ADOPTED DECEMBER 27th,
RULES AND REGULATIONS
SECTION 1. Every member of the Los Angeles Fire Department shall be twenty-one years of age and a citizen of the United States; a qualified voter of the city of Los Angeles, sound in mind and body, and able to converse understandingly in the English language.
SEC. 2. Hereafter all persons appointed in this Department shall not be over thirty-five years of age, and shall not be less than 5 feet 7 inches in height, or circumference of chest and weight below that marked as the minimum accompaniment of the height and weight, or circumference of chest and weight below that marked as the minimum accompaniment of the height and weight in the following table:
SEC. 3. Previous dismissal from any department of the Los Angeles city government or from any fire department, or having been convicted of a felony, shall be cause for rejection.
SEC. 4. Applicants for positions in this department must
furnish a certificate of a Medical Examiner that they are in sound bodily health.
SECTION 1. The office hours of this Department shall be from 8:00 A.M. to 12 Noon and from 1.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.; Saturdays from 8.00 A.M. to 12 Noon, and from 1.00 to 3.00 P.M., during which time all department business must be transacted, except in case of accident or sickness.
SEC. 2. The office will be closed on Sundays and legal holidays.
SEC. 3. Members of the Department while on duty and having
business at the office must appear in full uniform.
SECTION 1. The Chief Engineer shall devote his whole time and attention to the Fire Department, have sole and entire command at fires and alarms over all officers, members and employees of the Department, and all apparatus and appurtenances belonging to the same, and he shall take all measures which he shall deem expedient for the extinguishing of fires, protection of property, preservation of order, and observance of the laws of the State, ordinances of the city, and rules and regulations of the Department.
SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Chief Engineer to examine into the condition of the houses, apparatus and appurtenances belonging to the Department.
SEC. 3. The Chief Engineer is vested with the power to suspend any officer, member or employee of the Department who shall refuse or neglect to perform the respective duties assigned to them, or shall refuse or neglect to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Department, and report such action.
SEC. 4. It shall be the duty of the Chief Engineer to report from time to time to the Board of Fire Commissioners the name of such officer or member of the Department, if any, who, in his judgement, shall be removed or discharged, with his reasons therefor. Every member so reported shall be entitled to a hearing before the Board of Fire Commissioners.
SEC. 5. The Chief Engineer shall be held responsible to the Board
of Fire Commissioners for the proper management of the Department and the conduct of the
SECTION 1. The Assistant Chief Engineer shall devote his whole time and attention to the Fire Department, and shall rank next to the Chief Engineer.
SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Assistant Chief Engineer to respond to fires and alarms within the district he may be assigned or summoned by the Chief Engineer.
SEC. 3. In case of sickness or absence of the Chief Engineer, the Assistant Chief Engineer will take charge at fires and alarms, and shall have and exercise the duties and powers of the Chief Engineer.
SEC. 4. It shall be the duty of the Assistant Chief Engineer to
visit the houses of the Department at least once a week and report the condition of the
same to the Chief Engineer, or, in his absence, to the Chairman of the Board of Fire
SECTION 1. There shall be in the office of the Fire Department a Secretary, who shall have the rank of Captain.
SEC. 2. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to preserve and keep
all books and papers belonging to said Department or which are required by law to be filed
therein, and shall attend in the office of said Department during the usual office hours,
and do and perform such other services, and attend such alarms and fires, as may be
required by the Fire Commissioners or the Chief Engineer.
SECTION 1. The Officers of the Companies shall have and exercise command over their respective Companies, and shall be responsible for the discipline and condition thereof, and see that the houses under their control, the horses, harness, apparatus and equipment are at all times kept in proper order.
SEC. 2. They shall at all times enforce a strict compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the Department and the orders of the Chief Engineer, and shall report all infraction thereof to the Chief Engineer.
SEC. 3. The Officer of a Company shall keep two books, to be
designated as follows:
SEC. 4. In the Roll Book shall be entered a record of each alarm.
