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Los Angeles Fire Department
Seal of the LAFD
"Serving with Courage, Integrity, and Pride"
Operational area
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
City Los Angeles
Agency overview[1][2][3]
EstablishedFebruary 1, 1886; 137 years ago (1886-02-01)
Annual calls505,988 (2022)
Employees3,902 (2023-2024)
Annual budget$854,000,000 (2023-2024)
Fire chiefKristin Crowley
EMS levelAdvanced Life Support (ALS) & Basic Life Support (BLS)
Facilities and equipment[4][5]
Airport crash9
Official website
IAFF website

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD or LA City Fire) provides Firefighting Services,Hazardous Materials/Chemical,Biological,Radiological, Nuclear And High Yield Explosives Response Services,Technical Rescue/Special Operations Response Services and emergency medical Response services to the city of Los Angeles, California, United States.[6] The LAFD is responsible for approximately 4 million people who live in the agency's 471 square miles (1,220 km2) jurisdiction.[7] The Los Angeles Fire Department was founded in 1886 and is the third largest municipal fire department in the United States, after the New York City Fire Department and the Chicago Fire Department. The department may be unofficially referred to as the Los Angeles City Fire Department or "LA City Fire" to distinguish it from the Los Angeles County Fire Department which serves the county and whose name may directly confuse people, as the county seat is the city. Another possible reason is that the city and the unincorporated county are often bordering each other and thus the two appear to be serving the same area. The department is currently under the command of chief Kristin Crowley.


LAFD on the scene of a fire in the Bradbury Building, Downtown Los Angeles in 1947.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has it origins in the year 1871.[8][9][10] In September of that year, George M. Fall, the County Clerk for Los Angeles County organized Engine Company No. 1. It was a volunteer firefighting force with an Amoskeag fire engine and a hose jumper (cart). The equipment was hand-drawn to fires. In the spring of 1874, the fire company asked the Los Angeles City Council to purchase horses to pull the engine. The Council refused and the fire company disbanded.[11]

Many of the former members of Engine Company No. 1 reorganized under the name of Thirty-Eights No. 1 in May 1875, Engine Co. No. 2 was organized under the name Confidence Engine Company.[11]

Los Angeles acquired its first "hook and ladder" truck for the Thirty-Eights. It proved to be too cumbersome and was ill-adapted to the needs of the city. It was sold to the city of Wilmington. In 1876, another "hook and ladder" truck was purchased, serving in the city until 1881.[11]

In 1878, a third fire company was formed by the residents in the neighborhood of Sixth Street and Park. It was given the name of "Park Hose Co. No. 1". East Los Angeles formed a hose company named "East Los Angeles Hose Co. No. 2" five years later. The final volunteer company was formed in the fall of 1883 in the Morris Vineyard area. This company was called "Morris Vineyard Hose Co. No.3."[11]

All of these companies remained in service until February 1, 1886, when the present paid fire department came into existence.[11]

In 1877, the first horses were bought for the city fire department. The department would continue to use horses for its equipment for almost fifty years, phasing out the last horse drawn equipment on July 19, 1921.[12]

By 1900, the department had grown to 18 fire stations with 123 full-time paid firefighters and 80 fire horses.[12] The city had also installed 194 fire-alarm boxes allowing civilians to sound the alarm if a fire was spotted. 660 fire hydrants were placed throughout the city, giving firefighters access to a reliable water source.[13] In 1955 Station 78 in Studio City became the first racially integrated station in the department.[14]

Since 1978 the LAFD has provided emergency medical and fire suppression services to the city of San Fernando by contract .[15]

In responses to the 2020 pandemic, the LAFD has helped to administrate the COVID-19 vaccine to residents from Los Angeles. Also, more than 1,800 Los Angeles firefighters have received the COVID-19 vaccine.[16][17]

In 2022, Kristin Crowley became the first female, and the first openly gay, chief of the LAFD.[18]



The official office for the Fire Chief of the department. CAD designation of 'FC1' and radio designation of 'Fire Chief'. The Fire Chief reports directly to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

Executive Bureau / Chief of Staff

Commanded by a Deputy Chief (Bureau Commander) who holds the title of Chief of Staff. Assisted by an Executive Administrative Assistant II and Senior Management Analyst I. In 2022, the Executive Bureau was changed from the previous name of Administration Bureau.[19]

Planning Section

Commanded by a Battalion Chief (Section Commander), who maintains regular business hours (Monday-Friday). Also consists of four Captains and one Secretary.

Employee Relations Division

Commanded by a Battalion Chief (Division Commander), who maintains regular business hours (Monday-Friday). Assisted by a Secretary.

Community Liaison Office

Commanded by a civilian Public Information Director, who holds the assignment of Community Liaison Officer. Maintains regular business hours (Monday-Friday).

Community Service Unit

Commanded by a Captain I (Unit Commander), who holds the assignment of Department Public Information Officer. Maintains regular business hours (Monday-Friday).

The Community Service Unit also consists of three Public Service Officers (PSOs) who hold the department rank of Firefighter/Specialist. Maintains 24-hour platoon duty.

