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Serving with Courage, Integrity, and Pride

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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.  [ Watch Video ]

The LAFD's 3,586 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 1,104 uniformed firefighters (including 242 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 2011, 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 2011, was 379,437; an increase of 1.7%.
  • 83.5% or 316,866 of those calls were for Emergency Medical Service.
  • There were 826,924 individual fire department company responses in 2011; up by 3.9%.
  • 661,765 of those responses were for Emergency Medical Service. That is a 4.1% increase.
  • The Los Angeles Fire Department transported 195,827 patients to area hospitals. A year-to-year increase of 2.1%.
  • We responded to 8099 structure fires in 2011 and the rapid actions of our firefighters saved over a billion dollars in property. That is a decrease of 12 structure fires from 2010.
  • We have seen a 4.9% decrease in fire related civilian injuries with just 97 fire related injuries last year.
  • Tragically, 18 civilian lost their lives in fire last year but this is the lowest fire fatality rate for any large city.
  • Unfortunately, as you all may remember, we lost one member of the LAFD, Firefighter Glenn Allen who died in a line of duty death in 2011.

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