John Gaddie

CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department
Title: B2118 - Battalion Chief, Battalion 8
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I was born and raised in Southern California and came to Butte County in 1994. I began training for a career in the fire service by attending Butte College’s Fire Science Program culminating with attending the 25th Butte Fire Academy in the spring of 1996.

I began working in the Fire service immediately after finishing the Fire Academy as an intern firefighter for the City of Oroville Fire Department. In 1997, I was hired by CAL FIRE as a Firefighter I with the Tehama-Glenn Unit. In 1998, I transferred to the Butte Unit as a Firefighter I. 

In 1999, I was hired with the City of Oroville Fire Department. I spent 8 years with the City of Oroville achieving the rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer. In 2007, I returned to CAL FIRE Butte Unit as a Firefighter II assigned to South Chico Station 44. I held the rank of LT FAE for several summers working Paradise Station 35, Battalion 4 suitcase, and as air tanker base manager at the Chico Air Attack Base. In 2013 I promoted to permanent Fire Apparatus Engineer assigned to Gridley station 74. In 2015 I promoted to Fire Captain assigned to Station 51 in Feather Falls. I was then hired at the Oroville Emergency Command Center. In 2017, I transferred to the Fire Prevention Bureau working in the Land Use Planning Program

I promoted to Battalion Chief in the Emergency Command Center in 2021. In 2023 I was assigned to Battalion 8 and oversee the stations, firefighters, and fire department personnel in the Town of Paradise.

I have been a member of several specialized teams in my career: Haz-Mat Team Member, Butte Interagency Rescue Group (BIRG), founding team member of FIRE PALS and served on several committees to better the fire department. In 2020 I became a member of CAL FIRE IMT Team 1 in the Planning Section as a Situation Unit Leader-Trainee

I have also been an officer with both City of Oroville Firefighters and CAL FIRE Firefighters Local #2881. I am currently District VII Vice-President for L2881, overseeing BTU, NEU, and TGU members.

I am married to my wife, Julie, for 14 years and have 2 wonderful daughters.


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