Los Angeles County Fire Department

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Los Angeles County Fire Department
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Operational area
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of California.svg  California
County Flag of Los Angeles County, California.svg Los Angeles
Agency overview [1] [2] [3]
Annual calls403,924 (2021)
Employees3000 fire series personnel (2021)
Annual budget$1.440 billion (2021)
StaffingCareer/Paid-On Call
Fire chief Anthony C. Marrone
EMS level BLS & ALS
IAFF 1014
Facilities and equipment [1]
Foam units3
Reserve units61 engines
12 quints/trucks
36 paramedic squads
Stations 177
Engines 171 frontline (staffed & call)
incl. 5 ALS + 28 PAU
61 reserve
Quints 34 (incl. 3 light forces)
12 reserve
Squads 75
36 reserve
Tenders 15
Wildland 11 – 5 OES Type 3
42 – Patrols
Bulldozers 10
Helicopters 10
Fireboats 2 frontline, 1 reserve
Rescue boats 8 + 2 paramedic rescue boats
Light and air 3
Official website
IAFF website

The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) provides firefighting and emergency medical services for the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County, California, [1] as well as 59 cities through contracting, including the city of La Habra [4] which is located in Orange County and is the first city outside of Los Angeles County to contract with LACoFD.


As of 2013 the department is responsible for just over 4 million residents spread out in over 1.2 million housing units across an area of 2,305 square miles (5,970 km2). [1] The department is commanded by Chief Anthony C. Marrone and has an annual budget of $1.4 Billion. [5] According to Firehouse magazine, the LACoFD is the fourth busiest department in the United States, behind New York City Fire Department, Chicago Fire Department, and Los Angeles City Fire Department. [6] The department responded to 394,585 calls for service in 2017. The LACoFD has been featured several times in popular culture, including the 1970s NBC TV series Emergency! and the 1950s TV series Rescue 8 .

In 2020, the department responded to 307,025 emergency medical responses and a total of 379,517 total responses.


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Patch of the LACoFD, worn on the LACoFD's uniform shirt sleeves.
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Badge of an LACoFD firefighter, with badge number 1426.

In 1949, the Consolidated Fire Protection District was established by the Board of Supervisors through the consolidation of numerous fire districts which existed since the 1920s. From 1967 to 1986, there existed four fire protection districts within the Los Angeles County, all of which were governed by the Board of Supervisors: the Consolidated Fire Protection District (CFPD), Universal Fire Protection District, Dominguez Fire Protection District, and Wrightwood Fire Protection District. In addition, there was the Forester and Fire Warden (F&FW) which is a chartered office of the County and was funded by the General Fund. The property tax rate for each district was considerably different. With the property tax limitations and standardization of tax rates established by Proposition 13 in 1978, there was no longer a need to maintain the separate districts. From 1986 to 1992, the F&FW and the CFPD were the two remaining legal entities that made up what is commonly known as the Los Angeles County Fire Department. In 1992, the CFPD annexed all the remaining unincorporated area in with a corresponding property tax transfer to fulfill the chartered responsibilities of the F&FW. The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a very rich and unique history, which is full of innovation, and daring accomplishments. From designing the 9-1-1 system and initiating a paramedic program in the 1970's to the current day Urban Search and Rescue and Homeland Security Sections, our Fire Department is a leader and model to fire departments around the world. Our Department's ability to develop new techniques and tactics to fight fires of all kinds has benefited not only the residents we serve, but the fire service in general, both nationally and internationally. [7]

Emergency operations

The Emergency Operations Bureau includes the Training and EMS Bureau (TEMSB), nine major firefighting divisions, Air and Wildland Division, and Homeland Security Section. The Fire Department's service area includes suburban neighborhoods, city centers, commercial district, sandy beaches, mountain ranges, and more. The region's varying terrain causes unique emergency incident challenges, including increased EMS calls and variety of fires that can take place on a single day (i.e., wildland, structure, railroad, aircraft, vehicle, etc.) as well as ocean rescues and medical calls across 72 miles of coastline. [7]

Fire suppression camps

The LACoFD has 10 fire camps with handcrews which are used for both fire prevention and wildland firefighting. In 2013, to help combat jail crowding as well as increase time served by serious criminal offenders, Los Angeles County sent more than 500 inmates to firefighting camps in mountain and foothill areas. [8] Inmates assigned to the camps are nonviolent offenders who have completed physical and security screenings. They are trained by county firefighters to help fight fires and assist with clearing brush and debris. [9] The camps are run in conjunction with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Los Angeles County Probation Department.

