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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.

Topic: Museum News

Calling all volunteers!

Have you ever wanted to work in a fire station? Well, now is your chance. Old Fire Station 27 is as close to a real fire station as it gets - because for more than half a century, it was a real fire station! Situated in the heart of Hollywood, the now retired station is home to the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society.

And, as with any fire station, there is a lot to do... Every week, our team is busy polishing apparatus, authentic brass fire poles, and visiting with people of all ages from all around the world who come to admire and learn about the history of firefighting in Los Angeles.

If you'd like to be part of our volunteer team, we'd love to have you!

[ click here to learn more about volunteering ]

Summer is a Great Time to Visit the Museum

What a terrific summer it has been! Nice weather, no earthquakes in LA, and no better place to spend a Saturday than the LAFD Historical Society's museum in Hollywood. The museum is open every Saturday from 10AM until 4PM. It's the ideal place for kids of all ages!

The LAFD Historical Society is host to the museum. Every Saturday, a number of retired firemen will be on hand to take visitors on tours of the once fully operational fire station in the middle of Hollywood. Built in 1929 and opened in 1930, it was the largest fire station west of the Mississippi. Today, it is home to a remarkable collection of fire apparatus, as well as videos, presentations, and thousands of artifacts that represent firefighting in general, and the LAFD specifically.

So, make it a date! Come and see us tomorrow, or next Saturday. But come soon! We'll be nice that let you and your family visit for FREE! Warning: Visiting the LAFD Museum can be habit forming!

See you soon!



Ex Parte Court Appearance

Jim Finn as President of LAFDHS, through the organization's legal representation, Farmer & Ridley LLP, will be making an ex parte application to the Los Angeles Superior Court, Central District, Room 206, on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. for relief pursuant to Corporations Code Section 5515 to ratify the recent LAFD Historical Society election results even though quorum was not met. 

NOTE: Any interested party has a right to object, but you must appear.

UPDATE: The court appearance has been postponed until December. Additional Details will be posted, as they become available.

For information regarding the Los Angeles Superior Court, please click here.

Don't Forget to Vote!

Our annual elections are under way! And we're very excited that a large number of our members are sending in their election ballots. Are you one of them?

If you haven't voted, please make certain you do! This is your chance to help shape the future of the LAFD Historical Society, Museum & Memorial. If you haven't received your ballot, please contact the museum immediately. You can reach the museum at 323-464-2727.

And, don't forget: All members are invited to attend the annual meeting. Meeting details can be found here.

2009 and the LAFD Museum & Memorial

The volunteers and supporters of the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. The organization is very enthused about the coming year and we hope that you and your friends, family members, and co-workers find the opportunity to visit one of our museums.

As everyone knows, the current ecomony is a issue that affects everyone. As a museum, the importance of ongoing support from the public is critical to the organization's survival. We are actively working on a number of initiatives, and your support is important to our success.

The Fallen Firefighter Memorial
While primary construction of the memorial has been completed, there remain outstanding expenses that must be retired. In addition, the plaza requires ongoing maintenance and support. When you purchase a memorial paver, you're supporting the memorial and the plaza. Please help us keep the memory of every fallen LAFD firefighter alive. We were saddened to add names to the wall this year, but also feel pride that there is a place for people to visit and reflect, so that every name has meaning for every citizen of Los Angeles and our many visitors from outside the city.

Old Fireboat #2, the Ralph J. Scott
This is the oldest serving piece of apparatus in the history of the city, and perhaps the country. Fireboat #2 served Los Angeles in the Port of L.A. for 77 years. It is now on land, stationed behind FS112 and the current Boat 2 berth in San Pedro (across from the Harbor LAFD HS Museum). The "Scott" as she is affectionately called, is due to be housed in a fantastic structure being built and paid for by the Port of Los Angeles.

The fireboat itself requires rehabilitation that volunteers cannot accomplish on their own. As much as we love the boat, our efforts will merely slow the progress of decay and the effects of time. Therefore, we continue to seek support for the boat, so that we may have professional experts work with us to prepare the boat for her final assignment.

Restoration of Old Fire Station 27
The Hollywood museum is in need of maintenance and rennovation as well. Any old building requires love and attention, so that it remains a viable structure. We have managed to make certain that the museum is taken care of, but there are impending projects that require substantial investment to complete, including upgrading the electrical, plumbing, and security of the building.

When you become a member of the LAFD Historical Society, you are assisting us in our mission to preserve the history of the department, in part via the Hollywood museum - Old Fire Station 27. Please consider becoming a member if you are not - and if you are, please consider volunteering or otherwise finding a way to support our efforts.

We are always seeking new volunteers. This year, more than ever, we are eager to bring in new people, who have a love of the fire service and/or history in general. There are many interesting tasks for our volunteers, ranging from apparatus restoration to conducting tours or working in our gift shop.

Regardless of the support provided, we greatly appreciate every bit of assistance that is provided to our organization. We exist because of the support you provide. As we head into 2009, we would like to remind you that we have some of the most interesting artifacts to be found anywhere in the United States. We have knowledgeable retired firefighters who can share the history of the department with you. And we have one of the most remarkable memorials to be found anywhere - dedicated to those firefighters who gave their lives in service to the city.

Please make the LAFD Historical Society part of your 2009 vacation, tour, or support plans. This website provides information on membership, pavers, volunteering, and other opportunities. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Welcome to the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society's blog. Our blog is part of our completely redesigned website. Expect to read a wide variety of news, opinion, and editorial about the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the city she serves.

This is an exciting time for the LAFDHS and the museum and memorial. The Memorial Plaza was completed just this month - after more than four years of planning, fund-raising, and construction. There are some remaining small areas that require minute detail work, but the overall plaza is complete and it's ready for use.

We'll celebrate the completion of the plaza with a ribbon-cutting and Open House on August 17, beginning at 11AM. We hope you can join us for a terrific afternoon of music, tours, fire engine rides, and much more.

This summer is also the kick off for our first formal fund-raising program, Firing Up Our Future. Those most at risk relative to injury or death from fire or accident include our kids and our seniors. Our $3 million dollar campaign is designed to develop and deliver a range of education and preservation programs that will benefit the community and all of our fellow citizens, young and not so young.

We welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions regarding everything related to the LAFDHS, including our Fallen Firefighter Memorial, our two museums (Hollywood and San Pedro), and Old Fireboat No. 2, the Ralph J. Scott. Tell us what you think, and don't forget we're always interested in meeting new friends, as well as greeting old ones. So, stop by on any Saturday from 10AM through 4PM.