Firefighting, Leadership

Los Angeles Mayor Names First Latino Fire Chief

Assistant Chief Ralph M. Terrazas, a Los Angeles native, has been named chief of the city of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). He is the first Latino to hold the position in the LAFD.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1qfG8ZF) reported that the announcement by Mayor Eric Garcetti came Tuesday after a search to replace former Chief Brian Cummings, who resigned under pressure last fall.

Terrazas reportedly said he wants “to fight, with the mayor, to reform the Fire Department.”

The agency has struggled of late with criticism about response times, staff cuts, its hiring of women and minorities, and other issues.

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