Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Event is TODAY -- Promotional ceremony for first African American male to be promoted to chief deputy fire chief




Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman will hold a Promotional Ceremony for newly appointed Chief Deputy Daryl Osby.  Chief Osby becomes the first African American male in the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s 85-year history to be promoted to this executive level rank.  As Chief Deputy, Chief Osby will serve second in command to the Fire Chief and will be responsible for the Department’s entire emergency operations. 


When:             Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Where:            Cerritos Library

                        18025 Bloomfield Ave. (Skyline Room on 3rd floor)

                        Cerritos, CA 90703

                        TB map page: 767- A1

Time:              9:30 a.m.


Chief Osby joined the Department 24 years ago and has served in many ranks, most recently as Deputy Chief of the East Regional Operations Bureau.  In this Bureau, he was responsible for emergency service delivery and management, performance and personnel management, training, budget, and community issues related to the region’s 76 fire stations serving 33 cities and several unincorporated communities. 


His executive level experience also includes leadership, development, and management of the Special Operations Bureau, including the Department’s Ocean Lifeguards, Air Operations, Fire Suppression Camps and Technical Rescue Services. 


Chief Osby has also worked in several emergency management positions throughout his career and has been an Incident Commander on an Incident Management Team for the last five years.  He was a top commander of many headlining incidents, including the June 20, 2003 Commerce train derailment, 2003 California fire siege, 2005 Topanga Fire, and the Catalina Island fire in May 2007.  Following Hurricane Katrina, Chief Osby was deployed to Louisiana for 18 days to assist the City of New Orleans in developing a continuity plan for their City government and managing recovery efforts.


Chief Osby holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, and is a candidate for a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration at California State University, Long Beach.  He has instructed at Clark Atlanta University, Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute, for the last decade and previously taught at the James Shern Fire Academy in Los Angeles.  He is also a State-certified Incident Commander and Chief Officer.


Throughout his career, Chief Osby has been actively engaged in community and mentoring activities throughout the Los Angeles region.  He has been the recipient of many awards and commendations from local and State entities for his related work. He currently directs three youth-oriented foundations, including the Los Angeles Junior Firefighters Foundation, Youth for Excellence Foundation, and Firefighter ABCs.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the African American Fire Museum and Learning for Life.  He is a member and former president of the Los Angeles County Chapter “Stentorians”, an African American Firefighter’s organization, and former member of the Board of Directors for the Inglewood YMCA. 

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For More information, please contact Captain Mike Brown, Public Information Officer, at

(213) 247-0070.


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