Club members' interests include observing firefighters in action, photography, monitoring fire department radio traffic and collecting fire department related memorabilia.
What is Box 15?
The Box 15 Club of Los Angeles was established in 1949 and takes its name from LAFDʼs street fire alarm box number 15 located in San Pedro near the Port of Los Angeles.
Box 15 was the box "struck" for the 1947 explosion and fire aboard the S.S. Markay berthed in the Los Angeles harbor. This fire event brought the largest response of fire apparatus (to that date) in the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Members of The Box 15 Club actively share information about the fire service at monthly meetings and through a popular newsletter. The club has a strong working relationship with Fire Departments throughout the region, allowing members to volunteer their assistance or attend various fire department functions.
Among the popular aspects of belonging to The Box 15 Club is a regular opportunity to visit fire department facilities, including airport rescue firefighting stations, neighborhood fire stations, fire department communications centers, air operations facilities and fire boats.
The Box 15 Club is involved with the Old Plaza Firehouse museum in downtown Los Angeles, erected in 1884 as Los Angeles' first city built fire station. The club has helped restore the museum, contributed historical artifacts for display, and members often volunteer to supplement the museum staff.
Meetings of The Box 15 Club are held on the 4th Friday of the month, at 7:30 PM, at the Old Plaza Firehouse museum, located at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Olvera Street across from Union Station. All are welcome!
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department