The Aztec Fire Crew
The Aztec Fire Crew is a gang intervention program for "at
risk" young adults, 18 and over. Those who qualify must complete
a 40-hour Firefighting Training Course outside of LA for 21 days,
and become a part of a paid on-call firefighting unit.
The force has recently been approved by Los Angeles to supplement
and assist LAFD and others involved in fire suppression, helping
to respond to the threat of brush and forest fires.
The group has recently been recognized and rewarded
for their efforts by Councilman Ed Reyes, CD1, and will share a
refurbished building, an old firehouse in Lincoln Heights, with
a regional office of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
NEWS From the First Council District
ED P. REYES, COUNCILMEMBER
200 N. Spring Street, Room 410, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For Immediate Release
NEW NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL REGIONAL OFFICE, ANTI-GANG SERVICE AGENCY
COME TO LINCOLN HEIGHTS - Reyes Dedicates 4,000 Square-Foot
Rehabilitated Fire Station to Serve As Location for the Two Entities
Standing directly across the second oldest high school in the Los
Angeles Unified School District, Councilmember Ed P. Reyes today
joined with community members, officials of the Department of Neighborhood
Empowerment (DONE), and representatives of an anti-gang agency to
dedicate a rehabilitated Fire Station to the local neighborhood.
As part of Reyes' ongoing effort to bring services closer to communities,
the two agencies will share the more than 4,000 square foot facility
the cost more than $1 million to rehabilitate and that has been
closed since December 1996.
"Our goal was to empower this community. By bringing in these two
entities, we are doing just that," said Reyes who grew up in the
local neighborhood and attended a nearby elementary school.
Originally constructed in 1936, the art deco style structure remained
a fire station until 1972. In subsequent years the facility housed
the Northeast Little Sisters program as well as a separate city
Today, the facility will operate as one of only three current Regional
Access Centers citywide for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
The centers are designed to act as a headquarters of DONE's operations
for the Northeast Los Angeles Communities which include El Sereno,
Highland Park, Eagle Rock, Glassell Park and Atwater and Cypress
Park. The other two offices are located in the San Fernando Valley
and South Los Angeles.
"Residents of the these neighborhoods understand that an organized
community is an empowered community. We have problems that include
crime and access to jobs and other basic city services and we know
that by working with DONE, we can work in unison to deal with a
lot of the problems that impact our residents," Reyes said.
The fire station will also house a branch of the Aztec Fire Fuels
Crew-an on-call firefighting unit consisting of youth recruited
from throughout Los Angeles. The organization also interacts with
gang affiliated youths and works to engage them in activities that
will take them away from the gang culture.
"Lincoln Heights has been a hotbed of activity for some time, and
we need intervention specialist like the Aztecs to help deal with
the problem," Reyes also said.
For more information contact:
Aztec Fire Crew
2130 E. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
323 / 526-3035