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Our Thoughts and Prayers

February 20, 2017 - C.E.M.P. joins the many who are mourning the loss of Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer, a longtime member of the Department. Boyer was gunned down while responding to a traffice accident Monday. The suspect is a known, recently paroled gang member, who was also shot and injured by police. Unfortunately the suspect is expected to survive. Boyer was hired by the department in 1989 as hired as a dispatcher, jailer and a reserve officer. He was recently talking about retirement, Chief Jeff Piper said at an emotional news conference Monday afternoon. Boyer’s death is the first for the department since late 1970s. Our sincere condolences to Boyer's family and many friends.

Swim, Bike, Run...Repeat

Sept 17-18, 2016 - C.E.M.P. provided medical support and services for both days of the world famous Malibu Triathlon. The annual event spans two days and includes an international event as well as a celebrity-packed domestic round. Our team joined the unified command, alongside L.A. County Fire Dept., L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., McCormick Ambulance services and L.A. County Lifeguards in keeping the event, participants and spectators safe.

Photo courtesy Santa Clarita Drone Photography

Hiking Griffith Park?

July 18, 2016 - Look for C.E.M.P. this summer at L.A.'s most popular landmark. As part of a continuing, summer-long joint task-force, C.E.M.P. is assisting the Los Angeles City Park Rangers on several fronts; keeping an eye out in Griffith park for safety concerns as people hike in record-breaking heat; watching with a trained eye for any fire hazards or arson attempts; providing medical assistance for anyone in need. We'll be out there weekends (schedule providing), to help the Rangers help you. By the way, remember to bring water when you hike!


This Has To Stop

July 17, 2016 - C.E.M.P. joins all emergency services, nationwide, in mourning the loss of talented, helpful, good police officers. The recent massacres in Dallas and Baton Rouge are just the latest in a string of hateful movements across our country, aimed at law enforcement. As President Obama stated after the latest shooting, "An attack on our police is an attack on all Americans." Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to all those innocent lives affected by these sensless, cowardly shootings.


American Heroes Airshow Huge Success

June 18, 2016 - C.E.M.P. participated in the annual American Heroes Air Show in June. The event was held at the Hansen Dam Recreational area in Sun Valley and was open to the public, free of charge. Agencies from all over Southern California displayed their talent and equipment with static displays, while 36 different emergency crews displayed and demonstrated their helicopter air support units.

The power-charged event runs annually at the dam and draws thousands of spectators. (See our Photos Page for more)


Happy New Year!

January 4, 2016 - C.E.M.P. would like to thank the entire Los Angeles community for helping us help you. Our team wrapped up 2015 with over 12,000 hours of volunteer service. We responded to 37 Critical Missing Person callouts and 18 lighting detail assignments. We supported 9 different law enforcement agencies and divisions. Our team is looking forward to a healthy, productive and safe 2016!


Taking Back The Night

Aug 4, 2015 - C.E.M.P. participated in the annual National Night Out. The yearly event is staged by police departments nationwide to help draw attention away from crime and more toward community involement and peace. Departments host live music, food, entertainment and even a move on the lawn in some parks. C.E.M.P. took part in the Devonshire and West Valley events this year.


Valley Crest Half Marathon

June 14, 2015 - C.E.M.P. provided stand-by medical response for the annual Valley Crest Half Marathon this weekend. Runners gathered in near-record heat for the race, which took place at the Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park, at the southern end of Resenda Blvd. The race is held in early June, and typically has cool, overcast weather, but this year temperatures were topping 100 near the end of the event.


LAFD Air Operations Welcomes C.E.M.P.

January 18, 2015 - Los Angeles City Fire Department's Air Operations were kind enough to offer a training for C.E.M.P. recently. The exclusive introduction to Air Operations was conducted by the elite firefighter/paramedic rescue pilots, who are responsible for saving thousands of lives a year. As the busiest air operations division in the United States, LAFD is not only credited with saving thousands of lives per year, but they also teach and coach other agencies nationwide.


Missing Hikers Found by C.E.M.P.

January 18, 2015 - Late Saturday night, January 17, LAPD's Devonshire station deployed C.E.M.P. on two missing hiker reports in the hills above Chatsworth North Park. Both 18 year-old Hispanic males were reported missing by their families after they lost contact with the boys. Both were using heavy illegal narcotics and were mentally impaired as they continued in the wooded, rugged terrain. Air Operations from L.A. City Fire spotted one of the suspects, but his partner was still missing.

