LAFD Implements New Bureau Command Structure

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Los Angeles Fire Department implemented one of the most significant organizational changes in its 128-year history on Sunday, January 11, when the  command structure was regionally placed within the community. 

The Emergency Services Bureau has been divided into four geographic bureaus. Each bureau will be commanded by a Deputy Chief reporting directly to the Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations.
The purpose of this landmark reorganization is for each new Bureau Commander and their staff to establish a more effective and responsive business model than has been previously possible through the traditional rotating shift, platoon duty system. The bureaus will operate during normal weekday business hours and bureau commanders and staff will be available 24/7 to respond to significant emergencies. The bureau commanders and staff will be responsible for all LAFD activities in their respective bureaus and their effectiveness will be reviewed regularly as part of the FireStatLA program. The reorganization will provide an executive point of accountability closer to the community. 
“This reorganization will result in dramatic improvement in the Department’s responsiveness to our members, the public, the business community, and our elected officials” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “This improvement is long overdue and critical in our efforts to maintain our position as a highly regarding fire service leader and the community focused organization we strive to become.”
The four bureaus will be organized as follows:
Central Bureau, Fire Station 3 (108 N. Fremont Ave. 90012) commanded by Deputy Chief Phillip Fligiel
South Bureau, San Pedro City Hall (638 S. Beacon St. 90731) commanded by Deputy Chief Daren Palacios
Valley Bureau, Fire Station 88 (5101 N. Sepulveda Bl. 91403) commanded by Deputy Chief Daryl Arbuthnott
West Bureau, Fire Station 82 Annex (1800 N. Bronson Ave. 90028) commanded by Deputy Chief Joseph Castro
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