COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES FIRE MUSEUM ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
L to R: Tim McIntyre, Pete Martinez, Ernie Ramirez, Dave Boucher, Paul Oyler, Paul Schneider, Gil Garcia, Joe Woyjeck
Taken in the boardroom located at The Shop. Missing: Directors Danny Dingillo & Rick Klemundt
Los Angeles County Fire Museum
Paul Oyler started his LACoFM commitment as Battalion Representative in 1986 and has been active with the Museum ever since. After 37 years in the fire service, the last 30 with Los Angeles County, Captain Oyler retired in 2016. Retirement came at just the right time to help open the public facility of the Fire Museum every Wednesday-Saturday and to assist in preparing for the grand opening of the new museum on July 14th, 2018. Aside from his presidential duties, Oyler is also Membership Chair and manages the public Museum facility. Paul’s plan is to build up the museum’s experience for our visitors.
VICE PRESIDENT - DOCENT
Ernie Ramirez started his career with the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1981 and retired as a Captain in 2018 with 37 years of service. He became involved with the Museum in 2017 and became an Interim-Director in 2018. Ernie has done a great job recruiting, training and coordinating our Docents. He also currently works with Guest Relations on marketing the Museum to the public. Captain Ramirez can usually be found a couple days a week at the Museum welcoming guests and helping out anyway possible.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Los Angeles County Fire Museum
Gilbert (Gil) Garcia has been a member of the Museum since he was hired as a Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatcher in September 1991. Following his assignment as the Department’s first Dispatch Training Coordinator, Gil began actively volunteering his time to the Museum; meetings, tours, events. etc. After 16 years and a few promotions later, Gil’s County career took him away from the Fire Department but he remained dedicated to the mission of the Museum to preserve the Department’s history. Eventually Gil was voted in as a Board Member. In these many years, he has been a part of Project 51 ‘The Road to DC’, the implementation of monthly museum open houses, and the opening of the new Museum in 2018. Gil continues his work to promote the Museum for the pride of our members and the enjoyment of our visitors.
Captain Paul Schneider has been a Los Angeles County Firefighter since December of 1988. In 1989 he became involved with the Los Angeles County Fire Museum and was charged with the care and maintenance of one of the Museum’s newest acquisitions at that time. He has been involved in many of the restorations performed by our organization and is the current Museum President. Captain Schneider is a third generation Firefighter and has been the Captain of Engine Company 16 “C” Platoon located in South Central Los Angeles since May of 2008. He is committed to the goals and success of the LA County Fire Museum and plans on staying active with the organization for many more years.
DIRECTOR - RESTORATION SPECIALIST
In March of 2017 Captain Joe Woyjeck retired from the Los Angeles County Fire Department where he spent nearly 37 years. Woyjeck is committed to historical preservation of the fire service and is currently the Restoration Specialist of the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association. His handy-work can be seen in many restoration projects, and he has chaired numerous events including but not limited to, the 200th Paramedic class graduation, the EMS 50th Celebration, the extremely popular 51 In Quarters and the new Los Angeles County Fire Museum Grand Opening event in 2018. Joe has been with the Museum for over 20 years and has twice been the President of the LA County Fire Museum. Joe manages The Shop where all our restorations occur.
His son, Kevin Woyjeck, was one of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died June 30, 2013. Kevin spent many hours volunteering at the Fire Museum.
DIRECTOR - LACoFD ENGINEER Engine 9
Tim McIntyre is known as Mac around the Department and the Museum. Mac is currently serving as an Engineer on LACoFD Engine 9, he has been serving the public since he was hired by the Fire Department in 1993. He is a third generation LACoFD firefighter. As a member of our Executive Board, McIntyre is our merchandise and sales manager, among many other important jobs around our house.
Pete Martinez, known to us at the Museum as the “all around cool dude”, has served over 36 years on the LA County Fire Department. He is a Paramedic, Air Ops qualified and has served a few years at Air Ops. Martinez serves on the Department’s Pipe and Drum Corps. Pete’s involvement with the Museum began years ago and has served as a Director who is always ready and willing to help get things done!
DONATO "DANNY" DINGILLO
DIRECTOR - DOCENT
Donato “Danny” Dingillo joined the Fire Service in 1963 for the City of Downey Fire Department. He became a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. in 1968 promoting through the ranks as a Fireman Specialist, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief. Danny retired in 2000 as Assistant Fire Chief/Executive Staff. Dingillo has been a Docent with the Fire Museum since its opening in 2018 and became a Director of the Fire Museum in 2020.
Captain David Boucher, LACoFD (retired) serves as the Department’s and the Fire Museum’s Historian, authoring 3 books.
David served in the United States Army. He began his fire service in 1953 as an auxiliary fireman with the Altadena branch of the Crescenta-Canada Civil Defense Corps, serving for two years out of fire station 12. He worked with several Fire Departments through his career, and was hired by the LACoFD in 1964.
Captain Boucher was asked by Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman to become a call-back Captain to serve as the Department’s historian. He is pulling double duty to this day in this role since he provides his expertise as the historian for the Los Angeles County Fire Museum as well as serving on its Board of Directors. While serving as LACoFD Historian, Dave wrote two books on the the Los Angeles County Fire Department. His first, Ride the Devil Wind, which is the history of the Department, was published in 1991. His second book, Devil Wind Fire Wagons, is about the firefighting apparatus of the Department. Dave’s third book, Climbing the Ladder, is his biography along with stories of his fire service, serving in the Armed Forces in Germany, mixed in with historical facts on California, and his path through life.
Rick was elected as a Director in 2022. More information on Rick coming soon.
Sophia has been part of the LACo Fire Department for the better part of 21 years, married to FFS 127-C, Billy B. Johnson. Soon after his passing, Sophia was asked to join the Museums Guest Relations Team. Here she continues to remain a part of the Fire Family. The Museum is truly a family affair for her, often found at our Work Day Wednesdays, is her cousin Theo Schaper. Both of them are long time friends of the Woyjeck Family. Sophia has two grown sons, Tyler and Matthew. In her free time, she can be found enjoying Disneyland with many of her family and friends.
KATHY ST. AMANT
It all started when Kathy was a jeweler and her best client was the LA County Lifeguard’s Chief Don Rohrer. From that relationship, she got the job to manage the rebuild of the LACo Fire Department’s website in 2003. While working at LACoFD Headquarters, Kathy met Division Chiefs, the Department and Museum’s Historian Dave Boucher, and the Museum’s then President Joe Woyjeck. The rest is history, and Kathy has been contracting with the Museum ever since. She is the Webmaster, the editor, designer, and production manager of the Fire Warden, along with many other media and tech tasks for the Museum.