Give to the Historical Society

The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society manages two museums, the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Hollywood, and is the caretaker of Old Boat # 2, the Ralph J. Scott. In addition, the LAFDHS owns more than 30 fire engines and 2,000 artifacts, some dating back to the late 1880s.  All in all, it is one of the most remarkable collections of firefighting memorabilia in the United States.

Our success has been due to the generous support of the local community, caring individuals, and charitable organizations who recognize the importance of fire/life safety and education, not to mention the need to preserve the memory of those firefighters who died protecting the citizens of Los Angeles. Every gift, no matter how small, assists us in our mission to support the community as we do.

Even in uncertain economic times, the LAFD Historical Society has continued to remain a steady and resilient organization, with no change to our operations, hours or programs. In fact, several of our programs have advanced significantly, including but not limited to the the rehabilitation of Old Fireboat No. 2, the Ralph J. Scott.

Part of the reason we are able to continue as we do is because of people and organizations who believe in the history of Los Angeles, the fire service, and the importance of maintaining the memory of those firefighters who died so that others might live.

We continue to seek and solicit your assistance, via donations, living trusts, and other forms of support. Please look through the various options outlined in our website, or feel free to call us to organize a private tour and personal overview of the various projects underway.

The LAFD Historical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity.  EIN: 95-4680410

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Benefits for Every Member

Every member of the LAFDHS receives a number of benefits to enhance their experience with the organization. These benefits are unique to membership, both for active and retired firefighters and civilians. These benefits include:

  • 10% Discount for purchases made in the gift shop
  • Free Admission to the Hollywood Museum “Old 27s”
  • Free Admission to the Harbor Museum “Old 36s” in San Pedro
  • Free Members Newsletter
  • Special invitation to LAFDHS events
  • Special discounts for specific activities

Members join a special group of people dedicated to the preservation of history related to the fire service in Los Angeles. Our membership numbers in the thousands, with a combination of active firefighters, retired firefighters, individuals, families, children, and charitable organizations.

You may download and complete our Membership Form by clicking here.

This coming January, our membership program will expand, with new categories and benefits for patron and leadership members. To learn more, please email us at:

You can also telephone us at (323) 464-2727

Active members of the Los Angeles Fire Department may include membership in their payroll deductions. Please contact LAFD HR or the LAFD Historical Society for additional information.