LAFD Announces the Appointment of Interim Fire Chief Brian Cummings

Thursday, July 07, 2011 |

The Mayor of Los Angeles announced today, the appointment of Assistant Chief Brian L. Cummings to the position of Interim Fire Chief, effective Monday, July 11, 2011.

Chief Brian Cummings
Interim Fire Chief Brian Cummings
Chief Cummings, a 31 year veteran of the Department who currently holds the position of Chief of Staff, expressed his intent to maintain the high level of service performed by members of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed as the Interim Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department,” said Cummings. “I thank the hardworking, talented men and women of the Department - the sworn, civilian and volunteer personnel that make this organization great. I thank the Mayor for his confidence in me and for his commitment to public safety. I also thank the City Council for their commitment to prioritizing any increases in City revenue and directing them back to this Department to expand resources. Finally, I want to thank the Fire Commission for their continued guidance and partnership.

I can assure residents of Los Angeles that the LAFD will continue to deliver the high level of service to which they are accustomed, and that we are proud to provide.

I look forward to leading the Los Angeles Fire Department in accomplishing our mission of protecting lives and property and fostering economic growth.

As your Interim Fire Chief, I will work with City government in our efforts to position this Department for future success.”

The Mayor’s Office has begun the selection process for the City of Los Angeles' next Fire Chief. The Los Angeles Fire Department's Public Information Officer will be handling questions regarding that process.

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Interim Fire Chief Brian Cummings

Interim Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings is a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) with an exemplary record as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Chief of Staff.

Chief Cummings joined the LAFD as a Firefighter on February 10, 1980, and was promoted to Engineer in 1988. Chief Cummings then earned promotions to Captain I in 1993 and Captain II in 2000.

In 2003, Chief Cummings took command of LAFD’s Battalion 13, managing five Fire Stations in South Los Angeles. As a Commander of Battalion 13, Chief Cummings maintained strong relationships with various community organizations, clubs and churches, as well as with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

In 2005, Chief Cummings assumed command of the Recruit Training Section of the Los Angeles Fire Department. During his tenure as the Recruit Training Officer, he was instrumental in the development of the modular training facility located at the Frank Hotchkin’s Memorial Training Center, while managing training facilities in the San Fernando Valley, Downtown Los Angeles and San Pedro.

In 2007, Chief Cummings took command of Battalion 6, in the Harbor area, overseeing operations at nine Fire Stations responsible for fire protection in the Port of Los Angeles, three major refineries and a host of heavy commercial occupancies. As the Battalion Commander of Battalion 6, Chief Cummings served as the principal liaison to the United States Coast Guard, Port Authorities, the Chambers of Commerce, the shipping industry, Los Angeles County Fire Department and Long Beach Fire Department.

In 2009, Chief Cummings assumed command of LAFD’s Battalion 1, managing five Task Force stations in the Downtown area of Los Angeles. As the Battalion Commander of the Metropolitan area of Downtown L.A., Chief Cummings nurtured strong community relations with the various chambers of commerce and local community organizations.

In 2010, Chief Cummings was assigned to the Planning Section of the Los Angeles Fire Department where he oversaw the Fire Chief’s staff and assisted with the management of the day to day functions of the Los Angeles Fire Department. As the Planning Chief, he coordinated research projects, staff studies and formulated the goals and objectives for the Department.

In December of 2010, Chief Cummings was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief and was appointed as the Chief of Staff. As the Chief of Staff his primary responsibility was to serve as the Executive Assistant to the Fire Chief. Chief Cummings assisted the Fire Chief in the planning and implementation of short and long range goals of the Department. He interacted with the Mayor’s office, members of the City Council, various civic leaders and Department Command staff.

Chief Cummings was born and raised in Los Angeles. His father was a 30 year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He graduated from Loyola High School and attended both West Los Angeles College and the University of California at Los Angeles. He is married and is the proud father of two beautiful daughters.

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Anonymous said...

The mayor and city council are out of touch. How in the world could they appoint someone who assisted and supports a deployment plan that risk the lives and safety of the public as well as the fireman of the LAFD??

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