The 'Proud Bird'... One December Mourn

Saturday, January 06, 2007 |

LAFD Firefighters at work...Stop by the LAFD Museum and Memorial in Hollywood, and you'll learn that Los Angeles Firefighters maintain a strong reverence for history, and for the memory of those who have paid the ultimate price in their service to the City.

The LAFD Historical Society reminds us that while our Brothers and Sisters killed in the line of duty might seem distant to others, they were beloved co-workers and dedicated public servants who once started their day alongside us...

Every morning, at approximately 5AM, the smell of coffee starts to fill the apparatus floors and kitchens in 103 fire stations across Los Angeles and in the basement of City Hall East (OCD - fire dispatch and Public Service). The quiet voices of firefighters and sounds of doors closing, showers, and other morning activity can be heard.

Unlike any other profession, these are the sounds of the daily shift changes at the Los Angeles Fire Department. Every morning, one of three platoons of firefighters arrive at work, to relieve those who have been on duty for the previous 24 hours. It is a routine that does not change, no matter the day, the time of year, or the weather.

Firefighters, unlike nearly any other profession, live together 24 hours at a time. It is an aspect of the job that makes it unique and unless you’ve spent a few shifts working and living with firefighters, it’s not easy to understand the bond and trust that exists between these individuals...

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department