Female Firefighters Call For LAFD Chief’s Resignation

A coalition of female firefighters and advocates released a demand letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti, denouncing Los Angeles Fire Department’s culture of “rampant sexism, racism and abuse in the ranks that women and minorities routinely face.” 

They called for the removal of LAFD’s lead authority, Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas, who could not be reached for comment.

The Equity on Fire (EOF) coalition — consisting of Los Angeles Women in the Fire Service (LAWFS), a women’s LAFD employee association; Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California; Women’s March Action and the California National Organization of Women — gathered on a virtual meeting on Oct. 18 to publicly address the unsafe work environment women and minority firefighters experience within the department, according to a statement.

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