314 West Cook Street #8
Santa Maria, California 93458
The Fire Department provides all risk emergency services, as well as public education programs, fire prevention, and life safety measures to the City's residents. These services support the Fire Department's mission of effectively preserving lives and protecting property. The department provides Emergency Services, which include pre-hospital emergency medical services at the Emergency Medical Technician I (EMT-1) level; response to structural, vehicular and vegetation fires, hazardous materials response, water rescue, trench rescue, public assistance and other emergencies. The department also administers a hazardous materials business plan program in cooperation with Santa Barbara County.
EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:
- BS California State University, Long Beach
- Fire Chief, City of Santa Maria, December 2011 to present
- Fire Battalion Chief, City of Santa Maria, April 2004 to December 2011
- Fire Operations Division Chief, City of Santa Maria, January 2001 to April 2004
- Fire Chief / Emergency Services Coordinator, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department,
December 1998 to January 2001
- Battalion Chief / Fire Marshal, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department,
July 1996 to December 1998
- Fire Captain, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department, July 1994 to July 1996
- Engineer / Officer in Charge, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department,
September 1987 to July 1994
- Paid Call Firefighter, City of Pismo Beach Fire Department
April 1985 to September 1987
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
- Fire Chiefs Association of Santa Barbara County
- California Fire Chiefs Association
- International Association of Fire Chiefs
- Catholic Charities
- Married with two children
- General interests include spending time with family
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES
The Fire Chief is responsible for policy and general direction for the Fire Department; provides administrative support for senior fire management staff, and actively participates as a member of the City management team. The Chief represents the City regarding fire and life safety issues on a regional and statewide basis. Additionally, the Chiefs' office provides financial oversight, advanced planning, intra agency coordination, and deals with issues of Community concern.
The principle mission of the Santa Maria Fire Department is the preservation of life and the protection of property within the City of Santa Maria. Our services will be delivered in the most efficient, cost-effective, and professional manner possible.
- Should Measure U receive voter passage, or the City receive a competitive Federal SAFER grant, the department will prepare for City Council’s consideration, a plan to hire nine new firefighters to staff Fire Station #5. Should neither of those funding methods be successful, the department will work with City Administration to address the staffing needs of Fire Station #5.
- Enhance public safety and emergency response times in the northern section of the City by finalizing the transition of operations at Fire Station No. 3 from its old location into its new quarters, and facilitate American Medical Response (AMR) into the old Fire Station #3 to enhance medical response times in the northern portion of the City.
- Coordinate a City-wide exercise among multiple departments to test the City’s recently updated Multi-Hazard Functional plan, and to train employees, assigned to the Emergency Operations Center, to respond to disasters such as earthquakes and floods.
- Enhance individual and community emergency preparedness for disasters through the continued presentation of the Listos and “Ready” Santa Maria public education programs, and by offering CERT programs in cooperation with Allan Hancock College.
- Continue to integrate the California Joint Apprentice Committee guidelines into the Fire Department’s training program to establish standards for departmental training and to provide funding for supplemental training and equipment.
- Continue to work with representatives of the Firefighters' Union Local 2020 to develop a program guide for a viable Risk Management Prevention Program.
- Prepare to introduce, for City Council’s consideration, proposed updates to the City’s Fireworks Ordinance that includes guidelines that define a systematic method of establishing the number of permits, thereby creating an equitable distribution system for seller permits.
- Configure and implement a records management system that integrates with and meets Federal, State and local reporting requirements related to emergency response, EMS and training.
- Participate as part of a multi-department collaborative task force to research and identify a replacement Computer Automated Dispatch system or solution with advanced, comprehensive capabilities that meets the public safety needs of the City, with acquisition contingent upon funding availability.
- Continue preparations for an Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluation on the department’s fire-fighting capabilities to determine the City’s fire suppression rating.