LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the Los Angeles Fire Department is stepping down from his post.
Mayor Eric Garcetti's office said Thursday Fire Chief Brian Cummings will retire from the department in February.
The Fire Department has been under fire for months over its 911 response times. A call to the LAFD for comment was not immediately returned.
Garcetti appointed James Featherstone as acting chief effective next month. Feathersone is a former LAFD captain who leads the city's Emergency Management Department.
In a statement, Garcetti said he wants the LAFD to focus on improving its response times.
Last year, Cummings blamed budget cuts for slower 911 response times in testimony before the City Council.
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