Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby awards retired Fire Captain Cindy Barbee with the inaugural Trailblazer Award on March 29, 2018.

Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby awards retired Fire Captain Cindy Barbee with the inaugural Trailblazer Award on March 29, 2018.

March 28, 2018

As Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, I am fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue the noble calling of firefighting and public service.  Your presence at this groundbreaking event sends a powerful message that you share my commitment in supporting women who have dedicated their lives to protecting the lives of others.
Over the next two days, I encourage you to take full advantage of the summit’s networking events and workshops. Share, speak, and listen. Only through honest dialogue can we truly begin to move forward in supporting the growth of women in the fire service.
The summit will be culminating with out Trailblazers Awards ceremony honoring retired Fire Captain Cindy Barbee, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s first female fire fighter. I challenge each and every one of you to pick up the torch that Cindy has passed on and become a trailblazer in your own right. Each of us has a unique set of talents, skills, and perspectives that our communities urgently need. Your time is now.
Let’s ARISE to make a better future for women in the fire service!
Very truly yours,
Daryl L. Osby, Fire Chief



ARISE Summit Program - March 28-29, 2018In March, the Los Angeles County Fire Department hosted its inaugural ARISE (A Reason to Include and Support Everyone) Summit at the Los Angeles County Fire Museum and Mayne Events Center in the City of Bellflower.

With support from the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, firefighters from the Department and fire agencies across the region attended the event, held on March 28 and 29, 2018.

The theme of the first-ever ARISE Summit was “Women in the Fire Service: Courage to Lead the Way.” It honored the Department’s first female firefighter, Cynthia “Cindy” Barbee, who was hired in 1993 and rose to the rank of Fire Captain. Now retired, Captain Barbee became the first recipient of the Department’s distinguished Trailblazer Award which recognized her courage, commitment, and contributions to empowering women in the fire service.

During the course of two days, the ARISE Summit convened female firefighters with executive leadership where open dialogue was encouraged to create strategies in support of the overall growth of women in the fire service, and to promote equality in the workplace. Attendees also had an opportunity to attend workshops on a myriad of topics, including cultivating leadership skills, living healthfully as a first responder, gender equality, implicit bias, and more.

Focused outcome topics identified at the ARISE Summit include:

1. Accountability of mid-level management which will result in effective cultural change within our agencies;

2. Establishing internal networks and processes for mentoring and growth, resulting in increased leadership within our agencies;

3. Establishing a regional organization representing women in the fire service, resulting in increased collaboration, support, and communication;

4. Discussing ways to improve and create consistency within the hiring process; and,

5. Creating environments welcoming and conducive to parenting for all members.

The Department, along with our fire service peers, is meeting with various subcommittees to identify strategies that will achieve successful outcomes for these important focus areas. By inviting diversity in thoughts, opinions and suggestions, we are already increasing the dialogue between us and will eventually achieve the outcomes we need to accomplish. With our elevated level of commitment and dedication, we will hold ourselves accountable to develop real solutions and make true, measurable progress in each of these areas.

Through the ARISE Summit, we will collaboratively pave a new road toward greater understanding and openness between management, the workforce and potential Department candidates. The Department is profoundly eager to provide a platform where we can openly discuss matters of importance and significance to everyone in the fire service.

Ultimately, we will build stronger bridges and find creative ways to work together and be a catalyst for systemic change—not just at our Department but also regionally. The goal is to cultivate an inviting environment that is diverse and truly mirrors the communities we serve and represent.


For those of you who were unable to attend the inaugural ARISE Summit, please enjoy this short video highlighting the event. This ground-breaking conference is the first of many opportunities to continue the movement of change and open the doors for more discussion on a variety of topics and subjects that are important to the Department and its employees.


ARISE Summit | March 2018
ARISE Summit | March 2018
ARISE Summit | March 2018
ARISE Summit | March 2018


ARISE Summit Lifeguard Division ProgramThank you to everyone who attended and showed their support at the ARISE Summit on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The event focused on our hard-working lifeguards as they continue to “Shape the Wave of Progress” in their own right.

Our lifeguards represent all walks of life and come from diverse backgrounds, each with their own stories to tell of what inspired them to ultimately become a lifeguard. And, that is what we celebrate at the ARISE Summit – diversity and inclusion. Creating an inclusive environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to their unique talents, experiences, and perspectives to the lifeguarding profession is one of our Department’s top priorities.

We convened to empower and influence – to cultivate and embrace – and ultimately, to inspire and make a difference. Together, we were bonded with the renewed energy of a powerful ocean wave to ensure that – as a team – we can work together and continue that positive wave of good in the lifeguard profession and in our organization as a whole.




ARISE Summit Lifeguard