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Douglas Barry

Fire Chief Douglas L. Barry was a 33-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) with an exemplary record as a Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Chief of Staff, Assistant Chief, Assistant Fire Marshal and most recently retiring as the Fire Chief.

Chief Barry has commanded some of LAFD's busiest Fire Stations in the South Los Angeles, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles International Airport, and the Wilshire Corridor. Chief Barry has overseen Management of Department discipline, Worker's Compensation, Wellness and Risk management programs; has served as liaison to the City Attorney's Office, LAPD, City Council and Mayor's Office; Chief Barry also provided leadership and oversight to the Fire Chief's Planning Section, Employee Relations Office, and Community Relations Office; Chief Barry served as Assistant Fire Marshal, managing the day-to-day operations of the Fire Prevention Bureau, which included inspections of high-rise and commercial buildings, brush and hazardous materials processors, until his recent appointment by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa to Interim and Fire Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Chief Barry was born and raised in the South Bay, attending Narbonne High School, L.A. Harbor College, and California State University, Long Beach. He is married and has three adult daughters and two grandchildren.

Chief Barry has earned the respect and support of not only his fellow Firefighters, but also his community, serving as Treasurer/Trustee and Deacon of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in San Pedro.