Fire Chiefs Department

  •  A Message From Kurt Latipow, 2017 Fire Chief's Department President

    It is my great honot to be your 2017 President for the League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department.  The department, and the fire service in general, is embarking on a very exciting year that will be filled with challenges.  As your president, I am committed to working collaboratively with our members, as well as the fire service associations, towards our mutual goals of serving our communities and the citizens of the state.

    The League of California Cities was established in 1899 to expand and protect local control for cities through education and advocacy to enhance the quality of life for all Californians. The League has a plethora of resources to assist cities and fire departments to meet their needs.

    Within the League, there are 10 professional departments that represent all facets of city governance. The League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department is charged with engaging, influencing, and informing state and local policymakers on matters affecting fire and emergency services and other local issues. To achieve this, the Fire Chiefs Department relies heavily on the expertise, leadership and collaborative support of Fire Chiefs statewide to safeguard and enhance local control for California cities through education and advocacy.

    We need you – no one can better advocate for your agency and community than you!

    As the name implies, the focus of the League is for California cities. However, this does not mean you need to be employed by a city to become a member. There are very few fire districts and county fire departments in the State of California that do not have incorporated cities that they protect. Who is advocating for the fire and emergency services and other local issues for these cities if you are not?

    The Fire Chiefs Department conducts conference calls on the second Thursday of each month at 0800 hours, and uses a listserv to push out information and to identify the needs of the members.


    Kurt Latipow, Fire Chief, City of Lompoc

  • The Fire Chiefs Department is made up of municipal fire service leadership who represent departments that provide direct fire service to cities: five executive leaders, eight policy committee members, and additional "at-large" members who contribute to conference planning, research, and representing the League on various state and local advisory committees.

    Department Officers

    Each year, the Fire Chiefs Department elects officers to oversee the work of the department and represent the department on the League's board of directors and other League policy committees. Fire Chiefs who are interested in pursuing a leadership role with the League should contact Tim Cromartie.

    2016-2017 Department Officers

    President - Kurt Latipow, Lompoc Fire Department chief
    1st Vice President - Eric Nickel, Palo Alto Fire Department Chief
    Second Vice-President - Dan Stefano, Costa Mesa Fire Department Chief
    Director - Bob Espinosa, Manhattan Beach Fire Department Chief
    Past President - Mike McLaughlin, Consumnes Fire Department Chief

    *Terms are for one year, ending in September, except the director who serves a two-year term.


  • Fire chiefs also provide a link between city government and fire service organizations including:


    Regulatory Working Groups, Task Forces, Committee Information

    The League holds a number of appointments to various state and regional regulatory bodies. If you are interested in serving on behalf of the League, please contact

    Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC)                                      Appointees - Chief Ron Myers, North County Fire Authority (Brisbane, Daly City, Pacifica); Chief Charles Hurley, Oroville Fire Department

    California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (CalSIEC)
     Appointees - Chief Tim Ieronimo, Hanford Fire Department; Chief Alex Rodriguez, Santa Fe Springs Fire Department

    Legislative Resources

    Legislative and Regulatory Changes Affecting the Fire Service Delivery of EMS - 2015 Annual Conference presentation outline.

    Current Legislation Impacting Fire Service and Public Safety - Learn about the issues that we review and make recommendations on for action in Sacramento.

    Handouts, Presentations and Reports

    Are you a fire chief who provides services to one or more cities and is looking to get involved with the League's Fire Chiefs' Department? Download our annual report or brochure to learn about how you can become part of the policy committees, legislative reviews, a planning member, or even executive officer of the Department.

    Annual Report Archive

    Annual Conference Presentations by Chief Bruce Martin

    AB 210 Fire Service Webinar Materials, held June 6 & June 8, 2011

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