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Message from the Chief

Chief's Message

I’m excited to be working together with everybody here in Placer County. The first few months have been challenging with a very steep learning curve and numerous continuing critical issues to address and resolve. I value having everyone within our agencies involved as a team in the development of both short term and long term goals and strategic planning.

My personal goal is to continue to collaboratively build a forward thinking, modern, cohesive organization with the Placer Hills, Foresthill and Newcastle Fire Protection Districts. My leadership style is based upon mutual respect and trust of all personnel! I am very proud and consider it an honor to serve as your Fire Chief.

You have my commitment to move our agencies forward together as a unified team. I am here to support all of you, our agencies and the public that we have all been sworn to serve! I believe that if everybody, including the Boards of Directors, staff, administration and fire suppression personnel are working together with the common goal of improving the services we provide to the citizens, increasing overall efficiency, operational effectiveness, the staffing levels on our engines, the training levels and working conditions for all of our personnel, there is no stopping us!

My priority for all of our personnel is to always think of safety as their number one focus and concern, both for firefighters and the public. I encourage everyone to engage in your departments, enjoy coming to work and rest assured that I will always lead by example and encourage each and every member of our agencies to do the same! I am dedicated to providing all of you with leadership that is focused on integrity, trust, mentoring and empowerment.

Kirk S. Kushen,
Fire Chief

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