Fire Department Executive Staff

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Fire Chief: Jeff Hahn

  • Provides Leadership and Direction to Organization
  • Sets Fire Department Policy
  • Oversight of Contractual Services to the Independent Vista Fire Protection District
  • Collaborates with and Supports other City Departments
  • Implements the Goals, Strategies, Programs and Policies of the Vista City Council
  • Oversees Implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • Monthly Statistical Reports
  • Terrorism Liaison Officer
  • Attends City Council and Fire Board Meetings
  • Voting Member on the United Disaster Council
  • Interacts with Various Community Groups
  • Maintains Partnerships with Regional Fire Departments
  • Monitors Community Fire Protection Practices
  • Supervises: Deputy Chiefs, Fire Marshal, Secretary & Management Analyst

Deputy Chief - Administration, Fire Marshal: Ned Vander Pol

  • Budget Administration   
  • ISO coordination and Accreditation Manager
  • Attend Fire District Meetings & Prepare Staff reports
  • Fire Code Administration
  • Fire Investigation
  • Facilities      
  • Underground Storage Tank Permit Coordinator
  • Fire Code Review & Adoption
  • Inspection Programs
  • New Development / Plan Review
  • Public Education / Information Program
  • Vegetation Management Program Coordination
  • Senior Volunteer Program Manager
  • Fire Hydrants Maintenance Administrator
  • CERT Program Manager
  • Strike Team Leader
  • Supervises: Senior Inspector & 2 Inspectors

Deputy Chief - Operations: Mike Easterling

  • Operations (Fire, EMS, Hazardous Materials, Rescue)
  • Zone Operations Chief Representative
  • Mutual and Auto Aid Coordination
  • Coordinate Strike Team Reimbursement
  • North County Dispatch Liaison
  • Report Management System Coordinator
  • Hazardous Materials Management
  • Manual of Operations, Policies and Procedures
  • Employee Relations, Internal Investigation
  • Personnel Matters
  • Pre-Employment Testing and Evaluation
  • Strike Team Leader
  • TeleStaff Administrator
  • Supervises: 3 Shift Battalion Chiefs, 1 Training Battalion Chief, Emergency Services Officer

Emergency Services Officer: Danielle Pearson

  • EMS System Structure & Oversight
  • EMS Training Coordinator
  • Quality Assurance Program
  • EMS Report Management System, Records Custodian
  • SDCFCA EMS Section, CAL Chiefs EMS Section Representative
  • Base Hospital, County and State EMS Liaison
  • Medical Supply, Equipment Specification and Purchase
  • Controlled Substance Manager
  • Privacy Officer (HIPPA)
  • Designated Officer (Blood Borne Pathogens)
  • Ambulance Billing Coordinator / EMB Budget
  • Protocol & Documentation Compliance
  • Certification / Recertification Management
  • Pre-employment Testing & Evaluation(s)
  • EMS Public Education
  • CITY AED/CPR Program

Battalion Chief Training / Health / Safety: Craig Usher

  • Training Program Manager
  • In-Service and Specialized Training    
  • Zone, County Chief's, So Cal TO Representative
  • Training Requests & Reimbursement
  • Promotional Exam Design and Preparation
  • Probationary Education, Training, Testing, Academy Recruit Testing
  • North Zone Consortium Liaison
  • City NIM/SIMS Coordinator
  • Target Solutions / Training Report Administrator / CICCS-IQS coordinator 
  • JAC Program administrator / Instructor of Record
  • Wellness Program Coordinator
  • Department Safety Officer
  • Representative to City Safety Committee
  • Safety Operations and Procedures
  • Strike Team Leader/Trainee
  • DMV drivers training program
  • UASI training grant manager
  • Air Quality Testing
  • RBV Internship program coordinator
  • Respiratory questionnaire and fit testing coordinator

Battalion Chief "A" Shift: Todd Feneis

  • Command, Control and Coordination of Shift
  • Operations Procedures
  • Disaster Preparedness Manager (EOC)
  • Personal Protective Equipment Administrator
  • Hazard Mitigation Planning
  • Incident Report Quality Assurance
  • Supervises: 6 Suppression Captains
  • Strike Team Leader

Battalion Chief "B" Shift: Scott Duncan

  • Command, Control and Coordination of Shift
  • Operational Procedures
  • Apparatus and Equipment Repair and Maintenance
  • Apparatus and Equipment Specifications and Purchasing
  • Apparatus and Equipment Testing and Certification
  • Incident Report Quality Assurance
  • Supervises: 6 Suppression Captains
  • Strike Team Leader (Trainee)

Battalion Chief "C" Shift: Jeff Schroeder

  • Command, Control and Coordination of Shift
  • Operational Procedures
  • Communications equipment (800 MHz, VHF, MDC, Cell, tablet) Specification and Purchasing
  • Report Management System Coordinator
  • Information Technology Liaison
  • Incident Report Quality Assurance
  • Mapping and Pre-planning Administrator
  • Zone Communication Representative
  • Strike Team Leader (Trainee)