Imagine you're fast asleep after a long day at work when suddenly alarms start blaring, the clock reads 3:08 a.m., a dispatcher's voice dictating details of yet another 9-1-1 call. Jumping out of bed and in less than one minute, you're geared up in your turnout, boots, and run to join the team and report to the newest incident.
After the grueling hours attending the emergency, you return to the station exhausted. It is now 5:30 a.m., and while your shift ends at 8, you know you will be reporting to several more calls before clocking out. You go to the kitchen to make yourself a cup of coffee and realize the machine is broken. Unfortunately, this is a small glimpse into what it's like at any Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) fire station.
The Adopt-A-Fire-Station (AAFS) Program improved firefighters' and paramedics' working and living conditions for all 106 LAFD fire stations.
Working in 24-hour shifts, stations are a workplace and members' second home. Everyday household items like washers, dryers, ice machines, coffee makers, kitchen faucets, refrigerators, etc., are used around the clock. When one of these items breaks due to heavy usage, a replacement is not covered by the city's budget.
Other Ways to Donate
- Call (310) 552-4139
- Inform staff that you would like to donate to a specific station
- Staff will ask for your credit card information
- Make check payable to “Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation” or the “LAFD Foundation.”
- Write in the memo the fire station you are donating to
- Mail check to 1700 Stadium Way, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90012
- You may mail or drop cash donations at the address listed in the header
- Please include a letter or note stating it is dedicated to the station
- Give an in-kind donation (ex: fitness equipment, washer/dryer, etc.) by visiting supportLAFD.org/inkind.