I began my career immediately after graduating high school in 2000 as a seasonal firefighter for CAL FIRE in Stirling City and a volunteer firefighter for the Butte County Fire Department. After my first fire season, I attended the Butte Fire Academy and continued my education, earning an Associates Degree in Fire Science while continuing to work as a Firefighter in the Gridley area and later in Magalia.
I promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer at the Jarbo Gap Station, then worked as an Engineer at Robinson Mill and Gridley until I promoted to Fire Captain in 2009. As a Fire Captain I worked a brief time in the Lassen-Modoc unit, then returned to Butte County where I have spent the remainder of my career. As a Captain I worked in Feather Falls, Berry Creek, Jarbo Gap, Durham, and spent four and a half years in South Chico.
I promoted to Battalion Chief of the Butte Unit Training Bureau in July 2020. In 2022 I transferred to Battalion 6, overseeing the communities of Oroville, Kelly Ridge, Palermo, and Cherokee.
I currently serve as an Operations Branch Director on CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 3. Previously I spent several years assigned to CAL FIRE Incident Management Teams 4 and 5 and frequently fill the role of Division Supervisor, taking assignments throughout the state.
I have been on the Technical Rescue Team since 2004 and am currently a team leader. I teach multiple State Fire Marshal courses including several rescue courses. I also teach at the Butte College Fire Academy.
I grew up a resident of Butte County and currently live in Paradise with my wife and children.