Fire Station No. 30, Engine Company No. 30

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Fire Station No. 30–Engine Company No. 30
Fire Station No. 30 (African American Firefighters Museum).jpg
File:Fire Station No. 30, June 2011
Fire Station No. 30, Engine Company No. 30 is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Fire Station No. 30, Engine Company No. 30
Location 1401 S. Central Ave., South Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°01′41.24″N 118°14′49.82″W / 34.0281222°N 118.2471722°W / 34.0281222; -118.2471722Coordinates: 34°01′41.24″N 118°14′49.82″W / 34.0281222°N 118.2471722°W / 34.0281222; -118.2471722
Architect James Backus, Superintendent of Building, City of Los Angeles
Architectural style Prairie School
Governing body City of Los Angeles
NRHP Reference # 09000148[1]
Added to NRHP March 17, 2009

Fire Station No. 30, Engine Company No. 30 is a historic fire station and engine company in the South Los Angeles area of Los Angeles, California.

The building is now home to the African American Firefighter Museum (AAFFM). The AAFFM features vintage fire equipment and apparatus, memorabilia, histories and photos of pioneering African American firefighters in Los Angeles. Other displays include photos, artifacts and memorabilia of African American firefighters, officers and historical women fire service professionals from around the country. The Museum is open to the public and is strictly volunteer and donation driven.


The two-story structure was designed in the Prairie School style and was built in 1913.[2]

The structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 pursuant to the registration requirements for fire stations set forth in a multiple property submission study, the African Americans in Los Angeles MPS. It was the first of two all-black segregated fire stations in Los Angeles. Fire Station No. 30, and its resident Engine Company No. 30, was segregated in 1924. It remained segregated until 1956 when the Los Angeles Fire Department was integrated. According to the Registration Form supporting the station's listing on the National Register, "All-black fire stations were simultaneous representations of racial segregation and sources of community pride."[2][3]

Other buildings listed pursuant to the same African Americans in Los Angeles MPS include Fire Station No. 14 (the second all-black segregated fire station in Los Angeles), Angelus Funeral Home, Lincoln Theater, Second Baptist Church, 28th Street YMCA, Prince Hall Masonic Temple, 52nd Place Historic District, 27th Street Historic District.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Teresa Grimes and Jay Fantone, Christopher A. Joseph & Associates (June 1, 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Fire Station #30, Engine Company #30". LA Conservancy. 
  3. ^ Teresa Grimes, Christopher A. Joseph & Associates (December 31, 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form for Historic Resources Associated with African Americans in Los Angeles". Retrieved June 11, 2011. 

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