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 Ralph Terrazas.
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As adopted by the Los Angeles Fire Commission:
The Los Angeles Fire Department preserves life and property, promotes public safety and fosters economic growth through a commitment to prevention, preparedness, response and recovery as an all risk life safety response provider.
The Los Angeles Fire Department will provide exceptional Fire Protection and Emergency Medical Services by being metric driven, technologically sophisticated and community focused while reflecting the people we serve.
LAFD Core Values
Service – Dedication to our Community
Professionalism – Honoring the Firefighter Oath
Integrity – Upholding moral and ethical conduct at all times
Respect – Embracing diversity and recognizing individual worth
Innovation – Taking creative risks to adapt and improve
Trust – Reliance on the integrity, strength and ability of our members
Our Department Focus
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