League of California Cities

Fire Chiefs Department

  • A Message From John Binaski, 2019-20 Fire Chiefs' Department President

    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. 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. In addition, we represent local fire departments on all League Policy committees to make sure the voice of the fire service is heard.
    The Fire Chiefs Department conducts a statewide conference call 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 tries to extend beyond just the Fire Chief of the organization, 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, Fire District Association, California Professional Firefighters, California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and others. Simply put, the California Fire Service now has a stronger and more unified voice than ever before and our main goal is to use this new found cooperation to move our legislative agenda forward.
    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.
    John Binaski, Fire Chief
    City of Clovis


  • 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.

    2019-20 Department Officers

    President John Binaski, Clovis Fire Department Chief
    1st Vice President - Greg Barton, Beverly Hills Fire Department Chief
    Second Vice-President - Anthony Galagaza, Bakersfield Fire Department Chief
    Director - Eric Nickel, Santa Barbara Fire Department Chief
    Past President - Dan Stefano, Costa Mesa 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 Charvey@cacities.org.

    Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee (STEAC)                          
    Appointee - Chief John Binaski, Clovis Fire Department
    Alternate Appointee - Chief Bertral Washington, Pasadena Fire Department

    Legislative Resources

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

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