SEC. 5. In the Journal shall be entered a brief history of each day's happenings; particulars of fires and alarms responded to; accidents; members detailed on special work; orders and supplies received; and any unusual occurrences.
SEC. 6. Officers shall in every case give a receipt for supplies received, and shall forward on the first of the month following the month in which the supplies were received a bill for the supplies received with their approval written on same in ink, to the Office of the Department.
SEC. 7. Officers of the Companies shall, with their respective Companies, respond to alarms of fire according to directions issued by the Chief Engineer.
SEC. 8. The Officer of a Company shall ride on the hose apparatus, unless otherwise directed by the Chief Engineer, alongside the driver, and will be held responsible for the proper location of his company at a fire, and, if first to arrive at a fire, will assume and exercise command until the arrival of a superior officer.
SEC. 9. They shall not permit racing going to or returning from a fire, nor permit their apparatus to pass another apparatus (unless disabled) going to the same fire.
SEC. 10. They shall politely receive visitors and answer proper questions civilly, explaining when requested to do so the apparatus, alarms, etc., in their charge, but shall not allow habitual lounging in or about quarters, nor permit children therein unless accompanied by parents or attendants.
SEC. 11. They shall justly apportion among the members of the company the work required about the house, and shall see that the same is completed and that everything is in readiness for inspection daily at 10.30 A.M. sharp, at which time all members of the company will appear in uniform, except in case of a working fire during the previous night.
SEC. 12. They shall be held responsible for the quality, grade, quantity and weight of all supplies received by them, and shall not place their approval on any bill for supplies nor give a receipt unless sure that the same is absolutely correct.
SEC. 13. They shall report promptly in writing all accidents,
whether to members of the Department, the horses or apparatus, citizens, or property of
citizens; and all breaches of discipline and violations of the Rules and Regulations. A
failure to do so will be regarded by the Commissioners as "cause" for suspension
SECTION 1. Engineers shall, under their commanding officer, have the care and management of the engine, and shall be held responsible for its condition. They shall see that it is kept clean, in good order, and ready for immediate service at all times.
SEC. 2. All Engineers must have their apparatus in good order before a relief engineer may take charge. A thorough examination by both engineers must be made before the relief engineer accepts the engine from the regular engineer.
SEC. 3. On receiving relief or other engines in place of their own, engineers will examine the engine thoroughly and see that the same is in proper and serviceable condition.
SEC. 4. The fires of engines shall not be dumped upon pavements of bituminous rock or asphaltum.
SEC. 5. Engineers will examine daily the engine, heater and apparatus connecting the heater to the engine, and will see that all valves and connections are properly oiled and in good serviceable condition.
SEC. 6. They will thoroughly cleanse their boilers at least once every month. Such cleansing must be done immediately after return from exercising horses. Heaters shall also be emptied and cleaned once every month, but not no the same day that boilers are cleaned.
SEC. 7. They will carefully examine the shutoff nozzles after every fire and drill at which the nozzle may have been used, see that all parts are well lubricated and that the nozzle is in perfect working order.
SEC. 8. They will inform their commanding officer whenever their engines may need any material or repairs.
SEC. 9. They shall not allow their engines to carry more than eighty pounds of steam, nor more than one hundred and twenty pounds pressure on the hose without an order from the officer in command at a fire.
SEC. 10. They shall have their apparatus clean and
ready for inspection daily at 10.00 A.M.
SECTION 1. Drivers shall take proper care of their horses, exercise the greatest caution in their keeping and management, keep the stalls clean, and see that everything pertaining to the horses, harness, hangers, etc., is in perfect order and ready at all times for immediate service.
SEC. 2. Drivers of hose apparatus will precede the other apparatus of the Company in responding to alarms, unless otherwise directed by the Chief Engineer.
SEC. 3. In returning from an alarm, all driving shall be at a moderate rate of speed.
