Glendale Fire Department
Mission: The mission of the Glendale Fire Department is to protect life and property by providing the highest level of service to the community.
The Glendale Fire Department slogan, “Community First,” exemplifies the department’s commitment to serving the community and dedication to their profession. Fire Chief Greg Fish has been leading the Glendale Fire Department since September 1, 2015.
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The Glendale Fire Department honored newly promoted Battalion Chief Jeffrey Ragusa and Fire Captain Jeffrey Casilli at a promotional ceremony on Monday, July 18, 2016. The ceremony, lead by Fire Chief Fish was held at Fire Station 21 in front of family, friends and city staff. During the ceremony, Chief Ragusa and Captain Casilli received their new rank badge and fire helmet and renewed the Oath of Office.
Congratulation on your promotions Chief Ragusa and Captain Casilli!
The Glendale Fire Department is hiring ambulance operators. Ambulance Operators respond with sworn personnel, providing assistance as needed and transporting patients to local hospitals. Shifts are usually either 12 hours or 24 hours in duration and currently follow the A/B/C platoon model, working 7 days of a 10-day cycle per month. Click here to visit review the job bulletin and apply for the position.
Trying to find a way to beat the heat this summer? Los Angeles County has worked with various agencies throughout the county to establish cooling centers. Cooling centers are designated locations that provide respite from the high temperatures and the impacts of heat. The City of Glendale has partnered with Los Angeles County to offer two Cooling Centers within Glendale:
1. Adult Recreation Center: 201 E. Colorado St.
Glendale, CA 91205, 818-548-3775
Facility Hours: M-Th 8a.m. - 8p.m.
Fri/Sat 8a.m. - 5p.m. Open until 7p.m. during heart wave
Sun 9a.m. - 1p.m. Meals Only. Open until 7p.m.during heat wave
2. Sparr Heights Community Center: 1613 Glencoe Way
Glendale, CA 91208, 818-548-2187
Facility Hours: M-Th 8a.m. - 6p.m. Open till 7p.m. during heat wave.
Fri 8a.m. - 3p.m. Open till 7p.m. during heat wave
Sat/Sun 11a.m. - 7p.m.
3. Pacific Community Center: 501 S. Pacific Ave.
Glendale, CA 91204, 818-548-4098
Facility Hours: M-Th 9a.m. - 9p.m.
Fri/Sat 9a.m. - 5p.m. Open till 7p.m. during heat wave
Sun 11a.m. - 7p.m.
If planning on being outside during the hot weather, there are a few safety tips to remember to protect yourself:
- Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest.
- Drink plenty of fluids even if not thirsty.
- Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun.
- Don't forget about your pets who need plenty of water and shade.
It is also important to know the symptoms of dehydration which include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, get out of the sun, try to increase fluid intake and should the symptoms persist, seek medical attention.
The earthquakes that have rattled parts of Southern California recently serve as an important reminder to all residents, businesses and schools to be prepared for emergencies. To get prepared before an earthquake - a) build an emergency supply kit, b) create a plan, and c) secure your space. During the earthquake, drop, cover, and hold on firmly to sturdy furniture until the ground stops shaking. After the earthquake, follow the plan you created in order to being the recovery process and reconnecting with family. The Glendale Fire Department encourages Glendale residents to be prepared for all disasters including earthquakes.
Rattlesnakes can cause serious injury to humans on rare occasions. The California Poison Control Center notes that rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year with one to two deaths. Most bites occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors. About 25 percent of the bites are “dry,” meaning no venom was injected, but the bites still require medical treatment.
Here are some safety tips to consider when outdoors a) Never go barefoot or wear sandals when walking through wild areas, b) Stick to well-used trails and wear over-the-ankle boots and loss-fitting clothes, c) Never hike alone and d) Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. There are a variety of other tips to keep you safe offered by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Congratulations to the new GFD paramedics
The Glendale Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Paramedics Guy Mc Dermott, Greg Blikian, Grant Hardyment, Jeff Wood, Matt Andrew and Ambulance Operator Dusty Arroyo after a six-month absence on their successfully completion of the UCLA Paramedic Program. This program was a grueling 1,230 hours of intense instruction and hands-on experience. They will immediately use their new skills and knowledge by serving the community and its citizens as paramedics.
