Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Los Angeles County Fire Museum The LA County Fire Museum is a State of California non-profit organization. One of the museum's first donated pieces was the famous Squad 51 from the hit television show "Emergency!" Come & see antique fire engines - artifacts dating to the 1860s.

Operating as usual

10/07/2021

19/6/21
A little bit of BLING was test fit on the Emergency Ambulance today.

9/3/21The top to the 1969 Ambulance went back on today…
10/04/2021

9/3/21
The top to the 1969 Ambulance went back on today…

Always fighting the good fight!!
10/03/2021

Always fighting the good fight!!

As many already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Raising awareness is something we are passionate about h...
10/02/2021

As many already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Raising awareness is something we are passionate about here at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum. Cancer is no stranger to many of our members, family and friends. We stand with each of them in their fight. Our very own Roy (The Shop) & Sophia (Guest Relations) have both battled this disease. We proudly return our Breast Cancer shirt for the 3rd year!! As always, proceeds from this shirt will go to charity. Also, for the month of October, admission is FREE with purchase & all month long when you wear it in to visit us!! Thank you for your continued support in this fight with us!! #breastcancerawarenessmonth #lacofiremuseum #breastcancershirt #survivors

10/02/2021

Our Donnelly page is up and working and standing the test of the last few days of operation. Please check it out and leave your comments honoring Fireman Chet Kelly. Tim Donnelly will be missed. Unfortunately the comments you all posted to the page when we first put it up have been lost. We apologize for that and hope you will all repost your comments and sentiments.
Thank you all! I’m sure Mr. Donnelly’s family takes great comfort from the amazing outpouring of love and support.

Oct 1, 2021Today the 1969 Chevy Ambulance from the TV show EMERGENCY! Was delivered from the paint shop to the fire muse...
10/02/2021

Oct 1, 2021
Today the 1969 Chevy Ambulance from the TV show EMERGENCY! Was delivered from the paint shop to the fire museum restoration shop.
She is slated to be unveiled at the 50 year anniversary of EMERGENCY! Event in Jan of 2022.
Kenny’s body and paint in Bellflower, CA once again did not disappoint. If you need some body and paint work done and you want it done right call Jerry at (562)925-9531
They work well with insurance companies also…
They also own a tow company so help us support them as they support us!

Wohoooo,The Emergency! ambulance has been painted!!!!!
09/29/2021

Wohoooo,
The Emergency! ambulance has been painted!!!!!

09/29/2021
I 1969 Ambulance

1969 Suburban ambulance from the TV show “EMERGENCY!” Update…
We started the engine for the first time today and also ran it through the gears.
I saw the body today and it is painted.
Next week we may put the body back on the frame!!!!
It will unveiled at the 51 event January 14,15,16….

October is Cancer Awareness Month. Join the Los Angeles County Fire Museum in sharing the message. Our special edition T...
09/28/2021

October is Cancer Awareness Month. Join the Los Angeles County Fire Museum in sharing the message. Our special edition T-shirts will be on sale for the month. All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/engine-company-51/

October is Cancer Awareness Month. Join the Los Angeles County Fire Museum in sharing the message. Our special edition T-shirts will be on sale for the month. All proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Organization.

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/engine-company-51/

09/28/2021

Comments section on our Donnelly page is still not working. Please stand by.

09/26/2021

Our page dedicated to Tim Donnelly is once again experiencing difficulty. We have been assured the issue will be resolved by tomorrow. We will be looking for a new host site since GoDaddy doesn’t seem to be able handle the traffic we are experiencing. Please be patient and thank you all for your continued support. We will be posting updates tomorrow as soon as our site is working properly again.

09/26/2021
Deputy Chief Gary Lockhart’s flag ceremony

September 25,2021
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby presenting Chief Deputy Lockhart’s widow (Anita) a flag that was flown over the Los Angeles County Fire department Headquarters.
Thoughts and prayers to the Lockhart family from the staff of the Los Angeles County Fire Museum

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is hosting a “Ghost” in this years Bellflower Chamber of a Commerce Hunt! The hunt wi...
09/25/2021

The Los Angeles County Fire Museum is hosting a “Ghost” in this years Bellflower Chamber of a Commerce Hunt! The hunt will take place September 25 - October 6, 2021. Grand prize is a $250 Disney Gift Card! There will be many other prizes available!! The museum is offering FREE admission for anyone with a game board & participating in the Hunt. (a limited number of game boards available at the LACo Fire Museum) Join in for a Scary Good Time!! It should be Spooktacular!! #lacofiremuseum #bellflower #bellflowerchamberofcommerce #halloweenhunt #ghosthunt

Shots from the museum….
09/24/2021

Shots from the museum….

