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Daryl L. OsbyFire Chief
Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby has the unique distinction of being the first African-American Fire Chief in the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s 100-year history. He has served as a member of LACoFD for more than 30 years, including more than 15 as an accomplished chief officer. As Fire Chief, Osby heads one of the largest emergency services agencies in the world, providing traditional fire and life safety services to more than 4.1 million residents and commercial business customers in 58 cities served by the Department, and all the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County within its 2,300-square-mile service delivery area.
David R. Richardson Jr.Chief Deputy | Emergency Operations
Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr. oversees the Fire Department’s Emergency Operations, which consists of over 4,000 dedicated professionals providing fire protection and emergency medical service delivery to 58 cities, all unincorporated communities, and 72 miles of coastline from the ground, air, and sea.
Dawnna LawrenceChief Deputy | Business Operations
Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence is the first female Chief Deputy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. In her role as the Chief Deputy of Business Operations, Chief Lawrence oversees the Fire Department’s $1 billion budget and more than 800 employees in the Administrative Services, Prevention Services and Special Services bureaus.
Vince PenaDeputy Fire Chief | North Operations Bureau
Deputy Fire Chief Vince Pena has been with the Los Angeles County Fire Department since 1981. Chief Pena has held the positions of firefighter, firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, fire camp foreman, fire captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief and deputy fire chief.
Anthony M. WhittleDeputy Fire Chief | Central Operations Bureau
Deputy Fire Chief Anthony M. Whittle, who oversees the Central Operations Bureau, has served as a full-time member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 27 years. He is a second-generation firefighter who has been around the Department his whole life.
Anthony C. MarroneDeputy Fire Chief | East Operations Bureau
Chief Marrone has been a chief officer for the past 18 years and has served on the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission, the FIRESCOPE Task Force and the Legal Exposure Reduction Committee. He was previously assigned to the Special Services Bureau and his last field assignment was Battalion 6 in the City of Santa Clarita. Chief Marrone has served as a member of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department for over 30 years and brings both emergency operations and administrative experience with him and he looks forward to the many challenges that lie ahead in his new assignment.
Jon O'BrienDeputy Fire Chief | Emergency Medical Services Bureau
Deputy Fire Chief Jon O’Brien has worked as a fire service professional for over 26 years. He started his career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Sierra Madre. After graduating from high school, he completed paramedic training at the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute and was hired by the City of Monrovia as a full-time firefighter/paramedic until he joined the County of Los Angeles in 1999.
Chief O’Brien has served in a number of operational and administrative assignments, and promoted through the ranks to his current position as a Deputy Fire Chief. Along the way, he has worked as a flight medic in the Department’s Air Operations Section, a fire crew supervisor in the Camps Section, a recruit training captain and a field battalion chief.
In April 2014, Chief O’Brien was assigned to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division and was responsible for the education and training of the Department’s 3,200 emergency medical technicians and 1,250 paramedics. The following year in November 2015, Chief O’Brien was promoted again to Assistant Fire Chief and assigned to Division VI in the Central Region. In July 2017, he returned as the Acting Deputy Fire Chief to the EMS Bureau and later officially promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in December 2017.
Chief O’Brien received his Associate of Arts degree in fire science at Mount San Antonio Community College and his Bachelor of Science degree in public policy and management at the University of Southern California. He currently represents the Department on the FIRESCOPE Taskforce and the Los Angeles County Measure B Advisory Committee, and also serves as the Deputy Incident Commander on the Los Angeles County Fire Department Incident Management Team 2.
Thomas C. EwaldDeputy Fire Chief | Special Services Bureau
On November 16, 2017, Acting Deputy Fire Chief Thomas C. Ewald was reassigned to the Special Services Bureau (SSB). SSB is comprised of the Command and Control Division (Dispatch), Construction and Maintenance Division (Crafts and Project Management), Information Management Division (IT) and the Fleet Services Division (Field Repair and Fire Shops).
Christopher AndersonDeputy Fire Chief | Administrative Services Bureau
Before joining the Fire Department in April 2016, Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Anderson was the chief procurement officer and finance administrator overseeing a budget of nearly $1 billion for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
John ToddDeputy Fire Chief | Prevention Services Bureau
John R. Todd is a Registered Professional Forester in the State of California and he was employed as a forester by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department from 1988 to 2012. In April 2012, John was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of the Prevention Services Bureau (PSB).
William McCloudDeputy Fire Chief | Leadership & Professional Standards Bureau
During Deputy Fire Chief William McCloud's 30 years with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, he has served in the positions of firefighter, firefighter paramedic, fire captain, battalion chief and deputy fire chief.
Angel MontoyaDeputy Fire Chief | Office of Emergency Management
Deputy Fire Chief Angel Montoya has served the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 24 years. His career in the fire service began as a Fire Fighter in January 1986, where he promoted through the ranks serving in the positions of firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, fire captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief and his current position of deputy fire chief.
The mission of the Los Angeles County Fire Department is to protect lives, the environment, and property by providing prompt, skillful, and cost-effective fire protection and life safety services.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be an exemplary organization acclaimed for our national reputation, our regional strength, and our hometown attentiveness as we provide fire protection and life safety services.
The County of Los Angeles Fire Department has a very rich and unique history, which is full of innovation, and daring accomplishments. From designing the 911 system and initiating a paramedic program in the 1970s to the current day USAR and Homeland Security sections, our fire department is a leader and a model to fire departments around the world. Our Department’s ability to develop new techniques and equipment to fight fires of all kinds has benefited not only the residents we serve, but the fire service in general, both nationally and internationally. Some of our other major innovations include:
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Development and implementation of the 911 Emergency System, which, due to its success, was implemented throughout the country. This was also the model used for the call box system along California’s Freeway systems.
- Implementation of the “Smokey Pack” wildland hose lay.
- Pioneered and implemented the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program.
- Pioneered and implemented the IAFF Wellness-Fitness Initiative
- Design and implemented the Fire Paramedic Program, which became immortalized around the world through the 1970s television show Emergency!
- Development of key industry equipment and all-risk tools, e.g., “Miller” board, Kross Kit, and “Cearly” strap.
- Development of the first certified SCUBA safety program in the United States.
- Development of the first SCUBA diving training manual.
- Development of the Junior Lifeguard program.
- Development of the Canine Search and Rescue program.
- Development of the Swift Water Rescue program.
- Development of a qualified USAR “Heavy Team.”
- Creation of four dozer teams that can respond to any all-risk incidents.
- The first use of a bulldozer on a brush fire.
- Use of the brush crusher for prescribed burns.
- Development of the first 100-gallon drop tank.
- Incorporated 24-hour Night Air Squad.
- Implementation of the Firehawk helicopter with its 1,000 gallon drop tank.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department’s special tax pays for essential fire suppression and emergency medical services. Approved by voters in 1997, the Special Tax is billed on the Annual Property Tax Bill under Detail of Taxes Due, Direct Assessments.More Info