Los Angeles County Fire Department
Seal of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Patch of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Flag of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
|Country||United States of America|
|Annual calls||329,119 (2013)|
|Annual budget||$1.059 billion (2016)|
|Fire chief||Daryl L. Osby|
|Facilities and equipment|
|Engines||177 frontline (164 staffed, 8 call)
|Wildland||5 – OES Type 3
37 – Patrols
|Fireboats||2 frontline, 1 reserve|
|Light and air||4|
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) provides firefighting services for the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, California, as well as 58 cities, including the city of La Habra which is located in Orange County and is the first city outside of Los Angeles County to contract with LACoFD. As of 2013[update] the department is responsible for just over 4 million residents spread out in over 1.2 million housing units across an area of 2,305 square miles (5,970 km2). According to Firehouse Magazine which keeps statistics on fire departments across the United States, the LACoFD is the 6th busiest department in the US, behind New York City Fire Department, Chicago Fire Department, Houston Fire Department, Los Angeles City Fire Department, and Dallas Fire Department. The department is commanded by Chief Daryl L. Osby with an annual budget of $939 million.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department began in 1920, and was known as the Los Angeles County Forestry Department and Los Angeles County Fire Protection Districts. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors enlisted Stuart J. Flintham to lead the new department, and directed him to establish a program for fire prevention and firefighting in the county. He succeeded in opening 30 Fire Protection Districts, which served, and continue to serve, towns and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Cities could choose to join the Fire Protection District by allocating property tax for this service. Cities formed as contract cities in the post-World War II period normally retained membership in the Fire Protection District. Following the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, property taxes were capped at 1% and the Fire Department charged cities fees for services when annexation occurred. Properties within the district that are not covered under a fee for service arrangement also pay a special fire tax as a result of Proposition E, passed in 1997.
County vehicles assigned to the Los Angeles County Fire Department continue to list as registered owner the "Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County" on California Department of Motor Vehicles paperwork.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department Emergency Operations are commanded by Chief David R. Richardson. The 4 Bureaus that the Chief Deputy oversees contain the bulk of the firefighting and rescue personnel and apparatus that the Fire Department provides, as well as the Technical Services Division. The 3 Operations Bureaus consist of the neighborhood fire stations and camps that are geographically based, while the fourth bureau has specialized teams that respond throughout the county. The 3 Operations Bureaus of LACoFD serve 58 cities with 22 Battalions and 9 Divisions. Each Division is commanded by an assistant chief, the only exception being the Lifeguard Division, which is led by the Chief Lifeguard.
Fire suppression campsEdit
The LACoFD has 8 fire camps with handcrews which are used for both fire prevention and wildland firefighting. In 2013, to help combat jail crowding as well as increase time served by serious criminal offenders, Los Angeles County sent more than 500 inmates to firefighting camps in mountain and foothill areas. Inmates assigned to the camps are nonviolent offenders who have completed physical and security screenings. They are trained by county firefighters to help fight fires and assist with clearing brush and debris. The camps are run in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Los Angeles County Probation Department.
The Los Angeles County Lifeguards are an entity within the Los Angeles County Fire Department, serving the 72 miles (116 km) coastline that Los Angeles County shares with the Pacific Ocean. As of 2013[update] the division employed 151 year-round lifeguards with an additional 630 seasonal lifeguards for the busy summers. These personnel staff the 159 lifeguard towers and 23 stations. All lifeguards are EMT certified and have training in rescue boat operations as well as swift water rescue.
The LACoFD sponsors one of the eight FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces in California. The team is made up of members of the department that have been through additional training in search and rescue in damaged or collapsed structures as well as in areas that have sustained significant flooding.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department utilizes a wide array of fire apparatus, including Engines, Quints, Trucks, Light Forces (Two-piece companies consisting of a Quint or Truck paired with an Engine that responds together as a single resource), Paramedic Rescue Squads, Water Tenders, Patrols as well as Hazardous Materials Squads and US&R Units. County Fire Apparatus are painted reddish-orange as opposed to Los Angeles City Fire Department which are fire engine red.
While many modern fire departments have opted to go with trucks/quints that have rear-mounted ladders, the LACoFD has chosen to stay with tiller trucks because of their enhanced maneuverability in tight areas. The benefit of a quint is that it also has a built in pump and water tank and can thus operate without an engine.
The LA County Fire Department has 9 helicopters available for search and rescue as well as aerial firefighting. With the exception of Copter 10 which is used primarily for command purposes, all copters are outfitted with water drop tanks for aerial firefighting and hoist for rescue. The headquarters for the Air Operations Section is located at Barton Heliport, next to Whiteman Airport in Pacoima.
