Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings Returns From Harvard Kennedy Executive Leadership Seminar

Monday, April 09, 2012 |

LAFD Fire Chief Brian L. CummingsLos Angeles Fire Department's Fire Chief Brian L. Cummings, returns today after attending the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (also known as Harvard Kennedy School). The Harvard Kennedy School is a public policy and public administration school, and one of Harvard's graduate and professional schools.

Chief Cummings attended this week long program (April 2nd through April 9th, 2012) that is designed to help senior managers work with their peers across sectors to best position themselves and their organizations to successfully manage unexpected crisis.

For over 30 years, the Harvard Kennedy School has brought together experienced professionals, a world-class faculty, and a dynamic curriculum in a setting where the common denominator is a shared commitment to public value. Participating leaders focused on practical solutions for real-world problems.

Chief Cummings said, "The diversity within the class, from the stand points of discipline, country of origin, type of training, organizational background and level of experience was impressive. The week was an outstanding learning and networking opportunity. I highly recommend this course to any senior level executive."

HARVARD Kennedy School - video

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department


Anonymous said...


Many Department Managers in City Government and Executives in the private sector attend training seminars conferences, etc, yet you do not see them posting and publicizing their attendance on their websites. Why did Chief Cummings publish and highlight the training seminar that he attended? Who cares? It smacks of self promotion. The Fire Chief should stay in town and concentrate on issues and items that are currently affecting the citizens of LA and the members of the LAFD (budget, dispatch issues, etc). Besides, he should have attended such a seminar long before he was selected as Fire Chief.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

Anonymous 12:59,

Thanks for politely sharing your personal opinion.

While some CEO's periodically make mention of activities via on-line press release, you are correct that such has not been the historic practice of our agency.

The information came to our office 'through channels', and I'm not certain the Fire Chief knew in advance that one of my colleagues was going to post the information on the blog.

While I did not compose the post, I'll admit it rekindled a personal desire to have some type of on-line venue for voluntarily sharing work-related professional achievements from those of all ranks and assignments at the LAFD. We've got a lot of great people doing and achieving wonderful things, and it dismays me that we don't have the staff time necessary to share more. If you'd like to help change that, I'd welcome your assistance.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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