Congratulations to the newest members of the LAFD, graduating June 2019, and joining the ranks of one of the finest fire departments in the world. These new Los Angeles City Firefighters earned a position with this elite department after many months of rigorous training at Drill Tower 81 in the San Fernando Valley. Following the formal portion of the special ceremony, the new recruits treated family and friends to an exciting display of firefighter and rescue techniques in full gear.
Most graduates are now proud members of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. Since 1906, Los Angeles City Firefighters have entrusted the L.A. Firemen’s Relief Association to be there for them and those they leave behind. The needs of firefighters are unique because the profession poses many dangers and consequences. Founded on the mission of “firefighters helping firefighters,” the Relief offers programs and assistance for firefighters and their families.
The organization also administers the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to helping the families of LAFD firefighters facing a serious crisis, such as being injured or killed in the line of duty. Thanks to kind and generous contributions, the charity makes a significant impact and provides much needed care for the people served, such as assisting with basic living expenses, health insurance premiums, providing durable medical equipment, and awarding memorial scholarships to children of firefighters who died while active duty.