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The Emergency Operations Organization of the City of Los Angeles has designated the Los Angeles Fire Department to manage its amateur radio program under the Auxiliary Communication Service agreement with the State Office of Emergency Services.

The LAFD administration has authorized the Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) to enroll up to 500 licensed HAMS to back up the Department's 800 MHz radio system. ACS members are used to facilitate auxiliary communications during brush fires and other disasters.

ACS members are subject to a background check and must meet the qualifications as a Los Angeles City Volunteer under the Mayor’s Office Volunteer Bureau’s requirements. They also must meet the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) Disaster Worker requirements.

If you would like more information on the ACS and its mentoring and training programs, please contact our Membership Coordinator via email to:

Mission Statement, Focus, Values and Goals

As adopted by the Los Angeles Fire Commission:


It is the mission of the Los Angeles Fire Department to preserve life and property, promote public safety and foster economic growth through leadership, management and actions, as an all risk life safety response provider.


The Department will focus its efforts on responding rapidly to emergencies, providing appropriate intervention and community education.

To Residents:
We owe the residents of Los Angeles the highest quality of service possible, characterized by responsiveness, integrity and professionalism. We will continually strive for quality improvement.
To Fire Department:
We owe the Los Angeles Fire Department our full commitment and dedication. We will always look beyond the traditional scope of our individual positions to promote teamwork and organizational effectiveness.
To Each Other:
We owe each other a working environment characterized by trust and respect for the individual, fostering open and honest communication at all levels.
To Ourselves:
We owe ourselves personal and professional growth. We will seek new knowledge and greater challenges, and strive to remain at the leading edge of our profession.
GOAL #1:
Develop an organization to effectively administer and manage the resources of the Department.
GOAL #2:
Develop a system for minimizing the impact of disasters and other emergencies on life and property.
GOAL #3:
Provide an effective Emergency Medical Services System.
GOAL #4:
Provide an effective Fire Prevention and Public Safety System.

Become an ACS Volunteer
Amateur Radio is recognized as a resource by National Relief Organizations. Amateur Radio Operators Apply For ACS Membership Now!

Email application to and mail a second copy to:
               Captain Kevin Nida
               Fire Station 44
               1410 Cypress Ave.
               Los Angeles, CA 90065

                For questions only contact:
Rachel Abad, Secretary
                LAFD Volunteer Program Coordinator
                1700 Stadium Way
                Los Angeles, CA 90012

                Training Division: (213) 485-6007
                Volunteer Program: (213) 473-3882
                 Fax: (213) 485-8478
                 Office hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
                 Furlough days: 1st and 3rd Fridays



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