Fahrenheit 2012

I recently attended the first major benefit event, Fahrenheit 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. 

The event celebrates the Los Angeles Fire City Department’s commitment to the community, and honors Ron Rogers, the foundation’s founder and president of Rogers Finn Partners, a L.A.-based public relations agency. Past and present fire commissioners will also be feted. There was an auction, a beautiful dinner and a great band.  I won a sleepover at the fire department and a ride in the truck and can’t wait!!

It is important that we support our local fire department! Please keep reading for more details about our LAFD.

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Public safety is the most important function of city government. Protecting all of us, preventing disasters and taking care of us when they occur is the work of the Fire Department. The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation helps our firefighters and paramedics serve us with courage, integrity and pride.

We are a support group, providing financial support and community backing to the men and women who serve us. Your support at ANY level tells the members of LAFD that we care about the work they do for us. More importantly, providing essential equipment, technology and training keeps our world-class Fire Department at the top of its ability to serve.


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Our funding begins where the city budget stops.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation is the major source of private financial support for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).  We exist to provide funding for the LAFD to support needs not met by the city budget.  Approximately 96% of the budget pays for salaries and benefits, leaving very little for the other needs of the department.

The foundation was created in 2010 by a committed group of volunteers who are business leaders and community activists – people who care deeply about the safety of our city.  We support the Fire Department’s work in preparedness and response, funding projects that will enhance the efficiency and modernization of the department.  The people of Los Angeles deserve no less.


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The LAFD’s 3,586 uniformed personnel and non-sworn cadre of 353 professionals are directly involved in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education and community service.  They are the first responders for any major catastrophe, and have a reputation for being one of the finest departments in the nation, if not the world.

In 2009, the men and women of the LAFD responded 753,428 times to come to the aid of their neighbors in need.  They are here for us, and we need to be here for them.

Some of the first grants we have made:

  • Computers and a printer-plotter for the Planning Division to run ADAM software.  ADAM analyzes response data and enables the department to make deployment decisions in minutes, rather than the days it took before the software and hardware were available.
  • Services of a grant development consultant to assist the department in identifying and writing grant requests to obtain federal funding.
  • Laptop computer and accessories to support the Department’s Network Staffing System (NSS), the backbone for tracking member information and sworn payroll.
  • Funded two youth programs, Pacific Coast Fire Academy and Crenshaw High School Fire Academy, to provide training and exposure to the fire services to high school students.
  • Wildland hose packs for two fire companies.
  • Kennels for FEMA task force urban search and rescue dogs.