LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Fire Department will have more firefighters and paramedics working on the Westside for “Carmageddon II” this weekend, including motorcycle teams capable of weaving through gridlocked traffic in an emergency.
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, whose district includes the affected 10- mile section of the San Diego (405) Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass, said extra personnel will be deployed at three fire stations serving the Mountain Gate community, Encino Hills, Bel-Air, Beverly Glen and West Los Angeles.
“I’m very pleased that the LAFD has once again committed to increasing staffing levels in my geographically isolated communities to ensure my residents will not be put in peril should a significant emergency incident occur during this weekend closure,” Rosendahl said.
“The innovative use of motorcycle teams to respond to emergencies should shave precious minutes off an emergency medical response, and allow for the quick stabilization of a patient prior to the arrival of an ambulance crew.”
The fire department’s motorcycle teams, which include two firefighter/EMTs, will be stationed on both sides of the 405 — notorious for being the world’s busiest freeway. They will also be used to provide traffic reports around the closed section of freeway.
Fire Chief Brian Cummings expressed confidence the extra personnel will ensure “a huge success in managing any impact associated with this project.”
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