SEC. 4. Drivers shall not pass a fire to take a hydrant, unless by so doing they can obtain a closer position to the fire without shutting out another company that may be seen or is known to be coming from another direction.
SEC. 5. Driver of trucks, chemicals, etc, must not stop their apparatus in front of a hydrant.
SEC. 6. They shall not drive their apparatus over hose except when absolutely necessary. Driver of hose apparatus will lay their hose close to the curb of the street as possible.
Tillermen shall be at the tiller in going to and
returning from alarms, and upon all other occasions when their services in that capacity
SECTION 1. Hosemen and laddermen shall respond to all
alarms prescribed to their respective companies, and shall conform to and promptly and
cheerfully obey all orders of the superior officers and the Rules and Regulations of the
SECTION 1. The telephones in the houses shall not be used by any person not a member of the Department, nor by any member or employee for any other business than that connected with the Department.
SEC. 2. Thorough ventilation should be maintained in the houses, avoiding draughts as much as possible.
SEC. 3. Houses should be thoroughly washed and scrubbed at least once a month, weather permitting.
SEC. 4. A house watch shall be maintained in all houses of the Department between the hours of 6.00 A.M. and 8 P.M., and during the entire 24 hours in such houses as the Chief Engineer may order.
SEC. 5. It shall be the duty of the man on watch to be on the lookout for alarms, to see that the apparatus, horses, harness and everything appertaining thereto is in good order and ready for immediate service. That no disturbances are allowed in or about the house, and report any and all violations of these Rules and Regulations in or about the house to the commanding officer of the company.
SEC. 6. In no case shall the man on watch leave the apparatus floor until relived,
except in case of an alarm; nor shall be doze or sleep while on watch.
SECTION 1. No member of the Department shall be granted a leave of absence for a longer period than thirty days without permission of the Board of Fire Commissioners.
SEC. 2. Any member of the Department wanting leave of absence for a period less than thirty days must apply to the commanding officer of his company, who shall grant same only after the approval of the Chief Engineer.
SEC. 3. The Chief Engineer and Assistant Chief Engineer shall obtain the consent of at
least three members of the Board of Fire Commissioners for leave of absence from the city.
SECTION 1. Horses shall be fed not more than four quarts of grain and about twenty pounds of hay daily, and twice a week shall be fed a bran mash.
SEC. 2. Hours for feeding horses shall be 6.30 A.M. and 4.00 P.M., and must be watered at least thirty minutes before feeding time.
SEC. 3. Horses shall be thoroughly groomed every morning, their hoofs picked out and cleaned, their manes and tails washed with soap and water once every week and thoroughly dried after washing; the sheath shall be washed every two weeks. Grey or white horses may have stains sponged off with warm water and soap, but must be thoroughly dried immediately. White legs may be washed in the same manner, otherwise the legs must never be washed. Washing horses is strictly forbidden, unless by permission of the Chief Engineer, and then only with bucket and sponge.
SEC. 4. On returning from an alarm, horses' mouths and nostrils must be sponged out, and may be given a few swallows of water, and, if warm, must be scraped, rubbed dry, and blanketed. Sweat should be removed from around the eyes and under the tail with a damp sponge. Horses must never be given grain while hot after a run or exercise.
SEC. 5. Teasing or annoying horses, or teaching them tricks is strictly forbidden.
SEC. 6. Horses shall be exercised daily within three blocks of the house, for a period of not less than one-half-hour, hitched to the apparatus (Sundays excepted). In wet weather the horses shall be exercised without the apparatus.
SEC. 7. A bucket must not be used to catch the horse's urine in, nor shall they be taught any like peculiarities. If a horse is staining to urinate, straw should be shaken under him. The stall should be washed out immediately and all manure must be removed immediately.
SEC. 8. If a horse is injured or shows signs of sickness the commanding officer of the company must be notified at once.
