A Message From Kurt Latipow, 2017 Fire Chief's Department President
It is my great honot to be your 2017 President for the League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department. The department, and the fire service in general, is embarking on a very exciting year that will be filled with challenges. As your president, I am committed to working collaboratively with our members, as well as the fire service associations, towards our mutual goals of serving our communities and the citizens of the state.
The League of California Cities was established in 1899 to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians. The League has a plethora of resources to assist cities and fire departments to meet their needs.
Within the League, there are 10 professional departments that represent all facets of city governance. The League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department is charged with engaging, influencing, and informing state and local policymakers on matters affecting fire and emergency services and other local issues. To achieve this, the Fire Chiefs Department relies heavily on the expertise, leadership and collaborative support of Fire Chiefs statewide to safeguard and enhance local control for California cities through education and advocacy.
We need you – no one can better advocate for your agency and community than you!
As the name implies, the focus of the League is for California cities. However, this does not mean you need to be employed by a city to become a member. There are very few fire districts and county fire departments in the State of California that do not have incorporated cities that they protect. Who is advocating for the fire and emergency services and other local issues for these cities if you are not?
The Fire Chiefs Department conducts conference calls on the second Thursday of each month at 0800 hours, and uses a listserv to push out information and to identify the needs of the members.
Kurt Latipow, Fire Chief, City of Lompoc