Every 36 seconds, a unit rolls out.

Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, the firefighters and paramedics of the Los Angeles Fire Department must be prepared for anything. Structure fires. Brush fires. Auto accidents. Medical emergencies. Last year, across this city of 4 million, the department responded to more than 750,000 calls for help. Committed to our safety, the men and women of the LAFD are trained to confront threats and dangers the rest of us seek to avoid.

But there’s a problem.

While city governments nationwide do their best to fund public services, times are tough. Everyone has had to improvise. And the LAFD is no exception: With 96 percent of its budget allocated for salaries and benefits, there’s little room for supplemental funds to replace and upgrade basic equipment, including helmets, tools, exercise gear — even kitchen supplies.

That’s where we come in.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation is the LAFD’s primary source for private financial support: a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to helping to purchase equipment, training, and other items not covered by the city’s budget. Since 2010, the Foundation has raised more than $2 million for the LAFD — to come to the aid of our first responders.

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