The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation (LAFD Foundation) is a non-profit organization that provides funding for the needs of our city’s firefighters. About 97% of the city’s budget for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) covers salaries and benefits, this leaves just 3% to cover the cost of essential equipment, new technology and training to help firefighters do their job.
That’s where we step in.
Our goal is to raise money from businesses and individuals to provide our firefighters the best tools to serve Los Angeles.
Equipment Every LAFD Firefighter Needs
The Foundation assists each of the LAFD’s 3,300 firefighters in some way by providing crucial pieces of equipment that help keep them safe and save time. Some items include lightweight brush helmets, powerful flashlights and durable hydration backpacks (photo left). Other ways our organization assists the department in maintaining exceptional fire protection and emergency medical services is by providing equipment like night-vision goggles, drones and swift-water rescue boats.
The Adopt-A-Fire-Station Program
The Adopt-A-Fire-Station (AAFS) Program improves the working and living conditions for firefighters and paramedics in every fire station. Working in 24-hour shifts, stations are not only a workplace but also members’ second home. Everyday household items like washers, dryers, ice machines, coffee makers, kitchen facets, refrigerators, etc. are used around the clock. When one of these items breaks due to the heavy usage, a replacement is not covered in the city’s budget.
Funding LAFD Programs
The Foundation provides ongoing funding for numerous LAFD programs, including in-service training, leadership, and youth.
The In-Service Training Section (ISTS) provides training to the members of the LAFD, ensuring that all personnel are trained to the highest levels of competency. ISTS consists of some of the following EMS Training, DMV/Driver Training, Smoke Recognition, and Car Extraction Training. The LAFD Foundation funds this section with tools and equipment that allow the LAFD members to learn various skills efficiently and responsibly. For more information on the ISTS and the other sections in the Training and Support Bureau, visit lafd.org.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy provides a skill set that builds upon the foundation for successful leaders. The academy was developed at the United States Military Academy at West Point and was adapted to the leadership concerns of the fire service today. The LAFD Foundation is the proud sole sponsor of this program. With the belief that an organization is only as good as its leader, our Foundation encourages those seeking to strengthen their leadership skills to join this program. For more information on the LAFD Leadership Academy, visit lafd.org.
The four LAFD Youth Programs the Foundation funds are Girls Camp, Youth F.I.R.E. Academies, Cadets, and Fire and EMS Magnet High Schools. These exciting programs offer students the opportunity to learn about a career in the fire service through engaging task-driven activities where they develop skills in leadership, teamwork, and overall confidence. These skills are invaluable and can be applied to all aspects of their lives, whether they choose the fire service or not. For more information on these programs, visit joinlafd.org.