3 Alarm fire ruined Christmas for 13 families who
were displaced by a fire that ripped through
their apartment building. The first alarm came in at
around 4:20am on Tuesday, December 2 for the Quail
Creek Apartment Building and escalated to 3 alarms
before it was brought under control.
At one time there were only 5 engines
and a couple of truck cos. left in service.
Surrounding Caddo Parish Fire District were notified
that they may be requested to answer calls in the
HERE for photos from The Shreveport Times.
November 18 at about 9:30am SFD was dispatched to
the Shreveport Little Theatre located in the 800
block of Margaret Place. Engine 7 was
first due and upon arrival the Captain gave the
preliminary size up: " Heavy fire and smoke showing
- The building is completely involved."
Shortly before 10:30am the Incident Commander
request a 2nd alarm. Click
for a slideshow of this fire.
HERE to see a Video of this Fire.
was on duty on 10/26/08 when the firehouse speakers
came on just before 5 am
reporting that a house was on fire on St. Paul
Street in the Allendale Neighborhood. for Engines 4
8 7 Truck 1 Rescue 1 Medic
14 & Dist. Chief 2 on the initial alarm.
Engines 1 14 Medic 4
were special called As Extra Companies by the
for slide show of this fire. The Photos were
snapped by Todd Olague working for another driver on
Units had to hunt down this fire that was set by an
Arsonist because an incorrect address was given to
911. Shreveport Police responding to a
domestic abuse call at Clear Horizon Apartments on
the morning of September 24th discovered a fire in a
woman's apartment. Her apartment received heavy
damage and surrounding units received smoke and
water damage. Arson is suspected as the woman's
boyfriend and another man were seen fleeing shortly
before the fire was discovered.
Photo by Paul
For a video slide show click HERE
Units were dispatched to a two story house on fire
at 413 Prospect at about 14:22hrs on Monday, August
4. Engine 5 reported that they could see
heavy black smoke shortly after leaving their
quarters on Stoner Ave. which is a couple of miles
away. Engine 7 arrived on scene to find fire
going through the roof and the heavy smoke and
flames showing from all sections of the house.
Engines 7, 5, 10 Trucks 7 & 1, Rescue 1, District
Chief 1 responded on the first alarm. Engine
11 and 4, Rescue 9 and Distict Chief 2 were special
called. The heat index was 106 degrees F. and
additional companies were rotated in to relieve the
first alarm and special called units after the fire
was declared under control. At least one
engine company was on the scene until well into the
evening hours. Click
photos and a
video of the fire.
The Stations' speakers announced a
house on fire in the 1400 block of Harvard Street
about 9:00PM on Sunday night, July 27, 2008.
Engine 4 arrived on the scene and reported a house
totally involved with fire. At the conclusion
of the firefighting the house was found to be almost
completely destroyed, and the remaining structure
was very unstable. Neighbors reported that a
elderly man lived in the house and had not been seen
since earlier in the day. A search for the
male occupant was a slow process as firefighters had
to go through the rubble piece by piece. SFD cadaver
dogs were called in to help with the search.
The body of the 70 year old man was found
Click here for more photos.
Chief Brian A. Crawford
- Named the New
Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department.
Police Chief Whitehorn and Interim Fire Chief
David Glass Look on.
Cedric Glover selected Chief Crawford and the
Shreveport City Council voted their approval
to make him the new leader of the S.F.D..
more about his appointment by clicking here.
On Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 6.53
inches of rain fell between 7 and 10 p.m. (breaking all rain
totals for the time period) as recorded at the National Weather
Service office at Shreveport Regional Airport. There was major
flooding causing many motorist to be stranded and some homes
had to be evacuated. At one point all SFD Engine Companies were out
of service on calls. A major water main broke in the south central
part of the city, but fortunately there were no major fires. Caddo
Fire Districts were put on alert just in case. Bossier City
had lightning strike an apartment building and the resulting fire
completely destroyed the complex. Fire District 6 put in long
hours evacuating people from homes in the southern part of their
Click on the Times photo to see a larger image.
Shreveport Fire Department Annual
Report for 2007. This comprehensive report covers in detail the
operation of our fire department. It reveals the area covered,
the fire department administration, communications, emergency
medical services, emergency operations, fire prevention,
maintenance, training and a statistical summary which includes the
incident types, response times, busiest apparatus, fire prevention
and training. Click
here are on the image to read the report in detail.
We are deeply
saddened by the loss of Caddo Fire District 2 Volunteer Firefighter, Eric Speed. Our thoughts and
prayers are with the Speed family, Chief Harry Lowery and members
of Caddo Parish Fire District #2.
Volunteer Firefighter Eric Speed was only 33 years old and a 12 year
member of the Caddo Parish Fire District 2, when he died Friday
March 28, 2008. Eric was answering a mutual aid call with Caddo Fire
District 1 for a mobile home fire when the tanker he was driving
left the roadway, struck a tree, and partially rolled over into a
ditch. He was trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes. The Shreveport
Fire Department as well as other Fire Districts sent units to assist
in his extrication. When he was removed he was airlifted by Life Air
Rescue to LSUHSC where he was pronounced DOA. Eric leaves behind four
Click HERE or on
the Photo for more information and a slide show of the Funeral.
SFD District Chief Vehicles get new reflective safety chevron
scheme. This seems to be a requirement for all emergency
vehicles in the UK due to the European Union regulations. In
fact, other civilian service vehicles such as tow trucks, highway
maintenance, etc have them. Rescue 9 has a similar scheme and
the Map Vans do also.
This is the rear of DC 5 just after application. Photo by
Chief Ken Conley.
Click on photo or
here for a large image.
Two major fires occurred on Sunday, March 9.
