The Los Angeles Fire Department is overseen by a five-person civilian board appointed by the Mayor and affirmed by the City Council. Pursuant to the City Charter, this diverse and qualified group establishes goals and provides direction to the Department through Fire Chief.
The Fire Commission generally holds its public meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM in Room 1820 of City Hall East. Commissioners encourage you to review their reports and listen to the audio recordings of recent meetings.
Parking at City Hall East is available on a pay-per-use basis at the adjacent Los Angeles Mall. Please refer to this interactive map with driving directions to the subterranean pay parking facility, as well as fare, route and schedule information for local public transit.
NOTE: All persons entering City Hall East may be required to provide photo identification and are subject to a security screening.
The Fire Commission strives to assist all meeting attendees, including those with special needs. Assistive listening devices, sign language interpretation, auxiliary aids and translation services may be provided with at least 72 hours advance notice. Please contact the Fire Commission Staff for details.
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As adopted by the Los Angeles Fire Commission:
It is the mission of the Los Angeles Fire Department to preserve life and property, promote public safety and foster economic growth through leadership, management and actions, as an all risk life safety response provider.
Our Core Values
Service - Above all else, we realize that we are here to meet the needs of the public
Professionalism - We conduct ourselves at all times in a manner befitting the oath we swore to uphold
Integrity - We live according to our Code of Conduct that governs our behavior both on and off the job
Respect - We always treat others as they desire to be treated
Innovation - We inspire our employees to take risks that improve our organization and advance our profession
Trust - We trust one another to prepare in such a way that puts safety,effectiveness and reputation of the team and the Department first
The Department will focus its efforts on responding rapidly to emergencies, providing appropriate intervention and community education.
To Residents: We owe the residents of Los Angeles the highest quality of service possible, characterized by responsiveness, integrity and professionalism. We will continually strive for quality improvement.
To Fire Department: We owe the Los Angeles Fire Department our full commitment and dedication. We will always look beyond the traditional scope of our individual positions to promote teamwork and organizational effectiveness.
To Each Other: We owe each other a working environment characterized by trust and respect for the individual, fostering open and honest communication at all levels.
To Ourselves: We owe ourselves personal and professional growth. We will seek new knowledge and greater challenges, and strive to remain at the leading edge of our profession.
Goal #1: Develop an organization to effectively administer and manage the resources of the Department.
Goal #2: Develop a system for minimizing the impact of disasters and other emergencies on life and property.
Goal #3: Provide an effective Emergency Medical Services System.
Goal #4: Provide an effective Fire Prevention and Public Safety System
BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS
Delia Ibarra, ESQ
Delia Ibarra, Esq. is the president of the City of Los Angeles’ Fire Commission, the civilian board charged with overseeing and making policy for the City of Los Angeles’ Fire Department. She was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in September of 2013. She is also a partner at Lara & Ibarra LLP, a Downtown Los Angeles law firm. She is a seasoned litigator whose practice focuses on complex commercial cases in state, federal and appellate courts. She is licensed to practice before all California courts.
Prior to her service on the Fire Commission, Ms. Ibarra had an extensive history of, and commitment to, public service. During the presidential administration of President William J. Clinton, Ms. Ibarra was a “schedule C” political appointee who served as a speechwriter to Donna E. Shalala, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As a speechwriter, Ms. Ibarra helped the Secretary communicate with the American people about many of the major public policy issues of our time, including: AIDS, welfare reform, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as health care quality and access. During the early part of her professional career, Ms. Ibarra also served as a legislative and press aide to several prominent Democratic, Los Angeles-area, elected officials. She is currently a member of the Latina Lawyers and the Mexican American Bar Associations and remains committed to addressing and resolving issues of poverty and inequality. She is also deeply committed to protecting civil rights and civil liberties.
Ms. Ibarra is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A., 1991) and Stanford Law School (J.D., 2002). She clerked at the ACLU of Southern California after her first summer at Stanford Law School. She wrote a weekly column for the Stanford Daily while studying history as an undergraduate student at Stanford University. Her Stanford Daily column was nationally syndicated by Hispanic Link News Wire Service during her senior year at Stanford and was subsequently republished in a number of national and local publications.