With no help from his friend, who was uncooperative and still under the influence, C.E.M.P. launched a more aggressive ground search, which included K9 units. Around 8am Sunday C.E.M.P. members located the second hiker on the Simi Valley side of the mountain.

Both parties were taken into custody by LAPD and subsequently released to their families.


Latest Missings Found by C.E.M.P.

December 26, 2014 - C.E.M.P. scored two finds in a row this week. LAPD Topanga and Mission Divisions both requested C.E.M.P. for critical missing searches on December 22 and December 26. Within an hour of our team being deployed, both missing persons were located by our team.

On December 22 a missing 75 year-old man was reported missing in the early afternoon hours by his family. Although area hospitals were checked by authorities, C.E.M.P. was able to locate the gentleman in the West Hills Hospital ER. He had no ID on him and was considered a "John Doe" by the Fire Department, who had transported him there.

On December 26 LAPD's Mission Station deployed our team for an 85 year-old missing Asian man. Two of our search dogs tracked Mr. Liong to a restaurant at Sepulveda Blvd. and Chatsworth Ave. where he was found cold and a bit disoriented and with a cut lip. The dogs had picked up his scent where he was last reported seen by a citizen who learned about the missing man on television.

Both parties, who suffer from severe dementia, were returned safely to their families.


Wheels on the Ground - Safety in Mind

May 31, 2014 - C.E.M.P. participated in, and assisted in medical response for the VTAC Auto Show and Safety Fair. The annual event was held in Woodland Hills on Saturday and drew a huge crowd. The idea was to showcase cars, and provide the public with a good overall of safety and emergency prepardness.

The same day C.E.M.P. also provided medical response services to the Copa Ventanilla de Salud (soccer tournament) in South Gate, CA. The crowd of over 8000 people were onhand to see the best of the best in local soccer.


C.E.M.P. Joins Devonshire Open House

May 17, 2014 - C.E.M.P. was onhand for the LAPD Open House at Devonshire Division. The all-day event draws the community together and gives the public a chance to see their department at work. Tours of the jail, free entertaiment, food, displays by various emergency agencies and organizations are all part of the festivities.


A Runner's Guardian Angel

January 12, 2014 - C.E.M.P. provided medical aid and stand by resources several times in the past month. Generic Events' Boney Mountain Trail Race, Dirt Dash, Point Mugu Trail Race and Xterra Trail Race, along with MESP's World Famous Malibu Triathlon and Hermosa Triathlon have been keeping our team busy. C.E.M.P. quite often performs stand-by medical functions for private events as a way to raise funds for equipment and supplies. We also provide medical support to the city (for holiday parades and various festivals) as a public service.


C.E.M.P. Assists in Massive Search

March 27, 2013 - C.E.M.P. was deployed by The LAPD Wednesday, March 27, as part of a large search effort to locate a 10 year-old victim of an apparent kidnapping. The team joined the task force of the LAPD, L.A. County Sherrif Department and FBI in what was a 12-hour county-wide search for the girl. Around 4pm she was located at a strip mall about six miles from where she was taken.

C.E.M.P. later supplied lighting equipment to the agencies to search the suspected locations where the girl was taken.

UPDATE: FBI and LAPD have located both suspects (one in Mexico) and have taken them into custody.


C.E.M.P. Part of Strange Search

November 13, 2012 - C.E.M.P. was deployed by LAPD Hollenback Division Monday night as part of a massive search for an apparent victim of a violent attack. Many credible witnesses reported seeing a male Hispanic drag and attack a young teen Hispanic female into a wooded park in East L.A. For a full night and day teams searched the area of El Sereno park for the victim. Clothing was found, but the girl was never located. The case is still open pending more leads. C.E.M.P. deployed members, many K9s and ground pounders to the scene


C.E.M.P. Assists with Homicide Investigation

August 16, 2012 - C.E.M.P. worked an all-nighter for LAPD Homicide investigators Thursday night. Our team provided lighting for a suspicious death investigation. Police say a girl came home to find her 30yo roommate dead. C.E.M.P. was called out to light the crime scene, as we have a very sophisticated, state-of-the-art lighting system.


Team Assists With Fatality Investigation

June 25, 2012 - C.E.M.P.'s specialized lighting team responded to the aid of the LAPD's Devonshire and Valley Traffic Division Monday night. The team provided vital lighting for an all-night traffic fatality investigation. The crash happened just after 9:30 pm Monday near Parthenia Street and Corbin.

C.E.M.P. regularly provides lighting equipment and generators for the LAPD and Coroner to help with night-time investigations. C.E.M.P. provides hundreds of gallons of fuel for this equipment, at the team's expense.