This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
I


t was quite evident that the event held No- vember 14, 2015, was a family affair when 200 family, friends, current and past staff members celebrated d’Lisa Davies’ retirement after 31 years of service at the Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier. The


Davies family migrated from


Tucson, Arizona in 1968. The oldest of eight children and quite the tomboy, d’Lisa enjoyed the city life and the ability of “girls” to enjoy sports. d’Lisa displayed her skills in basketball, volleyball and softball throughout high school and college. During her time in the military, she was a member of the Heilbronn Germany women’s basketball team and 7th Corp cham- pionship for two years straight as a starting for- ward.


d’Lisa, an Army veteran, came to the LAFD after working in the military as a Tele- communication Specialist. After the birth of her first and only child, Jafna Fawn, d’Lisa answered an ad in the L.A. Times to recruit women into the LAFD. In 1984, at the prime age of 30, d’Lisa became the FIRST African American female firefighter for the City. Da- vies commented, “. . . the drill tower and ba- sic training were not that hard, but the military had live ammo and weapons training,” an area she proved to be very adept at in regards to the M-60 machine gun and the L.A.W. d’Lisa spent the next 22 years on the


tailboard, serving the high incident areas of South Central, Lincoln and Boyle Heights, and


36 • March 2016


Highland Park at Stations 46, 34, 26, 15, 17, 1, 12’s and one day at 44’s (ask how that hap- pened!) During this time she experienced sev- eral large scale incidents such as the Baldwin Hills, Union Bank, Salvation Army building and 1st Interstate fires. Always looking to assist with recruit-


ment, the Recruitment Unit was a perfect fit. There d’Lisa developed programs to assist in the recruitment of women and minorities, but overall was instrumental in the successful recruitment of all needing help. d’Lisa’s suc- cesses included bringing CPAT to the City, developing large scale recruitment expos, mili- tary recruitment, mock oral preparation and mentoring programs. Later she went on to be a “voice of the department” or PSO. In 2005, d’Lisa was recruited for the


CPF-JAC Commission to Recruit Women. The


Commission has been praised for its success- ful development of tools to assist in the recruit- ment, retention and promotion of women and minorities. d’Lisa was then recruited by Chief Antoine McKnight to assist as an instructor for the Metro F.I.R.E. Academy, a high school program that teaches basic firefighting skills to inner city youth.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64