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The Chief Officers Association is a 501(c)5 labor organization and recognized bargaining unit representing the Command Officers of the LAFD. It was founded in 1955 as the Chief Officers Group and since that time the Chief Officers Association has continued to build upon our foundation to serve and represent the men and women of the LAFD.


Celebration of Life 

Assistant Chief Dean Cathey

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Time: 10:00 hours

Location: LAFD Museum 1355 N. Cahuenga

Dress: Smart Casual



Please join the COA Board and our entire membership as we celebrate the distinguished careers of the following honorable retirees.

Deputy Chief Daren Palacios
Deputy Chief Chuck Butler
Battalion Chief Glenn Miyagishima 

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
          "B" Platoon on Duty
           18:00 hours Social Hour
           19:00 hours Dinner

Location: Taix French Restaurant
1911 West Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 

RSVP: Leticia (213) 447-4280 (call or text message)
or via email:
Choice: Filet Mignon or Salmon, $45 payable at the door.  



Assistant Chief Dean Cathey

Requiescat In Pace

The COA is deeply saddened by the loss of Assistant Chief Dean Cathey. Dean served the Los Angeles Fire Department for 33 years and retired in 2003. Even in retirement, Dean continued to serve his community, department, and the nation as a member of FEMA California Task Force 1 as well as a director on MySafeLA.

Dean loved life and lived every moment of it with a sense of gratitude, passion, and commitment. He influenced many generations of leaders in the LAFD and was the consummate professional. His legacy will be everlasting, and we will never forget his service to our City, State, and Nation.

Services Pending - standby for more information.


United Firefighters of Los Angeles City International Association of Firefighters Local 112 In Partnership & Solidarity with The Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Officers Association


Fireground Operations & The Standards of Command

Please join the LAFD Chief Officers Association and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City as we host a half-day workshop and panel discussion on Fireground Operations and the practical application of the Standards of Command.

Date:                            Tuesday June 26, 2018 (A Platoon)

Reception:                8:00 to 8:45 Breakfast and Camaraderie                     

Program:                  8:45 to 9:00 General Membership Updates

                                      9:00 to 11:45 Fireground Operations       

Location:                   United Firefighters of Los Angeles City – IAFF Local 112

                                         1571 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90026

Cost:                          Free to all active duty COA and UFLAC members – includes breakfast.

Keynote Speaker and Panelists

The workshop will focus on case studies in the LAFD with an emphasis on the 8 Standards of Command, developing a risk profile and operational challenges including; gaining situational awareness, establishing priorities, and maintaining standard operating guidelines and fireground communications. There will be a panel discussion with Q&A after the case study presentation. This workshop is open to all members and is especially geared towards any member wishing to promote to the next leadership position in your career or enhance your current skills.

Battalion Chief Tim Kelly is a 30-year veteran of the LAFD with years of operational fireground experience. Chief Kelly promoted through the ranks and has worked in high incident areas throughout the city. He currently chairs the FIRESCOPE Task Force and has co-authored many operational bulletins at the local, state and national level.



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The Meaning of Work - PODCAST

Love it or hate it, most of us have to work for a living. So, how can we make work more meaningful? This hour, TED speakers explore our values and motivations when it comes to the workplace.



The Goals of the Chief Officers Association

GOAL 1. To maintain and improve wages, hours, and working conditions for all members of the Chief Officers Association.

GOAL 2. To provide improved communications among all members of the Chief Officers Association.

GOAL 3. To promote and provide leadership, direction, and counsel for all members of the Chief Officers Association.

GOAL 4. To provide a social relationship among all members of the Chief Officers Association.

GOAL 5. To establish effective membership participation by developing and implementing a committee structure.

Please join us for a retirement breakfast, as we wish Battalion Chief, Mark S. Akahoshi a very happy retirement. All are welcome.

Name:      Mark "AK" Akahoshi, Battalion 14 "C" Platoon, Operations-Valley Bureau

Location:  Fire Station 60
                5320 Tujunga Avenue
                North Hollywood, CA 91601

Date:        Wednesday, 6/27/2018

Time:       0800 – 1200 hours

RSVP:      Fire Station 60 at 818-756-8660


Battalion Chief Jeff Elder
Jeff retired this year from Battalion 9. A military veteran, Jeff graduated from the U.S. Airforce Academy, and after serving his country, he joined the LAFD in 1986. He spent 32 years on the LAFD and was involved with the Disaster Preparedness Section and community resiliency long before it was commonly adopted in the fire service. A lifelong resident of Westchester, Jeff was one of the founding members of the Westchester Neighborhood Council. On a personal note: Jeff was one of my late father-in-law's good friends, and together they were part of the local Westchester/Playa Del Rey Little League leadership executive board. 
COA Retirement Dinner - pending scheduling.  

Battalion Chief Mark "Ak" Akahoshi
Mark will be retiring this month after 38 years of service. Mark is probably most known for his operational and fireground skills. A former A/O at Fire Station 9,  he has always led by example and most definitely a straight shooter. He will leave a lasting legacy on the LAFD US&R Program as a former US&R Commander and Task Force Leader. 
Retirement Dinner: July 26 at Brookside Country Club and we will send out more info in our June newsletter.

Battalion Chief Glenn Miyagishima
After 33 years, Glenn will work his last day on May 30, 2018. He is known as the "silent professional," a man of few words, but when he speaks they are impactful. Just like "Ak" he too was an A/O at Fire Station 10. Many may not know, but "Gish," as he is known" is a black belt in several martial arts disciplines and which is no wonder why he is so calm. Glenn has done a lot for the LAFD and the greater good of society with his annual fundraiser and breast cancer awareness campaign. He comes from a family of cancer survivors and has always made this one of his causes. 

Assistant Chief Andy Fox
Andrew P. Fox a 38-year veteran Assistant Chief of Los Angeles Fire Department. During his career, Andy promoted through the ranks and has served in administrative, executive and field operations. Just like Glenn and Mark, he too was an A/O. During the course of his career, he has been elected to represent both labor organizations representing the rank and file members as President of the United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112 AFL-CIO and management and command staff as President of the Chief Officers Association. His experience in both labor and management has been a tremendous asset to COA. Under his leadership, the COA has established itself as an influential organization throughout the country by influencing positive change in firefighter health, safety and incident accountability. 
Retirement Date Pending - most likely July 2018


  1. 80th Anniversary of the landmark FLSA Act.

    June 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Battalion Chief Mark Akahoshi – Breakfast

    June 27 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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