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Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristen M. Crowley to Advise Department of Homeland Security August 17, 2023



Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristen M. Crowley to Advise Department of Homeland Security



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Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristen M. Crowley to Advise Department of Homeland Security

Crowley Joins Leaders from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs’ Association, and Fraternal Order of Police on the Homeland Security Advisory Council  


WASHINGTONIn light of the increased focus on the increasing proliferation of fire as a threat to community safety and security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the appointment of Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Kristin M. Crowley to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). A 22-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), Crowley is the first woman and the first LGBTQ Fire Chief to lead the LAFD.  She will be sworn in at the HSAC’s next meeting on September 14, 2023. 

Chief Crowley is well versed in the dual challenges firefighters face as
first responders and as a critical line of defense in responding to
extreme weather events like wildfires,” said Secretary
of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

“DHS will benefit tremendously from her experience, as well as her
professionalism and dedication to the workforce, which are vital to
safeguarding communities across our country. I am honored to
appoint Chief Crowley to the Homeland Security Advisory Council.”  

Once sworn in, Chief Crowley will become the second Fire Chief to sit on
the HSAC, demonstrating that fires are increasingly a threat to homeland security.  


Through the U.S. Fire Administration, DHS supports first responders, including
firefighters, across the country as they prepare for, prevent, mitigate
and respond to all hazards. This year, DHS provided $684 million to
fire departments through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and
Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program and the Assistance to
Firefighters grant program. These funds are used to hire, maintain,
equip, and train critical frontline personnel. 

The HSAC was originally established in 2003 under the
Federal Advisory Committee act a
federal law that governs the establishment and operation of
committees that provide consensus and advice to a federal
government agency.

The members of the HSAC provide independent advice and
recommendations to the Secretary on the Department’s wide array of
vital missions based on their extraordinary experience and unique
perspectives. Members include former Cabinet Secretaries from both
Democratic and Republican administrations; chief executive officers
from the technology, energy, transportation, financial, food and
consumer products, and venture capital industries; executive
leaders of national law enforcement organizations; Presidents and
CEOs of non-profit organizations dedicated to human rights,
government accountability, and community security and empowerment;
leaders of nonpartisan policy institutes; and other leading

In its last meeting in March of this year, the HSAC discussed opportunities
to modernize DHS and improve mission delivery.
A readout of the Council’s meeting can be found on 

For more information on the HSAC, please visit


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