9834 Flora Vista Street · Bellflower, California
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HOME OF THE WORLD FAMOUS ENGINE AND SQUAD 51
10 AM to 2 PM open house: February 4th
The first Saturday of the month is our scheduled open house.
The Museum team does try to accomodate visitation on an appointment basis dependent on volunteer availability. Please email email@example.com if you are visiting Southern California when we are not open to request an appointment.
CAPF MEMBERS IMPORTANT NOTICE: the board of directors of the California Association of Professional Firefighters has voted for a $5 per month increase in dues to take place on February 1, 2016. Please watch for written notice that will be mailed out to you by the Museum shortly. If you have any questions regarding this rate increase please contact CAPF administrators directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-604-7333.
MUSEUM RANDOM SHOT
by President, Paul Schneider
As firefighters we are always thinking up ways to work smarter not harder, get more bang for our buck, build a better mouse trap, etc, etc. Well back in “the day” things weren’t much different. Now I’ve had my fair share of “unique” ideas as so many of us have but I really like the idea shown here in our random shot. This could be a few things I suppose. Maybe it’s Firefighter Chaing from Station 16 flying his latest remote control helicopter. Maybe Engine 32 is filling the helo’s radiator. Or could it be that the 1954 Crown has broken down and the little Bell is rigging a tow line? Any one out there that has had to deploy hose lines in the brush areas of LA County can appreciate what may be going on here.
It appears that Engine 32 and our early helicopter are experimenting with a novel way of saving the firefighters from having to hike up and down hills in stifling heat while carrying and deploying fire hose from back packs that seem to get heavier and heavier as I get older and older. If that is in fact what this image depicts the idea never caught on and may be a prime example of the notion that just because something seems like a great idea on paper doesn’t mean it is in reality. Pretty cool image though of two classic machines.
We wish to thank Valvoline for their generous renewal of sponsorship for 2015.
MEET VICE PRESIDENT JOE WOYJECK
FIRE APPARATUS EVOLUTION PART ONE
FIRE APPARATUS EVOLUTION PART TWO
UNDER THE HOOD
THANK YOU CITY OF BELLFLOWER, CALIFORNIA!
Our new museum will see groundbreaking very soon. If you are not an active firefighter, please consider joining as an Associate Memeber and support our future!
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See California has featured the LA Co Fire Museum on the cover of California's top travel website!
We invite you to watch Pioneers of Paramedicine, our video telling the story of the four founding fathers of the paramedicine programs. The video was shot during a once in a lifetime opportunity. Please go to our Pioneers of Paramedicine website for the link to the video, which is hosted by Kevin Tighe, Baxter Larmon, and Randolph Mantooth.
Thank you for your sponshorship of our Granite Mountatin Heroes Logo!
L.A. County Fire Museum to Create Granite Mountain Hotshot
Wildland Firefighting Memorial
The Los Angeles County Fire Museum will create a Wildland Firefighter Memorial to remember the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew who were killed outside Prescott, Arizona, on June 30, 2013. The memorial will also provide a place to remember other wildland firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
To help fund the creation of the memorial, Dan Doke, uncle of Granite Mountain Hotshot crew member Kevin Woyjeck, has donated a fully restored 1925 Ford Model T to the museum. The museum auctioned off the car on November 22nd. It sold for $32,000. This was not high enough, in our opinion! Well, we were not the only ones to think so. An anonymous donor stated that the car did not get what it should have so donated $25,000 to the cause. Wow.. it keeps getting better. The buyer of the car donated it BACK to the Museum! It went back to auction on November 23rd and Joe came back to the Museum with $88,000 for the memorial.
“Kevin put in a lot of hours at the museum,” said Joe Woyjeck, a captain in the L.A. County Fire Department, the vice president of the museum, and Kevin’s father. “It was at times his second home. I often introduced Kevin as the next president of the museum.”
Kevin was killed earlier this year, along with 18 of his fellow wildland firefighters, when they were sent in to battle a blaze outside of Prescott, Arizona. In one of the worst disasters in wildland firefighting history, the wind suddenly shifted on the crew and they were killed in the line of duty.
“A lot of people don’t realize that many of today’s municipal firefighters started out as wildland firefighters,” said Capt. Woyjeck, who has been on the L.A. County Fire Department for 34 years and began his career as a wildland firefighter. “Kevin was following in my footsteps, both at the museum and in the fire service.
Despite the connection to Capt. Woyjeck, the museum feels that it’s only appropriate to have a memorial dedicated to the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who were killed in the single greatest loss of life in the in the last 80 or so years of wildland firefighting service. It’s also appropriate because wildland firefighting has been such an integral part of the career path for so many firefighters working today.
Our Vice President, Joe Woyjeck, envisions the display as an interactive display. "It's more of a personal thing, with their faces, the fires, the dates. It will tell a story." Our 1930 Moreland will be the centerpiece of the wildland display," according to Joe. "It came to us from the State Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention." That department was the beginning of the Los Angeles County Fire Department that we know today.
Stand by, we will bring you more information on this memorial as it progresses.
The Kevin Woyjeck Memorium has been
moved to our Memorium page.
You Can Help Us Out
Ralph's Grocery is giving $2,500,00 to non-profits this year.
The Museum wants to earn our share, and YOU are the key!
Just connect your Ralph's rewards card to the Museum.
First, please get a Ralph's rewards card. If you already have one you are ready to help out your favorite museum. Register your card at the community section of the Ralph's Website.
If you have already registered then go the website and sign in. After you sign in, under Find Your Organization, type in Los Angeles County Fire Museum, or type in our organization number: 94220
Now every time you go grocery shopping at Ralph's and swipe your rewards card, you will be sending cash to the museum! :-) Please shop at Ralphs and eat well!
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