Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby: Making History

By February 17, 2015LACoFD News

Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby is recognized as the first African-American Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, carrying on the tradition that began with his father, Robert Osby, who served as the first African-American Fire Chief of of the cities of Inglewood, San Jose, Oceanside, and the second African -American Fire Chief of the City of San Diego. 

Osby demonstrates integrity, teamwork, caring, commitment, community and courage as a firefighter and leader of our organization. In May of 1984, he faced a tough choice when he entered the fire service, “having grown up seeing some of the discriminatory and unfair practices my dad endured.” Osby overcame these obstacles to become a role model to young African-Americans and joined the fight against discrimination and segregation as former president of the Los Angeles County Stentorians, founded in 1954 by Los Angeles area firefighters. As a mentor and community leader, Osby has actively engaged in the Department’s Fire Explorer Program.  He also directs three youth foundations, including the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation, Youth for Excellence Foundation and Fire Fighter’s ABC’s. Committed to cultivating professional diversity, the Chief actively participates as a member of the National Forum for Black Administrators, the Associations of Black County Administrators, Black Chief Officers Association and 100 Black Men.

Participation in Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government, as well as the National Preparedness Leadership Program, Dillard University’s Executive Development Program, and the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations at Loyola Marymount University, confirms his commitment to excellence. He is also a California State Certified Incident Commander and Chief Officer.

Thank you Chief Osby for your leadership and service to the fire service, Los Angeles County residents, and our organization. We salute you!