Assistant Fire Chief Angel Montoya has served the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 24 years. His career in the fire service began as a Fire Fighter in January 1986, where he promoted through the ranks serving in the positions of Fire Fighter Paramedic, Fire Fighter Specialist, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and his current position of Assistant Fire Chief.
On November 1, Chief Montoya began his assignment as the Assistant Fire Chief for Division 8 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Division 8 provides fire protection and life safety services to 5 cities and 4 unincorporated areas including the City of Diamond Bar. Most recently as Assistant Chief, Chief Montoya was assigned to Division 6 in Huntington Park where he oversaw the daily operations of 6 cities and 6 unincorporated areas.
Prior to that, he gained experience as an Assistant Chief working in the Department’s Technical Services Division, which encompasses training, technical operations, emergency medical services and homeland security sections.
Chief Montoya was instrumental in forming the newly formed Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team and unit. He served as one of the first members to place our Departments USAR unit into service to respond to County-wide specialized heavy and technical rescues.
His service has included being selected as the first Bilingual Public Information Officer for the Department charged with the development and implementation of a Bilingual program. This program enabled our Department to disseminate information to the Spanish-speaking public through multi-media delivery system that included both the print and video media. Chief Montoya also served as a FEMA Task Force Member, where he responded as a team member to our Departments first disaster responses such as the Northridge Earthquake and Hurricane Iniki in Hawaii.
Chief Montoya has always placed service excellence at the upmost importance. Given his new assignment, he will continue that tradition to maintain high standard that are the hallmark of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.