Community Risk Reduction Unit

Commanded by a Captain I (Unit Commander). Two Fire Inspector Is are also assigned to the CRRU.

FireStat LA Section

Commanded by a Battalion Chief (Section Commander) and the Fire Statistical Manager. Also consists of two Senior Fire Statistical Analyst.

Responsible for Departmental statistics, such as the City wide response metrics.

Professional Standards Division

Commanded by an Assistant Chief (Division Commander), civilian Chief Special Investigator and Battalion Chief.

Internal Investigations Unit

Consists of civilian Fire Special Investigators and Captains who serve as Department Advocates.

Administrative Operations

Commanded by a Chief Deputy, who has a CAD designation of 'CM1' and radio designation of 'Command 1'. Assisted by an Executive Administrative Assistant II, Administrative Clerk and a Battalion Chief who has the title of 'Executive Officer, Administrative Operations'.

Risk Management Section

All taken from RISK MANAGEMENT SECTION OVERVIEW Board of Fire Commissioners Report. Commanded by a Battalion Chief (Section Commander) who has the title 'Department Health and Safety Officer'. Assisted by one Captain II (Chief Litigation Officer / On-Call Incident Safety Officer), one Captain I (Department Safety Coordinator / On-Call Incident Safety Officer) and a Secretary.

The primary objective of the Risk Management Section is to augment the line functions of the department by administering the department's In-Service Training Section, the Recruit Training Section, and the Quality Improvement Section. Specialized personnel assigned to Risk Management include the Department Safety Officer. The majority of personnel assigned to the Section maintain regular business hours.

Records Unit

Commanded by a Captain I (Unit Supervisor) who is also an Incident Safety Officer. Also consists of two Senior Administrative Clerks and one Administrative Clerk.

Injury Prevention Unit

Commanded by a Captain I (Unit Supervisor) who is also an Incident Safety Officer. Also consists of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

Medical Liaison Unit

Commanded by a Captain II (Unit Supervisor). Assisted by four Captain Is (assuming one for each Bureau?) and one Administrative Clerk.

Administrative Services Bureau

Commanded by the Fire Administrator (Bureau Commander), who has a CAD designation of 'FA1' and a radio designation of 'Fire Administrator'. Assisted by a Secretary.

The primary objective of this Bureau is the implementation of administrative staff functions in accordance with current policies and procedures as established by the Fire Chief.

Financial Services Division

Commanded by a Chief Management Analyst (Division Commander).

Budget Management Section

Commanded by a Senior Management Analyst II (Section Commander).

Budget Preparation/Control Consists of three Senior Management Analyst Is, one Management Analyst and one Management Assistant.

Revenue Management Section

Commanded by a Senior Management Analyst II (Section Commander). Also consists of two Senior Management Analyst Is, one Management Analyst and one Management Assistant.

EMS Records Section

Commanded by a Senior Management Analyst II (Section Commander).

EMS Records Unit Commanded by a Senior Management Analyst I (Unit Commander). Also consists of one Senior Administrative Clerk, four Administrative Clerks and one Management Assistant.

Contracts Unit Commanded by a Senior Management Analyst I (Unit Commander). Also consists of one Management Analyst.

Fiscal Systems and Audit Section

Commanded by a Fiscal Systems Specialist II (Section Commander). Also consists of one Fiscal Systems Specialist I, one Senior Auditor, one Auditor I and one Accounting Clerk.

Accounting Services Section

Commanded by a Departmental Chief Accountant III (Section Commander).

Human Resources Division

Commanded by a Personnel Director II (Division Commander).

Selection and Records

Commanded by a Senior Personnel Analyst II.

Personnel Services Section

Commanded by a Senior Personnel Analyst I (Section Commander).

Selection Unit Consists of three Personnel Analysts and one Senior Administrative Clerk. Civilian & Sworn selection, Bilingual, Advanced Vacant Step Hiring (Civilian), Advanced Starting Salary Falls & Education Bonus (Sworn)

Records Unit

Consists of one Senior Personnel Analyst I, one Personnel Records Supervisor, one Personnel Analyst, two Senior Administrative Clerks and one Office Services Assistant.

Fire Prevention & Public Safety Bureau

Commanded by a Deputy Chief (Bureau Commander), who also holds the title of Fire Marshal. Has a CAD designation of 'CM5' and a radio designation of 'Command 5'. Assistant commanded by an Assistant Chief (Assistant Bureau Commander), who also holds the title of Assistant Fire Marshal. Also consists of a Secretary and Management Analyst.

Administrative Section

Commanded by a Battalion Chief (Section Commander). Assisted by an Office Services Assistant.

Legal Unit

Commanded by a Captain II. Assisted by a Senior Administrative Clerk.

Planning Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

Research Unit

Consists of three Fire Inspectors.

Industrial & Commercial Section

Commanded by a Battalion Chief (Section Commander). Assisted by an Administrative Clerk.

Central Industrial Unit

Commanded by a Captain I. Assisted by an Administrative Clerk.

Harbor Industrial Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

High-Rise Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

Valley Industrial Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

West Industrial Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

Cannabis Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

Brush Clearance Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

Public Safety Section

Commanded by a Battalion Chief (Section Commander). Assisted by a Senior Administrative Clerk.

