It’s not often you grow up seeing your father on the news representing one of the largest fire departments in the country. This was part of Captain I Cody Weireter’s childhood, as he watched his father serve as a Public Information Officer (PIO) in the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). Little did Capt. Weireter know that over 20 years later, he would be on the news representing the LAFD as a PIO now it is his sons who are at home watching him on TV.
“While serving as the lead PIO during the Skirball Fire last year, I was in an interview that my two boys saw while home with my wife,” Capt. Weireter said. “My four-year-old started yelling ‘daddy’s on TV’ and my one-year-old just couldn’t believe it.“
Born and raised in Van Nuys, Calif., Capt. Weireter grew up in a family with first responders in its blood. Besides his father being an LAFD firefighter, his mother served as a Los Angeles Police Department officer. Realizing his own calling to become involved with public safety at the age of 14, he became an Explorer (now called Cadets) at Post 100. After spending almost every weekend doing ride-alongs and learning more about the fire department, Capt. Weireter knew being a firefighter was his calling. McCormick Ambulance hired him in 2005 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) where he worked for four years before being accepted into the LAFD. In 2009, Capt. Weireter proudly put on an LAFD uniform following his graduation from Drill Tower 40 (Terminal Island).
“Becoming a firefighter for this department was my goal from the beginning,” Capt. Weireter said. “To have my parents, with their backgrounds, there to see me there wearing my own badge, it’s hard to describe what that meant.”
ABOVE (1): With a radio in hand, a young Capt. Weireter rides through a community parade with his father in the LAFD bandwagon.
After working at fire stations throughout downtown Los Angeles and one in Canoga Park, Capt. Weireter became a staff assistant to the Chief of Battalion 10, which oversees a section of the San Fernando Valley. During this time he became interested in using his public speaking skills for the department as a PIO and registered for a pair of classes, one offered by the Ventura County Fire Department and another by the LAFD. Following his passage of these classes, he became a PIO for the department in 2014. Representing Battalion 10 at small events, Capt. Weireter soon found himself at much larger incidents like a major water-main break on the UCLA campus, the Wharf Fire in San Pedro, and serving as a field PIO during the LA Marathon.
After serving as a staff assistant for Battalion 10 for four years, Capt. Weireter took the captain’s test and was promoted to Captain I in July of 2017. He is currently assigned to Fire Station 46 with a team he describes a a “great crew.” He attributes his success as a captain this past year to them.
“I couldn’t wait to be the one who set the tone for the day for a crew like this,” Capt. Weireter said “Being able to create an environment here at the station feel that allows everyone to feel comfortable, enjoy what they do and go home safe at the end of the day is a mission accomplished for me.”
When not working at Station 46 or in the role of a PIO, Capt. Weireter enjoys spending time with his family and often volunteers to bring the LAFD bandwagon, an original 1931-built Seagrave fire engine, out to community events with his father. This is a legacy he looks forward to continuing on with his family
ABOVE (2): Three generations of the Weireter family are seen as Capt. Weireter’s father, four-year-old son and the Captain himself pose in front of the LAFD bandwagon. Bringing this historic apparatus out to community events has truly become a family affair.