A Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) assistant fire chief has been appointed fire operations chief for Los Angeles World Airports, the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport.

Timothy Manning, a 34-year LAFD veteran, was tapped for the airport position through a new joint initiative with LAFD, airport officials said.

As fire operations chief, he will serve as the commanding chief officer for fire department resources and programs at Los Angeles International and Van Nuys airports.

“LAWA has been fortunate to have outstanding L.A. firefighters and paramedics serving LAX and Van Nuys airports and, on a daily basis, providing critical services to the airports and the traveling public,” said Arif Alikhan, deputy executive director for LAWA’s Homeland Security, Fire/EMS and Law Enforcement Group. “Chief Manning’s leadership and experience will undoubtedly take our partnership with LAFD to the next level and continue to ensure cost-effective fire, emergency medical, and disaster preparedness services for our customers.”

Manning most recently served as the commanding officer of LAFD’s Special Operations Division, which includes the Arson Counter-Terrorism, Disaster Preparedness and Air Operations sections. He previously served as the commanding officer of LAFD’s Tactical Planning Division, director of the city’s Emergency Operations Center, and commanding officer of LAFD’s Field Incident Management Team.

During his career, he has managed or deployed several innovative fire and emergency medical service programs, including bicycle medical teams serving LAX and the nationally recognized Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, officials said.

“I am confident Assistant Fire Chief Manning will manage his new position at Los Angeles World Airports with the utmost skill and professionalism,” Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings said.

The LAFD provides fire suppression, emergency medical service, disaster preparedness, fire inspection, and specialized aircraft rescue firefighting services at LAX and Van Nuys airports. Manning will oversee those services and work as part of the division-level leadership team to increase coordination, planning, and response capabilities.