Public Assemblage Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

Film Unit

Commanded by a Captain I. Assisted by a Senior Administrative Clerk.

Schools & Churches & Institutions Unit

Commanded by a Captain I. Assisted by an Administrative Clerk.

Valley Public Safety Unit

Commanded by a Captain II.

CUPA Section

Commanded by the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) Manager.

Environmental Unit - Underground Storage Tank & HazMat

Commanded by a Captain II.

Technical Support Unit

Commanded by a Supervising Hazmat Specialist. Also consists of a Hazmat Specialist, Fire Inspector II, Industrial Hygienist, Engineering Geologist Associate IV and Environmental Technician.

Plan Check Unit

Consists of two Risk Management Plan Specialists and one Fire Inspector II.

Data Management Unit

Commanded by a Principal Clerk. Assisted by two Accounting Clerks.

Fire Development Services Section

Commanded by a Senior Fire Protection Engineer. Assisted by one Office Services Assistant, one Management Analyst and one Accounting Clerk.

Fire Life Safety Plan Check Unit

Consists of one Fire Protection Engineer.

Fire Life Safety Field Inspection Unit

Commanded by one Captain II. Assisted by one Administrative Clerk.

Municipal Services Unit

Commanded by a Captain I. Assisted by one Administrative Clerk.

Hydrants and Access Unit

Commanded by a Captain I.

Information Technology Bureau

Commanded by the Chief Information Officer.

Infrastructure and Operations Division
Infrastructure and Help Desk Support Section

Commanded by a Senior Systems Analyst II. Also consists of two Systems Programmer IIs and two System Analyst Is.

Helpdesk and Technical Support

Commanded by a Senior Systems Analyst II. Also consists of three Systems Analyst IIs and two Administrative Clerks.

Software Applications Support Section

Consists of two Senior Systems Analyst IIs, one Programmer Analyst V, one Programmer Analyst IV, one Programmer Analyst III and one Systems Analyst II.

GIS Unit

Commanded by a Senior Systems Analyst I. Also consists of two GIS Supervisor Is and four GIS Specialists.

Enterprise Records Section

Commanded by a Senior Systems Analyst II. Also consists of three Programmer Analyst IIIs.

Network Staffing Support Section

Commanded by a Senior Systems Analyst II.

Development Operations Division

Commanded an Information System Manager II.

Fire Communications Dispatch Support Section (FCDSS)

Commanded by a Battalion Chief and assisted by one Senior Management Analyst I and one Secretary.

Technical Control

Commanded by a Communications Electrician Supervisor.

Fire Communications Unit

Commanded by a Captain I. Also consists of one Communications Electrician.

Telephone Coordinator

Firefighter III

Fire Communications Technician Support Unit

Commanded by a Captain I. Also consists of one Senior Communications Electrician. * Organization structure obtained via LAFD Administrative Roster September 2022.

Rank Structure

Title Explanation
Fire Chief General Manager of the department. Highest ranking uniformed employee.
Chief Deputy Two positions - Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations and Chief Deputy of Administrative Operations.
Deputy Chief Seven positions. Bureau Commander.
Assistant Chief Seventeen positions. Assignment varies.
Battalion Chief Sixty Seven positions. Assignment varies.
Captain II Generally is the Station Commander of a Task Force station.
Captain I Company Commander of a 4-man Engine Company.
Apparatus Operator Drives Truck Companies.
Engineer Drives Engine Companies and manages the pump panel.
Firefighter III Firefighter
Firefighter II Probationary Firefighter
Firefighter I Academy Recruit

Types of apparatus

The department utilizes a wide array of apparatus and equipment. These are most but not all of the apparatus.

Triple combination engines

LAFD Engine Co. 11 responding to an emergency call.

The triple combination fire engine or “triple” (as it is commonly called) is the most common type of firefighting apparatus in Los Angeles. The term “triple combination” refers to the apparatus having three components; water tank, high capacity water pump, and hose. The triple can be found as a one-piece engine company or as two engines assigned to a Task Force station. The “triples” used by the LAFD have a direct drive, dual centrifuge main pump rated at 1,500 GPM at 150 psi with a 10-foot lift through a 6-inch suction. These apparatus carry a combination of all of the following sizes of hose; 4″, 212″, 1 3/4″, 1 1/2″ and 1″. The standard hose load is 750' of 4", 750' of 2 1/2" with a 325GPM nozzle, 400' of 1 3/4" with a 200 GPM nozzle, 400' of 1 1/2" with a 125 GPM nozzle and 500' of 1" with a dual gallonage 10/40 GPM nozzle. The water tank carrying capacity of all LAFD engines is 500 gallons. All frontline engines are equipped with a 30-gallon Class A foam injection system with the exception of Engine 51 at LAX that carries Class B foam in the onboard system. These apparatus are staffed by four members, including a captain who is the company commander, an engineer responsible for driving, maintaining and operating the pump, and two firefighters. A number of triples in the LAFD are also paramedic assessment companies – meaning they include a firefighter/paramedic as part of the crew. All engines are equipped with fire suppression gear as well as basic rescue equipment and emergency medical services equipment.

