The Los Angeles County Fire Department is responsible for protecting the lives and property of 4 million residents living in 1.23 million housing units in 60 cities and all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
With nearly 4,000 firefighters, the Los Angeles County Fire Department is responsible for providing fire protection and emergency medical service delivery to 4.1 million residents living in 1.25 million housing units in 59 cities and all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, along with the City of La Habra located in Orange County. The Fire Department’s service area includes suburban neighborhoods, city centers, commercial districts, sandy beaches, mountain ranges, and more.
Fire & Rescue Resources
- 176 fire stations
- 251 engine companies
- 73 paramedic units
- 34 truck companies
- Five swift water rescue units
- Three hazardous materials squads
- Two urban search and rescue squads
- Two fire boats
The Los Angeles County Fire Department Training and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau was created to address the growing EMS needs across the County. In total, EMS 9-1-1 calls comprise nearly 85 percent of the Department’s responses. The Department is committed to providing prompt, clinically skilled, and caring medical service to ensure positive outcomes for everyone, every time.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s mission starts in Dispatch. Our Department dispatchers are responsible for processing all 9-1-1 emergency and non-emergency calls, along with dispatching firefighters, paramedics, and others to the scene. The dispatch team works in collaboration with numerous first responder public safety agencies, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, and others to ensure a coordinated response to emergency incidents throughout the Los Angeles County region.
During major incidents, the Department will activate Region I expanded dispatch to coordinate local resources for Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and San Luis Obispo Counties.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department maintains a fleet of ten helicopters for paramedic transport, hoist rescues and wildland firefighting. Contract aircraft are also available during wildfire season.
- 5 Sikorsky S-70 Firehawks
- 5 Bell 412 helicopters
- 2 Bombardier CL-415 Super Scoopers (seasonal lease)
Fire Suppression Camps
The Los Angeles County Fire Department staffs camps year-round for fire suppression, fire road maintenance, and miscellaneous projects.
- 4 paid camps
- 5 correctional camps
Heavy Equipment Unit
The Los Angeles County Fire Department operates 10 dozers and other specialized equipment.
With nearly 800 team members in the Department’s Lifeguard Division, lifeguards are responsible for protecting 72 miles of coastline, including 31 miles of sandy beaches and Catalina Island.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department is home to a variety of world-renowned specialty resources and highly skilled team members, including our urban search and rescue (USAR) personnel. The Department’s USAR program is designed to provide specialized and technical rescues.
The Department provides two 24-hour USAR task forces geographically located throughout the County:
- USAR 103 – 7300 South Paramount Boulevard, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
- USAR 136 – 3650 Bolz Ranch Road, Palmdale, CA 93551
The Department is also home to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) USAR team known as California Task Force 2 (CA-TF2) and the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) USAR team known as USA-2. Both teams have responded to numerous local, national, and international disasters.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department is home to a variety of world-renowned specialty resources and highly skilled team members, including our hazardous materials (Haz Mat) firefighters. The Department’s Haz-Mat program is designed to address the natural, technological, or purposeful response challenges, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats to our communities and national security.
The Department provides four 24-hour Haz Mat units geographically located throughout the County:
- Haz Mat 43 – 921 South Stimson Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746
- Haz Mat 105 – 18915 South Santa Fe Avenue, Compton, CA 90221
- Haz Mat 129 – 42110 6th Street West, Lancaster, CA 93534
- Haz Mat 150 – 19190 Golden Valley Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91387
The Los Angeles County Fire Department has a very engaged Homeland Security team that works with numerous local, State, and federal agencies and governments to ensure the safety, security, and resilience of Los Angeles County against terrorism and other all-risk hazards.