2021 Funding Priorities
City resources are finite. Demands on the Los Angeles Fire Department ("LAFD") are seemingly endless. The men and women of the LAFD have immediate funding needs for gear, equipment, and programs that help keep them safe in the line of duty.
These needs range from resources for wildfire season and widespread emergencies, to equipment for everyday incidents and specialty units.
Approximately 97% of the city’s budget for the LAFD goes towards personnel costs, leaving just 3% to fund essential equipment, new technology and training programs.
Our Foundation works directly with LAFD leadership to identify critical funding gaps and provides ways for the public to help.
Donations are channeled directly into tools and tangible resources that help save lives. Donor dollars are spent swiftly and responsibly, making an immediate impact where they are needed most.
The LAFD Foundation is actively seeking funds to equip our LAFD firefighters with the following:
As Los Angeles continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) remains on the front lines responding to 9-1-1 calls by patients who exhibit COVID symptoms.
Safety and cleanliness must be of the utmost importance. The LAFD is busy sanitizing and decontaminating the fire stations in order to minimize the spread among first responders. An essential task, however, the current cleaning method is time consuming and costly. With the increase in calls due to the virus, efficiency can save lives.
The LAFD Foundation is seeking funding of UV germicidal irradiation equipment which will decontaminate the ambulances, various apparatus, and the fire stations faster. This disinfecting technology is also effective against most viruses and bacteria and will have ongoing use beyond the current pandemic needs.
With your help, we can purchase these UV machines to improve efficient cleaning in high touch areas that will protect our firefighters and their patients.
Total cost = $85,000
STRUCTURE FIRE BAILOUT SYSTEMS
High rise and multi-level structure fires can create dangerous and unpredictable environments for firefighters. In extreme situations when an incident is deemed unsafe, firefighters may have no choice but to escape by deploying this bailout system to safely rappel down the outside of a building.
Deployed as a last resort, this system is comprised of three main components:
- a harness/attachment;
- a descending rope; and
- a safety hook.
The LAFD needs to purchase additional bailout equipment and modify its aging escape systems to ensure maximum safety for our firefighters.
BRUSH CLEARANCE TOOLS + EQUIPMENT
Clearing brush, cutting fire roads and creating natural barriers in anticipation of fire season can save homes and lives. The process is labor-intensive and exhausting. These rugged kits are specially designed to help firefighters and ground crews cut through brush and remove potential fuel sources.
Engineered to the rigorous performance specs of the LAFD, these chainsaws and hand tools allow our firefighters to cut,dig and scrape away brush down to the soil to create linear “breaks” or gaps in vegetation to help with fire containment. These tools are also used year-round for brush clearance and fire prevention.
Each kit is comprised of a variety of tools and protective equipment. The main components are:
This specialized chainsaw is lightweight for easy maneuverability, and extra sturdy to cut through logs, fallen tree limbs and heavy brush.
This lightweight shovel is ideal for cutting through tree limbs and brush, digging out burning material, throwing soil on flaming fuel and scraping combustible material down to mineral soil.
This modified shovel can clear land quickly and is ideal for chipping and cutting through grass and brush. The Rhino is lightweight, extremely durable and helps to minimize firefighter fatigue.
The Pulaski is a special hand tool, part axe and part adze blade. The Pulaski is especially hand in creating fire breaks - sections of land devoid of vegetation which can help contain brush fires. Firefighters chop down trees with the axe side, cutting away roots and shrubs and dig barriers with with the adze blade.
Brush clearance kits also include important safety equipment from protective eye wear, to Kevlar chaps for the chainsaw operators.