The STENTORIANS organization was founded in 1954, by African-American firefighters of the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County Fire Departments. Their purpose and goals were to band together and address the discrimination and segregation challenges in the City’s Fire Department. The name STENTORIANS, was selected for its appropriateness from the word Stentor, a Greek Herald described in the Iliad as having the voice of fifty men, extremely loud and powerful, audibly expressing a very forceful sound.
The STENTORIANS began to gain members from the Los Angeles County Fire Department as African-Americans slowly began to be hired in the early 1950’s. Today, the Los Angeles County STENTORIANS membership consists of over four hundred men and women both active and retired, sworn and non-sworn throughout the Southern California area. The Los Angeles County STENTORIANS belong to the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, a National Organization in which the Los Angeles County STENTORIANS are charter members of.