Local Hero: Daryl L. Osby

Daryl Osby

In 2011, Daryl L. Osby was sworn in as the first African American Fire Chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD), the second largest fire department in America.

Over his 29-year career, Chief Osby has risen up the firefighting ranks -- from a member of the Department, to 18 years as Chief Officer and member of the Executive Team since the year 2000. Chief Osby has held the titles of Chief Deputy of Emergency Operations and Chief Deputy of Business Operations.

As a young boy growing up in San Diego, Chief Osby developed a personal value system (integrity, teamwork, caring, courage, community and commitment) that he continues to abide by and impress upon Fire Department personnel and youth in the community.

Chief Osby has been actively engaged in community and mentoring activities throughout the Los Angeles region, including the Department's own Fire Explorer Program.  Chief Osby currently directs three youth-oriented foundations, including the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation, Youth for Excellence Foundation and Fire Fighter's ABC's. He served on the board of directors of Pomona Valley Hospital, and is a member and former president of the Los Angeles County Stentorians, a firefighter organization founded in 1954 by Los Angeles area African-American firefighters to end segregation and discrimination in local firehouses.

In addition, Chief Osby is committed to fostering professional diversity through his participation and membership with several organizations, including the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the Stentorians of Los Angeles County, the Associations of Black County Administrators, Black Chief Officers Association and 100 Black Men.

Chief Osby has participated in Harvard University's prestigious Senior Executives in State and Local Government and National Preparedness Leadership Programs, Dillard 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.


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