LAFDHS

Education

We’re dedicated to keeping the people of Los Angeles safe, and believe life safety begins with education, especially those most at risk: children & seniors.

Fire & Safety Education

Learning about fire safety is important for every family and every child. It’s also critical for every senior. Those most at risk are either under the age of five or over the age of 65. And in Los Angeles, the problems of at-risk youth make the education process even more important.

We make the learning process fun. Where else can you go to learn how to prepare a family fire plan, while also being able to put on firefighter turnouts and rolling around with your friends in our “stop, drop, and roll” drills?

We welcome children of all ages (two to 102!) to both of our museums (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). During our scheduled presentations, children and their families will learn about the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Learning at the LAFD Museum & Memorial includes multiple elements, including the William Rolland Firefighter’s Educational Institute exhibit. Located on the second floor of the Hollywood Museum, this exhibit highlights the various methods employed by the Los Angeles Fire Department to save you in the event of a fire or disaster. The exhibit also honors those firefighters who have demonstrated extreme courage in the face of heat, flames, or other dangers to rescue LA citizens. Finally, a wonderful family video plays that shows you how to prepare your home and family so you can survive in the event of a fire, earthquake or other life-changing event.

We are also supported by a new public safety outreach program that is important for every family, student, teacher, and well… just about everyone who lives in, or works near Los Angeles. The program is called FireSmart:LA and is focused on teaching 4th and 5th grade students about fire and life safety. The program is produced by the official education partner for the Los Angeles Fire Department, MySafe:LA. In concert with the Los Angeles Fire Department and the LAFD Historical Society, as well as other organizations, MySafe:LA is dedicated to helping kids and families get the edge they need to be better prepared in the event of an emergency. You can learn more by visiting the MySafe:LA website.

The LAFD Historical Society is also working to develop additional education experiences for kids of all ages. The best way to learn about the newest additions is to visit our Hollywood or San Pedro museums and to see for yourself. Don’t forget to bring the entire family. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Preservation

Join with our dedicated team of volunteers as we work to preserve the remarkable history and artifacts of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Preservation
1958 Seagrave Fire Engine (LAFD)
One of the primary charters of the LAFD Historical Society is the preservation of artifacts an intellectual property related to the fire service in general, and the Los Angeles Fire Department specifically.

During the past 20 years, the LAFDHS has accumulated a wide variety of artifacts, ranging from firefighting equipment from the 1880s, to more than 30 pieces of motorized apparatus, including some extremely rare fire engines. We have hundreds of hours of film and video tape, shot during the past 60 years. There are thousands of photographs and slides (transparencies) in our collection. We own perhaps one of the largest collections of fire helmets anywhere, and our model fire engine collection fills an entire exhibit room. Many of these models were built from scratch, and look like perfect miniature replicas of fire engines. If we had 100 full-time preservation volunteers, we estimate it would take more than 20 years to rehabilitate all of the historic materials either on display or in storage at one of our facilities.

As such, for our organization preservation includes a wide range of skill sets, including:

Preservation – the maintenance of artifacts
Art conservation – the retention of important artistic impressions
Digital preservation – migration of fragile materials into digital format
Film preservation – saving aged film stock and recorded images
Phonographic/Audio preservation – restoration of vintage audio recordings
Historic preservation – maintenance of our facilities and key artifacts

As our organization evolves, the need for expertise relative to the above preservation activities will increase. We invite anyone interested in preservation to join our volunteer team and to become an involved member of the LAFDHS.

Commemoration

Visit our Fallen Firefighter Memorial and Plaza in Hollywood, California. Help us preserve the memory and celebrate our fallen firefighters.

The LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial

LAFD Memorial Wall

Courageously They Died, By Inspiration They Live!

Since 1886, the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department has been one of the most inspiring and courageous on record. Yet, in the long history of the department, there has not been a place to remember and memorialize those members of the department who gave their lives so that others might live. Now, for the first time, there is.

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial is situated in the heart of Hollywood, just outside Old Fire Station 27 on Cahuenga Blvd. The dramatic plaza is home to a memorial wall, listing the names of every known department member who died while at an incident or as a result of a duty-related cause.

In front of this wall, a series of bronze statues, each one carefully representing an LA firefighter is on display. The concept for these statues was designed by Los Angeles Fire Captain Duane Golden.

The statues represent a fire company during an incident in the city. Two firefighters are involved in fire attack, while a fallen member is being attended to by another member. The Captain, responsible for his crew and the fire, is making a command decision relative to attacking the flames, while also providing care for the downed firefighter. Of special note, the firefighters are not wearing protective face pieces (as they normally would) so that you can see their faces and expressions.

The display is one you can view for an extended period of time. Its message seems to change, depending on the angle and point of view you take. From any angle, the teamwork, spirit, and family nature of the fire service is presented. These remarkable life-sized statues were developed and created in Minnesota for the Memorial Plaza by Honors for Excellence.

Please support the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Los Angeles. Purchase a memorial paver and dedicate it to a family member, a friend, or a firefighter from anywhere around the world. The paver will be permanently placed in the memorial plaza in front of Fire Station 27 for all visitors to see and admire.