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November 1st is our next open house. Due to the busy holiday season, we will not be open on December 6th. So please plan your visits for November 1st or January (date to be announced).
10th ANNIVERSARY OF JAMES O. PAGE'S DEATH
September 4th was the 10th anniversary of the death of James O. Page. His legacy carries on through his involvement with the beginnings of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Paramedic Program, involvement with the EMERGENCY! TV show, his tenure with the Los Angeles County Fire Museum, and so much more...
James O. Page was a giant figure in the history of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Since his sudden death on September 4, 2004, the fire service publishing world was first on scene via the internet to tell the amazing story of his life. When he was laid to rest in Carlsbad, California, by his family, colleagues and friends. History will remember him as one of the most influential fire chiefs in the fire service in the 20th century.*
Jim Page began his fire service career in 1957. While working his way through the ranks he completed his undergraduate education and law school at night. He has been a licensed California attorney since 1971. As a Battalion Chief with Los Angeles County, he coordinated the implementation of the Department’s paramedic rescue services. At the same time, he served as technical consultant and writer for the “Emergency!” television series. In 1973, he took a deferred retirement from the fire department and spent ten years based on the east coast – as Chief of EMS for the State of North Carolina, and as Executive Director of the non-profit ACT (Advanced Coronary Treatment) Foundation.
In 1979, he founded Jems Communications, publishers of JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) and FireRescue Magazine. In 1984, Jim returned to the California fire service. In 1989, he retired as Fire Chief for the City of Monterey Park and returned to full-time service as President of Jems Communications. In 1995 he was honored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs when they created the annual “James O. Page Award of Excellence.” In 2000, he was featured by Fire Chief Magazine as one of the 20 most influential fire chiefs of the 20th Century. He served on the Museum's board of dirctors from 1996.
To read more about the legacy of James O. Page, please go to our biography page
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Help the Museum by helping our friends. Enjoy great food and Firehouse atmosphere at the Firehouse Chefs Restaurant.
16530 Bellflower Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706
Come by the Museum on September 6th for our open house and go to the restaurant for lunch afterwards. What a great way to spend the day!
Katie Conner of ABC 15 Prescott, Arizona
Interview with Joe & Bobby Woyjeck
Here is a "flasback" from our Summer 2003 Fire Warden newsletter. Chief Keith Klinger made Wald Disney an honorary fire chief for his love of fire apparatus.
LA Co Fire Museum highlightes posting:
See California has featured the LA Co Fire Muesum on the cover of California's top travel website!
On February 20th, the City of Bellflower, CA held their State of the City luncheon and program. Here we present the logo the Bellflower City Council has promoted for their "BUILDING A BETTER BELLFLOWER" theme for 2014. Notice that it is the rendering of the possible future home of our Museum. There is much to be done to make it happen, and we thank the City Council and those who continue to support our future as a major centerpiece of the revitilization of the City of Bellflower.
Our collection is in danger of being damaged. Help us put on a new roof:
During the very heavy rains we experienced in Southern California in February, our roof POURED water on our collection. We had a very dangerous situation with a waterfall hitting one of our main electrical boxes and we had to stop working and leave the building, water just missed pouring on the steamer we have been restoring for 20 years, pouring on our artifacts, the Squad, and more. We have done everything we can to this point to "band aid" the roof. But, now we know, we need a new one. We have worked very hard to provide a world class collection of Los Angeles County Fire Department history, and it is in danger of being heavily damaged, or in the case of our artifacts and periodicals, lost.
PLEASE help us out, the new roof will be $40,000. This will be money taken away from our other work, collection restoration, and maintenance. Go to our Donation page right now, donate and make the dedication to the new roof.
You know about our hard restoration work on Engine 51, seen here at this year's Firehouse World. We can't protect it without your help before the next heavy rainfall. The word out there is El Nino is just a few months away.
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.
We have put up 5 new videos to share with you. With the generous sponsorship of Valvoline, the videos are a great introductions to our Museum.
We wish to thank Valvoline for their generous renewal of sponsorship for 2014.
This announcement made our day!
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!
Tell your friends! Download this PDF, print and share. Thank you for supporting the Los Angeles County Fire Museum.
MUSEUM RANDOM SHOT
by President, Paul Schneider
We found this image online while searching through the USC digital library and it works well for this Fire Warden’s edition of “Random Shot”. This is the original Truck 8. In fact this is the first LA County Truck Company placed in service. Prior to our Department having a truck company certain engines carried extension ladders of up to 45’ in length. Most of the areas our Department served did not have structures that could not be accessed by these ladders. A notable exception was the Hollywood/Sherman areas served by Engines 7 and 8.
It is hard to believe that our Department was nearly twenty-five years old before we finally placed a truck company in service. Then again it’s hard to believe our Department was sixty-five years old before we bought a tiller truck but I digress. The first truck was Truck 8 and the second was Truck 27. These two trucks were built by American LaFrance and were of the mid mount variety which allowed for a good selection of wooden ground ladders, the longest of which was a 50’ extension. Mid mount refers to the aerial being mounted directly behind the engine as opposed to the rear mount trucks that our Department operated exclusively from the early 1970s to 1989. Our “Snorkels” were also rear mounts.
The reason I chose this picture was not so much for the truck as for the kids on it. When I was a boot (I know OP, I’m still a boot to you) I remember the Captains referring to us new guys as kids. I just dismissed those comments as being what “old” guys just felt compelled to say. When we were beating the hell out of each other all night, the Captain’s would just shake their heads and mutter “damn kids”.
When we wore our dinner instead of ate it, “damn kids”, when we poured out of the smoking ruins of a burned up building, smiling ear to ear, “damn kids”, when we made each other laugh when we wanted to cry, “damn kids”. Well now I’m the old guy and when I look at this picture I see my guys. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love it.