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Director Rick Combs

Charles “Rick” Combs is Battalion Chief with the Los Angeles Fire Department. A 30-year veteran of the Fire Department he has been assigned to both administrative and operational commands in the LAFD. He is a strong advocate firefighter safety, administrative due process, and workforce development. He is actively involved in projects that reflect the professional core beliefs of the Los Angeles Chief Officers Association and represents the C.O.A on employee relations, contracts, and administrative hearings. As a COA Director he is also the COA Chief Negotiator and has been successful in securing multiple contracts and workforce improvements for our Chief Officers.  He is currently the Chief of LAFD Air Operations and has an extensive background in emergency operations. Rick is most known for his operational excellence, field credibility with the troops, and large scale incident management experience. He has spent most of his career in operations and has worked at the busiest assignments in the LAFD, having promoted through the ranks including being an Engineer at the “busiest station in the nation” his experience is based on practice not theory. He serves on the LAFD Wildland Firefighting Committee and has authored many department operational bulletins aimed at providing improvements in firefighter safety, fire ground strategy and tactics, and the Incident Command System.

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