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Antonovich, fire department dedicate facility to retiring chief

Posted: December 16, 2010 4:00 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2010 4:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Mayor Michael D. Antonovich joined Supervisor Don Knabe and Chief P. Michael Freeman in renaming the fire department's Command and Control Facility in honor of retiring Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman, the second-longest serving fire chief in the department's 87-year history.

"Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman has served the people of Los Angeles County for over 21 years. As the county's second-longest serving fire chief in its 87-year history, he has respectfully built upon our fire department's honored traditions of firefighting and lifesaving excellence," said Antonovich.

"He has served with dedication, vision and distinction. It is fitting and appropriate that we express our gratitude and recognize Chief Freeman's service in a lasting way by dedicating the Command and Control building in his honor, which is situated in the heart of county fire's headquarters."

Chief Freeman initiated several specialized emergency response programs, including the Urban Search and Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue and canine search programs; the merger of the county's lifeguard and health hazardous materials operations; and the use of expanded air attack for wildland firefighting operations.


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