Battalion Chief promoted to Cal Fire deputy chiefWith his recent promotion to deputy fire chief, Steve Reeder will now serve as second in command for the Cal Fire/San Luis Obispo County Fire Department.
Why: Steve Reeder was appointed to his newest position Monday, June 3, and received his badge during the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, June 4.
“We had very experienced and talented candidates (for the position),” said Cal Fire Chief Rob Lewin. “It was a difficult decision, (but) Steve Reeder met all the attributes I was looking for.”
What: As deputy fire chief, Reeder will be in charge of the overall daily operations of the county fire department, which also contracts for services with Avila Beach and Pismo Beach. He will act as fire chief in Lewin’s absence.
Who: Reeder, a Morro Bay resident, has been in the fire service for 29 years, beginning his career with Cal Fire in 1984 as a seasonal firefighter in Riverside County.
Over the years, he has worked his way through the ranks in a variety of assignments, including serving on a ladder truck and hazardous material team. He also has worked as a station captain and captain of a 17-person inmate fire crew.
He also serves as a planning section chief for one of Cal Fire’s Incident Management Teams, which responds to major emergencies across the state.