I currently serve as the Fire Chief for the City of Rio Vista in Northern California, approximately 45 miles from San Francisco and at the outskirts of what is called the “Bay Area”. In this position, I also serve as the Fire Chief/Fire Marshal for the Delta Fire Protection District in neighboring Sacramento County. During my career I have led in both full-time and combination departments, in two States.
I have been a Fire Chief in California for just over 7 years. I am currently designated as a CFO (Chief Fire Officer) and FM (Fire Marshal) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Commission on Professional Credentialing. I hold an associate degree in Fire Science, a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration and am currently completing my master’s degree in Homeland Security. I am a certified Chief Officer, Fire Officer and Fire Investigator II through the California Board of Fire Services, along with numerous other State and Federal Certifications. Most notably, I am certified as both an Incident Safety Officer (ISO) and a Health and Safety Officer (HSO). In 2015, I was selected by the Board of the California Fire Chiefs Association to re-engage the Operations Section. With a team I selected, we successfully brough the section “back-to-life” and now it is a leading section in the organization. I served as Section President for three years and have been in the role of past-Chair since 2018.
Throughout my career, I have been an advocate for Firefighter Safety, enacting “first-time” programs and initiatives in the Agencies and Communities I served. Under my leadership, we designed a “Clean Cab Engine” that provides practical solutions for reducing risk. I led in the development of a County-wide cancer prevention SOG and a standardized fireground accountability system. I have also been successful in obtaining the funding for hood replacement and a second set of PPE in the two Agencies I have served as Fire Chief.
A more recent passion of mine has been First Responder Behavioral Health. This is a topic that I am advocating for at the State and local County level as I believe this issue to be a direct threat to our Safety, Heath and Survival as a Profession.