d’Lisa Davies joined Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1984 after serving in the military as a Telecommunication Specialist. She became the LAFD’s first African-American female Firefighter and the second uniformed African-American woman. She promoted to Captain in 2009 after 22 years in the both field and administrative assignments. Captain Davies retired October 2015 after 31 years of public service. During her 31 year tenure, Captain Davies was actively engaged in the department.
She served as:
- a member of the LAFD Fire Chief’s Inter-group Relations Committee; Terrorism Committee and
Women’s Focus Groups;
- an Instructor for the West Los Angeles and Metro F.I.R.E. Academies;
- Recruitment Adviser/Mentor;
- a member of the Incident Management Team;
- a Public Safety Officer (PSO);
- Commander of the Legal Liaison Unit; and
- Supervisor of the Environmental Unit/CUPA
Captain Davies also served as Commissioner on the California Firefighter -Joint Apprenticeship Commission
(CFF-JAC), Commission to Recruit Women. The commission is a collaborative effort of Cal-JAC, which is co-sponsored by the Office of the California State Fire Marshal and the California Professional Firefighters, AFL-CIO.
Quietly and persistently Captain Davies efforts have increased the diversity of the LAFD Firefighter candidate pool and ranks; created successful entry paths into the competitive world of fire service for women and men on the local and state levels; and improved access to healthy food in the south Los Angeles. During her tenure as Commander of the Environmental Unit of the LAFD Fire Prevention Bureau, Captain Davies acted to protect the quality of LA’s water and ensure business compliance with environmental regulations designed to protect all those who live, work and play in Los Angeles from airborne, waterborne and physical exposure to hazardous materials. Many of you may have heard her voice or heeded her instruction in response to major fire or emergency incident. As a Public Service Officer, d’Lisa was the voice of the LAFD, aptly describing the work of the LAFD in response to fire and other calamities, and or providing safety messaging to keep the public out of harm’s way. She was one of three individuals that maintained a 24 / 7 social media presence across all of the LAFD social media outlets. No matter her assignment, Captain d’Lisa Davies executed her responsibilities with a heart towards protecting those in need and improving the process for those to come. Over the past 31 years, d’Lisa’s special
brand of poise, grit and grace consistently enhanced the City of Los Angeles, the Fire Service, and the Los Angeles Fire Department. Her impactful participation in public safety at the local and state level was recognized and acknowledged when she was inducted into the Ford Motor Company Travelling Freedom’s Sisters Museum which recognizes Southern California women for leadership and community service Captain d’Lisa Davies leaves a legacy as the Los Angeles Fire Department’s first African American female Firefighter; a nationally recognized “Freedom’s Sister”; an outstanding humanitarian; and dedicated public servant.