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Daryl L. Osby has the distinct honor of serving as the ninth Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. With an education in business and executive management and a progressive outlook towards the future, Fire Chief Daryl Osby strives to ensure the Department maintains its acclaimed reputation through sharing of best practices with fellow fire agencies and creating an inclusive work environment representative of the diversity of Los Angeles County.
Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby oversees the delivery of fire suppression and life safety services to more than 4.1 million residents and commercial businesses in 59 cities and all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, along with the City of La Habra located in Orange County. The Department’s service area includes suburban neighborhoods, city centers, commercial districts, sandy beaches, mountain ranges, and more. There are 4,700 personnel working within the Department’s emergency and business operations bureaus, including firefighters, dispatchers, lifeguards, nurses, and administrative support.
Beyond his leadership role within the County of Los Angeles, Fire Chief Daryl Osby also serves as the Chair of FIRESCOPE (FIrefighting REsources of Southern California Organized for Potential Emergencies), which consists of local, State, and Federal fire agencies who coordinate training, incident command, mutual aid, and advisement to the Governor’s office on fire issues. He is also the Region I coordinator for mutual aid for Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, and San Luis Obispo Counties, unifying our local resources during large-scale emergencies. Previously, he served on the California State Board of Fire Services, and is a former member and chair of the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission.
Cultivating a workforce that can meet the unique needs of the 21st Century is a challenge that Fire Chief Daryl Osby welcomes. He achieves this through strategic planning, in which his priorities include focusing on the safety and welfare of personnel, ensuring our service delivery model meets the diverse needs of the communities we protect, practicing sound fiscal strategies, preparing communities for major disasters, and developing career pathways for succession planning. Safeguarding the Department’s reputation of excellence and innovation, he invests heavily in our future leaders through youth mentoring programs and stays connected to our residents through his affiliation with several community organizations.
Fire Chief Daryl Osby is an avid fisherman and outdoors enthusiast, and the proud father to his two amazing daughters Stephanie and Nicole.
In her role as acting Deputy Fire Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau, Chief Barrera oversees the Fire Department’s $1.3 billion budget and provides executive oversight of the Financial Management, Human Resources, Materials Management, and Information Management Divisions.
Chief Barrera joined the Fire Department in November 2004, where she served as the Assistant Chief and Chief of the Financial Management Division. In June of 2021, Chief Barrera was appointed as Acting Deputy Fire Chief of the Administrative Bureau and continues to work closely with internal and external stakeholders to improve standard business practices, ensure administrative and fiscal compliance, and foster a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.
Prior to joining the Fire Department, Chief Barrera devoted 16 years climbing the ranks in administrative services at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services and Auditor-Controller. Chief Barrera received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California. She is also the Treasurer of the Los County Hispanic Managers Association and a Board Member for the F&A Federal Credit Union.
Chief Barrera and her husband live in Rosemead and are proud to reside in a city served by the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Deputy Fire Chief Vince A. Peña has been with the Los Angeles County Fire Department since 1981. Chief Peña has held the positions of firefighter, firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, fire camp foreman, fire captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief, deputy fire chief, and acting chief deputy.
As a chief officer, battalion chief assignments have included Battalion 5 in Malibu, Battalion 16 in Covina, Battalion 20 in Inglewood, and Battalion 2 in San Dimas. He also served as the camp section battalion chief for the paid camps and heavy equipment unit. As an assistant fire chief, he was assigned to Division 2 in the east San Gabriel Valley and the Air & Wildland Division.
In Chief Peña’s assignment as the deputy fire chief of the North Regional Operations Bureau, he oversaw the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and La Cañada Flintridge, as well as the Technical Operations Section and the Air & Wildland Division. He has also served as operations section chief for the Department on many large wildland incidents and was the incident commander of the Department’s Incident Management Team 1.
Chief Peña’s current assignment is deputy fire chief of the Emergency Medical Services Bureau. However, he has been temporarily assigned as the acting chief deputy. As acting chief deputy, he is serving as second in command overseeing the Department’s Emergency Operations, consisting of the three regional operations bureaus: North, East, and Central, which includes the Lifeguard Division. He is also responsible for the Emergency Medical Services Bureau, the Homeland Security Section, and the Office of Emergency Management.
Chief Peña attended East Los Angeles College, the University of La Verne, and the Executive Leadership Development Program for the County of Los Angeles. He also instructs incident command courses for the Fire Department and throughout the country.
Deputy Fire Chief Jon O’Brien has worked as a fire service professional for over 26 years. He started his career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Sierra Madre. After graduating from high school, he completed paramedic training at the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute and was hired by the City of Monrovia as a full-time firefighter/paramedic until he joined the County of Los Angeles in 1999.
