Code 3 Los Angeles LTI TDA Ladder (12664)
This is Item #12664
Release: February 1999
Edition Quantity: 3,000 (each)
THE PALACE GUARDS - DOWNTOWN'S BRAVEST
Fire Station 3 is one of the originals founding Fire Stations in the City of Los
Angeles. The origins date back to 1883, when the first fire station 3 opened its
doors. Back then it was called 'The Morris Vineyard Hose Company 3'. The company
was manned by a group of volunteers that worked for the Morris Brothers vineyard
located just south of Downtown Los Angeles.
In 1886 the L.A.F.D. is born, it replaced the old volunteer department, The
Morris Vineyard Hose Company 3, and so a new era begins.
In 1897 the Babcock Hook & Ladder Company B is formed. It is the forerunner to
Fire Station 3 has always been at the forefront of activities of the fire
department. The station has been home to many important segments of the
department. The station has been Fire Department Headquarters, Division
Headquarters, Battalion Headquarters, and Headquarters to the Fire Prevention
Bureau. The station has been the site of many historical events that have
changed the course of the city and that of the Department.
The Station is rich with history, it is filled with pride, and it is loaded with
glory. However, the station has suffered many tragedies. To date, four
firefighters have lost their lives in the line of duty from this station.
Fortunately, their legacy lives on. Untold numbers of lives have been saved in
Fire Station 3 is a Task Force Station. It houses Truck 3, Engine 3, Engine 203,
Paramedic Ambulance 3, Rescue Ambulance 3, and it serves as home to Division 1
Headquarters. Truck 3 is a 1995 Simon LTI 100' Aerial Ladder Truck. Engine 3 &
Engine 203 are 1984 Seagrave Triples.
Fire Station 3's First in District is a high value, high profile, and high
incident area of the city. Located within the boundaries of Fire Station 3 are
some of the West Coasts tallest buildings, as well as many state, federal and
local government buildings, historical landmarks, large financial and corporate
facilities, major tourist areas, large residential complexes, as well as major
travel routes and thoroughfares.
Fire Station 3 is regarded as one of the finest fire stations in the city. It is
known for its pride, teamwork, determination, and its concern for the safety of
the community. There is a high degree of respect for its past, and that will
ensure its future forever.
1886 – The Jacob Kuhrts Engine Company 3 is established
1897 – The Babcock Hook & Ladder Company B is established.
1905 – The Babcock Hook & Ladder company Becomes Truck 3
1965 – Heavy Duty Task Force 3 is Established
1977 – Heavy Duty Task Force 3 Becomes Task Force 3
1998 – The Legacy continues
1887 This year challenges the Department with some of the City's worst fires,
and the Centuries worst fires. Fire Station 3 is right in the middle of it all.
The Jacob Kuhrts Engine responds to its first fire.
Rioting breaks out, 25 buildings destroyed
Railroad depot fire is City's worst fire to date. During the fire the Fire Chief
gets into a fight with Police.
Belmont Hotel, the City's finest resort is destroyed.
The City's elite horse stables burns down.
Furniture warehouse fire, one fireman is nearly killed when he falls through the
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