Our Tim Donnelly page is back up and running.  Please visit and leave comments.  Unfortunately all the previous comments...
09/22/2021

Our Tim Donnelly page is back up and running. Please visit and leave comments. Unfortunately all the previous comments you left have been lost. We are so upset over this.

Please click on the link below to be directed to a page on our website dedicated to sharing info regarding Tim Donnelly. We will post updates as we receive them from Mr. Donnelly’s family. Fans can also post sentiments that his family will see. Cast and crew of “Emergency!” are also posting their thoughts in honor of their friend on the page.
Thank you all for your patience!

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/emergencys-tim-donnelly/

Our Tim Donnelly page is back up and running. Please visit and leave comments. Unfortunately all the previous comments you left have been lost. We are so upset over this.

Please click on the link below to be directed to a page on our website dedicated to sharing info regarding Tim Donnelly. We will post updates as we receive them from Mr. Donnelly’s family. Fans can also post sentiments that his family will see. Cast and crew of “Emergency!” are also posting their thoughts in honor of their friend on the page.
Thank you all for your patience!

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/emergencys-tim-donnelly/

09/22/2021

Standby everyone. Our last post got so many responses our internet server crashed!

We at the Fire Museum are heartbroken as we sure all of you will be as well regarding the following news.  It is with de...
09/20/2021

We at the Fire Museum are heartbroken as we sure all of you will be as well regarding the following news.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our friend, Tim Donnelly, this weekend. Tim, as you know, played Chet Kelly on the show Emergency! among many other roles during his acting career. Tim is survived by his daughter, Ashley, two grandsons, his sister Kathleen and his brother Dennis. To all the Emergency! fans, we want you to know that he was very excited about coming to the Museum in January for the 50th Anniversary. Many of the Museum Board Members have great memories of Tim from our time on Project 51 and personal contact. To his daughter, grandchildren, and siblings, we offer our sincerest condolences. At this time, services have not been arranged. Cards may be directed to Dennis Donnelly, c/o Los Angeles County Fire Museum Association,
9834 Flora Vista St,
Bellflower, CA 90706.

Photos from Bay Area Firefighter's post
09/17/2021

Photos from Bay Area Firefighter's post

We at the LA County Fire Museum will never forget the innocent lives taken on this day 20 years ago at the World Trade C...
09/11/2021

We at the LA County Fire Museum will never forget the innocent lives taken on this day 20 years ago at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon and in a field in Shanksville. We will never forget all those who have died since as a direct result of their efforts working in the rubble of the twin towers and the Pentagon for months as they tirelessly and with no regard to their own safety, searched for the remains of the thousands of victims murdered that day. We also remember the thousands of American servicemen and servicewomen and who gave their lives and those who returned from the fight in defense of our country in the global war on terror. We remember all of America’s allies in that effort and those they have lost as well. And we remember all the families that lost loved ones on Sept.11, 2001 and the subsequent years because of that attack.

The Museum Team will spend the day at our Museum on Saturday the 11th. Come by and share as we remember and honor our br...
09/11/2021

The Museum Team will spend the day at our Museum on Saturday the 11th. Come by and share as we remember and honor our brothers and sisters who gave everything twenty years ago. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

The Museum Team will spend the day at our Museum on Saturday the 11th. Come by and share as we remember and honor our brothers and sisters who gave everything twenty years ago. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

Sept10,2021Today we had the pleasure of giving a tour of our shop and museum to land speed record holder Mr Al Teague an...
09/10/2021
Al Teague’s 409-MPH Speed Record Capped a Decades-Long Racing Career

Sept10,2021

Today we had the pleasure of giving a tour of our shop and museum to land speed record holder Mr Al Teague and a few of his friends.
They were all true gear heads with incredible knowledge of engines, transmissions and clutches.
It was fun talking motors with them and they were intrigued
with the engineering of the early engines in our old fire engines…

https://www.motortrend.com/features/al-teagues-409-mph-speed-record-capped-decades-long-racing-career/

On August 21, 1991, the LA Times reported that Al Teague had broken a 26-year-old record for a piston-driven car, 409.8-mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

We wish to announce that all the proceeds of the Patriot Day Shirt sales will go to the NYFD Fire Family Transport Found...
09/01/2021

We wish to announce that all the proceeds of the Patriot Day Shirt sales will go to the NYFD Fire Family Transport Foundation. Come on over and order yours today and help us support our NYFD brothers and sisters.

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/engine-company-51/

We wish to announce that all the proceeds of the Patriot Day Shirt sales will go to the NYFD Fire Family Transport Foundation. Come on over and order yours today and help us support our NYFD brothers and sisters.

