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Another position served by Bill Mill-


er was as a Lieutenant Commander in charge of damage control while attached to the Admi- ral’s Staff in the South Atlantic Fleet in World War II duty. Miller also served as 1941-1942 president of the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association; a post no other firefighter who was to become Chief Engineer ever held. Post war Los Angeles experienced a


virtual explosion of growth in population and industry - doubling in size. As Chief Engineer, Miller’s challenge was to rebuild the fire de- partment to match this unprecedented esca- lation of development. He met his challenge successfully as is documented in the LAFD publication “10 Years of Progress.”


These accomplishments included: 1. Successfully retained LAFD’s Class


1 rating despite L.A.’s tremendous expansion and growth through rebuilding and restricting the department, financially made possible by passage of a$14.5 Million Bond Issue-Prop. A


2. Instituted first Fire Service Day in 1956 which expanded statewide in 1957. 3. Passed ordinance banning all “open


fires” in Los Angeles, greatly reducing the fire losses and responses. 4. Rebuilt many outdated fire stations,


added new Fireboats (according to LAFD specs).


Established first Helicopter and He-


litak Units, combined salvage and rescue oper- ations. Advanced airport (LAX & VAN NUYS) fire protection to meet the jet age. Developed Rescue-Ambulance Service for pa- tient transportation. 5. Established the three platoon system,


greatly increasing promotional positions and salaries.


6. Conducted operation school burning


tests published by NFPA in books I and II. 7. Started program for Operation High


Rise, formulating fireground procedures for major high-rise fires.


all are inviteD to the annual laFD pancake BreakFast on saturDay, may 12th. this is one oF our FunDraiser events For the museum & memo- rial, so come out anD enJoy the FooD, FrienDs anD Family anD the museum.


CALENDAR for May & June 2012 May 2012


Don DoDD has Been puttinG toGether a new Display FeaturinG the laFD mountain patrol anD the laFD Dynamite squaD. re- tireD B/c larry sch- neiDer DonateD the plunGer that was useD to Detonate the ex- plosives. we have the arm BanD the memBers wore, the Demolition squaD manual anD some Great photos.


June 2012 Memorial Day New Hollywood Museum Display


8. Established first Fire Research Lab-


oratory for a fire department. 9. Started and completed the stormy de-


segregation of the Fire Department during his tenure as Fire Chief. 10. With his work completed, William L.


Miller retired on July 16, 1965.


EVENTS & HAPPENINGS Pancake Breakfast


we all neeD to take the time this month to remem- Ber our military men anD women who DieD For our country. our hollywooD museum prouDly Displays a BeautiFul plaque DonateD By the laFD american leGion post in honor oF those laFD memBers who DieD DurinG worlD war i anD ii while servinG in the military.


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