- Three Sikorsky S-70A Firehawks Copter 15, Copter 16 and Copter 19, are each capable of transporting up to 4 patients and are fitted with 1,000 US gallons (3,800 L) tanks.
- One Bell 412 Copter 12 can transport up to 2 patients and is fitted with a 360 US gallons (1,400 L) tank.
- Two Bell 412EP Copter 11 and Copter 14 can transport 2 critical patients and are outfitted with 360 US gallons (1,400 L) tanks.
- Two Bell 412HP Copter 17 and Copter 18 can transport 2 critical patients and are outfitted with 360 US gallons (1,400 L) tanks.
- One Bell 412 Copter 10 is used as a command platform and for mapping of a fire scene.
Paramedic Rescue SquadsEdit
The department provides Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency care through the use of 2-person paramedic squads. These units carry both basic and advanced life support equipment, forcible entry tools, rotary and chainsaws and other emergency equipment. Squads are staffed by 2 paramedic firefighters. The department also has several Heavy Squads. Heavy Squads carry all the same equipment as the regular squads, they also carry additional equipment for Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI), such as 14 backboards, extra oxygen and additional medical supplies.
The department does not transport patients via ground ambulances but contracts with Care Ambulance Service, American Medical Response, Cole-Schaefer Ambulance Service, and McCormick Ambulance  to provide medical transport.
Stations and apparatusEdit
As of February 2015[update] this is the current breakdown of the LACoFD apparatus and stations. It is collated from multiple sources including FireDepartment
|1||East Los Angeles||Engine 1||9||3|
|2||Palos Verdes Estates||Engine 2||Squad 2||1||14|
|3||East Los Angeles||Engine 3||Quint 3||Squad 3||9||3|
|4||Rosemead||Engine 4||Quint 4||9||10|
|5||San Gabriel||Engine 5||9||10|
|6||Lomita||Engine 6||Squad 6||1||14|
|7||West Hollywood||Engine 7||Squad 7||Battalion 1||7||1|
|8||West Hollywood||Engine 8
|Quint 8||Squad 8||7||1|
|10||Carson||Engine 10||Foam 10, Battalion 7||1||7|
|11||Altadena||Engine 11||Squad 11||3||4|
|14||Los Angeles||Engine 14||Squad 14||6||20|
|16||Los Angeles||Engine 16 Engine 9||Squad 16||6||13|
|18||Inglewood||Paramedic Engine 18||6||20|
|19||La Cañada Flintridge||Engine 19||Squad 19||3||4|
|20||Norwalk||Engine 20||Quint 20||Squad 20||4||21|
|21||Lawndale||Engine 21||Squad 21||1||18|
|24||Palmdale||Engine 24||Quint 24||5||17|
|25||Pico Rivera||Engine 25||(Light 25)[I 1]||4||8|
|26||La Puente||Engine 26||Squad 26||8||12|
|27||Commerce||Engine 27||Quint 27||Battalion 3||9||3|
|28||Whittier||Engine 28||Quint 28||Squad 28||Battalion 8||4||8|
|29||Baldwin Park||Engine 29||Quint 29||Squad 29||2||16|
|30||Cerritos||Engine 30||Quint 30||Squad 30||Battalion 9||4||9|
|31||Paramount||Engine 31||Quint 31||Squad 31||4||9|
|32||Azusa||Engine 32||Squad 32||2||16|
|33||Lancaster||Engine 33||Quint 33||Squad 33||Battalion 11||5||11|
|34||Hawaiian Gardens||Engine 34||4||9|
|37||Palmdale||Engine 37||Squad 37||5||17|
|38||View Park||Engine 38||7||1|
|39||Bell Gardens||Engine 39||Squad 39||9||3|
|40||Pico Rivera||Engine 40||Squad 40||4||8|
|41||Los Angeles||Engine 41||Squad 41||6||13|
|43||Industry||Engine 43||HazMat 43||8||12|
|45||Lakewood||Engine 45||Quint 45||Squad 45||4||9|
|47||Temple City||Engine 47||Squad 47||9||10|
|49||La Mirada||Engine 49||Squad 49||Battalion 21||4||21|
|50||Commerce||Engine 50||Squad 50||9||3|
|51||Universal City||Engine 51||Squad 51||Patrol 51||7||1|
