Los Angeles may be getting the first Latino fire chief in the department's 128-year history.
Los Angeles may be getting the first Latino fire chief in the department’s 128-year history.
Ralph Terrazas was named to the job Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti after a nationwide search.
Terrazas is an assistant chief and a 30-year department veteran.
If the City Council confirms his appointment, Terrazas will take charge of a department with 3,500 employees and a number of challenges. There have been scandals over poor emergency-response times and nepotism in hiring.
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Garcetti says he wants Terrazas to cut those response times and reform the department.
Terrazas says he’ll work on making the department more technologically sophisticated. He replaces former Chief Brian Cummings — who retired last October — and acting Chief James Featherstone.