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LAFD History – The Birth of the Drop Bag

LAFD History – The Birth of the Drop Bag

May 31, 2018

During the early evening hours, on January 28, 1966, a fire occurred in the Commercial Exchange Building, located in downtown Los Angeles, on the SE corner of 8th and Olive Street.

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LAFD HISTORY – Fireboats 2 and 4

LAFD HISTORY – Fireboats 2 and 4

April 30, 2018

The Status of Old Fireboat 2’s permanent building is still in question. The “Ralph J. Scott” is a National Historic Landmark and needs a special building to house it that will not only be a museum

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LAFD History – The Year 1910

LAFD History – The Year 1910

March 31, 2018

Frank’s note: I rarely feature a single year of LAFD history, but I decided to use 1910 because one of our curators found a historical document from 1910 in our museum archives.

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LAFD HISTORY –The Sylmar Tunnel Explosion, June 23, 1971

LAFD HISTORY –The Sylmar Tunnel Explosion, June 23, 1971

February 28, 2018

Sylmar seemed jinxed when another disaster, a few months after the earthquake, hit the area. The Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle was digging

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LAFD HISTORY – The Beginning of the Los Angeles Fire Department – 1886

LAFD HISTORY – The Beginning of the Los Angeles Fire Department – 1886

January 31, 2018

This month the LAFD celebrates 132 years of service to the people of Los Angeles. Our history is being preserved by the LAFD Historical Society for everyone

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LAFD HISTORY  –  Harbor Holocaust: Heroic Fireman Saves Many From Fiery Death in Water

LAFD HISTORY – Harbor Holocaust: Heroic Fireman Saves Many From Fiery Death in Water

December 31, 20170 Comments

The explosion and fire at Berth 233, Wilmington on October 21, 1944, brought into flaming reality one of the many potential hazards of Los Angeles’ busy wartime harbor. Involved in the fire were two hundred feet of outfitting dock which was severely damaged to a depth of about thirty feet. At midnight on October 20, […]

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LAFD History: Early Days of Flight and Evolution

LAFD History: Early Days of Flight and Evolution

November 30, 2017

“The advent of the helicopter in the LAFD was one of the most significant changes in the strategic and tactical response operations in the history of the department.” – Frank Borden

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2017 LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament

2017 LAFD Invitational Golf Tournament

October 31, 2017

I’ve been writin’ about and tryin’ to drum up as much support as I can for the annual LAFD Golf Tournament that takes place at the beautiful Mountain Gate golf course.

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LAFD History – The Bel Air Fire – 56 Years ago November 6, 1961

LAFD History – The Bel Air Fire – 56 Years ago November 6, 1961

October 31, 2017

Sunday, Nov. 6, 1961, was hot and windy in Los Angeles. The notorious Santa Ana winds were blowing, and the cold that most of the country was feeling was notably absent in the “City of Angels.”

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LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial – October 14th Ceremony

LAFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial – October 14th Ceremony

September 30, 2017

October is a very big and important month for the Historical Society, LAFD members active and retired, their families and friends and all those who appreciate,

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