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The Way It was: LAFD Training Film

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Hollywood Museum

1355 N. Caheunga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 464 - 2727
SAT 10a - 4p

Harbor Museum

638 Beacon Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
(323) 464 - 2727
SAT 10a - 3p

Off-hour tours available
by special request.

The Way It was: LAFD Training Film

Damron's Badge Comes Home Remembering Benjamin Pinel

Company Response!

When you evaluate all of the various ways in which first responders train today, it's easy to think of the past as a more simple time. Yet, a quick look back reveals that training was as important then as it is today.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has a proud tradition of training its officers and firefighters. Take a look at this training film from the middle of the last century and you'll discover the specific emphasis placed on being safe, and training as if each firefighter's life depended on it. It's really a fine example of LAFD in action.

The LAFD Museum thanks

For those of you interested in the history of the department, check out the vintage apparatus. Can you identify each one of the rigs featured in the show? Share your expertise by adding a comment to this blog posting.

Can you identify each of the stations featured in the film?

What era were the black turnout helmets used in?

We welcome any feedback or comments you may wish to share.


I recognize the Kenworth, Seagave "E" series, American La France conventional cabs and General American engines. Also the Federal PropeloRay warning lights and standing "watch" in the office near the Bliss-Gamewell printer tape. The old black turnouts and the MSA fiber helmets are from the late 1940's and early 1950's. I still liked the dungaree work uniforms and they were very comfortable and easy to maintain. The resopnse districts and the numbers of the corresponding pull boxes ion the streets was all vital information.

November 24th, 2009 // By Norm Silver

Brings back many happy days in my life. Well done and my thanks.

February 13th, 2010 // By Raymond T. Campuzano

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