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Five things to know this Friday morning:
1.) Lonnie Croom’s retirement as fire chief created a domino effect of promotions within the Downey Fire Department, most notably Mark Gillaspie’s ascent to chief. Here are the other promotions and brief bios, as provided by the city of Downey:
Bruce English has been promoted to Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshall. His duties will include the management of the Fire Prevention Bureau and the FireDispatchCenter, along with the city’s Emergency Preparedness efforts. Assistant Chief English promoted through the ranks where he has served as Battalion Chief since 2007.
Scott Devereux was promoted to Battalion Chief and assigned as the “A” platoon Incident Commander. His duties will include the management of the department’s training division and special operations. Additionally, he will oversee the department’s Auxiliary Firefighter and Fire Explorer programs, which is where Chief Devereux was first introduced to the fire service.
Dan Hurlock was promoted to Battalion Chief and assigned as the “C” platoon Incident Commander. His duties will include the management of all department facilities, its records management system, and will serve as the department Safety Officer. Chief Hurlock has served as a Fire Captain since 2011.
Ivan Orloff was promoted to Fire Captain. Captain Orloff attended Cal State Long Beach and received a bachelor’s degree in Communications. He attended paramedic school at the Paramedic Training Institute shortly after graduating from college. In May 2001, two months after completing paramedic school, he began his career with the Downey Fire Department as a Firefighter.
Dave Blades was promoted to Fire Engineer. Engineer Blades was hired as a firefighter with the department 2008. He immediately took on more responsibility and became a certified Los Angeles County Paramedic. He is also a certified Paramedic Preceptor and a National Registry Testing Proctor, who often mentors and evaluates paramedic candidates from other cities.
2.) The Downey Bicycle Coalition’s monthly community bicycle ride is this Saturday. Riders are encouraged to meet at Furman Park at 8 a.m.; the group departs at 8:30. All are invited.
3.) This month’s Downey Arts Coalition meeting is canceled. Andrew and Lana Wahlquist, who host the meetings at their home, are expecting a baby any day now. (Congratulations!)
4.) Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who just returned from a “fact-finding mission” to Central America earlier this month, is scheduled to arrive in Mexico today as part of a delegation led by Gov. Jerry Brown. The goal of the 6-day trip is to “boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two neighbors and expand environmental and economic cooperation.”
5.) Dorothy Pemberton has been installed as president of the Downey Council PTA, which oversees all 19 school PTAs. She replaces outgoing president Tammy Loven.