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Fire Chief Steve Standridge

The Fire Chief’s job presents routine and emergency challenges every day. Preparation for emergencies requires far more time than does the actual response to those emergencies. In providing services to Chico, citizens, businesses, and visitors, a strong emphasis is placed on preventing emergencies before they happen. When prevention doesn’t work, the firefighters must be trained, equipped, and led in a way that minimizes death and injury, protects property, and preserves city resources.

The Fire Chief has to protect every firefighter’s life by making sure the Department’s employees are highly trained and use safe procedures. Along with the City Manager and City Council, the Chief assures that fire fighting vehicles are modern, safe, reliable, and well maintained. The Chief emphasizes the use of high technology personal protective equipment. The Chief manages the Department’s budget and recommends hiring highly qualified employees. The Fire Chief, working with the Fire Marshal and Inspectors, enforces the Fire Code, investigates fires for origin and cause, and provides public life safety education.

The Fire Chief works closely with the Police Department to provide 9-1-1 and dispatching services. He also works closely with the Public Works Department on the purchase and maintenance of fire apparatus and repair of fire stations. The Department has numerous mutual and automatic aid agreements with other agencies to provide fire, rescue, emergency medical, and hazardous materials response services.

No matter how well the Fire Department is currently doing, one of the most important tasks of the Fire Chief is to be sure that the Department is never satisfied with the status quo. The Chief encourages ways to improve training, is responsive to the public, and embraces new technology.

Bi-Annual Report from Fire Chief Steve Standridge
Chico Fire Department Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Contact Chief Standridge

(530) 897-3400
chicofire@chicoca.gov

Deputy Chief

Christopher Zinko
Christopher Zinko

 

Administrative Staff

Administrative Support is provided by one Administrative Analyst, one Administrative Assistant, and one Fire Permit Technician.

The Administrative Analyst provides budget, data, and analytical support to the Chief Officers. The AA prepares specialized reports, organizes statistical data, tracks out of county incidents, and manages grants and agreements. The Analyst assists in the coordination of all department approved training and purchasing, is responsible for accounts payable/receivable, payroll and records management, and provides a wide variety of support not only to the Chief Officers, but to all Fire Department personnel.

The Fire Permit Technician provides support to the Fire Marshal and Inspectors, assists with processing building plans, issues UFC permits, schedules inspections, manages billing and fees, assists with one-time specific projects, and provides staff with clerical assistance.

Contact Information

(530) 897-3400
chicofire@chicoca.gov

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Former Fire Chiefs

Fire Chief Bill Hack
2016 – 2017

Fire Chief Shane Lauderdale
2014 – 2015

Fire Chief Shane Lauderdale  2014 - 2015

Fire Chief Jim Beery
2008 – 2013

Fire Chief Jim Beery  2008 - 2013

Fire Chief Steve Brown
1995 – 2008

Fire Chief Steve Brown  1995 - 2008

Fire Chief Charles R. Lowden
1984 – 1995

Fire Chief Charles R. Lowden  1984 - 1995

Fire Chief Phillip A. Johnston
1979 – 1983

Fire Chief Phillip A. Johnston  1979 - 1983

Fire Chief Don J. Kaye
1977 – 1979

Fire Chief Don J. Kaye  1977 - 1979

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