Rick Manson

CAL FIRE/Butte County Fire Department
Title: Battalion Chief, B2118
Battalion Chief Rick Manson Standing in Front of a Fire Station

I began my fire career shortly after moving to Butte County in 1999 and becoming a Volunteer Firefighter at Station 33 in Magalia. I worked as a Volunteer Firefighter from 1999 until the summer of 2001 when I was hired by CAL FIRE as a Firefighter I at Jarbo Gap (Station 36). As a Firefighter I, I worked in both schedule A (County) and schedule B (State) stations in Butte County.

In 2004, I obtained my paramedic license and was promoted to LT Fire Apparatus Engineer (FAE) in the Siskiyou Unit, assigned to the Pondosa Station. In 2007 I was promoted as a permanent FAE in the Butte Unit at Station 45 in Durham where I assisted with the upkeep and maintenance of the units SCBA program.

In 2009, I promoted to LT Captain in the Mendocino Unit, assigned to the Fort Bragg station. I returned to the Butte Unit that same year and was assigned to the Oroville Emergency Command Center where I was later promoted as a permanent Captain in 2011. In 2014, I transferred to Battalion 4 in Butte, spending time at the Nord (41) and North Chico (42) Stations. In 2017, I transferred to the Training and Safety Bureau as the Unit JAC coordinator.

In August of 2020, I was promoted to Battalion Chief in the Butte Unit, supervising the Oroville Emergency Command Center, and in 2021 assumed command of Battalion 8, serving as Fire Chief for the Town of Paradise.

While working for CAL FIRE I have served on the Fire Control 3, RIC (Rapid Intervention Crew), and HAZMAT IC Cadres; Fire Apparatus Design committee; Rescue Team and Hazmat Team.

I am proud to be serving the residents of Butte County where I have spent most of my career and where I reside with my wife, children, and grandchild. 

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