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Fire It Up! BBQ Competition

Family Event. Free admission featuring a live band, DJ, vendors, BBQ tastings, VIP packages, celebrity judges, kids activities and local firefighters competing for title of "Best BBQ." Reigning champ, LAFD Assistant Chief Antoine McKnight and the LAFD Firefighter and 2016 Champ Mike Finger are both returning for year 3.

For vendor, sponsor, and competitor inquiries please email fireitupkelli@gmail.com.

The Fire It Up! BBQ Competition is a fundraising partnership between two nonprofits that serve and honor the firefighting community. Proceeds will benefit Fire Family Foundation and the African American Firefighter Museum.

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Thank you to this year's Sponsors!

LA County Board of Supervisors District 1

Our 2018 Vendors

In-Kind Donors
If you are unable to attend, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution.

Curacao Foundation
Abes Famous Jerky

Photos from last year's event

About Fire Family Foundation

Fire Family Foundation Logo Established in 2008, Fire Family Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance to fire families in need, scholarships, and financial education while supporting fire charities nationwide. Firefighters are in service to all of our communities. They show up when we need assistance, generally in some of our most vulnerable times. Through medical emergencies, fires, and national disasters, we depend upon firefighters to help us. We believe in helping them and their families to the extent possible during their times of need. The Foundation is committed to these men and women who unselfishly give so much of themselves, often at great risk and impact to family life.


Fire Family Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the charitable hand of Firefighters First Credit Union. Contributions are tax deductible. Tax ID # 36-4613248.

Board of Directors

Chair: Dixie Abramian
Harry Crusberg
Gerald Horwedel
Dee Kuchler
Mary Steudle
Marv Williams

Council of Champions

Severyn Aszkenazy
Isaac Burks
Tom Daly
Michael Dumas
Cindy Iwamoto
Aaron Straussner

About the African American Firefighter Museum

AAFFM LogoThe AAFFM opened its doors as a Museum on December 13, 1997. The dedication of the Museum also served as the acknowledgement of what was believed to be the city’s first 100 years of service by African American Firefighters (1897-1997). The museum’s purpose is to promote diversity and to stand up for inequality against all races and genders. Today the AAFFM stands as the first and so far the only free standing African American Firefighter Museum in the United States. The first floor contains vintage fire apparatus, stories and pictures of pioneering African American Los Angeles Firefighters. The Museum gallery is located on the second floor with pictures, artifacts and other memorabilia of African American Firefighters from around the country. There is a memorial moving tribute to the firefighters that perished during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.


The African American Firefighter Museum is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax deductible. Tax ID # 95-4646322

Board of Directors

President: Michelle Banks
Ryan Ballard
Kelli Shope
Dwight Sankey
Brad Joyce
Daniel Sankey
Jayson Johnson
Christian Smith

Advisory Council

Brent Burton
Carolyn Hughes
Rich Fields
Antoine McKnight
Gerald Durant
Joyce Lamkin
Akosua Hobert-Pierce

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