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February 9, 2011 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County supervisors selected Daryl Osby to be their next fire chief Tuesday, making him the first African American to lead the department. Osby, 49, is a 27-year department veteran and is in charge of its business operations. He has previous experience as the top commander during major incidents, including the 2003 and 2005 fires in Topanga Canyon. He was selected from a group of department insiders and inherits an agency long considered among the leaders in firefighting tactics and strategy.
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June 14, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong
The ferocity of the Universal Studios blaze earlier this month stemmed mostly from the high flammability of the movie lot's sets and not from the flow of water to hoses and other firefighting equipment, according to a review by the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the county Department of Public Works. "The problem was related to the fuel," county Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said at a news conference Friday. The set facades were built almost entirely of wood and plastic, and therefore were 95% combustible, Freeman said.
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April 26, 1990 | Times researcher Cecilia Rasmussen
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for pay boosts ranging from 4% to 11% for 30 general managers and department heads as part of a management incentive program. These pay increases will cost county taxpayers approximately $178,097. SALARY INCREASE Richard Dixon, $135,355 9% Chief Administrative Officer Robert Gates, Director of 119,598 8 Health Services Thomas Tidemanson, Director 119,598 8 of Public Works Ronald Kornblum, Chief 120,925 4 Medical Examiner-Coroner P.
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October 18, 1995
The glossy yellow-and-red firefighting airplanes called SuperScoopers have returned to Van Nuys Airport for two months of the wildfire season. But the planes, leased for about $1.4 million, face competition from four other blaze-battling aircraft, Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said Tuesday. With the ability to carry 1,400 gallons--or 43 bathtubs' full--of water, the Canadian-built SuperScoopers are under evaluation for fighting fires driven by dry Santa Ana gusts.
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May 17, 1997 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Zev Yaroslavsky, chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman will host a community meeting Monday to outline the Fire Department's 1997-98 budget and how it will be affected by Proposition 218. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Las Virgenes Unified School District offices, 4111 N. Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas.
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March 22, 1997
Three fire chiefs said Friday that their departments' report criticizing tactics used in fighting last fall's destructive Calabasas-Malibu wildfire is intended to prevent future injuries to firefighters, not to point an accusing finger at anyone for the injuries in the blaze. Los Angeles Fire Chief William Bamattre, Glendale Fire Chief Richard Hinz and Los Angeles County Fire Chief P.
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December 23, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday narrowly rejected a proposal that would have allowed the county's fire stations to keep dogs as official mascots. Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who introduced the measure, said the County Fire Department should allow the canines into fire stations because so many children and other people--as well as some firefighters--like dogs. But the supervisors voted 3 to 2 against the proposal after Fire Chief P.
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February 15, 2002 | RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County Fire Department public information officer and his wife were charged with arson Thursday for allegedly setting ablaze an unoccupied Pasadena house last summer after their attempt to buy it failed. Roland Lee Sprewell, 37, was arrested by the San Gabriel Valley Arson Explosives Task Force for allegedly lighting a fire that severely damaged the house at 1541 N. Raymond Ave., Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office, said.
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November 5, 1993
The Los Angeles city and county fire departments, which have been roundly applauded for their work in containing this week's firestorms, are among the largest and most innovative in the country, according to the International Assn. of Fire Chiefs. What follows is a statistical sketch of each: The Chiefs City of Los Angeles Name: Donald O. Manning Age: About 60 Tenure: Chief since 1989 Salary: $167, 792 Background: 37 years with department *Los Angeles County Name: P.
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