Daryl L. Osby has the distinct honor of serving as the ninth Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. With an education in business and executive management and a progressive outlook towards the future, Fire Chief Daryl Osby strives to ensure the Department maintains its acclaimed reputation through sharing of best practices with fellow fire agencies and creating an inclusive work environment representative of the diversity of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby oversees the delivery of fire suppression and life safety services to more than 4.1 million residents and commercial businesses in 59 cities, along 72 miles of coastline, and within all 2,300-square-miles of the County’s unincorporated areas. The Department operates out of 174 fire stations and 24 lifeguard stations, and commissions 4,800 emergency responders and business professionals utilizing an annual budget of just over $1 billion. In addition, the Department provides health hazardous materials and forestry services throughout the County.
Beyond his leadership role within the County of Los Angeles, Fire Chief Daryl Osby also serves as the Chair of FIRESCOPE (FIrefighting REsources of Southern California Organized for Potential Emergencies), which consists of local, State, and Federal fire agencies who coordinate training, incident command, mutual aid, and advisement to the Governor’s office on fire issues. He is also the Region I coordinator for mutual aid for Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and San Luis Obispo Counties, unifying our local resources during large-scale emergencies. Previously, he served on the California State Board of Fire Services, and is a former member and chair of the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission.
Cultivating a workforce that can meet the unique needs of the 21st Century is a challenge that Fire Chief Daryl Osby welcomes. He achieves this through strategic planning, in which his priorities include focusing on the safety and welfare of personnel, ensuring our service delivery model meets the diverse needs of the communities we protect, practicing sound fiscal strategies, preparing communities for major disasters, and developing career pathways for succession planning. Safeguarding the Department’s reputation of excellence and innovation, he invests heavily in our future leaders through youth mentoring programs and stays connected to our residents through his affiliation with several community organizations.
Fire Chief Daryl Osby is an avid fisherman and outdoors enthusiast, and the proud father to his two amazing daughters Stephanie and Nicole.