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Los Angeles Fire Department, Engine Company #30 members
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger.; Verso gives date of photograph between January 1, 1929 and July 20, 1929.
In September of 1871, George M. Fall, the County Clerk for Los Angeles County organized Engine Company No. 1. This volunteer firefighting force disbanded in 1874 after the City Council refused to purchase horses to pull the fire engine and hose jumper - equipment that had previously been hand-drawn to fires. Soon after, many of the former members reorganized under the name of Thirty-Eights-No. 1. In May 1875, Engine Co. No. 2 was organized under the name Confidence Engine Company. In 1877, the first horses were bought for the fire department. In 1878, a third fire company was formed and was named Park Hose Co. No. 1. Five years later, in 1883, the East Los Angeles Hose Co. No. 2 was formed. And the final volunteer company, called Morris Vineyard Hose Co. No. 3, forming in the fall of 1883. All of these companies remained in service until February 1, 1886, when the present paid Los Angeles Fire Department came into existence. When it was officially formed, it had 4 fire stations, 2 steam fire engines, 2 hose reels, a hose wagon, a 65' aerial ladder truck, 31 paid firefighters, 24 reserve firefighters, and 11 horses to protect 30 square miles and a population of 50,000. Today, the LAFD has 106 fire stations and nearly 3,600 uniformed personnel offering fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education and community service to a resident population of more than 4 million people who live in the agency's 471 square mile jurisdiction.
A group of African American firemen serving Los Angeles Fire Department, Engine Company #30 are pictured and identified as: Charlie M. Dean, Edward Freeman, Bennie T. Hooks, Clinton L. McDaniel, Theodore R. Webb, William E. Hall (Captain), Jackson L. Taylor (Captain), Joseph F. Wilson, L. E. Washington, Otis Brown, Walter R. Brown, Howard W. Jeffers, Paul J. McCarty, Frank Milton, and Harry A. Young. This company was formed in 1904 and was originally named Hose Company No. 3. On November 22, 1913 it became Engine Co. No. 30. Sixty-seven years later, in 1980, Engine Company #30 located at 1401 S. Central Avenue, closed.
1 photographic print :b&w ;25 x 17 cm. on sheet 26 x 21 cm.
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Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Fire Department.; S-004-834 4x5
Los Angeles (Calif.).--Fire Department
Engine companies--California--Los Angeles
Fire stations--California--Los Angeles
Fire fighters--California--Los Angeles

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