A Los Angeles Fire Department patch and badge.
Los Angeles Fire Department patch and badge. Photo by John Schreiber.

Los Angeles fire and elected officials will gather at Dodger Stadium Wednesday to celebrate the recent restoration of engine companies at four stations across the city, bolstering Fire Department resources just in time for the peak of brush fire season.

The new engines were made possible in part by a $15.4 million Federal Emergency Management Agency8 grant received last year, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The engines went into service July 8 and have already seen action at the recent Griffith Park brush fire, a major emergency commercial fire in Northridge and smaller grass fires in the Elysian Park and Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas will join Mayor Eric Garcetti, some City Council members and officials from firefighters’ labor organizations at a news conference at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dodger Stadium to discuss the new engines and how they will impact operations.

The engines were assigned to stations in Reseda, Echo Park, Mission Hills and Lincoln Heights. The engines mark a restoration of some of the service that was cut from the LAFD in 2011 in the wake of the recession.

City Councilman Bob Blumenfield took part in a community celebration on July 9 at Fire Station 73 in Reseda to welcome the new engine company. He said that in addition to the FEMA grant, the city has committed another $10 million over the next three years to help fund the staffing.

“This has allowed the LAFD to hire an additional 48 firefighters enabling the department to staff fire engines at stations in Reseda, Lincoln Heights, Echo Park and Mission Hills,” Blumenfield said.

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, whose district includes the Mission Hills station, called the restoration of service “a tremendous win for our fire-prone hillsides and neighborhoods.”

“Our community has gone far too long without adequate services, and it is crucial that we restore resources to protect our neighborhoods from fire-related hazards,” she said.

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