The call came in over the loud speaker and Capt. Percy Jones of the Los Angeles Fire Department rushed to get his gear on. It was a possible structure fire, the speakers blared, and smoke had reportedly been seen coming from an elevator of a neighborhood building. Fire fighters have to be ready to respond to a call within 60 seconds of receiving it, he said.
The rest of the crew were in the apparatus bay within seconds, and in the truck just as fast. With sirens blazing, the truck left Fire Station 62 and received a cancel call just a few blocks away.
"You have multiple resources heading toward the reported fire," said Jones. "One of the companies got there on the scene early, realized that they could handle it."