Fire Chiefs Department

  • A Message From Dan Stefano, 2018-19 Fire Chiefs' Department President

    Fire Chiefs and all Chief Fire Officers, we need you and are reaching out for your active engagement in the Fire Chiefs Department for the League of California Cities!

    The League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department efforts are focused on 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 active education and advocacy.
    The Fire Chiefs Department conducts statewide conference calls on the second Thursday of each month at 0800 hours, uses a listserv email communication to share relevant information, and hosts a nationally recognized Fire Chiefs Leadership Seminar each year in December. Our group make up extends beyond Fire Chiefs in the top spot, with a focus on succession planning and inclusion for all of our current and future Chief Fire Officers.
    The past few years has brought us to a new level of cooperation and collaboration in the California Fire Service that many have never seen before in our history, best illustrated by the success from our DRiSC partnership, which brought us together with a strong and unified voice from the League, Cal Chiefs, Metro Chiefs, FDAC, CPF, FIRESCOPE, CSFA, CSDA, and RCRC among others. Simply put, the California Fire Service now has a stronger and more unified voice than ever before and it is only getting stronger in 2019!   
    It is an honor to serve as your President for the League of California Cities Fire Chiefs Department. As your president, along with our extremely talented and hard-working Board, we are committed to working shoulder-to-shoulder with League members, the California Fire Chiefs Association, Labor Leadership, and all of our other mutual partners to serve the best interests of our diverse communities and the people of California’s cities.

    Dan Stefano, Fire Chief
    City of Costa Mesa 

  • 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 Charles Harvey or Meg Desmond.

    2018-2019 Department Officers

    President Dan Stefano, Costa Mesa Fire Department Chief
    1st Vice President - John Binaski, Clovis Fire Department Chief
    Second Vice-President - Greg Barton, Beverly Hills Fire Department Chief
    Director - Eric Nickel, Santa Barbara 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)                          
    Appointee - Chief John Binaski, Clovis 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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