Fire Captain Severely Injured in Hollywood

These details have been posted on the LAFD News & Information Blog:

“On Friday, October 21, 2005 at 11:55 PM (PDT), nine Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 3 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, one EMS Battalion Captain and one Battalion Chief Officer Command Team under the direction of Assistant Chief John Ware responded to a Fire Investigation with Firefighter Injury at 6855 West Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.

During the investigation of light smoke on the 4th floor of a five story office building, Captain Eric J. Greene, a 28 year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department sustained a severe electric shock while traversing an LAFD aerial ladder being operated near high-voltage power lines.

Captain Greene was pulseless and non-breathing when removed from the ladder by fellow Firefighters.

Firefighters promptly defibrillated their injured colleague, providing immediate basic and advanced life support measures during emergency transport to nearby Kaiser Sunset Hospital.

As of 11:00 AM PDT Saturday morning, Captain Greene remains at that facility in critical condition with stable vital signs.

The source of the smoke that spurred the initial fire investigation has yet to be determined.

As a result of this incident and in accordance with Los Angeles Fire Department protocol, Fire Chief William Bamattre has assembled a multi-disciplinary ‘Significant Incident Investigation Team’ comprised of LAFD members with specialized training, investigative and analytical skills.

A further update regarding this incident and Captain Greene’s status is anticipated by 5:00 PM PDT Saturday afternoon.”

3 thoughts on “Fire Captain Severely Injured in Hollywood”

  1. I just read that at 5:30 p.m. today Capt. Greene is still in critical condition pending transfer to the Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks.

    My prayers are with him.

  2. Thank you for your kind thoughts and words. The public support we receive in such difficult times helps us sharpen our resolve to always go the extra mile in protecting the people of this great City.

    Brian Humphrey
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

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