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/engine-company-51/

Please join us at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum on Saturday, September 11 to honor and remember those who gave all.
09/01/2021

Please join us at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum on Saturday, September 11 to honor and remember those who gave all.

Please join us at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum on Saturday, September 11 to honor and remember those who gave all.

SEPTEMBER-11, WE WILL NEVER FORGET - Now you can show your support along with the LA County Fire Museum with this specia...
08/31/2021

SEPTEMBER-11, WE WILL NEVER FORGET - Now you can show your support along with the LA County Fire Museum with this special Patriot Day T-shirt. A one of a kind memorial you will be proud to wear year around. These will sell out fast, so order yours today. You will receive it in time if ordered by Sept. 6th. Available in Men's, Women's and Youth sizes in blue and black.

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/engine-company-51/

SEPTEMBER-11, WE WILL NEVER FORGET - Now you can show your support along with the LA County Fire Museum with this special Patriot Day T-shirt. A one of a kind memorial you will be proud to wear year around. These will sell out fast, so order yours today. You will receive it in time if ordered by Sept. 6th. Available in Men's, Women's and Youth sizes in blue and black.

https://www.lacountyfiremuseum.com/engine-company-51/

Today remember Supt. Ted Hall and Foreman Arnie Quinones who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 2009.  We rememb...
08/30/2021

Today remember Supt. Ted Hall and Foreman Arnie Quinones who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 2009. We remember their families and their friends. And we remember all those who were there at Camp 16 on that terrible day. Never Forget.

Today remember Supt. Ted Hall and Foreman Arnie Quinones who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 2009. We remember their families and their friends. And we remember all those who were there at Camp 16 on that terrible day. Never Forget.

Photos from Los Angeles County Fire Department's post
08/27/2021

Photos from Los Angeles County Fire Department's post

Roy Rodriguez still doing it in a convertible, Engine 60 (51). Bringing it back from the Shop after our amazing team did...
08/26/2021

Roy Rodriguez still doing it in a convertible, Engine 60 (51). Bringing it back from the Shop after our amazing team did some fuel tank work and reloaded it with 2 1/2” hose.

Roy Rodriguez still doing it in a convertible, Engine 60 (51). Bringing it back from the Shop after our amazing team did some fuel tank work and reloaded it with 2 1/2” hose.

8/21/21Carl Laski came into the museum shop today. His dad worked for LAFD and his grandfather worked for LA County FD b...
08/22/2021

8/21/21
Carl Laski came into the museum shop today. His dad worked for LAFD and his grandfather worked for LA County FD back on the 1930’s.
We were able to find his grandfathers handwriting and the hand written entry mentions , “Carl Schultz” in a 1930’s station 6 journal. (From Lomita,CA)
Carl Laski is named after Carl Schultz.
Great history…
(Notice White gloves)

08/20/2021

In Remembrance 🙏🏼💔
FSAs Christopher Herman & Arthur Ruezga

28 years ago, two of our LACoFD family members – Fire Suppression Aids (FSAs) Christopher Herman and Arthur Ruezga – tragically lost their lives while courageously battling the Glen Allen Fire in the foothills above Altadena.

The Glen Allen Fire broke the afternoon of Friday, August 20, 1993. It started as a vehicle fire that quickly spread to the nearby brush and into the mountains above the City of Altadena and Angeles National Forest. The LACoFD, along with the U.S. Forest Service, swiftly dispatched resources to battle the fire.

FSAs Herman and Ruezga, along with their assigned fly crew 2-2, responded to the Glen Allen Fire by helicopter from Camp 2. About 35 minutes into their work, crew members paused to evaluate the fire, assess options, and weigh safety measure considerations. The decision was made to continue on the very rugged and steep downhill terrain, cutting fire line along the advancing edge of the fire. During the next five minutes, Crew 2-2 was burned over, sadly taking the lives of FSAs Ruezga and Herman, and critically burning two other crew members. Five others narrowly escaped unharmed.

We have not forgotten that fateful afternoon in our Department’s history – and the sacrifices these brave crew members paid shall never be in vain. Although no amount of second-guessing will bring back our fallen members or heal the emotional and physical scars, this life-changing event has motivated our Department to study it, learn from it, and implement the lessons learned on how we respond to and handle wildland incidents.

Copied from LACo FB page

Our Department lost another legend.  Thank you Brian Askari for posting the following.  RIP John.  You were a true legen...
08/20/2021

Our Department lost another legend. Thank you Brian Askari for posting the following. RIP John. You were a true legend and I was so fortunate to have known you.

