More Than One Proud Family

Sunday, October 15, 2006 |

Fire Chief William Bamattre meets the family of Firefighter Michael Suarkeo

The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department are proud to welcome Michael Suarkeo and his relatives to our LAFD family.

Michael's family members were kind enough to share images of his recent LAFD Recruit Academy graduation. We think they speak volumes of our Department, it's proud traditions - and our promising future.

We would like to not only congratulate Michael, but also his family, who clearly stood behind him during the challenge of LAFD's 19-week Recruit Training Academy.

As Michael commences the rigors of his 52-week probationary period, we know his success will be measured in many ways, not the least of which are the smiles so clearly evident in the photo above, including those of Fire Chief William Bamattre.

Again Michael, congratulations and best wishes. We're proud to have you aboard.

If you'd like to follow in Michael's footsteps, please call (213) 485-8032 or visit:

www.joinlafd.org



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you having a hard time recruiting firefighters? I thought potential firefighters were on waiting lists for years before they got a chance to be a firefighter.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous:

Thanks for the note. While there are still sizeable pools of candidates considering Fire Service careers in the USA - including at the LAFD, there remains a challenge for all Fire Departments, including ours to recruit the very finest among them.

With potentially hundreds of vacant positions to fill in the coming years due to retirement, the LAFD wants to cast its net wide and often, and has led the pace towards continuous recruitment and testing - something that is being emulated by other FD's in our region.

This practice is more in line with what candidates may experience from other employers (corporate, government, etc). who may be seeking their attention.

The citizens of Los Angeles deserve the finest Firefighter candidates possible, and needs them in significant numbers.

That's why we need to bang the drum more frequently (and just a tad louder) than the past, to see that we don't miss the best and brightest of those considering a Fire Service vocation.

If you have a personal question or comment regarding our recruitment goals, policies or procedures, the LAFD Recruitment Unit warmly welcomes your call at (213) 485-8032.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

The LAFD recruitment effort is primarily geared toward hiring more females and minorities.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous:

There is indeed an openly publicized and focused effort at Fire Departments nationwide - including the LAFD, to increase the number of candidates who have been historically under-represented in our ranks.

As mentioned above, the competition is not only intense for those seeking career Firefighter positions, but also for Fire Departments to get the very best candidates of any given demographic.

In case you or someone reading this wondered...

Policies and procedures for hiring and retaining LAFD employees are developed by City leaders, including Fire Commission and Civil Service Commission, who have absolute authority in developing guidelines for City employment.

If you have comments, compliments, questions or concerns regarding their policies, you may speak at the public meetings of the Fire Commission, and Civil Service Commission, or call their offices directly.

The Fire Commission can be reached at (213)978-3838, and the Civil Service Commission welcomes your call at (213)847-9107.

I hope this information helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Job well done, I know how hard everyone works at the Drill Tower, and Cap. Jackson is doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

Does the LAFD have hiring quotas? For example, would you hire a minority over a white guy, even though the white guy had a higher written test score and physical agility test score... because of quotas? Also, are there quotas for promotions?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for your note.

The purpose of this thread of course, is to warmly welcome our newest members and their relatives into our LAFD family, and to encourage others (such as you?) to consider a career as a Los Angeles Firefighter.

As one can sense from a photo of our most recent class of Academy graduates, they are a diverse and capable bunch.

Your specific questions about LAFD recruitment goals are best answered by our Recruitment Unit staff, who are pleased to share their official knowledge of LAFD recruitment issues, policies and protocol. They do welcome your call with any LAFD Recruitment question at (213) 485-8032.

If percahnce you wished to comment about the policies (that as mentioned above, are instituted by municipal officials), we always welcome you to contact L.A.'s elected and appointed leaders, including the aforementioned Commissioners.

I hope this reply helps by guiding you to a truly authoritative source of information.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

redcup56 said...

Congratulations to Firefighter Suarkeo, and the rest of the graduating class.

Stay safe!

Mark
Portland, OR

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