The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bellflower Events Center and Los Angeles County Fire Museum took place Thursday, Sept. 22. Event photos by Douglas G. Morrison; museum renderings courtesy County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association.
by Nicole Mooradian
Officials from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the city of Bellflower and the County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association (CLAFMA) officially broke ground for the Bellflower Events Center and Los Angeles County Fire Museum on Thursday, Sept. 22.
Chief Deputy David Richardson and Deputy Chief John Tripp, among others, represented the Fire Department at the groundbreaking; Fire Captain Paul Schneider and Fire Captain Joe Woyjeck—president and vice president of CLAFMA, respectively—as well as the rest of the CLAFMA Board of Directors, also attended.
“The mission of the museum is to preserve our legacy,” Tripp said after the ceremony. He added that were it not for the efforts of the CLAFMA Board of Directors, the museum would still be a pipe dream.
“It’s been a small group of our people that have stayed dedicated to (the project) for so many years,” he said.
The partnership between Bellflower and CLAFMA for the museum has been nearly a decade in the making; the project took a huge step forward in the spring when the Bellflower City Council approved the Ledcor Group’s bid to build the event center and museum.
“We’ve been lucky for the relationship we have with the city,” Schneider said. “It’s going to be an amazing facility.”
Construction on the building is scheduled to start Nov. 7, Schneider said. The facility will be located at 16400 Bellflower Blvd. in Bellflower.