In the mid-1970s, two Los Angeles County firefighters began what would become the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association. By the end of the 80’s, our museum formally organized under the State of California as a not-for-profit public benefit corporation.
The Association acquired and still maintain a space in the Department Headquarters in Los Angeles, storage units at the Department’s Air facility in Pacoima, and a large warehouse in South Gate. Around the year 2000, the Association was granted use (rental) of an old auto repair shop in Bellflower. This facility became the first public face for the Association.
The Los Angeles County Fire Museum became the brand for the public face around this time. The County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association is the official organization that oversees all of the Museum’s assets.
In July of 2018, the City of Bellflower became a partner with the Association and now the new public face of the Museum is located on the bottom floor of Bellflower’s MAYNE EVENTS CENTER. The auto body repair building was purchased by the Association the same year and now houses the Los Angeles County Fire Museum’s “The Shop”, the place where all the hard restoration work is now performed.