LAFD Promotes 82 Members Including First Female African American Battalion Chief

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Group picture of all the newly promoted LAFD members today at Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center
Photo Credits: 
Jacob Moss, photographer with the LAFD Volunteer Photographer Program.
Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Chief Ralph Terrazas on Thursday held a promotional ceremony for 82 members of the Department, one of the largest single-day promotions in the history of the LAFD. 
During the ceremony at the LAFD’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, Kristine Larson, a 27-year LAFD veteran, was the first female African American member of the Department to be promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief.
“As the LAFD continues to restore staffing levels by regularly graduating new recruits from our two training academies, I am proud to have the ability to continually congratulate and promote members of the Department into all ranks,” said Chief Terrazas. “It was also an honor to promote Captain II Larson to Battalion Chief and I am excited to see her embrace her new role overseeing eight fire stations in South Los Angeles communities.”
The promotions, which are effective on February 19, include the following:
·         1 Assistant Chief
·         5 Battalion Chiefs
·         17 Captain II
·         24 Captain I
·         3 Apparatus Operators
·         22 Engineers
·         1 Inspector II
·         6 Inspector I
·         1 Helicopter Pilot IV
·         2 Fire Boat Mates
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