Light Forces and Task Forces

LAFD on the scene of a Major Emergency Structure Fire

The LAFD uses the concept of Light Forces and Task Forces which can be considered one "Resource", although comprising more than one unit or company.[20]

A Light Force is composed of a Pump Engine (200 Series, for example Engine 201 or Engine 301 for 100 stations) and a Ladder Truck.[21] Light forces will almost always respond together as one unit or resource.[20]

A Task Force is simply a Light Force coupled with an Engine. An Engine Company is considered a single unit or "resource" when responding to incidents on its own.[21] A Task Force usually responds to larger incidents, such as structural fires, and is made up of an Engine, a 200 Series Engine (Pump), and a Truck, all operating together. While a standard Engine is always staffed with a full crew, a 200 Series Engine (Pump)is only staffed by a driver (and one other firefighter if responding as part of a Light Force). The purpose of the 200 Series Engine (Pump) is to provide support and equipment to the Truck in a Light Force, and either the Truck Company or the Engine Company in a Task Force.[20]

Rescue Ambulances

Rescue Ambulance 11 responding to a call near MacArthur Park

Rescue Ambulances (RAs), often called 'rescues' for short, can be considered either Paramedic/advanced life support (ALS), or Emergency Medical Technician/basic life support (BLS) units. Ambulances number 1-112 are frontline Advanced Life Support Units staffed by 2 firefighter / paramedics, while those in the 200 series are Advanced Life Support reserve units.[22] Ambulances in the 800s & 900s are Basic Life Support Units staffed by 2 firefighter EMTs, with 900-series units assigned to Stations identified numerically over 100.[22] Rescue Ambulances have Cardiac Defibrillators and Monitors, Cardiac Drugs, Intubation and Airway supplies and other equipment for Emergency Medical Responses.


LAFD Bell 412 (retired)

The Air Operations Section (AIROPS)[23] of the LAFD operates out of Fire Station 114 at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY). The helicopter fleet consists of five Medium Duty helicopters and two Light Duty helicopters, making the Department capable of handling brush fire suppression, air ambulance transport, high rise fire response, and hoist rescues.[24]

FIRE 1, FIRE 2, FIRE 3, FIRE 4, and FIRE 5 are all AgustaWestland AW139s.[25][26][27][28][29] FIRE 6 and FIRE 7 are both Bell 206 B-III Jet Rangers.[30] The department previously operated Bell 205 and Bell 412 types, the last of which was retired in 2017 to make way for the newer AW139s.[31]


Further information: Warner L. Lawrence

LAFD Fireboat 2, the Warner Lawrence

The Port of Los Angeles is under the jurisdiction of the LAFD which operates 5 fireboats to provide fire protection for ships and dockside structures.[32] Fireboat 1, Fireboat 3 and Fireboat 5 are identical 39-foot (12 m) long aluminum fireboats capable of a top speed of 29 knots (33 mph; 54 km/h) while fully loaded.[33] They are equipped with a 2,400 US gal/min (9,100 L/min) pump and a 1,000 US gal/min (3,800 L/min) deluge gun.[33] They also have a 50-US-gallon (190 L) firefighting foam capacity.

Fireboat 4, also known as the Bethel F. Gifford, was commissioned in 1962 and is the oldest of the fleet. It is capable of pumping water at 9,000 US gal/min (34,000 L/min) and carries 550 US gallons (2,082 L) of foam solution for petrochemical fires.[34] It is equipped with jet-stream nozzles to allow for increased maneuverability.[34]

The newest and most technologically advanced of the fireboats is the 105-foot (32 m) long Fireboat 2, also known as the Warner Lawrence, which has the capability to pump up to 38,000 US gallons per minute (140,000 L/min) up to 400 feet (120 m) in the air.[35] Boat 2 also has an onboard area for treatment and care of rescued persons.[36]

USAR Task Force 1

Main article: Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 1

The Los Angeles Fire Department is the founding member of one of California's eight FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces.[37] California Task Force 1 (CA-TF1) is available to respond to natural or man-made disasters around the country and world and assist with search and rescue, medical support, damage assessment and communications.[38]

Stations and apparatus

Engine 59 at the scene of a structure fire
LAFD Firefighters battling a house fire

The LAFD is divided into four operational Bureaus: Operations Central Bureau (OCB), Operations West Bureau (OWB), Operations South Bureau (OSB); formerly known as 'South Division', and Operations Valley Bureau (OVB); formerly known as 'North Division'. Each Bureau is commanded by a Deputy Chief, who holds the title of 'Bureau Commander'. Each Bureau also has an Assistant Chief who serves as the 'Assistant Bureau Commander'. To replicate the former North and South Division, Operations Central Bureau (OCB) and Operations Valley Bureau (OVB) also have three additional Assistant Chiefs who work 24-hour platoon duty. These Assistant Chiefs staff marked Dodge RAM SUVs and respond to major incidents - Command 22 for Operations Central Bureau (OCB) and Command 42 of Operations Valley Bureau (OVB).

