County Supervisors Appoint Brian Marshall as Fire Chief

  • Brian Marshall at a Pine Mountain Town Hall meeting last month. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]

    Brian Marshall at a Pine Mountain Town Hall meeting last month. [photo by The Mountain Enterprise]

FRAZIER PARK, CA (Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 3:15 p.m.)– Kern County Fire Department (KCFD) announced today that Brian Marshall has been appointed Fire Chief by the Board of Supervisors. KCFD’s press release follows:

The Board of Supervisors has appointed Interim Fire Chief Brian Marshall as Kern County Fire Chief.

Marshall, who assumes his new duties immediately, was temporarily appointed to head the Fire Department in
November 2011 when former Chief Nick Dunn retired.

Marshall began service with the Fire Department as a firefighter in 1987 and rose steadily through the
Department ranks, becoming a Battalion Chief in 2001 and Deputy Fire Chief in 2006. As Deputy Chief, Marshall
supervised several Fire Department programs including purchase and maintenance of firefighting equipment, fire
prevention, fire training, public education, the Emergency Communications Center, and the Department Operations
Center. Marshall also developed the Fire Department’s section of the County’s Strategic Plan and the Department’s
capital improvement plan.

Marshal has served as incident commander or agency administrator on several wildfires in Kern County
including multiple simultaneous lightning-caused wildfires in 2011, as well as the West fire, Comanche Complex
Fire, and Canyon Fire. As a national team member, Marshall responded to Hurricane Katrina as a disaster search
canine handler in 2005.

Marshall earned an A.S. degree in Fire Technology at Bakersfield College, and he has completed extensive
training in hazardous materials response, fire suppression tactics, and incident management at the Federal Emergency
Management Agency, the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, and the California Fire Service Training and
Education System. Marshall and his family reside in Bakersfield.

This is part of the March 23, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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