Chief O’Brien has served in several operational and administrative assignments, promoting through the ranks to his current position as a Deputy Fire Chief. Along the way, he has worked as a flight medic in the Department’s Air Operations Section, a fire crew supervisor in the Camps Section, a recruit training captain, and a field battalion chief.
In April 2014, Chief O’Brien was assigned to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau and was responsible for the education and training of the Department’s 3,200 emergency medical technicians and 1,250 paramedics. The following year in November 2015, Chief O’Brien was promoted again to Assistant Fire Chief and assigned to Division VI in the Central Region. In July 2017, he returned as the Acting Deputy Fire Chief to the EMS Bureau and later officially promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in December 2017.
Chief O’Brien was assigned as the deputy fire chief of the North Regional Operations Bureau in April 2020. He oversees the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and La Cañada Flintridge as well as the Technical Operations Unit and Air & Wildland Division of the Department. He is the incident commander of the Department’s Incident Management Team 1.
Chief O’Brien received his Associate of Arts degree in fire science at Mount San Antonio Community College and his Bachelor of Science degree in public policy and management at the University of Southern California. He currently represents the Department on the FIRESCOPE Taskforce and the Los Angeles County Measure B Advisory Committee.
Deputy Fire Chief Thomas C. Ewald has served in the professional fire services for 35 years. Chief Ewald started his career as a firefighter with the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa Fire Department in 1986. While working in the Midwest, he attended community college and completed paramedic training. Chief Ewald joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1992 where he rose through the ranks serving as firefighter, paramedic, captain, battalion chief, and assistant chief.
Chief Ewald has served as a firefighter paramedic at Universal Studios and West Hollywood; a fire inspector in East Los Angeles; an apparatus engineer in Carson and Pomona; an engine company captain in Southgate and South Los Angeles; a staff captain for the Central Regional Operations Bureau Deputy; a field battalion chief in El Monte, Commerce, Palos Verdes; the chief of Technical Operations, overseeing local, national and international Urban Search and Rescue Operations; assistant chief in Division I, covering the South Bay and Catalina Island, and as the assistant chief, overseeing the Air and Wildland Division.
During his career, Chief Ewald has been called upon to respond to manmade and natural disasters across the county and worldwide with notable incidents, including Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans), Hurricane Dean (Belize), Cyclone Nargis (Camp H.S. Smith Hawaii), 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (Ofunato) , 2011 New Zealand Earthquake (Christchurch) and 2015 Typhoon Maysak (Micronesia).
In December 2017, Chief Ewald was promoted to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief where he oversaw the Department’s Special Services Bureau consisting of three divisions: Fleet Services, Command and Control, and Construction & Maintenance.
On April 1, 2021, Chief Ewald’s tour of duty ended at Special Services and he assumed command of the Central Regional Operations Bureau. The Central Region is staffed with 900 firefighting personnel who provide fire and EMS services to 22 cities from 55 fire stations; and 750 highly skilled lifeguards who provide ocean rescue services to 11 cities, spanning 72 miles of beaches and Catalina Island.
Chief Ewald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Prevention Administration from Cogswell Polytechnical College and a Master of Science degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. In 2018, Chief Ewald attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Chief Ewald is a qualified Type 2 Incident Commander and Type 2 Operation Section Chief and provides leadership to the Department’s Incident Management Team Two.
Chief Ewald resides in Southern California with his wife and four children.
Deputy Fire Chief Anthony C. Marrone has been a chief officer for the past 17 years and has served on the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission, the FIRESCOPE Task Force and the Legal Exposure Reduction Committee. He was previously assigned to the Central Regional Operations Bureau and his last field assignment was Battalion 6 in the City of Santa Clarita. Chief Marrone has served as a member of the County of Los Angeles Fire Department for over 30 years and brings both emergency operations and administrative experience with him and he looks forward to the many challenges that lie ahead in his new assignment.
Assistant Fire Chief: 323.586.7049
Community Services Liaison: 323.586.7039
Today, the CFPD serves all of the unincorporated area within Los Angeles County, as well as the following 60 incorporated cities, 59 of which are in Los Angeles County and one in Orange County:
La Canada Flintridge
La Habra (Orange Co.)
Palos Verdes Estates
Rancho Palos Verdes
Rolling Hills Estates
South El Monte
Since the passage of Proposition 13, thirteen cities have entered into fee-for-service contracts with the CFPD. These are cities that are annexed to and/or contract with the Fire District for services. The CFPD bills these cities an annual fee for the cost of providing services. Annual fees are based upon the net cost of staffing levels in the city plus overhead. These fees are updated annually based upon current salary, employee benefits, and overhead costs. These fee-for-service cities are as follows:
La Habra (Orange County)
The CFPD also has contracts with State, Federal, and other agencies that generate revenues, as well as a few fees and charges for various services.
