Sunday, August 9, 2009
Driving by the LAFD Station 63 in Venice, I noticed this sign indicating the engine company is closed for the day due to the new department policy that takes 15 fire trucks and six ambulances out of service each day. The closures are on daily rotating basis, and are a result of budget shortages in the City of LA. This seems like one of the last city services anyone would want cut back.
***Update and Clarification-
Thanks for your continued interest and support of the LAFD Mission.
Kindly allow me to clarify that the sign pictured is *not* an official product of the City or its Fire Department, and the placement or display of such is *not* permitted by on-duty [emphasis added] Neighborhood Firefighters.
Signs with similar sentiment have been produced by the Firefighters Union, and we welcome you to contact them directly to clarify or learn of their viewpoint and concerns.
Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department
at 5:10 PM