Los Angeles County Fire Department
Seal of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Flag of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Patch 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|
|Wildland||6 – Type 3
30 – Patrols
|Light and air||4|
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical 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, 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.
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 camps
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(Combination of an Engine and a Quint), Paramedic Rescue Squads, Water Tenders, Patrols as well as Hazardous Materials Squads and USAR 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 separate 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 206 B3 Copter 10 is used as a command platform and for mapping of a fire scene.
Paramedic Rescue Squads
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 Ambulance, Cole-Schaefer Ambulance Service, and McCormick Ambulance to provide medical transport.
Stations and apparatus
|1||East Los Angeles||Engine 1||Foam 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, Utility 1, Battalion 507||7||1|
|8||West Hollywood||Engine 8
|Truck 8[I 1]||Squad 8||7||1|
|10||Carson||Engine 10||Foam 10, Battalion 7, Utility 7||1||7|
|11||Altadena||Engine 11||Squad 11
|14||Los Angeles||Engine 14||Squad 14||6||20|
|16||Los Angeles||Engine 16
Engine 9[I 2]
|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||4||8|
|26||La Puente||Engine 26||Squad 26||8||12|
|27||Commerce||Engine 27||Quint 27||Battalion 3, Utility 3||9||3|
|28||Whittier||Engine 28||Quint 28||Squad 28||Battalion 8, Utility 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||Water Tender 32||2||16|
|33||Lancaster||Engine 33||Quint 33||Squad 33||Battalion 11, Utility 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
|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|
|Patrol 44||Water Tender 44||2||16|
|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, Utility 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 3]||Avalon||Engine 55
|Squad 55||Patrol 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, Utility 2||2||2|
|65||Agoura Hills||Engine 65||Patrol 65||7||5|
|67||Calabasas||Engine 67||Patrol 67||7||5|
|68||Calabasas||Engine 68||Squad 68||7||5|
Engine 269[I 4]
|70||Malibu||Engine 70||Patrol 70||Battalion 5, Utility 5, Water Tender 70||7||5|
Engine 271[I 5]
|Squad 71||Patrol 71||7||5|
|72||Malibu||Engine 72||Patrol 72||7||5|
|73||Newhall||Engine 73||Squad 73||Patrol 73||Foam 73, Water Tender 73||3||6|
|74||Kagel Canyon||Engine 74||Patrol 74||Water Tender 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 6]||Lake Hughes||Engine 78||Patrol 78||5||11|
Engine 279[I 7]
|80||Acton||Engine 80||Patrol 80||Water Tender 80, Water Rescue 80||5||17|
|81||Santa Clarita||Engine 81||Patrol 81||Water Tender 81||3||22|
|82||La Cañada Flintridge||Engine 82
|Quint 82[I 8]||Patrol 82||Battalion 4, Utility 4, Battalion 582||3||4|
|83||Rancho Palos Verdes||Engine 83
|84||Lancaster||Engine 84||Squad 84||Patrol 84||5||11|
|85||Glendora||Engine 85||OES 8135||EST 85||2||2|
|87||La Puente||Engine 87||Water Rescue 87, Deluge 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, Utility 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
Collapse Rescue 103, Rescue Tender 103
Water Rescue 103
|105||Rancho Dominguez||Engine 105||HazMat 105, Deluge 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||Patrol 107||3||22|
|108||Santa Clarita||Engine 108||3||22|
|110||Marina Del Rey||Engine 110||Quint 110||Boat 110, Boat 310||7||1|
|111||Saugus||Engine 111||Squad 111||3||22|
|112||Antelope Acres||Engine 112||5||11|
|114||Palmdale||Engine 114||Patrol 114||5||17|
|115||Norwalk||Engine 115||Mobile Air Unit 115||4||21|
|116||Carson||Engine 116||Truck 116||Squad 116||1||7|