Ms. Ibarra currently resides in the Echo Park neighborhood of the City of Los Angeles, but she was raised in unincorporated East Los Angeles and in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Garfield High School in East Los Angeles.
Andrew Glazier is the Managing Director, Program and Service for City Year Los Angeles, a national, AmeriCorps affiliated non-profit that is focused on improving public education and addressing the dropout crisis through national service. As Managing Director for CYLA, Andrew oversees all aspects of CYLA’s program and service, which includes 283 AmeriCorps members serving in grades 3 – 10 as tutors and mentors in 22 schools across the LAUSD. During his tenure in the position, he has overseen growth in the organization that has nearly doubled the number of AmeriCorps members in Los Angeles. In addition, he manages local and state government relations, including nearly $4 million in contracts with AmeriCorps and the LAUSD.
Before entering the non-profit sector, Andrew worked as a Development Associate with the urban development and planning firm Civic Enterprise, where he was one of three core members of the management team. During his tenure, he helped cement their reputation in Southern California as a forward-thinking development firm through his work on an award winning development in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Prior to his work at Civic Enterprise, Andrew spent 3 years as Chief of Staff to Los Angeles School Board President Marlene Canter. In that capacity, he successfully developed and coordinated short and long term policy and the political agenda for Board Member Canter, resulting in major reform programs around student health, nutrition, and charter schools. His work also included board-level oversight of the more than $13 billion school construction and renovation program.
In addition, Andrew serves as a Vice-President of the Board of Fire Commissioners, setting policy for the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the post in 2013.
Andrew received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2006, and was a Coro Fellow in the 1999-2000 class. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in International Relations, with a focus on the Pacific Rim.
Andrew enjoys playing the ‘cello and has played in both orchestras and local rock bands around the Los Angeles area. Andrew was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is a 4th generation Angeleno with a family history of service in Los Angeles local government. He lives with his wife and two children in the Hollywood area.
Jimmy H. Hara, M.D.
Jimmy H. Hara, MD, FAAFP, is Professor of Family Medicine and Interim Associate Dean for the College of Medicine of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is Professor of Clinical Family Medicine for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Family Medicine Director Emeritus for the Kaiser Los Angeles Center for Medical Education. He previously served as the Director of Graduate Medical Education for the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region (for five Kaiser hospitals and twenty residency programs). He served as Lead Physician for Community Benefit for Southern California Kaiser Permanente; in that role he was the Permanente liaison to the public hospitals, free clinics, health centers, and health advocacy organizations in Southern California. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the UCLA PRIME (dual-degree MD) Program.
He served for twelve years on the Healthcare Workforce Policy Commission (Song-Brown Commission) for the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), including four years as Commission Chair. The Commission is the federal designee to determine health professional shortage areas and also funds family medicine residencies, nurse practitioner and physician assistant programs, and nursing schools. He serves on the Council of Advisors for the California Health Professions Education Foundation which provides scholarships and loan repayments for health professionals providing health services to medically under-served vulnerable populations. He served as District 3 Director on the Board of Directors for the California Academy of Family Physicians and is Immediate Past President of the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Board of Trustees.
He has been a volunteer physician at the Venice Family Clinic for four decades and was a member of the Venice Family Clinic Board of Directors for thirty years , including a recent stint as Board Chair. He spearheaded the Venice Family Clinic in their recent transition from a free clinic to a Federally Qualified Health Center. He now serves on the Board of Trustees of the Venice Family Clinic Foundation. He has also volunteered regularly for three decades at the Saban Free Clinic (formerly the Los Angeles Free Clinic) and for two decades at the Asian Pacific Health Care Venture. He is the Founding Director and Advisory Board Chair of the Los Angeles Albert Schweitzer Fellowship that affords opportunities for health professional graduate students to provide community service. He is currently on the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship National Board of Directors.
