Assistant Fire Chief, County of Los Angeles Fire Department
About Derek Alkonis
Over his 29-year career, Assistant Fire Chief Derek Alkonis has been instrumental in establishing the Los Angeles County Fire Department as a leader in fire ground safety and fire service wellness-fitness. A firm proponent of training, he has developed and implemented innovative programs supporting fire ground tactics, survival, and fire fighter health. He is a member of the IAFF/IAFC Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Initiative Technical Committee, and UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute Advisory Board, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California San Diego. Chief Alkonis is currently assigned to the Air and Wildland Division where he oversees a fleet of ten multi-mission helicopters, contract fixed wing water dropping aircraft, heavy equipment (dozers, loaders, graders, excavators), and ten wildland fire suppression camps where paid wildland fire fighters and inmates provide wildland fire suppression and vegetation management. Derek and his wife of over 30 years, Suzi, have five children and five grandchildren. Chief Alkonis enjoys sports, surfing, and hiking in the mountains near his home.