On February 6, Fire Fighter Specialist Brent Times received an Outstanding Service Award at the City of Bellflower’s annual BRAVO Awards ceremony. The BRAVO Awards, which stands for Bellflower Recognizes Acts of Valor and Outstanding Service, honor public safety employees and residents who acted above and beyond to keep their community safe.
Times is a 21-year veteran of our Department, who has provided lifesaving services and fire prevention education for the citizens of Los Angeles County as both a firefighter and an inspector. As a firefighter he worked at busy fire stations in the inner-city, as well as those that interfaced with brush areas. On August 1, 1994, Times was assigned to work as a firefighter on Truck 8 in West Hollywood in order to get the experience of working in a busy high-rise area. After four years of learning truck work and Urban Search and Rescue skills, he went to the Hazardous Materials Station Squad 105, located in the City of Carson. The station is responsible for covering the areas on the coastal side of Los Angeles County from the Ventura County line to the 605 Freeway and from Long Beach to the 210 Freeway in Irwindale. During his time with Squad 105, Times learned about chemicals and how to handle them, whether known or unknown, as well as responding to spills, drug labs, explosions and oil refinery fires.
On November 1, 2006, Times was promoted to Fire Fighter Specialist/Engineer. He was assigned to Fire Station 172 in Inglewood for one month, after which he became an Inspector assigned to the East Region- Cerritos office. He was assigned to several cities, including Bellflower. For the past seven years Times has worked alongside personnel from the City of Bellflower, including city building officials, city planners, public safety officers, park administrators, film production, business license officers, fire stations and public education to decrease the number of fires in the City of Bellflower. As an inspector he conducts plan checks for residential and commercial building, processes and fire extinguishing systems.
During his tenure he has participated as an Explorer Post Advisor, Driving instructor (Truck and Tiller and Tractor Trailer), Hazardous Materials Equipment Committee member and Fire Prevention Fraud and Public Awareness team member. A student as well as an instructor, Times is also pursuing a formal education through continuing classes at El Camino City College, College of the Canyons, taking classes given by the State Fire Marshal to achieve his Training instructor credentials and complete Fire Officer classes.
Times states that one of the biggest benefits of his job is that it gives him time to do what he truly loves to do, and that is being home every night with his wife of 22 years, Christine and his four children – daughters, Jessica, Halie, Kendall and his son Ryan. The night and weekends off also give him time to be a coach for all of his children’s sports teams.