Chief Deputy David R. Richardson Jr. has served in the fire service for over 34 years. Chief Richardson pursued his interest at an early age by becoming a Fire Explorer. He began his career as a paramedic in 1985 and has promoted through the ranks, having held the positions of firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, fire captain, battalion fire chief, assistant fire chief, and deputy fire chief.
Chief Richardson is second in command overseeing the Fire Department’s Emergency Operations, which consists of over 4,000 dedicated professionals providing fire protection and emergency medical service delivery to 59 cities, all unincorporated communities, and 72 miles of coastline from the ground, air, and sea.
Chief Richardson’s prior experience includes battalion chief assignments in the Antelope Valley, South Bay, and Santa Clarita Valley, and he has also served as the Interim Warehouse Manager. As assistant fire chief, he was responsible for managing the Fire Department’s largest field division, which serves 12 cities and unincorporated communities in the Southeast area of the County. During his tenure as a deputy fire chief, he provided leadership to the Prevention Services Bureau and Central Regional Operations Bureau, which includes the Department’s Lifeguard Division. He served as acting chief deputy of the Department’s Business Operations for a period of one year, in which he was responsible for overseeing a staff of hard-working professionals and managing a $971 million-dollar budget during challenging times as a result of the recession. Chief Richardson was deputy chief of the East Regional Operations Bureau prior to his reassignment as acting chief deputy of Emergency Operations, in which he was permanently appointed in 2015.
Chief Richardson has a diverse background in hazardous materials, urban search and rescue, emergency medical services, training, and wildland firefighting. As a member of Federal, State and Department Incident Management Teams, he has achieved national qualification as a Type 2 Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief. He has developed the leadership and experience required to manage large-scale all hazard type incidents. Additionally, he is the Region I Area B Coordinator for the CA Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, FIRESCOPE operations group chair, and member of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association operations team.
Chief Richardson earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Administration with a minor in Public Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) and holds qualification as a chief officer.
Chief Richardson is a native of Southern California and resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles County.
Commonly known as the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Consolidated Fire Protection District of Los Angeles County (CFPD) is a dependent special district. As a dependent special district, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors acts as the CFPD’s board of directors. Fire protection districts are governed by the Fire Protection District Law of 1987 (Health & Safety Code, Section 13800 et al). The CFPD has the additional responsibilities for the Forester & Fire Warden (F&FW). In 1992, the duties of the F&FW were assigned to the CFPD and those responsibilities are found in the Los Angeles County Code 2.20.
The CFPD has a civilian oversight committee that annually reviews expenditures of the CFPD’s special tax to ensure it is expended in the manner approved by voters in 1997. Authority for the oversight committee is found in the establishing resolution for the special tax. The committee has seven members, one each appointed by each member of the Board of Supervisors, one appointed by the City Selection committee, and the director of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiency Committee.
Health Hazardous Materials is a Certified Unified Program Agency that administers the following programs within Los Angeles County; the Hazardous Waste Generator Program, the Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans and Inventory Program, the California Accidental Release Prevention Program (Cal-ARP), the Aboveground Storage Tank Program and the Underground Storage Tank Program.
Chief Deputy Dawnna B. Lawrence is the first female Chief Deputy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
In her role as Chief Deputy of Business Operations, Chief Lawrence oversees the Fire Department’s $1.3 billion budget and more than 800 employees in the Administrative, Prevention, and Special Services Bureaus.
Chief Lawrence initially came to the Fire Department in October 2012 as the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau, where she served as the financial advisor to Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby in the midst of fiscal challenges, stemming from the 2008 Recession. In June 2015, Chief Lawrence was appointed to Chief Deputy of Business Operations and continues to work closely with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the financial future of the Fire Department is stable and sustainable.
Chief Lawrence is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all Fire Department team members through comprehensive action and sustainable policies and practices, in addition to fostering a workforce that is truly representative of the communities we serve.
Prior to joining the Fire Department, Chief Lawrence devoted 20 years climbing the ranks in administrative services at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (DPW), culminating in her appointment to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2006. As CFO, Chief Lawrence was responsible for managing the DPW’s $2 billion operating budget. Her efforts and achievement earned Chief Lawrence a CFO of the Year nomination in the September 2012 issue of the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Earlier in her career, Chief Lawrence spent a collective five years at the Department of Health Services and the Department of the Auditor-Controller. Chief Lawrence received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. She is also a member of the Government Finance Officers Association.
