Heading down to Starbucks at LaBrea and Sunset, I found this fire nozzle abandoned on the side of the road. The only clue to its owners was “Engine 8” etched into the metal on a couple different spots. An initial cursory web search turned up the Porter Ranch station, but they told me it was more likely a County’s nozzle, and probably a station in West Hollywood.
A second search for a station in the West Hollywood area turned up LAFD station 41, on Gardner just a few blocks away. When I told them what I had, they said they’d be right over… and in ten minutes an engine arrived outside to pick up the nozzle. Captain Mark Arnold thanked me for contacting them, but told me it wasn’t their hose, but instead LA County Fire Station #8’s, out of West Hollywood. He assured me he’d be giving them a hard time for losing their equipment.