San Bernardino Fire Chief Takes Job in Santa Barbara

San Bernardino County’s fire chief will step down next month after accepting the same position in Santa Barbara. 

Mark Hartwig has led San Bernardino’s Fire Department since 2011. He joined the department in 1992 and eventually became deputy chief in Rancho Cucamonga before accepting the chief’s position eight years ago. In 2017, he was named California Fire Chief of the Year. Today, he also serves on the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services, having been appointed by former Gov. Jerry Brown.

The SBFD underwent a number of changes during Hartwig’s tenure, including the formation of a new partnership with the Crest Forest Fire Protection District and the cities of Needles, Hesperia, San Bernardino, Upland, and Twentynine Palms. Hartwig also led several efforts to increase cooperation and coordination with local law enforcement.

“Building a team of leaders and succession has been a high priority for me. We have a talented group of leaders at County Fire that will move forward as the board decides how to select my replacement,” Hartwig said in a statement.

An announcement about that replacement will be forthcoming sometime before Feb. 15.



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