SEC. 9. Horses must be treated kindly, taught by kindness to come promptly to their
place and perform their part of the service without the unnecessary use of the whip. The
unnecessary use of a whip by any member will subject the offender to suspension or
SECTION 1. No alterations in the apparatus or discarding
of appliances therefrom will be allowed without permission of the Chief Engineer.
SECTION 1. Hose shall not be allowed to remain on the apparatus more than 24 hours in a damp and wet condition, but should be changed as soon as possible.
SEC. 2. Hose that has not been in service for a period of thirty days should be changed
as soon thereafter as possible.
SECTION 1. All officers of the Department shall be just,
dignified and firm in dealing with subordinates, being careful to abstain from violent,
abusive or immoderate language in giving orders and directions, as well as in conversation
with them; see that all Rules and Regulations of the Department are carried out and
obeyed, and promptly report any infraction thereof to their superior officers.
SECTION 1. No officer or member of the Department shall,
except in the performance of duty, enter a saloon while wearing any part of the uniform
which identifies him with the Department.
SECTION 1. Intoxicating liquors must not be kept or
allowed to be drank in any of the houses of the Department, and gambling of all kinds is
SECTION 19. The front doors of all houses shall be closed
SECTION 1. No loud or boisterous talking, profane or
obscene language shall be permitted in or about the houses of the Department. Members must
refrain from congregating in front of or adjacent to company houses.
SECTION 1. Smoking on apparatus or at fires is
SECTION 1. It shall be the duty of all members of the Department to wear the prescribed regulation uniform at all times, except from the time of retiring until 10.00 A.M. and while on leave of absence, or while performing special work or duty. Members are prohibited from doffing their uniforms during the dinner and supper hours.
SEC. 2. Members shall be fully uniformed, shoes blacked, and present a neat and tidy
appearance on or before 10.00 A.M., unless in case of a fire, when they shall have the
right to use any other clothing while in service.
SECTION 1. Members of the Department must, while in
service, wear their badges displayed conspicuously on the left breast, and are prohibited
from loaning or exchanging badges. Members will be required to deposit with the Chief
Engineer the cost price of his badge, said amount to be paid back on return or surrender
of badge. The money so deposited with the Chief Engineer, shall, with the exception of
$10.00, be deposited in a savings' bank, and the interest accruing thereon shall go into
the Relief Fund of the Department.
SECTION 1. As an incentive to good service and
discipline, all appointments shall be made from the members of the Department, and all
promotions shall be made on merit and seniority when vacancies occur or new positions are
SECTION 1. No member of the Department shall wantonly or
maliciously criticize their superior officers, or any member of the Department, or make
any false report either as to an offense or the business of the Department calculated to
create a disturbance or bring any member of the Department into discredit.
SECTION 1. No member of the Department shall be a
delegate in person or by proxy to, or a member of, any political or partisan convention,
State Central Committee, or County or City Committee, nor while a member of the Department
be a candidate for any political office.
SECTION 1. No political, social or other organization
shall be formed or maintained in any of the houses of the Department; no meetings of any
character will be permitted without permission of the Board of Fire Commissioners, and no
political discussions will be allowed in or about the houses of the Department.
SECTION 1. The officers and members of the Department are
prohibited from taking up subscriptions for the purpose of making presents to any officer,
member or person, without the consent of the Board of Fire Commissioners.
SECTION 1. No officer or member shall refuse to pay any
just debt contracted during his connection with the Department.
SECTION 1. The officers and members are to avoid the
unnecessary destruction of property, bearing in mind that the Department is organized to
save property, not to destroy it. They are to carefully avoid throwing water into
furnished rooms or upon merchandise when necessity does not require it. The unnecessary
destruction of property will be regarded as evidence of incapacity.
SECTION 1. All members of the Department shall conduct
themselves quietly at firs; shouting or boisterous conduct will not be permitted.
