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About FireChiefs.com, LLC
FireChiefs.com is a sole proprietor company that specializes in providing experience and expertise in public safety services to public agencies, as well as private companies. The company was originally extablished in February 2009 by Ruben D. Grijalva.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Ruben Grijalva as the State Forester and director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) on April 24, 2006. Governor Schwarzenegger had previously named Grijalva as the State Fire Marshal of California on August 16, 2004. Chief Grijalva is the only person in California history to serve in both capacities.
As director and State Fire Marshal, Chief Grijalva served as a policy adviser to Governor Schwarzenegger, led California’s response to historic wildfires, led the adoption of new building and fire standards, implemented measures to improve forest health and reduce the risk of wildfire, and reorganized and re branded CAL FIRE into a world class, statewide, all-risk, forward leaning, emergency response organization.
Chief Grijalva had previously served as the fire chief for the city of Palo Alto, California for 10 years. He has 35 years experience working in the field of public safety. He joined Palo Alto in 1990, becoming the fire chief in 1994. Prior to that Chief Grijalva had served the city of Sunnyvale, California, Department of Public Safety, for 16 years working in both police and fire capacities.
While in Palo Alto, he focused on introducing new technologies to the fire service, improving emergency medical services, and disaster preparedness. He has had extensive experience in negotiations of various types, from labor negotiations to legislative and code development to hostage negotiations. He was recognized for his role as the primary hostage negotiator in the 1988 incident at ESL Inc. in Sunnyvale, CA where he successfully negotiated the surrender of the largest mass murderer in Santa Clara County history.
Ruben D. Grijalva
Chief Executive Officer
Former CAL FIRE Director
Former CA State Fire Marshal
Former CA State Forester