Rank structure


The Los Angeles County Fire Department utilizes a wide array of firefighting apparatus, including engines, quints, trucks, light forces (engine + quint or truck), patrol units, and water tenders. Support apparatus include rescue squads, hazardous materials squads, and urban search and rescue squads. [1] LACoFD apparatus are painted reddish-orange as opposed to LAFD apparatus, which are fire engine red.

Tiller trucks

While many modern fire departments have opted to go with trucks/quints that have rear-mounted ladders, the LACoFD has chosen to stay with tiller trucks because of their enhanced maneuverability in tight areas. [10] The benefit of a quint is that it also has a built in pump and water tank and can thus operate without an engine. The Tiller trucks carry fire suppression tools and medical equipment as well as specialized rescue equipment for responses to a variety of emergencies.


Copter 16, a S-70A Firehawk performs a water drop demonstration. Laco-s70-N160LA-040501-01.jpg
Copter 16, a S-70A Firehawk performs a water drop demonstration.

The LA County Fire Department has 10 helicopters available for aerial firefighting. [11] [12] The headquarters for the Air Operations Section is located at Barton Heliport, next to Whiteman Airport in Pacoima. [13]

'== Stations and apparatus ==

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Former Engine Company 81, a 1998 KME triple combination pumper at Vasquez Rocks serving Agua Dulce, California.
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LA County Engine Company 23, serving the city of Bellflower. Engine 23 has been painted in the latest color scheme, red/orange overall with a reflective yellow stripe down the side and a reflective chevron pattern on the back.

As of September 2020. [14] [15]

Some Stations have 2 engines. Engines with a 4+station number are cross-staffed Type 3 wildland engines. Units marked “paramedic/Advanced Life Support” are full medic units (two paramedics on board). Units marked “PAU” are paramedic assessment units (one paramedic on board).

Fire Station or Camp Number or HeliportCity/unincorporated areaEngine CompanyQuint Company or Light Force UnitsSquad CompanyPatrol unitOther unitscross-staffed special unitsDivisionBattalion
1 East Los Angeles Engine 1Foam 1

Fuel Tender 1

2 Palos Verdes Estates Engine 2Squad 2114
3 East Los Angeles Engine 3Quint 3Squad 393
4 Rosemead PAU Engine 4Quint 4Assistant 9910
5 East San Gabriel/East Pasadena Engine 5910
6 Lomita Engine 6Squad 6114
7 West Hollywood PAU Engine 7Squad 7Battalion 1 Utility 171
8 West Hollywood Engine 8Light Force 8Squad 871
10 Carson Engine 10Squad 10Battalion 7 Utility 717
11 Altadena Engine 11Squad 11OES E813234
12 Altadena Engine 1234
13 Vernon Engine 13Quint 13Squad 13613
14 Los Angeles PAU Engine 14Squad 14620
15 Whittier Quint 15421
16 Los Angeles Engine 16 Engine 9 [lower-alpha 1] Squad 16613
17 Whittier Engine 1748
18 Lennox Paramedic/Advanced Life Support Engine 18620
19 La Cañada Flintridge Engine 19Squad 1934
20 Norwalk Engine 20Quint 20Squad 20421
21 Lawndale Engine 21Squad 21ESU 21118
22 Commerce Engine 2293
23 Bellflower Engine 2349
24 Palmdale Engine 24Quint 24517
25 Pico Rivera Engine 2548
26 La Puente Engine 26Squad 26812
27 Commerce Engine 27Quint 27Battalion 3 Utility 393
28 Whittier Engine 28Quint 28Squad 28Battalion 8 Utility 848
29 Baldwin Park Engine 29Quint 29Squad 29216
30 Cerritos Engine 30Quint 30Squad 30Assistant 4

