Kristina Kepner has been with the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) for 19 years and is currently the Battalion Chief in charge of the Firefighter Recruitment Section. She began her career as an LAFD Explorer at the age of 15 and has promoted through the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain I, Captain II and is currently the youngest female Battalion Chief. Chief Kepner was born, raised and still resides in the San Fernando Valley. She has been assigned to several fire station districts throughout Los Angeles in addition to her administrative positions. She has been instrumental in writing some of the Department’s policies and procedures and was a project manager for the first-ever LAFD Strategic Plan.
Her education consists of a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of Laverne, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice from Chapman University and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology from Los Angeles Valley College. She has also earned certificates in Project Management from UCLA, the Public Safety Leadership Program at USC and is also an instructor in the LAFD Leadership Academy.
As the head of the Recruitment Section, Chief Kepner oversees all of the Department’s Recruitment efforts in addition to the LAFD Youth Programs. She is a strong advocate for providing both education and training opportunities for the youth of Los Angeles and is passionate about mentoring young women and men who are interested in pursuing careers as firefighters. Chief Kepner has also been instrumental in the advancement and management of the LAFD Girls Camp.
Watch Kristina at the 2019 MAKERS Conference: