On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Fire Chief Daryl Osby kicked off this year’s Women’s Fire Prep Academy (WFPA). He was joined by Chief Deputy Dawnna Lawrence, Assistant Fire Chief Eleni Pappas, members of the Women’s Fire League, Chief Operating Officer Fesia Davenport from the Chief Executive Office and Staff Assistant Daisy Martinez who represented First District Supervisor Hilda Solis. They greeted the 129 eager candidates who competed for a spot in the fifth annual event that takes place for six consecutive Saturdays at Los Angeles County Fire Department headquarters.
The WFPA mentally and physically trains participants to become well-equipped firefighters and offers a resourceful learning experience. Day one of the WFPA included candidates performing a beep test (shuttle run), planks, push-ups and a series of firefighter drills.
Based on their performance, 103 contestants successfully met the WFPA’s requirements and will continue receiving valuable hands-on training from professional County firefighters.
“To quote John Maxwell: ‘The only guarantee for failure is to stop trying.’ Do not allow anyone to compromise and impact what you want to do,” said Chief Osby. “I am pleased to see you and I am glad to know that you have the same level of commitment that we all have. There is nothing more noble than to wear this badge, to be here and to know that each day we are making a difference in someone’s life.”