|53||Rancho Palos Verdes||Engine 53||1||14|
|54||South Gate||Engine 54||Squad 54||6||13|
|55 [I 2]||Avalon||Engine 55
|56||Palos Verdes Peninsula||Engine 56||Patrol 56||1||14|
|57||South Gate||Engine 57||6||13|
|58||Ladera Heights||Engine 58||Squad 58||7||1|
|60||Signal Hill||Paramedic Engine 60||4||9|
|61||Walnut||Engine 61||Squad 61||8||19|
|62||Claremont||Engine 62||Patrol 62||2||2|
|63||La Crescenta||Engine 63||3||4|
|64||San Dimas||Engine 64||Quint 64||Squad 64||Battalion 2||2||2|
|65||Agoura Hills||Engine 65||Patrol 65||7||5|
|66||Pasadena||Engine 66||Patrol 66||3||4|
|67||Calabasas||Engine 67||Patrol 67||7||5|
|68||Calabasas||Engine 68||Squad 68||7||5|
|69||Topanga||Engine 69||Patrol 69||7||5|
|70||Malibu||Engine 70||Patrol 70||Battalion 5, Utility 5, Water Tender 70, Swiftwater 70||7||5|
|71||Malibu||Engine 71||Squad 71||Patrol 71||7||5|
|72||Malibu||Engine 72||Patrol 72||7||5|
|73||Newhall||Engine 73||Squad 73||Patrol 73||Water Tender 73||3||6|
|74||Kagel Canyon||Engine 74||Patrol 74||3||4|
|75||Chatsworth||Engine 75||Patrol 75||3||6|
|76||Valencia||Engine 76||Patrol 76||3||6|
|77||Gorman||Engine 77||Patrol 77||3||6|
|78[I 3]||Lake Hughes||Engine 78||Patrol 78||5||11|
|79||Pearblossom||Engine 79||Patrol 79||5||17|
|80||Acton||Engine 80||Patrol 80||Water Tender 80||5||17|
|81||Agua Dulce||Engine 81||Patrol 81||3||22|
|82||La Cañada Flintridge||Engine 82
|Quint 82[I 4]||Patrol 82||Battalion 4||3||4|
|83||Rancho Palos Verdes||Engine 83||Patrol 83||1||14|
|85||Glendora||Engine 85||EST 85||2||2|
|87||La Puente||Engine 87||8||12|
|88||Malibu||Engine 88||Squad 88||7||5|
|89||Agoura Hills||Engine 89||Squad 89||7||5|
|90||South El Monte||Engine 90||Squad 90||9||10|
|91||Hacienda Heights||Engine 91||Patrol 91||8||12|
|92||Littlerock||Engine 92||Squad 92||Patrol 92||5||17|
|93||Palmdale||Engine 93||Battalion 17||5||17|
|94||Lakewood||Engine 94||EST 94||4||9|
|97||Azusa||Engine 97||Patrol 97||2||16|
|98||Bellflower||Engine 98||Squad 98||4||9|
|99||Malibu||Engine 99||Patrol 99||7||5|
|101||Claremont||Engine 101||Squad 101||2||2|
|102||Claremont||Engine 102||Patrol 102||2||2|
|103||Pico Rivera||Engine 103||USAR 103, Heavy Rescue 103, Rescue Tender 103||4||8|
|105||Rancho Dominguez||Engine 105||HazMat 105||1||7|
|106||Rolling Hills Estates||Engine 106||Quint 106||Squad 106||Patrol 106||Battalion 14||1||14|
|107||Canyon Country||Engine 107||Squad 107||3||22|
|108||Santa Clarita||Engine 108||3||22|
|110||Marina Del Rey||Engine 110||Quint 110||7||1|
|111||Saugus||Engine 111||Squad 111||3||22|
|112[I 5]||Antelope Acres||Engine 112||5||11|
|114||Lake Los Angeles||Engine 114||Patrol 114||5||17|
|115||Norwalk||Engine 115||Mobile Air 115||4||21|
|116||Carson||Engine 116||Quint 116||Squad 116||1||7|
|117||Lancaster||Engine 117||Water Tender 117||5||11|
|118||Industry||Engine 118||Quint 118||Squad 118||8||12|
|119||Walnut||Engine 119||Squad 119||8||19|
|120||Diamond Bar||Engine 120||Patrol 120||Water Tender 120, Battalion 19||8||19|
|121||Diamond Bar||Engine 121||8||19|
|123||Santa Clarita||Engine 123||Patrol 123||3||22|
|124||Stevenson Ranch||Engine 124||Squad 124||3||6|
|125||Calabasas||Engine 125||Quint 125||Foam 125||7||5|
|126||Valencia||Engine 126||Quint 126||Battalion 6||3||6|
|127||Carson||Engine 127||Quint 127[I 6]||1||7|
|128||Santa Clarita||Engine 128||Patrol 128||Water Tender 128||3||22|
|HazMat 129, Mobile Air 129||5||11|
|130||Lancaster||Engine 130||Squad 130||Water Tender 130, USAR Trailer 130||5||11|
