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Los Angeles County Fire Department
Los Angeles County Fire Department Seal.png
Established 1920
Staffing Combination (Career & Paid Call)
Strength 2,763 uniformed
1,036 other & support
748 lifeguards [1]
Stations 171
Engines 239
Trucks 20
Bulldozers 5
Helicopters 9
Fireboats 2
EMS Level ALS
Fire chief P. Michael Freeman

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), serves unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, as well as 58 cities and towns that choose to have the county provide fire and EMS services, including the City of La Habra, in Orange County. It should not be confused with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, which serves the city of Los Angeles. The county fire department has its headquarters in Commerce.

The department is commanded by Chief P. Michael Freeman, who has two subordinate Chief Deputies. In turn, each Chief Deputy heads either the Emergency Operations or Business Operations of the department.

The department was featured in the 1970s NBC television series Emergency!, which dramatized a department paramedic rescue squad; and before that, in the 1958-1960 syndicated series Rescue 8, with Jim Davis (1909-1981) and Lang Jeffries (1930-1987). Rescue 8 featured heart-warming stories about a rescue squad prior to the practice of squad members also being trained as paramedics. David Hasselhoff's Baywatch series, depicting a glamorous version of the department's lifeguards, was filmed mostly on location at Los Angeles County beaches.

The mission of the Los Angeles County Fire Department is

"To protect lives, the environment and property by providing prompt, skillful and cost-effective fire protection and life safety services."

Contents

History

The Los Angeles County Fire Department began in 1923, 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, small towns and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

County vehicles assigned to the Los Angeles County Fire Department continue to list as registered owner the "County of Los Angeles Fire Protection Districts" on California Department of Motor Vehicles paperwork.

Fire Chiefs

  • Stuart J. Flintham (1920 - 1925)
  • Spence D. Turner (1925 - 1952)
  • Cecil R. Gehr (1952 - 1953)
  • Keith E. Klinger (1953 - 1969)
  • Richard H. Houts (1969 - 1977)
  • Clyde A. Bragdon (1977 - 1982)
  • John Englund (1983 - 1988)
  • P. Michael Freeman (1989 - Present)

Apparatus

Firefighters change a flat tire on a Los Angeles County Fire Department ladder truck in Rancho Palos Verdes
LA County Fire Department's S-70A Fire Hawk during a water drop demonstration at Station 129 in Lancaster, California
Los Angeles County Fire Department S-70A Firehawk rescuing an injured hiker at Devil's Punchbowl near Palmdale, California

LACoFD has 171 Stations which house Engines, Quints, Trucks, Light Forces, Paramedic Squads, ESTs, Water Tenders, Patrols as well as Hazardous Materials Squads and USAR Units.

The department does not transport patients in ground ambulances. Rather, county paramedics provide treatment while privately contracted ambulances provide transportation to the hospital. Patients are carried in the department's helicopters, however.

The department operates some unique units including the Sikorsky S-70A Fire Hawk and the Bell 412, part of their Air Operations Section.

Aircraft

Emergency Operations

The Los Angeles County Fire Department Emergency Operations are commanded by Chief Deputy John Tripp[1]. The four bureaus that the Chief Deputy oversees contain the bulk of the firefighting and rescue personnel and apparatus that the Fire Department provides. Three of the 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 three Operations Bureaus of LACoFD serve 58 cities with 22 Battalions and Nine Field Divisions. Each Division is commanded by an assistant chief, the only exception being the Lifeguard Division, which is led by the Chief Lifeguard. Each bureau has a regional headquarters:

  • North Region Headquarters at station 126 in Santa Clarita.
  • East Region Headquarters at station 118 in Industry.
  • Central Region Headquarters at Station 171 in Inglewood.

North Regional Operations Bureau

Currently commanded by Deputy Chief Mike Metro, and contains three divisions (including the Air and Wildland Division).

