This year, the Department is reflecting on 25 years of giving since the Spark of Love Toy Drive began. It was 1992 when now retired Fire Captain Steve Valenzuela was working in the Public Information Office and recognized a need for a firefighter based program to collect toys for children in underserved communities.
Firefighters, law enforcement officers and U.S. Military personnel serving in the State of California’s 32nd Congressional District were honored for their heroism and outstanding service over the past year at the 3rd Annual Congressional Prayer Breakfast on Friday morning, November 17, 2017, at the Pacific Palms Resort.
Los Angeles County First District Supervisor Hilda Solis demonstrates her compassion for families in need throughout East Los Angeles each Thanksgiving with “Operation Gobble Gobble” — a program in its third year that provides turkeys, monetary donations and other resources to local agencies that support communities throughout the First District.
On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Los Angeles County Fire Department hosted “Los Angeles County Fire 101,” a behind-the-scenes VIP tour for key community partners from the ten cities and seven unincorporated areas Division I serves.
On October 28, 2017, Los Angeles County First District Supervisor Hilda Solis joined with local organizations and artists for “Downtown Dia De Los Muertos: Noche de Ofrenda” — a week long exhibition of altars and art in Grand Park LA.
On Thursday, November 2, 2017, women from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, including Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence and Lifeguard Section Chief Chris Linkletter, attended the Women’s Leadership Conference “Awaken Anew” presented by the Los Angeles County Public Works Women’s Leadership Council at the Pasadena Convention Center.
Ten Los Angeles County firefighters graduated on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute as part of the program’s 243rd class. The ceremony was held in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino Community College in Torrance.
The California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (Cal-JAC) honored both the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Local 1014 with the Partners in Success award at its 14th Biennial Conference at the Westin Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage on Thursday, November 2, 2017.