The LAFIRE Archive is dedicated to the men and women who have dedicated their lives and to
those who have given their lives to build, with the help of the loyal citizens of Los
Angeles, the greatest Fire Department in America.
The Archive is also for "YOU"... the visitor. My hope is that it will increase your
knowledge of the history of Los Angeles and its Fire Department.
The purpose of the Archive is to collect and present, in a simple format, the history of
the LAFD. I want the archive to be interesting and informative. To know ones history is to
better understand the present and better prepare for the future.
The Archive includes hundreds of photos, newspaper articles, reports, records, maps,
and much more. The archive is not now and never will be complete. I have been working on
it for almost twenty years and I still have a mountain of material to enter. Many of the
files are incomplete.
REQUEST FOR MATERIAL
Please help me add material to the Archive. Relevant material; photos, articles, stories,
maps, drawings- anything relevant to the LAFD is welcome. The Archive has unlimited
storage capacity. Contact me via the contact list below.
All sources are listed where known. Please contact me to add or correct the sources.
My idea of an archive came about as a method to inventory and store dozens of photos left
me by my Grandfather, T.F. Schneider, one of the founders and also one of the original Fire Captains on the Los Angeles County Fire Department. HTML, the computer language for the internet, allowed me
to post the photos on pages and add text. It took some time but eventually the loose
collection of old photos with the scribbled notes on the back sides began to take form.
At the same time my cousin Paul, a Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain,
found a large collection of LAFD photos in a storage container in their Fire Department
Museum collection. These photos were given to the L.A. County Museum years ago by a
widow of a LAFD fireman. The collection was assembled in the early 1950's by firemen
including my Grandfather from both the City and County fire departments, the Box 15 Club
and three firemen's widows including Mrs. R. J. Scott. I reference this collection as
'THE LAFD PHOTO ALBUM
COLLECTION' and it is included in the archive in its' entirety.
My cousin Paul also introduced me to Walt Pittman, a WWII B-17 tail gunner, a Box 15
Club member and Fire Buff extraordinar. Walt spent over six years in the Los Angeles
City archives researching through LAFD journals. His work is evident throughout the
archive including several beautiful drawings. Walt's son is a mechanic at the LAFD Shops.
The Archive claims no ownership of the items presented. Permission from many of the
writers and photographers has been obtained where known. However contacting everyone has
been impossible so far. Being a Non-Profit enterprise I am hoping that the articles and
photos so far presented can remain here for the benefit of the collection as a whole
without copyright problems. There are no funds available to purchase or pay license. If
there is a problem with any item in the Archive please contact me and I will do my best to
beg your permission to keep it or the item will be removed. It is not the intent of LAFIRE
to use any item against the wishes of its legal owner.