Los Angeles County Fire Department
|Annual calls||394,585 (2017)|
|Annual budget||$1.150 billion (2017)|
|Fire chief||Daryl L. Osby|
|EMS level||BLS & ALS|
|Facilities and equipment|
|Engines||171 frontline (staffed & call)|
|Wildland||5 – OES Type 3 |
34 – Patrols
|Fireboats||2 frontline, 1 reserve|
|Light and air||4|
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) provides firefighting and emergency medical services for the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, California, as well as 59 cities through contracting, 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). The department is commanded by Chief Daryl L. Osby and has an annual budget of $1.15 Billion. According to Firehouse magazine, the LACoFD is the 4th busiest department in the US, behind New York City Fire Department, Chicago Fire Department, and Los Angeles City Fire Department. The Department responded to 394,585 calls for service in 2017. The LACoFD has been featured several times in popular culture, including the 1970s NBC TV series Emergency! and the 1950s TV series Rescue 8.
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 Deputy David R. Richardson. The 4 Bureaus that the Chief Deputy oversees contain the bulk of the uniformed firefighting 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 59 cities and all unincorporated communities with 22 Battalions and 9 Divisions. Each Division is commanded by an assistant chief who is the Division Commander and each Battalion is commanded by a Battalion Chief who is the Battalion Commander. Each Bureau is commanded by a Deputy Chief who is the Bureau Commander. There are 2 Engine Companies at some fire stations. There are Medic Engines and PAU Engines. Fire Station 127 is the famous Emergency! Fire Station and it was designated Station 51 and it is named The Robert A. Cinader Station in honor of the man who made Emergency! famous.
Fire suppression camps
The LACoFD has 10 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.
•Battalion Chief (Battalion Commander)
•Assistant Chief (Division Commander)
•Deputy Chief (Bureau Commander)
The Los Angeles County Fire Department utilizes a wide array of firefighting apparatus, including Engines, Quints, Trucks, Light Forces (Engine + Quint or Truck), Patrol units, and Water Tenders. Support apparatus include Rescue Squads, Hazardous Materials Squads, and Urban Search & Rescue Squads. LACoFD apparatus are painted reddish-orange as opposed to LAFD apparatus, 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 Tiller trucks carry fire suppression tools and medical equipment as well as specialized rescue equipment for responses to a variety of emergencies.
The LA County Fire Department has 10 helicopters available for 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. The headquarters for the Air Operations Section is located at Barton Heliport, next to Whiteman Airport in Pacoima.
- Five Sikorsky S-70A/S-70i Firehawks Copter 15, Copter 16, Copter 19, Copter 21, and Copter 22 are fitted with 1,000 US gallons (3,800 L) tanks.
- One Bell 412 Copter 12 is fitted with a 360 US gallons (1,400 L) tank.
- Two Bell 412EP Copter 11 and Copter 14 are outfitted with 360 US gallons (1,400 L) tanks.
- Two Bell 412HP Copter 17 and Copter 18 are outfitted with 360 US gallons (1,400 L) tanks.
Stations and apparatus
Some Stations have 2 engines. Engines with a 4+station number are cross-staffed Type 3 wildland engines.
|Fire Station or Camp Number or Heliport||City/unincorporated area||Engine Company||Quint Company, Truck Company, or Light Force Units||Squad Company||Patrol unit||Other units||cross-staffed special units||Division||Battalion|
|1||East Los Angeles||Engine 1||Foam 1
Fuel Tender 1
|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||Assistant 9||9||10|
|5||San Gabriel||Engine 5||9||10|
|6||Lomita||Engine 6||Squad 6||1||14|
|7||West Hollywood||Paramedic Engine 7||Squad 7||Battalion 1
