Members of Los Angeles’ segregated, all-black Fire Engine Company No. 30 stand in front of their firehouse on Central Avenue, circa 1931.
Part of the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Members of Los Angeles’ segregated, all-black Fire Engine Company No. 30 stand in front of their firehouse on Central Avenue, circa 1931.

Part of the Dunbar Economic Development Corporation Collection in the USC Digital Library.

Today is International Firefighters Day. From the USC Digital Library, here’s a circa 1870-79 portrait of Charles E. Miles, Los Angeles’ last volunteer fire chief.

Today is International Firefighters Day. From the USC Digital Library, here’s a circa 1870-79 portrait of Charles E. Miles, Los Angeles’ last volunteer fire chief.