The Final Journey: Space Shuttle Endeavour Arrives Safely at the California Science Center

Sunday, October 14, 2012 |

LOS ANGELES - The Space Shuttle Endeavour has completed its final journey, finishing a 12 mile route on Southern California streets to arrive safely at the California Science Center.

Click here to view a larger map of
the Space Shuttle Endeavour's route to the California Science Center

The California Science Center Foundation and various State and City agencies - including the Los Angeles Fire Department, worked together for months to plan for the safe movement of Endeavour. At 122 feet long, 78 feet wide and 5 stories tall at the tail, Endeavour was one of the largest objects ever transported over city streets in Los Angeles.

The public is encouraged to visit Endeavour after it opens for permanent public exhibit at the California Science Center beginning October 30, 2012. Although the Endeavour exhibit is free of charge, it is recommended that visitors reserve a timed ticket online for $3, or $2 for Science Center members.

To learn more about Endeavour's new home, please visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...

What a waste of LAFD resources, personnel, time and overtime money. I was assigned to support the incident and in my opinion, the amount of LAFD resources and personnel committed to the moving of the shuttle was ridiculous. Absolutely overkill on the part of the LAFD. Window dressing to keep up with LAPD.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 6:45,

Thank you for venting your personal opinion in a polite manner. We certainly would feel more productive answering your questions directly than responding after the fact to declaration - but please let us try :)

The transfer of Space Shuttle Endeavour from Florida to its permanent home in Exposition Park took several months of planning by countless agencies - including LAFD.

Before the requisite City of Los Angeles permits were issued, there was a formal agreement in place with the California Science Center (CSC) to underwrite the expense to our City - and the CSC has reportedly placed *many millions* of dollars into City coffers to cover the costs to the myriad entities involved - including LAFD.

The vast majority (but certainly not all) public safety personnel involved with the Endeavour transition were on-duty crews assigned to units already staffed and scheduled to be working those days - including LAFD.

To balance workload, there was a rotation of many public safety units into-and-out-of the 12 mile route which stretched to three calendar days - including LAFD.

With 20-20 hindsight - - were something similar to ever happen again - - we're confident in saying there would be significant changes in logistics and deployment among the many municipal agencies involved - including LAFD.

As someone who was assigned to the event, we trust your formal post-incident review (submitted through channels via LAFD Form F-225) will not only detail any remaining concern, but also offer the solutions you feel necessary for our agency to do its best in assuring top value service at minimal possible cost now and in the future.

In closing, we hope to stress two points clearly.

First, our agency is not competing with any other. We never have been, and never will be. The only competition faced by members of the LAFD are the men and women who stare back at them in the mirror.

Secondly, as a valued member of our agency, we would remind you of the ethical responsibility of every LAFD member to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse of City resources.

As firefighters, we know well the expression "never lay short". Thankfully we did not, and the more than 5 dozen people, many of them medically fragile, who needed swift pre-hospital care along the route were quickly in the caring and competent hands of LAFD responders like you.

The LAFD need to operationally scale at this slow moving but logistically challenging event was different than a typical "parade deployment". As such there were many lessons learned. We trust you'll join us in actively sharing the one's you may have experienced and know best of.

Fraternally Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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