|8||West Hollywood||Engine 8||Light Force 8||Squad 8||7||1|
|10||Carson||Engine 10||Squad 10||Battalion 7
|11||Altadena||Engine 11||Squad 11||3||4|
|13||Vernon||Engine 13||Truck 13||Squad 13||6||13|
|14||Los Angeles||Paramedic Engine 14||Squad 14||6||20|
|16||Los Angeles||Engine 16 Engine 9[a]||Squad 16||6||13|
|18||Lennox||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||ESU 21||1||18|
|24||Palmdale||Engine 24||Quint 24||5||17|
|25||Pico Rivera||Engine 25||4||8|
|26||La Puente||Engine 26||Squad 26||8||12|
|27||Commerce||Engine 27||Quint 27||Battalion 3
|28||Whittier||Engine 28||Quint 28||Squad 28||Battalion 8
|29||Baldwin Park||Engine 29||Quint 29||Squad 29||2||16|
|30||Cerritos||Engine 30||Quint 30||Squad 30||Battalion 9
|31||Paramount||Engine 31||Quint 31||Squad 31||4||9|
|32||Azusa||Engine 32||Squad 32||Water Tender 32, MCI 32||2||16|
|33||Lancaster||Medic Engine 33
|Quint 33||Squad 33||Patrol 84||Battalion 11
Utility 11 AP-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||Willowbrook||Engine 41||Squad 41||6||13|
|43||Industry||Engine 43||HazMat 43
Haz Mat Tender 43
|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
|50||Commerce||Engine 50||Squad 50||3|
|51||Universal City||Engine 51||Quint 51||Squad 51||Patrol 51||7||1|
|53||Rancho Palos Verdes||Engine 53||1||14|
|54||South Gate||Engine 54||Squad 54||RAC 54||6||13|
|56||Rolling Hills||Engine 56||Patrol 56||1||14|
|57||South Gate||Engine 57||6||13|
|58||Ladera Heights||Engine 58||Squad 58||7||1|
|59||Whittier||Paramedic Engine 59||4||8|
|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
|65||Agoura Hills||Engine 65||Patrol 65||7||5|
|66||Pasadena||Engine 66||Patrol 66||3||4|
|67||Monte Nido||Engine 67||Patrol 67||7||5|
|68||Calabasas||Engine 68||Squad 68||7||5|
|69||Topanga||Engine 69, Engine 269[b]||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 Engine 271[c]||Squad 71||Patrol 71||7||5|
|72||Malibu||Engine 72||Patrol 72||7||5|
|73||Newhall||Engine 73||Squad 73||Patrol 73||Foam 73, Swiftwater 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|
|Patrol 77||Helitender 7||3||6|
|78[d]||Lake Hughes||Engine 78||Patrol 78||5||11|
|79||Pearblossom||Engine 79, Engine 279[e]||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||Lightforce 82||Patrol 82||Battalion 4
|83||Rancho Palos Verdes||Engine 83||Patrol 83||1||14|
|84||Quartz Hill||Engine 84||Squad 84||5||11|
|87||Industry||Engine 87||Squad 87||MAL87, Swift 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||Squad 93||Battalion 17
Utility 17 AP-17
|97||Azusa||Engine 97||Patrol 97||2||16|
|98||Bellflower||Engine 98||Squad 98||4||9|
|99||Malibu||Engine 99||Patrol 99||7||5|
|100||Hermosa Beach||Engine 100||Squad 100||1||18|
|101||Claremont||Engine 101||Squad 101||2||2|
|102||Claremont||Engine 102||Patrol 102||2||2|
|103||Pico Rivera||Paramedic Engine 103||USAR 103, Heavy Rescue 103, Rescue Tender 103, Swiftwater 103||4||8|
|105||Rancho Dominguez||Engine 105||HazMat 105
Haz Mat Tender 105
|106||Rolling Hills Estates||Engine 106||Quint 106||Squad 106||Patrol 106||Battalion 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||Boat 110, Boat 310, Boat 510||7||1|
|111||Saugus||Engine 111||Squad 111||3||22|
|112[f]||Antelope Acres||Engine 112||5||11|
|114||Lake Los Angeles||Engine 114 Engine 314||Patrol 114||5||17|
|115||Norwalk||Engine 115||Squad 115||4||21|
|116||Carson||Engine 116||Quint 116||Squad 116||1||7|
|117||Lancaster||Engine 117 Engine 317[g]||Water Tender 117||5||11|
|118||Industry||Engine 118||Quint 118||Squad 118||MIRV 118||8||12|
|119||Diamond Bar||Engine 119||Squad 119||8||19|
|120||Diamond Bar||Engine 120||Patrol 120||Water Tender 120, Battalion 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|
|126||Valencia||Engine 126||Quint 126||Battalion 6, Utility 6, Incident Command Post 1||RAC 126||3||6|
|127[h]||Carson||Quint 127||Foam 127||1||7|
|128||Santa Clarita||Engine 128||Patrol 128||Water Tender 128||3||22|