Battalion 9 Utility 9

31 Paramount Engine 31Quint 31Squad 3149
32 Azusa Engine 32Squad 32Water Tender 32MCI-32216
33 Lancaster Paramedic/Advanced Life Support Engine 33

Engine 233

Quint 33Squad 33Patrol 84AP-11

Battalion 11 Utility 11

RAC 33511
34 Hawaiian Gardens Engine 3449
35 Cerritos Engine 35421
36 Carson Engine 36

Engine 236

Squad 3617
37 Palmdale Engine 37Squad 37517
38 View Park Engine 3871
39 Bell Gardens Engine 39Squad 3993
40 Pico Rivera Engine 40Squad 4048
41 Willowbrook PAU Engine 41Squad 4117
42 Rosemead Engine 42910
43 Industry Engine 43HazMat 43 HazMat Tender 43812
44 Duarte Engine 44

Engine 244
Engine 444

Patrol 44OES E8134216
45 Lakewood Engine 45Quint 45Squad 4549
47 Temple City Engine 47Squad 47910
48 Irwindale Engine 48216
49 La Mirada Engine 49Squad 49Battalion 21 Utility 21421
50 Commerce Engine 50Squad 5093
51 Universal City Engine 51Quint 51Squad 51 QVR51 71
52 Vernon Engine 52613
53 Rancho Palos Verdes Engine 53114
54 South Gate Engine 54Squad 54RAC 54613
55 Avalon Engine 55

Engine 255

Patrol 55

Patrol 255

Command 55

Helitender 6 (Catalina Airport)

56 Rolling Hills Engine 56Patrol 56114
57 South Gate Engine 57613
58 Ladera Heights Engine 58Squad 5871
59 Whittier PAU Engine 59Patrol 59 (reserve)48
60 Signal Hill Paramedic/Advanced Life Support Engine 6049
61 Walnut Engine 61Squad 61819
62 Claremont Engine 62Patrol 6222
63 La Crescenta Engine 6334
64 San Dimas Engine 64Quint 64Squad 64Battalion 2 Utility 222
65 Agoura Hills Engine 65Patrol 6575
66 Kinneloa Mesa/Eaton Canyon Engine 66Patrol 6634
67 Monte Nido Engine 67Patrol 6775
68 Calabasas Engine 68Squad 6875
69 Topanga Engine 69, Engine 269 [lower-alpha 2] Patrol 6975
70 Malibu Engine 70Patrol 70Assistant 7 Battalion 5 Utility 5

Water Tender 70 Swift Water 70

71 Malibu Engine 71 Engine 271 [lower-alpha 3] Squad 71Patrol 7175
72 Malibu Engine 72Patrol 7275
73 Santa Clarita Engine 73Squad 73Patrol 73Swift Water 73Foam 7336
74 Kagel Canyon Engine 74Patrol 7434
75 Chatsworth Engine 75Patrol 7536
76 Valencia Engine 76Patrol 7636
77 Gorman Engine 77

Engine 477

Patrol 77Helitender 736
78 [lower-alpha 4] Lake Hughes Engine 78Patrol 78511
79 Pearblossom Engine 79, Engine 279 [lower-alpha 5] Patrol 79517
80 Acton Engine 80Patrol 80Water Tender 80517
81 Agua Dulce Engine 81Patrol 81322
82 La Cañada Flintridge Engine 82, Engine 282 [lower-alpha 6] Lightforce 82Patrol 82Battalion 4 Utility 434
83 Rancho Palos Verdes Engine 83Patrol 83114
84 Quartz Hill Engine 84Squad 84511
85 Glendora Engine 85

Engine 485

EST 85OES E813522
86 Glendora Engine 86

Engine 286

Patrol 8622
87 Industry Engine 87Squad 87Swift Water 87Deluge 87


88 Malibu Engine 88Squad 8875
89 Agoura Hills Engine 89Squad 8975
90 South El Monte Engine 90Squad 90910
91 Hacienda Heights PAU Engine 91Patrol 91812
92 Littlerock Engine 92Squad 92Patrol 92517
93 Palmdale Engine 93Squad 93AP-17