Division III

Battalion 4
  • Altadena - 11, 12
  • Kagel Canyon - 74
  • La Canada Flintridge - 19, 82 (Battalion HQ)
  • La Crescenta - 63
  • Pasadena - 66
  • Camp 2, 15
Battalion 6
  • Santa Clarita - 73 (Division HQ), 76, 124, 126 (Battalion HQ), 156
  • Castaic - 149
  • Chatsworth - 75
  • Gorman - 77
  • Camp 9, 12, 14
Battalion 22
  • Agua Dulce - 81 (The Eye of the Storm)
  • Santa Clarita - 104, 107 (Battalion HQ), 108, 111, 123, 132

Division V

Battalion 11
  • Antelope Acres - 112
  • Green Valley - 157
  • Lake Hughes - 78
  • Lancaster - 33 (Battalion HQ), 117, 129, 130, 134, 135
  • Leona Valley - 140
  • Quartz Hill - 84
Battalion 17
  • Acton - 80
  • Lake Los Angeles - 114
  • Little Rock - 92
  • Palmdale - 24 (Battalion HQ), 37, 93, 131, 136
  • Pearblossom - 79
  • Camp 11, 16

Air and Wildland Division

The Air and Wildland Division is commanded by an Assistant Chief, and is composed of two sections: the Fire Suppression Camp Section and the Air Operations Section[2]. This division also oversees the Heavy Equipment and Transportation Units.

Fire Suppression Camp Section

The camp section is divided into two units, one containing the five paid/probation camps (Camps II), and the other containing the five inmate camps (Camps I). Camps I is operated in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Camps I is composed of Camp 11, Camp 13, Camp 14, Camp 16, and Camp 19. Camps II is composed of Camp 2, Camp 8, Camp 9, Camp 12, and Camp 15. Camp 15 is operated in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The camps provide wildland fire suppression for the county, utilizing bulldozers as well as air support.

Air Operations Section

The Air Operations Section consists of eight helicopters which provide air support for medical rescues, search and rescue, and wildland fires. The department has three Sikorsky S-70A Fire Hawk helicopters and five Bell 412 helicopters.[3]. The headquarters for the Air Operations Section is located at Barton Heliport in Pacoima.

Central Regional Operations Bureau

Currently commanded by Deputy Chief Mark J. Bennett[2], and contains four divisions (including the Lifeguard Division).

Division I

Battalion 7
  • Carson - 10 (Battalion HQ), 36, 116, 127
  • Gardena - 95
  • Rancho Dominguez - 105
Battalion 14
  • Two Harbors - 155
  • Avalon - 55
  • Lomita - 6
  • Palos Verdes Estates - 2
  • Rancho Palos Verdes - 83, 53
  • Rolling Hills - 56
  • Rolling Hills Estates - 106 (Battalion HQ)
Battalion 18

Division VI

Battalion 13
  • Florence - 16
  • Huntington Park - 164 (Battalion HQ) & (Division HQ), 165
  • Lynwood - 147, 148
  • South Gate - 54, 57
  • Willowbrook - 41
Battalion 20
  • Los Angeles - 14
  • Inglewood - 170, 171 (Battalion HQ), 172, 173
  • Lennox - 18

Division VII

Battalion 1
Battalion 5
  • Agoura - 65
  • Agoura Hills - 89
  • Calabasas - 67, 68, 125
  • Malibu - 70 (Battalion HQ) & (Division HQ), 71, 72, 88, 99
  • Topanga - 69
  • Westlake Village - 144
  • Camp 8, 13

Lifeguard Division

The Los Angeles County Lifeguards are an entity within the Los Angeles County Fire Department, serving the 72 mile coastline that Los Angeles County shares with the Pacific Ocean. Operating with 132 year-round lifeguards and 650 seasonal lifeguards, they staff 178 lifeguard stations and towers. The lifeguards are EMT trained. The Lifeguard Division is led by Chief Lifeguard Michael Frazer.

The lifeguard service has recently begun to utilize a fleet of modified Ford Escape Hybrids, as response vehicles.

East Regional Operations Bureau

Currently commanded by Deputy Chief Michael Bryant, and contains four divisions.

