About the Event
Randall Lewis Seminar: Responding to California's Major Fire Challenges
About the Event:
Protection of residents is a community's first priority. This year California cities and towns have been threatened with some horrible fires. If we have a dry winter, the state's potential as a tinderbox increases.
Community cooperation in the face of fire danger is provided under the Master Mutual Aid System, coordinating the deployment of fire service resources where needed in an emergency. Municipal managers can plan to aid areas in crisis while providing for their own demands.
Retired Riverside Interim Fire Chief Mike Esparza is an expert in state fire service planning and operations. He will describe how communities plan and coordinate support for California communities in the face of rising fire threats.
About Mike Esparza:
With the City of Riverside Fire Department (RFD), Mike Esparza worked his way up from Firefighter to Fire Marshal, then Deputy Chief and Interim Chief, with responsibility for leadership/oversight of a $40 million budget, 241 personnel and 14 stations. He retired in December, 2014.
As a Retired Annuitant, he is Assistant Chief for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), Fire & Rescue Branch. His primary OES job is to help coordinate the master mutual aid system at large-scale fires, ensuring that mutual assistance is operating within the guidelines and parameters of the California Fire Assistance Agreement.
Esparza served as Vice Chair, California State Board of Fire Services, and on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission Taskforce dealing with wildfire protection. Recently, he was appointed to the governor’s new California Fire Service Task Force on Climate Impacts.
Esparza graduated from Cogswell Polytechnical College with a B.S. in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Technology.