|131||Palmdale||Engine 131||Squad 131||5||17|
|132||Santa Clarita||Engine 132||Patrol 132||3||22|
|134||Lancaster||Engine 134||Squad 134||5||11|
|135||Lancaster||Engine 135||Squad 135||5||11|
|136||Palmdale||Engine 136||USAR 136, Rescue Tender 136||5||17|
|140||Leona Valley[I 7]||Engine 140||5||11|
|141||San Dimas||Engine 141||2||2|
|143[I 8]||Castaic||Engine 143||3||6|
|144||Westlake Village||Engine 144||Patrol 144||Water Tender 144||7||5|
|145||Rowland Heights||Engine 145||EST 145, Battalion 12||8||12|
|147||Lynwood||Quint 147||Squad 147||6||13|
|149||Castaic||Engine 149||Squad 149||3||4|
|150||Santa Clarita||Engine 150||HazMat 150, Battalion 22||3||22|
|151||Glendora||Engine 151||Squad 151||2||2|
|154||Covina||Engine 154||Squad 154||Battalion 16||2||16|
|155 [I 9]||Avalon||Engine 155||Patrol 155||1||14|
|157||Green Valley[I 10]||Engine 157||5||11|
|158||Gardena||Quint 158||Squad 158||1||18|
|161||Hawthorne||Quint 161||Squad 161||Battalion 18, Utility 18||1||18|
|163||Bell||Engine 163||Squad 163||9||3|
|164||Huntington Park||Engine 164||Quint 164||Squad 164||Battalion 13, Utility 13||6||13|
|165||Huntington Park||Engine 165||Mobile Air 165||6||13|
|166||El Monte||Quint 166||Battalion 10, Utility 10||9||10|
|167||El Monte||Engine 167||Squad 167||9||10|
|168||El Monte||Engine 168||9||10|
|169||El Monte||Engine 169||9||10|
|170||Inglewood||Engine 170||Quint 170[I 11]||6||20|
|171||Inglewood||Engine 171||Squad 171||Battalion 20, Utility 20||6||20|
|172||Inglewood||Engine 172||Squad 172||6||20|
|173||Inglewood||Engine 173||Squad 173||6||20|
|183||Pomona||Engine 183||Squad 183||8||15|
|184||Pomona||Engine 184||Squad 184||8||15|
|185||Pomona||Engine 185||Quint 185[I 12]||Battalion 15, Utility 15||8||15|
|191||La Habra||Engine 191||Squad 191||4||21|
|192||La Habra||Engine 192||4||21|
|193||La Habra||Engine 193||4||21|
|194||La Habra||Engine 194||4||21|
- seems to be out of service, not yet confirmed
- Call Fire Fighters
- supplemented by Call Fire Fighters directly responding to scene
- Quint 82 and Two-Man-Engine 282 team up as Light Force 82
- Call Fire Fighters
- Quint 127 and Two-Man-Engine 127 team up as Light Force 127
- Call Fire Fighters
- opened 2016-10-01
- Call Fire Fighters
- Call Fire Fighters
- Quint 170 and Two-Man-Engine 170 team up as Light Force 170
- Quint 185 and Engine 185 team up as Light Force 185
In popular cultureEdit
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has been featured in multiple different television series.
- Rescue 8 – The syndicated series of the late 1950s focused on Rescue Squad 8 and starred Jim Davis and Lang Jeffries.
- Emergency! – The NBC series of the 1970s dramatized a department paramedic rescue squad, popularly credited for encouraging the widespread adaptation of the medical service. The exterior fire station scenes for the fictional station 51 in the series were shot at county fire station 127. It is now called the Robert A. Cinader Memorial Fire Station in honor of the television producer who made the station famous. In addition, the fire station in Universal City, where Universal Pictures is located, who produced the series, is designated Station 51.
- Baywatch – The NBC series starring David Hasselhoff focused on the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, a division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles.
- Grand Theft Auto V – The fictional Los Santos County Fire Department is based on the LACoFD.
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