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.

Fourth of July, 1871: Los Angeles firefighters parade down Main Street. 
Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

Fourth of July, 1871: Los Angeles firefighters parade down Main Street. 

Courtesy of the USC Libraries - California Historical Society Collection.

Los Angeles firefighters in action at 3rd and Broadway, circa 1913

Los Angeles firefighters in action at 3rd and Broadway, circa 1913

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.