Fire Chief - P. Michael Freeman
Established - 1920
EMS Level - ALS
Staffing - Combination (Career & Paid Call)
Strength - 2,763 uniformed, 1,036 other & support, 748 lifeguards
Stations - 171
Battalions - 21
Divisions - 9
Operation Bureau's - 3 (North Region, Central Region, East Region)
Engines Companies -
Trucks Companies including Quints and Light Forces -32 (5 Light Forces, 24 stand alone Quints, 3 Trucks)
Paramedic Squads -
Brush Patrol - 39
EST's - 6
MIRV's - 3
HazMat Squads - 4
Foam Units - 4
Fire Boats - 2
Fire Suppression Camps (Paid) - 4
Fire Suppression Camps (Inmates) - 6
Swift Water Rescue Squads -
Water Tenders -
Urban Search and Rescue Vehicles - 2
Urban Search and Rescue Trailers - 7
Explorer -Firefighter -Engineer -Captain -Battalion Chief -Assistant Chief -Deputy Chief -Chief Deputy -Fire Chief
The Los Angeles County Fire Department EXPLORER PROGRAM was established in 1975 and is designed for young adults from 15 1/2 to 21 years of age who are interested in learning about a career in the fire service. The program’s main goal is to provide teens and young adults with a sense of responsibility to their neighborhood through ongoing community activities. The program is a joint venture with “Learning for Life”.
Each of the Department’s 21 Battalions includes an EXPLORER POST for their geographical region. Each post is centrally located within the battalions’ jurisdiction, enabling membership to reflect the community. Each post size ranges from as few as 10 Explorers, to as many as 40 and is lead by a professional firefighter who volunteers time to mentor them by serving as the Explorer post’s advisor.
After meeting the program’s entrance requirements, Explorers are given the opportunity to qualify for a 6-weekend fire training academy. At the academy, they learn about basic firefighting skills, hose lay evolutions, wild land firefighting, proper use of firefighting tools and equipment, breathing apparatus, and other related equipment used by firefighters on the job.
Upon graduation from the
In addition to attending weekly meetings, Explorers also involve themselves in various community service activities. Some of these activities include staffing booths at safety fairs and carnivals, city functions and demonstrations for public education events.
Currently, there are over 400 Explorers actively involved in the program, guided by many County firefighters who enthusiastically volunteer their time and experience to help educate them. Through this unique program, many Explorers have joined the ranks of the fire service and are living the career of their dreams, so don’t wait any longer and sign up today.
For additional information or to obtain an application, contact your local Post Advisor in your area, or contact Post 1 up above from the link.