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Mayor shakes up panel overseeing Los Angeles Fire Department

Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed a four new members to the FIre Commission Thursday.
Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed a four new members to the FIre Commission Thursday. Courtesy Los Angeles Fire Department

In his third set of commission appointments this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti replaced four members on the Board of Fire Commissioners. 

The shake up comes as the Los Angeles Fire Department continues to address concerns over response times, the reliability of its 911 system, and even the allocation of resources. LAFD is working to update it's technology with the development of FIRESTAT,  a system to track real-time responses to emergencies. 

"Our work at the Fire Department will be focused on reducing response times and making sure our department is cutting edge," Garcetti said. 

Fire Commissioner Steven Fazio was the only one reappointed to the board. The new nominees are:

  • Andrew Glazier, managing director, City Year Los Angeles
  • Dr. Jimmy Hara, physician, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
  • Delia Ibarra, attorney, Lara & Ibarra
  • Jimmie Woods Gray, teacher

Fire Commissioner Alan Skobin, who previously served on the Police Commission, will leave the panel to serve as a special advisor to the mayor.  Skobin will focus on improving technology at the LAFD. 

The nominations are subject to confirmation by the Los Angeles City Council. 

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