Los Angeles Mayor Selects Acting Fire Chief

Monday, December 04, 2006 |

LAFD Acting Chief Douglas Barry. Click to enlarge...The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome Douglas L. Barry as Acting Fire Chief. Chief Barry will assume Command of the LAFD when Fire Chief William Bamattre retires on January 1, 2007.

Chief Barry is a 31-year veteran of the LAFD, with an exemplary record as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Chief of Staff, and Assistant Chief.

He joined the LAFD as a Firefighter on February 16, 1975, and was quickly promoted to Apparatus Operator in 1979 and Engineer in 1980. Chief Barry then earned promotions to Captain I in 1986 and Captain II in 1989.

In 1993, Chief Barry assumed command of LAFD’s Battalion 13, covering five Fire Stations in South Los Angeles. As head of Battalion 13, Chief Barry maintained strong relationships with community block clubs and churches, as well as with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In 1995, Chief Barry took command of the LAFD’s Operations Office, where he oversaw Management of Department discipline, Worker’s Compensation, Wellness and Risk management programs. Chief Barry also served as liaison to the City Attorney’s Office and the LAPD.

Fire Chief William Bamattre appointed Chief Barry to serve as his Chief of Staff in 1996, where he served as the principal liaison to the City Council and Mayor’s Office. Chief Barry also provided leadership and oversight to the Fire Chief’s Planning Section, Employee Relations Office, and Community Relations Office.

In 1997, Chief Barry assumed command of LAFD’s Battalion 11, covering six Fire Stations in the Wilshire Corridor. As head of the Battalion, Chief Barry maintained strong relationships with chambers of commerce and a number of diverse community groups.

In 2000, Chief Barry took command of Battalion 6, in the Harbor area, overseeing operations at nine Fire Stations responsible for fire protection at the Port of Los Angeles, three major refineries and a host of heavy commercial occupancies. Chief Barry also serves as principal liaison to the United States Coast Guard, Port Authorities, the Chambers of Commerce, the shipping industry, the Los Angeles County Fire Department, and the Long Beach Fire Department.

In 2004, Chief Barry was appointed to Assistant Chief of LAFD Division 2, covering all of South Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles International Airport and the Port of Los Angeles.

Chief Barry most recently served as Assistant Fire Marshal, managing the day-to-day operations of the Fire Prevention Bureau, which includes inspections of high-rise and commercial buildings, brush and hazardous materials processors.

Chief Barry was born and raised in the South Bay, attending Narbonne High School, L.A. Harbor College, and California State University, Long Beach. He is married and has three adult daughters.

Chief Barry has earned the respect and support of not only his fellow Firefighters, but also his community, serving as Treasurer/Trustee and Deacon of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in San Pedro.

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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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10 comments:

david barrett said...

Congratulations to Chief Barry on his appointment as Interim Chief of the LAFD.

It is time to put the issues so hotly contested to rest - and to do that requires cooperative and focused work by all of the responsible parties within L.A. City Government to complete the work and efforts that have been underway (and to take action not yet executed).


Los Angeles City Firefighters are perhaps the best in the nation and offer the citizens of L.A. service that is second to none. These firefighters, regardless of rank, race, sex, or other individual beliefs deserve our support and recognition. Chief Barry's appointment is a key initial step in the evolving solution that everyone wants to see take place...

Anonymous said...

DITTO - WELCOME CHIEF BARRY.

WE WANT YOU TO SUCCEED AND WE SUPPORT YOU.

MAKE CHANGES AT THE TOP - YOU KNOW WHO TO PUT IN THE TOP SPOTS TO SUPPORT YOU.

WHO YOU TAP WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT FIRST STEP IN YOUR ROLE AS OUR CHANGE AGENT.

GOOD LUCK!

Ashley said...

Chief Barry,

I wish you the best of luck.


ASHLEY ROGERS
LAFD Buff
Arkansas

redcup56 said...

Congratulations to Chief Barry on his appointment as interim Chief. Based on the biography in the blog, Chief Barry seems more than qualifed to serve as Chief Engineer.

Good luck in your new position.

Stay safe!

Mark
Portland, OR

Jason Stevens said...

Congradulations to you Chief Barry! As many have said you are very much over qualified for Chief, we are confident of your success in the future. Happy Holidays from Color Broadband, Inc.

Jason Stevens-Long Beach

Anonymous said...

That's true. If Chief Barry successfully and quickly "cleans house" at headquarters setting a new tone there, then he'll earn the confidence of firefighters that he will be able to do the same at their fire stations.

Anonymous said...

Chief Barry, Congragulations upon your appointment as Interim Chief of one of the most awesome fire department's in the country, I wish you the best of luck

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Chief Barry!

In the RSS feed, this picture shows up about two feet tall. It's huge!

Elizabeth

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Elizabeth,

You are right, the picture of Chief Barry does look as large as life in the LAFD RSS Feed.

Kindly accept our apologies. We know that many of you are eager to meet Chief Barry - but not in such an overwhelming way!

Please know that my request for a feed and web compatible image was not understood, and our office regretfully has no image management software (no, we're not kidding), but we've asked Santa! :)

Thanks for your kind words of welcome to Chief Barry. You'll be learning a great deal more about him in the weeks to come, and we're eager to offer this blog as a manner for him to convey his vision for the LAFD on our way forward.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Anonymous said...

Maybe we are over the hump and are on the way of getting our good name back.

We welcome you and wish you luck Chief Barry.

A lot of us agree with the above poster about getting your new team in place quickly.

Morale is low and we can't stand much more of what's been going on at the top.

Hang tough.

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