The Vincent Thomas Bridge reaching Terminal Island

South Bureau Commander


Deputy Chief Daren Palacios
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Deputy Chief Daren Palacios
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Deputy Chief Daren Palacios
Deputy Chief Daren Palacios is a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, with an exemplary record as a Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Captain I and II, Battalion Chief, and Assistant Chief. Chief Palacios has served 25 years as an officer including 12 years as a Chief Officer. Currently, Chief Palacios is Commander of the South Bureau.

Chief Palacios joined the LAFD as a Firefighter in 1981, and has been an Officer since 1992 when he was first promoted to Captain I at Fire Station 15, in South Los Angeles During his career he has served the communities of San Pedro, Harbor Gateway, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Pacoima, Highland Park, Van Nuys, Fairfax, Century City, Westwood, and downtown Los Angeles. He has also served in many administrative positions including: Recruit Training, Planning Section, and as the Department’s Employee Relations Officer.  

In 2004, Chief Palacios was elected as a Director for the Chief Officers Association. He represented Chief Officers as a member of the negotiating team and was involved in political activities to improve working conditions of fellow chief officers.  Chief Palacios’ most enjoyable assignment was when he coordinated LAFD youth development programs including the F.I.R.E. Program, the Explorer/Cadet Program, and was instrumental in the creation and establishment of “Crew 3.”  

Chief Palacios is a graduate of San Pedro High School and attended Los Angeles Harbor College, the University of Southern California, and Union Institute and University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Services Management. He is married and currently lives in the South Bay with his wife and two children.


  • Baldwin Hills
  • Beverlywood
  • Carthay
  • Crenshaw
  • Leimert Park
  • Exposition Park
  • Faircrest Heights
  • Hyde Park
  • Mid-City
  • Miracle Mile
  • Palms
  • Rancho Park
  • Cheviot Hills
  • Harbor City
  • Harbor Gateway
  • San Pedro
  • Wilmington
  • Watts
  • The Port of Los Angeles


San Pedro City Hall
638 S. Beacon St.
San Pedro, CA 90731