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Ralph Terrazas is a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department and, during his tenure, has served as a chi...ef officer for 14 years in a variety of field and administrative commands.

He established the department’s Professional Standards Division, which upgraded and professionalized the fire deparment’s disciplinary system; applied metric-based management at the division and battalion level to achieve continual improvement and data tracking of specific objectives.

In addition, he led the development and passage of Proposition “F” Fire Station Bond, which constructing 19 new fire stations; served as the community liaison officer; holds a U.S. Patent for a “Brush Fire Rate of Spread” tool; and received an Emmy Award of Excellence for producing a public service announcement campaign.

Terrazas was born in Long Beach, and raised in nearby Wilmington. He graduated from Banning High School, where he played on two City Championship football teams. He retains strong ties to the Wilmington community through his founding and support of the Banning High School/LAFD Fire Academy, which mentored high school students toward successful, professional careers for the past 14 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a certificate in Fire Protection Administration from California State University, San Diego. In 1995, he received a master’s degree in public administration, with an emphasis on human resource management from California State University, Los Angeles. He was appointed to the fire department in December 1983, fulfilling a lifelong goal of a professional career in fire and emergency medical services.

Ralph and his wife Dayna, a registered nurse, have three children and are longtime residents of San Pedro.

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