Each of the four operational Bureaus house a number of battalions. These battalions are staffed by uniformed personnel who rotate on a 24-hour platoon duty. Each battalion is commanded by a Battalion Chief, who responds to major incidents within their battalion, usually 20-30 square miles in size. They have the responsibility of commanding these scenes as the Incident Commander (IC). Battalion Chiefs typically respond to these incidents with a Firefighter/Specialist, who holds the title of Emergency Incident Technician (EIT). EITs drive the Dodge RAM SUV to the scenes and act as an assistant to the Battalion Chief.

Note that stations with a truck and a 200 series engine (pump) will usually respond the two apparatus together as a lightforce. So, for example, Truck 1 and Engine 201 will often respond together as Light Force 1.[21] The only full time exception is Fire Station 9 where Engine 209 is fully staffed. Truck 9 responds as a single company when appropriate. During "Augmented Staffing" (red-flag brush fire weather, or other increased threat days) the 200 series engines can be fully staffed as a 4-member Engine Company. Each company can then either be dispatched individually or as a "Task Force".

400 series Engines are ready reserve apparatus. These apparatus are full loaded with equipment and hose. They are used either for short term relief IE when a frontline apparatus is shut down for repair or maintenance. 400 series Engines are also staffed as needed during "High Hazard" days or other augmented staffing times.

The LAFD has six Type 3 wildland Engines. Five are property of the State of California OES but are staffed as needed and maintained by the LAFD. Together these 5 Engines form Strike Team 1880C.[40] Engine 482C is housed at Fire Station 82 and is a ready reserve Type 3 wildland Engine.

Command Assignment List

CAD Designation Radio Designation Assignment Rank
FC1 "Fire Chief" Fire Chief
CM1 "Command 1" Commander, Administrative Operations Chief Deputy
CM2 "Command 2" Commander, Emergency Operations Chief Deputy
CM4 "Command 4" Commander, Training and Support Bureau Deputy Chief
CM5 "Command 5" Bureau Commander, Fire Prevention and Public Safety Bureau Deputy Chief
FA1 "Fire Administrator" Bureau Commander, Administrative Services Bureau Fire Administrator
MD1 "Medical Director" Bureau Commander, Emergency Medical Services Bureau Medical Director
Operations Central Bureau
CM21 "Command 21" Bureau Commander, Operations Central Bureau Deputy Chief
CM22 "Command 22" Assistant Bureau Commander, Operations Central Bureau (24-hour Platoon Duty) Assistant Chief
TO24 "Training 24" Training Support Specialist, Operations Central Bureau Captain II
EM25 "EMS 25" EMS/Community Resilience Officer, Operations Central Bureau Captain I/Paramedic
Operations South Bureau
CM31 "Command 31" Bureau Commander, Operations South Bureau Deputy Chief
CM32 "Command 32" Assistant Bureau Commander, Operations South Bureau Assistant Chief
TO34 "Training 34" Training Support Specialist, Operations South Bureau Captain II
EM35 "EMS 35" EMS/Community Resilience Officer, Operations South Bureau Captain I/Paramedic
Operations Valley Bureau
CM41 "Command 41" Bureau Commander, Operations Valley Bureau Deputy Chief
CM42 "Command 42" Assistant Bureau Commander, Operations Valley Bureau (24-hour Platoon Duty) Assistant Chief
TO44 "Training 44" Training Support Specialist, Operations Valley Bureau Captain II
EM45 "EMS 45" EMS/Community Resilience Officer, Operations Valley Bureau Captain I/Paramedic
Operations West Bureau
CM51 "Command 51" Bureau Commander, Operations West Bureau Deputy Chief
CM52 "Command 52" Assistant Bureau Commander, Operations West Bureau Assistant Chief
CM53 "Command 53" Los Angeles World Airports Assistant Chief
TO54 "Training 54" Training Support Specialist, Operations West Bureau Captain II
EM55 "EMS 55" EMS/Community Resilience Officer, Operations West Bureau Captain I/Paramedic

CAD Designation List

Letter Unit Type
AF Aircraft Rescue Firefighting "ARFF"
AO Air Operations CAD Placeholder
AP Advanced Provider
AR Arson Investigator, Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section
BC Battalion Chief
BP Brush Patrol
BT Fireboat
CE Community Emergency Response Team "CERT"
CL Community Liaison Officer
CM Command Officer (Assistant Chief+)
CR Crash/Fire Rescue
CS Communications Support
CT Cycle Team
CW Volunteer Type II Handcrew
DT Dozer Tender
DZ Dozer
E Engine
EA Emergency Air
EM EMS Captain
F Aircraft Foam
FC Fire Chief
FP Inspector, Fire Prevention & Public Safety Bureau
FR Fast Response
H0A-HOF Air Operations CAD Placeholder
H Helicopter
HA Helicopter MDT
HE Heavy Equipment
HH Hose Hauler
HL Homeland Security Division
HM Hazmat Tender
HR Heavy Rescue
HT Helicopter Tender
HU Hydration Unit
JT Joint Hazard Assessment Team "JHAT"
LD Loader / Dozer Team
PB Plug Buggy
PH Photographer
PI Public Information Officer, Community Service Unit
RA Rescue Ambulance
RH Rescue Helicopter
RI Radio Interoperability
RM Risk Management Section
RS Robotic Solution
RT Rehab Tender
SC Swift Water Coordinator
SQ Hazardous Materials Squad
SW Swift Water Rescue
T Truck
TL Supervisor, Tactical Emergency Medical Support Unit
TM Tactical Medic, Tactical Emergency Medical Support Unit
TP Transport
TV Therapeutic Van
UA Unmanned Aerial (Drone)
UR Urban Search and Rescue
WT Water Tender

