Firefighters Bid Final Farewell to Chief John Callahan

Friday, August 27, 2010 |

John W Callahan 1949-2010
John W. Callahan
1949-2010
John W. Callahan, retired Deputy Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department, and active-duty Chief of the San Luis Obispo, California Fire Department, passed away suddenly on August 18, 2010.

Chief Callahan began his career with the Los Angeles Fire Department on July 25, 1970 as a Firefighter and he promoted through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of our Department. As Commander of Operations, he held the second highest position in the Department.

During his LAFD career, Callahan supervised the implementation of the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, served as Commander of the Fire Suppression and Rescue Bureau, managed the Disaster Preparedness Section, oversaw Communications and Dispatch, as well as the In-Service Training Section.

In addition, he headed LAFD preparations for the 2000 Democratic National Convention and served as the Department's liaison with the Mayor and City Council.

Chief Callahan also served as the Vice-President for the LAFD Chief Officers' Association (COA) and as chair of the Emergency Preparedness Commission for the County and Cities of Los Angeles. Since 2004, he provided consulting in the area of public safety with clients throughout the United States.

Following retirement from the LAFD in 2003, he went on to become the Fire Chief of San Luis Obispo Fire Department in 2005, and led that agency at the time of his passing.


As the Fire Chief in San Luis Obispo, Chief Callahan was credited with bringing innovation to the Fire Departent and key improvements to the City's emergency operations.

On August 27, 2010 firefighters and friends from across our nation gathered in San Luis Obispo to offer a final farewell to a highly beloved fire service leader:



Chief Callahan is survived by his wife, Lynne, son John Christopher and daughter Danise.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You left out that a procession will start @ 9am @ the Reis Family Mortuary and travel up Monterey St. to Grand Ave to The Performing Arts Center @ Cal Poly.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 4:57,

Thank you for offering additional information that was not provided to our agency.

We encourage public safety personnel or others with an interest in formal participation in the events - including the procession you mention, to contact Patty Thompson directly.

Again, thank you for adding value to what information we are able to provide.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

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

Mark said...

My condolences to the immediate and extended families of Chief Callahan.

Stay safe!

Mark,
Portland, OR

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