|117||Lancaster||Engine 117||Water Tender 117||5||11|
|118||Industry||Engine 118||Truck 118||Squad 118||MIRV 118, Utility 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|
|122||Lakewood||Engine 122||Water Rescue 122||4||9|
|123||Santa Clarita||Engine 123||Patrol 123||3||22|
|124||Stevenson Ranch||Engine 124||Squad 124||3||6|
|125||Calabasas||Engine 125||Quint 125||7||5|
|126||Valencia||Engine 126||Quint 126||Battalion 6, Utility 6||3||6|
|127||Carson||Engine 127||Truck 127[I 9]||Foam 127||1||7|
|128||Santa Clarita||Engine 128||3||22|
|HazMat 129, Heli-tender 129
Mobile Light & Air 129
|130||Lancaster||Engine 130||USAR 130, USAR Tender 130||5||11|
|131||Palmdale||Engine 131||Squad 131||5||17|
|132||Santa Clarita||Engine 132||3||22|
|134||Lancaster||Engine 134||Squad 134||Water Tender 134||5||11|
|135||Lancaster||Engine 135||Squad 135||MIRV 135, Medic Ambulance 135||5||11|
|136||Palmdale||Engine 136||Water Tender 136||5||17|
|141||San Dimas||Engine 141||2||2|
|144||Westlake Village||Engine 144||Patrol 144||Water Tender 144||7||5|
|145||Rowland Heights||Engine 145||Battalion 12, Utility 12||8||12|
|149||Castaic||Engine 149||Squad 149||Patrol 149||3||4|
|150||Santa Clarita||Engine 150||HazMat 150,[I 10] Battalion 22||3||22|
|151||Glendora||Engine 151||Squad 151||2||2|
|154||Covina||Engine 154||Squad 154||Battalion 16, Utility 16||2||16|
|155 [I 11]||Avalon||Engine 155||Patrol 155||1||14|
|158||Gardena||Engine 158||Squad 158||1||18|
|161||Hawthorne||Engine 161||Squad 161||Battalion 18, Utility 18||1||18|
|162||Hawthorne||Engine 162||Quint 162||1||18|
|163||Bell||Engine 163||Squad 163||9||3|
|164||Huntington Park||Engine 164||Truck 164||Squad 164||Battalion 13, Utility 13||6||13|
|165||Huntington Park||Engine 165||Mobile Air & Light 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||Truck 170[I 12]||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||Battalion 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|
- Truck 8 and One-Man-Engine 208 team up as Light Force 8
- Engine 9 is former Engine 216, renumbered in honor of Fire Fighter Specialist Jim Howe of former Engine 9
- Call Fire Fighters
- staffed by Call Fire Fighters
- staffed by Call Fire Fighters, stationed at Corral Canyon
- supplemented by Call Fire Fighters directly responding to scene
- staffed by Call Fire Fighters
- Quint 82 and Two-Man-Engine 282 team up as Light Force 82
- Truck 127 and One-Man-Engine 127 team up as Light Force 127
- former HazMat 76
- Call Fire Fighters
- Truck 170 and Two-Man-Engine 170 team up as Light Force 170
In popular culture
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. The exterior fire station scenes for the show were shot at county fire station 127.
- Baywatch – The NBC series starring David Hasselhoff focused on the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles.
- Grand Theft Auto V – The fictional Los Santos County Fire Department is based on the LACoFD.
- Heninger Flats
- Los Angeles County Lifeguards – division of the LACoFD focused on patrolling the beaches of Los Angeles County
- PulsePoint – Application used by the LACoFD
- The Stentorians
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- "Air Operations". Code 2. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
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- "AMR Los Angeles County". American Medical Response. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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- "Rescue 8". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
- "Q & A with Randolph Mantooth". route51.com. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014.
- Carter, Bill (1995-07-03). "Media: TELEVISION; Stand aside, CNN. America's No. 1 TV export is – no scoffing, please – 'Baywatch.". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-10.
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