Station List

Neighborhood(s) Engine
Light Force or
Truck Company
EMS Unit Command Unit Special Unit Bureau Battalion
1 Lincoln Heights Engine 1 Light Force 1 Rescue Ambulance 1
Rescue Ambulance 801
Central Bureau 2
2 Boyle Heights Engine 2 Light Force 2 Rescue Ambulance 2 Central Bureau 1
3 Civic Center
& Bunker Hill
Engine 3 Light Force 3 Rescue Ambulance 3
Rescue Ambulance 803
Command Post 3
Command 22
Command 722 (Reserve)
EMS 25
USAR Tender 3
Heavy Rescue 3
Heavy Rescue 703 (Reserve)
Emergency Light Unit 3
Medical Supply Trailer 3
Central Bureau 1
4 Chinatown Engine 4 Rescue Ambulance 4
Rescue Ambulance 804
Command Post 2
Battalion Chief 1
Therapeutic Van 4 Central Bureau 1
5 Westchester Engine 5 Light Force 5 Rescue Ambulance 5 Battalion Chief 4
USAR Tender 5
Swift Water Rescue 5
West Bureau 4
6 Angeleno Heights Engine 6 Rescue Ambulance 6
Rescue Ambulance 806
Central Bureau 11
7 Arleta Engine 7 Rescue Ambulance 7
Advanced Provider 7
Valley Bureau 12
8 Porter Ranch Engine 8 Brush Patrol 8 Valley Bureau 15
9 Skid Row Engine 9
Engine 209
Truck 9 Rescue Ambulance 9
Rescue Ambulance 209
Rescue Ambulance 809
Rescue Ambulance 900 (night time)
Fast Response 9 Central Bureau 1
10 Convention Center Engine 10 Light Force 10 Rescue Ambulance 10
Rescue Ambulance 810
Central Bureau 1
11 Westlake
& MacArthur Park
Engine 11 Light Force 11 Rescue Ambulance 11
Rescue Ambulance 811
Central Bureau 11
12 Highland Park Engine 12 Light Force 12 Rescue Ambulance 12 Central Bureau 2
13 Pico-Union Engine 13 Rescue Ambulance 13
Rescue Ambulance 813
Battalion Chief 11
EMS 11
Central Bureau 11
14 Newton Engine 14 Rescue Ambulance 14
Rescue Ambulance 814
Central Bureau 1
15 USC/Exposition Park Engine 15 Light Force 15 Rescue Ambulance 15
Rescue Ambulance 815
Alternate Destination 15
South Bureau 13
16 South El Sereno Engine 16 Central Bureau 2
17 Industrial Eastside Engine 17 Rescue Ambulance 17 Foam Tender 17
Engine 417
Central Bureau 1
18 Knollwood Engine 18 Rescue Ambulance 18 Valley Bureau 15
19 Brentwood Engine 19 Rescue Ambulance 19 Brush Patrol 19 West Bureau 9
20 Echo Park Engine 20 Light Force 20 Rescue Ambulance 20 Central Bureau 11
21 South Los Angeles Engine 21 Light Force 21 Rescue Ambulance 21 Squad 21 OES Hazmat 12 South Bureau 13
23 Palisades Highlands Engine 23 Rescue Ambulance 23 Brush Patrol 23 West Bureau 9
24 Sunland Engine 24 Battalion Chief 712 Valley Bureau 12
25 Boyle Heights Engine 25 Rescue Ambulance 25 Central Bureau 1
26 West Adams Engine 26 Light Force 26 Rescue Ambulance 26
Rescue Ambulance 826
Central Bureau 11
27 Hollywood Engine 27 Light Force 27 Rescue Ambulance 27
Rescue Ambulance 827
Rescue Ambulance 927(spare?)
Battalion Chief 5 USAR 27 West Bureau 5
28 Porter Ranch Engine 28 Rescue Ambulance 828 Brush Patrol 28
Plug Buggy 28
Valley Bureau 15
29 Hancock Park Engine 29 Light Force 29 Rescue Ambulance 29
Rescue Ambulance 829
Plug Buggy 29 Central Bureau 11
33 South Central Engine 33 Light Force 33 Rescue Ambulance 33
Rescue Ambulance 833
Battalion Chief 13 Plug Buggy 33 South Bureau 13
34 Crenshaw & Leimert Park Engine 34 Rescue Ambulance 34
Rescue Ambulance 834
Medical Supply Trailer 34 South Bureau 18
35 Los Feliz Engine 35 Light Force 35 Rescue Ambulance 35
Rescue Ambulance 835
OES Engine 8136C
Plug Buggy 35
West Bureau 5
36 San Pedro Engine 36 Rescue Ambulance 36 EMS 6 Foam Tender 36 South Bureau 6
37 Westwood
Engine 37 Light Force 37 Rescue Ambulance 37
Rescue Ambulance 837
Battalion Chief 9 West Bureau 9
38 Wilmington Engine 38 Light Force 38 Rescue Ambulance 38 South Bureau 6
