Steven Owens served the Los Angeles Fire Department for 32 years, including 22 as a Captain, responsible for his own engine company. During his tenure with the LAFD, Steve was responsible for management, supervision and training of a fire company to provide fire and emergency medical services within a geographical area to include fire prevention (application/enforcement of LA Municipal Code) and community relations activities. Steve spent four years as a Fire Academy Instructor and six years as a Chief Officer Aide/Staff Assistant/Adjutant.
He served as training cadre member for Flashover Simulator, Search and Rescue Operations, Firefighter Survival, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Air Management and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Training teams. In addition to regular assignments, Steve also participated in investigative duties for significant incidents and professional standards.
Prior to joining the LAFD, Steve served for 20 years in the United States Air Force (nine years active and 11 years as a reserve NCO). Steve was responsible for administrative and technical support to air defense groups, airlift wings and supply squadrons. He also provided logistical and staffing support for combat communications squadron and was assigned as Public Affairs Specialist with duties as Wing Historian and was Editor of the military magazine (Vanguard).
Today, Steve acts as the Training Officer for MySafe:LA, MySafe:California, and The Safe Community Project. This includes collaboration with the organization’s continuing education partner, The UCLA Center for Pre-Hospital Care, the LAFD, and other organizations. Steve is an active Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Steve attended the University of Maryland, Los Angeles Valley College, Community College of the Air Force and numerous military and LAFD leadership and training academies. He is the Associate Pastor and President of the Church of God in Jesus Christ.