Kristin Crowley Affirms Oath for LAFD's Highest Sworn Office
Kristin M. Crowley is the 19th Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). With her wife and children by her side, Chief Crowley took the oath of office on March 25, 2022, becoming the first female, first LGBTQ, and first paramedic to hold the office of Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Chief Crowley leads a large all-risk department – approximately 3,400 sworn and 350 civilian employees – in protecting more than four million people in Los Angeles – the nation’s second most-populated city. From the ocean to the mountains, the Valley to the Port of Los Angeles, the LAFD responds to more than 1,300 emergency calls a day.
As a 22-year veteran of the LAFD, Chief Crowley has proven her credibility and character by promoting through the ranks. She served as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Engineer, Fire Inspector, Captain I, Captain II, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Chief Deputy, and Fire Chief.
She has gained valuable experience in both field assignments on emergency apparatus and administrative duty in multiple areas within the Department. Before her appointment, she served as a Chief Officer for nine years as the Commander of Battalion 13 (South Los Angeles), Battalion 6 (San Pedro), the Professional Standards Division, Fire Prevention and Public Safety Bureau, and the Administration Operations.
Chief Crowley has been instrumental in the Los Angeles Fire Department’s youth development program. She has served as the program director on two youth fire academies in the harbor and valley areas in the City. This program has trained over 1,000 LAUSD students from local high schools on the fundamentals of becoming a firefighter focusing on graduating from high school and having good citizenship.
She served as an executive board member for the Chief Officers Association and The Women in the Fire Service. Chief Crowley chairs the Fire Code Committee for Los Angeles and serves as the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy facilitator and instructor.
Creating, supporting, and promoting a culture that values diversity, inclusion, and equity while striving to meet and exceed the expectations of the communities are Chief Crowley’s priorities, and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve the City of Los Angeles.