EMPOWERING NONPROFITS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Liz Lin and Ralph M. TerrazasLos Angeles Fire Department Foundation
Empowering Communities by Getting Involved.
Los Angeles Fire Department first responders face countless challenges despite receiving over 1,350 calls and transporting over 600 people to the hospital each day. Firefighters must endure searing heat, exposure to carcinogens, and other life-threatening conditions as they tackle wildfires, car accidents, train wrecks, hazardous material spills, and other dangerous issues.
Since 2010, the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation has been supporting the LAFD in protecting lives, property, and the environment by providing essential equipment, training, and public outreach programs to supplement city resources. Unfortunately, only four percent of the department’s budget is allocated to purchasing essential equipment, new technology, and training resources.
Banc of California has partnered with the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation to adopt individual fire stations, providing them with the essential equipment they need on a daily basis. In addition to funding assistance, we also provide volunteer hours and have representatives from the bank who serve on their board.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is responsible for covering the second largest metropolitan area in the nation with over 3,500 firefighters embedded in 106 stations throughout the city. The LAFD responds to a call every 35 seconds, making it one of the busiest in the nation. Despite the breadth and scope of what the department covers, the LAFD often has needs that the city’s budget cannot cover.
The LAFD is a full-spectrum life safety agency protecting more than four million people who live, work and play in Los Angeles each day.
“Banc of California has been a great partner with us at the Foundation in terms of fulfilling our needs to support the Los Angeles Fire Department.”