I was sorry to have learned of the passing of Captain John Maleta. The word "legend" gets tossed around quite a bit, but Captain Maleta truly was an LACoFD legend. John took the lead at the inception our department's hazmat program and was known throughout the U.S. fire service as a leading subject matter expert and instructor. More importantly, Captain Maleta was a mentor and role model to many, including myself. John had a serious side to him and took care of business but he also possessed a quick wit, cared about others, and had a big heart.
I haven't seen anything posted on any of the FD social media pages but I'm assuming since this obituary was in the Daily Breeze, I'm not out of line posting this.
DAILY BREEZE
John Maleta
FUNERAL HOME
Green Hills Mortuary & Memorial Chapel
27501 South Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
UPCOMING SERVICE
Service
Aug, 26 2021
10:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic
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10/9/1936 - 8/9/2021 John Anthony Maleta, beloved father, friend, and teacher, passed away August 9th, 2021 at Little Company of Mary, San Pedro CA. He is survived by his sister Ann Maleta, brother George Maleta, son Anthony, daughter Stacy Maleta, grandchildren Brandon, Wyatt, and Anthony Jr. and daughter-in-law Christine Maleta. John Anthony Maleta was born Oct. 9 1936 to George and Tonka Maleta at San Pedro Hospital. He graduated from San Pedro High school in 1955 and attended Harbor College where he graduated with degrees in Industrial Technology and Fire Science. He served in the US Air Force as a crash rescue fire fighter from 1960 to 1966. In 1961 he was hired by the Palos Verdes Estates Fire Dept. John Maleta became a Los Angeles County firefighter in 1962. April of 1970 he was promoted to Fire Captain where he worked at LA Co. station 127, home of the TV show "Emergency" where he participated as an advisor and extra. John is best known in the Fire Service for his leadership and as a founding member of the LA Co. FD Hazardous Materials program. He taught hundreds of students around the country and established the first Hazmat training facilities at Del Valle, CA where a street was named after him in his honor. He retired in Sept. 1996 and lived in San Pedro CA until his passing. Visitation will be held August 25th, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel. Mass service will be held the following day on August 26th, 10:30 am, at Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro CA.

Our Department lost another legend. Thank you Brian Askari for posting the following. RIP John. You were a true legend and I was so fortunate to have known you.

I was sorry to have learned of the passing of Captain John Maleta. The word "legend" gets tossed around quite a bit, but Captain Maleta truly was an LACoFD legend. John took the lead at the inception our department's hazmat program and was known throughout the U.S. fire service as a leading subject matter expert and instructor. More importantly, Captain Maleta was a mentor and role model to many, including myself. John had a serious side to him and took care of business but he also possessed a quick wit, cared about others, and had a big heart.
I haven't seen anything posted on any of the FD social media pages but I'm assuming since this obituary was in the Daily Breeze, I'm not out of line posting this.
DAILY BREEZE
John Maleta
FUNERAL HOME
Green Hills Mortuary & Memorial Chapel
27501 South Western Avenue
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
UPCOMING SERVICE
Service
Aug, 26 2021
10:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic
Send Flowers
Send Flowers
Share
10/9/1936 - 8/9/2021 John Anthony Maleta, beloved father, friend, and teacher, passed away August 9th, 2021 at Little Company of Mary, San Pedro CA. He is survived by his sister Ann Maleta, brother George Maleta, son Anthony, daughter Stacy Maleta, grandchildren Brandon, Wyatt, and Anthony Jr. and daughter-in-law Christine Maleta. John Anthony Maleta was born Oct. 9 1936 to George and Tonka Maleta at San Pedro Hospital. He graduated from San Pedro High school in 1955 and attended Harbor College where he graduated with degrees in Industrial Technology and Fire Science. He served in the US Air Force as a crash rescue fire fighter from 1960 to 1966. In 1961 he was hired by the Palos Verdes Estates Fire Dept. John Maleta became a Los Angeles County firefighter in 1962. April of 1970 he was promoted to Fire Captain where he worked at LA Co. station 127, home of the TV show "Emergency" where he participated as an advisor and extra. John is best known in the Fire Service for his leadership and as a founding member of the LA Co. FD Hazardous Materials program. He taught hundreds of students around the country and established the first Hazmat training facilities at Del Valle, CA where a street was named after him in his honor. He retired in Sept. 1996 and lived in San Pedro CA until his passing. Visitation will be held August 25th, from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Green Hills Mortuary and Memorial Chapel. Mass service will be held the following day on August 26th, 10:30 am, at Mary Star of the Sea, San Pedro CA.

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