Since 1935, Los Angeles firefighters and their families have counted on the support and services of their financial family...at Firefighters First Credit Union. We started as Los Angeles Firemen's Credit Union by a group of Los Angeles city firefighters during the height of the Great Depression. By pooling their funds together in an old cigar box, they were able to help members with financial support when they needed it the most. The Credit Union was founded on November 16, 1935 and was originally located in the upstairs of Engine Company No. 28 on Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles. Since our main office was an active Engine House, sirens and alarms were common distractions during the business day. Within the first 13 months of operation, the Credit Union had reached $90,000 in assets and had 809 members.