39 Van Nuys Engine 39 Light Force 39 Rescue Ambulance 39
Rescue Ambulance 839
Battalion Chief 10 Valley Bureau 10
40 Terminal Island Engine 40 Rehab/Air Tender 40
Therapeutic Van 40
South Bureau 6
41 Hollywood Hills Engine 41 Rescue Ambulance 41 Brush Patrol 41 West Bureau 5
42 Eagle Rock Engine 42 Central Bureau 2
43 Palms Engine 43 Rescue Ambulance 43 Engine 443 South Bureau 18
44 Cypress Park Engine 44 Rescue Ambulance 844 EMS 2 Brush Patrol 44
Swift Water Rescue 44
Casualty Collection Point Trailer
Central Bureau 2
46 Coliseum Area Engine 46 Rescue Ambulance 46
Rescue Ambulance 246
Rescue Ambulance 846
South Bureau 13
47 El Sereno Engine 47 Rescue Ambulance 47 Brush Patrol 47
Engine 447
Central Bureau 2
48 San Pedro Engine 48 Light Force 48 Rescue Ambulance 848 Squad 48 South Bureau 6
49 East Harbor Engine 49 Battalion Chief 6 Fireboat 3
Fireboat 4
South Bureau 6
50 Atwater Village Light Force 50 Rescue Ambulance 850 Engine 450 Central Bureau 2
51 LAX Engine 51 Rescue Ambulance 51 Cycle Team 51
Cycle Team 251
West Bureau 4
52 Hollywood Engine 52 Rescue Ambulance 52 EMS 5 West Bureau 5
55 Eagle Rock Engine 55 Rescue Ambulance 55 Battalion Chief 2 Central Bureau 2
56 Silver Lake Engine 56 Rescue Ambulance 56 West Bureau 5
57 South Central Engine 57 Rescue Ambulance 57
Rescue Ambulance 257
Rescue Ambulance 857
South Bureau 13
58 Pico-Robertson Engine 58 Rescue Ambulance 58
Rescue Ambulance 858
Advanced Provider 58
Engine 458
Plug Buggy 58
South Bureau 18
59 West Los Angeles Engine 59 Rescue Ambulance 59 EMS 9 Rehab/Air Tender 59
Hydration Unit 59
Medical Supply Trailer 59
Therapeutic Van 59
West Bureau 9
60 North Hollywood Engine 60 Light Force 60 Rescue Ambulance 60
Rescue Ambulance 860
Battalion Chief 14 Valley Bureau 14
61 Fairfax Engine 61 Light Force 61 Rescue Ambulance 61
Rescue Ambulance 861
EMS 18 South Bureau 18
62 Mar Vista Engine 62 Rescue Ambulance 62
Rescue Ambulance 862
Engine 462 West Bureau 4
63 Venice Engine 63 Light Force 63 Rescue Ambulance 63 West Bureau 4
64 South Los Angeles Engine 64 Light Force 64 Rescue Ambulance 64
Rescue Ambulance 264
Rescue Ambulance 864
Fast Response 64 South Bureau 13
65 Watts Engine 65 Rescue Ambulance 65
Rescue Ambulance 865
Advanced Provider 65
EMS 13 South Bureau 13
66 South Los Angeles Engine 66 Light Force 66 Rescue Ambulance 66
Rescue Ambulance 266
Rescue Ambulance 866
South Bureau 13
67 Playa Vista Engine 67 Rescue Ambulance 867 West Bureau 4
68 Mid-City Engine 68 Rescue Ambulance 68
Rescue Ambulance 868
Battalion Chief 18 South Bureau 18
69 Pacific Palisades Engine 69 Light Force 69 Rescue Ambulance 69 West Bureau 9
70 Northridge Engine 70 Rescue Ambulance 70 Battalion Chief 15
EMS 15
Valley Bureau 15
71 Bel Air Engine 71 Rescue Ambulance 71 West Bureau 9
72 Canoga Park Engine 72 Rescue Ambulance 72
Rescue Ambulance 872
Engine 472 Valley Bureau 17
73 Reseda Engine 73 Light Force 73 Rescue Ambulance 73
Rescue Ambulance 873
Plug Buggy 73 Valley Bureau 17
74 Sunland-Tujunga Light Force 74 Rescue Ambulance 74
Rescue Ambulance 874
Brush Patrol 74 Valley Bureau 12
75 Mission Hills Engine 75 Light Force 75 Rescue Ambulance 75
Rescue Ambulance 875
Hazmat Tender 75 Valley Bureau 12
76 Cahuenga Pass Engine 76 Rescue Ambulance 76 West Bureau 5
77 Sun Valley Engine 77 Rescue Ambulance 77 EMS 12 Water Tender 77
Engine 474
Support Utility 1
Therapeutic Van 77
Valley Bureau 12
78 Studio City Light Force 78 Rescue Ambulance 78
Rescue Ambulance 878
EMS 14 Brush Patrol 78 Valley Bureau 14