Battalion 17 Utility 17

ESU 93517
94 Lakewood Engine 94EST9449
95 Gardena Engine 9517
96 Whittier Engine 9648
97 Azusa Engine 97Patrol 97216
98 Bellflower Engine 98Squad 9849
99 Malibu Engine 99Patrol 9975
100 Hermosa Beach PAU Engine 100Squad 100118
101 Claremont Engine 101Squad 10122
102 Claremont Engine 102Patrol 10222
103 Pico Rivera PAU Engine 103USAR 103 Heavy Rescue 103

Rescue Tender 103 Swift Water 103

104 Santa Clarita Quint 104322
105 Rancho Dominguez Engine 105HazMat 105 HazMat Tender 105Deluge 10517
106 Rolling Hills Estates Engine 106Quint 106Squad 106Patrol 106Battalion 14 Utility 14114
107 Santa Clarita Engine 107Squad 107322
108 Santa Clarita Engine 108322
110 Marina del Rey Engine 110Quint 110Boat 110 Boat 310 Boat 51071
111 Santa Clarita Engine 111Squad 111322
112 [lower-alpha 7] Antelope Acres Engine 112511
114 Lake Los Angeles Engine 114 Engine 314Patrol 114517
115 Norwalk Engine 115Squad 115421
116 Carson Engine 116Quint 116Squad 11617
117 Lancaster Engine 117 Engine 317 [lower-alpha 8] Water Tender 117511
118 Industry Engine 118Quint 118Squad 118MIRV 118 Command 3 Command 33812
119 Diamond Bar Engine 119Squad 119819
120 Diamond Bar Engine 120Patrol 120Water Tender 120

Battalion 19 Utility 19

121 Diamond Bar Engine 121819
122 Lakewood Engine 12249
123 Santa Clarita Engine 123Patrol 123322
124 Stevenson Ranch Engine 124Squad 12436
125 Calabasas Engine 125

Engine 4125

Quint 125OES E813375
126 Santa Clarita Engine 126Quint 126Command 11

Battalion 6 Utility 6

RAC 12636
127 [lower-alpha 9] Carson Quint 127Foam 12717
128 Santa Clarita Engine 128Patrol 128Water Tender 128322
129 Lancaster Engine 129HazMat 129
Dozer Team 5


130 Lancaster Engine 130Squad 130Assistant 5 Water Tender 130511
131 Palmdale Engine 131Squad 131517
132 Santa Clarita Engine 132

Engine 4132

Patrol 132OES E8131322
134 Lancaster Engine 134Squad 134511
135 Lancaster Engine 135Squad 135MIRV135511
136 Palmdale PAU Engine 136USAR 136 Rescue Tender 136

Swift Water 136

140 [lower-alpha 10] Leona Valley Engine 140511
141 San Dimas Engine 14122
143 Castaic Engine 143

Engine 4143

Water Tender 514336
144 Westlake Village PAU Engine 144Patrol 144Water Tender 14475
145 Rowland Heights Engine 145EST145

Battalion 12 Utility 12

146 Walnut Engine 146819
147 Lynwood Quint 147Squad 147613
148 Lynwood Engine 148613
149 Castaic Engine 149Squad 14936
150 Santa Clarita Engine 150Assistant 3 Battalion 22 Utility 22

HazMat 150 Hazmat Tender 150 Command 1

OES HM11322
151 Glendora Engine 151Squad 15122
152 Covina Engine 152ESU152216
153 Covina Quint 153216
154 Covina PAU Engine 154Squad 154Assistant 2

Battalion 16 Utility 16

155 [lower-alpha 11] Two Harbors Engine 155Patrol


156 Santa Clarita Engine 156Water Tender 156

Helitender 2 Dozer Team 7

157 [lower-alpha 12] Green Valley Engine 157511
158 Gardena Quint 158Squad 158Assistant 1118
159 Gardena Engine 159ESU159118
160 Hawthorne Engine 160118
161 Hawthorne Quint 161Squad 161Battalion 18 Utility 18MCI-161118
162 Hawthorne Engine 162118
163 Bell Engine 163Squad 16393
164 Huntington Park Engine 164Quint 164Squad 164Assistant 6

