Friday, March 27, 2009

Salinas Fire department: Welcomes new Chief - Kim Raddatz

fire chief Kim RaddatzSalinas Fire Chief Candidate Excited About New Position

SALINAS, Calif.- Along with a new police chief, Salinas will also usher in a new fire chief come May.

Wednesday, one of the finalists confirms he has been invited to join the department. Kim Raddatz of Coronado says he has received and accepted an offer. Raddatz confirmed Wednesday that he was chosen from over 60 applicants, and has over 33 years of firefighter experience.

He was one of three commanders in charge during the largest fire in California history, the Cedar Wildfire in San Diego County in 2003.

Raddatz latest gig has been fire chief in Coronado where as part of a 5 year plan, he incorporated a 105-foot arial truck company and improved their paramedic program.

The 52-year old chief says he can't wait to start working with his new team and is impressed with what he sees so far, noting the the Salinas firefighters strong dedication and work ethic.

KION News did put a call into the Salinas city manager to talk about the appointment. We have not been able to reach him yet. Last week we did speak with Fields -- who would not confirm finalists names --- but did say that he was close to making a decision on the fire chief.

Chief Raddatz said his last day in Coronado will be May 1st and he will be on the job in Salinas May 4th.

Source: www.kcba.com - Link

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