79 Harbor Gateway Engine 79 Rescue Ambulance 79 South Bureau 6
Stair 80
West Bureau 4
81 Panorama City Engine 81 Rescue Ambulance 81
Rescue Ambulance 881
Engine 481 Valley Bureau 10
82 Hollywood Engine 82 Rescue Ambulance 82
Rescue Ambulance 882
Advanced Provider 82
Command 51
Command 52
EMS 55
Brush Patrol 82
Engine 482
Engine 482C
West Bureau 5
83 Encino Engine 83 Rescue Ambulance 83
Rescue Ambulance 883
Command 41
EMS 45
Rehab/Air Tender 83
Brush Patrol 83
Medical Supply Trailer 83
Valley Bureau 10
84 Woodland Hills Engine 84 Rescue Ambulance 84 Battalion Chief 17
EMS 17
Brush Patrol 84
Crew 3
Engine 473
Plug Buggy 84
Valley Bureau 17
85 Harbor City Engine 85 Light Force 85 Rescue Ambulance 85
Rescue Ambulance 885
USAR 85 South Bureau 6
86 Toluca Lake Engine 86 Rescue Ambulance 86 Swift Water Rescue 86 Valley Bureau 14
87 Granada Hills Engine 87 Light Force 87 Rescue Ambulance 87
Rescue Ambulance 887
Squad 87
Hazmat Tender 87
OES Engine 8137C
Valley Bureau 15
88 Sherman Oaks Engine 88 Light Force 88 Rescue Ambulance 88 Command 42 Water Tender 88
Swift Water Rescue 88
OES Engine 8140C
Valley Bureau 10
89 North Hollywood Engine 89 Light Force 89 Rescue Ambulance 89
Rescue Ambulance 889
Engine 289
OES Engine 8139C
Medical Supply Trailer 89
Valley Bureau 14
90 Van Nuys Airport Engine 90 Light Force 90 Rescue Ambulance 90
Rescue Ambulance 890
Plug Buggy 90 Valley Bureau 10
91 Sylmar Engine 91 Rescue Ambulance 91
Rescue Ambulance 891
Fast Response 91 Valley Bureau 12
92 Century City Light Force 92 Rescue Ambulance 92
Rescue Ambulance 892
Engine 492 West Bureau 9
93 Tarzana Engine 93 Light Force 93 Rescue Ambulance 93 Valley Bureau 17
94 Crenshaw/Baldwin Hills Engine 94 Light Force 94 Rescue Ambulance 94
Rescue Ambulance 894
Hazmat Tender 94
Therapeutic Van 94
South Bureau 18
95 LAX Engine 95 Light Force 95 Rescue Ambulance 95 Squad 95 West Bureau 4
96 Chatsworth Light Force 96 Rescue Ambulance 96
Rescue Ambulance 896
Engine 496 Valley Bureau 15
97 Laurel Canyon Engine 97 Rescue Ambulance 97 Hose Hauler 97 Valley Bureau 14
98 Pacoima Engine 98 Light Force 98 Rescue Ambulance 98
Rescue Ambulance 898
Battalion Chief 12 OES Engine 8138C Valley Bureau 12
99 Beverly Glen Engine 99 Rescue Ambulance 99 Brush Patrol 99 Valley Bureau 10
100 Lake Balboa Engine 100 Rescue Ambulance 100 EMS 10 Foam Tender 100 Valley Bureau 10
101 San Pedro Engine 101 Rescue Ambulance 101 South Bureau 6
102 Valley Glen Engine 102 Rescue Ambulance 102 Valley Bureau 14
103 CSU Northridge Engine 103 Rescue Ambulance 903 Valley Bureau 15
104 Winnetka Engine 104 Rescue Ambulance 104 Valley Bureau 17
105 Woodland Hills Engine 105 Light Force 105 Rescue Ambulance 105 Valley Bureau 17
106 West Hills Engine 106 Rescue Ambulance 106 Valley Bureau 17
107 Chatsworth Engine 107 Rescue Ambulance 107 Valley Bureau 15
108 Franklin Canyon Park Engine 108 Valley Bureau 14
109 Encino Engine 109 Rescue Ambulance 909 Brush Patrol 109 Valley Bureau 10
110 Fort MacArthur Fireboat 5 South Bureau 6
111 Port of Los Angeles Fireboat 1 South Bureau 6
112 Port of Los Angeles Engine 112 Rescue Ambulance 112 Fireboat 2
Foam Tender 112
Medical Supply Trailer 112
South Bureau 6
114 Van Nuys Airport Crash 114
Foam 114
FIRE 1-6
Helicopter Tender 1
Helicopter Tender 2
Casualty Collection Point Trailer (2)
Valley Bureau 10

In pop culture

The LAFD has been featured in many TV shows and movies. Sometimes the LAFD or LAFD equipment is just seen in the background.

See also


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