Battalion 13 Utility 13

165 Huntington Park Engine 165MAL165613
166 El Monte Quint 166Battalion 10 Utility 10910
167 El Monte Engine 167Squad 167910
168 El Monte Engine 168910
169 El Monte Engine 169910
170 Inglewood PAU Lightforce 170620
171 Inglewood Engine 171Squad 171Battalion 20 Utility 20MIRV171 Command 2 Command 22620
172 Inglewood Engine 172Squad 172620
173 Inglewood Engine 173Squad 173620
182 Pomona Engine 182Squad 182815
183 Pomona Engine 183Squad 183815
184 Pomona Engine 184815
185 Pomona Quint 185Battalion 15 Utility 15815
186 Pomona Engine 186815
187 Pomona Quint 187Squad 187819
188 Pomona Engine 188815
191 La Habra PAU Engine 191Squad 191La Habra Ambulance 1421
192 La Habra PAU Engine 192La Habra Ambulance 2421
193 La Habra PAU Engine 193421
194 La Habra PAU Engine 194421
Camp 2 Arroyo Seco Crew 2-2 Crew 2-3 Helitender 4

Supt 2 Supt 20 Supt 21 Supt 22

Camp 8 Malibu Engine 8-1 Crew 8-1 Crew 8-2

Supt 8 Helitender 3, (WEST COUNTY AIR OPS)

Camp 9 Santa Clarita Engine 9-1 Supt 9

Crew 9-1 Crew 9-2

Camp 11 Acton Crew 11-1, Crew 11-2, Crew 11-3, Crew 11-4, Supt 11Air/Wildland44
Camp 12 Santa Clarita Crew 12-1, Crew 12-2, Supt 12Air/Wildland46
Camp 13 Malibu Crew 13-1, Crew 13-2, Crew 13-3, Crew 13-4, Crew 13-5, Supt 13Air/Wildland44
Camp 14 Santa Clarita Crew 14-1, Crew 14-2, Crew 14-3, Crew 14-4, Supt 14Air/Wildland44
Camp 16 Tujunga Crew 16-1, Crew 16-2, Crew 16-3, Crew 16-4, Crew 16-5, Supt 16Air/Wildland44
Camp 17 La Verne Crew 17-1, Crew 17-2, Crew 17-3, Supt 17Air/Wildland44
Camp 19 East Fork Crew 19-1, Crew 19-2, Crew 19-3, Crew 19-4, Crew 19-5, Crew 19-6, Supt 19Air/Wildland44
Barton Heliport Pacoima Copter 11, Copter 12, Copter 14, Copter 15, Copter 16, Copter 17, Copter 18, Copter 19, Copter 21, Copter 22, Heavy Helitender 1Air/Wildland42
Brackett Field LaVerne Helitender 5, (EAST COUNTY AIR OPS)Air/Wildland42

Communications Center

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LACoFD Dispatch And Communications Center

The LACoFD is currently dispatched from the P. Michael Freeman Command And Control Facility at the county fire operations center in East Los Angeles. (Location: 34.0526454N, 118.1724628W)

Paramedic Rescue Squad 51 from the NBC-Universal television series, Emergency!. Squad 51.jpg
Paramedic Rescue Squad 51 from the NBC-Universal television series, Emergency! .

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has been featured in multiple different television series.

See also


  1. Originally Engine 216, redesignated in 2009 to honor Firefighter Jim Howe. [16]
  2. Call Fire Fighters
  3. Call Fire Fighters, housed on a separate yard
  4. Supplemented by Call Fire Fighters directly responding to scene
  5. Call Fire Fighters
  6. Call Fire Fighters
  7. Call Fire Fighters
  8. Call Fire Fighters
  9. Station 127 served as Station 51 on the famous tv-show "Emergency".
  10. Call Fire Fighters
  11. Call Fire Fighters
  12. Call Fire Fighters

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Coordinates: 34°3′N118°15′W / 34.050°N 118.250°W / 34.050; -118.250