Grand Opening of LAFD Air Operations at Van Nuys Airport

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 |

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to join civic and community leaders, including Fire Chief Douglas Barry, at the public dedication and grand opening of the City's newest municipal aviation facility.

Saturday, May 31, 2008
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LAFD Air Operations, Air Support & Helicopter Maintenance
Van Nuys Airport

We strongly encourage you to view a flyer with important information for this event, and are pleased to provide an interactive map with driving directions to a special parking site for all attendees, from which free shuttle service will be provided.

PLEASE NOTE: Because this is an active airport facility, all attendees will be subject to security screening. Alcohol, glass bottles, coolers, large tote bags, pets, bicycles, skates and skateboards are strictly prohibited.

Following Saturday's dedication ceremony, there will be food and entertainment as well as a chance to tour Southern California's newest municipal facility, which serves the Los Angeles Fire Department and allied agencies.

All members of the community are welcomed to this family-themed public event.

The new LAFD Air Operations and Airport Fire/Rescue facility, also known as Fire Station 114, replaces cramped and inefficient buildings that were used for more than three decades, and deemed deficient in operational and safety issues affecting air operations including; take off and landing clearances, helicopter parking and hanger space, clearance between helicopters, parts storage capabilities, and noise affecting the neighborhood.

To learn more about this and other Los Angeles Fire Department facilities modernized by Proposition F, please visit:

The men and women of the LAFD look forward to seeing you and your family on Saturday, May 31, 2008. Don't forget your camera!

Air Operations Grand Opening Flyer

(pre-event photos) (event photos)

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

I might be asking too late to get an answer but is there a schedule of events? I would like to see the dedication ceremony and was wondering what time that will be at.

Seems like it's going to be a nice event. Hopefully there will be a big turnout.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 11:20,

The special parking site mentioned above is expected to open at 9:00AM, with continuous free shuttle service to the new facility.

Depending on the influx of attendees, the formal dedication, (brief) speeches, ribbon and cake cutting will commence inside a large hangar at (or very shortly after) 10:00 AM.

Immediately thereafter, the public will be allowed on the ramp for displays, merchandise and information booths, photo opps, food, music, bus tours of the airport and the like.

You won't be disappointed.

While this is not technically an air show, we do anticipate several helicopter flight demonstrations, which will likely come between 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM.

I'm regretfully off-duty and away from Los Angeles at the moment, and don't have a more specific timetable to offer.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at Van Nuys Airport!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for the quick response Brian. The day should be beautiful, I think it's going to be a very fun event. I'll need to run fast in the morning as the LAPD memorial run is that morning too but hopefully I can make the dedication in time. I enjoy watching Chief Barry speak about the department. If not the entire day sounds fun. Plenty to see all day.

Thanks for the info on this and in general. You folks do a great job with this site and with the LAFD alerts. Thanks for all of your hard work.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 1:37,

You are most welcome. It is pleasing to know that others understand and appreciate our non-stop effort to 'think outside the box' in keeping our stakeholders informed.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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