Chief Lawrence and her two sons are long-time residents of South Pasadena.
Deputy Fire Chief William McCloud was hired as a Fire Fighter with Los Angeles County Fire Department in 1986 and has been a Chief Officer for over ten years. As a fire fighter Chief McCloud functioned as a certified Emergency Medical Technician, Licensed Paramedic, a Hazardous Materials Technical Specialist, and a PEER Support Counselor. As a Company Officer Chief McCloud held positions in the Fire Prevention Bureau, implemented the Department’s and the Los Angeles Operational Area’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). As a Battalion Chief he served the Cities of Santa Clarita, Palmdale, and Covina. He also helped the Department develop and implement its Professional Performance Section that conducts internal investigation in compliance with the California Fire Fighter Bill of Rights. He is currently assigned, as a Deputy Fire Chief, to the Leadership and Professional Standards Bureau (LPSB). LPSB includes Employee Relations Division, Professional Performance Section, Risk Management Division, Return to Work Section, Organizational Development Division, and the Training Services Division.
As part of his duties as the Deputy Fire Chief of LPSB Chief McCloud has been assigned the task of working with labor organizations, other County Departments, and subject matter experts to develop a Department Wellness Division. The development of the Wellness Division is in response to a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor’s initiative to address suicide as it relates to first responders. The Department’s Wellness Division will focus on improving and maintaining the mental and physical wellness of all Department employees and their families.
Fire District services are funded primarily through a direct allocation of property taxes and a voter-approved special tax on all properties within the property tax cities served by the Fire District. The amount of property tax revenue generated within a city is based on assessed value and varies from city to city. This includes all unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and the following 47 cities:
Assistant Fire Chief: (626) 280-6959
Community Services Liaison: (626) 280-8504
Assistant Fire Chief: (909) 620-2003
Community Services Liaison: (909) 469-2659
Assistant Fire Chief: (310) 317-1802
Community Services Liaison: (310) 456-7923
Assistant Fire Chief: (661) 940-6791
Community Services Liaison: (661) 948-3785
Assistant Fire Chief: (562) 860-5524
Community Services Liaison: (562) 402-9709
Assistant Fire Chief: (661) 298-5280
Community Services Liaison: (661) 250-2710
Assistant Fire Chief: (626) 974-8371
Community Services Liaison: (626) 732-3531
Assistant Fire Chief: (310) 329-3315
Community Services Liaison: (310) 217-7074
CERT Training is offered free of charge. Participants have no obligation or commitment to respond or act in the event of a disaster. The class curriculum for the training program consists of the following:
Unit 1 – DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Introduction to disasters and the impact disasters have on infrastructures. This course covers the role of CERT volunteers.
Unit 2 – DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION
Fire chemistry and basic fire suppression; identifying and reducing potential fire hazards; firefighting resources and techniques, as well as a discussion on hazardous materials.
Unit 3 – DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS 1
The principles of Triage and the treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions.
Unit 4 – DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS 2
Head-to-toe patient assessments, establishing treatment areas, treatments for burns, lacerations, raptures, sprains, and other injuries. This is basic information, NOT a first-Aid class.
Unit 5 – LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
Search and Rescue priorities and resources; size-up techniques and rescuer safety, lifting, cribbing, and victim removal.
Unit 6 – DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION
The post disaster emotional environment, the Incident Command System, and decision-making and documentation.
Unit 7 – TERRORISM
Risk and threat analysis, types of terrorism weapons, and travel and terrorism.
Unit 8 – COURSE REVIEW AND SIMULATION
A review of your newly learned skills and either a hands-on drill simulation, or a table top exercise.
864 N San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
4475 W El Segundo Blvd.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
3161 Imperial Hwy.
Lynwood, CA 90262
701 E Carson St., Rm B-24
Carson, CA 90745
LAND DEVELOPMENT UNIT
5823 Rickenbacker Road
Commerce, CA 90040
CODES AND ORDINANCES UNIT
5823 Rickenbacker Road
Commerce, CA 90040
HIGH RISE/COUNTY FACILITIES UNIT
6031 Rickenbacker Road
Commerce, CA 90040
PREVENTION DATA SYSTEMS UNIT
5823 Rickenbacker Road
Commerce, CA 90040
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.
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.
Deputy Fire Chief Anthony M. Whittle has served as a full-time member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for over 27 years. He is a second-generation firefighter who has been around the Department his whole life.
Chief Whittle pursued his interest in the fire service at an early age by becoming a LACoFD Fire Explorer in 1980, an emergency medical technician in 1984, a paramedic in 1985, and a paid call firefighter for the city of Manhattan Beach in 1986. He began his full-time career with LACoFD in 1988 as a proud member of Recruit Class 78.
