View of West Los Angeles to Downtown from Getty Center

West Bureau Commander

Deputy Chief Charles Butler has more than 35 years of experience with the Los Angeles Fire Department. He was appointed to the Department in 1980 and has held the ranks of Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Fire Captain, and Battalion Chief. Chief Butler is currently assigned as the commander of Operations West Bureau.

Chief Butler has served in a variety of assignments throughout his career and has spent the past six years assigned to Battalion 5 in the Hollywood area. He has worked in special assignments including a one-year loan to Los Angeles World Airports serving as the Fire Chief at the Ontario International Airport. He has also worked as the Employee Relations Officer, Emergency Services Bureau Liaison Officer, and Training Officer.

Chief Butler has served as a Task Force Leader on the Department’s Urban Search and Rescue Team that responds to disasters throughout the nation and as an Incident Commander on one of the Department’s Incident Management Teams.

Chief Butler is a native Angeleno and grew up in the community of Wilmington, near the Los Angeles Harbor. He is married with four adult children, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild.


  • Bel Air
  • Brentwood
  • Century City
  • Del Rey
  • Hollywood
  • Hollywood Hills
  • Los Feliz
  • Mandeville Canyon
  • Mar Vista
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Playa Vista
  • Venice
  • Westchester
  • Westwood
  • West Los Angeles
  • The Los Angeles International Airport


Fire Station 82
5769 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028