Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings is apparently stepping down. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that there would be a change in leadership in the fire department. The change comes as Cummings faced criticism over misrepresenting the department's response times.
The Mayor has appointed the head of the city's Emergency Management Department James Featherstone as acting chief beginning in November until there's a permanent replacement.
In a statement Cummings applauded the efforts of the men and women of the department saying they had "risen to the multiple challenges of increased workload, decreased funding, staff reductions, fewer apparatus and aging equipment."
Additionally, he said he "remained committed to the on-going success of this great Department and I retire confident that Los Angeles' strong support of Public Safety and the Los Angeles Fire Department will afford the continued provision of service befitting the City of Angels. Be well and be safe."
He will retire from the department in February.