A full response of 4
engines, 2 trucks, a rescue, a medic unit and a District Chief were
dispatched to the Kingwood Forest
8200 block of Wild Briar Drive
at 12:18 PM. Additional medic units were dispatched as four
people had jumped from the balcony of the apartments above the fire.
They were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening
injuries. Several apartments received heavy damage.
4:15 PM, a full first alarm assignment was sent to 1026 Blanchard
Place. Engine 8 was first on the scene and reported heavy
smoke conditions and requested the next engine company to lay a
supply line. The fire had spread into the wall spaces and the
attic of this large home, and was very difficult to contain because
as soon as the firefighters would get one section out flames would
appear in another section. Two additional engines were
requested for additional manpower. It took approximately an
hour before this fire was declared under control. Additional engine
companies were sent for relief after it was tapped out. It was
a rough Sunday afternoon for the SFD troupes, but they did a great
job in handling a couple of really tough fires.
Click here to see
a few more pictures and a short video plus The Shreveport Times
story about these two fires.
Feb. 26 there were several fires that occurred almost
simultaneously. One of them was in the 900 blk of Pickett and
was dispatched a little after 10 PM. When Units arrived, they fo?nd
one house fully involved and spreading to another. Rescue 1 got
word, that someone was inside the exposure house, and found a man
who was hiding in a closet, he was taken to LSUMC with smoke
inhalation. The first house which received considerable damage was
vacant. At approximately 3:30 AM, a full assignment was transmitted
again for the vacant house for a rekindling. Fire
investigators are pretty sure that both fires are of suspicious
origin. The other working fires that occurred almost
simultaneously were on E. Jordan, Jenkins St, and Via St.
Other alarms came in during this time, but they were not working
little past 0010 hrs on Sunday, January 2, Engine 15, first due
on an alarm of fire in an apartment building in the 3500 blk of West
70th St., radioed to dispatch that they had heavy smoke and flames
and without breaking the transmission requested a second alarm.
Firefighters saved the life of a six-year-old girl by removing her
from her apartment which was heavily involved with fire. Her brother
had jumped from their second floor window just before Engine 15
Click HERE for more pics.
January 9th, pictures of this MVA were captured by Chief Ken Conley.
It was for a MVA on Bert Kouns and Terry Bradshaw Passway.
Engine 19, Medic 19, Rescue 1 and District Chief 5 took in the roll.
Three people were injured and transported to the hospital.
HERE or on the photo for more pictures of this MVA.
1 p.m. on January 3, S.F.D. Station speakers broadcast a two story
apartment house on fire in the 200 block of Dalzell St. in the
Highland neighborhood. It was the first significant fire in
Shreveport for 2008 and caused heavy damage. It was traced
back to an electrical water heater in a downstairs apartment.
Engines 5, 7, 10 and 11, Trucks 7 and 1, Rescue 1 and the 2nd
District Chief responded.
About our Site
In our Web site you will find
information about the Signal 51 Group, and what it does to support our local
fire departments. There are a lot of photographs of fires,
firefighters, buff events, apparatus and a great deal of other stuff for you
to observe. Don't forget to click on any picture to see an enlarged
image (not all, but most).
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In our Site you will find video clips of fires, apparatus
responding to emergencies and other fire dept. related
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We try to keep up with what's happening with the S.F.D.
Since we are a fire buff club we will include interesting but
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and other fire departments in our area.
Our Fire Department
From its beginning in 1890
History of the S.F.D.), with a great
deal of support from the citizens, local government officials, and
outstanding leadership the Shreveport Fire Department has done an excellent
job in fulfilling its primary responsibility to protect lives and property
from fire. Starting in 1965 the well trained firefighting crews were
starting to receive basic life support and CPR training and provided these
services when called upon. So under Chief Dallas W. Greene leadership
the firefighters were prepared in 1983 when the S.F.D.
began operating the Emergency Medical Service for our city. At that time local privately owned ambulance companies were discontinuing their services.
Under Chief Bo Roberts leadership the Fire Dept. obtained a Property
Insurance Association of Louisiana rating of Class 1 in 1998.
When it became Class 1 it was one of 14 fire departments operating Advance
Life Support in the United States that had obtained that ranking.
Click Here to see the Shreveport F.D. Master Plan for the years 2004 to
About Us (Signal 51)
The Signal 51 Group
was formed in 1969 by five local Fire Buffs whose mission was to offer
support to the Fi?e Department of the City of Shreveport. In 2004
we celebrated our 35th year of operation and now have over 20 members.
Our organization is a member of the International Fire Buff Associates,
Inc. (IFBA). The IFBA has over eighty Fire Buff Groups in
the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and many other contries that banned together to further
their ideas, on a common ground in promoting the general welfare of the
fire services and allied emergency services.
always looking for the right kind of person
who might be interested in joining Signal 51. If you live in the
Shreveport area and might be interested, we certainly can use you to
help in carrying out our key mission of assisting with rehab at major emergencies
in our area and supporting the S.F.D. in
other endeavors. Please contact us if you
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The Caddo Parish 9-1-1 District has an "Enhanced 9-1-1
which provides immediate information containing the caller's name,
address, and telephone number. If you hang up, the Communications
Officer will call back!
If the Communications
Officer receives a "9-1-1"
call and no one is on the phone (either the phone is an "open line" or
the caller hangs up), the Communications Officer will attempt to call
the telephone number back to determine if there is an emergency. If no
answer is received, the closest available law enforcement agency will be
dispatched to investigate the call.
Click HERE or on the thumbnail for more about our 9-1-1 System.
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the events that were Captured on this site in the Year 2007
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See the events that were Captured
on this site in the Year 2005.
Included S F D's Hurricane Katrina's Response, a terrible hot air
balloon accident, several serious fires, SFD's Chief, new pumpers and
medic units, and more.
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see our Captured Events during 2005.
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