New Battalions for L. A. County Department Establishment of three new battalions and a new field division has been announced by Los Angeles County Fire Chief Keith E. Klinger. Battalions 9, 10, and 11 were activated April 1 and Division III will be activated on July 1. Battalion 9 will serve the Southeast portion of the county, including the Lakewood district. Battalion 10 will take in the El Monte area. Battalion 11 will have its headquarters at Palmdale in the fast-growing Antelope Valley. Chief Klinger also announced the promotion of Capts. Robert Parsons, Kenneth W. Bicksler, Everett Doe, and A. C. Wilie to the rank of Battalion Chief. Ten other chief officers were reassigned, including the transfer of Battalion Chief Noel Manchester from Assistant Fire Prevention Engineer to Battalion 1-A and Battalion Chief Victor Petroff from Battalion 4-B to the Fire Prevention Bureau.