GFD welcomes New Ambulance Operators
The Glendale Fire Department would like to congratulate (front row) Geobbe Orteza, Spencer Hammond, Pedro Terrones, Breanna Hope, (back row) Jamie Lozano, Keith Nyeholt, Nicholas Diaz, Jhonatan Saucedo and Alexander Rodriguez on their successful completion of the Ambulance Operator Academy.
Annual Vegetation Management Notification
Over 4,000 residents in the High Fire Hazard Area will be receiving their annual vegetation management notification brochure the week of April 4. The brochure, entitled “Fire Hazard Reduction Guidelines,” provides information about city requirements enforced to protect homes from the threat of wildfire. Abating hazardous vegetation within 100 feet of structures is critical to enhance their survivability and to provide defensible space for firefighters conducting operations during a wildfire. Firefighters will commence inspections on May 1 throughout the hillside and canyon areas of the city. Additional information is available in the Vegetation Management and Weed Abatement Program section of the website.
Verdugo Fire Communications Center
Knowing when to call 9-1-1 for emergency services can possibly save someone’s life. Knowing when NOT to call could also save someone’s life, by not taking precious emergency resources that may be needed for someone with a serious injury or life threatening medical need. The Verdugo Fire Communications Center would like to encourage residents to learn more about calling 9-1-1 by watching the video below.
Glendale Fire Department Response Time
GFD has launched a Mobile App
The Glendale Fire Department has created a new free mobile app to assist residents. The free app, developed by Mobile programming, provides the community with an opportunity to learn about the services offered by the Class I Full-Service Glendale Fire Department.
With the free app, you can:
- Learn and calendar upcoming GFD events
- Request a station visit
- Receive incident updates
- Provide customer feedback regarding GFD services
The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
GFD participates in a Community Paramedic Pilot Program focused on Congestive Heart Failure
Watch the clip below to learn more about the Community Paramedic Program.
The City of Glendale Announces the New GFD Fire Chief
On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the City of Glendale announced the appointment of Greg Fish as its next Fire Chief. Chief Greg Fish replaces Harold Scoggins who left the City of Glendale to become the Fire Chief for the City of Seattle.
Chief Fish began his career with the Glendale Fire Department in 1987 when he was hired as a Firefighter. In 1998, he promoted to the position of Fire Captain. In 2004, he was assigned to the Training & Safety Section of the GFD. He has an extensive history of training recruit Firefighters. In 2007, he promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief where he served in the Operations Section for five years. In 2013, he served as the manager of the Emergency Medical Services Section. In 2014, he assumed the role of Interim Deputy Fire Chief, receiving the official job title in March 2015. He began serving as the Interim Fire Chief in April 2015.
In 1999, Chief Fish began teaching Fire Science courses at Glendale Community College and served as an instructor at what is now the Verdugo Fire Academy.
Chief Fish was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from Verdugo Hills High School, he attended Glendale Community College. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. He is a proud member of the Glendale Kiwanis. He also serves as an associate member on the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. He enjoys his involvement with the Glendale Adventist Medical Center Civic Advisory Board and serves on the Glendale Youth Alliance Board of Directors. He is also an active board member with the Glendale Fire Foundation. Chief Fish enjoys being a guest chef with the GFD Command Staff once a month at Ascencia.
Chief Fish currently lives in Tujunga. He is married to his wife Maureen and they have four daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter.
GFD Engineer Ara Hoonanian
GFD Engineer Gabe Vaca
GFD Firefighter Paramedic Kevin Ku
GFD Services: Watch the More than 9-1-1 video below to learn about all of the services provided by the Glendale Fire Department.