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 department is commanded by the Fire Chief, 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 television series Emergency!, which dramatized a department paramedic rescue squad; and before that, in the 1958 television series Rescue 8, which featured a rescue squad prior to the practice of squad members also being trained as paramedics. The television show Baywatch, depicting a glamorous version of the department's lifeguards, was filmed mostly on location at L.A. 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."
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 fire fighting 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 Department of Motor Vehicles paperwork.
- 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)
LACoFD has 168 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.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department Emergency Operations
are commanded by Chief Deputy Gary Lockhart
The four bureaus that the Chief Deputy oversees contain the bulk of the fire fighting 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 former three bureaus of LACoFD serve 58 cities with 21 Battalions and eleven 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 Steve Lindsey
, and contains three divisions (including the Air and Wildland Division).
- Altadena - 11, 12
- Kagel Canyon - 74
- La Canada Flintridge - 19, 82 (Battalion HQ)
- La Crescenta - 63
- Pasadena - 66
- Camp 2, 15Battalion 6
- Santa Clarita - 73, 76, 104, 107, 111, 123, 124, 126(Battalion HQ), 132, 156
- Castaic - 149
- Chatsworth - 75
- Gorman - 77
- Camp 9, 12, 14
- Antelope Acres - 112
- Green Valley - 157
- Lake Hughes - 78
- Lancaster - 33 (Battalion HQ), 117, 129, 130, 134, 135
- Leona Valley - 140
- Quartz Hill - 84Battalion 17
- Acton - 80
- Agua Dulce - 81
- Lake Los Angeles - 114
- Little Rock - 92
- Palmdale - 24 (Battalion HQ), 37, 131
- 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. 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. http://fire.lacounty.gov/AirWildland/AirOpsWhoWeAre.asp. The headquarters for the Air Operations Section is located at Barton Heliport in Pacoima
Central Regional Operations Bureau
Currently commanded by Deputy Chief Tommey Massey
, and contains four divisions (including the Lifeguard Division).
- Carson - 10 (Battalion HQ), 36, 116, 127
- Gardena - 95
- Rancho Dominguez - 105Battalion 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
- Gardena - 158 (Division HQ), 159
- Hawthorne - 160, 161 (Battalion HQ), 162
- Lawndale - 21
- Florence - 16
- Huntington Park - 164 (Battalion HQ), 165
- Lynwood - 147, 148
- South Gate - 54, 57
- Willowbrook - 41Battalion 20
- Los Angeles - 14
- Inglewood - 170, 171, 172, 173
- Lennox - 18
- Los Angeles - 38, 58
- Marina Del Rey - 110
- Universal City - 51
- West Hollywood - 7 (Battalion HQ), 8Battalion 5
- Agoura - 65
- Agoura Hills - 89
- Calabasas - 67, 68, 125
- Malibu - 70, (Battalion HQ), 71, 72, 88, 99
- Topanga - 69
- Westlake Village - 144
- Camp 8, 13
The Los Angeles County Lifeguard Service is 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 Daryl Osby
, and contains four divisions.
- Claremont - 62, 101, 102
- Glendora - 85, 86, 151
- San Dimas - 64 (Battalion HQ), 141Battalion 16
- Azusa - 32, 97
- Baldwin Park - 29
- Covina - 152, 153, 154 (Battalion HQ)
- Duarte - 44
- Irwindale - 48
- Camp 19
- Pico Rivera - 25, 40, 103
- Whittier - 17, 28 (Battalion HQ), 59, 96Battalion 9
- Bellflower - 23, 98
- Cerritos - 30 (Battalion HQ)(Division HQ)
- Hawaiian Gardens - 34
- Lakewood - 45, 94, 122
- Paramount - 31
- Signal Hill - 60Battalion 21
- Cerritos - 35
- La Habra - 191, 192, 193, 194
- La Mirada - 49
- Norwalk - 20, 115
- Whittier - 15
- Hacienda Heights - 91
- Industry - 43, 87, 118
- La Puente - 26
- Rowland Heights - 145Battalion 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)
- Bell - 163
- Bell Gardens - 39
- Commerce - 22, 27 (Battalion HQ), 50
- East Los Angeles - 1, 3Battalion 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 Michael Bryant
, this bureau oversees two divisions.
Technical Operations Division
This division contains the personnel and apparatus for the Urban Search and Rescue
, Swift Water Rescue, Canine Search Program, and several other programs.
Command and Control Division
This division handles the 911 calls and coordinates the communications for the department. It is more commonly known as "dispatch."
The Los Angeles County Fire Department's Business Operations
are currently commanded by Chief Deputy Michael Dyer
, and contain three bureaus: Prevention, Administrative, and Support Services.