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    California Firefighter Killed After Responding To Fire

    California Firefighter Killed After Responding To Fire

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    LAFD Firefighter Fatality Following Response To Structure Fire


    BRIAN HUMPHREY,PIO
    LAFD Press Release

    It is with great sadness that the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department inform you of the death of an on-duty Los Angeles Firefighter.

    On Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 1251 Hours (12:51 PM PDT) five Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters and one LAFD Rescue Ambulance responded to a reported structure fire at 5716 North Jamieson Avenue in Encino. The first Company arrived quickly to report smoke showing from a one-story wood-frame and stucco single-family dwelling. Firefighters swiftly forced entry and using aggressive and well-coordinated firefighting tactics confined the fire to one of three bedrooms in the northeast corner of the 1,382 square foot home.

    The flames were extinguished in less than 14 minutes. While there was no human injury within the 55 year-old structure, three small animals in the room of fire origin (apparently a rabbit, rat and lizard) succumbed to the smoky blaze. Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated.

    The cause of the blaze is categorized as electrical, and is attributed to a terrarium heater system. When leaving the fire, there was a single vehicle accident near the scene, which caused traumatic injury to one Firefighter. Despite the combined efforts of Firefighters, Paramedics and Hospital Emergency Department personnel, the Firefighter was declared deceased at Tarzana Hospital.

    As dictated by Fire Department policy, a formal and detailed multi-agency investigation is underway to determine the exact cause and manner of the Firefighters death. The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department thank you for your kind words and sentiment at this time of overwhelming sorrow and immense loss. The latest information regarding this incident, as well as details regarding memorial services will be offered via the LAFD website.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...Id=46&id=34104

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    Foster, Jaime L

    Age: 25
    Cause of Death: Struck By/Contact with Object
    Rank: Firefighter
    Nature of Death: Internal Trauma
    Status: Career
    Emergency Duty: Yes

    Incident Date: 08/14/2004
    Duty Type: Fireground Operations
    Incident Time: 14:00
    Activity Type: Other
    Death Date: 08/14/2004
    Fixed Prop. Use: Residential

    Fire Dept. Info:
    Los Angeles Fire Department
    200 N. Main Street
    Suite 1020
    Los Angeles , California 90012-4110
    Chief: William Bamattre

    Initial Summary:
    Following extinguishment and as crews were leaving a residential fire, there was a single vehicle accident near the scene which caused traumatic injury to Firefighter Foster. Despite the combined efforts of Firefighters, Paramedics and Hospital Emergency Department personnel, she was declared deceased at a nearby hospital. A detailed investigation into the exact circumstances of the incident is being conducted.

    Memorial Fund Info:
    Pending

    http://www.usfa.fema.gov/application...eath_year=2004

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    Funeral Services Scheduled for Los Angeles, California Firefighter



    Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Funeral services will take place Friday at downtown's Roman Catholic cathedral for the first Los Angeles firefighter to die in the line of duty since 1998.

    Jaime Foster, 25, of Palmdale was struck and killed by a fire truck Saturday after helping douse a blaze in the San Fernando Valley.

    Foster, who had worked for the Los Angeles Fire Department for just three months, had spent about 15 minutes helping douse a house fire in Encino when she was struck and crushed by a truck leaving the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

    Services will be at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...8&sectionId=39

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    Vigil For California Firefighter Killed On Duty

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    Hero's Farewell for Fallen Los Angeles Rookie

    RICK McCLURE, Captain/Paramedic
    Los Angeles Fire Department


    LOS ANGELES -- On Saturday, August 14, 2004, Jaime L. Foster, a 25 year old rookie Los Angeles Firefighter, became the first female firefighter to die in the line of duty in the department's 118 year history.

    Foster was part of the crew of Light Force 73, stationed in Reseda, California. They had just been released from a small residential fire and were backing the apparatus out of the neighborhood. Jaime was riding on the tailboard of Engine 273, not the hook-and-ladder as stated in numerous other articles.

    Firefighter Foster, believed to have fallen off the tailboard was crushed by the apparatus.

    Firefighters and Paramedics immediately began working on Firefighter Foster and transported her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

    Hundreds of firefighters from as far away as New York as well as numerous law enforcement agencies gathered Friday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles in downtown Los Angeles to mourn the loss of Firefighter Foster.

    Fire Chief William Bamattre told more than 3,000 mourners during a two-hour service, "Though she was with us only a short time, she will leave a lasting legacy." "She is a hero in death, and she was a hero in life. She was the epitome of our motto: Service without self."

    Firefighter Foster's badge, #1021, was retired from service and presented to Foster's mother, Gloria, by Fire Chief Bamattre.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...3&sectionId=39

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    Firefighter Killed After Run Over By Fire Truck

    Foster Becomes First Female Firefighter Killed In LAFD History



    LOS ANGELES -- An investigation was under way Monday into the death of a Los Angeles firefighter crushed under the wheels of a hook-and-ladder truck as she and colleagues were leaving the scene of a house fire in Encino.

    The accident that killed 25-year-old Jaime Foster, who had worked with the fire department three months, occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday.

    Witnesses said they saw Foster standing on the back of the truck as it backed slowly out of the 5700 block of Jamieson Avenue. A few seconds later, her body was on the street.

    Foster, who is believed to have fallen off a running board, was transported to a Tarzana hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

    A Palmdale resident, Foster was the first female firefighter killed in the 133-year history of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

    Her death was the first on-duty death for the department since March 1998, when three firefighters perished in the crash of a helicopter taking a child who had been injured in an accident to Childrens Hospital.

    Mayor Jim Hahn ordered city offices to lower their flags to half-staff in Foster's memory.

    "In a very short time, Firefighter Foster served the city with dignity and courage," Hahn said in a statement. "Her tragic loss will be felt throughout the department and the entire city."

    A memorial consisting of candles and pictures went up Sunday outside the Reseda fire station to which Foster was assigned, Station 73 on Reseda Boulevard.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...5&sectionId=39

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    Report Into Apparatus-Related Death of Los Angeles Firefighter Finds No Fault

    Updated: 11-14-2004 03:47:19 PM

    Los Angeles Fire Department

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The rookie Los Angeles firefighter who was crushed by her own fire engine was not killed because of human error or mechanical problems. That's the finding of a preliminary report into the death of 25-year-old Jaime Foster.

    The Fire Department report says Foster either fell or jumped off the truck and was pinned under the wheel on August 14th.

    Investigators say the incident was most likely an unavoidable accident.

    Foster, who had been with the department for three months, had helped douse a house fire in the San Fernando Valley. Her truck was leaving the neighborhood when it backed over her.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/content/art...6&sectionId=39

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