SECTION 1. No person shall be allowed in a building
during a fire or while occupied by the Department in the discharge of its duties, or
within the lines formed by the police, unless they be the owners of the property, a member
of the police or fire department, a member of the press, or person entitled to enter the
lines by displaying an official fire line badge.
SECTION 1. It shall be the duty of the members of a
company to hitch the horses to the apparatus daily at 8.00 A.M., 12 Noon and 5.00 P.M.;
and all snaps, trips and appliances pertaining to the harness must be released the same as
when there is an alarm. There will be no hitch-ups on Sundays or legal holidays.
SECTION 1. All members of the Department will attend
promptly at all alarms and fires. None but members of the Department will be allowed to
ride on the apparatus either going to or returning from an alarm or fire.
SECTION 1. The various companies of the Department shall
have and attend such drills as the Chief Engineer may prescribe, and the required duties
thereof shall be properly and faithfully performed.
SECTION 1. The commanding officer shall arrange the meal
hours of the members of his company, and file a written report of the same with the Chief
Engineer. Members taking three meals per day shall be allowed one hour for each meal, and
those taking two meals one hour and a quarter for each meal. No member shall go a greater
distance for his meals than three blocks from the house to which he is attached, without
permission of the Chief Engineer. In case of an alarm during meal hours, all members must
respond promptly. Members must notify the company commander of the address of their eating
place and residence, and of any change therein, and said officer shall keep a record of
these particulars concerning every member under his charge.
SECTION 1. Company commanders shall be held responsible
for the correct interpretation of an alarm.
SECTION 1. Visitors to the houses shall be courteously
treated and their questions civilly answered and any proper information given them.
Visitors will not be allowed in the house after 8.00 P.M. without permission of the
company commander. No person who is not a member of the company will be allowed to remain
in or about the houses of the Department longer than what constitutes a respectable time
for a visit.
SECTION 1. No officer or member of the Department shall
represent or have a pecuniary interest in any agency or establishment for the sale of fire
apparatus supplies or equipment.
SECTION 1. Members of the Department, as a mark of
respect, must rise and salute the Commissioners and ranking officers of the Department, or
any other public officer visiting their quarters.
SECTION 1. Members of the Department in addressing
written reports, etc., to their superior officers will address them by their proper titles
and in all cases use the word without abbreviation. The "Chief Engineer,"
"Assistant Chief Engineer" when spoken to by a member of inferior rank shall be
addressed as "Chief." Company officers shall be addressed without abbreviating
the words as "Captain," "Lieutenant," etc.
SECTION 1. Members of companies must sleep in their
company houses, and while sleeping shall not be unnecessarily disturbed. No person other
than a member of the Department (except a substitute acting for a member) shall sleep in
any of the houses of the Department, and no person will be allowed to lounge in or around
any of the Department houses. Time for rising shall be not later than 6.00 A.M., and for
retiring after 8.00 P.M. and before 11 P.M.
SECTION 1. All monies donated to the Fire Department must
be immediately reported to the Board of Fire Commissions and kept in a separate fund, to
be known as the Relief Fund. Any member of the Department who shall receive injuries while
on duty or in the line of service shall receive full pay while so disabled for a period
not to exceed fifteen days, and if such disability shall continue for more than fifteen
days he shall thereafter receive from the Relief Fund a weekly allowance of $10.00 until
he is again able to resume his duties; provided that said weekly allowance of $10.00 shall
not be paid for a longer period than three months. All orders on the Relief Fund must be
signed by the Chief Engineer and countersigned by the Chairman of the Board of Fire
SECTION 1. No officer or member of the Department shall
become unfit for service and the proper discharge of his duties by reason of the excessive
use of intoxicating liquors.
SECTION 1. The duties imposed on members of the
Department shall also apply to substitutes when on duty.
SECTION 1. Members of the Department must pay their
substitutes for work done during a month as soon as they receive their salary for the
month in which the substitute did the work.