During his tenure, Chief Whittle has held the positions of firefighter, firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, inspector, captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief, and is currently the deputy fire chief of the Central Regional Operations Bureau, which includes leadership for the Department’s Lifeguard Division. He has served as a chief officer for over 9 years in a variety of field and administrative commands. As a battalion chief, he served in Battalion 7, Battalion 13, and was the director of emergency medical services (EMS). As an assistant fire chief, Chief Whittle commanded the Technical Services Division (EMS, Training, Homeland Security, Technical Operations and Grants), and Division 7, which includes service to the Santa Monica Mountains, a major theme park (Universal Studios), and the Department’s fire boat operations.
Chief Whittle has a diverse background in hazardous materials, refinery firefighting, marine operations, urban search and rescue, EMS, training, and wildland firefighting. Additionally, he is currently the Department’s FIRESCOPE Task Force member.
Chief Whittle is a California State Certified Chief Officer. He has completed the County of Los Angeles Executive Leadership Development Program from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, is currently completing his bachelor of science degree in Fire and Emergency Management, has earned an associate of science degree in Fire Technology, and holds several vocational certifications and qualifications.
Chief Whittle and his wife Teri, a registered dental hygienist, have two children and are longtime residents of the South Bay.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Bureau was created in ____ ____, to address the growing EMS needs across the County. In total, EMS 9-1-1 calls comprise nearly 85 percent of the Department’s responses. The Department is committed to providing prompt, clinically skilled, and caring medical service to ensure positive outcomes for everyone, every time.
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The dry, sunny climate and variable terrain of Southern California combine to create an environment where wildfires are a part of the natural ecosystem and an almost year-round occurrence. This ecosystem fosters a diverse fire-adapted community of plants and animals. Although human caused wildfires far outnumber naturally occurring wildfires within Los Angeles County, both have the potential to create situations where structures in the Wildland Urban Interface can be at risk. All vegetation will burn, even though irrigation has created a deceptively lush landscape of ornamental plants.
Following the loss of lives and structures during the 1993 wildfire season, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors created the Wildfire Safety Panel to offer recommendations that would help reduce the threat to life and property in areas prone to wildfires. One of the recommendations was to follow the findings of the Wildland Urban lnterface Task Force and another was to enforce the provisions of the Bates Bill. Jurisdictional Fire Departments were required to establish a set of guidelines and landscape criteria for all new construction in Fire Hazard Severity Zones. As a result, Fuel Modification Plans became a requirement within Los Angeles County beginning in 1996.
In the areas served by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, all new construction, remodeling fifty percent or greater, construction of certain outbuildings and accessory structures over 120 square feet, parcel splits and subdivision/developments within areas designated as Fire Hazard Severity Zones will require a Fuel Modification Plan approval before the applicable land division, Conditional Use Permit, or Building Permit will be approved. The County of Los Angeles Fire Department Forestry Division’s Fuel Modification Unit is responsible for processing, reviewing, and approving these plans.
Cal Fire is responsible for the mapping and revisions to all Fire Hazard Severity Zones across the state. These zone designations establish minimum standards for building construction and exterior landscape features in an effort to mitigate the increasing losses from our cycle of wildfire vents. Cal Fire designates the Severity Zones for all State Responsibility Areas (SRAs). In Local Responsibility Areas (LRAs), the jurisdictional county or city determines the Severity Zones with approval from the state that are then adopted by local ordinance or city councils.
23757 Valencia Blvd
Valencia, CA 91355
335-A East Ave K-6
Lancaster, CA 93535
Palmdale Fire Prevention
38250 Sierra Highway
Palmdale, CA 93550
26600 Agoura Road, Suite 110
Calabasas, CA 91302
PUBLIC SAFETY AND FILM UNIT
14425 Olive View Drive
Sylmar, CA 91342
125 S. Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91006
East Los Angeles
4801 E. Third St
Los Angeles, CA 90022
19030 Pioneer Blvd
Cerritos, CA 90703
5200 Irwindale Ave
Irwindale, CA 91706
605 N. Angeleno Ave
Azusa, CA 91702
231 W. Mountain View Ave
Glendora, CA 91741
400 N. Citrus Ave
Covina, CA 91723
590 S. Park Avenue
Pomona, CA 91766
850 W. La Habra Blvd
La Habra, CA 90633
2535 Commerce Way
Commerce, CA 90040
PETROLEUM CHEMICAL UNIT
5200 Irwindale Ave
Irwindale, CA 91706