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Los Angeles County Fire Museum


9834 Flora Vista Street
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-925-0234

ARTIFACTS
ON DISPLAY
Subject · To · Change · At · Any · Time

If you come to the the Bellflower Museum today.
here are some of the artifacts on display...

Helmets · Badges · Axes · Lanterns · Backboard ·Communications

For many years we have been acquiring and storing artifacts from LACOFD’s past as well as generic fire service artifacts. Items such as helmets, turn-out, uniforms, badges, nozzles and alarm equipment are packed away waiting to be rediscovered once we complete construction of display cabinets at our Bellflower facility and our new building.

Also, as you walk around the museum, you will notice many artifacts placed on the apparatus. These provide a backdrop that fits the era of the artifact and the apparatus. Look closely at everything when you visit us. There are many items out there.

Artifacts on Display

FDNY 911 Fire Hydrant

Hero's Hydrant
Like Touching A Prayer


One artifact that we are extremely proud of is
this New York fire hydrant. This was pulled
from the 911 rubble, near building 7, and presented to the
County of Los Angeles Fire Museum Association.

  ERA Here is a small assortment of our artifacts on display.
 

 

 

Varied

Helmet


Our collection of helmets spans the history of our fire department. Some have a great story attached.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR HELMET COLLECTION

 

 

 

1920's

 

Fireman's Shirt

 


Fireman's Shirt and Steam Engine Engineers Badge

 

 

 

1900's

Steam Engine Engineers Badge

 

Steam Engine Engineer's Badge

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR BADGE COLLECTION

 

 

 

1988

First Place Medallion Steam Engine Catagory

 


First Place Medallion from the Sonoma Fire Department Centennial Celebration. Won by the Museum Association in the Steam Engine Catagory.

 

 

 

1960's

Radio

 

Radio Voice Patrol Radio

 

 

 

Late 1800's
Early 1900's

Lantern

 

One of our many Dietz lanterns. This one is all brass and is hanging on our American LaFrance Hand Drawn Ladder Wagon

 

 

 

1960's

Roof Top Siren Badge


This siren platter would have been mounted to the top of Rescue Squads, Chief's cars, mechanics trucks and the like. They were great sirens, and known to be
VERY LOUD.

 

 

 

1960's

Reconditioned Roof Badge


This particular roof platter has been completely reconditioned by a former police officer. He wanted people to smile at him for a change, so he started collecting fire fighting equipement instead of police memorabilia!

 

 

 

Late 1800's
Early 1900's

buckets The buckets we have on the side of our hand drawn ladder wagon right now are replicas. We plan on upgrading these to more accurate representations of fire buckets soon. The actual buckets were leather, as are our replicas, but were hardened. The buckets would be used to apply water directly to the fire. Or they may be used to fill up a manual pumping engine like our button hand pumper. Bucket brigades would form and they would start filling the pump housing of the hand drawn hand pumper with water. The operators of the pump would work the pump and the water would be shot out of the hose.
 

 

 

Late 1800's
Early 1900's

Hook from a Hook and LadderLadder wagons carried hooks, with chain and a rope attached. The early chimneys were not all brick like today. They were made of mud and straw or grass and would burn easily. Fire would find its way into nooks and cranny's. Firefighters would pull the burning chimney down to get all the fire out. They would use a pole, and put the hook on the top of the chimney and use the rope or chain to pull it down. The hook could also be used to pull down a whole wall if necessary to create a fire break to keep the fire from jumping to adjoining structures. This is where the term "hook and ladder" comes from.
 

 

 

Varied

Axes

The museum has many axes, from all eras. Some are placed on our apparatus, some are in storage. Many of the tools came on the apparatus when it was donated or purchased.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AXE COLLECTION

  More coming soon...