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For the first time in the history of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), a woman could become the head of the corporation.
Kristin Crowley is shaping up to be nominated as the top commander of the LAFD after the mayor of the city of Los Angeles, Eric Garcett, declared to the ABC7 network that the current head of the department, Ralph Terrazas, intended to retire.
“We are living through an unprecedented moment that has called on our fire department to not only protect us, but lead us in the fight to overcome public safety challenges we have never faced before,” Garcetti said in a statement to ABC this week. Tuesday.
“Throughout her distinguished career, Kristin Crowley has proven her brilliance, determination and courage on the job time and time again. He has also shown this city his heart, with his tireless commitment to helping students access life-changing educational opportunities. There is no one better equipped to lead the LAFD right now than Kristin. She is ready to make history and I am proud to nominate her as the next head of the Department”, highlighted the mayor.
If confirmed, Crowley will be the first woman to head the Los Angeles Fire Department..
Crowley has been in the ranks of the LAFD for 22 years. She became the first female department fire chief and is the second woman to achieve the rank of deputy chief..
Crowley also currently serves as the director of the LAFD’s youth development program, which has been instrumental in helping Los Angeles Unified School District high school students continue their studies.
“I am honored by the opportunity to be the next chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and to lead the LAFD into the future. If confirmed, as fire chief I promise to take a strategic and balanced approach to ensure that we meet the needs of the community we serve,” Crowley said.
“We will focus our efforts on increasing our operational effectiveness, improving the safety and well-being of firefighters, and fully commit to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within the LAFD,” he added.
Terrazas was part of the LAFD for 39 years.
“It was a privilege to serve as Fire Chief of this world-class department. For almost 8 years we have made considerable advances in technology, we have implemented innovative ways to respond to emergencies and we have become a model for other agencies,” said Terrazas in the statement.
“Chief Crowley is an exemplary leader and has a broad base of experience that will serve the Department well. She has risen through the ranks in the last 26 years and I proudly promoted her three times during my tenure because she demonstrated her commitment to advancing the Department. Chief Crowley has been successful in every role and I look forward to her continued success as the next female fire chief.”
Terrazas became the first Latino to head the LAFD when he took office in 2014.
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