On February 1, 1886 the Los Angeles Fire Department officially went into service with four stations, two steamer, each with a wheeled hose and reel, a hook and ladder truck, a hose wagon and 11 horses. On that day the city began to pay 31 firemen roughly $125 a month a month.
131 years of service to the people of Los Angeles with continuous improvements and progress to become a true “Class 1” Fire Department in the United States. From a small city of 30 square miles and a few thousand people to a metropolis of 470 square miles and over 4 million people and growing, the LAFD has served and sacrificed for generations. The LAFD motto of “Serving with Courage, Integrity and Pride” will continue for many years to come.
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