LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles may be getting the first Latino fire chief in its 128-year history.

Ralph Terrazas was named to the job Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti after a nationwide search.

Terrazas is an assistant chief and a 30-year department veteran.

If the City Council confirms his appointment, Terrazas will take charge of a department with 3,500 employees and a number of challenges. There have been scandals over poor emergency-response times and nepotism in hiring.

Garcetti says he wants Terrazas to cut those response times and reform the department.

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