Los Angeles Fire Department
SOURCE: LAFD Photo Album
Chief R.J. Scott
July 18, 1919 to April 1, 1940
administration was the longest in LAFD history.
July 1, 1905
August 10, 1906
May 31, 1909
November 17, 1913
July 18, 1919
April 1, 1940
||Born in Minneapolis
Joined the LAFD
Promoted to Driver
Promoted to Lieutenant
Promoted to Captain
Promoted to Chief Engineer
Died at age 74
Acting Battalion Chief, Scott was appointed to the position Battalion
Chief for only one day before being appointed Chief Engineer on July 18,
Scott was 34 years old when appointed to Chief Engineer. At the
time he lived with his mother and sister at 2531 East Third
Street. Shortly after being appointed Chief Engineer he married
Adeline Haas and for seven years they lived in the Chief 's quarters on
the third floor of Engine 23. Mrs. Adeline Hass Scott was the only
wife of a chief engineer to live in the Chief's quarters.
"He is young, he is vigorous and has an excellent reputation.
He is well-liked by the members of the department and has made a close study
of firefighting and protective methods. He is a man with
Mayor Meredith P. Snyder
Chief Ralph J.
Scott became internationally-renowned as one of the supreme authorities
on fire department administration, fire protection and fire prevention.
Angeles in 1919:
LAFD in 1919:
square miles, 850,000 population
57 pieces of equipment in service, 725 firemen, 3000 fires per
1921 35th ANNUAL
Chief Scott Completes 10th Year of Service
L.A. Times July 18, 1929
L.A. Express July 20, 1929
Chief Scott Tells His Story
South West Wave, September 13, 1929
Chief Scott Retires
The Grape Vine, March 15, 1940
for 20 Years, Would Do It Over Again'
The Los Angeles Examiner, June 1940
The Fireman's Grape Vine, June, 1957
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