Interim Fire Chief Douglas Barry To Lead The LAFD Permanently

Monday, August 20, 2007 |

KNBC-TV Video. Click to view...Fire Chief Douglas L. Barry is a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) who has distinguished himself through his exemplary record as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Chief of Staff, and Assistant Chief, and most recently as the Interim LAFD Fire Chief.

Chief Barry joined the LAFD as a Firefighter on February 16, 1975 and quickly excelled through the ranks, promoting to Apparatus Operator in 1979, Engineer in 1980 followed by promotions to Captain I - Captain II in 1986 and 1989 respectively.

In 1993, Chief Barry assumed command of Battalion 13, where he supervised the daily operations of five Fire Stations in the South Los Angeles area. As head of Battalion 13, Chief Barry fostered strong relationships with Neighborhood Councils, Community Groups, Local Churches, as well as with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In 1995, Chief Barry took command of the LAFD’s Operations Office, where he was responsible for overseeing the 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.

In 1996, Fire Chief William Bamattre appointed Chief Barry to serve as his Chief of Staff, 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 protecting the Port of Los Angeles. Chief Barry also served as liaison to the U. S. Coast Guard, Port Authorities, the Chambers of Commerce and the Los Angeles County and Long Beach Fire Departments.

In 2004, Chief Barry was appointed to Assistant Chief and assigned to command Division II, which incorporates all of South Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles International Airport and Port of Los Angeles.

Before assuming the position of Interim Fire Chief, Chief Barry served as the Assistant Fire Marshal, managing the day-to-day operations of the Fire Prevention Bureau, including inspections of high-rise and commercial occupancies, 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. Chief Barry is married and has three adult daughters. Chief Barry has earned the respect and support of his fellow Firefighters and community, where he serves as Treasurer/Trustee and Deacon of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in San Pedro.


Submitted by Ron Myers, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Ashley said...

Chief Barry,

Best wishes for continued success as Fire Chief of the LAFD.

Ashley Rogers

Anonymous said...

This is great news. I did not know he was in the running for permanent Chief but I think that he will do an excellent job. Seems like a good guy and any Chief that shows up to kick off a Fire Hogs ride in a Fire Hogs
T-shirt is the kind of Chief that shows support for his department and is willing to be out there and promote the department well. Congrats Chief Barry!

Anonymous said...

Many of us agree with the captains and chiefs referred to in today's Los Angeles Times that Doug Barry's priorty should be to clean house at the TOP - shake up the command staff - deputy chiefs - put in by Bamattre.

Follow the lawsuits.

Follow the money.

Bruce Galien said...

Doug Barry is a man of character and the right person for the job. I know he will do a great job and I hope he changes his retirement plans and stays on until we clear up the majority of the problems caused by a minority of the members
Bruce Galien
A classmate and recently retired member.

Anonymous said...

Now that the mayor's "Mr. Change" has full authority to handle the problems in the fire department, lets see if he steps up to the plate and has the character, integrity and courage to do what's right and not what's politically correct. Being a fireman is a life and death profession, not a social experiment.

m.kahn said...

Chief Barry,

Congratulations on your selection as Chief Engineer. As I said on the post when the announcement was made that you were the Interim Chief, you sound very qualified.

Good luck, and stay safe!

Portland, OR

Cowboys2000 said...

No need to questions this man's integrity. I have known him for over 30 years and he is the REAL DEAL.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for sharing your sentiment. I think we all can agree that Chief Barry's actions speak for themselves.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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