Brian Cummings, the interim Los Angeles fire chief and a 31-year veteran, has been tapped to serve as the new chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Cummings took over as interim fire chief in July following former Chief Millage Peaks’ retirement after 35 years of service and was nominated as chief by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Sept. 7.
“With more than three decades of experience, Chief Cummings has proven himself as an innovative leader who can harness the strengths our world-class fire department and implement meaningful change,” Villaraigosa said. “As the son of an LAFD pioneer, Chief Cummings’ long ties to the fire service are a key part of his commitment and devotion to this department and the city of Los Angeles.”
Cummings has served the department as a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief, assistant chief and chief of staff.
“I am honored and excited to accept the position as the 17th fire chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department,” said Cummings. “I look forward to working together with our talented men and women, sworn civilian and volunteers, as we provide world-class public safety and service for all the communities of Los Angeles.”
Cummings most recently served as assistant chief and as chief of staff to Peaks, assisting the chief in the planning and implementation of short and long-range goals of the department. A Villaraigosa spokesperson noted that Cummings had the vision for developing a new deployment plan, which laid the groundwork for a more efficient and effective LAFD.
Cummings joined the department as a firefighter in February 1980, rising to engineer and later earned promotions to captain I in 1993 and captain II in 2000.
He assumed command of the Recruit Training Section of the LAFD in 2005 and during his tenure as the recruit training officer, he was instrumental in the development of the Revised Recruit Training Program, the mayor’s spokesperson said.
In 2010, Cummings was assigned to the Planning Section of the LAFD where he oversaw the fire chief’s staff and assisted with the management of the day-to-day functions of the department. As the planning chief, he coordinated research projects, staff studies and formulated the goals and objectives for the department.