|129||Lancaster||Engine 129||Mobile Air 129, Helitender 1||5||11|
|130||Lancaster||Engine 130||Squad 130||Water Tender 130||5||11|
|131||Palmdale||Engine 131||Squad 131||5||17|
|132||Santa Clarita||Engine 132
|134||Lancaster||Engine 134||Squad 134||5||11|
|135||Lancaster||Engine 135||Squad 135||MIRV 135||5||11|
|136||Palmdale||Paramedic Engine 136||USAR 136, Rescue Tender 136, Swift Water 136||5||17|
|140[i]||Leona Valley||Engine 140||5||11|
|141||San Dimas||Engine 141||2||2|
|Water Tender 5143||3||6|
|144||Westlake Village||Engine 144||Patrol 144||Water Tender 144||7||5|
|145||Rowland Heights||Engine 145||EST 145, Battalion 12
|147||Lynwood||Quint 147||Squad 147||6||13|
|149||Castaic||Engine 149||Squad 149||3||6|
|150||Santa Clarita||Engine 150||HazMat 150, Hazmat Tender 150, Battalion 22, Utility 22||3||22|
|151||Glendora||Engine 151||Squad 151||2||2|
|152||Covina||Engine 152||ESU 152||2||16|
|154||Covina||Engine 154||Squad 154||Battalion 16
|155[j]||Two Harbors||Engine 155||Patrol
|156||Valencia||Engine 156||Water Tender 156, Helitender 2, Dozer Team 7||3||6|
|157[k]||Green Valley||Engine 157||5||11|
|158||Gardena||Quint 158||Squad 158||1||18|
|159||Gardena||Engine 159||ESU 159||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|
|171||Inglewood||Engine 171||Squad 171||Battalion 20, Utility 20||MIRV 171||6||20|
|172||Inglewood||Engine 172||Squad 172||6||20|
|173||Inglewood||Engine 173||Squad 173||6||20|
|182||Pomona||Engine 182||Squad 182||8||15|
|183||Pomona||Engine 183||Squad 183||8||15|
|185||Pomona||Quint 185||Battalion 15, Utility 15||8||15|
|187||Pomona||Quint 187||Squad 187||8||19|
|191||La Habra||PAU Engine 191||Squad 191||La Habra Ambulance 1||4||21|
|192||La Habra||PAU Engine 192||La Habra Ambulance 2||4||21|
|193||La Habra||PAU Engine 193||4||21|
|194||La Habra||PAU Engine 194||4||21|
|Camp 2||Arroyo Seco||Crew 2-2, Crew 2-3, Supt 2, Supt 20, Supt 21, Supt 22, Helitender 4||Air/Wildland||46|
|Camp 8||Malibu||Crew 8-1, Crew 8-2, Supt 8, Helitender||Air/Wildland||46|
|Camp 9||Mount Pintos||Crew 9-1, Crew 9-2, Supt 9||Air/Wildland||46|
|Camp 11||Acton||Crew 11-1, Crew 11-2, Crew 11-3, Crew 11-4, Supt 11||Air/Wildland||44|
|Camp 12||Saugus||Crew 12-1, Crew 12-2, Supt 12||Air/Wildland||46|
|Camp 13||Malibu||Crew 13-1, Crew 13-2, Crew 13-3, Crew 13-4, Crew 13-5, Supt 13||Air/Wildland||44|
|Camp 14||Saugus||Crew 14-1, Crew 14-2, Crew 14-3, Crew 14-4, Supt 14||Air/Wildland||44|
|Camp 16||Tujunga||Crew 16-1, Crew 16-2, Crew 16-3, Crew 16-4, Crew 16-5, Supt 16||Air/Wildland||44|
|Camp 17||La Verne||Crew 17-1, Crew 17-2, Crew 17-3, Supt 17||Air/Wildland||44|
|Camp 19||East Fork||Crew 19-1, Crew 19-2, Crew 19-3, Crew 19-4, Crew 19-5, Crew 19-6, Supt 19||Air/Wildland||44|
|Barton Heliport||Pacoima||Copter 11, Copter 12, Copter 14, Copter 15, Copter 16, Copter 17, Copter 18, Copter 19, Copter 21, Copter 22, Heavy Helitender 1||Air/Wildland||42|
The LACoFD is currently dispatched from the P. Michael Freeman Command And Control Facility at the county fire operations center in East Los Angeles. (Location: 34.0526454N, 118.1724628W)
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, popularly credited for encouraging the widespread adaptation of paramedics. 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 on the Universal Pictures lot in Universal City, where the series was produced, was initially designated Station 60 during the production of the series, and is now 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 – 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
- Originally Engine 216, redesignated in 2009 to honor Firefighter Jim Howe. 
- Call Fire Fighters
- Call Fire Fighters, housed on a separate yard
- Supplemented by Call Fire Fighters directly responding to scene
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- Station 127 served as Station 51 on the famous tv-show "Emergency".
- Call Fire Fighters
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