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New County Fire Chief Introduced at Hesperia City Council Meeting

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Hesperia Mayor Larry Bird and SBCoFD Assistant Chief Dave Corbin announced the promotion of Dan Munsey as the new Fire Chief at a recent city council meeting.

“As you may or may not know, over the course of the past year, the County conducted a rather exhaustive year-long search for a new fire chief of County Fire. It really should come to no surprise to anybody that the best and most qualified candidate was one of our own,” Corbin stated during the February 18th meeting.

Chief Munsey started his career with County Fire back in 1995 and has been promoted through the ranks. He’s worked in every division and overseen numerous programs and projects.

According to the Department’s website, Chief Munsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and holds multiple Incident Command System (ICS) certifications. Munsey has completed many specialized leadership-training courses, including the California Special Districts Association Leadership Academy and the San Bernardino County Management and Leadership Academy; a program that provides comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. 

Chief Munsey is one of few fire chiefs in California who possesses a Center for Public Excellence Chief Fire Officer credential and a California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer certificate. Currently, Chief Munsey is halfway through the four-year National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

“On a more personal note, I’ve known this man for a long time – long before I worked for the county agency; we collaborated together, we went to classes together, we worked together on different projects,” Corbin said during the introduction of the new Fire Chief.

( interviewed Fire Chief Munsey and got his take on technology and the evolution of firefighters.)

“I will tell you that he has a forward-thinking vision of the fire service that’s really second to none. He’s definitely going to take our organization to the next level, and I’m personally proud to call him my boss,” declared Corbin.

Mayor Larry Bird, Council Member Brigit Bennington, Mayor Pro Tem Cameron Gregg, Council Member Bill Holland, and Council Member Rebekah Swanson were also in attendance. They stood in front of the Dias as the new fire chief gave a brief statement.

“I’m completely honored to be in this partnership with the City of Hesperia. We are your Fire Department, and while I can never be ‘the Hesperia City Fire Department,’ I can be the very best fire department that Hesperia has,” stated Fire Chief Munsey.

Munsey said community engagement, communication and cooperation are important to him.

“I’m going to be here speaking to you directly, I’m going to be involved in your communities, you’re going to see me at your rotary clubs, see me at your chamber of commerce and receive emails from me. I need to have that exchange of information,” Munsey said.

Dan Munsey became Fire Chief of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District on November 20, 2019.

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