Founded in 1966, Los Bomberos is the longest serving Latino Firefighters Association in the United States. In 1966 Captain Jim Trotter and several other firefighters assigned to East Los Angeles Fire Station 2 embarked on a journey that would change the lives for many generations to come. Since that time many other influential leaders from the LAFD have contributed to the long term goals of Los Bomberos. Such leaders as Deputy Chief Rey Rojo, Engineer Edward "El Tio" Diaz, Battalion Chief Ralph Ramirez, Battalion Chief John Quintanar, and Captain Henry Olvera have paved the way for other young Latino Firefighters to achieve their career goals as well as enrich the lives of the diverse communities of Los Angeles.
Today Los Bomberos still maintains its presence in our fire stations and throughout our communities and continues to support its mission dedicated to the recruitment, hiring and advancement of qualified Firefighter candidates and LAFD members who possess the skills necessary to provide emergency services to diverse communities. Los Bomberos is committed to ensuring that Latinos, Hispanics, and other groups have equal opportunity for upward mobility within the LAFD through their demonstrated competence and leadership, and our influence and political action.