Division II

Battalion 2
  • Claremont - 62, 101, 102
  • Glendora - 85, 86, 151
  • San Dimas - 64 (Battalion HQ), 141
Battalion 16
  • Azusa - 32, 97
  • Baldwin Park - 29
  • Covina - 152, 153, 154 (Battalion HQ)
  • Duarte - 44
  • Irwindale - 48
  • Camp 19

Division IV

LA County Engine 23, serving the city of Bellflower. Engine 23 has been painted in the latest color scheme, with a reflective yellow stripe down the side and a reflective chevron pattern on the back.
Battalion 8
Battalion 9
  • Bellflower - 23, 98
  • Cerritos - 30 (Battalion HQ) & (Division HQ)
  • Hawaiian Gardens - 34
  • Lakewood - 45, 94, 122
  • Paramount - 31
  • Signal Hill - 60
Battalion 21
  • Cerritos - 35
  • La Habra - 191, 192, 193, 194
  • La Mirada - 49
  • Norwalk - 20, 115
  • Whittier - 15

Division VIII

Battalion 12
  • Hacienda Heights - 91
  • Industry - 43, 87, 118 (Battalion HQ)
  • La Puente - 26
  • Rowland Heights - 145
Battalion 15
  • Pomona - 181 (Battalion HQ), 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 188, 189 (during LACo Fair)
Battalion 19
  • Diamond Bar - 120 (Battalion HQ), 121
  • Pomona - 187
  • Walnut - 61, 146
  • Rowland Heights - 119 (Has Walnut mailing address)

Division IX

Battalion 3
  • Bell - 163
  • Bell Gardens - 39
  • Commerce - 22, 27 (Battalion HQ), 50
  • East Los Angeles - 1, 3
Battalion 10
  • El Monte - 166 (Battalion HQ), 167, 168, 169
  • South El Monte - 90
  • Rosemead - 4, 42
  • San Gabriel - 5
  • Temple City - 47

Special Operations Bureau

Currently commanded by Deputy Chief James Powers, this bureau oversees two divisions.

Technical Operations Division

This division contains the personnel and apparatus for the Urban Search and Rescue team, HAZMAT, Swift Water Rescue, Canine Search Program, and several other programs.

Command and Control Division

This division in essence has two sections, main priority being the "dispatch" section which handles the receiving of 911 calls and the other which is responsible for the coordination of all the communications for the department. This includes the purchase and maintenance of all radios and mobile computers in the apparatus.

Business Operations

The Los Angeles County Fire Department's Business Operations are currently commanded by Chief Deputy Daryl Osby[3], and contain three bureaus: Prevention (which also includes the Department's Forestry Division, Administrative, and Special Services, as well as the Employee Relations Division and Professional Performance Section.

Headquarters

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has its headquarters in Commerce.[4]

The department formerly had its headquarters in the Klinger Center in Commerce.[5][6] The department decided that the center was too small and that the unstable foundation would make the building unsuitable; the center was located on the side of the hill and the shifting foundation was continually damaging the structure. The county developed a new 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) headquarters that was estimated to cost $40-45 million. The official groundbreaking Ceremony was projected to be at least in the northern hemisphere summer of 2006, while the estimated completion date was December 2008. The Klinger Center was scheduled to be demolished after the completion of the new headquarters.[5]

See also


External links

References

  1. ^ http://fire.lacounty.gov/PDFs/StatSummary.pdf
  2. ^ Los Angeles County Fire Department - Air & Wildland - Fire Camps - Who We Are
  3. ^ http://fire.lacounty.gov/AirWildland/AirOpsWhoWeAre.asp
  4. ^ "Fire Reports." Los Angeles County Fire Department. Retrieved on March 12, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "New Headquarters Facility Planned." On The Line. Los Angeles County Fire Department. (northern hemisphere) Winter 2006. 3 (3/20). Retrieved on March 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "Bulletin No. 390-04." Los Angeles County Fire Department. February 2, 2007. Retrieved on March 12, 2010.








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