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The William Rolland Firefighters Foundation
William Rolland Firefighters Foundation
During his time as a firefighter, William Rolland gave meaning to the word dedication. He contributed to improving firefighting tools and materials, and during the Mandeville Canyon mudslides of 1969, he was buried alive while saving the life of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s brother. Rolland spent weeks recovering in the hospital, and later received the Medal of Valor. Even after retiring, Rolland still wanted to be a part of the firefighter community. In 1988, he founded the William Rolland Firefighters Foundation to help the families of firefighters injured in the line of duty. The foundation also offers rewards to those who aid in the capture of arsonists, and helps the families of burn victims. In June of 2000, Rolland opened a small fire museum in Thousand Oaks which showcases a fully restored fire steamer, dating back to the 1800’s, and a memorial dedicated to firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Old Fire Station 27 & The William Rolland Educational Institute

On Tuesday, July 1, 1930, Engine Co. No. 27, Hose Co. No. 2, Truck Co. No. 9, Rescue Co. No. 2, and Salvage Co. No. 4 moved into the city’s newest Fire Station. Although the building was not entirely completed at the time of occupancy, it still represented a remarkable feat: Fire Station 27 was the largest fire station west of the Mississippi. The first emergency response from Fire Station 27 came on the first day of occupancy at 3:14 p.m. to a two-story brick hotel at 6724 Hollywood Blvd. The occupants of apartment 149 extinguished a fire caused by a cigarette with buckets of water.

For decades, Fire Station 27 served Hollywood, the motion picture studios, the stars who lived in the hills and along Sunset Boulevard, and during major emergencies, the entire city at large. The Northridge earthquake nearly brought an end to the magnificent old building, but it was saved from the wrecking ball and rebuilt. For the past decade, a new Fire Station 27 sits next door and continues the tradition established by the ornate and long-lived building.

William rolland Firefighters Foundation Today, Old Fire Station 27 is a completely restored facility, and represents what the station was like when it was in operation. Three apparatus bays are filled with equipment, some dating back to the early 1900s, and not to be found anywhere else. In addition, artifacts and equipment of all types are on display, dating from the 1880s through the present day. There are existing and under-development exhibits upstairs as well.

Old Station 27 also includes a Fire Service Research Library and a learning center where fire and life safety lessons are shared with both children and adults.

On the second floor of Museum 27, developed via a generous gift from the William Rolland Firefighter Foundation, is The William Rolland Firefighter Educational Institute. The William Rolland Firefighter Educational Institute includes an exhibit on techniques used in fire rescue, the history of the Medal of Valor, and a video series on how to save yourself and your family from the dangers of fire in your home.

This is the first of several newly designed and implemented exhibits in the Hollywood 27 museum. Originally a Chief Officer's quarters, this new exhibit is filled with stories that will captivate your entire family. Copies of various fire and earthquake safety DVD's may be purchased in the gift shop, at the museum, or online in the museum DVD store.
Old Fire Station 27 and The William Rolland Educational Institute are located at:
1355 N. Caheunga Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
The station is open to the public on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm.
For more information about the William Rolland Firefighters Foundation or Educational Institute, please Contact Us.