Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD)
The LAFD is one of the best firefighting agencies in the world and has long set a standard of excellence for training and performance. The LAFD is a full-spectrum life safety agency protecting approximately four million people who live, work and play in America's second largest City. The LAFD's 3,239 uniformed personnel protect life, property and the environment through their direct involvement in fire prevention, firefighting, emergency medical care, technical rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, disaster response, public education, and community service. An equally committed non-sworn cadre of 336 professional support personnel provides technical and administrative expertise in their corresponding pursuit of the Department's Mission. A total of 1,051 uniformed Firefighters (including 218 serving as Firefighter/Paramedics), are always on duty at Fire Department facilities citywide, including 106 Neighborhood Fire Stations strategically located across the Department's 470 square-mile jurisdiction. Last year alone, the men and women of the LAFD responded 713,762 times to come to the aid of their neighbors in need.