) will be replaced.
Dr. Carter's Corner
about what stations are getting the new pumpers and
where their former apparatus will end up.
Photos of new Engine 1 and Engine 4 can be seen by
clicking on the thumbnail or
Old Rescue 1 is being traded-in for a medic unit.
All the new pumpers have LED emergency lights.
There is a rear emergency light bar similar to the
bars on the rear of the chief cars, except these are
high and over the hose bed. .
Incidentally, all 5 of the new rigs have bells
and they really look cool on the front bumper
opposite the Federal Qs. They are rung remotely
by a button located on the dash in front of the
fire hits National Linen Services. At 2:16AM on April 2, S.F.D. units
responded to the National Linen Services at 5741 St.
Vincent Ave for a reported fire. Shortly after their
arrival a 2nd alarm was transmitted. Click on Picture to see
more photos. Signal 51 members received the page
at 2:21AM. Mike Clikas, Mike
Gillispie, Guido Verbeck and Fred McClanahan
responded with refreshments.
Medic 10 gets new Rig! A new Medic Unit is in for 10 and Medic 5
gets a remount.
They both have a new paint scheme and a big Maltese cross
on the side. Click on picture to the left to see
enlargement and more pictures of Medic 10.
Medic 10 went into service 3-29-05.
Mike visits LAFD Station 76. The photograph to the left is of Sig 51
member, Mike Lowe at Engine 76 in Los Angeles.
On a recent business trip to L.A. Mike took timeout
to visit one of LAFD's stations. He reported
they had a Seagrave pumper and ran with a 4 man crew.
The guys were friendly and glad to see someone from Louisiana. Mike even called me and had the
Captain tell me he was there. One of the things
they told Mike was that on any domestic disturbance
calls they respond to, they have flak jackets that
they must put on. They took Mike back to his
hotel on the Seagrave, but told him if they, "catch a
run - to hold on tight." Be sure to click
Mike's picture to see more photos of his visit.
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