The City of Bellflower, the Los Angeles County Fire Museum Association and LEDCOR Construction gathered together on September 9th, 2016 for a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony to kick off a unique addition to Downtown Bellflower. The City of Bellflower Events Center & Fire Museum started construction in December of 2016 on the vacant lot south of the historic Pacific Electric Train Depot located at 16394 Bellflower Boulevard, Bellflower.
The new two-story, 24,000 sq. ft. building will put Downtown Bellflower on the map as a destination for families to learn about fire department history and provide an up-close look at equipment used to save lives and make rescues. The first floor will serve as the Los Angeles County’s only fire museum dedicated to housing a wide variety of firefighting apparatuses dating back to the 1800’s, including one of the museum’s most popular pieces - the famous Squad 51 fire engine from the hit television series “Emergency.” A 300-capacity person banquet center will occupy the second floor and offer full catering services for private parties and special events.
Since December 2009, the LA County Fire Museum has temporarily occupied a large warehouse at 9834 Flora Vista St. in Bellflower and has worked toward securing funds to build a state-of-the-art facility. During construction, the temporary location will remain open for public tours every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The anticipated completion of this project is in the fall of 2017.
A construction time lapse video of the City of Bellflower Events Center and Fire Museum can now be viewed online. The time lapse video is updated every 30 minutes with a new photo capture of the work site to keep residents up to date on the development of the project.