The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) rushed to assist the Santa Barbara County Fire Department on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, in response to the devastating effects of an immense rain-triggered mudslide that ravaged Montecito neighborhoods early Tuesday.
2017 marked the 25th year for the Spark of Love Toy Drive at the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). Exceeding initial expectations, an astounding 100,000 toys were given to children throughout Los Angeles County in partnership with local non-profit organizations serving children.
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.