He served to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was the Medical Officer for the Cruiser Destroyer Force of the Seventh Fleet during the Vietnam War. He is an active supporter of the Soldier Project and the Wounded Warrior Project to aid returning veterans in dealing with their mental health and medical issues. He is an active member of Physicians for Human Rights, which was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for their International Campaign to Ban Landmines. He is Past President and currently Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and has served on their National Board of Directors. Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is the United States affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. His wife and two sons were start- to-finish marchers in the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament in 1986 starting in Los Angeles and finishing in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
In 2000 he was awarded the California Academy of Family Physicians “Barbara Harris Award for Educational Excellence” in medical student, residency, and continuing medical education. In 2002, he was the recipient of the UCLA School of Medicine “Award for Excellence in Education” and also won the USC Department of Family Medicine “Teacher of the Year” award. He was recognized by the American Academy of Family Physicians as the 2006 “National Outstanding Residency Program Director” in recognition of his leadership, teaching, and community service. In 2006, he was the recipient of the inaugural “David Lawrence Award for Community Service” from the Kaiser Foundation National Board of Directors. He was recognized in 2009 by the Medical Board of California as the “Physician Humanitarian of the Year.” He currently serves as an At-Large Director on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Family Medicine, the national Board-certification agency for family physicians.
Jimmie Woods Gray moved from Tyler, TX to attend college at Compton Community College. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles and later earned a Master’s of Science degree from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles.
In 1963, Jimmie began her journey as an early childhood teacher in the LAUSD Children’s Center and in the 1970’sbegan teaching at the 24th Street Elementary School, where she worked for 32 plus years. At 24th Street School, Jimmie worked as a teacher, mentor teacher, SB65 Outreach Consultant and a SRLDP teacher.
The teaching profession led Jimmie to her involvement with UTLA, the teachers’ union. She was on strike in 1970 and 1989. She held various offices at the Local, State and National levels representing the teachers of Los Angeles and California. Jimmie was a UTLA Chapter Chair, Member of the UTLA House of Representative, Member of CTA State Council, a Member of the National Education Association’s (NEA) Board of Directors for 8 years, and a delegate to CFT and AFT/AFL/CIO Conventions. Jimmie is a past delegate to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the LACOPE/AFL-CIO Board. Presently, Jimmie was a member of the NEA Standing Committee on Legislation and the UTLA PACE Chairperson for 6 years.
While being a union activist, Jimmie continued to work in the community. She was elected in 1994, Chairperson of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, 47th AD Delegate to the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, elected Member of the California State Democratic Central Committee and an elected member to the California Democratic Party Executive Committee. Jimmie was the first person of color ever elected Chairperson of the LA County Democratic Central Committee and only the second woman ever elected. Jimmie has attended the Democratic National Convention in an official capacity for 4 times. She attended the inauguration of President Clinton and President Obama.
In 2001, Jimmie was appointed to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment as a Commissioner by then Mayor James Hahn. She was elected Vice President and served as Acting President under Mayor Villaraigosa. She served 5 years as a Commissioner. In 2011, Jimmie was appointed the LA City Council President Eric Garcetti to the LAUSD Redistricting Commission.
Jimmie has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and recognitions, including 2005 Los Angeles Pioneer Women of the Year, 2004 CTA Ted Bass Teacher in State Politics Award, 1989 and 1998 CTA/UTLA Who Award, 2002 A&E Biography Community Heroes Exhibit, 2006 UTLA Women’s Committee Woman of the Year, 2006 LAAAWPAC Power PAC Award, 2007 New Frontier Democratic Club Outstanding Leadership Award, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Distinguished Educator Award and the 2010 California Friends Of African American Caucus’ Inola Henry Memorial Award. Jimmie was honored by the Los Angeles City Council members Eric Garcetti and Herb Wesson, President of LA City Council on June 24, 2011 and the LA City Council and the Mayor signed the Resolution.
Jimmie Woods Gray retired from LAUSD on July 1, 2011.
Jimmie attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention as a delegate in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2012, Jimmie was reelected to the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee. She continues to be an activist in the community.
On Sept. 13, Jimmie Woods-Gray was confirmed as an appointee of Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT ASSESSOR
The Independent Assessor reports directly to the Board of Fire Commissioners, the civilian head of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), and assists the Fire Commission in providing independent civilian oversight of the LAFD.
CALENDAR, AGENDAS, BOARD REPORTS, RECENT MEETINGS
MEETING AUDIO RECORDINGS
To listen to audio recordings of recent meetings visit the Fire Commission YouTube Channel.
To listen to audio recordings of recent meetings visit the Fire Commission YouTube Channel.
To contact the Commission Staff: (213) 978-3838