No More 'Brian from LAFD says...'

Tuesday, June 06, 2006 |

The recent retirement of Jim Wells is not the only change taking place in the Los Angeles Fire Department's Community Service Unit.

Along with Jim's much felt absence, the familiar newsroom chant of "Brian from LAFD says..." will also become a thing of the past.

There is no need however, for television assignment desk staff to high-five one another just yet...

Beginning next week, a request to the LAFD's Media and Public Relations Desk to speak with "Brian" will likely be met with a single question: Which Brian do you want?

That's right. Now there are two.

Please welcome Firefighter Brian Ballton as the newest member of LAFD's external relations staff. Filling the vacancy left by Jim Wells, Ballton will become the Public Service Officer on LAFD's 'C Platoon'.

Working a series of alternating 24-hour shifts in the same rat hole office as Firefighters Ron Myers and Brian Humphrey, Ballton brings nearly twenty years of LAFD experience to the fold.

So please join us in welcoming Brian Ballton, and adding his name to your spell-check and Chyron as a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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9 comments:

redcup56 said...

Brian,

Glad you weren't announcing your retirement. Congratulations to Brian Ballton on his promotion.

Keep up the flow of information.

Mark
Portland, OR

Anonymous said...

Brian,

Is your office in a fire station or close to the dispatchers? You once mentioned that you were four stories below street level, with the dispatchers. Were you just kidding about that?

Bustee said...

Brian,

I know I speak for many when I say that there's only "ONE" BRIAN down in that hole...the other guy is just renting space...

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous:

While I may seem to always be working, I do actually share an "office" at what some have aptly described as an "underground Fire Station without Fire Trucks". :)

Our four and five-floor subterranean facility is staffed around-the-clock by sworn LAFD personnel who (like me) used to work at Neighborhood Fire Stations (my last field assignment was at Fire Station 27 in Hollywood).

Those I work with, who are mostly assigned to 9-1-1 call-taking and resource control positions (i.e. Dispatchers), work the same LAFD Platoon Duty Schedule as our colleagues in the field.

In our unique job, Ron Myers works the 'A' Platoon, I work on the 'B' and our new guy, Brian Ballton, will be working on the 'C'.

It's just the three of us to cover 24 x 7 x 365. You might wish to take a moment to contemplate that.

I hope this answers your question.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Mark:

Please know that my wife is also glad I'm not announcing my retirement!

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Captain B,

Thank you for your kind words.

Coming from one of the most highly respected Officers in one of the busiest Fire Stations in our nation, I am indeed emboldened by your confidence and humbled by your praise...

...but not too humbled Sir, to take you up on that offer of a cup of coffee someday soon!

Fraternally Yours... (hot, strong, black and in a sturdy mug please!),

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

My new goal in life is to cover the Fire Department Beat for KNX News radio 1070..."This has been Chris Sorensen reporting from the Major Emergency Fire in North Hollywood, now back to you in the studio. Thanks for the report, Chris. Now lets check the southland weather..."

;)

Robert said...

Welcome Brian,

Glad to hear your now at a location in which I know I can reach you. Hope all goes well down there. Good Luck Bri!

Robert

David Barrett said...

Brian -

Congrats - and best of luck in your new special duty position. If you ever need anything, don't hesitate to ask!
FF Humphry has our details...

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