Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby
Quote from Chief Osby
"Welcome to the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference in Los Angeles! You have picked a great destination, where you can see how years of smart homeland security planning have resulted in many best practices and systems to keep our 10 million residents safe. On behalf of the 4,000 men and women who protect this part of our nation’s homeland as members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, we welcome you to one of the most dynamic places on the planet."
Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby
Los Angeles County Fire Department
On February 17, 2011, Daryl L. Osby was sworn in by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors as the ninth Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He has served as a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) for 28 years, including 15 as an accomplished chief officer. Just prior to his appointment as Fire Chief, he served as Chief Deputy of Business Operations, a role in which he successfully managed the Department’s Administration, Prevention, and Special Services Bureaus; Risk Management Division; Employee Relations Division and Professional Performance Section. He has steadily risen up within the organization, and has held every rank, including Fire Fighter, Paramedic, Fire Fighter Specialist, Fire Prevention Inspector, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and Chief Deputy.
Now as Fire Chief, he heads one of the largest emergency services agencies in the world, providing traditional fire and life safety services to more than 4.1 million residents and commercial business customers in 58 cities served by the Department, and all the unincorporated areas of the County within its 2,300-square-mile service delivery area. The Department operates out of 171 fire stations, including 4,800 emergency responders and business professionals operating on an annual budget of over $900 million. In addition, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department provides lifeguard, health hazardous materials, and forestry services throughout the County.
Chief Osby has served as a board member of several community organizations including previous President of the Stentorians and is currently a member of 100 Black Men – Los Angeles Chapter. He is affiliated with many fire service organizations, and previously served on the California State Board of Fire Services, and is a former member and chair of the Los Angeles County Emergency Preparedness Commission.
Chief Osby knows his organization well, and has chaired many LACoFD committees and programs, including the Disaster Preparedness Program, the Chaplain Program, and the Region I Emergency Coordination Center Program, among others. He has always been a strong advocate and personal mentor for local youth by serving in leadership positions for many organizations, including the Los Angeles Junior Fire Fighters Foundation, the Youth for Excellence Foundation and Learning for Life – Explorer Program
He is an advocate for continuing education, and currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government and National Preparedness Leadership Programs, completed Clark Atlanta University’s Executive Development Program and the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations at Loyola Marymount University. He is a California State Certified Incident Commander and Chief Officer.
He has received much recognition from the fire service for his contributions. A short list includes the Community Service Stentorians Fire Fighter-of-the-Year Commendation, the Overachievers Award from the Los Angeles County Firefighters Association, and the Gwen Bolden Foundation’s Award, Learning for Life’s Badge of Honor and several other awards from community, governmental and professional organizations.
Chief Osby has two beautiful daughters; Stephanie Osby, who is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Biology at the University of San Francisco; and Nicole Osby, who is a Math Major at Cal Poly Pomona. His many years of fire service experience and his diverse background ensures his success as Los Angeles County Fire Department’s new leader.