September 7-9, 2021  •  The Mirage  •  Las Vegas

Richard Fields

Chief Fields is 28 year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He currently holds the rank of Battalion Chief. He is an accomplished, results-driven professional with a proven track record of leading teams and collaborating in the creation of daring innovations. Proven ability to successfully envision, develop and launch complex technology programs. Effective public and private sector coalition builder with a focus on technology. In 2015 Chief Fields brought forward the idea of integrating UAS technology into the LAFD response matrix. In 2017, the Los Angeles Fire Department launched the LAFD UAS Unit and received the first jurisdictional Certificate of Authorization from the FAA awarded in los Angeles County in January 2018. Chief Fields serves as the program coordinator and has directly overseen all aspect of the program from its inception. With two Chief Pilots, his team oversees 17 pilots, and fleet of 9 Unmanned Vehicles. The Los Angeles Fire Department has emerged as a Public Safety leader in developing and integrating UAS technology in the fire service. The Los Angeles Fire Department, represented by Chief Fields serves in advisory and working group capacities for the FAA, NASA, Homeland Security, FireScope and others. Place of Birth Los Angeles, California College BS- Organizational Leadership – University of La Verne

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