John R. Todd is a Registered Professional Forester in the State of California and he was employed as a forester by the Los Angeles County Fire Department from 1988 to 2012.  In April 2012, John was promoted to the rank of deputy fire chief of the Prevention Services Bureau (PSB).  The PSB is comprised of the Fire Prevention Division, the Forestry Division and the Health Hazardous Materials Division.  Members of the Bureau serve the citizens of Los Angeles County by completing inspections and educating the community about the benefits of proper safety practices, completing building, sprinkler, and fire alarm plan checks, protecting natural resources, providing conservation education programs and advice to interested groups, using technology to assess weather, fuel moisture, and fire danger, and protecting public health and the environment from accidental releases and improper handling, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes.

John received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1988.  He has also completed many advanced courses in leadership, the Incident Command System, fire behavior, protection of resources, and urban search and rescue.