Though Sam Haskins is on record as the first African American hired as an on call firefighter in Los Angeles, it seems that George Washington Bright was hired as the first full time African American firefighter in Los Angeles on October 2, 1987. Bright was appointed by the Fire Commission as a call man and assigned to Engine Co. No. 6. On November 1st of that same year, he was promoted to a full-time hose man and assigned to Engine Co. No. 3. On January 31, 1900, Bright was promoted to Driver Third Class and assigned to Chemical Engine Co. No. 1.