The Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society (LAFDHS) has obtained thousands of color and black & white historic photos, taken by numerous photographers. In LAFD - Land, Sea & Air, the LAFDHS has selected approximately 400 of the best photos available to share with the reader. The book is a pictorial history of the LAFD highlighting some of the major incidents which have occurred in the city of Los Angeles since the beginning of the fire department in 1886, with an emphasis on fire apparatus, including land apparatus, fire boats and helicopters.
LAFD - Land, Sea & Air takes the reader through the colorful history of the department, from the first volunteers who fought fires in the small pueblo that was Los Angeles, to the over 3,000 paid firefighters who protect this sprawling city today. This book includes photos of the first horse drawn steamers, the first motorized apparatus and the state of the art equipment that is used today, as well as the different emergencies to which the LAFD responds from the San Pedro Harbor to the San Fernando Valley. Since the LAFD is celebrating its 120th Birthday, it is about time for this book to be published to allow everyone to view these many fire photos. It is a must read for fire buffs and enthusiasts throughout the world.
This book is the first in a series on the history of the Los Angeles Fire Department co-authored by Dave Cox and Walt Jeager. The next books will be pictorial histories of the LAFD stations, apparatus, and fireboats.
Both authors are on the board of directors for the Los Angels Fire Department Historical Society and Museum. Dave Cox is a retired engineer for the city water system and has been a fire equipment enthusiast and model builder since childhood. He has been a member of the LAFDHS for three years and has obtained for the society ownership of most of its extensive apparatus collection. He has written numerous articles and received awards for photography.
Walt Jaeger, a retired businessman, has been a member of the society for four years and is currently its chief photographer and archivist. Walt has been photographing LAFD events and incidents for many years and is an accomplished builder of miniature fire apparatus.
9" x 12"
200 pages, 32 color pages