AirTalk for March 5, 2014

Report calls for major L.A. Fire Department overhaul

Firefighters work at the Magic Castle in

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Firefighters work at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California October 31, 2011.

An independent review of the Los Angeles Fire Department has called for the major organizational overhaul at the department.

The report was conducted by the global consulting firm PA Consulting and was commissioned by the city. The 80-page review found "significant cultural, organizational, process and technology challenges which seriously impair the department's performance."

The report comes in the wake of a series of embarrassing revelations. The Los Angeles Times found that 20% of new recruits hired in January by the LAFD were relatives of firefighters. Then it was discovered that LAFD workers get, on average, $43,000 a year in overtime.

Guest:

Andrew Rea, who led the LAFD review commissioned by the city for PA Consulting. He is now a managing director at Navigant Consulting, a consulting firm working with the city to implement some of the recommendations

Frank Lima, President of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, a union representing thousands of firefighters

 


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