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Lives in:
Colton Fire department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Cancer Reduction
Health and Fitness
Consolidation/ merger
Peer Support
Decline in level of experience
recruitment and retention
Professional Qualifications:
Training Instructor
PPE specialist
Firefighter Fitness
Topics you provide training for:
Fire ground Operations
16 life safety initiatives for NFFF
Peer Support training
Areas of expertise:
Firefighter Fitness
mental health
Peer support
Forcible entry
Wildland Firefighting
I started my firefighting career as a volunteer with the Riverside County Fire Department in California. Soon after I began working as a wild land firefighter for the California department of forestry and fire protection, now known as Cal-Fire. I worked for Cal-Fire as a seasonal wildland firefighter for 3 years, where I was able to respond to major incidents throughout the state of California. While working as a seasonal for Cal-Fire I was lucky enough to be hired as a permanent paid firefighter for the City of Colton Fire Department. I have been with the City of Colton since 2004. In Colton I have been in charge of new recruit training since 2008. I have evaluated and and developed the departments training manual, I serve as the departments public information officer. I have worked as a firefighter on the truck, several years as an Engineer, and now Captain. I currently sit on the eligibility list for Battalion Chief.
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