Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr. has served in the fire service for over 30 years. Chief Richardson pursued his interest at an early age by becoming a Fire Explorer. He began his career as a paramedic in 1985 and has promoted through the ranks, having held the positions of firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, fire captain, battalion fire chief, assistant fire chief, and deputy fire chief.
Chief Richardson currently serves in the number two position overseeing 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.
Chief Richardson’s prior experience includes battalion chief assignments in the Antelope Valley, South Bay, and Santa Clarita Valley, and he has also served as the Interim Warehouse Manager. As assistant fire chief, he was responsible for managing the Fire Department’s largest field division, which serves 12 cities and unincorporated communities in the Southeast area of the County. During his tenure as a deputy fire chief, he provided leadership to the Prevention Services Bureau, as well as the Central Regional Operations Bureau, which includes the Department’s Lifeguard Division. He was acting chief deputy over the Department’s Business Operations for a period of one year, in which he was responsible for overseeing a staff of hard-working professionals and managing a $971 million dollar budget. Most recently, he was deputy chief of the East Regional Operations Bureau prior to his reassignment as acting chief deputy of Emergency Operations, to which he is now permanently appointed.
Chief Richardson has a diverse background in hazardous materials, urban search and rescue, emergency medical services, training, and wildland firefighting. As a member of Federal, State and Department Incident Management Teams, he has achieved national qualification as a Type 2 Operations Section Chief and Incident Commander. He has developed the leadership and experience required to manage large-scale all hazard type incidents. Additionally, he is the current Fire Explorer Program Manager, Los Angeles County Fire Department Incident Management Team Coordinator, OES Region I Area B Coordinator, and FIRESCOPE operations group vice chair.
Chief Richardson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Administration with a minor in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He has also achieved State recognition and qualification as a chief officer.
Chief Richardson is a native of Southern California and resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles County.