SECTION 1. Nothing contained in these Rules and
Regulations shall preclude the Board of Fire Commissioners and Chief Engineer from at any
time requiring any or either of the employees of the Department serving under their
directions to perform such other duties (not herein specially prescribed for them) as the
interest of the service may in their opinion demand or require.
SECTION 1. No officer or a member shall at any time be
guilty of any act or omission which impedes, injures or hinders, or tends to impede,
injure or hinder the progress, welfare, discipline, efficiency or good name of the
SECTION 1. Any and all violations of these Rules and
Regulations, or any and all violations of Rules and Regulations not herein contained shall
be punishable by suspension, fine or dismissal as the Board of Fire Commissioners may
SECTION 1. Any member of this Department against whom
charges have been preferred for violation of any of the Rules and Regulations of this
Department shall be given a hearing before the Board of Fire Commissioners, or a committee
SECTION 1. All Rules and Regulations in conflict with
these Rules and Regulations are hereby repealed.
INSIGNIAS OF OFFICE.
ASSISTANT CHIEF ENGINEER
ENGINEERS, DRIVERS, TILLERMAN, HOSEMEN, AND LADDERMEN.
FOR ALL OFFICERS.
BUTTONS ON OFFICERS' COATS.
Assistance Chief Engineer--Made of gilt metal, 8 on each side, in groups of 2, and 5 on each sleeve.
Captains--Made of gilt metal, 7 on each side, equi-distant, and 4 on each sleeve.
Lieutenants--Made of white metal, 7 on each side, equi-distant, and 3 on each sleeve.
Engineers, Drivers, Tillermen, Hosemen and Laddermen--Coat to be single-breasted, square cut, buttoned to the neck with 7 buttons; to be finished raw edges, double stitched 3/8 inch; plain seams; also seams cut down center of back; Prussian collar, turned down to 2 1/3 inches deep in center of back and 2 3/8 inches deep at points in front; no pockets outside; two inside crossways. Cuffs of sleeves to be double-stitched at a point 3 1/2 inches from bottom of sleeve; 2 buttons facing inside turned in and single-stitched. Buttons to be of white metal. The length of the coat to be to the middle knuckle of the first finger.
Vests--Single-breasted, double-stitched; to be open no more than 14 inches from center of back; 7 buttons for officers and 6 for all others.
Trousers--Two top, two hip and one fob or watch pocket; width to be one inch smaller at bottom than at knee.
Shirt--For Chief Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer and Secretary--To be made of linen or muslin, with white linen collar. For all others as follows--Made of non-shrinkable blue flannel; collar 4 1/2 inches deep at points, 2 1/2 inches at back when finished; 3 rows of stitching; collar band 1 inch in front and 2 inches in back. Breast piece to be shield-shaped 13 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide; 9 buttons on shield, 3 open on right side; 3 rows of stitching; double yoke, 2 points, 3 rows of stitching; body and sleeves double-stitched; cuffs open 4 inches, long points, 7 1/2 inches, short points 6 inches, 3 buttons, 2 button holes, 3 rows of stitching; all silk sewed. Buttons to be first grade white pearl, 1 inch in diameter; for sleeves 1/2 inch diameter. Button-holes to be hand made.
Cravat--For Chief Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer and Secretary, optional; for all others as follows--A narrow neck-tie or bow of black silk, not less than three-fourths of an inch in width, tied in a flat knot in front, the ends not to extend more than 3 inches from the knot.
Suspenders for Trousers--Plain black or dark blue; no fancy colors, figures or stripes.
Black Shoes; no tan or other fancy shoes.
Caps--Of regulation Fire Department pattern, 3 1/2 inches deep, with slightly
bell-shaped sides and gilt cord for Chief Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer and Captains;
for all others, straight sides and leather chin straps, with leather sides fastened to the
cap on each side by two small regulation L.A.F.D. buttons; two metal eyelets on each side
of cap for ventilation.