LAFD Overview

It is the mission of the Los Angeles Fire Department to preserve life and property, promote public safety and foster economic growth through leadership, management and actions, as an all risk life safety response provider.
 
Operating Principles
1. Operate through Teamwork.
2. Operate to Position the Department for the Future.
3. Operate Ethically and with Integrity.
 
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is a full-spectrum life safety agency protecting more than four million people who live, work and play in America's second largest city. 
 
The men and women of your Los Angeles Fire Department are proud to serve you. Every day, the LAFD responds to more than 1,112 emergency responses. Department Rescue Ambulances (RAs) transport more than 571 people to area hospitals each day. The firefighters in all 106 fire stations within the City respond to traffic accidents, strokes, heart attacks, and without question - fire. We are dedicated to your safety. And every day we come to work, we consider it a privilege to protect and serve you.
 
The LAFD's 3,246 uniformed fire personnel protect life, property and the environment through their direct involvement in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education and community service. An equally committed non-sworn cadre of 353 professional support personnel provide technical and administrative expertise in their corresponding pursuit of the department's mission.
 
A total of 1,018 uniformed firefighters (including 270 serving as Firefighter/Paramedics), are always on duty at fire department facilities citywide, including 106 neighborhood fire stations strategically located across the Department's 471 square-mile jurisdiction.

 


In 2013, the core statistics for the Los Angeles Fire Department included:

  • The Los Angeles Fire Department has continued to see a rise in emergency responses, both pertaining to Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
  • The total number of incidents or individual calls for service in 2013, was 406,088; an increase of 2.2%.
  • 83.6% or 339,379 of those calls were for Emergency Medical Service.
  • There were 867,027 individual fire department company responses in 2013; up by 1.2%.
  • 705,786 of those responses were for Emergency Medical Service. That is a 0.6% increase.
  • The Los Angeles Fire Department transported 208,553 patients to area hospitals. A year-to-year increase of 0.2%.
  • We reported 8068 structure fires in 2013 and the rapid actions of our firefighters saved over a billion dollars in property. That is an increase of 428 structure fires from 2012.
  • We have seen a 9% decrease in fire related civilian injuries with just 80 fire related injuries last year.
  • Tragically, 23 civilian lost their lives in fire last year, but this is among the lowest fire fatality rate of any large city.