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How it Began...
The Loma Linda Fire Department originated in 1929. Its origination stemmed from the Loma Linda University Fire Department which was organized on August 28, 1922. In 1929 a constitution forming the Loma Linda Fire Department was adopted. The staffing consisted of 38 volunteers; one Chief, one Assistant Chief, 6 Captains, 6 Lieutenants and 24 Firefighters who manned 2 truck companies, one chemical auxiliary and one police company. 

At that time Loma Linda was a Township split into 5 fire districts; District 1- Sanitarium Hill, District 2- College Division, District 3- South Side of City, District 4- West Side of City and Ladera Street and District 5- Pepper St. , Court St., Ohio Street and Colton Ave. A steam Whistle at the Fire Station would alert the Volunteers as to which district the fire was located. Some of the original equipment consisted of “pumpers” (Seagrave and a Model "AA" Ford) and hosecarts. The Model "AA" is on exhibit in the Fire Department Museum along with other artifacts from the past.

In 1970 the city of Loma Linda was incorporated and the fire department staffing transformed into a combination department with both full-time and part-time members.

The fire station was originally based in the old Loma Linda University power plant at 10936 Parkland . In 1982 the existing station was built at 11325 Loma Linda Drive .

And Today...
To this day the City of Loma Linda 's fire department is a career department consisting of 1 Chief Officer, 6 Captains, 6 Engineers, 6 Firefighter/Paramedics, and 6 Firefighters.

The average 24 hour shift consists of 2 Captains, 2 Engineers, 2 Firefighter/Paramedics and 2 Firefighters. These personnel can staff an Engine Company, a Truck Company or a Second Medic Engine and our Medic Squad.

During the week the population of Loma Linda grows from around 25,000 to almost 60,000 people which increases the call volume and tests the capabilities of the Department in coping with the influx.

The Loma Linda Fire Department is an ever changing entity of the city and in order to stay current with the changes our personnel complete over 6,000 combined hours of continuing education/training per year.

The City of Loma Linda provides more fire and public safety services per tax dollar than any of our neighboring cities. On the average the fire department responds to more calls than any other city fire department in the East Valley area.

Tools & Know-How...
The Loma Linda Fire station houses two structure engines, one ladder truck which can pump up to 2,000 gallons per minute (structure fires/rescue), one water tender which carries a 1500 gallon water supply and is all wheel drive (brush fires), one brush engine (wildland interface/brush fires), one squad (EMS/rescue/ structure fires) and one Medium Rescue/Hazmat unit fully equipped with lighting and air support. We recently took delivery of a custom built Smeal 75’ Aerial Ladder Truck and we are expecting delivery of our new fire engine also made by Smeal, shortly. These units were purchased to retire a 20 year old Grumman Aerial Ladder Truck and a 24 year old Van Pelt Engine. The department is hopeful to have both units in service by December 2006.

Throughout the last 20 years the Loma Linda Fire Department has been a part of the state mutual aid program, assisting with large disasters throughout the state such as the 1980 Panorama Fire which burned down over 400 homes and 600 acres in the San Bernardino area and the 1997 Narrows Fire (Wrightwood) which burned over 18,000 acres. More recently, the department was deeply involved in the Grand Prix and Old Fires of 2003 and continue to be a highly called upon part of wildland strike teams and task forces. Most recently, a crew was part of a strike team assigned to the Day Fire in Ventura County .

Emergency Medical Response...
The majority of 911 calls in Loma Linda are medically related and our emergency medical service is one of our highest priorities. On Labor day 2000, the City of Loma Linda embraced a new Paramedic Program. We now respond with a Paramedic/ Firefighter on each unit. This enables us to provide the citizens of Loma Linda with more advanced medical treatment in the quickest amount of time.

Currently we have 6 career Firefighter/Paramedics, as well as 4 Engineers, and 1 captain who keep up their paramedic certification. The remainder of the department consists of certified Emergency Medical Technicians. 

Services...
What services does the City of Loma Linda Fire Department offer to you? The Fire Department is responsible for fire hydrant testing, (for fire suppression purposes) disaster preparedness (earthquakes, flooding), fire investigation (arson), fire inspections (schools, commercial buildings), CPR/First aid courses and fire safety programs (Learn not to burn). Department personnel are certified in heavy rescue, hazardous materials response, vehicle extrication, emergency medical services, and fire suppression in structural, wildland and vehicle fire fighting. In the rescue division the personnel are trained in above and below ground rescue, extrication from vehicles (auto accidents) building collapse and train derailments.

The City of Loma Linda is approximately 7.6 square miles. Running through the city is a major freeway, rail and fuel delivery pipeline, which requires a more comprehensive approach to dealing with large disasters. Throughout the year the department coordinates disaster drills within the city to better prepare our businesses and hospitals as well as sharpen our skills as emergency personnel.

Firefighters regularly host tours of the station for students of our local schools. During these tours the students not only learn about the fire station, vehicles and firefighters, they frequently will actively participate with tasks such as rolling hose or even squirting a real fire hose! A favorite of everyone, Sparky the fire dog usually makes a guest appearance too.

Thank You...
From all the personnel from Administration, Prevention, and Suppression, the Loma Linda Fire Department would like to thank you for your interest and continued support. Keep checking back for more information about LLFD.